Full text of Joel Osteen’s sermon titled “You Have The Cure” which was delivered on April 04, 2021.
Notable quote from this message:
“Look up, there’s forgiveness. Look up, there’s mercy. Look up, there’s another chance. Look up, there’s a God that doesn’t give up on you.”
Joel Osteen – Pastor, Lakewood Church
God bless you! It’s a joy to come into your homes. We are praying for you and your family for God’s very best.
I like to start with something funny, and I heard about this minister.
He was driving down the road. When he got pulled over by a policeman, the officer came up to the window and smelled alcohol. He saw a thermos, and said, “Sir, what are you drinking?”
The minister said “Just water, officer.”
He asked to see the thermos. He took one sniff and said, “It smells like wine to me.”
The minister said “What do you know? Jesus did it again.”
Come on, hold up your Bible. 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 аbout You Have the Cure.
One of the challenges we face with this coronavirus is there are no antibodies. We’ve never seen this strain of virus, so there is no remedy yet.
Researchers are working tirelessly to develop a vaccine. Most reports say, it’s going to take about a year or more. Without a cure we’re at the mercy of the virus.
A friend of mine is a physician that specializes in infectious disease; he said, “There are diseases that he treated 30 years ago, that he doesn’t see today. Because we found the antidote, because vaccines and antibodies were developed, what used to harm us, doesn’t harm us anymore.”
Once you have the cure, you don’t have to be afraid of the disease.
But what about these viruses that you can’t see with the microscope: guilt, fear, depression, addictions? Some viruses you can’t treat with a physical vaccine.
There are poisons that can infect our thinking, our self-esteem. If we only had an antidote to deal with the guilt from our past mistakes, the times we failed, didn’t make good decisions, now we go around in regrets, down on ourselves. If we only had the cure for the hurts, the disappointments, the unfair childhood, now we’re tempted to live bitter, insecure, no passion.
The good news is: 2,000 years ago, the antidote was developed for everything that will come against you. Not by leading scientists, not by a team of researchers, but by the Son of the living God.
When Jesus went to the cross, he took on our guilt, our shame, our failures. He not only bore our sins, but he took our sicknesses. Before he was crucified, he was beaten with 39 stripes on his back. Studies tell us, there are 39 major categories of disease, he took one strike for each one. That’s why it says, “By his stripes you were healed.”
We are not at the mercy of fear, depression, addictions… we have the cure, the Most High God is breathing in our direction. Him being for you is more than the world being against you. Don’t let the fear, the guilt, the depression hold you down – take the antidote, “Father, thank you that I am forgiven, I am redeemed, I am free, I am healthy and whole.”
When thoughts tell you, “You’re just average, there’s nothing special about you.” If you dwell on that poison, it will infect your thinking. You have to take your medicine: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I’m wearing a crown of favor, I have royal blood flowing through my veins.”
Proverbs says, “God’s word is like a medicine.” When you meditate on it, it brings healing and wholeness. When thoughts whisper, “You’ll always struggle in your finances, this slowdown is going to ruin your business.” Don’t let that virus take root. “Father, thank you that the economy is not my source, but you are my source. You said you would prosper me even in the desert.”
You have the cure, now make sure that you’re taking your medicine.
One time the Israelites had turned against God. They started worshipping idols. They ended up exiled from their own land and brought into captivity in Babylon. It was their own fault, they had brought the trouble on themselves.
The prophet Jeremiah was very discouraged; he asked, “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician that can help us?” He was saying, “God, is there no cure? Is there no remedy from this virus, that we’ve let infect us?” He likened it to being bit by poisonous snakes.
The truth is, we’ve all been bitten by something, bitten by guilt, bitten by fear, bitten by rejection.
How do we deal with the venom? How do we get rid of the poison and not let it stop our destiny?
I read about how they develop anti-venom for snake bites. Years ago, after much research, scientists took some of the poisonous venom from the snake and injected it into horses. The horse would naturally develop antibodies, that they could then remove and use it as serum for someone that was bitten by a snake.
But over time they realized, the anti-venom from the blood of horses wasn’t working fast enough in people, many were losing their lives. They needed an anti-venom that was more powerful, more effective. They tested many animals and finally discovered, that the blood of a lamb produced the most effective anti-venom.
Unlike the blood of a horse, when the sheep was injected with the poisonous venom, the antibodies it created were much faster in people and produced a much stronger and more powerful anti-venom.
A few years ago, they discovered that sheep in south Australia produced some of the most effective antibody than anywhere in the world, it’s because those sheep are in a pristine environment, where they are free from disease that typically affect other sheep. And the fact that these sheep are so healthy and have such pure blood, that’s why they create the most powerful anti-venom.
Think back to the Garden of Eden, that’s the first time we see a poisonous snake. The enemy is called a serpent, he bit Adam and Eve, not physically but in their thinking. He deceived them and they became poisoned, they ate the forbidden fruit, they did wrong and open the door to trouble.
All of a sudden, they were afraid. They realized they were naked, they ran and hid. Fear came in, guilt, shame, heartache. God had to come up with a plan to deal with the venom, that had poisoned mankind. He needed to create an anti-venom, but it had to be something incredibly powerful. That meant it had to come from the purest blood, the most effective source.
God didn’t choose the blood of a horse, he didn’t choose the blood of a goat, he didn’t choose the blood of another animal. This time he chose the blood of his only Son.
The first time John the Baptist saw Jesus, he said “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Jesus wasn’t just any lamb, he was the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. That’s why his anti-venom is more powerful than any poison that comes against you.