50/50 Faith: Move On A “Maybe” | Maybe: God | Pastor Steven Furtick

how many are excited about this series
that we’re in the series is called Maybe: God the subject is his voice his will
his ways how do I know if this opportunity comes from the Lord now the
scripture for you today that I think will be a great blessing in your life
it’s in 1st Samuel chapter 14 verse number 6 the Bible says Jonathan said to
his young armor-bearer come let’s go over to the outpost of those
uncircumcised men he’s talking trash about the Philistines he calls them a
derogatory name he’s talking about their uncircumcision wow he must be fired up
about something he’s a little belligerent he’s getting bold now he
can’t afford to wait around and wait for something to happen from heaven when God
has already given him a certain power on the earth so he turns to who he has
available at this point and says let’s go it’s just me and you but touch
somebody say let’s go now I want you to do me a favor if you’re the only one on
your row who praises God today during this sermon I want you to go and look at
somebody next to you and say will you go with me amen
he said let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men perhaps the Lord
will act in our behalf nothing can hinder the Lord from saving whether by
many or by few in this third installment of Maybe: God my subject and my lesson
today is called 50/50 faith I want to teach you on this principle that has
been so useful in my life as a leader and it’s useful for me as a husband as a
dad and just as a man 50/50 faith I believe this principle is going to set
you free in some of the areas where indecision has imprisoned you and you’ve
been waiting around and God is going to show you something today by the power
and virtue of his word and spirit that only he could show you about 50/50 faith
praise the Lord I celebrated my 39th birthday this week appreciate your pity you know that last
one with the three in front of it I’m owning it I am so owning turning 40
I am so owning these little gray whiskers that are popping up I’m not
dyeing them or anything like that uh-huh I’m gonna tell them to get a close-up on
these gray things on the camera just zoom right into the grayist
patch you can find in this beard I’m proud of it I don’t care what my kids
say about it and when they tell me that my jokes are cringy and stuff like that
one of my kids told me that the other day and I just asked him a question back
he said your jokes are so cringy and I just asked him a question I said how
many people show up to hear you speak since I’m so cringy conversational parenting approach you
might want to try it sometime but one of the things I think keeps happening to me
and is really happening to me at this stage of my ministry in life because I
have been doing this as a pastor over 13 years is that I feel so good saying that
it just felt cool I’ve been doing this over 13 years that’s a long time
to do anything amen I’ve never been less certain and I’ve never been more
confident all at the same time all at the same time and it’s a strange
thing how when you give up your need for certainty you can gain a true confidence
that is independent of circumstance can I preach to somebody today right here in
this back left section of Ballantyne the passage that I read to you is one of my
favorites if they were giving out an Academy Award for best Old Testament
narrative scripture I would want to nominate Jonathan as best supporting
actor because he’s not as famous as David but he’s a pretty good
example for me and has helped me a lot this passage has helped me a lot through
the years every couple years I preach it and when I circle back to it I see a
different dimension of faith I see a different dimension of the kind of
confidence that we can have in Christ and in his promises but I also see all
of the uncertainty and self-doubt that it also entails and that my faith is not
a formula and it can never be the more I try to make it into a formula the less
valuable it becomes to me when life challenges all of my presuppositions and
all of my ideas about what kind of ways God wants to work collapse under the
weight of real life under the way of real bills under the weight of real
medical reports and I need the kind of faith that is not dependent on my
presuppositions I need the kind of faith that can deal with some ambiguity I need
a faith like Richard Rohr says that can be patient with mystery
I need a kind of faith that is not dependent on my plans to prevail
I need the kind of faith that can stand up against the worst thing that happens
I need the kind of faith that can shine when God goes dark when I don’t know
when I can’t say it when I can’t see it when I don’t feel like I can make it I
need a faith that can withstand these seasons now around the verse that I read
you is a little episode and if you’ve been tracking with the series
I’ve used a few different Old Testament passages from Judges and Samuel to try
to give us some sort of arc or to give us some kind of context for the
way that transition creates opportunity for us to trust God in this particular
transition a negative one for the nation of Israel King Saul has really lost his
way and he’s abdicated his leadership because of this the Philistines who
would torment the Israelites all the way until the rule of David remember Samson
began to deliver them that’s last week and you need to go on and watch that
message about the parenthesis and the pivot and how there’s a purpose even if
