Daily Readings from The Power of I Am

365 Life-Changing Devotions


By Joel Osteen

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Transform your self-image, discover God’s daily blessings, and fulfill your destiny with two simple words in this interactive devotional guide from Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen.

The direction you’ll follow in life begins with these two simple words: I AM.

This portable devotional will help you transform your self-image and help you invite the right things into your life with daily readings and insights from The Power of I Am. If you have a powerful I AM, you will carry yourself with a quiet confidence.

It’s time to stop criticizing yourself, and instead discover your inner strengths, your natural talents, and unique abilities that will make you prosper with self-assurance and success, every single day.


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Have you wondered if you have inner strengths, natural talents, and unique abilities that will make you prosper with self-assurance and success? Do you want to build the quiet confidence to face any obstacle that comes your way?

My friend, over the next 365 days, I'd like for you to take the journey of a lifetime together with me and explore a simple yet profound principle that can help you answer those questions and attain your dreams and goals. With the words "I am," you can control your success or failure, transform your self-image, invite the right things into your life, and redirect your life's course onto the road of your destiny.

I AM. Can these two words give you the power to change your life? Can they help you discover unique abilities and advantages you never knew you had that can lead to a more productive and happier life? Yes, they can!

Why? Because what follows these two words will determine the course of your life. Whatever follows the words "I am" will always come looking for you. So when you go through the day saying, "I am blessed," blessings pursue you. When you say, "I am healthy," health heads your way. When you say, "I am strong," strength tracks you down. That is life-changing!

The reason I've written this devotional is to help you harness The Power of I Am and become who God made you to be—an amazing, original masterpiece chosen by the Most High God to do great things. You'll learn powerful "I am"s for your life that will provide you with practical steps and encouragement for creating a life without limitations. It's time to stop criticizing yourself and discover an extraordinary life.

I trust that these devotions will inspire you in your daily walk with God. While they are not meant to replace your personal time with God, it is my desire that the readings will be keys you can use to unlock doors leading to a fuller life. I hope they will be a springboard to help you draw nearer to God and to help you overcome the challenges or barriers that might keep you from discovering your best life possible.

Your life can be transformed and renewed as you allow God's Word to refresh and to reshape your thinking, speaking, and daily activities. You will find a wealth of Scriptures and points for contemplation. Allow the Scriptures to speak to your heart. Be still and listen to what God is saying to you. Day by day, the barriers that hold you back will begin to loosen and fall off your life.

No matter what challenges or troubles you face, you can choose to rise to a new level and invite God's goodness into your life by focusing on these two words, I AM!


"I Am"

A man will be satisfied with good from the fruit of his words…


Whether you realize it or not, all through the day the power of "I am" is at work in your life, for what follows those two simple words will determine what kind of life you live. The "I am"s coming out of your mouth will bring either success or failure.

Here's the principle. Whatever follows the "I am" will always come looking for you. When you say, "I am so clumsy," clumsiness comes looking for you. "I am so old." Wrinkles come looking for you. "I am so overweight." Calories come looking for you. It's as though you're inviting them. Whatever you follow the "I am" with, you're handing it an invitation, opening the door, and giving it permission to be in your life.

January 2

Wield the Power

By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain.


Many times we wield the power of "I am" against ourselves. We don't realize how it's affecting our future. That's why you have to be careful what follows the "I am." Don't ever say, "I am so unlucky all the time." You're inviting disappointments. "I am so broke. I am so in debt." You are inviting struggle. You're inviting lack.

The good news is you get to choose what follows the "I am." When you go through the day saying, "I am blessed," blessings come looking for you. "I am talented." Talent comes looking for you. You may not feel up to par, but when you say, "I am healthy," health starts heading your way. "I am strong." Strength starts tracking you down. You're inviting that into your life.

January 3

Invite the Good

My tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

PSALM 45:1

How many people, when they get up in the morning, look in the mirror, shake their head, and the first thing they say is, "I am so worn out. I am so wrinkled. I am so old." You're inviting fatigue. You are inviting oldness. Do us all a favor; stop inviting that.

You need to send out some new invitations. Get up in the morning and invite good things into your life. "I am blessed. I am strong. I am talented. I am wise. I am disciplined. I am focused. I am prosperous." When you talk like that, talent gets summoned by Almighty God: "Go find that person." Health, strength, abundance, and discipline start heading your way, and it costs you nothing!



Dark am I, yet lovely, daughters of Jerusalem…


Some people have never once said, "I am beautiful. I am attractive." They're so focused on their flaws and what they don't like about themselves and how they wish they had more here and less there. When you say, "I am beautiful," beauty comes looking for you. Youth and freshness come looking for you. Nobody else can do this for you! It has to come out of your own mouth.

