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Joel Osteen – Kiss It Goodbye


[MUSIC]>>JOEL OSTEEN: WELL, GOD BLESS YOU. IT’S A JOY TO COME INTO YOUR HOMES, AND IF YOU’RE EVER IN OUR AREA, PLEASE STOP BY. BE A PART OF ONE OF OUR SERVICES. I PROMISE YOU WE’LL MAKE YOU FEEL RIGHT AT HOME. I LIKE TO START WITH SOMETHING FUNNY, AND I HEARD ABOUT THIS SENIOR CITIZEN. HE WAS DRIVING DOWN THE FREEWAY IN HIS BRAND-NEW CORVETTE WITH THE TOP DOWN, GOING 80 MILES AN HOUR, WHEN HE SAW FLASHING RED LIGHTS IN HIS REAR VIEW MIRROR FROM A STATE TROOPER. WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT IT, HE FLOORED IT, TOOK IT UP TO 100 MILES AN HOUR. HE HEARD THE SIRENS BEHIND HIM, FINALLY CAME TO HIS SENSES AND PULLED OVER. HE SAID, “OFFICER, I AM SO SORRY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WAS THINKING.” THE TROOPER SAID, “LISTEN. IT’S FRIDAY, 4:00. MY SHIFT IS OVER IN 30 MINUTES. IF YOU TELL ME A REASON WHY YOU WERE SPEEDING THAT I’VE NEVER HEARD BEFORE, I’LL LET YOU GO.” THE MAN THOUGHT ABOUT IT AND SAID, “OFFICER, YEARS AGO, MY WIFE RAN OFF WITH A STATE TROOPER, AND I THOUGHT YOU WERE BRINGING HER BACK.” THE OFFICER SAID, “HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.” 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 “KISS IT GOODBYE.” THERE’S A LADY IN THE SCRIPTURE NAMED NAOMI. SHE LEFT BETHLEHEM WITH HER HUSBAND AND TWO SONS BECAUSE OF A FAMINE. THEY MOVED TO THE CITY OF MOAB. THEY HAD PLENTY OF FOOD. LIFE WAS GOOD UNTIL HER HUSBAND UNEXPECTEDLY DIED. SHE’D NEVER DREAMED SHE’D BE A WIDOW. TEN YEARS LATER, BOTH OF HER GROWN SONS PASSED AWAY. SHE WAS SO DISCOURAGED SHE DECIDED TO MOVE BACK HOME TO BETHLEHEM. SHE TOLD HER TWO DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW, RUTH AND ORPAH, THAT THEY SHOULD MOVE BACK TO THEIR HOMETOWNS AS WELL AND START A NEW LIFE. RUTH SAID, “NO, NAOMI. I’M STAYING WITH YOU. I’M GOING TO BETHLEHEM TO HELP TAKE CARE OF YOU.” THE OTHER DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, ORPAH, TOOK HER ADVICE AND SAID SHE WAS GOING TO LEAVE AND MOVE BACK HOME. YOU WOULD THINK NAOMI WOULD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE SOUR AND THOUGHT, “AFTER ALL I’VE DONE FOR YOU, ORPAH, YOU’RE GOING TO LEAVE ME NOW AT MY LOWEST MOMENT? YOU CAN GO GET REMARRIED. YOU CAN FIND ANOTHER JOB. I’M AN OLD LADY. WHO’S GOING TO TAKE CARE OF ME?” SHE COULD HAVE FELT BETRAYED, INSULTED. INSTEAD, THE SCRIPTURE SAYS NAOMI KISSED ORPAH GOODBYE. ORPAH REPRESENTED THE BROKEN DREAMS, THE HURTS, THE DISAPPOINTMENTS, THE THINGS SHE DIDN’T UNDERSTAND. NAOMI WAS SAYING, BY THAT KISS, “LIFE HAS THROWN ME A CURVE. IT HASN’T BEEN FAIR, BUT I’M AT PEACE. I KNOW GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.” IF YOU’RE GOING TO REACH YOUR DESTINY, YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO KISS THINGS GOODBYE. YOU’RE NOT GOING UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS. PEOPLE MAY WALK AWAY. LIFE MAY NOT TURN OUT THE WAY YOU THOUGHT. IT’S EASY TO GET BITTER, HOLD A GRUDGE, LOSE YOUR PASSION, BUT DO LIKE NAOMI. KISS THE BITTERNESS GOODBYE. KISS THE PERSON THAT LEFT YOU GOODBYE. KISS THE DREAM THAT DIDN’T WORK OUT GOODBYE. GOD WOULDN’T HAVE ALLOWED IT TO HAPPEN IF HE DIDN’T HAVE SOMETHING BETTER UP IN FRONT OF YOU, BUT SOMETIMES GOD WILL CLOSE THE DOOR. HE’LL MOVE PEOPLE OUT OF YOUR LIFE. THERE ARE PEOPLE AND OPPORTUNITIES THAT WERE ORDAINED FOR YOUR PAST THAT ARE NOT ORDAINED FOR YOUR FUTURE. THEY WERE RIGHT FOR A SEASON, BUT THAT SEASON CAN COME TO AN END. THE KEY IS HOW WE HANDLE