Time Is On Your Side | Joel Osteen

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Time Is On Your Side | Joel Osteen

> JOEL: GOD BLESS YOU, IT’S GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US TODAY I HOPE YOU’LL STAY CONNECTED WITH US THROUGH THE WEEK YOU CAN DOWNLOAD OUR PODCAST, LISTEN TO THE MESSAGES ANY TIME OR YOU CAN GO TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL. BUT THANKS AGAIN FOR TUNING IN I LIKE TO START WITH SOMETHING FUNNY ONE DAY JESUS AND SATAN WERE HAVING A CONTEST TO SEE WHO WAS BETTER WITH COMPUTERS AFTER SIX HOURS OF MAKING SPREADSHEETS AND DESIGNING WEB PAGES, A THUNDERSTORM KNOCKED THE POWER OUT WHEN THEY REBOOTED THEIR COMPUTERS, SATAN STARTED SCREAMING, “IT’S ALL LOST ALL MY MATERIAL IS GONE.” WHILE JESUS QUIETLY WALKED OVER AND PRINTED OUT HIS AND TURNED IT IN SATAN COMPLAINED, “THIS ISN’T FAIR. HE MUST HAVE CHEATED. HOW COME HE DIDN’T LOSE HIS MATERIAL?” GOD SMILED AND SAID, “JESUS SAVES.” SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT 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 TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE WE’VE ALL BEEN THROUGH SEASONS IN LIFE WHERE IT FEELS LIKE WE’VE LOST TIME WE WERE IN A RELATIONSHIP THAT DIDN’T WORK OUT, WE’VE LOST THOSE YEARS WE WEREN’T RAISED IN A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT; IT FEELS LIKE WE’VE LOST OUR CHILDHOOD WE CAME DOWN WITH AN ILLNESS OR STRUGGLED WITH AN ADDICTION MONTHS PASSED, MAYBE YEARS, IT’S TIME THAT WE CAN’T GET BACK IT’S EASY TO THINK, “THAT WAS JUST A ROUGH SEASON, THERE’S NOTHING THAT I CAN DO ABOUT IT.” BUT GOD SAID IN THE BOOK OF JOEL, “I WILL RESTORE THE YEARS THAT THE LOCUSTS HAVE EATEN, THE YEARS THAT THE CANKERWORM AND PALMERWORM HAVE DESTROYED.” IT’S SAID THAT TIME IS THE ONE THING THAT WE CAN’T GET BACK THAT’S TRUE IN THE NATURAL BUT WE HAVE A SUPERNATURAL GOD HE KNOWS HOW TO MAKE UP FOR LOST TIME HE’S NOT GOING TO JUST RESTORE YOU, HE’S GOING TO RESTORE THE YEARS THAT YOU SPENT IN THAT RELATIONSHIP THAT DIDN’T MAKE IT IT FEELS LIKE IT WAS A WASTE OF TIME, BUT GOD IS GOING TO MAKE THE REST OF YOUR LIFE SO FULFILLING THAT YOU DON’T THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU’VE BEEN THROUGH HE’S NOT GOING TO JUST BRING YOU OUT OF THAT ILLNESS, HE’S GOING TO RESTORE THE YEARS THAT YOU SPENT TAKING THE TREATMENT YOUR LATTER DAYS WILL BE BETTER THAN YOUR FORMER DAYS HERE’S HOW GOOD GOD IS, HE’S EVEN GOING TO RESTORE THE YEARS THAT WE’VE WASTED, MAKING POOR CHOICES, RUNNING WITH THE WRONG CROWD YEARS YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN STUDYING BUT YOU SPENT THEM PARTYING YEARS THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN RAISING CHILDREN, BUT YOU WERE DISTRACTED DOING OTHER THINGS YEARS YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN PURSUING YOUR DREAMS, BUT YOU LET FEAR AND OPPOSITION HOLD YOU BACK IT SHOULD BE TOO LATE, YOU MISSED YOUR CHANCE, GOD IS SAYING, “GET READY, I’M ABOUT TO RESTORE THE YEARS I’M ABOUT TO MAKE UP FOR THE TIME YOU MISSED WITH YOUR CHILDREN.” HE’S NOT GOING TO JUST RESTORE THE RELATIONSHIP; HE’S GOING TO RESTORE THE YEARS HE’S GOING TO MAKE IT AS IF YOU NEVER LOST THAT TIME THAT COMPANY YOU’VE SPENT YEARS AT; THEY DIDN’T TREAT YOU FAIRLY, GOD IS NOT GOING TO JUST TURN IT AROUND BUT HE’S GOING TO PAY YOU BACK FOR WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOURS IN THIS PASSAGE FROM