Not only that, but on the inside your spirit person comes alive. Your self-image begins to improve, and you'll start carrying yourself like you're someone special. You won't drag around feeling inferior. Beauty is not in how thin or tall you are, how perfect you look. Beauty is in being who God made you to be with confidence.


God's Creation

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…"


Don't go around telling others how negative you feel about yourself, whether about your looks or personality. Never put yourself down, especially not in front of your spouse. The last thing they need to hear is how bad you think you look. Don't put those negative thoughts in their minds.

God made you as you are on purpose. He gave you your looks, your height, your skin color, your nose, your personality. Nothing about you is by accident. You didn't get overlooked. You didn't get left out. God calls you His masterpiece. Instead of going around feeling down on yourself, too tall, too short, not enough of this, or too much of that, dare to say, "I am a masterpiece. I am created in the image of Almighty God."


Amazing and Wonderful

I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful.

PSALM 139:14 NCV

Notice David's "I am"s. He was saying, not in pride but in praise to God, "I am wonderful. I am amazing. I am a masterpiece." That goes against human nature. Most of us think, There's nothing amazing about me. Nothing wonderful. I'm just average. I'm just ordinary. But the fact is there is nothing ordinary about you. There will never be another you. Even if you have an identical twin, somebody who looks exactly like you, they don't have your same personality, your same goals, or even your same fingerprints. You are an original. When God made you, He threw away the mold. But as long as you go around thinking, I'm just average. There's nothing special about me, the wrong "I am" will keep you from rising higher.


Called by Your Name

But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine."


Rather than being down on ourselves and focusing on all our flaws, all through the day—not in front of other people but in privacy, driving to work, and underneath our breath—be as bold as David was and say, "I am amazing. I am wonderful. I am valuable. I am a masterpiece. I am a child of the Most High God!" You talk like that and amazing comes chasing you down. Awesome starts heading in your direction. You won't have that weak, defeated, "I'm just average" mentality. You'll carry yourself like a king, like a queen. Not in pride. Not being better than somebody, but with a quiet confidence, with a knowing that you've been handpicked by the Creator of the universe and you have something amazing to offer this world.



"As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah.…I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her."

GENESIS 17:15–16

God promised Sarai and her husband, Abram, that they would have a baby. But Sarai was eighty years old, way past the childbearing years. Back in those days, if a wife couldn't conceive and give her husband a child, she was considered to be a failure. I can imagine some of her "I am"s: "I am a failure. I am inferior to other women. I am not good enough."

God knew that the promise of a child would never come to pass unless He could convince Sarai to change her "I am"s. It was so imperative that she have this new mind-set that God actually changed her name from Sarai to Sarah, which means "Princess." Helping Sarah move from "I am a failure" to "I am a Princess" changed everything!


Reign in Life

…how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!


When God changed Sarai's name to Sarah, which means "Princess," she heard this spoken to her over and over. Those words got on the inside and began to change her self-image. Sarah went from "I am ashamed" to "I am crowned by Almighty God." Instead of hanging her head in defeat, she started holding her head up high. From "I'm not good enough" to "I am a child of the Most High God." From "I'm inferior" to "I am amazing and wonderfully made." Her new attitude became: I am a masterpiece.

This Princess spirit got on the inside of Sarah. It changed her self-image. I've learned you have to change on the inside before you'll see change on the outside. Against all odds, she gave birth to that baby. The promise came to pass.


Your New Name

"No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations."


As was true for Sarah, you may have had a lot of things in life try to push you down—bad breaks and disappointments, maybe even people who have tried to make you feel as though you just don't measure up or you're not talented enough. You could easily let that seed get on the inside, ruin your sense of value, and cause you to live inferior.

But God is saying to you what He said to Sarai, "I want you to change your name"—not literally, but in your attitude. Shake off the negative things people have said about you and quit telling yourself you're all washed up. Do as Sarah did and say, "I am royalty. I am crowned with favor. I am excited about my future."


Life-Giving Words

The tongue has the power of life and death.


Words have creative power. They can be very helpful like electricity. Used the right way, electricity powers lights, air conditioning, and all kinds of good things. But electricity used the wrong way can harm you, even kill you. It's the same way with our words. It's up to you to choose what follows the "I am."

What kind of "I am"s are coming out of your mouth? "I am victorious. I am blessed. I am talented. I am anointed." When you have the right "I am"s, you're inviting the goodness of God. My encouragement is to never say negative things about yourself. That is cursing your future. Do yourself a favor and zip that up. We have enough in life against us already. Don't be against yourself.

January 12

By Faith

God, who gives life to the dead, and calls the things that are not, as though they were.


