28. March 2013 · 1 comment · Categories: 52 in 52
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This week I decided to read Joel Osteen’s book, I Declare.  Joel catches a lot of flack for being so positive and always seeming so happy.  Many religious people criticize Joel because they don’t think he preaches a strong enough message on repentance.  Well, I know Joel and his wife Victoria personally.  Don’t hate if you don’t know!  Those who do the criticizing don’t know Joel and his ministry very well.  Lakewood Church and all the Osteens do from Houston is incredible.  People are being saved and lives are changed around the world because of their influence.  I love what they do and support them fully.

This book is one of the best Joel has written.  Don’t get me wrong. The others are good but this one is very inspiring and relevant to people’s lives right now.

We have what’s called the Declaration of Independence in the United States of America. It separated us from the rule of Great Britain and allowed us to become the nation we are today.  One specific line near the beginning says this: “that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”  That “Creator” is God of course.  Our country was built on the values set in the Bible.

We also have a spiritual Declaration of Independence, which Jesus paid the ultimate price for.  The scriptures tell us who we are and how we are to live in that independence.  Not independence from God, but from the enemy.  It’s really our dependence on God that distinguishes us as independent from the world and its system.

I said all that to say that Joel’s book, I Declare, is a personal journey in speaking independence over our lives.  I do hope you’ll read it and speak its 31 declarations over your own life!

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  • Danielle Clinton

    I just started reading this book myself and it is great so far! Learning to speak over my own life! Love what you said about, “It’s really our dependence on God that distinguishes us as independent from the world and its system.” So true PT!!!!!!!! Depending on God fully is definitely challenging but so worth it.

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