THE CLOSED DOORS, HOW YOU HANDLE THE DISAPPOINTMENTS, HOW YOU HANDLE THE PEOPLE THAT TREATED YOU WRONG. SOMETIMES INSTEAD OF KISSING THEM GOODBYE, WE SMACK THEM GOODBYE. “GOOD RIDDANCE. I DIDN’T LIKE YOU IN THE FIRST PLACE. DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT.” NAOMI COULD HAVE TURNED AWAY ANGRY, THOUGHT, “I’M NOT GOING TO KISS YOU, ORPAH. SOME FRIEND YOU ARE.” THAT WOULD HAVE KEPT HER FROM THE NEW THINGS GOD HAD IN STORE. SHE MOVED BACK TO BETHLEHEM WITH HER DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, RUTH. RUTH MARRIED BOAZ, A WEALTHY MAN THAT OWNED ALL THE LAND. THEY HAD A BABY. NAOMI TOOK CARE OF THEIR SON LIKE HE WAS HER OWN. AFTER ALL SHE HAD BEEN THROUGH, ALL THE BROKEN DREAMS, ALL THE LOSS, WHILE HOLDING THE LITTLE BABY, NAOMI SAID, IN EFFECT, “I NEVER DREAMED I COULD BE THIS HAPPY, THIS FULFILLED.” HER LATTER DAYS WERE BETTER THAN HER FORMER DAYS. GOD KNOWS HOW TO GIVE YOU BEAUTY FOR ASHES. HE KNOWS HOW TO TURN MOURNING INTO DANCING, BUT IT WOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED IF SHE HAD NOT KISSED ORPAH GOODBYE. ARE YOU AT PEACE WITH YOUR PAST, OR ARE YOU BITTER OVER THE LOSS, UPSET BECAUSE YOUR PLANS DIDN’T WORK OUT, HOLDING A GRUDGE BECAUSE THAT PERSON WALKED AWAY? IT’S TIME TO KISS SOME THINGS GOODBYE. DON’T BRING BITTERNESS INTO A NEW YEAR. DON’T BRING SELF-PITY, A CHIP ON YOUR SHOULDER. THAT WAS IN YOUR PAST. IT DOESN’T BELONG IN THE FUTURE. YOU CANNOT EMBRACE THE NEW THINGS GOD HAS IN STORE AS LONG AS YOU’RE HOLDING ONTO THE OLD. MY FATHER WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD BACK IN 1999, SOME 20 YEARS AGO. I LOST ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS. I STILL MISS HIM, BUT I REALIZE THE LOSS OF MY FATHER IS IN MY PAST. IT’S NOT IN MY FUTURE. IF I WOULD HAVE BROUGHT ALL THE HURT, THE QUESTIONS, THE SELF-PITY, I WOULDN’T BE WHERE I AM. YOU WON’T HAVE THE STRENGTH TO MOVE FORWARD IF YOU’RE WEEPING OVER WHAT’S BEHIND, TAKES A LOT OF ENERGY TO THINK ABOUT THE PAST, RELIVE THE HURTS, WONDER WHY IT DIDN’T WORK OUT. THAT PERSON YOU LOST, IF THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE HERE, THEY WOULD STILL BE HERE. IF SOMEBODY LEFT YOU, I SAY IT RESPECTFULLY, YOU DON’T NEED THEM. IF IT DIDN’T WORK OUT THE WAY YOU HAD PLANNED, IT WASN’T SUPPOSED TO. GOD’S WAYS ARE NOT OUR WAYS. WILL YOU TRUST HIM WHEN IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE? START KISSING THINGS GOODBYE. YOU SPENT ENOUGH ENERGY ON THE PAST. THAT DOESN’T TAKE YOU ANYWHERE. KISS THAT DISAPPOINTMENT GOODBYE. THAT DOOR DIDN’T CLOSE BY ACCIDENT. GOD IS DIRECTING YOUR STEPS. IT WAS EITHER NOT THE RIGHT TIME OR BECAUSE HE HAS SOMETHING BETTER. A FRIEND OF MINE OWNED A VERY SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS. FOR YEARS, HE WAS A LEADER IN HIS FIELD, SAW ALL KINDS OF GROWTH AND INCREASE. HE HAD BIG DREAMS TO LEAVE HIS COMPANY TO HIS CHILDREN, TO CONTINUE THE LEGACY. AFTER 25 YEARS, THINGS STARTED TO SLOW DOWN. THE COMPETITION AROUND HIM INCREASED, SO HE STARTED WORKING HARDER, GOING IN EARLIER. I WOULD CALL HIM, AND HE WAS MEETING WITH STAFF AT 6 IN THE MORNING. HE WAS DETERMINED TO MAKE IT WORK. HE DID EVERYTHING HE POSSIBLY COULD, BUT GOD IS CALLED THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE END. WE GET EXCITED ABOUT THE BEGINNING, TALK A LOT ABOUT GOD DOING A NEW THING, BUT WE DON’T HEAR A LOT ABOUT THE OMEGA, THE END, BUT JUST AS GOD OPENS DOORS, SOMETIMES GOD WILL CLOSE A DOOR. HE’LL BRING THINGS TO AN END, AND THIS CAN BE HARD FOR US BECAUSE IT FEELS LIKE