I have to leave it blank right now God is gonna do something in this empty
space in these parentheses and I’m gonna put the parentheses there and I’m gonna
let God fill them because he’s too wise to make a mistake in my life and that
message is online it’s on YouTube and Facebook and Elevation App and MySpace
and if they still had myspace we would put it up there Roku all of it when
I was preaching that it talked about the beginning of deliverance or partial
deliverance and the beginning of deliverance happened through the judges
but now Saul the king was unable to commit himself fully to the ways and the
will of the Lord rather than to engage in a relationship with the living God he
has begun to manipulate and when he begins to manipulate and treat God is
some kind of mechanism to get what he wants when he wants it he loses that
unique ability that we have to hear the voice of God when you lose the ability
to hear the voice of God you waste energy you waste resources you waste
worry on situations that God didn’t even want you to give your attention to so
that’s why I need to hear his voice Saul having lost that
ability is now surrounded by his enemies so much so that his people that he was
responsible for leading are hiding in rocks in caves in thickets i just want
to put the word thickets in there because i don’t get to use it on an
everyday basis but we’re all hiding in places sometimes we find ourselves
tucked away in mindsets in patterns in isolation away from people away from
life away from joy away from risk away from opportunity and this was the
situation in 1 Samuel 14 pick up verse 23 from 13 now a detachment of
Philistines had gone out to the pass at Mikmash it’s
always helpful to point out that the enemy always attacks you at the passages
he always attacks you at the places of transition from what you knew to what
you don’t know from where you were to where you’re going
and so when he can set up an ambush at the passage he can keep you from moving
forward in those transitional pivotal moments of your life and then one day
somebody shout one day one day Jonathan son of Saul said to his young armor
bearer come let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side but
he did not tell his father be very careful who you talk to about what God
is doing inside of you be very careful who you communicate with about the
impressions that God is stirring inside of you if you talk to the wrong people
about the right idea your idea will die before it has the opportunity to
conceive and give birth to what God is doing in your life how many know I’m
right about that Saul was staying on the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate
tree in Migron with him were about six hundred men among whom was Ahijah who was wearing an ephod he was a son of Ichabod he was a son of a Ichabod’s
brother rather Ahitub son of Phineas the son of Eli the Lord’s priest in Shiloh
no one was aware that Jonathan had left on each side that Jonathan intended to
cross to reach the Philistine outpost was a cliff
one was called Bozez and the other Seneh Bozez means slippery Seneh means
thorny nobody told me it would be easy God didn’t promise me that his will
would be convenient quit thinking that proof positive that you’re in the will
of God is that it feels good to you quit thinking that proof positive that
you’re in the will of God is that everybody understands it quit thinking
that proof positive that you’re in the will of God is that it just falls into
place no he had to go through a thorny place a slippery place an uncomfortable
place an uncertain place and just because I’m in an uncertain place
doesn’t mean I don’t have a certain purpose I’m gonna need somebody to shout
on that right there right there right there
touch somebody say I’m in his will and one of the proofs that you’re in his
will is that you were experiencing warfare it could be in terms of an
internal resistance that you feel or even if some things are going crazy in
your life and on each side was a challenge on each side was a challenge
one cliff stood to the north toward Mikmash the other to the south toward
Geba and Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer come let’s go over to the
outpost of those uncircumcised men perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf
nothing can hinder the Lord from saving whether by many or by few God I love
your word I’m gonna take a moment and just talk to him about it thank you for
putting that one little word in your word not the one where he said nothing
can hinder the Lord not the one where he said come let’s go over but that one
little word where he said perhaps because that word gives me hope it gives
me hope for my insecurity it gives me hope for my impossibilities and my
uncertainty it gives me hope to know that sometimes even in the midst of
making progress in my life even in the midst of obeying the revealed will
of God there are going to be moments where one minute I have great faith and
the next moment I’m overcome by great fear but watch the armour-bearer he says
back to Jonathan who had a crazy idea do all that you have in mind go ahead I am
with you heart and soul and Jonathan said come on then since you’re talking
like that come on then since you want to do it too come on then
since you don’t think I’m crazy for wanting to move toward the enemy even
though we’re outnumbered come on then since you don’t have any more brain
