Popular TV pastor Joel Osteen topped the best-seller lists in 2013 with his inspiring self-help guide, Break Out! Now, he’s translated it into an uplifting interactive workbook titled—what else?—Break Out! Journal, which is designed to help readers unlock new opportunities in their lives.
We’ve excerpted the introduction of the first chapter and the first worksheet pages, below.
Our God has shifts in your future that will thrust you beyond barriers of the past into the extraordinary life you were designed to live.
Due to the recession, a construction manager I know had been out of a job for three years after twenty-five years of steady work at a successful company. He went to one job interview after another with no success, then finally took a much lower-level position in a small city, to which he had to travel a couple of hours every day. It was taking a toll on his health, his marriage, and his savings. It looked like his job situation would never change. But about six months later, his former boss called and said, “Hey, are you ready to go back to work?”
His old company had landed the largest contract in its history. He not only got his job back but also all of his benefits plus a significant salary increase and now he works locally. He said, “This is exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond.”
What happened? He came into a shift. Suddenly, things changed in his favor. One phone call. One contract. One good break. He went from barely getting by to having more than enough.
Zechariah said it this way: “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6). That word spirit in the Hebrew means “breath.” It’s saying it will not happen just by your talent, just by your connections, just by those you know. It will happen because God breathes in our direction, shifts the winds, and blows healing and promotion, restoration, our way.
You were not created to just get by with an average, unrewarding, or unfulfilling life. God created you to leave your mark on this generation. You have gifts and talents that you have not tapped into. There are new levels of your destiny still in front of you. But break out starts in your thinking. As you put these keys into action, making room for increase, expecting shifts of God’s favor, praying bold prayers, and keeping the right perspective, then God will release floods of His goodness that will thrust you beyond barriers of the past into the extraordinary life you were designed to live.
I’m declaring, “A shift is coming.” A shift in your health, in your finances, or in a relationship. It may not look like it in the natural, but we serve a supernatural God. When He breathes in your direction, people change their mind. Closed doors suddenly open. The nos turn into yeses. Not now turns into It’s your time.
The shift is acceleration. God’s favor is being released in a new way that will propel you forward. He has shifts that will put you in positions you didn’t earn, you didn’t qualify for, or weren’t next in line to receive. What should have taken you forty years to accomplish, God will do in a split second.
Why don’t you start expecting unprecedented favor, believing for God to do something new in your life? Your attitude should be: “God, I’m ready. I’m taking the limits off of You. I’m enlarging my vision. I may not see a way, but I know You have a way. I declare I’m coming into a shift.”