In the year 2019, the first 6 months were great. I graduated from Montgomery College in May 2019 and received my associate degree. I then transfer to a four-year university while maintaining a strong relationship with my family and friends. Life is heading to a bright future that is filled with hope and greatness for me. However, a personal event happened that caused me to face one of the most difficult times of my life. Ultimately, this event is what caused me to give my life to Christ.
Where it all started?
Before 2019 occurred, I was struggling with depression and self-doubt since 2015. This occurs because of a friendship with a girl who I liked for a long time went downhill. Ever since then, I battle with myself whether I am worthless or not. Sometimes I feel like I am a disgrace to my family and friends. However, my family and friends reassure me that I am not and they are lucky to have me as a son, brother, and friend. Still, I criticized myself as worthless and a loser. I often thought about my family and friend’s lives will be 100 times better without me. For 5 years, I have struggled with this battle. So I decided to find the solution of my life.
Joel Osteen’s Sermons: Why I like it
I decided to turn to God to help me overcome this personal battle inside of my spirit, soul, and mind. Turning to spirituality is the last resort for me to find peace within my heart and mind. I search on YouTube and found this pastor from Lakewood Church named Joel Osteen. I watched his videos preaching his gospel and his message about God. At first, I liked his sermons because it gave me hope and optimism that God will help me through this dark time of my life. He also mentioned that God will bless me through his favor and blessings. For a while, his sermons did help me get out of depression and self-doubt (only for the short-term). Towards the end of 2019, where I decided to stop watching his videos.
Why I do not like his sermons anymore?
As I continue to read God’s word, it revealed to me that there are false prophets or teachers that will lead you astray from the truth. Joel Osteen is one of those false teachers. Here’s why.
First, Joel Osteen only talks about the positive aspect of the bible. Also, he only talks about all the good things God will do for you. The problem was that the bible reveals a dark side that every believer and born-again Christian or sinners must face. Trials, troubles, consequences of sins, and persecution are what we all have to face in our lives. These concepts are equally important as the good and the wonderful promises of God. We all must face difficult trials and storms in our lives. There are many bible verses to look at that discusses the dark side of the bible. Look at the website link here: https://www.cgg.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Library.verses/ID/2583/Sin-Consequences-of-verses.htm
Check out other bible verses from that website link that talks about what happens when you live a life full of sins. Also, when you show disrespect or disobedience to God and not repenting your sins, it can lead you to hell as your destination when you die. Check this website link here: https://www.biblebelievers.com/jmelton/hell.html
*It is important to remember that it is your choice to decide whether or not you want to repent your sins before you die. God gave you a free will to choose heaven or hell.*
Another factor that turns me off about Joel Osteen is that he is a prosperity preacher. A prosperity preacher is when they only preach everything good about God and prosperity to gain fortune and wealth for themselves. I believe that these types of preachers are hurting a lot of people to receive the redemptive truth about God’s word. Be careful to not trust these preachers because it sounds like the work of the devil. If you remember in Matthew 4: 1-11, Jesus was faced by the devil and the devil tried to make Jesus gave in to the temptation. However, Jesus ultimately resists because he knew more about God than the devil.
Sometimes the prosperity preachers sound like the devil in Matthew 4: 1-11, giving you these promises. In reality, you are buying into the lies they are putting you to take you away from God and his salvation in Christ Jesus. I recommend you stop listening to these preachers and listen to those who do talk about the word of God. Also, find a preacher who teaches the bible in a way that will lead you to eternal life called heaven.
John Osteen’s Sermons: Why I like his sermons better than Joel Osteen
I decided to watch his father’s sermons to see the difference between him and Joel. It was shocking at how different John Osteen’s teaching is to Joel Osteen’s teaching. I trust John Osteen more than Joel Osteen because his sermons help us understand what God and Jesus are teaching us and how to apply it to our lives. Listen to his sermon series titled “The Authority of the Believer” and compare that to any Joel Osteen’s sermons now.
*You can check it out from this link and watch any videos that pop up. *
John Osteen’s teaching is simply that God is good who wants to save you from sin and be born again. The devil is the bad one who is trying hard in the supernatural world to kill, steal, and destroy every aspect of your life. John Osteen is not afraid to talk about subjects that every prosperity preacher is afraid to say. For example, sin, the devil, repentance of sins, Jesus Christ, and trials and tribulations that you are facing. His knowledge about the bible and the word of God has helped me grow my faith better than me attending my church for more than 15 years. I recommend watching more of John Osteen’s sermons that Joel Osteen’s sermons.
I watched one of the videos in this link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veNmfpBNi4I
Greg Laurie: The man that help me receive salvation through Jesus Christ
I do love watching John Osteen’s videos that caused my faith to grow. There is another preacher that I love that help me to grow more as a Christian.
His name is Greg Laurie.
Pastor Greg Laurie is a pastor from Harvest church. His sermons helped me to better understand how to grow as a born-again Christian. Most of his sermons can be found on YouTube. Greg teaches us what God’s word says about what is going on around the world and how to overcome trials and troubles in your life. But his sermons help you trust God more. Also, his teachings can help you be prosperous and victorious against your storms in life. Sometimes the topic he addresses is dark, challenging, and hard to swallow but necessary to know as Christians.
I saw his online sermon and at the end of the sermon, I prayed the sinner’s prayer and receive Christ into my life. I have been born-again. Although I did receive salvation through Christ from John Osteen, it is important to continue to work your salvation and keep growing in your faith. As a believer, you will experience trials and tribulations in life. But as long as you trust God, pray without ceasing, and provide thanksgiving even during your storms in life, then God will bless you and help you to overcome trials and tribulations in life.
I was lucky to receive his New Believer Bible, which helps me increase my wisdom and knowledge on Jesus’s life-changing lessons I learn. I continue to learn from the bible for the rest of my life.
Since Oct 2019, I no longer suffer depression and self-doubt in my life because I receive peace, love, and joy in life because of God’s love and Jesus’s sacrifice for me as a sinner. I become a born-again Christian. Since 2020, I commit my life every day to pray to God, reading Greg Laurie’s bible, using the YouVersion bible app (reading different plans), confession of faith, and praising/worship God every day for saving my life from evil through his salvation. As a result, I become a better person in the past and I experience less depression and self-doubt ever since. I also become much more caring, loving, and merciful to other people. It has also helped me to overcome my personal trials and hardships in life.
One special key about the sinner’s prayer.
This is something you need to remember. You can pray the sinner’s prayer in your mind, but it will not work. Because you have to say it with your mouth and believe it with your heart. Pray the sinner’s prayer with your mouth and believe it in your heart. As a result, I receive my salvation and accepting Jesus Christ as the lord and savior of my life. I did recommit my life to Christ.
If you prayed this prayer, then click this link below. Download the YouVersion bible app.
Start your journey with God and Jesus by your side.
If you want to receive Christ in your heart and want to grow faith in God and getting to know God more, then do the following.
Hear the word of God. Believe in Christ and have faith. Confess your sins as a sinner. Repent your sins. Make Jesus your Lord and Savior of your life now. Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. And be saved from the mercy and grace of God.
After that, keep believing in Jesus Christ. Continue to grow in faith through various trials and hardships.
Get a bible from any source to understand the truth of God’s word into your life. Have the word of God into your heart and mind to gain a better knowledge of God. Make time to worship God. Develop a prayer life (pray every day).
Receive Christ today.
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