THE BOOK OF JOEL, THE ISRAELITES PLANTED THEIR CROPS, WATERED THEM, DID THEIR BEST TO KEEP THE WEEDS OUT EVERYTHING WAS GOING GREAT, THE CROPS TOOK OFF BUT WHEN THEY WERE ABOUT TO HARVEST THEM, SWARMS OF LOCUSTS CAME IN, LIKE A MIGHTY ARMY AND ATE UP ALL THE CROPS I’M SURE THE ISRAELITES WERE DISCOURAGED IT WASN’T FAIR THEY HAD WORKED HARD BUT HAD NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT THEY MADE IT THROUGH THAT WINTER, BELIEVED THAT GOD WAS STILL IN CONTROL THE NEXT YEAR THEY WENT OUT AND PLANTED THEIR CROPS THEY THOUGHT, “THAT SETBACK CAN’T STOP US. WE DIDN’T HAVE A HARVEST LAST YEAR, BUT GOD SUSTAINED US. WE’LL HAVE ONE THIS YEAR.” BUT WHEN THE CROPS WERE READY TO HARVEST HERE CAME THE LOCUSTS, JUST LIKE THE YEAR BEFORE WHEN THEY SAW THEM OVER THE HORIZON, I CAN IMAGINE HOW THEIR HEARTS SUNK AS THEY SAT THERE AND WATCHED MILLIONS OF LOCUSTS, SLOWLY EAT UP THEIR CROPS, IT WAS LIKE POURING SALT ON THE WOUND

THIS DIDN’T HAPPEN JUST ONE YEAR, OR JUST TWO YEARS, BUT FOUR CONSECUTIVE YEARS THEIR HARVEST WAS COMPLETELY WIPED OUT THEY WERE TEMPTED TO THINK, “THERE’S NO USE EVEN PLANTING. IT’S NOT WORTH THE EFFORT. WE KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. THESE LOCUSTS ARE GOING TO COME RIGHT BACK.” “JOEL, I’M BELIEVING FOR MY HEALTH TO IMPROVE, BUT EVERY TIME I GO FOR A CHECKUP IT’S THE SAME NEGATIVE REPORT.” “I’M BEING MY BEST AT WORK, BUT I’M NOT BEING PROMOTED.” LIKE THEM, IT FEELS LIKE YOUR HARVEST IS BEING EATEN YOU’RE DOING THE RIGHT THING BUT THE LOCUSTS KEEP SHOWING UP WHILE THE ISRAELITES WERE DISCOURAGED, THINKING THEY WOULD NEVER SEE A HARVEST, GOD SPOKE TO THEM THROUGH THE PROPHET JOEL HE SAID IN EFFECT, “I KNOW IT HASN’T BEEN FAIR, I’VE SEEN WHAT DIDN’T WORK OUT, I’VE SEEN WHAT’S BEEN STOLEN, I’M NOT GOING TO JUST STOP THE LOCUSTS, I’M NOT GOING TO JUST GIVE YOU A HARVEST THIS SEASON I’M GOING TO RESTORE THE YEARS THAT WERE STOLEN I’M GOING TO GIVE YOU THIS SEASON’S HARVEST, PLUS FOUR MORE HARVEST SEASONS.” THAT’S HOW AMAZING GOD IS HE’S GOING TO MAKE UP FOR THE YEARS THAT YOU’VE LOST THE SCRIPTURE WENT ON TO SAY, “YOUR THRESHING FLOOR WILL BE FULL OF GRAIN, YOUR STOREHOUSES WILL OVERFLOW WITH WHEAT AND OIL, YOU WILL HAVE AN ABUNDANCE AND BE SATISFIED.” NOTICE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN GOD RESTORES: ABUNDANCE, OVERFLOW, MORE THAN ENOUGH THEY HAD BEEN IN FAMINE, NOT SEEING ANY INCREASE AND SUDDENLY GOD NOT ONLY TURNED IT AROUND BUT HE PAID THEM BACK FOR THE LOST YEARS HE MADE UP FOR WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THEIRS GOD IS KEEPING A RECORD OF EVERYTHING THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOURS HE KNOWS WHAT YOU DIDN’T GET HE SAW YOU WORKING HARD, RAISING THOSE CHILDREN, MAKING SACRIFICES, BUT THEY HAVEN’T TURNED OUT LIKE THEY SHOULD HE SAW YOU TAKING THE TREATMENT, KEEPING A GOOD ATTITUDE, PRAISING HIM WHEN IT WASN’T IMPROVING, THANKING HIM WHEN YOU DIDN’T FEEL WELL HE SAW YOU STRUGGLING WITH THE ADDICTION, TRYING TO BEAT IT, GOING TO COUNSELING, QUOTING THE PROMISES BUT IT HASN’T CHANGED YOUR HARVEST HASN’T COME DON’T WORRY, IT’S ON THE WAY GOD IS NOT GOING TO JUST FREE YOU, JUST HEAL YOU, JUST TURN YOUR CHILDREN AROUND, HE’S GOING TO RESTORE THE YEARS THAT YOU’VE LOST YOU’RE GOING TO STILL GET A HARVEST FROM ALL THOSE YEARS YOU PRAYED, THOSE YEARS YOU BELIEVED, THOSE YEARS YOU DID THE RIGHT THING, YOU WORKED HARD, YOU HELPED