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Joel Osteen - Seeing Beyond the Logical

Joel Osteen - Seeing Beyond the Logical

I want to talk to you today about Seeing Beyond The Logical. On the way to your destiny you will face dreams that you can't accomplish on your own. Obstacles that are too big for you, people that come against you that are more powerful. When you look at the situation in the natural, and you reason it out, there's no way. The medical report says you can't get well, you don't have the funding for your dream, you've had the addiction for years. You tried, but you couldn't break it. All your logic says: just accept it, it's not meant to be. But this is what faith is all about. God will put you in situations on purpose where there is no solution in the natural. That's a test. Are you going to get discouraged and give up on your dreams? Or are you going to walk by faith, and not by sight?

Jesus said to Peter in Matthew 16:23, "You are a dangerous trap to me. For you are seeing things only from a human point of view, and not from God's". It's significant that he used such a strong word. He said, "Peter, it's dangerous to look at it only from the logical". He could have said, "Peter, you need to have more faith. You need to think a little better, be a little more positive". The reason he said "Dangerous" is you can miss your destiny, if you only look at things from a natural perspective. God is supernatural. When you get in agreement with him, there is a force behind you that will make things happen that you can't make happen. He will open doors that no person can shut. He will do what medicine cannot do. You will defeat giants that are much bigger. You are not doing life on your own, the Most High God is breathing in your direction. All he needs is a little faith.

"God, I don't see a way. All my reasoning says this is not going to happen, but I know you have a way. God, I don't have the funding for my dream, but I know you own it all. God, my child's off course, doesn't look good, but I believe as for me and my house we will serve the Lord". Don't be limited by your logic. Logic can be a dream stealer. If you look at your situation only from a human point of view, what you can do, your resources, your connections, your experience, then you're going to miss the greatness God put in you.

The book of Genesis talks about how God created the heavens and the earth. On the first day he said, "Let there be light", and light came. The second day he separated the waters from the sky. Third day he created plants and trees. The fourth day he made the sun and the moon. What's interesting is there was light on the first day, but he didn't make the sun until the fourth day. How can you have light without the sun? God was showing us: he's not logical, he's supernatural. He's going to do things in your life that are unexplainable, that don't make sense. How could my mother still be alive 41 years after being diagnosed with terminal cancer? That's not logical, that defies the odds. That's the God we serve. How could I be up here today? I didn't have the training, the experience, I've never been to seminary. But God doesn't choose the way we choose. He does things that are uncommon, unusual, out of the ordinary.

How could we be having church in the former Compaq Center, a basketball arena? The company that was against us, trying to get the facility was the largest taxpayer in Texas, a huge real estate company. It was David verse Goliath. They had more connections, more funds, more experience. But God is not intimidated by the size of your problem. He's not losing sleep over who's against you. One angel in the Old Testament defeated 185 000 of the enemies of Israel. God being for you is more than the world be it against you. You may have some big obstacles, but you have to remind yourself: we serve a big God. Sometimes he'll let the odds be against you on purpose, so when he turns it around, it will be a bigger miracle.

When we were trying to acquire the Compaq Center, a very influential leader in our city was at a banquet with a good friend of mine. He didn't know my friend knew me, he laughed and said very sarcastically, "It'll be a cold day in hell, before Lakewood gets the Compaq Center". Every time I drive up to our building, see the Lakewood sign, I think, "It must be a cold day in hell", because here we are today. The promises God has put in your heart, what he's whispered to you in the night may not seem possible, it's too big, it's never happened for your family, you don't have the experience. All your logic says "There's no way". But that's okay. Jesus said in Matthew 19:26, "Humanly speaking it is impossible, but with God all things are possible". Here's the question: are you going to let your human reasoning, what you can see, what's natural set the limits for your life? Or are you going to see beyond the logical? Are you going to believe that the all-powerful Creator of the universe, the God who flung stars into space, the God who parts Red Seas, the God who brings light without a sun, will make a way where you don't see a way?

I want to show you an example. I have these Roman numerals here I and X. I in Roman numerals is 1, and X is 10. When the smaller number is in front of a larger number, then you subtract the smaller. So ten minus one is nine. My question is: with one stroke of the pen can you make this six? If you put another I, that would make it eight. You can't put two, just one stroke. V in Roman numerals is five, if you put a V there that would make it four, that wouldn't work out. There are no more options. How do you make it six? Here's how: I'm going to draw the letter S, S-IX. See, I had you think in Roman numerals, you were limited to one way. That's the way it is with God. We think natural, God is supernatural. We don't see a way, God steps in and says, "I'm supernatural. My ways are not your ways". We come to a dead end at the Red Sea, "God, I'm done. I have nowhere to go". God says, "You're not done, I part Red Seas. I bring water out of a rock. I open blind eyes. I make you fire proof in a furnace". Don't be limited by your logic, God defies logic.

