In Advance _ Joel Osteen
We all have dreams and goals that God’s placed in our hearts. Things we believe for, situations we’re
praying to turn around. These promises start off like seeds; they don’t come to pass over night. There’s
always a period of waiting involved. From the time we pray till the time we see it come to fulfillment.
That’s called the trial of our faith. This is when many people get discouraged and give up. They start
believing the negative thoughts; it’s never going to happen, it’s taken too long. Now, that seed is lying
dormant, it’s still alive, it still has potential but you have to do your part and start watering the seed.
The way you water it is by thanking God in advance. You can’t wait till you receive the promise. You
have to thank God that the answer is on the way. Maybe you are struggling in your health; the medical
report doesn’t look good. Don’t talk about how you feel, say father thank you that I’m healthy, thank
you that I’m strong, thank you with long life satisfying me. That’s not just being positive, that’s watering
the seed in your finances. Maybe you’re struggling; business is slow. All through the day father thank
you that whatever I touch prospers and succeeds. Thank you that I’m coming out of debt. Thank you,
your favor surrounds me like a shield. When you thank God in advance for the answer, it is not only
watering the seeds but that strengthens your old faith. So, often we think I’ll give God prayers after the
problems turn around, I’ll thank? God after business picks up, after I see the solution. If you don’t learn
this principle to thank god in advance, you won’t have the strength you need to wait for the promise.
What keeps us strong is getting up in the morning saying father thank you that my dreams are coming
to pass. Thank you that this problem is turning around. Thank you that you’re bigger than this obstacle.