cells or common sense than I do come on then sometimes you need somebody who
will help you even though your plan sounds like a bad plan to try to find
God in it just so you don’t stay stuck and standing still come on then I like
how he talked to him he’s like come on then and then the armor bearer is like
go ahead then and he’s like well come on then and they’re pumping each other up
their chest bumping each other you know and they don’t have anybody else cuz
watch this the people who should have had faith have been overtaken by fear
now this is the part of the passage that’s going to give me the contrast as
we look at together two different ways that we try to figure out God’s will and
everyone has a way that you try to figure out what the will of God is even
if you don’t call it trying to figure out what the will of God is you have a
way that you make decisions that you hope will be most advantageous you have
a way that you try to discern wisdom and you can’t always get it from
a book and you can’t always get it from a class and you can’t always get it
here’s what I’ve figured out we’re all making it up as we go this part of my sermon is meant to
encourage you all the people that are writing parenting books about 15 steps
to raise a perfect kid they left out some footnotes and the bottom line is
they just had good luck in the gene pool because God can give you a kid that can
make you question all of your theories I love my children
I’m just saying all of us as parents are making it up as we go all of us all of
us are trying to figure out with each child and they’re all different
I know Holly was faithful to me but sometimes I’m like how could they all be
so different if it was just the common factor of me and you but I trust her but
sometimes they’re so different and I’m like well you respond like this and you
respond like that and watch Jonathan’s plan this is the dumbest idea that you
can find in the Bible only one I can think of as dumber is Moses stretching
out his stick over the Red Sea that’s pretty dumb or maybe David throwing a
rock at a giant who has a sword that’s pretty dumb or maybe Jesus commanding
the lunch from a little boy in the crowd and trying to feed 15,000 people with it
that’s pretty dumb or maybe Mary going to Joseph and saying I’m pregnant but it
wasn’t another man it was the Holy Spirit that’s pretty dumb or maybe it
was a widow going around borrowing jars from her neighbors when she didn’t have
any oil and thinking someone that’s pretty now that I come to think of it a
lot of the stuff that God did in his word looked like a dumb decision to the
people while they were doing it listen how dumb this is listen
how stupid this strategy is somebody say bad idea all right come on then we will
cross over toward them and let them see us thought you were supposed to sneak up
on somebody if you wanted to kill him but whatever if they say to us now watch
this he’s making this up because I want you to know this one thing about this
passage God gives Jonathan the victory but God doesn’t say a single word the
only people who speak in this passage are Jonathan his assistant and his
enemies God doesn’t say a word but Jonathan he makes up this strategy
he’s an innovator he’s like alright my dad’s under the tree by the threshing-floor
and the priest isn’t doing anything and so let’s go over and show ourselves
and expose ourselves to our enemies and if they say wait there until we come up
to you we will stay where we are and not go up to them but if they say come up to
us we will climb up because that will be our sign that the Lord has given them
into our hands and just when it can’t get any dumber verse 11 both of them
showed themselves to the Philistine outpost look said the Philistines there’s
two of them and dozens of us the Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were
hiding in the men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer
come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson so Jonathan said to his
armor-bearer climb up after me the Lord has given them into the hand of Israel
how are you gonna speak in past tense about a battle you hadn’t even fought
yet because I know something that is greater than what I know with my mind
I know it with my faith faith is the substance of things hoped for and the
evidence of things not seen so wait it gets dumber
Jonathan climbed up using his hands and feet
you know how vulnerable you are climbing up something thorny or slippery
using your hands and feet quick thing just for you I love y’all
victory requires vulnerability victory requires vulnerability in anything you
have to make yourself vulnerable to experience a great relationship you have
to make yourself vulnerable to step into a new dimension in your business you
have to make yourself vulnerable to connect on any meaningful level with the
life that God has given you and so in this position of vulnerability
Jonathan prophesy’s a great victory I feel the Holy Spirit and it says that
his armor-bearer was right behind him and the Philistines
fell before Jonathan and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind
him in that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer kill some 20 men in an
area of about half an acre all because Jonathan turned to his armor-bearer and
said I’ve got an idea you know he said it like that but I’m at the place now where I don’t
really think that the value is in the idea the value is in the courage to act