This is what happened with Mary. She was a teenager, living in Nazareth, engaged to a young man named Joseph. An angel appeared said, "Mary, you're going to give birth to a son without knowing a man, you were to name him Jesus". The scripture says Mary was confused and disturbed. I can understand. God just gave her a promise that seemed impossible. You can't have a baby without a man, that defies the laws of nature. Mary said to the angel, "How can I have a child? I'm a virgin". The angel said, "The spirit of the Most High will come upon you, and cause you to conceive". The angel didn't get upset because she didn't believe. He didn't say, "Too bad, Mary, you blew it. God promised, but you didn't have enough faith". He simply helped her have a new perspective. He was saying in effect, "Mary, you're looking at it in the natural, you're right, it's not possible. In your ability it won't happen, but the Spirit of God will make it happen".

I believe God sent me like this angel to help you have the right perspective. There is a force that you can't see, a power that will cause the impossible to become possible. Mary was at a critical point. What she did next would determine whether or not she'd have the baby. She could have said to the angel, "I don't think so. You need to go back and take biology. You can't have a baby without a man". But Mary did what we all have to do. She looked beyond the logical. She didn't let her human reasoning talk her out of it. She said to the angel, "Be it unto me even as you have said". She was saying, "I don't see how, it seems impossible, but God, I'm in agreement with you. Let it happen".

Like with Mary, God is going to put promises in your heart that don't make sense. There's no way you can get well, no way you can get that business off the ground, no way you can have a baby, you've been through all the treatments, you've been told no again and again. You're right where Mary was. Are you going to keep seeing it only from a human point of view? Or are you going to get an agreement with God, believe what the angel said? How can this happen? It's not going to be your own strength, your own intellect, your own hard work. The spirit of the living God is going to make it happen. It's going to be supernatural, something you can't explain, you can't take credit for it. Everyone will know it's the hand of God.

I talked to a man that had cancer on his vocal cords, and he was in town for surgery at MD Anderson. He came to church and asked us to pray. The doctors were going to remove most of his vocal cords, he was told that he would be able to make sounds, but he wouldn't be able to talk again. From a human perspective it didn't look good, the odds were against him. But I told him what I'm telling you, that God has the final say. He controls the universe. When we believe, all things are possible. A couple of weeks later he was back at church. He came up to me, talking just as clearly as I'm talking to you. I said, "What happened? You didn't have the surgery"? He smiled real big and said, "Yes, I had the surgery, but I can still talk like before". 90 of his vocal cords were removed, and he can still talk normally. The doctors can't explain it, the surgeon said in all of his years practicing he's never seen or heard of this. That's God bringing light without a sun, bringing a baby without a man.

Jesus said to the pharisees in John 8:15, "You judge me with all your human limitations". Don't put your human limitations on the God who spoke worlds into existence. God is not limited by the laws of medicine, the laws of economics, the laws of nature, the laws of science. When he's ready to bless you, he doesn't check with your boss, he doesn't look at your 401k, he doesn't Google the stock market report, he doesn't see what friends you have, what family you come from. He's not moved by the natural, he's supernatural.

When the Israelites were in the desert, they complained to Moses that they didn't have any meat to eat. They were tired of eating manna every day, so Moses went to God, said "God, these people want meat. You know, I can't get that out here in the desert". God said in effect, "Moses, that's no problem for me, I'll give you meat for a whole month". Moses said, "God, that's impossible. Do you know where we are? If we butchered all of our flocks, all of our herds, we wouldn't have enough meat for these two million people even for one meal". There were no grocery stores out there, no farms where they could buy food, no Uber Eats, no Domino's Delivery. From a logical perspective Moses was right, but God defies logic, he's not limited by what limits us. One touch of his favor and the impossible becomes possible.

