Saturday, November 19, 2016

#BookwormLessons: Your seventh year

The first page on the "Seventh Year" chapter in the book The Power of I Am by Joel Osteen.

Pardon the 1-day late post. Yours truly have been accomplishing tasks for my clients.

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For lessons learned from a book, I am sharing with you about a chapter in the book The Power of I Am by Joel Osteen (which sermon I previously shared with you here).

Here, Lakewood Church senior pastor Osteen shared Deuteronomy 15, a law God gave the people of Israel that said every seventh year, they had to release any Hebrew slaves. He wrote, "If you were a Hebrew and owed another person money that you could not repay, they could take you in as a slave and make you work full-time until you paid them back."

"But every seventh year, if you were a part of God's chosen people, you had a special advantage. You got released. No matter how much you still owed, no matter how in debt you were, in the seventh year you were set free."

A friend also told me recently about the so-called seven-year cycle. That after a cycle of difficulties, there is a cycle of abundance.

And that is what we are forgetting at times. Everything is a cycle. Not necessarily as long as seven years, but whatever difficulty we are into now, the situation is only temporary.

And this chapter of the book enforces that mindset change: "When you come into your seventh year, all the forces of darkness cannot stop what God wants to do."

"...You need to get ready. When you come into your seventh year, God is going to do more than you can ask or think. He is going to exceed your expectations. It's going to be bigger, better, and more rewarding than you thought possible."

This book by the way is not the be-all and end-all, but material like this comes in handy when we need some nudge, a kick in the butt, to realize that we can shift our mindset, change our situation, and trust that the Universe is aligning things for us, and much more, because we asked so. Not declare that the temporary difficult situation as it is already is, and therefore, it becomes permanent and drags as down.

I have not finished the book yet, I am sure this inspirational / self-help has more kick-ass lines to wake me up as I bask in my seventh year.
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