on the impulse when I put it like that you got to realize how many people say
things like this everyday you know I remember talking to somebody about uber
and they said well I could have I could have thought of that you know really you
think thinking of something is the key to succeeding at something anybody can
think of something I mean today I was walking out the door and Abbey turned me
into a dog because of my fuzzy sweater and she was she said you want
your belly rubbed do you want your belly rubbed and I licked her face and I left and
came to church to preach that’s what dogs do but she can think of stuff I
mean thinking of it Holly was telling me now they’ve got like uber for photography I
really should find out the name of this and see if I could get a sponsorship
this message goes to a lot of people but they said that you can go on and get a
photographer anywhere in the world that you are just like you can get a car from
uber and you can get a photographer anywhere you are if you’re off with your
family and you want to get a family picture like that so that you don’t have
to ask some random stranger who apparently has never used a smartphone
in their life and doesn’t know to tap the screen to make it lighter you can
get a professional to come out and capture the memories you know and when
she said that I was like why didn’t I think of that well there’s a lot more to it
than thinking of it huh people tell me all the time and they’ll be like I heard
this thing there’s a sermon in that somewhere and so to that I’m like where
where like just cuz they could think of it you
know I read this headline you should preach about that you should write a
song about that I’m like you should shut up until you can write one of your own I
know you mean well but the hard part isn’t thinking of it the hard part isn’t
thinking of it and this is why when they give you advice sometimes in marriage
like be the first to say you’re sorry it’s not the thought that counts can I
upset conventional wisdom for a moment one thing that was really really
striking to me in the text was not what Jonathan did but what the people who
should have been leading were doing at the time when Jonathan had to act on
something that was partial and imperfect when the Bible says that Saul was
staying on the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree with 600 men I always
skipped this verse because the names were hard to pronounce I was preaching this
passage when I was 17 years old and I didn’t know how to pronounce these names
and I still don’t but then I figured out you don’t know how to pronounce them
either so if I just say it with enough confidence we’ll move on but in skipping
it I missed something that became very important to me about the ephod it says
that the Lord’s priest was wearing the ephod under the pomegranate tree now the
ephod was more than just an article of clothing it was an instrument for
seeking the will of God on the ephod the high priest would wear a breastplate on
the breastplate would be twelve stones with the names of the tribes of Israel
representing their special presence in the presence of God when he would wear
the breastplate into the most holy place to make atonement for the sins of the
people so that they could be forgiven once a year the instruction was given to
the priest about what to make sure he kept close to his heart
it started with Aaron in Exodus chapter 28 if you could give me this text
that he will bear the names of the sons of Israel over his heart on the
breastplate of decision in the literal translation it’s the breastplate of
judgment it was what he wore when the judgment of God was conferred on the
sacrificial animal that took the sins of the people
away from the camp it was the breastplate of judgment but here it is
translated the breastplate of decision as a continual memorial for the Lord and
here’s why next verse please also put Urim and Thummim which are two special stones that would go not on the breastplate but
behind the breastplate when the priest wore the ephod which was like a
kitchen apron where he would keep the vestments that were appropriate for his
duty and on that ephod was the breastplate and behind the breastplate
was Urim and Thummim whether these were stones or some other sort of special
object we are dependent on the incomplete records of archaeologists to
make known to us but one thing we know it was one of the ways that God spoke
about his will to his people he spoke through the prophets he spoke through
dreams and he spoke through these stones imma call them stones because that’s the
closest thing we can know to what they were one represented yes and one
represented no that was Thummim Urim was a little different it was said to be
a stone that would light up and watch this you are to put it behind the breast
piece or in the breast piece so that they may be over Aaron’s heart whenever
he enters the presence of the Lord thus Aaron will always bear the means of
making decisions I love that little phrase the means of making decisions in
the presence of the Lord everybody has a means of making decisions everyone has a
way that they try to figure out where is this going can I trust this person and I
like this method a lot because all the priests had to do was take out the
stones the Thummim it stands for perfection or decision
and then he would take Urim which represents light which always represents
revelation which always represents knowledge and when God would speak
