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Your Best Life Now Study Guide: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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Offering 100 days of motivational thoughts, inspirational messages, and Scripture verse, YOUR BEST LIFE NOW STUDY GUIDE is designed to help readers discover their inner strengths and abilities.

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Offering 100 days of motivational thoughts, inspirational messages, and Scripture verse, YOUR BEST LIFE NOW STUDY GUIDE is designed to help readers discover their inner strengths and abilities.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780446696364
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Publication date: 9/20/2005
  • Edition description: Study Guid
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 296,518
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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Joel Osteen
Joel Osteen
Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Listed by several sources as America's largest and fastest-growing congregation, Lakewood church has approximately 45,000 adult attendees every week. Millions more watch Joel's messages as they are broadcast on national and international television networks. He resides in Houston with his wife, Victoria, and their children. You can visit his Web site at joelosteen.com.
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Your Best Life Now Study Guide


By Joel Osteen

Warner Faith

Copyright © 2005 Joel Osteen Publishing
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-446-69636-6


Chapter One

ENLARGING YOUR VISION

FOR MANY OF US, SOMEDAY MARKS THAT IMAGINARY MOMENT WHEN WE WILL SOME-how get a better life, recover perfect health, and magically break free from crushing debt.

We hope that special someday comes, but something deep inside us knows that someday won't come by accident or by wishing it were so.

Changed outcomes demand changed thinking. As I mentioned in the Introduction of Your Best Life Now:

"Today is the only day we have. We can't do anything about the past, and we don't know what the future holds. But we can live at our full potential right now" (p. x, emphasis added)!

1. Describe your first reaction to the above statement. Did something inside you recoil from it or immediately agree with it? Why? __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

Read what Jesus and the Apostle Paul said below, and then review the statement from the Introduction above:

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble" (Matthew 6:34 NKJV, emphasis added).

"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV, emphasis added).

2. NOW, how do you feel about the statement quoted from the Introduction? __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

Some people might believe these two scriptures disagree over how we should treat the future. I believe they actually work together to stress the importance of realizing the future's potential, and emphasizing the positive power of acting today.

3. Discuss or explain how you reach forward to things ahead without worrying about the future.

HINT: You put your trust in _______ and "reach forward toward things ahead" by living "at your full ______________ right ______ !" ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________

If you have trouble conceiving things on the inside, then you probably have trouble receiving on the outside.

4. Take a moment to examine your thought life. Is there some barrier in your mind that produces wrong thinking? What do you think is blocking you from God's best? ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________

5. Write out five negative phrases you've said that began with the words "I'll never ..." Describe how those statements could potentially limit your life in some way if left unaddressed. __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

6. Have you ever known someone who envisioned success in ways that resemble Tara Holland's story? What did you honestly think of that person at the time? Did you find it easy or difficult to support their dream? How do you envision your own success? __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

7. How do you see yourself most of the time-are you "messing up" and failing, or are you living out a dream and achieving goals? Explain why. __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

8. Small-minded thinking and God's immeasurable favor do not mix. Reflect on the following questions:

What if you were offered the chance to race through your favorite store and keep everything you could collect in 15 minutes? What kind of container would you look for? Why? __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

Think of your favorite sports figures or dramatic performers. Now imagine them taking your mind-set onto the playing field or performance stage. Would this athlete be able to complete the passes, cross the goal line, or make the final three-point shot before the buzzer? Or, would they be overwhelmed by the pressure? Would that performer boldly deliver their lines and complete complex dance numbers, or become paralyzed with the fear of failure and humiliation? How would your type of attitudes and thinking affect their performance? __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

HOW BIG IS YOUR BLESSING CONTAINER?

The prophet Elisha gave a curious command to a woman facing traumatic debt problems in 2 Kings 4:1-7. God offered her immeasurable favor, but she had to find containers big enough to hold God's blessing.

What parallels can you draw between her situation and the problem you are facing today?

The prophet told this wife and mother that God would multiply the little bit of oil she had. Then he said, "Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors; empty vessels; do not gather just a few" (2 Kings 4:3b NKJV, emphasis added). She and her son gathered every jar and container in the village and they were all filled.

The supernatural supply ended when the woman's capacity to contain it ended. God's source of supply is immeasurable. How big is your blessing container? What can you do to help increase your capacity?

Jesus said you can't "put new wine into old wineskins" (see Matthew 9:17). God is looking for a human being to contain the new wine of His Spirit, love, grace, and blessing ... What would new "wineskins" look like in your life?

9. Answer the following questions by circling the words that best describe you:

Are you soft or hard?

Are you pliable or unbending?

Do you stretch when under pressure, or do you feel ready to explode?

Is your thinking dominated by faith or by fear?

Which do you think about more: God's greatness or your weakness?

10. What is your dream or vision? Is it founded on God's abundance and does it line up with God's Word? Take time to reflect on the following questions prayerfully:

Have you released it to grow and has it come to pass?