Today's scripture simply means that you shouldn't talk about the way you are. Talk about the way you want to be. If you're struggling in your finances, don't go around saying, "Oh, man, business is so slow. The economy is so down. It's never going to work out." That's calling the things that are as if they will always be that way. That's just describing the situation. By faith you have to say, "I am blessed. I am successful. I am surrounded by God's favor."

The Scripture says, "Let the weak say, 'I am strong!'" (Joel 3:10 AMP)—not the opposite, "I am so tired. I am so rundown." Let the poor say, "I am well off"—not, "I am broke. I am so in debt." Don't call in the wrong things.

January 13

God Says So

The LORD will make you the head, not the tail.


Have you allowed what somebody—a coach, a teacher, a parent, an ex-spouse—said about you to plant negative seeds of what you cannot do. "You're not smart enough, talented enough, disciplined enough, or attractive enough. You'll always be mediocre and struggle with your weight." Get rid of those lies! That is not who you are. You are who God says you are.

People may have tried to tell you who or what you can't become. Let that go in one ear and out the other ear. What somebody said about you doesn't determine your destiny; God does. You need to know not only who you are but also who you are not. In other words, "I am not who people say I am. I am who God says I am."


No Intimidation

Don't be intimidated in any way by your enemies.


You have gifts and talents that you've not tapped into yet. There is a treasure on the inside. Negative thoughts will try to keep it buried. The enemy doesn't want you to reach your full potential. There are forces constantly trying to make you feel intimidated, inferior, unqualified. If you're going to fulfill your destiny, you have to shake off the negative voices.

Shake off the thoughts that are telling you, I am unable. I am unqualified. Don't invite weakness. Don't give intimidation an invitation. Before you were born, God equipped you. He empowered you. You are not lacking anything. When you know God has approved you, you realize, I don't need other people's approval. I've been equipped, empowered, and anointed by the Creator of the universe!


Change Your "I Am"

Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

PSALM 5:12

I know a man who was told by a counselor that he wasn't very smart and should focus on the lowest skilled factory job that he could find, which he did. Years later, he was hired at another factory where he was given an IQ test that assessed him at a genius level. He went on to start his own business, and he invented and patented two very successful products.

What happened? He changed his "I am." Could it be what someone has told you is keeping you from God's best? Do what this man did. Change your "I am." Get in agreement with God and declare who you are and know who you are not. "I am not lacking. I am not inferior. I am equipped. I am empowered."


Be on Guard

They gave Moses this account: "We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But…"

NUMBERS 13:27–28

In Numbers 13, Moses sent twelve men in to spy out the Promised Land. After forty days, ten of them came back and said, "Moses, we don't have a chance. The cities are fortified and very large and the people are huge. Compared to them we felt like we were grasshoppers." Notice their "I am"s. "I am weak. I am inferior. I am intimidated. I am afraid." What happened? Fear, intimidation, and inferiority came knocking at the door.

What is interesting is that the negative report from the ten spies spread like wildfire throughout the rest of the camp. Before long some two million people were intimidated and afraid. When people are murmuring, complaining, and talking defeat, be on guard. Make sure you don't let the wrong "I am" take root.


Be a Joshua

"…don't be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the LORD is with us! Don't be afraid of them!"


In Numbers 13, ten men sent to spy out the Promised Land brought back a negative report. The other two spies, Joshua and Caleb, said, "Moses, yes, the people are big, but we know our God is much bigger. We are well able. Let us go in and take the land at once." Their "I am"s were just the opposite. "I am strong. I am equipped. I am confident. I am more than a conqueror."

But nobody in the camp even paid attention to Joshua and Caleb's report of faith. Don't let that be your destiny. You may be facing some major obstacles. My challenge is for you to be a Joshua. Be a Caleb. "I am well able." Make sure you have the right "I am"s coming out of your mouth.


Be Very Careful

"So tell them, 'As surely as I live, declares the LORD, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say…'"


The people of Israel were so distressed by the negative report of the ten spies that they complained against Moses and Aaron, "Why did you even bring us out here? We're going to die in the wilderness. Our children, our wives, they're going to be taken as plunder."

God answered back something very powerful and very sobering. He said in Numbers 14, "I will do for you exactly what you have said. You said you're going to die in the wilderness, so you will die in the wilderness." God is saying the same thing to us. "I am going to do exactly what you've been saying." Don't ever say, "I am weak. I'm intimidated. I'm inferior." Friend, the wrong "I am" can keep you from your destiny.


Seeds of Greatness

"But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it."




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Joel Osteen

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JOEL OSTEEN is a New York Times bestselling author and the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Millions connect daily with his inspirational messages through television, podcasts, Joel Osteen Radio on Sirius XM, and global digital platforms. To learn more, visit his website at JoelOsteen.com.

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