Joel Osteen Quotes

Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.

Why don’t you start believing that no matter what you have or haven’t done, that your best days are still out in front of you.

God wants us to prosper financially, to have plenty of money, to fulfill the destiny He has laid out for us.

When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.

Faith activates God – Fear activates the Enemy.

You can change your world by changing your words… Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue.

I made a decision when my father passed away that I was going to be who God made me to be and not try to preach like my father.

Do all you can to make your dreams come true.

People respond when you tell them there is a great future in front of you, you can leave your past behind.

It’s God’s will for you to live in prosperity instead of poverty. It’s God’s will for you to pay your bills and not be in debt.

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THINK ABOUT Your Thinking

LIFE IS TOUGH. We all get knocked down occasionally and get discouraged, but we need not remain there. We can choose our thoughts. Nobody can make us think a certain way. If you’re not happy, nobody is forcing you to be unhappy. If you’re negative and have a bad attitude, nobody’s coercing you to be sarcastic or sullen. You decide what you will entertain in your mind.

Simply because the enemy plants a negative, discouraging thought in your brain doesn’t mean you have to nurture and help it grow. If you do, though, that thought will affect your emotions, your attitudes, and eventually your actions. You will be much more prone to discouragement and depression, and if you continue pondering that negative thought, it will sap the energy and strength right out of you.

Here’s how it works practically. It is unrealistic to pretend that nothing bad ever happens to us and our family. Bad things happen to good people. Pretense is not the answer; nor is playing semantic games to make yourself sound more spiritual. If you are sick, admit it; but keep your thoughts on your Healer. If your body is tired, if your spirit is weary, fine: but focus your thoughts on the One who has promised, “Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV).

Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NKJV). He wasn’t saying that troublesome times wouldn’t come; He was saying that when they do, we can choose our attitudes.

We must take responsibility for our minds and our actions. As long as we keep making excuses and blaming the family tree, our environment, past relationships with other people, our circumstances, and attributing blame to God, Satan, anyone, or anything, we will never be truly free and emotionally healthy. To a large extent, we can control our own destinies.

It’s not your circumstances that have you down; your thoughts about your circumstances have you down. It is possible to be in one of the biggest battles for your life and still be filled with joy and peace and victory—if you simply learn how to choose the right thoughts. We can choose to believe that God is greater than our problems.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – PHILIPPIANS 4:6–7

– Joel Osteen

Suicide Game: The Blue Whale Game OR The Blue Whale Challenge

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The Blue Whale Game or The Blue Whale Challenge, is an Internet “game” that is claimed to exist in several countries. The game allegedly consists of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators during a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide.The term “Blue Whale” comes from the phenomenon of beached whales, which is linked to suicide.

This psychopathic game started in Russia four years ago on a social networking site called VKontakte. It has already claimed over 130 lives in Russia. It allegedly led to its first suicide in 2015. Philipp Budeikin, a psychology student claimed that he invented the game. Budeikin, who was thrown out of his university, said he was attempting to weed out the society by encouraging those who have no value to take their lives. Other reports claim that the mastermind behind the game, a postman called Ilya Sidorov, 26, was arrested in Moscow, Russia. He used to encourage teenagers to hurt themselves and eventually commit suicide.

What is worrying is that despite the common knowledge that the deadly game started and spread on VKontakte, which is a hugely popular site in Russia, no checks were brought in place to contain the network. One can easily create a VKontakte account and once you log in and search for #bluewhale, you come across psychotic, extremely depressing messages of young people desperately wanting to play the game and end their lives. Their profiles are as macabre as it can get. There are pictures of self-injury, ghosts and horrifying sketches of people bleeding and trying to kill themselves.

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“Game” Structure: What’s the game?

According to reports, the Blue Whale game or Blue Whale Challenge is a game based on the relationship between the challengers (also called players or participants) and the administrators. It involves a series of duties given by the administrators that players must complete, usually one per day, some of which involve self-mutilation. Some tasks can be given in advance, while others can be passed on by the administrators on that day, the last task being suicide.

A participant is given a daily task to complete for a period of 50 days. A group of administrators ask participants to share photos of the challenges completed by them. The final task generally is committing suicide. The list of tasks, to be completed in 50 days includes waking up at 4:20 A.M., climbing a crane, carving a specific phrase on the person’s own hand or arm, doing secret tasks, poking a needle to the arm or leg, standing on a bridge and roof, listening to music, and watching videos sent to the challengers by the administrator. One of these music videos was originally for Norwegian singer Emilie Nicolas’ upbeat song “Pstereo” (filmed in Scotland). It had been dubbed by the administrator and set to BENY’s hauntingly somber remix of Australian singer Sarah Blasko’s country-folkish song “All I Want” (video filmed in Victoria, Australia). Subsequently, nature of tasks start to become bloody and dangerous. The participants are asked to carve out shapes on one’s skin, self-mutilation and eventually the extreme step.

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Reports say that the game originated in Russia. There are other names of the game exist- A Secret House, A Silent House, A Sea of Whales, F57 or F-57 and is mostly played on VKontakte, Instagram and Snapchat. Schools and police officials in Europe and America have issued advisories to parents urging them to be vigilant and to keep an eye out on what their children are sharing on their social media accounts.

Source: Internet/Google/Wikipedia/VKontakte/Etcetera