Believing When You’re Not Seeing: Joel Osteen (Full Transcript)

Full text of pastor and author Joel Osteen’s sermon titled “Believing When You’re Not Seeing”.

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Joel Osteen – Pastor, televangelist, and author

Well, God bless you. It’s a joy to come into your homes, and if you’re ever in our area, please stop by and be a part of one of our services. I promise you we’ll make you feel right at home.

I’d like to start with something funny.

And I heard about this man that was very stingy with his money. Just before his death, he made his wife promise that she would have him buried with the $50,000 he had saved. His wife reluctantly agreed.

At the funeral, right before they closed the casket, she snuck in this small wooden box. Her friend said, “Surely, you didn’t just bury the money.”

She said, “Of course, I did. I am a Christian. I can’t lie.”

The friend said, “You mean, you just buried $50,000?”

She said, “Yes, I did. I wrote a cheque.”

Say it like you mean it.

This is my Bible. I am what it says I am, I have what it says I have, I can do what it says I can do. Today I will be taught the Word of God. I boldly confess my mind is alert; my heart is receptive; I will never be the same. In Jesus name. God bless you.

I want to talk to you today about: Believing When You’re Not Seeing. It’s easy to believe when things are going our way: we’re getting good breaks, our health is improving, our child is turning around. When you can see it, it doesn’t take much faith.

The test comes when you can’t see any sign of what you’re believing for. You’re working hard, but doors aren’t opening. You’re praying, but the medical report isn’t improving. You’re doing the right thing, but your marriage isn’t getting better. You know God put the promise in your heart, you know He gave you the dream, but there’s no sign that it’s happening.

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If you just saw a little improvement, if you just felt a little better, at least you would know that what you were doing was helping. But many times before a promise comes to pass you have to go through a season of silence, where you’re not seeing anything changing.

You’ll be tempted to think: “Is what I’m doing even working? Is my believing, my praying, my giving even making a difference”? This is when many people get discouraged and quit give up on what they’re believing for.

But just because you don’t see anything happening doesn’t mean God is not working. Behind the scenes things are changing that you can’t see. God does much of His work in secret: you can’t see Him lining up the people you need, you can’t see Him arranging good breaks for you, you can’t see Him sending the angel with your promise, putting the healing, the promotion, the vindication on your schedule.

All you can see is “Joel, I’m praying and nothing’s happening. I’m doing my best, but nothing’s improving” – you’re in a season of silence.

The question is: are you going to get discouraged and quit believing because you’re not seeing? Or are you going to dig your heels in and say, “God, I may not see anything happening, but I’m not moved by what I see, I’m moved by what I know. And I know what you promise me is on the way”.

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