A SETBACK. AFTER ALL THE HARD WORK, MY FRIEND’S COMPANY DIDN’T MAKE IT. HE WAS SO DISCOURAGED. FOR SEVERAL MONTHS, HE WOULD HARDLY TALK ON THE PHONE. HE TOLD ME HOW HE FELT LIKE A FAILURE. HE HAD ALL THESE PLANS, BUT IT DIDN’T WORK OUT THE WAY HE THOUGHT, AND I TOLD HIM WHAT I’M TELLING YOU. THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS JUST KISS IT GOODBYE. DON’T BRING A FAILURE FROM YESTERDAY INTO TODAY. IF ONE DREAM DIES, GET BACK UP, AND DREAM ANOTHER DREAM. HE GOT HIS PASSION BACK AND WENT OUT AND STARTED A CONSULTING BUSINESS. ALL KINDS OF DOORS BEGAN TO OPEN. TODAY, HE HAS MORE CLIENTS, MORE INFLUENCE, MORE OPPORTUNITIES THAN HE’S EVER HAD. HIS NEW COMPANY IS MANY TIMES MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN HIS OLD. WHEN LIFE DOESN’T TURN OUT THE WAY YOU THOUGHT, REMIND YOURSELF GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL. INSTEAD OF BEING SOUR, LOSING YOUR JOY, KISS THE DISAPPOINTMENT GOODBYE. QUIT RELIVING MISTAKES YOU’VE MADE, THINGS THAT YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENT, WONDERING WHY IT DIDN’T WORK OUT. LIKE MY FRIEND, YOU MAY HAVE DONE YOUR BEST, GIVEN IT YOUR ALL, BUT IT DIDN’T SUCCEED. ACCEPT IT AS GOD’S PLAN AND MOVE ON. OUR ATTITUDE SHOULD BE, “GOD, I TRUST YOU NOT JUST WITH MY SUCCESSES. I TRUST YOU WITH MY FAILURES. I TRUST YOU WITH THE BETRAYALS. I TRUST YOU WITH THE THINGS THAT DON’T MAKE SENSE.” WHEN YOU KISS THE PAST GOODBYE, IT RELEASES YOU INTO YOUR FUTURE. YOU HAVE TO BE AT PEACE WITH WHAT’S BEHIND YOU. IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO JUST MOVE FORWARD ANGRY, BITTER, MAD AT GOD. THAT’S WHY NAOMI KISSED ORPAH. IT WAS SYMBOLIZING, “THIS IS PAINFUL. I DON’T LIKE IT. I FEEL BETRAYED, BUT I’M AT PEACE.” TAKES MATURITY TO KISS THINGS THAT DON’T FEEL GOOD. THIS IS WHAT THE PROPHET SAMUEL HAD TO DO. HE SPENT YEARS MENTORING A YOUNG MAN NAMED SAUL. HE TOOK HIM UNDER HIS WING, AND HE TRAINED HIM TO BECOME THE NEXT KING OF ISRAEL. YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW PROUD SAMUEL WAS WHEN HE SAW THIS YOUNG MAN NOW GROWN AND LEADING THE ISRAELITES. EVERYONE LOOKED UP TO KING SAUL. HE WAS TALL AND HANDSOME. HE LOOKED LIKE A KING, BUT OVER TIME, SAUL GOT OFF COURSE. HE MADE POOR DECISIONS. HE EVENTUALLY LOST THE THRONE. SAMUEL WAS SO DISAPPOINTED. HE THOUGHT, “GOD, I PUT ALL THIS TIME AND ENERGY INTO HIM. I’VE INVESTED MY LIFE, AND IT SEEMS LIKE IT WAS ALL A BIG WASTE.” YOU WOULD THINK GOD WOULD SAY, “I UNDERSTAND, SAMUEL. TOO BAD. IT DIDN’T WORK OUT,” BUT GOD DIDN’T LET HIM FEEL SORRY FOR HIMSELF. HE SAID, “SAMUEL, HOW LONG ARE YOU GOING TO MOURN OVER SAUL?” GOD IS ASKING US, “HOW LONG ARE YOU GOING TO MOURN OVER WHAT YOU’VE LOST? HOW LONG ARE YOU GOING TO BE DISCOURAGED OVER WHO HURT YOU AND WHAT YOU DIDN’T GET AND THE BOSS THAT WASN’T FAIR?” I DON’T BELIEVE IN GIVING PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO FEEL SORRY FOR THEMSELVES, NOT BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE A GOOD REASON. SOME PEOPLE HAVE GONE THROUGH THINGS THAT NOBODY SHOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH, BUT I’VE LEARNED, IF YOU STAY IN SELF-PITY, WITH A CHIP ON YOUR SHOULDER, THINKING YOU HAVE A REASON TO LIVE DEFEATED, YOU WILL SEE NEVER THE VINDICATION, THE RESTORATION, THE PROMOTION, THE FAVOR THAT BELONGS TO YOU. GOD WANTS TO PAY YOU BACK FOR WHAT WAS UNFAIR. DON’T SIT AROUND IN SELF-PITY. KISS THE BAD BREAK GOODBYE. KISS THE UNFAIR CHILDHOOD GOODBYE. KISS THAT INJUSTICE GOODBYE. GOD TOLD SAMUEL, “FILL YOUR HORN WITH OIL. I