through these stones you would inquire of him and if the answer was affirmative
Urim would light up and you would know God wants us to do it like when David
was facing a battle at Ziklag and he had to go back and recover his family
and the families of his men and he asked the priest bring me an ephod because I
need to seek the Lord because if I go into this battle and God doesn’t want me
to go in this battle if I do this venture if I go after this thing and God
doesn’t want me to do this thing I’ll be defeated but if he says yes no power in
hell can stand against me nothing can hinder the Lord from saving whether by
many or by few so David said bring me the ephod because if God gives me light
on this situation I can fight this battle if God gives me light on this
situation I can stand the trial I can stand the test I can pass it I can do it
if God says yes but sometimes God would say no and then sometimes the stone
would do nothing and what that meant was God doesn’t want to answer this right
now in other words if I can take you back to middle school I love you do you
love me check yes or no and sometimes I would put a third box called maybe and
sometimes they would ask God you know should we go should we stay should we do
it should we not and the stone would do nothing what do you do with a maybe
because a lot of times in our life don’t you wish you had a Urim and a Thummim
in your closet come on right next to your belts I’d rather have a Urim and a Thummim than a Rolex I mean iced I’d rather have I
would love if I could what a a blessing it would be you know how many staff members I never would have hired to begin with come on
this is a big church can I be real with you do you know how many staff members
I’d just if I could have just had that
special stone pull it out wouldn’t that be cool can you imagine how many things would you have done differently and how helpful would it be
when you’re making decisions if you could just have a stone just to light up
and tell you yes this is God you know how your kids start hanging out with
friends and you’re wondering like I don’t know about these parents they seem
kind of like I don’t know I smelled something on their clothes smelled like it
might have been weed or maybe it was something else but I’m not sure Lord
should I let my kids hang out with these kids and God says yes and you could get
some sleep or you know God should I take this job it’s got more pay but it’s
gonna mean more hours I just think it would be so cool if it would light up
and tell me and and yet God knows something about me that I don’t
know about me is that even if he gave me the light to know what to do a lot of
times I wouldn’t have the faith to do it you’re gonna make me preach by myself
and sit there looking at me like I’m an entertainer you know the truth is that
even sometimes when you know what to do even sometimes when you know this is God
and they had these stones they had these stones it was behind the
breastplate and the breastplate was under the pomegranate tree and the
priest was doing nothing with it they had the means of making decisions to
know the will of God but their fear had put them in a place and their
complacency had put them in a place because when you have the instruments
but you don’t use them how can God speak to you when you can’t find this between
Sunday’s how can God give you his wisdom and the important thing about it was
Jonathan said we don’t have the ephod Ahijah has the ephod we don’t have a
complete clarity on this situation but what he had that was so important he had
the right person to turn to and talk about it I need you to understand the
value not only of what God says to you in your life but about who you say it to
after God says it to you the right people will give you the go-ahead the
right people will say you know what i’ma help you as you do this I know the
addiction has got you about three different cycles now and it looks like
this one won’t be any different but whether or not you make it I’m gonna be
here with you on it so let’s go ahead and do this dumb thing this impossible
thing this crazy thing and then sometimes they got to turn and tell you
that ain’t God at all but it’s who you say it to it’s a 50/50
thing it’s not just my relationship with God it’s my relationship with others and
a lot of us are suffering in silence in our relationship with God because we’re
living in bitterness with our relationship with others you can’t hear
God just like this I guarantee you if Jonathan would have had an armor bearer
who told him you know what man let me know how that turns out I’m
praying for you sign of the cross I guarantee the battle wouldn’t have
moved on beyond Beth Aven that day like it did mm-hmm
and even for me I can say this when people say how did you know God wanted
you to start a church I read a book I felt inspired I got up and preached it
seemed to help people read a book I got a wife we were doing our thing
one day she looked at me in the mountains of Tennessee we were at some
youth camp Carl Cartee was leading worship we came back to the room people
say how did you know how did God speak to you it was time for you to
start the church because I wanted to start it when I was 40 the church
wouldn’t even be here right now if Holly didn’t turn to me not God she was my Urim God used her like
that she said it’s time for you go start this church I said when I’m 40
she said no now look JJ if you hear me saying on