OTHERS THAT HARVEST HAS BEEN STORED UP THE ENEMY MAY THINK HE TOOK IT, BUT GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY HE HAS BLESSINGS STORED UP FOR YOU WHEN HE RESTORES THE YEARS, YOU’RE GOING TO BE MORE FULFILLED THAN YOU’VE EVER BEEN YOU’RE GOING TO BE HEALTHIER, STRONGER, MORE ENERGY YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE BETTER RELATIONSHIPS THAN YOU’VE EVER DREAMED YOU’RE GOING TO OVERFLOW WITH BLESSINGS, OVERFLOW WITH JOY, OVERFLOW WITH FAVOR A MAN I KNOW WAS MARRIED AT A YOUNG AGE THEY STRUGGLED AS A YOUNG COUPLE AND HAD SOME ROUGH YEARS, BUT HE WAS DETERMINED TO MAKE IT WORK HE WENT OVERBOARD TO LOVE, TO FORGIVE; TO GO THE EXTRA MILE THEY HAD TWO CHILDREN, BUT AT ONE POINT THE WIFE CHECKED OUT. SHE WAS DONE THIS MAN KEPT BEING HIS BEST, RAISING THE CHILDREN BASICALLY BY HIMSELF THE WIFE WAS STILL THERE BUT SHE WOULDN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH HIM HE KEPT PRAYING, BELIEVING, ASKING GOD TO TURN IT AROUND, BUT ON HIS TWENTY-FIFTH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY SHE LEFT A NOTE SAYING SHE WAS LEAVING THIS MAN WAS SO HEARTBROKEN WHEN I SAW HIM, IT LOOKED LIKE HE HAD AGED TWENTY YEARS HE WAS NORMALLY SO UPBEAT, FUN, POSITIVE BUT IT WAS LIKE ALL THE LIFE HAD BEEN DRAINED OUT OF HIM I TRIED TO ENCOURAGE HIM AND LET HIM KNOW THAT THERE WERE GOOD DAYS UP AHEAD BUT HE WAS SO DOWN HE SAID, “I’VE INVESTED ALL THIS TIME, I’VE POURED MY HEART AND SOUL, TRYING TO MAKE MY MARRIAGE WORK AND IT WAS ALL FOR NOTHING.” GOD SEES THE YEARS YOU’VE LOST HE KNOWS THE PAIN, THE HURT, WHAT WASN’T FAIR THE BEAUTY OF OUR GOD IS HE DOESN’T JUST HEAL THE WOUNDS, HE RESTORES THE YEARS HE MAKES UP FOR WHAT WASN’T FAIR YOU MAY FEEL LIKE YOU’RE IN ONE OF THOSE LOST YEARS THE PANDEMIC HAS SLOWED YOUR BUSINESS, PUT YOUR DREAMS ON HOLD, YOU’RE DEALING WITH AN ILLNESS, A CHILD IS OFF COURSE YOU’VE INVESTED SO MUCH BUT IT LOOKS LIKE IT WAS WASTED THE LOCUSTS CAME IN AND ATE UP YOUR HARVEST STAY ENCOURAGED, PAYBACK IS COMING GOD IS KEEPING THE RECORDS HE KNOWS HOW TO NOT JUST RESTORE YOU BUT RESTORE THE YEARS THAT WERE STOLEN THE YEARS THAT WERE UNFAIR,

THE YEARS THAT WERE LONELY, THE YEARS YOU STRUGGLED WITH THAT DEPRESSION WHEN GOD RESTORES THE YEARS, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO LOOK LIKE WHAT YOU’VE BEEN THROUGH WHEN HE MAKES UP FOR WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOURS NOBODY IS GOING TO KNOW THAT YOU HAD THE ILLNESS, NOBODY WILL KNOW THAT YOU WENT THROUGH THE BREAKUP YOU’LL BE SO BLESSED, SO HAPPY, SO HEALTHY, NOBODY WILL BE ABLE TO TELL OVER TIME, MY FRIEND BEGAN TO GET HIS JOY BACK, HIS PASSION BACK, HIS VISION BACK INSTEAD OF LIVING DEFEATED, HE STARTED THANKING GOD THAT THERE WERE BEAUTY FOR THOSE ASHES, THAT WHAT WAS MEANT FOR HARM GOD WAS TURNING TO HIS ADVANTAGE THREE YEARS LATER HE MET A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY, THEY FELL IN LOVE AND ENDED UP GETTING MARRIED I’LL NEVER FORGET WHAT HE TOLD ME HE SAID, “JOEL, I HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS HAPPY IN ALL MY LIFE I NEVER DREAMED I COULD BE THIS FULFILLED, I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WAS.” WHAT WAS THAT? GOD RESTORING THE YEARS THAT WERE LOST GOD KNOWS HOW TO MAKE UP FOR WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOURS JUST BECAUSE IT HASN’T HAPPENED, DOESN’T MEAN THAT IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN GOD IS STORING UP WHAT BELONGS TO YOU I BELIEVE HE’S ABOUT TO RELEASE SOME OF THOSE STORED UP BLESSINGS WHEN HE RESTORES THE YEARS, YOU’LL SEE INCREASE THAT YOU’VE NEVER SEEN, BLESSINGS THAT WILL CATAPULT YOU AHEAD, DIVINE CONNECTIONS, PEOPLE BETTER THAN YOU’VE EVER IMAGINED THOSE LOCUSTS MAY HAVE EATEN UP YOUR CROPS SO TO SPEAK, THEY MAY HAVE TAKEN YOUR HARVEST, THE GOOD NEWS IS IT’S ONLY TEMPORARY EVERYTHING THAT BELONGS TO YOU IS COMING BACK THE HEALTH, THE FREEDOM, THE PROMOTION, THE JOY, THE VICTORY IT’S NOT COMING BACK LIKE IT WAS, IT’S GOING TO COME BACK PRESSED DOWN, SHAKEN TOGETHER, RUNNING OVER WHEN GOD RESTORES THE YEARS, LIKE WITH MY FRIEND, YOUR JOY WILL OVERFLOW, YOU’LL HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF OPPORTUNITY, AN ABUNDANCE OF RESOURCES, AN ABUNDANCE OF GOOD HEALTH THE ISRAELITES HAD BEEN IN SLAVERY MANY YEARS THEY WERE MISTREATED, FORCED TO WORK LONG HOURS, GIVEN QUOTAS THAT WERE IMPOSSIBLE TO MEET DESPITE HOW UNFAIR IT WAS THEY KEPT WORKING HARD, BEING THEIR BEST, BUT NOT SEEING ANY INCREASE, NO HARVEST THEY THOUGHT IT WAS PERMANENT, THEY HAD ALREADY ACCEPTED THAT THEY WOULD NEVER BE FREE, BUT GOD SEES WHEN YOU’RE BEING MISTREATED HE SEES WHEN YOU’RE DOING THE RIGHT THING, BUT THE LOCUSTS ARE EATING YOUR HARVEST IT MAY FEEL LIKE GOD HAS FORGOTTEN ABOUT YOU, YOU’VE ACCEPTED THAT YOU’LL ALWAYS STRUGGLE, ALWAYS BE AT A DISADVANTAGE, ALWAYS HAVE THAT TROUBLE AT WORK, NO YOUR TIME IS COMING GOD SAID IN EXODUS, “I HAVE SEEN THE AFFLICTION OF MY PEOPLE, I HAVE HEARD THEIR CRIES AND I AM COMING DOWN TO DELIVER THEM.” GOD WAS SAYING IN EFFECT, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.” THERE WILL BE A TIME WHERE GOD SAYS, “THAT’S IT I’M COMING DOWN TO VINDICATE YOU, TO HEAL YOU, TO PROMOTE YOU, TO PAY YOU BACK FOR WHAT YOU’RE OWED.” THE PHARAOH THAT WAS HOLDING THEM CAPTIVE WAS VERY POWERFUL HE HAD A HUGE ARMY, THE LATEST EQUIPMENT, CHARIOTS, SKILLED WARRIORS THE ISRAELITES HAD NONE OF THAT NO CHANCE IN THE NATURAL, THEY WERE SLAVES BUT GOD IS NOT LIMITED BY WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE, BY WHO’S AGAINST YOU, BY HOW POWERFUL THE SICKNESS LOOKS, BY HOW LONG YOU’VE STRUGGLED, BY HOW FAR THAT CHILD IS OFF COURSE NOTHING CAN STAND AGAINST OUR GOD WHEN HE COMES DOWN TO DELIVER YOU ALL THE FORCES OF DARKNESS CANNOT STOP HIM DON’T FOCUS ON HOW BIG YOUR OBSTACLES ARE, FOCUS ON HOW BIG YOUR GOD IS HE FLUNG STARS INTO SPACE, HE SPOKE WORLDS INTO EXISTENCE HE’S SAYING TO YOU WHAT HE SAID TO THEM, “I’M COMING DOWN TO DELIVER YOU I’M COMING DOWN TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN THAT YOU COULDN’T MAKE HAPPEN I’M COMING DOWN TO RESTORE THE YEARS THAT YOU’VE LOST.” GOD SENT PLAGUE AFTER PLAGUE ON PHARAOH AND HIS PEOPLE HE WAS STUBBORN BUT HE FINALLY AGREED TO LET THEM GO I’M SURE THE ISRAELITES WERE THRILLED TO BE FREE IT WAS A DAY THEY NEVER DREAMED WOULD HAPPEN THEY WERE SATISFIED TO JUST BE LEAVING BUT GOD WASN’T SATISFIED HE DOESN’T JUST BRING YOU OUT, HE RESTORES THE YEARS THAT WERE STOLEN HE PAYS YOU BACK FOR WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOURS ON THEIR WAY OUT, THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, “GOD CAUSED THE ISRAELITES TO HAVE FAVOR WITH THEIR OPPRESSORS AND THEY GAVE THEM THEIR GOLD, THEIR SILVER AND THEIR CLOTHING ONE VERSION SAYS THEY LEFT LOADED DOWN WITH BLESSINGS WHAT WAS THAT?

