Beth has learned that it is difficult to keep toes from being bitten by kittens when your foot is in a cast.
More misinterpretation from 30 Thoughts for Victorious Living by Joel Osteen:
2. Develop a Vision of Victory
Behold I am doing a new thing. Can you not perceive it ? (Isaiah 43:19)
Do you have a vision of victory for your life? Do you perceive victory in your every step? Are you living each day filled with faith and expectancy? Today’s verse doesn’t say that God is going to do a new thing some day — he didn’t say it may be next week, next month or next year. God said, ” I am doing something new in your life right now!” Can you not perceive it? God wants to do something new in your life today. Let go of your old way of thinking and take hold of the new thing God has for you!
God said in Jeremiah 29:11, “My plans for you are good and not evil, to give you a future and a hope”. His plans for you are good, regardless of what has happened in your past. No matter what, His plans will always be for your good! God can turn your setbacks around. He can take your tragedy and turn it into triumph! Let go of the past, seek God’s plan and develop that vision of victory for your life!
Let’s look at all the surrounding scripture, as well as the one verse he chose to take out of context:
Isa 43:16-21……16 This is what the LORD says — he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, 17 who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: 18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. 20 The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, 21 the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise. NIV
The first 3 verses are speaking of God bringing the Israelites out of Egypt. He buried the Egyptian army in the Red Sea. The next 3 talk about Him sustaining them through the desert.
The Jews being in bondage in Egypt is a picture of Christians being in bondage to sin. Just as God brought them through the desert into the promised land, Jesus will bring the Christians through life on earth, with sin and persecution, into spiritual maturity and everlasting life with our savior. God was creating a new way for the Jews then, and was creating a new way of salvation through Jesus.
Here’s what Matthew Henry’s Commentary says:
2. It looks forward, not only to all the instances of God’s care of the Jewish church in the latter ages of it, between their return from Babylon and the coming of Christ, but to the grace of the gospel, especially as it is manifested to the Gentile world, by which a way is opened in the wilderness and rivers in the desert; the world, which lay like a desert, in ignorance and unfruitfulness, was blessed with divine direction and divine comforts, and, in order to both, with a plentiful effusion of the Spirit. The sinners of the Gentiles, who had been as the beasts of the field, running wild, fierce as the dragons, stupid as the owls or ostriches, shall be brought to honour God for the extent of his grace to his chosen among them.
The Jews were set apart for a special purpose: spreading the good news about Jesus. As a group, they rejected Him (although many did accept and were saved). The job then went to the Christians – mostly Gentiles who believed and were saved.
Nothing in this passage speaks of doing something new in your life today, in the way Osteen means it. It doesn’t mean God is creating a new job, or a new raise, or a new place to live, or a new….anything.
Once again, the apostle Paul did not live the life that would be called victorious by Osteen’s standards. But he was victorious by God’s standards.
It’s interesting that he quoted this verse:
Jer 29:11……11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. NIV
Here are the verses that precede it:
Jer 29:8-9…….8 Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have. 9 They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,” declares the LORD. NIV