AM SENDING YOU TO THE HOUSE OF JESSE. I HAVE CHOSEN ONE OF HIS SONS AS THE NEXT KING.” GOD WAS SAYING, “SAMUEL, IF YOU’LL KISS THIS DISAPPOINTMENT GOODBYE AND START MOVING FORWARD, I’LL SHOW YOU THE NEW KING.” ONE OF YOUR DREAMS THEY HAVE DIED. THAT DIDN’T STOP GOD’S PLAN. HE HAS ANOTHER DREAM. ONE RELATIONSHIP MAY NOT HAVE WORKED OUT. IF YOU’LL KISS GOODBYE THE OLD, GOD WILL SHOW YOU THE NEW. DAVID WENT ON TO BECOME THE GREATEST KING THAT EVER LIVED. WHEN GOD MAKES UP FOR WHAT YOU LOST, IT’S NOT GOING TO BE LESS THAN. IT’S NOT GOING TO BE EQUAL. IT’S GOING TO BE BETTER. JUST BECAUSE IT HASN’T TURNED OUT THE WAY YOU THOUGHT DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO SETTLE FOR SECOND BEST. GOD HAS TO COME UP WITH A PLAN B. GOD ALREADY KNEW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN. HE KNEW EVERY DOOR THAT WOULD CLOSE. HE KNEW EVERY PERSON THAT WOULD WALK AWAY. HE KNEW HOW YOU’D SPEND TIME AND ENERGY BUT A DREAM NOT COME TO PASS. ALL THAT IS GETTING YOU PREPARED FOR WHERE GOD IS TAKING YOU. NOW, DON’T GET STUCK MOURNING OVER SAUL, DISAPPOINTED OVER A BAD BREAK, BITTER BECAUSE OF A LOSS. KISS IT GOODBYE, MOVE FORWARD, AND YOU WILL SEE YOUR DAVIDS. YOU WILL SEE MORE THAN YOU COULD ASK OR THINK. WHEN WE WERE TRYING TO BUY PROPERTY TO BUILD A NEW SANCTUARY, TWICE, THE LAND WE FOUND WAS SOLD OUT FROM UNDER US. WE HAD AN APPOINTMENT AT 8:00 IN THE MORNING TO CLOSE ON THE FIRST PROPERTY. WE SHOWED UP AT 7:45. THE SECRETARY WALKED OUT AND SAID, “I’M SORRY. THE OWNER SOLD THE PROPERTY LAST NIGHT.” I COULDN’T BELIEVE THAT HE DIDN’T KEEP HIS WORD. I WENT HOME SO DISAPPOINTED, AND I TOLD VICTORIA WHAT HAPPENED AND HOW WE DIDN’T HAVE THE PROPERTY AND HOW WE’D NEVER BE ABLE TO BUILD, HOW WE WERE STUCK, HOW WE COULDN’T KEEP GROWING. I HAD A SAD SONG, AND I THOUGHT I WAS CONVINCING. SHE LOOKED AT ME AND SAID, “JOEL, GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE. THIS IS NOT A SURPRISE TO HIM. WE ARE GOING TO STAY IN FAITH AND BELIEVE SOMETHING BETTER IS COMING.” I DIDN’T WANT TO HEAR THAT. I WANTED TO FEEL SORRY FOR MYSELF. THE FLESH LIKES TO HAVE A PITY PARTY. SHE WAS TELLING ME WHAT I’M TELLING YOU. KISS IT GOODBYE. MOVE FORWARD. WHEN THINGS HAPPEN LIKE THAT THAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND, YOU CAN BE SURE GOD IS UP TO SOMETHING. HE IS WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES, AND I CAME BACK TO A PLACE OF PEACE. I KNEW, IF GOD WANTED US TO HAVE THAT PROPERTY, NO PERSON COULD HAVE STOPPED US, AND JUST THE OPPOSITE. IF GOD DOESN’T WANT US TO HAVE SOMETHING, ALL OF OUR EFFORTS WON’T MAKE IT HAPPEN. HE’S THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA. HE KNOWS HOW TO NOT ONLY OPEN DOORS THAT NO MAN CAN SHUT. HE KNOWS HOW TO CLOSE DOORS THAT NO MAN CAN OPEN. ARE YOU UPSET OVER A DOOR GOD CLOSED, PEOPLE HE MOVED OUT OF YOUR LIFE, A DREAM HE DIDN’T LET COME TO PASS YET? SIX MONTHS LATER, WE RECEIVED WORD THAT THE COMPAQ CENTER WAS COMING AVAILABLE. RIGHT THEN, I KNEW WHY THOSE DOORS CLOSED. BUYING PROPERTY WOULD HAVE BEEN SECOND BEST. