Daily Readings from You Can, You Will

90 Devotions to Becoming a Winner


By Joel Osteen

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Become an undeniable winner every day with this daily reading companion for You Can, You Will from Lakewood Church pastor and #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen.

There is a winner in all of us. The key is to get it out. With daily readings from his smash hit, You Can, You Will, Joel Osteen guides readers day-by-day through the eight undeniable qualities of a winner.

With practical tools, advice, and encouragement, it is designed to guide, encourage, and uplift you every day of the year. Readers will be inspired daily to discover the eight traits of success from a new perspective as they are challenged by insightful reflection questions, motivated by specific calls to action, and inspired by relevant Scripture verses.


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Perhaps your life today is confusing, chaotic, messy, and the choices you face are baffling. If you are like most of us, as you are trying to make sense of your life, you're listening to people who try to squeeze you into their molds and pressure you into being who they want you to be. Too often we allow doubts, fears, and the discouraging things people have said to limit us and convince us to settle where we are. We look to them in hopes of finding some meaning and direction for our lives, and the answers we get prove to be empty and shallow. Far too many of us conclude that the best we can hope for is merely to make it through, to find a way to tough it out and make ends meet.

The truth is that there is a winner inside of you, but too often we talk ourselves out of God's best. You were created to be successful, to accomplish your goals, to leave your mark on this generation. You can bring the dreams of your heart to fulfillment and become the person you've always wanted to be. You have greatness in you. The key is to get it out.

That is why I wrote my book You Can, You Will, which provides eight undeniable qualities of a winner and the encouragement that will help you reach your potential so you can become all you were created to be. I've seen these qualities work in my own life and in the lives of many others:

1. Create bold visions—Dare to dream big dreams.

2. Run your own race—Focus on your unique course and goals.

3. Think positively—Control your thoughts and attitudes.

4. Expect good things to happen—Anticipate great opportunities.

5. Stay passionate—Light the fire within and approach life with enthusiasm.

6. Commit to excellence—Do your best and maintain high standards.

7. Keep growing—Deal with your weaknesses and continually improve.

8. Serve others—Invest yourself in others.

No matter where you are or what challenges you are facing, you have what it takes to win. You didn't get shortchanged. You're not lacking. You're fully equipped. You're talented enough. You're smart enough. You're experienced enough. You have the right personality and the right looks. You're the right nationality. You're the man or woman for the job.

This collection of ninety daily devotionals contains excerpts from my original book that emphasize positive, inspiring, and faith-building messages, along with additional supportive and encouraging material in the form of key Bible verses, daily prayers, and daily thoughts.

I hope my words and the other material in this daily devotional will lift your spirits, ignite your faith, and increase God's favor in your life.

Daily Readings from You Can, You Will is divided into eight sections. Each section covers one of the eight undeniable qualities of a winner. The goal is for you to take just a brief time each day to read and reflect, to put the events and circumstances in your life in perspective, and to receive a mental, emotional, and spiritual lift.

Each of the daily readings was selected to emphasize the undeniable qualities of a winner. I've added several other features to help you apply and live out the truth that God wants you to know. Therefore, each daily devotional includes:

A suggested Scripture reading: These passages will sometimes relate directly to the point being described, and in other instances the reading will provide necessary background for accurately understanding the truth for that day. Please don't neglect these brief selections from God's Word if you want to gain the full benefit of this book.

Key verse(s): A biblical verse or verses that specifically express the theme of the devotional.

A devotional excerpt from You Can, You Will: A brief story or lesson that I believe will encourage and uplift you.

Today's Prayer: A daily prayer that can serve as a model to help you express your prayer requests, desires, gratitude, and fresh commitments to God. Feel free to adapt these prayers and make them your own. Have a personal conversation with your heavenly Father.

Today's Thought: These are points meant for you to consider prayerfully after each daily reading. God's Word tells us that our thinking patterns become our acting patterns. The way we talk to ourselves greatly influences our actions. The Today's Thought sections are meant to encourage you to agree with what God thinks of you throughout each day.

These ninety readings should be read at a one-each-day pace so that they carry you through three months or so. As you put these principles on the eight qualities into action, you will step into a new level of your destiny. You will discover talents you didn't know you had, and you will see God's blessing and favor in amazing ways.

This is your moment!




