Two nights ago, I had the opportunity to watch Joel Osteen. He asked his audience to remember Moses - Moses hit the rock with his staff, over and over (twice) Moses struck the rock - says Osteen.
What did God do? God gave them water - "God found favor in Moses for not giving up and blessed Moses with the water" - says Joel Osteen. He ask us to do what Moses did, just keep trying harder and God will bless you. If your in poor health, bad job etc... just say NO! says Osteen. Your words are more powerful then you realize! Keep doing that and you, just like Moses - will find God's favor.
The Truth - yes you will actually need to read your Bible, not just hold one like willowboy - it says
The Water of Meribah
8"Take the rod; and you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and speak to the rock before their eyes, that it may yield its water. You shall thus bring forth water for them out of the rock and let the congregation and their beasts drink."
9So Moses took the rod from before the LORD, just as He had commanded him;
10 and Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly before the rock. And he said to them, "Listen now, you rebels; shall we bring forth water for you out of this rock?"
11Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came forth abundantly, and the congregation and their beasts drank.
12But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them."
Now, why do you suppose Mr. Osteen did not mention verse 12? Doesn't he want his audience to know the Truth?
God in essence says - 'hey Moses, you will NOT step one foot in the promised land'. Is that what Osteen calls finding God's "favor"? God said SPEAK to the rock, and Moses struck it - big mistake.
Secondly in verse 10 Moses says "shall WE bring forth water..." WE??? did Moses just take credit for God's work? I think he did - another big mistake.
Conclusion: Your very BEST is a filthy rag before God - Isaiah 64:6. You nor I can do anything to please God outside of what Christ did for us.
Most importantly - God blesses the just and unjust. I did nothing, Christ did it all. No one can earn God's favor, that is what Satan would like you to believe; you'll die trying and your faith will be in yourself not Christ (that's a perfect recipe for eternal hell) .
If your Best Life is Now, then you're headed for Hell, because for God's children, their "Best Life" - is yet to come.