Joel Osteen and his family came to the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on September 5, ’08. What an uplifting event. The bill of fare lived up to its name, “A Night of Hope”. Everything was inspiring and truly Joel Osteen is anointed for this message. He said that most people today are into detoxifying their bodies but what they need even more is a detoxifying of minds. We need to go on a diet and stay diligent to it and not allow negative things to infiltrate us. We need to unload the negatives, find and up root the cause whether a teacher or counselor speaking negative things into our life, or whether anyone else spoke it – ask forgiveness or write letters of forgiveness so that you can be set free to become everything that Jesus wants you to become – what he wanted for you as a child of God from the very beginning. He said that we need to read scripture of affirmation of who we are in Christ everyday. These scriptures and like message had been given to some of us at the 3rd Annual Retreat of the Daily Lily, “The Four Bees, by Sara. The message at the retreat by Sara and the message that Joel Osteen preached were almost identical. This must be the message of the hour for God’s people. Here are some of the scriptures typed out so that each of you can read them and become whom God spoke blessings over from the very beginning:

Psalm 37:25 (New International Version) 25 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

2 Timothy 1:7 (New International Version) 7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

John 15:16 (New International Version) 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

Colossians 2:9-10 (New International Version) For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

Romans 8: 31-39…31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a] 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:16-18 (New International Version) 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness

There were many more exact scriptures given Friday night by Joel Osteen at a ‘Night of Hope’ and by Sara at “The Four Bees Retreat” July ’08. Sara gave each of us much inspiration this summer and Joel came along and matched it. Now, some of us have gotten it both barrels. Therefore, we should take the vitamins and go full force to detox our minds to the Glory of God.

My thanks to both Joel and Victoria, Joel’s Mother for testimony of God healing her of cancer, their praise team and Sara’s powerful anointing teaching this summer to lead and propel us right into this new diet of detoxing our minds.

Now, hopefully, we will run the race with the power we have!