God shifted the winds, and caused millions of quail to fly in their camp. They were three feet, four feet off the ground, people grabbed all they wanted. For a month they had steak dinners out in the middle of the desert. What's significant is quail don't normally fly that far away from water. You'd never find a quail out in the middle of the desert, but God controls the universe. If you'll take the limits off of him, he'll cause opportunity to find you. Good breaks will chase you down. The right people will come knocking at your door. Don't do like Moses and tell God all the reasons you can't be blessed, you can't get well, you can't accomplish your dreams. You're studying the facts, the circumstances, what people say, what normally happens. The problem is: you're being limited by your logic. You're seeing it only from a human point of view. God says, "That's dangerous". You can miss your quail. You can miss your Compaq Center. You can miss your healing. Have a new perspective, "God, I'm in the desert. It seems impossible to me, but I know you can do the impossible. You make rivers in the desert. You turn shepherds into kings. You bring babies out of barren wombs. You open doors that are deadbolted". The scripture says, "Is there anything too hard for the Lord"?

I was out riding my bike the other day, down this long path toward downtown. I saw a young man on a skateboard about a couple hundred yards in front of me. I wrote about five minutes, and noticed that I wasn't gaining on him. I thought, "That's strange, I'm on this large bike, with big wheels, I'm pedaling fast. He's on that little skateboard, three inch wheels, and yet he's outpacing me". At one point we were both going up this large hill, he was just scooting along, no problem, I was huffing, puffing, trying to get up the hill. He was doing it with such ease. It didn't make sense to me. We went our separate ways, and about 30 minutes later I saw him sitting on a park bench, and he had his skateboard turned over on the side. What I didn't realize is his skateboard had a motor on it, he had the remote control in his hand, he was cheating. The reason he was going faster, further, with less effort is he had an advantage, he had something that I couldn't see.

In the same way, as a child of the Most High you have an advantage. There is a force breathing in your direction, that's going to cause you to defy the odds. You're going to go further, faster, with less struggle. People are going to look at you and not understand it, think "How could you get out of that neighborhood? I saw how you were raised". They're looking at it from a human point of view, what they can't see is you have a motor, an anointing, a favor, a blessing on your life. "How could you lead your company in sales? You don't have the experience". Logically speaking they're correct, but what God is going to do in your life will defy the logic. "How can you beat that sickness? I saw the medical report". Yes, but there's another report that you can't see. Jehovah Rapha, the Lord my healer is breathing life into me.

Don't judge your future by your human limitations. What God is about to do in your life is going to amaze you. The doors he's about to open, the influence he's going to give you, the resources, the ideas, the creativity, the divine connections. Now the enemy would love to keep you stuck with a limited mindset, only focused on the logical. "Joel, I don't have the funds. My back's been hurting for years. My child's off course. My boss won't treat me right. I don't come from an influential family". Do you think that can stop your destiny? That the God who breathed life into you, who chose you before you could choose him is somehow at a loss of how to bring you into your purpose? Or could it be that you're seeing things only from a human perspective? My prayer is, "God, open our eyes. Help us to see what you see. Not just a logical point of view, but a heavenly perspective. Help us to realize that you are all powerful, that you are in control, and that you are for us".

Acts chapter 27, the apostle Paul had been on a boat for 14 days, headed toward Rome, when it was shipwrecked. They all swam to the shore on this small island. Paul went over to pick up some sticks to make a fire, and a poisonous snake bit his wrist, lashed on and wouldn't let it go. The teeth were penetrating the skin, the venom going in. The natives on the island knew exactly what was going to happen, they had seen it time and time again. When someone was bitten, the scripture says they would swell up, get sick and die. The natives waited, and waited, and waited. The problem was, nobody told Paul he was supposed to die. And sometimes what you don't know is good for you. If you get a negative report, and you over-analyze it, reason it out, study it all day, that's going to take your faith. That's why the scripture (Proverbs 3:5) says, "Lean not to your own understanding". Take this in the right sense, but sometimes you have to turn your mind off. Faith is not of the mind, faith is of the heart. Yes, we should use common sense, make good decisions, but don't let your logic talk you out of what God put in your heart.

God told Paul that he was going to stand before Caesar. Paul simply shook the snake off, and went about his business, never did affect him. The people on the island were so amazed, they thought he was a God. But if Paul would have made the mistake of seeing it only from a logical, human point of view, knowing that he had just been bitten by a deadly snake, he would have been worried, afraid, "What am I going to do"? Maybe the venom would have harmed him, maybe he would have gotten sick. When things come against you it's easy to look at it only in the natural. "Look at this medical report, what are we going to do"? "My business had a setback". "My child got in trouble". You have to remind yourself: God is still on the throne, nothing can snatch you out of his hands, he wouldn't have allowed it if he didn't already have a solution.