Or, do you keep it hidden under a cloud of doubt based on thoughts of lack, limitation, and fear of the unknown? __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

"The good news is, God wants to show you His incredible favor. He wants to fill your life with new wine, but are you willing to get rid of your old wineskins? Will you start thinking bigger? Will you enlarge your vision and get rid of those old negative mind-sets that hold you back?"

11. If you read about my wife, Victoria, and her vision for a new home (and my doubt-filled response to it), then you know I finally came around and linked my faith with hers. Together, we did three things that might help you. Find them in the book, list them, and describe or discuss how they may apply to your life and the lives of others close to you:

We kept on ...

a. _________________ it

b. _________________ it

c. _________________ it

GOD IS TRYING TO PLANT NEW SEEDS IN YOUR HEART!

God says, "See, I am doing a new thing! ... Do you not perceive it?" (Isaiah 43:19 NIV)

"Everything is possible for him who believes." (Mark 9:23 NIV)

I had learned to handle large visions differently by the time God planted a vision in me for moving the Lakewood Church congregation into the Compaq Center: "... This time, I expanded my vision. I let the seed take root. I conceived it on the inside. I began to 'see' our congregation worshiping God in the Compaq Center in the heart of Houston".

12. What are you doing differently now? How can you allow God's seed of vision to survive in your heart? How can you avoid smothering it with doubt, fear, and unbelief? __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

13. Think about the difference in thinking between the King of Saudi Arabia and the famous golfer. The king's response demonstrated thinking on a larger scale. How are you thinking right now? What are some attitudes you could change that would enlarge your vision? __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

God wants to bless you, so don't limit Him with small thinking. Enlarge your vision and release Him to bless you with a God-sized blessing that brings Him glory!

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Your Best Life Now Study Guide by Joel Osteen Copyright © 2005 by Joel Osteen Publishing.
Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Enlarge Your Vision
Chapter 1 Enlarging Your Vision 1
Chapter 2 Raising Your Level of Expectancy 9
Chapter 3 God Has More in Store! 15
Chapter 4 Breaking the Barriers of the Past 20
Chapter 5 Increasing in Favor 25
Chapter 6 Living Favor-Minded 29
Part 2 Develop A Healthy Self-Image
Chapter 7 Who Do You Think You Are? 34
Chapter 8 Understanding Your Value 40
Chapter 9 Become What You Believe 44
Chapter 10 Developing a Prosperous Mind-set 50
Chapter 11 Be Happy with Who You Are 54
Part 3 Discover The Power of Your Thoughts and Words
Chapter 12 Choosing the Right Thoughts 60
Chapter 13 Reprogramming Your Mental Computer 66
Chapter 14 The Power in Your Words 71
Chapter 15 Speaking Life-Changing Words 75
Chapter 16 Speaking a Blessing 79
Part 4 Let Go of the Past
Chapter 17 Letting Go of Emotional Wounds 83
Chapter 18 Don't Let Bitterness Take Root 87
Chapter 19 Let God Bring Justice into Your Life 91
Chapter 20 Defeating Disappointments 95
Part 5 Find Strength Through Adversity
Chapter 21 Getting Up on the Inside 99
Chapter 22 Trusting God's Timing 103
Chapter 23 The Purpose of Trials 107
Chapter 24 Trusting God When Life Doesn't Make Sense 111
Part 6 Live to Give
Chapter 25 The Joy of Giving 115
Chapter 26 Showing God's Kindness and Mercy 121
Chapter 27 Keep Your Heart of Compassion Open 126
Chapter 28 The Seed Must Lead 131
Chapter 29 Sowing and Growing 136
Part 7 Choose to be Happy
Chapter 30 Happiness Is a Choice 141
Chapter 31 Being a Person of Excellence 146
Chapter 32 Living with Enthusiasm 150
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2006

    blueprint for courage and hope

    I was very impressed and highly blessed with pastor joel osteens book 'your best life now' it gave me a better understanding of life and I was espically pleased to learn of this new study guide which will enhance my faith and learning ability not only of my faith in God and the Bible and this new study guide will give me some extra principles that will help me in my walk with christ.there are a few Bible studys coming up at my church and Iam going to suggest that joel osteens 'your best life now study guide' would be a great recamendation for our pastor and sunday school cause this booklet has many questians and awnsers and scriptures that will be very helpful and I know will enrich everyones lifes greatly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2005

    A Dynamic Study Guide for Small Group Bible Study

    Pastor Joel Osteen is a very powerful man of God who preaches the true living word of God. In this Daily Devotional based on his best selling book. Joel Osteen provides simple steps to help turn your attitude around. He shows us how to change our attitude towards Christ, life, and those around us. Instead of getting lost in anger, depression, and negativity, he provides a variety of passages to uplift your outlook and spirit. What this book provides is a baseline for changing your attitude towards life. However Joel proposes that positive thinking, & following God's will is also self-fulfilling. This is an uplifting and encouraging book worth reading. I highly recommend this Study Guide along with the main book Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential Book, & Your Best Life Now Daily Devotional to share with your family, your friends, & with those who need hope & encouragement in their lives. This would also would make a great source for your small group bible study class.

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