this message you know God’s calling you to go you know how many people I’ve seen
go start coffee shops because they like coffee and they hear a message like
this and abuse it and they think that the whole point of the message is just
go do the dumbest thing you can think of that you have a half way interest in and
then blame the devil when it doesn’t work out because it was spiritual
warfare and attack and nobody believed in my dream and I’m nothing but Jesus on
the cross from garden Gethsemane squeeze like the olives and the oils coming out
all of that is dumb because I’m not even talking about that I’m talking about who
you talk to about what God is saying to you and now I get to return the
favor I mean the other day she turned to me and was like hey I’m about
to tell you something that I think God is speaking to me cuz it’s always a
50/50 thing always always so I’m confident I’m but I’m not certain you
know and she was like um don’t laugh at me I’m like why would I laugh at you
tell me and what she told me I said not only have you got to do that but you got
to do this this and this and this and this cuz that’s awesome
then I think she was sorry that she told me cuz she didn’t want to do this this
this and this and this she just wanted to do that but we started talking you
see how important it is not only what God says to you it’s not only this beam
of the cross but it’s this one too so I don’t have Urim and Thummim but
I’ve got Eugene it was a a stretch at best and Irene
and I got people now this is so this is so key it’s a 50/50 faith it’s a 50/50
that means it is a divine partnership where Jonathan says you know there is
something that God can do and then there is something that God will not do that
only we can do faith is 50/50 James proves it clearly not only does Jonathan
exemplify it James explains it when he says faith without works is dead it takes two this is a 50/50 proposition why would God do for you what he gave you the
strength to do for you it is a 50/50 faith it is not my faith
that saves me and I’m grateful for that how many are grateful that your faith in
Christ for salvation is not 50/50 come on cuz if it was I would be in hell
before Monday at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
but because he is my great high priest y’all I’m about to get happy on this
sermon and because he took the breastplate of his own righteousness
into the most holy place and shed his blood on the mercy seat I don’t ever
have to doubt if he wants to see me or hear me or love me or throw his
arms around me he is my righteousness and I am his child
and he is my great High Priest come on shout about it like you got the good
sense to know this thing doesn’t depend on me foundational faith
even that faith is the gift of God so that no one can boast but watch this
Jonathan said perhaps perhaps the Lord will it’s 50/50 I know we can I
think you will 50/50 I know God is with me and I think this
is where he’s leading me it’s 50/50 I’m a 50/50 leader I pulled 70 staff in this
Monday and said this is what I think God is doing and I can’t put a bow on it but
we’re gonna find out together why because God won’t reveal truth if I
don’t move toward it ever and the issue is this experience is the friend of
wisdom but it can be the enemy of faith you need me to run that back experience
is the friend of wisdom but if you get like Saul and Ahijah and keep the ephod
under the pomegranate tree Jonathan said we’re gonna have to be our own ephod we’re gonna have to put ourselves out there and see if God will and when Eugene Peterson he
had this idea right he was trying to preach the Bible
he’s in heaven now but he was trying to preach the Bible to his church he
realized that they weren’t really getting it so he sat down to write a
translation of the Bible in a way they could understand you know that little
version on your Bible on your phone I hope you got the Bible on your phone I
hope you got the Bible up above Facebook on your phone because you need that one
to start your day you really do you really do you don’t need to know what’s
going on in Russia every second but you need to know what’s happening what God
intends for your life and if you click on it there will be one
version that says MSG and it has nothing to do with a Chinese restaurant
it’s the message translation and it was written by a man who was just he had an
idea what if I write the Bible in the language that’s common to the people
and he ended up translating the whole Bible that way
the message translation all because maybe God would use this you know if you
act on it if you act it’s 50/50 it’s 50/50 I’m not sure I don’t know look
what he said when he translated 1 Samuel 14:6 my favorite verse about
faith in the old testament look what he said that Jonathan said to
his armor-bearer come on now come on now let’s do it now not when the priest gets
his act together not when the government gets this act together not when but
now we got to do this now now come on now let’s go across to these
uncircumcised pagans and then he said the title of my series maybe God will
work for us maybe maybe faith is being able to move
on a maybe and you know what that means it’s 50/50 it might not work but God is
always working I’m confident in the second even when I’m not certain in the
first and it takes the kind of faith church to say maybe maybe if I do this
maybe and maybe it won’t and maybe God will use this thing that I
think I’m supposed to do to lead to something that I was really supposed to
