Choose To Be Happy | Joel Osteen

Choose To Be Happy | Joel Osteen

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if you're going to be happy  you have to be happy on purpose   because there will be people betrayals delays all  kinds of things that can cause you to live sour   you have to put your foot down and say that's  it i'm not letting other people steal my joy   i'm not letting what's not working out cause  me to be sour not letting this problem at work   keep me from enjoying my life i will rejoice  i will be glad i will live this day happy   god bless you it's great to be with you today  and i hope you'll stay connected with us during   the week through our daily podcast our youtube  channel social media we'll keep you encouraged   and inspired i'd like to start with something  funny and i heard about this elderly couple   they were sitting on a swing celebrating their  60th wedding anniversary feeling romantic the   husband said to his wife honey our love is tried  and true she had difficulty hearing and asked him   to repeat it he said it louder i said our love  is tried and true she still couldn't hear him  
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said what would you speak up frustrated he  shouted i said our love is tried and true   she said well fine i'm sick of you too okay  y'all nothing inspiring but here we go ready   this is my bible i am what it says i am i have  what it says i have i can do what it says i can do   today i will be taught the word of god i boldly  confess my mind is alert my heart is receptive   i will never be the same in jesus name god bless  you i want to talk to you today about choosing   to be happy when we make up in the morning we  get to choose how we're going to live that day   we can choose to live in faith happy expecting  favor or we can choose to live discouraged   defeated focused on our problems happiness doesn't  automatically happen it's a choice we have to make   you can't wait to see what kind of day it's going  to be you have to decide what kind of day it's  
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going to be first thing in the morning you need to  make up your mind i'm going to live this day happy   i'm going to see the good i'm going to be  grateful i'm going to love my family i'm going   to enjoy this day if you don't decide how you're  going to live circumstances will decide for you   you'll see every problem how it's not going to  work out you'll think i don't feel like going   to work this traffic's so bad i never get any  good breaks when you dwell on those thoughts   you may not realize it but you're choosing to  live discouraged you're choosing to have a lousy   day the scripture says joy comes in the morning  every morning god sends you a fresh supply of joy   you can dismiss it think that's not for me i have  too much coming against me or you can receive it   and say things may not be perfect in my life but  i know god's on the throne he's ordering my steps   his plans for me are for good so i'm going  to enjoy this day this is what david did  
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he had all kinds of opposition armies  trying to stop him people slandering him   but in the middle of all that he said this  is the day the lord has made i will rejoice   and be glad in it his circumstances said he should  be discouraged afraid lonely if he was reporting   on the situation he would have said this is the  day the lord has made and i'm really discouraged   i've got a lot of problems that would have been  the truth but he wasn't reporting he was making   a declaration of faith he was saying despite the  opposition i will be happy despite people lying   about me i will be happy despite my family not  believing in me i'm going to live this day happy   if you're going to be happy you have to be happy  on purpose because there will be people betrayals   delays all kinds of things that can cause you to  live sour you have to put your foot down and say  
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that's it i'm not letting other people steal  my joy i'm not letting what's not working out   caused me to be sour not letting this problem  at work keep me from enjoying my life i will   rejoice i will be glad i will live this day happy  see your will is more powerful than how you feel   david didn't feel happy when he wrote this but he  declared i will rejoice don't wait to feel happy   before you decide to be happy you have to decide  first then the happiness will come now like david   you may feel discouraged you may have a good  reason things were not fair you went through   a loss nothing looks promising in your life the  enemy would love for you to never get your hopes   up to think that's the way it's always going to  be just drag through the day sour no you have   to kick your will into gear i will be happy i will  enjoy this day i will focus on the goodness of god  
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your will is going to override how you feel  now mark of maturity is when you can be happy   even when things aren't going your way that  your joy is not based on your circumstances   well joel when the pandemic is over i'll get  my joy back when i finish school i'll be happy   again when the texans win i'll be in a good mood  they'd be waiting a while when i get married when   i get married i'll be happy or if i wasn't married  i'd be happy if you're putting off your happiness   there will always be some reason to not be  happy why don't you make a decision that   you're going to be happy today not when  it clears up not when your boss changes   not when you lose 20 pounds not when you get  the promotion this is the day the lord has made   i've learned if you don't get happy where you  are you probably won't get to where you want   to be well i can't stand this job i don't like  working at this place try a different approach  
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god i'm happy that i have a job help  me to not let these people steal my joy   if you'll have a good attitude where you are  that's a seed that god will use to change things   but if you're sour at that job and god gave you  a better job when someone does you wrong there   you'll be sour at that place too you have to get  happy where you are may not be in my dream house   yet but i'm happy in this apartment not marriage  yet but i'm happy being single this health issue   hasn't resolved yet but god i'm going to be  happy while you're changing things you control   your own happiness it's not up to anyone  else you're as happy as you want to be i   played basketball with a young man and he was  always in a good mood so friendly and upbeat   one day after the game i asked if he wanted to  go get something to eat he said no i have to go   up to the clinic i'm taking chemotherapy he'd been  fighting cancer for three years i was so surprised  