We knew a man growing up named Casey. He owned a business that moved houses. One day they had traveled several hours down this country road, moving this house, having to raise the power lines, move signage to clear the way. They finally made it to their destination. Casey realized: they had forgotten their main chain that they needed to unload the house. Was several hours back to the city, it's late in the day, he didn't want to leave the house on the side of the road. He told his men that he was going to pray and ask God to give him a chain. They kind of snickered, said sarcastically, "What are you going to do? Pray that God rains down a chain from heaven"? They all laugh, and made fun. Casey said, "God, I know there's nothing too hard for you. I don't see how this can happen in the natural, nothing in my logic says this makes sense, but I know you're supernatural. You have ways we've never thought of, so I'm asking you to give me a chain". All of his men were rolled in their eyes.

But Jesus said, "Don't judge me with your human limitations. Don't put me in the same category of what you can do, I'm all-powerful". When you're not limited by your logic, you'll pray bold prayers. You'll shake off a snake like Paul, a bad break, and go about your business. You'll believe for your Compaq Centers, for your dreams, for what looks unlikely. Casey and his men were standing on the side of this country road, there was a big curve right in front of them, out in the middle of nowhere, trying to figure out what they were going to do next. About that time, this old beat up pickup truck came barreling down the road, going way too fast. It had its tailgate open. When it took that sharp curve, a chain slung out of the back of the bed, slid across the road, curled up right at Casey's feet. He picked it up and said, "Here's my chain, boys, let's go to work".

Is there anything too hard for the Lord? Are you basing your prayers on your ability, your connections, your finances, from a natural, logical point of view? You're going to miss the fullness of what God has in store. It's dangerous to limit him to only what you think can happen. Take the limits off. Pray some bold prayers. Dream some big dreams. If you can accomplish your dream in your own ability, with your connections, your finances, then your dream is too small. God has things in your future that you haven't seen, levels that you haven't imagined. When you don't limit him by the logical, when you believe even when your mind says, "That's too far out. You'll never get well. Never start your business. Never see your family restored", all the odds are against you, then you're in perfect position for God to show out in your life. To do something that you've never seen.

God told Abraham and Sarah that they were going to have a baby, but they were both way too old. When Sarah heard it, the scripture (Genesis 18:12) says, "She laughed and said, 'how could a worn-out woman like me have a baby'"? She thought, "That's so far out, it's funny, it's comical me have a child". Sarah did what many of us do: she looked at it only in the natural. In her human reasoning she was right. You can't have a baby at 80 years old. But when God puts a promise in your heart, when he whispers something to you in your spirit, it may seem unlikely, far out, you could easily dismiss it. Try a different approach: do like Mary, "God, let it happen. I'm in agreement with you. I don't see how, but I'm not going to limit you to my human point of view".

When Sarah was 99 years old, against all odds she gave birth to a child. The scripture says, "She laughed again, and said 'God has brought me laughter and all who hear about this will laugh with me'". She even named her son Isaac, which means laughter. The first time she laughed in unbelief, thinking there's no way. The second time she laughed in amazement, thinking "Look what the Lord has done".

In the past you may have laughed in unbelief, thinking what God promised you could never come to pass. You discounted it, "It's too late, Joel. It's too big, it's impossible". The good news is: that didn't stop the promise. I believe, your second laugh is coming. God's about to do something so awesome, so big, that you're going to laugh in amazement. The second laugh is going to surprise you. It's going to be something out of the ordinary, something you can't explain, something that catapults you to a new level. Get ready, God is about to defy the odds. He's about to show out in your life. You haven't seen, heard, or imagined what he's about to do. Like Sarah, you're going to stand in awe at the greatness of our God. You wouldn't be hearing this, if that second laugh wasn't on the way.

Now, do your part: don't see things only from a human point of view. Don't let your logic limit what God wants to do. I'm not saying deny the facts, act like they don't exist. I'm saying: see beyond the logical, get a heavenly perspective. The Most High God is on your side. He has not forgotten what he promised you. He has the right people, the right breaks, the solutions already in route. If you'll do this, I believe and declare: new doors are about to open, sicknesses are turning around, addictions are being broken, healing, wholeness, abundance, the fullness of your destiny, in Jesus name. And if you receive it, can you say amen today? Amen.
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