do so that even if the first thing fails at least I’m not sitting still in fear
but it takes faith to move on a maybe when Urim has gone dark and Saul is
under a tree and you don’t know what to do but to move toward it
God says move toward it it may work and even if it doesn’t I will it it’s the
power to move on a maybe to know that God is mystery but he has revealed his
character is trustworthy I can move on a maybe father I don’t want to do this but
nevertheless not my will but yours be done so I’m gonna go see about this and
maybe somebody shout maybe maybe I’ve got a maybe faith enough faith to do it
and not know the conclusion but trust God in the process it’s a maybe faith
I’m confident I’m not certain but I’m confident and you will find yourself
many times in your life in a maybe moment some of you are there right now
it’s a maybe moment for you maybe you are giving yourself to a marriage that
you don’t know if it can live like Ezekiel in the valley of bones you don’t
even know if anything’s gonna happen but you’re prophesying and speaking for and
believing God to send the winds and you’re living in the maybe moment maybe
if we start a church maybe maybe I know who God is and I know nothing can
stop him but it’s 50/50 man you want to do it anyway maybe the miracle is in the
maybe I wish I could preach this to every discouraged heart today God lives
in a place called maybe faith lives in a place called maybe so if you are in a
maybe moment today that’s where God lives stand up when
you’re in that maybe moment and if you are you know it and if you’re not you
will need this message within the next six weeks because life is full of maybe
moments you will feel in that moment the coexistence of uncertainty and
confidence and you’ll feel like you’re making it up as you go I like that image
cuz Jonathan said climb up after me climb up after me
I was thinking about how they made it up as they went but I had to go I had to I
had to do it I had to I had to trust God in a maybe moment maybe moments are
like the moment where you could look stupid
maybe moments are the moments where you could be rejected most of us aren’t
facing Philistines and thorny slippery cliffs and geographical obstacles most
of us are facing things that are on the inside of us that seem insurmountable
and God is in the maybe moment of your life when you move forward anyway when I
stopped by my dad’s house and gave him the letter on Father’s Day after we had
not spoken in months because I moved him to Charlotte when his health got bad
with my mom because he asked me to and I told him I said dad I want to do this
for you you’re my dad I want to take care of you and we didn’t know that he
had ALS yet we just knew that he was very sick and because he was a
self-employed barber I didn’t know you know if he was just honestly my dad at
that point in his life was so illogical and irrational I didn’t know if it was a
good idea or not but I knew my dad was asking me for help and I knew that
something was wrong and when he asked me to do it I knew something inside of me
knew like this could turn out really bad you know like I told my dad I said you
lived 3 and a half hours away from me right now and that works pretty good for us
if you come up and we’re all up in each other space you know it might not be
good and he said I need you to do this for me and I said um I’ll never forget
telling him you know I don’t even think this is a good idea but i’ma do it you
asked me to and I love you but please when you come up here please when you
come live in Charlotte I knew my mom would be fine she’s great I was like you
please don’t do any of this crazy stuff and honest to God no sooner then I
sent the moving company to give him an estimate he chased the moving company
out of the yard with his walking cane I mean this guy he was a good dad for a
lot of my life but by this point his medications as well as his physical
condition he was starting to really lose his mind but I knew I needed to move him
anyway and it didn’t make sense at that point in fact when he got here when he
finally moved after running off the moving company after he finally found a
moving company that was fit to move him and I went to go see him and check on
him and the house that we had found for them first thing he did when I walked in
the door was complain about the house when I tell you that I said some Hebrew
words and some Greek words some Monks Corner words some compound cuss words
and it was like over the next few months every bad thing that I thought was gonna
happen if I tried to do the right thing started happening and what was the weird
contrast was my ministry was going so great and the church was growing and my
dad and the way he treated my mom and eventually he left he went to go live by
himself it like culminated in this horrible
like the worst Thanksgiving ever where we went to see him the only place
he would live was in this nursing home and they had him calling bingo in the
nursing home and yes it’s okay you can laugh about it because it was like how did we
come to this like how can they not even live together how do we spend all this
money and all this time and he raised me all this time and coached my teams and
all this then it’s gonna end like this when we would try to talk on the phone
he would end up yelling I would end up yelling and then I’d end up preaching
and then I’d go back and talk to my dad and I’d end up yelling and he would end