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN KEEPING SAUL. THE COMPAQ CENTER IS DAVID, MORE THAN WE CAN IMAGINE. I’M ASKING YOU TO BE AT PEACE WITH YOUR PAST, PEACE WITH THINGS YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND, NOT BITTER, NOT ANGRY, NOT WITH A CHIP ON YOUR SHOULDER. MAYBE YOU DIDN’T HAVE A GOOD CHILDHOOD. NOBODY WAS THERE TO SPEAK FAITH INTO YOU. GOD KNEW HOW YOU WOULD BE RAISED. THAT’S NOT GOING TO KEEP YOU FROM YOUR DESTINY. IT’S LEADING YOU TO YOUR DESTINY. KISS IT GOODBYE, AND MOVE FORWARD. YOU CAN’T BECOME WHO YOU WERE CREATED TO BE WITH A CHIP ON YOUR SHOULDER, THINKING THAT YOU’RE AT A DISADVANTAGE. IF YOU’LL TAKE THE HAND YOU’VE BEEN DEALT AND MAKE THE MOST OF IT, GOD WILL OPEN DOORS YOU COULDN’T OPEN. HIS FAVOR ON YOUR LIFE WILL TAKE YOU WHERE YOU COULDN’T GO ON YOUR OWN. WHY DON’T YOU KISS THE SELF-PITY GOODBYE? KISS THAT CONDESCENDING SPIRIT GOOD-BYE. KISS ALWAYS HAVING TO BE RIGHT GOODBYE. DON’T BRING A BAD ATTITUDE INTO A NEW YEAR, BEING SARCASTIC. SOME PEOPLE CAN WEAR DESIGNER CLOTHES, PUT ON MAKEUP, HAVE NICE HAIR. THEY LOOK GREAT ON THE OUTSIDE. THE PROBLEM IS NONE OF THAT CAN COVER UP WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE. IF WE WOULD WORK HALF AS MUCH ON THE INSIDE AS WE DO THE OUTSIDE, WE’D BE MUCH BETTER OFF, BUT IF YOU DON’T KISS A BAD ATTITUDE GOODBYE, THE PROBLEM IS YOU’LL BE AT THE SAME PLACE NEXT YEAR AS YOU ARE RIGHT NOW, AND SOMETIMES WE’RE WAITING FOR GOD TO CHANGE THINGS. GOD IS WAITING FOR US TO MAKE A DECISION. YOU HAVE TO PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN AND SAY, “I AM NOT COMING INTO A NEW YEAR WITH OLD THINKING. I AM KISSING THE CHIP ON MY SHOULDER GOODBYE. I AM KISSING THE GUILT GOODBYE. I’M KISSING A BARELY GET BY MENTALITY GOODBYE.” WHEN YOU KISS IT, THIS MEANS, IN YOUR MIND, YOU’RE PUTTING AN END TO IT. YOU’RE SAYING, “THIS ADDICTION IS NOT GOING TO CONTROL ME ANYMORE. I AM FREE.” “WELL, YOU’VE MADE A LOT OF MISTAKES.” “YES, BUT I’VE KISSED THEM GOODBYE. I AM NOT LIVING IN REGRETS, BEATING MYSELF UP. I AM FORGIVEN. I AM REDEEMED. I’M WEARING A ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.” “YOU’VE ALWAYS BEEN IN DYSFUNCTION. THAT’S HOW YOU WERE RAISED. YOU’VE ALWAYS BEEN HOT TEMPERED. YOU’VE ALWAYS BEEN ANGRY.” “YES. THAT’S HOW I WAS RAISED, BUT THAT’S NOT WHO I AM. I’M KISSING THAT GOODBYE. I’M PUTTING AN END TO WHAT’S BEEN PASSED DOWN. I’M BREAKING THE GENERATIONAL CURSE, AND I’M STARTING THE GENERATIONAL BLESSING.” YOU NEED TO ANNOUNCE TO THAT DYSFUNCTION, “YOU MAY HAVE BEEN IN MY 2018, BUT I HAVE BAD NEWS. YOU ARE NOT IN MY 2019. MEDIOCRITY, DEPRESSION, BITTERNESS, ANGER, I’M KISSING YOU GOODBYE. I WON’T BE SEEING YOU THIS YEAR. WE ARE PARTING WAYS. HATE TO SAY IT. I’M NOT GOING TO MISS YOU. SEE YA, NOT GONNA BE YA.” KISS LONELINESS GOODBYE. “FATHER, THANK YOU THAT YOU HAVE SOMEBODY AWESOME ALREADY HEADED MY WAY. THANK YOU THAT THE RIGHT PERSON IS CHASING ME DOWN. GOODBYE, LACK, STRUGGLE, NOT HAVING ENOUGH. YOU WERE IN MY YESTERDAY, BUT SORRY. YOU’RE NOT IN MY TODAY. FATHER, THANK YOU THAT I WILL LEND AND NOT BORROW. THANK YOU THAT WHATEVER I TOUCH WILL PROSPER AND SUCCEED.” MAYBE YOU NEED TO KISS GOODBYE TO THE WAY YOU SEE YOU SEE YOURSELF: INFERIOR, UNATTRACTIVE, NOT A GOOD PERSONALITY, NOT TALENTED ENOUGH. KISS THAT WRONG SELF-IMAGE GOODBYE. VICTORY STARTS IN YOUR THINKING. ABUNDANCE, HEALTH, FREEDOM, IT STARTS IN OUR MIND. YOU CAN’T THINK THE SAME WAY AND EXPECT DIFFERENT RESULTS. START EMBRACING WHO GOD SAYS YOU ARE. YOU ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE. YOU ARE A MASTERPIECE. YOU HAVE BEEN CROWNED WITH FAVOR. YOU HAVE ROYAL BLOOD FLOWING THROUGH YOUR VEINS. NOBODY THIS WORLD HAS YOUR SAME FINGERPRINTS. YOU DIDN’T COME OFF AN ASSEMBLY LINE. YOU ARE AN ORIGINAL, ONE OF A KIND, MADE IN THE IMAGE OF ALMIGHTY GOD. I WONDER WHERE YOU COULD BE AT THIS TIME NEXT YEAR IF YOU’D START KISSING THINGS GOODBYE. KISS THE OFFENSE GOODBYE. QUIT LETTING PEOPLE HURT YOUR FEELINGS. QUIT LETTING WHAT THEY SAY RUIN YOUR