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i couldn't tell anything was wrong i said  i'm so sorry to hear that he said don't feel   sorry for me life is good i'm blessed i have a  beautiful wife a new son i'm grateful to be alive   he could have been depressed thinking why me this  is not fair sitting around in self-pity instead he   made the choice to be happy where he was i asked  him how he had such a great attitude he said when   i wake up in the morning i ask myself do you want  to live depressed or do you want to live happy   i choose to live happy i wonder how much more  we would enjoy our lives if we would do like him   and start choosing to be happy we can't get away  from negative circumstances i can't tell you   that having faith will keep you from trouble bad  breaks people that do you wrong but i can tell you   those things don't have to take your joy you're in  control of your happiness david said in psalm 144  
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happy are the people whose god is the lord and  sometimes we look at circumstances and there's   nothing to be happy about fighting cancer going  through a pandemic having trouble at work nothing   good about that no the reason we can be happy is  our god is on the throne he controls the universe   he's our provider he's our healer  he's our vindicator he's our waymaker   we can be happy that the most powerful force in  the universe is on our side no person can stop him   no bad break no sickness no addiction all the  forces of darkness cannot stop what god has   ordained for you it's significant that david  started off by saying this is the day the lord   has made he could have just said i'm going to be  glad today i'm going to rejoice he was saying god   i recognize that you not only made this day  but you've allowed me to be alive you chose  
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me before i could choose you you formed me in my  mother's womb now i'm not going to waste this day   living negative focused on my problems dwelling  on my hurts i'm going to live this day to the full   you and i are not here by accident god could  have chosen anyone to be alive today there   are billions of people that have lived and died  but god hand-picked you to be here at this time   he woke you up this morning he gave you strength  to get out of bed he's crowned you with favor   he put seeds of greatness in you he calls you  more than a conqueror the head and not the tail   one way we honor god is by living happy he didn't  create you to drag through the day overcome by   problems discouraged by disappointments this day  is a gift from god we should feel a responsibility   to live it in faith happy joyful good-natured once  this day is over we can never get it back we don't  
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have time to waste another minute being negative  discouraged focused on what didn't work out   complaining over who did us wrong get your  joy back well joel i'd be happier but i've   been through hurts people have done me wrong i  say this respectfully everyone's been hurt i've   had disappointments bad breaks loss we all have  you can use that as an excuse and let it sour   the rest of your life or you can say father  thank you for entrusting me with another day   i'm not going to take it for granted i recognize  it's a day that you have made i'm going to choose   to be happy i'm going to choose to enjoy  this day i'm going to live it to the full   when you have that kind of attitude god  will give you beauty for ashes he'll make   up for the wrongs a few months ago there were  some birds right outside our bedroom window   five o'clock in the morning they started chirping  and chirping so loudly that they woke me up  
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this went on for over an hour all this singing  different sounds melodies one would chirp real   loud there'd be a pause then another would answer  at times they'd all chirp together sounded like   a symphony i would have enjoyed it but it was  five o'clock in the morning i wanted to sleep   the next morning five o'clock the same thing  again and again one morning it was raining   thundering i thought there's no way those  birds are gonna sing today no way they're   gonna be happy cold rainy lightning five o'clock  right on cue here came the birds louder than ever   i wanted to say to those birds why are you  so happy don't you know we're in a pandemic   haven't you read the news there are problems in  the world the price of gas is high the supply   chain is messed up how can you be singing  what if you don't get your worms tomorrow   it's interesting how god put something in those  birds to start the day off singing they're saying  
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in effect life is good we're happy we're going  to enjoy this day what would happen if we would   have that song of praise every morning like those  birds not be moved by our circumstances but sing   in the dark when things aren't going our way sing  in the rain when circumstances are against us sing   in the cold when we don't feel like it we could be  discouraged complaining instead we're making this   choice that we're going to live this day happy one  reason those birds are so happy is they haven't   watched the news they haven't read the papers  they're not on social media nobody has told them   they're supposed to be worried afraid upset they  believe that their heavenly father is in control   they've seen him take care of them in the past  they believe he'll take care of them in the future   if you're going to live happier you may have to  tune some things out you can't take in negative  