up yelling but when I went by his house on Father’s Day I thought well maybe
maybe if I write down I took a notebook and I told Holly can you drive
for me for a minute we were coming back from a family trip
and I said I need to do something real quick can you drive for me and can we
stop by my dad’s house he was living all alone at that time by his own choice and
I sat there while Holly drove and I wrote down a memory for every year that
I had been alive of him being my dad because I knew we couldn’t talk but I
thought well maybe if we could just communicate in writing and when we
showed up at the house and he opened the door I kind of like through the list at
him you know like Happy Father’s Day I made a list for you because maybe maybe
this is a dumb idea but maybe it could open a door for us to have a
relationship it’s the maybe moments you know if I’m gonna tell you about my
maybe moments that result in starting a church that reaches the world I think I
owe it to you to tell you about my maybe moments that were messy too it’s not
always so clear it’s not always so perfect it’s not always so brilliant
it’s not always so strategic life is lived in those maybe moments and so I
got to sit beside him as he breathed his last breath after three days that
hospice had been in much later after a progression where my mom graciously let
him back in the house and cared for him until he died and I got to be there
reading to him from Charles Spurgeon’s sermon the peaceful sleep of the beloved
after I sang to him the old rugged cross and I thought he was gonna pass quickly
but he stayed around like three days and I ran out of hymns and started having to
sing James Taylor and Hootie and the Blowfish I mean I was there for
all of it in that moment because of moving forward with a maybe I believe
God sent me with this message today and I’m over time I’m so over time it’s
gonna be awful in the parking lot in the rain and God forgive me and please smile
at people on the way out and tell them it’s gonna be worth it but please
listen to me listen to me you’re in a maybe moment you’re in a maybe moment
it’s slippery on one side thorny on the other don’t have everybody with you you thought
you’d have with you just got a armor-bearer father I pray today for the
faith for your people to move forward on a maybe in this moment you’re the God of
all wisdom you are the God who sees all knows all and can do anything I thank
you Lord that there are miracles emerging even now as I speak in bodies
in relationships in careers in families God I thank you that ministry is
birthed out of maybe we thank you God for giving us the Holy Spirit inside of
us we thank you for giving us the finished work of your son to let us know
that you are good and you do good and all things work together for the good of
them that love you I speak over every maybe situation give your people now by
your grace the kind of faith that it takes to move forth in a maybe for we
believe that nothing can hinder you from saving whether by many or by few
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33 thoughts on “50/50 Faith: Move On A “Maybe” | Maybe: God | Pastor Steven Furtick”

  1. I have seen a few of the sermons Pastor Furtick gives. I have enjoyed them. Thirteen years as a pastor. Happily married. God has truly blessed you. I am thankful that you have these sermon and post them here on YouTube. I am looking forward to hearing more sermons. I have heard the Invisible Prison which is awesome. I have heard When the battle crosses you. 50/50 is the latest sermon I have attended. Thank you and may all the glory go to God.

  2. I worship with you from home and when pastor Furtick says to turn to your neighbor and say….. I wish he would consider that those of us at home viewing don't have a " neighbor " to turn to but I participate what I have to do is turn to my dog as my neighbor and repeat what he says to say to your neighbor

  3. What impacted me most in this message is…stop telling people who dont have your best intrest in mind & heart what your plans are and what you want to do.

  4. This is an amazing message thank you it was really speaking to me. Sometimes your the shiny stone to many of us Pastor Steven God bless you.

  5. If you guys like pastor furtick definitely give pastor Adrian Rogers a visit on YouTube very influential pastor moved by God’s Spirit!

  6. The older day preachers are the ones I've always listened to….they knew so much more than todays preachers…the world may have progressed in some ways but not the preachers. Todays preachers sound more like weak entertainment. IMHO they hold people back.


    LOVE IT & She's your Ureem (sp?) ❤🥰❤❤❤❤❤ loving that God spoke the preacher in you to stepping up through your spouse. I Love Holly even more now! Praise God for you both ❤

  8. So it does feel stupid at first. I swear. I just sent an inquiry to the Fujimura Insitute asking whether I could become a part of the movement that inspires towards understanding, art, and empathy. I want people to embrace The Beautifully Broken. We will see. We will see. Perhaps. Faith no fear. Faith not fear. Will let you all know what happens.

  9. Move toward your truth 👏👏👏👏👏👏🙌🙌🙌🙌 YES LORD 🙌. God is working for our Good 👏👏👏🙌🙌🙌🙌

  10. I love this sermon on faith it has strength my life I have learned to depend on my God. I love that guy who praise God during your sermons I just love to hear him

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