DAY. TUNE IT OUT. THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO SAY WHAT THEY WANT. YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO IGNORE IT. YOU SHOULDN’T LET THAT GET DOWN IN YOUR SPIRIT. “WELL, JOEL, I’M PRAYING THAT THESE PEOPLE AT WORK WILL QUIT TALKING ABOUT ME.” I DON’T WANT TO DISCOURAGE YOU, BUT THEY MAY NEVER QUIT TALKING ABOUT YOU. THEY ARE JEALOUS OF THE FAVOR AND BLESSING ON YOUR LIFE. TAKE IT AS A COMPLIMENT. THEY DON’T TALK ABOUT AVERAGE PEOPLE. THEY TALK ABOUT EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE. THEY DON’T TALK ABOUT PEOPLE THAT AREN’T DOING ANYTHING. THEY TALK ABOUT PEOPLE THAT ARE TAKING NEW GROUND, PEOPLE THAT ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE, PEOPLE THAT STAND OUT. IT’S A TEST. GOD IS SEEING IF YOU’RE READY TO GO TO THE NEXT LEVEL. ARE YOU GOING TO GET UPSET, START THINKING ABOUT HOW YOU’RE GOING TO PAY THEM BACK, OR ARE YOU GOING TO KISS IT GOODBYE AND KEEP RUNNING YOUR RACE, ENJOYING YOUR LIFE? THOSE ADVERSARIES ARE GETTING YOU PREPARED FOR YOUR DESTINY. WHERE YOU’RE GOING, THERE WILL BE OPPOSITION, CRITICS, PEOPLE TRYING TO PULL YOU DOWN. THE GOOD NEWS IS NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOU WILL PROSPER. THEY CANNOT STOP YOU. THE FORCES THAT ARE FOR YOU ARE GREATER THAN THE FORCES THAT ARE AGAINST YOU. STAY ON THE HIGH ROAD, AND STAY FOCUSED ON WHAT GOD HAS PUT IN YOUR HEART. YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO GET DISTRACTED BY ALL THE NEGATIVE CHATTER. WHAT PEOPLE THINK ABOUT YOU IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. WHAT THEY’RE SAYING SHOULDN’T CONCERN YOU. THERE’LL ALWAYS BE SOMEBODY THAT DOESN’T LIKE YOU. KISS IT GOODBYE, AND KEEP MOVING FORWARD. NOW, THERE MAY BE SOME RELATIONSHIPS YOU NEED TO KISS GOODBYE. I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT YOUR HUSBAND OR YOUR WIFE. SOMEBODY JUST THOUGHT THEY GOT THEIR WORD FOR 2019. YOUR TIME IS TOO VALUABLE TO SPEND IT WITH PEACE STEALERS, PEOPLE THAT TRY TO GET YOU ALL RILED UP, OR WITH DREAM KILLERS, PEOPLE THAT TELL YOU WHAT YOU CAN’T BECOME, OR WITH COMPROMISERS, PEOPLE THAT CAUSE YOU TO GIVE IN TO TEMPTATION. “JOEL, I’VE HAD THIS FRIEND A LONG TIME. IF I DON’T HANG OUT WITH THEM, THEY MAY GET UPSET.” WHAT YOU’RE UNWILLING TO WALK AWAY FROM IS WHERE YOU’LL GET STUCK. IF YOU DON’T KISS THE WRONG PEOPLE GOODBYE, YOU’LL NEVER MEET THE RIGHT PEOPLE. IF SOMEONE IS NOT ADDING VALUE TO YOUR LIFE, MAKING YOU BETTER, PUSHING YOU TOWARDS YOUR DESTINY, YOU NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE, AND SOMETIMES IT’S JUST A NEW SEASON. THE FRIENDS YOU HAD FIVE YEARS AGO MAY NOT BE THE FRIENDS YOU NEED NOW. EVERYBODY CAN’T GO WHERE YOU’RE GOING. IT DOESN’T MEAN THEY’RE NOT GOOD PEOPLE. YOU’VE JUST OUTGROWN THEM. YOU’RE GOING AT A FASTER PACE. IF YOU CONTINUE HANGING AROUND THEM, IT WILL LIMIT YOUR GROWTH. YOU NEED TO GRADUALLY SPEND LESS AND LESS TIME WITH THEM. NAOMI’S DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, ORPAH, SHE WAS A GOOD PERSON. NAOMI LOVED HER. THEY HAD SPENT YEARS TOGETHER, BUT NAOMI RECOGNIZED ORPAH’S PART IN HER STORY WAS OVER. SHE DIDN’T TRY TO TALK HER INTO STAYING. IF SOMEONE IS SUPPOSED TO BE IN YOUR LIFE, YOU CAN’T MAKE THEM LEAVE, AND IF SOMEONE LEAVES EASILY, THEY’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THERE. QUIT TRYING TO TALK PEOPLE INTO STAYING. YOU DON’T HAVE TO CONVINCE ANYONE TO LOVE YOU, TO CALL YOU, TO COME SEE YOU. YOU ARE A GIFT. YOU ARE A PRIZE. YOU HAVE SOMETHING AMAZING TO OFFER. IF THEY DON’T WANT TO