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all the time and stay in faith the scripture  says think on things that are of a good report   things that are positive hopeful our thinking  has a lot to do with our happiness the apostle   paul went through a lot of bad breaks second  corinthians 11 it lists some of these difficulties   five times he was beaten with rods once he was  stoned three times he had been shipwrecked he   was bitten by a poisonous snake he faced angry  mobs fought off bandits survived flooded rivers   he'd gone without food proper clothing sleepless  nights nobody had more come against them than paul   after being in prison for two years he was  brought before king agrippa for his trial when   he stood up to give his defense the first thing  he said was king agrippa i think myself happy   you would think he would see himself as a victim  be bitter angry have a chip on his shoulder   but he shows us a secret of how to overcome  all that he said i think myself happy  
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you can think yourself depressed you can think  yourself into a bad mood think yourself a victim   or you can do like paul and say  yes i've had a lot of difficulties   i could be sour live discouraged but i'm going  to think myself happy as long as you're thinking   about your hurts what you didn't get how you  were left out you're going to be discouraged   why don't you start thinking happy thoughts happy  thoughts or i have a bright future something good   is going to happen to me my latter days will be  better than my former days i'm not saying to deny   the negative i'm saying don't dwell on it don't  relive what didn't work out don't replay the loss   the disappointment the failure you can't move  forward if you're looking back you can't enjoy   today if you're focused on yesterday you may have  had disappointments things that are not fair you   need to do like paul and start thinking yourself  happy i get up every morning and tell victoria  
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today is going to be a great day you know what  i'm doing thinking myself happy i'm getting my   mind going in the right direction it's easy to  get up and think yourself sad think yourself into   self-pity why did i come down with this illness  my friends are all married why am i still single   these people at work are not treating me right  this is not fair you're thinking yourself defeated   you have to change what you're thinking yes i came  down with this illness but father i want to thank   you that you're restoring health back unto me  that i will live and not die that my best days   are still in front of me yes these people at work  are not treating me right but i'm not a victim   i know i'm a victor god you're my vindicator  you said you would always cause me to triumph   happy thoughts are god i'm grateful to be alive  i'm excited about my future i believe you're   taking me from glory to glory that i haven't seen  or imagined the great things you have in store  
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when you think happy thoughts it not only lifts  your spirit but that attitude of faith is what   allows god to do amazing things after paul gave  this great speech to king agrippa he was sent   back to prison his prayer wasn't answered you  would think now he would surely be discouraged   surely he'd be complaining no in prison he wrote  rejoice in the lord always and again i say rejoice   he was telling us even when it doesn't go your way  just keep thinking happy thoughts keep giving god   praise keep thanking god that he's working keep  being grateful when you could be complaining   keep thinking victory when you're seeing defeat  happiness is not dependent on what's going on   around you it's dependent on what's going on  in you what kind of thoughts are you thinking   i'll never get well i've had this too long  you're thinking yourself discouraged i can't   break this addiction it's been in my family  for years you're thinking yourself limited  
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i can't be happy joel i've been through a lot  of loss a lot of heartache that's not how your   story ends here's a key you have to give yourself  permission to be happy sometimes we bought into   the lie that we're not supposed to be happy we've  been through too much we've made too many mistakes   if we're happy people may not understand  can i tell you you're supposed to be happy   god created you to enjoy your life to laugh to  smile happiness starts on the inside give god   something to work with every morning you need to  say to yourself i'm happy i'm grateful i'm blessed   you can't receive happiness if you're thinking  sadness joy is coming every morning some   people have been bypassing it year after year  because of their thoughts you will live happier   if you'll start thinking happier while paul  was in prison he wrote in first thessalonians  
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be happy in the faith glad-hearted continually  he was telling us again think happy thoughts   be glad-hearted he didn't say anything about  our circumstances be happy if people treat you   good be happy if your plans work out be happy if  you don't have any disappointments he was saying   get in a habit of thinking happy thoughts don't  let the negative circumstances talk you out   of living happy i was driving down the road  the other day and i was in a hurry to get to   an appointment there was a car in front of me that  was driving 20 miles an hour in a 45 mile an hour   zone it was a one-lane street you couldn't pass  it wasn't a school zone the driver wasn't elderly   i couldn't understand why they wouldn't go at that  point i had to make up my mind that i was going   to think happy thoughts because the thoughts that  were coming were not happy my first thoughts would  
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blow the horn call them a name get out of my way  i was about to think myself upset but i did what   i'm asking you to do god i know you're in control  you're ordering my steps i thank you that it's a   good day i'm healthy i'm blessed i have a bright  future i just switched over to happy thoughts   not long after that they turned i honked my horn  and went on but in the scripture habakkuk i didn't   honk and the scripture habakkuk put it this  way though the fig tree does not blossom though   there be no fruit on the vine though the olive  crops fell and there are no cattles in the stall   everything was going wrong for habakkuk business  was down his crops weren't producing his income   was limited if he would have stopped there he'd  been depressed discouraged drugged through the day   but he went on to say yet will i rejoice in the  lord i will joy in the god of my salvation he was   saying even when i'm not seeing increase even when  things aren't going my way slow drivers delays the  
