Bobby Schuller

Endure the Pit With God

“So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.” – Genesis 37:28 As we live out our dreams that God has given us, there are times when we are underground, in the pit, forgotten, unseen by others, or suffering. There is something positive that will come out of your experience if you are willing to endure the pit with God. Because He never abandons you as you keep His word in your heart, the pit will become a place of victory! This will turn any experience in the trenches into a place of abundant reward.   Over the past few days, I shared the story of Joseph and his time in the pit. It wasn’t by choice that Joseph lived in misery, and it wasn’t his choice to

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The Price of Your Dream

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” – Genesis 50:20 To achieve the dream God put in Joseph’s heart, he had to overcome and endure many challenges and obstacles. Yesterday, I shared the struggles he faced. Today, I have an additional reflection. I learned that God doesn’t like to show us the price of our dreams. Meaning, the price will not be revealed to you by God. The dream will be shown to you, but the price will not be disclosed. You say, “That’s not fair,” and I agree with you. It’s a good thing that God works in this way because if we understood the price, we would be terrified! Understanding the price of our dream is like explaining to a first grader that at the end of their scholastic journey they’re going

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When a Dream Is Put Into Our Hearts

“Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.” – Genesis 37:5 If you were tasked with designing a perfect person who was strong, resourceful, patient, and full of faith, what would you put this person through to create these characteristics? Would you ease their burden by giving them a lot of money or resources? It’s important to remember that every fire needs an obstacle to stay alive. Our fire needs a little help to burn brightly. A favorite story in the Bible reflective of overcoming obstacles is that of Joseph because he embodied so many of our experiences when a dream is put into our hearts. In his family of 11 brothers, Joseph is one of the youngest, and his dad’s favorite. He seems to be a bit naive, and annoying to his siblings. The Lord gave him this dream

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The Obstacle IS the Way

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” – Genesis 50:20 When we have a dream, a goal, or an assignment that is God’s calling on our lives, the challenge we face is that there always seems to be an obstacle in the way! The obstacle, or roadblock, derails our progress along our path, no matter where we go. Sometimes it feels as if something substantial has blocked the freeway of our lives and we are unable to move forward. We tell God that an obstacle stands in our way. And how does He respond to us? He says, “The obstacle IS the way.” The obstacles are what helps us grow. Over the past few days, I shared that “Fire thrives on obstacles.” If you are fire, you need obstacles. Fire needs things in its

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It All Matters to God

“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” – Psalms 33:11 Yesterday, I emphasized that the best thing you can do is to release the fire, the power, and the life within you that comes from the Holy Spirit. I encouraged you to get into the fight for your values and your life. Fight for your family, your finances, and your health. Someone who is pious might think this doesn’t sound very spiritual. I would like you to know, my friend, that all of it is spiritual. There is a spiritual component to everything we do in life. It’s also beneficial to know that the little things in life matter to God. And guess what? He cares about all of them! God doesn’t want you to say, “My finances don’t matter, my health doesn’t matter, my dream doesn’t matter, and my

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Fire Thrives on Obstacles

“Their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.” – 1 Corinthians 3:13 Yesterday I shared the importance of making the decision to commit to a life with Christ. The transformative power of the Gospel is that no matter how bad things get in your life, God can make it better, even if you can’t see it in the moment. Maybe right now you feel pressed, but guess what, you will not be crushed. You’re persecuted, but not abandoned by God. You’re struck down, but you’re not destroyed. Marcus Aurelius, the stoic philosopher and emperor, said something very simple and obvious that drives me in my daily life: “Fire feeds on obstacles.” I want to paraphrase this to say “Fire thrives on obstacles.”  The best

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Resilient and Strong

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” – 2 Corinthians 4:8,9 I believe that when you become a Christian and turn your life over to Jesus Christ, He puts something inside your heart and mind that makes you incredibly resilient and strong. In the book of 2 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul says that when you get this life inside of you — the life of Christ — you may be pressed, but you will not be crushed by it. You may be persecuted, but you will not be abandoned by God. There will be times when you are cast down, but you will not be destroyed.  The amazing thing about the power of the Gospel is that no matter how bad things get in your life, God can make your circumstances better …

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Faith: A Precious Treasure

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” – Romans 10:17 I am concluding the Golden Trinity of treasures today, which are the three greatest heavenly treasures found in God’s Word. First is favor with God and man, second is wisdom, and finally, faith. Faith is a treasure trove of miracles and victory against all odds! Faith doesn’t come from thinking deeper or trying harder. There’s only one way to get faith, and that’s through the Bible. Increasing your faith can only be accomplished by hearing the Word of God. The first step is to hear it, and the second step is to believe it.  The Bible is bread! This isn’t bread that you eat occasionally — it’s your daily bread. The faith my wife Hannah has is amazing. She lays hands on people and they get well. When Hannah speaks,

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The Value of Wisdom

“My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion;” – Proverbs 3:21 Today we will continue our discussion of what I call the “Golden Trinity,” which consists of the three greatest heavenly treasures found in God’s Word. The first treasure is: Favor with God and man; the second treasure is: Wisdom; and the third is: Faith. Several days ago, I mentioned the story of Solomon and the great wisdom he possessed early on before he turned away from the Lord. Wisdom is a superpower and its treasures are joy, success, and a good life. Interestingly, wisdom is often confused with knowledge. Science gives us knowledge, but it cannot provide us with wisdom! It’s for this reason that some of the smartest people in the world, who have tons of knowledge, have miserable lives. Their bank accounts are empty, they can’t find happiness in

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Love and Faithfulness

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” – Proverbs 3:3 Yesterday I introduced the heavenly treasure of having favor, or “goodwill” with God and man. I am thankful for the treasure of second chances that we can store in Heaven! In the Bible, there are many examples of people who were victorious in second chances, such as David, Abraham, Joseph, Ruth, and Esther. Love and faithfulness are two additional treasures that precede favor in Proverbs 3:3 “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” You will then win favor with God and man! This is what love is: Real Service — an impact on others for their benefit along with true acts of generosity and service. If you lack generosity, you probably don’t have much

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