The Rushmore Report: A New Year’s Message from Joel Osteen


“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

As a believer in Jesus, you are a new creation. You have a new spirit and a new life! There may be “old” things in your life that you are trying to get rid of. Maybe you have old habits or addictions that you want to change. Remember today that the new has come. It’s a new year with new opportunities, and it’s time for you to be the new you. Let this be the year that you break old habits and addictions. Let this be the year that you move forward into a new life of victory. Let this be the year that you take hold of all the spiritual blessings the Lord has promised – peace, health, protection, and victory.

Be encouraged today because no matter what is happening in your life right now, you have a chance for a new beginning. Choose to leave the old behind – leave behind old behaviors, old thinking, old words, and old mindsets, and embrace the new by faith. Trust that He is leading you, and this year, declare His Word and embrace the blessings that he has prepared for you!

Prayer for today: “Heavenly Father, thank You for making me new. I choose today to leave behind the old life and ask that You empower me by Your spirit. Help me to understand Your plan and know the truth of Your word that sets me free, in Jesus’ name.”

About the Author

Joel Osteen is Senior Pastor of America’s largest church, Lakewood, in Houston, Texas. His first book, Your Best Life Now, was released in 2004 and sat on top of the New York Times best-selling list for 200 weeks. Osteen’s weekly sermons are seen by over seven million viewers weekly and 20 million monthly in over 100 countries.


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