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medical report hasn't improved i'm not going to  fall apart i'm still going to think happy thoughts   i'm still going to thank god that i'm alive that  i have purpose that good things are in store   are you thinking yourself sad thinking yourself  discouraged thinking yourself a victim it's time   to start thinking happy thoughts a lady i know is  very joyful she always has a smile and every time   i'm around her she's so good-natured and so fun  and she's had difficulties in life hasn't been   easy but she's learned this secret to think happy  thoughts she was at a store and she went up to the   counter to purchase something the men at the  register asked how she was doing she said with   a big smile very enthusiastically i'm blessed  and just grateful to be alive he looked at her   and said do you go to lakewood she said i do he  said i should have known it everyone that comes   in here like you goes to lakewood i believe  we should be the happiest people on earth  
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there should be a difference between us and  people that don't honor god when you go to work   everyone may be complaining discouraged talking  defeat don't fall into that trap stay full of joy   keep a smile on your face keep thinking  happy thoughts this world needs more   happy people we need more joy in the world  there's so much sadness gloom and despair   if we're not careful we'll let what's happening  around us get in us that's why every morning   you have to choose to be happy not i feel but i  will rejoice i will enjoy this day i will be happy   when you think about the best day of your life  what day would it be the day you were married   the day your child was born the day you found out  you were cancer-free the day you moved into that   new house those are all great days we look back  with fond memories but do you know what i believe  
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the best day of your life is today god  has given us another day to be alive   another day to enjoy your family another day  to see the sunrise another day of possibilities   to pursue your dreams to go after your goals  but sometimes we let the pressures of life   the traffic what somebody said a challenge  at work to keep us from enjoying this day   we think it's just another ordinary day but  there's no such thing as an ordinary day every   day is a gift from god the scripture says our  life is like a vapor we're here for a minute   and then we're gone 100 years from now we'll all  be finished if we really understood how valuable   each day is i think we would live it happier  it's easier to take it for granted just get up   go through the motions deal with  the challenges and the day is gone   but if you'll have a new perspective and start  seeing every day as your best day then you  
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won't let the little things upset you you'll take  time to enjoy the people god's given you to love   you'll stop by and say hello to that neighbor  that's lonely you'll think more happy thoughts   you'll live more grateful you'll make the most of  each day a pastor friend of mine went to visit a   35 year old mother in the hospital she had cancer  and wasn't supposed to make it through the night   walked in took her hand and told her that  he loved her that he was praying for her   she smiled ever so warmly and said in a faint  voice pastor this is the best day of my life   he seemed kind of puzzled thinking that doesn't  seem like a very good day for you at all and she   laid there very frail no hair she said you see i  didn't know if i was going to wake up this morning   now god has blessed me with another day to see  my children another day to spend with my family   she went on to say if i make it through today  tonight i'm going to look out the window and  
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look at the stars i'm going to enjoy the moonlight  you may have some difficulties things you could be   sour about things that can take your joy but  if you'll keep it in the right perspective   recognizing that this day is a gift from god  that really it's the best day of your life   then it's much easier to live it happy to not be  sidetracked by all the worries what didn't work   out who cut you off when paul came to the end of  his life he said i want to finish my course with   joy we're all going to go to be with the lord at  some point i don't want to go discouraged feeling   like a victim look what i've been through  why did this happen let's go full of joy   seeing each day as the best day getting up each  morning and choosing to be happy saying with david   it's not how i feel i will rejoice i will  be glad like paul let's get in the habit   of thinking happy thoughts if you'll do this i  believe and declare you're going to live happier  
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you're going to enjoy your life more forces  that have held you back are being broken   right now god is about to release you into  new levels of joy favor freedom fulfillment   you will finish your course with joy in jesus  name and if you believe it can you say amen   i'd like to give you an opportunity to make  jesus the lord of your life would you pray   with me just say lord jesus i repent of my sins  come into my heart i make you my lord and savior   if you prayed that simple prayer we believe you  got born again we'd love to send you some free   information on your new walk with the lord you can  just text the number on the screen or go to the   website i hope you'll get into a good bible-based  church and keep god first place thanks for being a   part of our youtube channel we post new videos  right here every week to keep you inspired and   encouraged when you subscribe to the channel it  helps to get the message of hope around the world  
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if you've been impacted by our ministry let us  know in the comments below and share this page   with a friend we also want to take a moment  and thank you for all you do to support the   ministry with your donations and offerings you  help keep the ministry going when you give i   believe god will open the windows of heaven  you'll see his favor in new ways in your life   i know our best days are still up in front  of us we love you and we'll see you next time

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