The evening started with JO welcoming and thanking everyone for coming through.
He then welcomed two people to share their testimonies, one was from his mother and the second one from the lead singer of the praise and worship team. His mother had been diagnosed with cancer at the age of 48 and was told she only had a couple of weeks to live. In her testimony she shared on how she rebuked what the doctors had said and stayed faithful to God and praised and worshiped Him throughout the storm. She is now 78yrs old and cancer free. The praise and worship team leader shared on her and her husband's journey, experiencing difficulty to conceive, tried all sorts of treatments and were told that they could never conceive but by God's grace they now have a boy and later adopted twins.
|Joel's Mother giving her testimony#feistywoman|
|Worship Leader giving her testimony|
|Blowing of trumpets-year of JUBILEE|
JO then invited a few pastors from Boston churches and they shared their declaration for Boston and greater America. Most of them declared that christianity be re-inforced and or welcomed back in America. I especially enjoyed this as it saddens me that there's millions of people not just in America but all over the world that have never ever heard about Jesus or the bible. As you know religion isn't part of America's public school's system, however, there is the Catholic school option which is not affordable to the majority of Americans#smh.
JO usually starts off his teachings with a joke and Friday evening's joke was about Little Johnny. So, the teacher's lesson of the day was focused on how God had specifically created every single human being and she wanted to highlight the fact that everyone is unique and special to God. So, the exercise was; if any of the kids thought that they were dumb,they should stand. After a couple of minutes none of the kids had stood up, so Little Johnny, slowly stood up as he was browsing around the classroom. The teacher surprised by this, asked Little Johnny why he thought he was dumb and Little Johnny simply replied "I was feeling sorry for you as you were the only one standing#LOL
JO then asked us to all stand and declare the following which I absolutely love and always partake in it when watching his sermon on tv or youtube. With raised bibles in the air:
|Everyone's hands and bibles raised up declaring the above|
The teaching was entitled "Your Second Wind Is On Its Way"
JO started off with an example on how God and His angels are always cheering us on and are our biggest supporters. He said we should imagine them sitting on the grand stands, calling you by name and encouraging you not to give up. He made the following examples:
Job, who stayed faithful to God under ALL circumstances. I believe we should trust God, not only WHEN we don't understand, but BECAUSE we don't understand. If God's ways are perfect, then we can trust that whatever He does and whatever He allows is also perfect. God later blessed Job with double blessings - this reminded me of Uche's song - God is goodo#smiles. So imagine Job speaking specifically to you and reminding you of all that he went through...don't you think God will do it for you as well?
Rahab, who was a prostitute but assisted the Israelities in capturing the city. So here, JO emphasized that its never too late to start a relationship with God irrespective of your history. God wants you to come to Him just as you are...I highly doubt any of us would be welcomed if the prerequisite was perfection, thank God it isn't#LOL
Lazarus, was the man Jesus raised from tomb...if He could do this, what more can God do for our dead situation? Be it our business, marriage or any other "dead" situation in our lives.
I believe we limit God so much and for as long as we carry on doing this, we will never experience the fullness of His glory.
We read from the following books:
Galations 6v9: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Isaiah 40v31: but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.
Herewth a summary of what I took out of the teaching:
- God allows difficulty in our lives in order to increase our endurance and He does this because He has already given us the grace for the season we are experiencing.
- I've also come to experience and believe that when you face the greatest pressure, you're much closer to your victory than you know. You know that moment when you're just too tired - I often tell my girls that my soul is tired and I just can't do it anymore...and that's always when my victory is around the corner.
- It is important that we remind God of the promises He has made to us, we need to quote scripture back to Him and worship Him through difficulty.
- God already knows the end date for our seasons; so whatever it is that we are going through, there is a set end date for it, this it is just a temporary situation#comforting.
- God is a rewarder and we need to press forward, irrespective of our current situation.
Don't get me wrong, I think it is important to have goals and dreams but it is more important to ensure that they are aligned with the plans that God has for our lives.
Overall, the evening was MIND BLOWING, INSPIRATIONAL and ALL SO POWERFUL!! I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to hear the word and share in the awesomeness. JO is an amazing teacher, has great sense of humour and cracked a couple of jokes during his teaching. There was a point where he had forgotten what he was going to say, he then looked at his notes, looked right up at the audience and realised he had forgotten what he was going to say again...he then made a comment and asked that we don't tell the others that that just happened, because when you watch him on tv, its obviously edited and makes him look so perfect#lol. Besides that, he's really a good speaker, very direct, practical and funny.
|Joel and Victoria Osteen|
|Joel"s daughter singing "Lead me to the Cross" #altercall|
Then it was time for me to head back to Providence which is an hour away from Boston. You can imagine there were thousands of people that had attended the event and there had also been a Red Sox game on, so the subways were filled to capacity. I somehow managed to get on one but was squashed up right against the door and right opposite a very good looking brother (who was facing the door) and managed to shift back as far as maybe 7cm to allow some space between him and I...personal space, what's that??#LOL Due to my height and the fact that I was right at the bottom of the stairs and he was one stair above me (and he was obviously taller than me) meant my face was right against his "man-handle" AKWARD does not even begin to express the situation...I refrained from looking up at him but I did feel his eyes on my head#LOL. Anyway, after a couple of stops, a few people got off and I managed to make my way up the stairs and stood next to the brother. We chatted a bit about JO's teaching and obviously about my face against his man-handle, we had a few chuckles over that#hidesface
I only left Boston at 23:59 as I had missed the previous train and only got to bed around 01:30...was it worth it, oh yeah#bigsmile.
Stay Blessed xoxo