BE THERE, THAT’S A SURE SIGN THEY’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THERE. GOD HAS PEOPLE ALREADY ORDAINED THAT YOU CAN’T MAKE LEAVE, PEOPLE THAT WANT TO CELEBRATE YOU, PEOPLE THAT LOVE SPENDING TIME WITH YOU. IF SOMEBODY WANTS TO LEAVE, LET THEM LEAVE. YOUR DESTINY IS NOT TIED TO THE PEOPLE THAT WALKED AWAY. BE RESPECTFUL, BUT KISS THE ORPAHS GOODBYE. GOD TOLD ABRAHAM TO LEAVE HIS RELATIVES AND MOVE TO A DIFFERENT CITY. I’M SURE HE LOVED HIS RELATIVES. FOR A SEASON, EVERYTHING WAS FINE, BUT WHEN GOD WAS ABOUT TO PROMOTE ABRAHAM AND DO SOMETHING BIG IN HIS LIFE, HE KNEW HIS RELATIVES AND THE PEOPLE WHERE HE LIVED WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO HANDLE IT. THE PEOPLE CLOSEST TO YOU MAY NOT SEE THE GREATNESS IN YOU. WHEN THEY’RE FAMILIAR, THEY CAN DISMISS YOU AS JUST BEING ORDINARY. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO KISS PEOPLE GOODBYE SO YOU CAN BECOME ALL YOU WERE CREATED TO BE. THIS IS WHAT MY FATHER HAD TO DO. AT 17, HE KNEW HE HAD MORE IN HIM, BUT HIS PARENTS TOLD HIM TO JUST STAY ON THE FARM AND PICK COTTON WITH THEM THE REST OF HIS LIFE. THEY LOVED MY FATHER. THEY WERE TRYING TO PROTECT HIM, BUT THEY COULDN’T SEE HIS SEEDS OF GREATNESS. THEY DIDN’T SEE A MAN THAT WOULD TOUCH NATIONS. THEY JUST SAW THEIR SON, NOTHING SPECIAL. “HE’S JUST ONE OF US.” MY FATHER VERY RESPECTFULLY KISSED THEM GOODBYE AND WENT OUT AND STARTED MINISTERING. GOD OPENED AMAZING DOORS. HE WENT ON TO LEAVE HIS MARK. DON’T LET PEOPLE TALK YOU OUT OF WHAT GOD PUT IN YOUR HEAT. WHEN YOU COME TO THE END OF LIFE, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE TO STAND BEFORE PEOPLE AND GIVE AN ACCOUNT. YOU’RE GOING TO STAND BEFORE GOD. I WOULD RATHER DISAPPOINT PEOPLE THAN DISAPPOINT GOD. I WOULD RATHER HURT A FEW FEELINGS THAN TO MISS MY DESTINY. IS THERE SOMETHING YOU NEED TO KISS GOODBYE? A HURT, A BAD ATTITUDE, AN AREA THAT YOU’RE COMPROMISING IN? DON’T BRING IT INTO A NEW YEAR. THAT’S IN YOUR PAST, DOESN’T BELONG IN YOUR FUTURE. THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID, “FORGETTING WHAT LIES BEHIND, I PRESS TO THE HIGH CALLING.” IF THERE’S A HIGH CALLING, THAT MEANS THERE’S A LOW CALLING. YOU CAN GO THROUGH LIFE HOLDING ONTO HURTS, WRONG ATTITUDES, WITH PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT GOOD FOR YOU, BUT THAT WILL KEEP YOU FROM NEW LEVELS, FROM THE HIGH CALLING THAT BELONGS TO YOU. IT’S TIME TO START KISSING THINGS GOODBYE. KISS THAT FAILURE GOODBYE. THIS IS A NEW DAY. KISS GUILT GOODBYE. YOU’VE BEEN FORGIVEN. KISS THE BAD BREAK GOODBYE. GOD HAS SOMETHING BETTER. IF YOU’LL DO THIS, I BELIEVE AND DECLARE YOU’RE ABOUT TO COME INTO THE HIGH CALLING. NEW DOORS ARE GOING TO OPEN, NEW RELATIONSHIPS, FAVOR, HEALING, BREAKTHROUGHS, THE FULLNESS OF YOUR DESTINY, IN JESUS’ NAME, AND IF YOU RECEIVE IT, CAN YOU SAY AMEN TODAY? 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.” FRIENDS, IF YOU PRAYED THAT SIMPLE PRAYER, WE BELIEVE YOU GOT BORN AGAIN. GET IN A GOOD BIBLE-BASED CHURCH, AND KEEP GOD FIRST PLACE. YOUR PARTNERSHIP MAKES THIS MINISTRY POSSIBLE. YOUR FAITHFUL AND CONSISTENT MONTHLY SUPPORT MAKES YOU A CHAMPION OF HOPE. THE VISION OF JOEL OSTEEN MINISTRIES IS TO USE EVERY AVENUE AVAILABLE TO PRESENT THE HOPE OF JESUS CHRIST TO PEOPLE EVERYWHERE. WE KNOW IT IS THIS HOPE AND THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF THE GOSPEL THAT MAKES AN ETERNAL DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES. TO PARTNER WITH JOEL OSTEEN MINISTRIES, VISIT JOELOSTEEN.COM/PARTNER TODAY.