The Power of Visual Reminders

Scripture Reading: Genesis 50 (especially vv. 18–20)

When [Joseph] told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, "What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?"

Genesis 37:10

A young man dreamed of being an actor, but in the early 1980s, he wasn't getting the big parts he wanted. Broke and discouraged, he drove his beat-up old car to the top of a hill overlooking the city of Los Angeles and did something unusual. He wrote himself a check for ten million dollars for "Acting services rendered."

This young man had grown up so poor that his family lived in a Volkswagen van at one time. He put that check in his wallet and kept it there. When things got tough, he'd pull it out and look at it to remind himself of his dream. A dozen years later, that same young man, the comedian Jim Carrey, was making fifteen million to twenty-five million dollars a movie.

Studies tell us that we move toward what we consistently see. You should keep something in front of you, even if it's symbolic, to remind you of what you are believing for. For instance, I met a businessman who had a goal to build a new office for his company. He bought a brick, the same type of brick he wanted to use on his building. He keeps that brick on his desk. Every time he sees it, he's moving toward his goal. It reminds him of what he's dreaming about.

If you're single and you want to get married, put an empty photo album on your table. That's where you're going to put your wedding photos. When you see it, you're moving toward it.

You may not be reaching your highest potential, not because you don't have the faith, the talent, or the determination, but because you're not keeping the right things in front of you. All over your house, you should have pictures that inspire you, Scripture verses that encourage you, mementoes that strengthen your faith. Maybe one of them is a key on your key ring for the new house you want to buy.


Father, You put a dream in Joseph's heart, which You brought to pass despite one obstacle after another, and You've put a dream in my heart as well. I believe that this word is for me today and that as I am moving toward my goal, You are working to bring it to pass. Amen.


Do not be afraid to dream lofty dreams. We serve the Most High God, and nothing is too hard for Him. He makes the impossible possible!


God Will Finish What He Started

Scripture Reading: Zechariah 4

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

Philippians 1:6 AMP

In the Scriptures, Zerubbabel wanted to rebuild the temple. He laid the foundation, but then the people came against him and made him stop. For ten years no work was done. One day the prophet Zechariah told him to get the headstone, which was reserved to be the last piece of stone that went into the building. It was symbolic of the finished product.

Why was it important for Zerubbabel to keep the headstone in front of him? Because every time he looked at the headstone, it was a reminder that God would finish what He started. When Zerubbabel was discouraged and thought it was impossible to finish the job, he would look at the headstone. That was God saying to him, "I'm in control. I'm going to bring it to pass. Just stay in faith."

My brother-in-law Kevin is a twin. Growing up, his dream was to have twins. He and my sister Lisa tried to have a baby for a long time with no success. Lisa went through all the fertility treatments, including several surgeries, but still nothing. They were very discouraged; it didn't look like it would ever happen. Then one day there was a package from Huggies in their mailbox with two diaper samples. Kevin could have thrown them away, thinking, "We don't need these." But when he saw those two diapers, something came alive on the inside. He took that as a sign from God. That was his headstone.

He ran in and told Lisa, "We just got the first diapers for our babies." Then he wrote the date on those diapers and placed them on his desk. Month after month, he saw those diapers over and over. When you see something long enough, it eventually gets into your subconscious mind and drops down into your spirit. Then you know it's going to happen.

Several years later, Kevin and Lisa received a phone call out of the blue asking if they would be interested in adopting a baby. They said, "Yes, we would." The lady said, "How about adopting two? These are twin girls who are about to be born." Today Kevin and Lisa have their twins. They are teenagers now and as beautiful as can be.

Do you have something in front of you that represents the final piece to your dreams?


Father in Heaven, thank You that I have the assurance that the work You have started to do in my life will be brought to completion by Your love and power. I believe I can and will become everything You created me to be. Amen.


Don't let what people say about you or what they say to you hold you back from achieving your dream. Let your vision be the promise from God of what you will one day be or do.


Keep Your Vision in Front of You

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

Proverbs 29:18 KJV

Is there something you see every day that reminds you of what you're believing for, something that inspires you, ignites your faith? Proverbs says that without a vision you'll get stuck. That's why many people have lost their passion. They don't have anything that reminds them of what they're dreaming about.