GOD PAYING THEM BACK FOR FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY YEARS OF WORKING AS A SLAVE GOD IS KEEPING THE RECORDS OF WHAT YOU ARE OWED THOSE TIMES YOU’VE DONE THE RIGHT THING, BUT THE LOCUSTS ATE UP YOUR HARVEST YOU DID YOUR BEST, BUT YOU DIDN’T GET PROMOTED, THE LOAN DIDN’T GO THROUGH, THE ANXIETY DIDN’T GO AWAY DESPITE IT ALL, YOU KEPT BELIEVING, PRAISING, BEING GOOD TO OTHERS, LIKE THESE PEOPLE, YOUR TIME IS COMING GOD IS STORING UP THE HARVEST THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOURS IT SEEMS LIKE THE LOCUSTS ARE EATING IT, THE TRUTH IS WHAT GOD HAS FOR YOU IS STILL ON THE WAY THE JOY THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOURS, THOSE YEARS YOU WERE DEALING WITH DEPRESSION, IT’S STILL COMING THE RESOURCES THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOURS, THOSE YEARS YOU WERE OVERLOOKED, THEY’RE STILL ON THE WAY THE HEALING, THE GOOD RELATIONSHIPS, THE VICTORY YOU MISSED OUT ON IS STILL IN YOUR FUTURE OUR DAUGHTER ALEXANDRA WAS BORN A MONTH AND A HALF BEFORE MY FATHER WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD DURING THAT TIME, HE WAS ON DIALYSIS AND MANY TIMES I WOULD TAKE HIM TO THE CLINIC IT WAS A VERY BUSY SEASON THEN WHEN HE WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD OUR WHOLE LIFE CHANGED I WAS THRUST INTO THIS POSITION I WAS DOING MY BEST TO JUST STAY AFLOAT I DON’T REMEMBER VERY WELL THE FIRST COUPLE OF YEARS OF ALEXANDRA’S LIFE WE WERE IN SUCH TRANSITION AND I WAS LEARNING HOW TO MINISTER AND TRYING TO FIGURE EVERYTHING OUT IT CONSUMED ME SEVERAL YEARS LATER I REALIZED I DIDN’T HAVE THE SAME MEMORIES OF ALEXANDRA’S FIRST FEW YEARS LIKE I DID OUR SON JONATHAN’S I SAID ALMOST IN PASSING “GOD I’M ASKING YOU TO RESTORE THOSE YEARS THAT I LOST BY BEING SO BUSY AND SO PREOCCUPIED WITH OTHER THINGS.” ALEXANDRA WAS EIGHT YEARS OLD WHEN I PRAYED THAT ALL SHE WANTED TO DO WAS TO BE WITH ME SHE WOULD RATHER GO OUT IN THE BACK YARD AND LET ME WATCH HER DO CARTWHEELS THAN GO OVER TO HER FRIENDS SOMETIMES I NEEDED A BREAK, I’D SAY, “WHY DON’T YOU GO SWIMMING WITH YOUR COUSINS? WHY DON’T YOU HAVE YOUR FRIENDS OVER?” SHE’D SAY, “NO, DAD, I WANT TO STAY HERE WITH YOU.” SHE’D COME UP TO ME ALL THROUGH THE DAY, PUT HER ARM AROUND ME, WALK AROUND THE HOUSE WE WERE THE BEST OF FRIENDS SHE’S TWENTY-ONE YEARS OLD NOW AND DOESN’T KNOW WHO I AM I’M JUST KIDDING, WE’RE STILL THE BEST OF FRIENDS YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS, GOD RESTORING THE YEARS, MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME GOD IS GOING TO DO THAT FOR YOU HE’S GOING TO RESTORE OPPORTUNITIES THAT YOU MISSED, HE’S GOING TO RESTORE RELATIONSHIPS THAT ARE NOT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE, HE’S GOING TO RESTORE THE YEARS YOU LOST NOT MAKING GOOD DECISIONS, GIVING IN TO COMPROMISE YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE IN REGRETS, THINKING YOU MISSED YOUR SEASON IT’S TOO LATE TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR DREAMS, TOO LATE TO HAVE GOOD RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR FAMILY, THERE’S TOO MUCH WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE GOD KNEW WE WOULD MAKE MISTAKES HE’S NOT GOING TO JUST REDEEM YOU; HE’S GOING TO REDEEM THE TIME HE’S GOING TO GIVE YOU ANOTHER CHANCE DON’T BELIEVE THOSE LIES THAT YOU’RE TOO OLD, YOU’VE MADE TOO MANY MISTAKES YOU WOULDN’T BE HEARING THIS IF GOD WASN’T ABOUT TO RESTORE THE YEARS HE’S ABOUT TO MAKE UP FOR THAT HARVEST THAT YOU MISSED I HAVE A DIGITAL CLOCK ON MY BATHROOM COUNTER AT HOME IT GETS ITS INFORMATION FROM THE SATELLITE UNLIKE OLDER CLOCKS THAT RELY ON THEIR OWN SOFTWARE TO KEEP TIME, THESE DIGITAL CLOCKS COME FROM A MASTER CLOCK THAT’S TRANSMITTED FROM A SATELLITE A WHILE BACK I WAS ABOUT TO GET IN THE SHOWER ONE EVENING AND I NOTICED THAT IT WAS 9:30 A FEW MINUTES LATER, WHEN I GOT OUT OF THE SHOWER, I LOOKED AT THE CLOCK AND IT READ 9:22 I THOUGHT THAT’S STRANGE, I KNOW IT WAS JUST 9:30 I THOUGHT I MUST BE SEEING THINGS WHILE I WAS WATCHING IT, THE CLOCK WENT BACK TO 9:18 IN A FEW SECONDS IT WENT TO 9:07 IT KEPT BACKING UP I REALIZED IT WAS GETTING BAD RECEPTION, BUT I HAD NEVER SEEN THAT HAPPEN BEFORE WHAT’S INTERESTING IS THAT DAY I HAD A VERY BUSY SCHEDULE, I HAD A LOT TO DO BUT I HARDLY GOT ANYTHING DONE I HAD INTERRUPTIONS, DELAYS, THINGS THAT DIDN’T WORK OUT I WAS KIND OF FRUSTRATED, THINKING WHAT AN UNPRODUCTIVE DAY WHEN I SAW THE CLOCK GO BACKWARDS IT’S AS IF GOD WAS SAYING TO ME, “JOEL, QUIT WORRYING ABOUT WHAT YOU DIDN’T GET DONE, I CONTROL TIME I CAN BACK THINGS UP, I CAN MAKE UP FOR LOST TIME.” YOU MAY HAVE MISSED OPPORTUNITIES, MISSED RELATIONSHIPS THEY WERE THERE BUT YOU WERE DISTRACTED, YOU WEREN’T FOCUSED, AND THEY PASSED YOU BY DON’T WORRY, GOD CAN TURN BACK TIME HE’S ABOUT TO BRING THINGS ACROSS YOUR PATH THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOURS YEARS AGO YOU MISSED IT THE FIRST

TIME, LIKE I DID WITH ALEXANDRA, BUT GOD’S ABOUT TO GIVE YOU ANOTHER CHANCE HE’S ABOUT TO TURN BACK TIME I WAS AT A BOOK SIGNING YEARS AGO I MET THIS LADY; SHE AND HER DAUGHTER WERE ESTRANGED THEY HADN’T SPOKEN TO EACH OTHER IN YEARS SHE HAD REACHED OUT TO HER DAUGHTER MANY TIMES WITH NO SUCCESS NOW SHE WAS DISCOURAGED, FEELING GUILTY SHE HEARD ME TALKING ABOUT HOW GOD CAN RESTORE THE YEARS THAT WERE LOST, EVEN WHEN IT WAS OUR FAULT, HOW HE CAN TURN BACK TIME AND GIVE US ANOTHER CHANCE FAITH ROSE IN HER HEART SHE SAID, “GOD, DO THAT FOR ME.” SHE KEPT TRYING BUT THE DAUGHTER WOULDN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH HER MONTHS LATER SHE CAME TO THE BOOK SIGNING OUT OF THE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE THERE, SHE NOTICED THAT HER DAUGHTER WAS IN LINE SHE HADN’T SEEN HER IN PERSON IN YEARS SHE WENT OVER TO HER, IT WAS A DIVINE APPOINTMENT THEY EMBRACED, HELD ON TO EACH OTHER, WHILE THEY WEPT, HEALING WAS TAKING PLACE WHEN THEY CAME UP TO THE TABLE, THEY WERE BOTH STILL WEEPING THE MOTHER TOLD HOW SHE DIDN’T KNOW HER DAUGHTER WATCHED US ON TELEVISION SHE HAD NO IDEA SHE’D BE AT THAT BOOK SIGNING, BUT THAT WAS A TURNING POINT TODAY THEY’RE THE BEST OF FRIENDS THEY DO EVERYTHING TOGETHER GOD KNOWS HOW TO TURN BACK TIME IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR YOU TO HAVE GOOD RELATIONSHIPS, IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR YOU TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR DREAMS GOD IS ABOUT TO PUT YOU AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME HE’S GOING TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN THAT YOU COULDN’T MAKE HAPPEN THAT TIME YOU’VE LOST BEING AT ODDS WITH PEOPLE YOU LOVE, GOD’S ABOUT TO RESTORE THOSE YEARS THAT TIME YOU’VE SPENT FIGHTING THE ILLNESS, NOT ABLE TO GO TO WORK, NOT PURSUING YOUR DREAMS, GOD IS GOING TO TURN BACK TIME, HE’S GOING TO MAKE UP FOR WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOURS THE LOCUSTS MAY HAVE EATEN YOUR HARVEST, THEY MAY HAVE DELAYED SOME THINGS, THE GOOD NEWS IS GOD IS GOING TO PAY YOU BACK HE’S GOING TO RESTORE THOSE YEARS OF HARVEST THAT YOU MISSED OUT ON ONE TIME, JOSHUA AND THE ISRAELITES WERE BATTLING FIVE ARMIES GOD TOLD JOSHUA THAT HE WAS GOING TO WIN, THE PROBLEM WAS THEY WERE RUNNING OUT OF TIME IT WAS ABOUT TO GET DARK AND THE ENEMY FORCES WOULD ESCAPE THEY COULD REGROUP AND COME AGAINST JOSHUA AGAIN HE KNEW HE NEEDED TO FINISH THEM OFF, HE JUST NEEDED MORE TIME INSTEAD OF BEING DISCOURAGED, THINKING IT WAS TOO LATE, JOSHUA WAS BOLD HE LOOKED UP IN THE SKY AND SAID, “SUN STAND STILL MOON STAY WHERE YOU ARE.” I CAN IMAGINE PEOPLE LOOKING AT JOSHUA THINKING, “ARE YOU CRAZY YOU THINK YOU CAN STOP TIME YOU CAN PAUSE THE SOLAR SYSTEM SO YOU CAN FINISH THIS BATTLE.” THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, “THE SUN STOPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SKY IT STOOD STILL UNTIL THE ISRAELITES DEFEATED THEIR ENEMIES.” IT MAY FEEL LIKE IT’S TOO LATE FOR YOU TO ACCOMPLISH DREAMS, TOO LATE TO GET YOUR DEGREE, TOO LATE TO WRITE THAT BOOK, TOO LATE TO OVERCOME THAT OBSTACLE IF YOU JUST KNEW BACK THEN WHAT YOU KNOW NOW, THEN YOU WOULD HAVE STAYED IN SCHOOL, YOU WOULD HAVE RAISED THE CHILDREN DIFFERENTLY, YOU WOULD HAVE STARTED THAT BUSINESS IF YOU JUST HAD MORE TIME GOD IS GOING TO DO FOR YOU WHAT HE DID FOR JOSHUA, HE’S GOING TO FREEZE TIME SO YOU CAN FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED HE’S GOING TO HELP YOU ACCOMPLISH WHAT YOU COULD HAVE ACCOMPLISHED IN AN EARLIER SEASON OF LIFE HE’S NOT GOING TO LET YOU MISS YOUR DESTINY YOU’RE NOT RUNNING OUT OF TIME, TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE, BECAUSE GOD IS ON YOUR SIDE HE CONTROLS TIME HE’S NOT LIMITED BY A CLOCK, BY A CALENDAR, BY AGE, BY YEAR THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO STEP UP TO A NEW LEVEL YOUR CHANCE TO BREAK THE ADDICTION, TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL, TO MAKE YOUR MARRIAGE GREAT GOD IS GOING TO CAUSE YOU TO ACCOMPLISH MORE IN LESS TIME HE’S GOING TO MAKE YOU MORE EFFECTIVE, MORE PRODUCTIVE, MORE FOCUSED, MORE SKILLED THERE’S GOING TO BE A GREATER FAVOR ON YOUR LIFE NOW DON’T SIT BACK AND THINK, “I WAITED TOO LONG, I’M TOO OLD I DON’T HAVE THE EXPERIENCE, THE TRAINING, THE DISCIPLINE NO THIS IS A WINDOW, LIKE WITH JOSHUA, WHERE GOD IS GOING TO FREEZE TIME HE’S GOING TO GIVE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED I MET A LADY AFTER SERVICE, SHE WAS A HUNDRED AND THREE YEARS OLD HER MIND WAS AS SHARP AS CAN BE SHE HAD A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR SHE TOLD HOW SHE’D PROMISED HER MOTHER THAT SHE WOULD GET HER COLLEGE DEGREE BUT SHE GOT MARRIED AND SPENT YEARS RAISING HER CHILDREN THEN SHE WORKED IN AN OFFICE AT THIS LARGE COMPANY