100 thoughts on “Joel Osteen – Kiss It Goodbye

  1. May God bless you more Joel ! you have uplifted my faith in God greatly..thank you so much..! I m now leaving a stress free life as a result of your messages

  2. Kissing of goodbye the negative inside me…bye bye…God has the control of my life and He has a lot blessings to me…coming very soonπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘amenπŸ™Œ

  3. Thank you Pastor Osteen , Your voice is so relaxing, so soothing. ! The message is Beautiful and Inspiring

  4. I am a kid and I listen to your messages I love you Mr Joel Osteen you
    Bless my soul with your message and I love it thank you Sir

  5. I love Joel Osteen and his wife.
    Their words are like light to my life and to me he is the king and she is the queen keep preaching the kissing goodbye wow that's what I needed to do is to kiss goodbye all those people that done with my business all those people that betray me don't know where to put them in the category but someday someday the father Lord will do that thank you so much Joe Austin bless you pray for me Maria

  6. Excellent words of wisdom.. every word will stick to me indefinitely now.. thank you so much πŸ™πŸΌ

  7. Amen! Kiss the past behind. Glory to God. GOD I TRUST YOU NOT JUST WITH BETRAYALS AND PERSONAL THINGS GOODBYE. PEACE. AMEN.

  8. Today before i watch this video,I kiss goodbye to my cheater gf. What a coincidence? I arrive in this video. Thank you..very nice msg.

  9. a lot of times, prayers work, as if changing things dramatically, serious illness, yet why pray, if things are going to work out how they are suppose to, …

  10. This msg was like morphine to my heart and my spirit.. I told God last night after coming home from church.. I’m tired of hurting over this thing .. I’m trying to let it go .. but it’s so darn hard. I’ve just forwarded this video to my phone .. This was surely from God. Satan you lost! πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½

  11. Let them walk and let them answer to God on their actions. kissing miscarriages goodbye and marital fights goodbye for my marriage will not know fights anymore .

  12. Goodbye my first love. I chased you, and made a fool of myself trying to make you love me. But you were not called according to my destiny or the will of God in my life. I wish you the best. But I have to kiss you goodbye!

  13. I needed this message, I don't understand why we didn't work out but I'll kiss him goodbye. I trust God has something better in store for me! Let the right person chase me down…. Thank you God!

  14. my husband had an affair, we have 3 children together and we will have been married 17 years next month, i feel utterly betrayed by my husband, do i kiss my marriage away? I feel a little lost, pls pray for me. ty

  15. Karen
    God, Thank you for
    bringing Joel Osteen
    Forward……
    So, I'm looking on ward
    and up ward….
    If this didn't work – out
    I know God has something
    better…God I trust you…
    Kiss..What causing me discomfort
    So…Kiss this Good – Bye…
    God will show me the new plan.
    You. Intricately sewn me to gather.
    God you know what's best for
    me….In Jesus Name…

  16. Kissing heartbreak , dispointment, temper, depression good bye and moving forward. Thank God for my life I know he has what's best for me

  17. Love You Joel this is my favorite message of Yours πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™ I really feel your heart and care in this sermon πŸ™‚ God bless You Joel β€πŸ™ JESUS LOVES YOU ❀

  18. Les Brown, speaking of those who bring up past mistakes,indicated that if he wouldn't do it today, they r picking on an innocent man.

  19. I forgive those who have hurt me. I learned that God only takes away to give back more. I deserve better and I am worth more!!!!

  20. Tnx so much for this video. I feel so blessed with d message. GOD bless u Pastor Joel and now I kissed goodbye to the things of d fast. I am now Free.

  21. Let us all stop the judgment, ask your self this question, what are you doing to bring more love and hope into the world. Joel is a man of love and a man of love is a man of God.

  22. Such an Earth Angel. Thank you Joel Osteen. You and your wife Victoria sermons is always right on time when I need to hear itπŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½β€οΈ

  23. Thank you, Pastor Osteen πŸ™πŸ». Every sermon leaves me with a new sense of faith! We all have to go after what was placed in our hearts by our Heavenly Father. In other words, we have to jump (as per Mr. Steve Harvey!). I know that God is working behind the scenes for all us…nothing is greater than God! Amen πŸ™πŸ»

  24. He says that everything starts in the mind, which is true but the only way to renew your heart and mind is to read the New Testment and continue reading it πŸ’– I mean, you can't talk yourself into it. The Holy Spirit has to do it 😍

  25. How can i kiss my husband goodbye if he doesnt want annulment. He cheated on me for 5 years of our marriage. I even read a text message from a women, saying that their baby's birthday is coming soon, and reminding my husband of his promise

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