In 1959, my parents started Lakewood Church in an old rundown feed store. They had ninety people. You know what my father called the church? Lakewood International Outreach Center. He put a big blue sign outside that cost more than the building. He put a big world map on one of the walls and a globe behind him when he spoke. He always had the world on his mind. The truth is, they were a small neighborhood church. But every time my father saw the sign, his vision increased. He was moving toward it.

When the ninety members saw the sign week after week, something was being birthed on the inside. Seeds of increase were taking root. Do you know what Lakewood is today? It is an international outreach center touching the world. One year at a conference, people came from 150 countries. It looked like the United Nations.

What are you believing God for? Keep your vision in front of you.

A friend of mine who wanted a child decorated her baby's room, bought a bed and stroller, and spent all this time, money, and energy. Her friends thought she was a little far out, but she understood that what you keep in front of you, you are moving toward. A year went by, and still no baby. Two years, no baby. Five years. Ten years. She didn't get discouraged. When she'd walk by the baby's room, the seed was growing. She kept thanking God that her baby was on the way. It didn't look like anything was happening, but she was moving toward it. Twenty years later she had not one baby, but two babies!

If you're believing to move into a nicer house, find a picture of a house you like and put it on your bathroom mirror. Let that seed get into you. If you're believing to get into a college, go buy the school's T-shirt and wear it around. Every time you see that picture or that T-shirt, say under your breath: "Thank You, Lord, for bringing my dreams to pass. Thank You, Lord, that I'll become everything You created me to be."

What you keep in front of you, you're moving toward.


Father, help me to keep the vision in front of me and to know that You are bringing my dreams to pass. My hopes and dreams are in Your hands. I trust You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.


Do not worry. Do not doubt. Keep your trust in God, knowing that He cannot fail you. He will give birth to every promise He puts in your heart.


Release Your Faith in a Big Way

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…

Ephesians 3:20–21 NKJV

Don't have just a little vision of what God can do for you. You're not inconveniencing God to believe big. In fact, when you believe to do great things, it pleases God.

Take the limits off and say, "I don't see a way, but God, I know You have a way, so I'm going to believe to start a business to impact the world. I will believe that my whole family will serve You. I will believe to get totally well."

It doesn't matter what it looks like in the natural; God is a supernatural God. He's not limited by your resources, by your environment, by your education, or by your nationality. If you'll have a big vision, God will not only do what you're dreaming about, He will do more than you can ask or think.

A few years after my father went to be with the Lord and I stepped up to pastor the church, I had a desire to write a book. My dad had written many books, and they were all translated into Spanish. On the bookshelf I walk by at home every day, I had two copies of my dad's most popular book. One was in English. The other was in Spanish. I kept those books in front of me, knowing one day at the right time I would write a book. My dream was that it, too, would be translated into Spanish.

In my mind this seemed so far out. I never thought I could get up and minister, much less write a book. This was stretching my faith. A year went by, no book. Two years, three years, four years. It would have been easy to lose my passion and think it was never going to happen. But I had my father's books strategically placed on this bookshelf right outside my closet. I saw them thousands of times. I didn't always consciously think about them, but even subconsciously I was moving toward writing my own. My faith was being released. Something on the inside was saying, "Yes, one day I'm going to write a book."

In 2004, I wrote my first book, Your Best Life Now. When the publisher read the manuscript, they decided to publish it in English and Spanish at the same time. Normally they wait to see if anybody buys it in English. But that's the way God is. His dream for your life is bigger than your own.


Father, thank You that You give me not just exceedingly and abundantly, but exceedingly abundantly above all I can ask or think. Help me to keep growing in the revelation of Your love and to be bold to ask big and think big. I believe that You have amazing plans for my life. Amen.


God is a supernatural God who will open up doors for you. He will surround you with His favor and speak to the right people about you. He has amazing blessings in your future.


God Will Supersize Your Vision

Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 4

… we're never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can't round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

Romans 5:5 MSG

I've found that whatever your vision is, God will supersize it. He will do more than you can ask or think. My vision was that my first book would be so well received it would be translated into Spanish. But it was also translated into French, German, Russian, Swahili, Portuguese, and more than forty other languages.

If you keep the vision in front of you and not get talked out of it, but just keep honoring God, being your best, thanking Him that it's on the way, God will supersize whatever you're believing for. He'll do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond.