AFTER SHE RETIRED, SHE WAS BUSY WITH HER GRANDCHILDREN BUT IN THE BACK OF HER MIND IT ALWAYS BOTHERED HER THAT SHE DIDN’T KEEP HER PROMISE SHE KEPT PUTTING IT OFF IN HER NINETIES, SHE STARTED HAVING SOME HEALTH ISSUES AFTER SPENDING A COUPLE MONTHS IN THE HOSPITAL, IT DIDN’T LOOK LIKE SHE WAS GOING TO MAKE IT BUT SOMEHOW, SHE RECOVERED WHEN SHE WAS RELEASED, SHE TOLD THE DOCTOR THAT SHE WAS GOING BACK TO COLLEGE TO GET HER COLLEGE DEGREE SHE SPENT THREE YEARS FINISHING UP HER DEGREE AND AT 103 WAS THE OLDEST PERSON TO EVER GRADUATE FROM THAT UNIVERSITY GOD KNOWS HOW TO FREEZE THINGS UNTIL YOU ACCOMPLISH WHAT HE PUT IN YOUR HEART IT MAY FEEL LIKE YOU’RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME, BUT GOD WOULDN’T HAVE PLANNED OUT YOUR DAYS, HE WOULDN’T HAVE GIVEN YOU A DESTINY AND THEN NOT GIVEN YOU THE TIME TO FULFILL IT IT MAY SEEM LIKE IT’S TOO LATE, YOU’VE MISSED YOUR SEASON, IF YOU WOULD HAVE PURSUED THAT DREAM TWENTY YEARS AGO IT WOULD HAVE WORKED, IF YOU WOULD HAVE INVESTED IN YOUR MARRIAGE, YOUR BUSINESS, YOUR CHILDREN BACK THEN, YOU COULD HAVE ACCOMPLISHED IT NO, THERE’S STILL TIME I WONDER WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU WOULD DO LIKE JOSHUA AND SAY, “SUN STAND STILL GOD, I NEED MORE TIME TO SPEND WITH MY CHILDREN, I DIDN’T KNOW BACK THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW I NEED MORE TIME TO FINISH MY EDUCATION, MORE TIME TO ACCOMPLISH MY DREAM.” GOD GAVE JOSHUA AN EXTRA DAY TO FINISH HIS ASSIGNMENT GOD SAID HE WOULD RESTORE YEARS THAT YOU’VE LOST YOU’RE NOT RUNNING OUT OF TIME TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE I BELIEVE AND DECLARE, EVERYTHING GOD PUT IN YOUR HEART WILL COME TO PASS WHAT THE LOCUST HAVE EATEN, ALL THOSE HARVESTS THAT BELONG TO YOU ARE ABOUT TO SHOW UP GOD IS ABOUT TO RESTORE THE YEARS THAT WERE STOLEN YOU’RE GOING TO SEE FAVOR LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN, HEALING, FREEDOM, BREAKTHROUGHS, PROMOTION, THE FULLNESS OF YOUR DESTINY, IN JESUS NAME 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 GIVE YOU SOME FREE INFORMATION ON YOUR NEW WALK WITH THE LORD JUST TEXT THE NUMBER ON THE SCREEN I HOPE YOU’LL GET INTO A GOOD BIBLE-BASED CHURCH KEEP GOD FIRST PLACE > JOEL: THANKS FOR WATCHING THIS MESSAGE. I HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT WE UPLOAD NEW VIDEOS EVERY WEEK TO KEEP YOU INSPIRED AND ENCOURAGED SO DON’T FORGET TO HIT THE LIKE BUTTON AND MAKE SURE YOU SUBSCRIBE TO OUR CHANNEL > VICTORIA: LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW HOW THIS MESSAGE HAS ENCOURAGED YOU WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU WE’RE PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WE’LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME!