Victoria Osteen - You Are A Child Of Promise
The other day, I was down here at the altar, and I was praying for a beautiful young woman. She was telling me what she was concerned about and what she wanted me to pray for, and then she looked right at me, and she said, "I feel unnoticed by God. I feel like God doesn't even care about what's going on with me". You know, I believe that sometimes, we can all feel that way. We get struggling with something so long in our life, we wonder, "God, where are you? Do you even see what's going on in my life? Do you even care"? Sometimes, we're in a room like this, and we feel like just one person in a crowd. "God, how do you find me in the midst of all these people"? But can I tell you today God's eyes are on you?
I want to be the one that reminds you God sees you. The Bible says that he knew you before the foundation of the world, that he handpicked you. See, he knows every single hair on your head. Now, that blows my mind, but God is God, and if he said it, I believe it no matter what I feel like. Even if I feel alone in a crowded room, I'm going to stand on the word that God says he knew me, he knows my downsitting, he knows my uprising. The Bible says he knows my thoughts from afar. I don't even have to speak anything, and God already knows me.
You see, God knows you today. But if we're going to overcome those crushing feelings of feeling alone, feeling uncared for, we're going to have to stir up our faith. We're going to have to remind ourself every day, "God does know me. He does care for me, and me and God, we're a majority. We can do anything but fail". See, with God, anything is possible. Anything is possible, whatever you're facing. It's possible if you take hold of God.
Luke chapter 13:1, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on this sabbath day. There was people all around, it was crowded, and he began to teach them, and in the middle of his teaching he stopped. He stopped because he took notice of a woman that was in the crowd. You see, the woman that was in this crowd, she wasn't dressed beautifully. She didn't walk in late, and that's why he noticed her. The woman that was in this crowd, the Bible says, was crippled. In fact, she was bent over like a horseshoe. It said she couldn't even straighten up. Luke describes her as a woman that was afflicted with a spirit of infirmity. Now, we don't know what that infirmity was, but it was something that had bound her up. We don't know what had happened in her life, why her body was so weak and so frail, but she was in the synagogue that day, bent over low.
Now, if I asked you to stand up right now and I said, "Hey, let's everybody, let's bend over," you would go, "Victoria, quit being so silly". You'd probably laugh a little bit. You'd be there. But if you were bent over for 18 years, it wouldn't be so funny. You see, the Bible said she was bent over for 18 long years. You see, I'm sure there were people standing and there were people sitting. The most amazing thing to me that day was that Jesus noticed her. See, he fixed his eyes on her that day. I'm sure when she came in, she didn't feel like anybody knew who she was, she felt very unnoticed. But the good news is Jesus saw her, and he knew all about her. In fact, he immediately called that woman forward. He stopped everything that he was doing, and he called her forward.
Can you imagine that sweet little woman, I don't know how old she was, but she was bent over, so she just appears to be like... She'd have felt pretty frail and old. She might not have been, we just know she had it for 18 years. But she began moving slowly towards Jesus, and he spoke this word to her, he said, "Woman, you are free from your infirmity today. You are free". I mean, she was shuffling, and she heard those words, "I'm free from my infirmity today"? Then he touched her, and the Bible said she immediately stood up. She hadn't stood up for 18 years. This woman has been looking at the ground, all she had seen was the dust of the ground and people's feet. She didn't even see their faces. She didn't even see Jesus that day. But when he said, "You are loosed from what is binding you", and he touched her, and she stood up, can you imagine the first face she had seen in this upright position was the face of God? It was the face of Jesus.
You see, she felt like no one saw her. She had an identity of being crippled. But Jesus saw her as a daughter of Abraham. You see, he didn't see a crippled woman when everyone else did. He saw a daughter of promise, and he set her free that day. Now, I was thinking about this, she'd been crippled for 18 years, she'd been looking down at the ground. I wonder how long it took her to realize that she was set free, that she wasn't crippled anymore. I mean, she was standing up straight, but you know, when you've been a certain way for so long, it's hard to believe you can be another way. It's kind of like an attitude. When you've had this attitude for so long, somehow that attitude has you. I wonder how long it took her to realize she just got set free.
And I believe that I'm talking to somebody today that's bent down under a heavy load. You don't even realize that you're a son or a daughter of promise, and that God has already spoken the word, and he's already set you free. He's already freed you from what would bind you, but you just don't realize it yet. You see, the enemy wants you low, real low. He wants you looking down. He certainly doesn't want you to see the face of your Savior. He doesn't want you to see that you are a son and daughter of promise. You see, he called her a daughter of Abraham. There was some opponents in the crowd that didn't want her healed that day. They were looking for all the reasons that woman shouldn't be healed. But you know what he said? He said, "This woman is a daughter of Abraham. She has every right and every authority to be healed any day of the week".
And sometimes, people try to keep you bent over with their words, with a situation. Man, your own mind tries to keep you weighed down. But can I tell you you have all power and authority to stand up straight because Jesus is already calling you forward. We got to shake the dust off of us, and stand up, and move forward. You know what I admire about this woman? I admire the fact that she was in the synagogue that day. She didn't let her bent over, crippled condition keep her from the position of hearing what Jesus had to say. And too often, we allow the conditions in our life to keep us from our position of faith. We say, "I can't come to church today, I'm too tired. Man, my boss has me working 6 days a week. My children have me running them to every activity that there are. I'm tired, I need to rest".
You see, nobody would have blamed that woman for staying home on the sabbath day, but she didn't. See, she didn't allow her condition to change her position. She was a daughter of promise whether she knew it or not, and that's what kept her going. I want to encourage you today to stir your faith. Don't allow anything to bend you over, to bind you up, because whom the son sets free is free indeed. You are free indeed today. You've been bought with a great price. You are joint heirs with Jesus Christ. You have a covenant between you and God. You see, that's what that woman had, that's what Jesus saw. He didn't see her crippled body. He saw his covenant with her. He saw an agreement that couldn't be broken, and you stand in the position today of covenant. There is an agreement between you and God that cannot be broken. There's no devil on earth that can bind you anymore because you're free, free, free indeed.
You see, it's up to us to get ourself under the word, to understand that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He's going to be the same for you as he is for your children. He is the same Jesus with the same covenant, blood covenant. You see, when we stir up our faith and we realize the power that Jesus has towards us, we will say, "God can". When we stir up our faith and realize the love he has for us, we'll say, "God will". Listen, God can and God will reposition you, no matter what situation you're in right now, and he'll call you forward, and you will become everything he's intended you to be, amen? Do you believe that today? Thank you, Lord, we receive that today!