I saw an article in the paper several years ago about a man who gave a university one hundred million dollars. I cut that article out and put it on my desk. Every time I see it, I say, "God, You did it for a university. You can do it for a ministry."

I have a big vision. We can reach a lot of people with an extra one hundred million. If you can accomplish your dreams in your own strength, talent, ability, and resources, your dreams are too small. You don't need God's help with small dreams. Believe big. Your destiny is too great, your assignment too important, to have little goals, little dreams, little prayers.

Keep big things in front of you. A friend of mine and his wife support orphanages and feed a million children every day. That's what I keep in front of me. In our kitchen at home, we have pictures of some of the children we sponsor through our partner World Vision. Every time we eat dinner, we say, "God, You did it for them. You can do it for us. Let our family impact millions of children." We're moving toward it.

You may say, "Well, Joel, I can't even imagine that happening to me." Don't worry—you won't be. If you don't have a vision for it, it's not going to happen. Without a vision you won't see God's best. You won't be the winner He wants you to be.


Father, thank You that You are El Shaddai, the God Who is more than enough. This is my year to see You supersize my vision. I am moving forward and making room for Your far-and-beyond favor. Help me to step into the abundance You have in store. Amen.


Make sure you don't shortchange yourself. Don't limit your vision. You may not see how it could happen. That's okay; that's not your job. Your job is to believe. God has a thousand ways to fill your containers that you've never thought of.


Use the Power of Your Imagination

Scripture Reading: John 5

Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

Matthew 19:26

Some things may seem very unlikely, but don't ever say, "I can't imagine that for me." You see somebody really fit when you're trying to get back in shape and you may think: "I can't imagine looking like that." You may drive by a nice house and say, "I can't imagine living in this neighborhood, owning my own business, or being that successful."

The problem is you're being limited by your own imagination. You've got to change what you're seeing. Don't let negative thoughts paint those pictures. Use your imagination to see yourself accomplishing dreams, rising higher, overcoming obstacles, and being healthy, strong, blessed, and prosperous.

I don't say this arrogantly, but I can imagine my books being published in every language. I can imagine somebody handing us that one-hundred-million-dollar check. I can imagine us feeding a million children a day. I can imagine living a long, healthy life.

Not only that, I can imagine you fulfilling your dreams. I can imagine you totally out of debt, healthy and strong, and leading your company. I can imagine you blessing the world, being a history maker, and setting a new standard for your family. Now I'm asking you not only to have it in your imagination, but to also keep something in front of you that reminds you of it.

Perhaps you need to lose thirty pounds. Why don't you put up a picture of yourself thirty pounds lighter on your bathroom mirror? Every day when you see it, say, "Lord, thank You that I'm losing this weight. I'm healthy, whole, strong, in shape, energetic, attractive." Let that new image take root.

You may not be healthy today, but you need to keep something in front of you that says you're going to be healthy. Put up pictures of yourself when you were healthy and strong all over your house. Put up Scripture verses. Check on that gym you want to join.

Keep the right vision in front of you. You can. You will!


Father, I would like to take the limits off of You and release my imagination to believe You for the extraordinary. I want to believe that You will increase me and show me Your favor. I believe that You are taking me forward into the fullness of my destiny. Amen.


You may have struggled with your weight, your health, your finances, or with a relationship for a long time, and you keep wondering, "Will this ever change?" God is saying, "Keep the right vision in front of you. You can. You will!"


Release Your Faith

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 7

It was because the LORD loved you… that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery… Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love…

Deuteronomy 7:8–9

A man in our church started a company that specializes in drilling for oil with just himself and one assistant. It grew and grew. He was spending a lot of his time traveling around checking on the different sites. One day he saw a competitor's employees boarding their company airplane, doing what he did in a fraction of the time. God dropped the dream in his heart that he could have an airplane.

When his family members heard him talking about having an airplane, they thought he'd lost his mind. They couldn't imagine it, but he could. Sometimes your family will not encourage you. You've got to listen to what God's telling you and not to what other people may tell you. People will try to talk you out of your dreams.


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Joel Osteen

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Joel Osteen is a New York Times bestselling author and the senior pastor of America’s largest church, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Millions watch his weekly inspirational messages on television and connect with Joel through his digital platforms worldwide. Joel can be heard 24/7 on SiriusXM 128—Joel Osteen Radio. Connect with Joel on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit his website at JoelOsteen.com.

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