Are you wasting your energy? | Pastor Steven Furtick


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 wanted 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 pomegranate tree in Migron with him were about 600 men
among whom was Ahijah who was wearing an ephod he was a son of Ichabod
he was a son of Ichabod’s brother rather Ahitub son of Phinehas 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 armor 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 chests 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 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 the only one I can think of that’s 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 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 them 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 hey thank
you for watching make sure you subscribe to this channel so you don’t miss a
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82 thoughts on “Are you wasting your energy? | Pastor Steven Furtick”

  1. 50 / 50….I loved this sermon 😍😍😍🀩🀩😘😘😘πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

  2. AMEM AMEN..πŸ™πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎπŸ‘£..ON TIME MESSAGE. I NEEDED TO HEAR THIS NOW, TO CONTINUE TO HOLD ON TO MY FAITH 😒😭

  3. Just because I'm in an uncertain place doesn't mean I have an uncertain purpose 😍😍😍

  4. When we lose the ability to hear the voice of God, we waste our energy, resources and worry πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯ Thank you Pastor to remind us to be careful to who I share what God is doing in meπŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½. Be always blessed Pastor and tks for sharing

  5. Amen πŸ™Œ πŸ™‹ I needed to hear this today!! Thank You Jesus for Your message through Pastor Steven πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ! Bless You and Your ministry today ❀️!

  6. Just what i needed to hear today. Steven when you speak you have peoples undivided attention.. For real. The preach the sound of your voice your humor your trust in the lord. Its everything. Thank you

  7. Even though this is a re-upload, I actually needed to hear this again.
    Praise Jesus!πŸ™ you're always there when I need you❀

  8. Those small snippets of the message is such a good idea. Even in a rush or a break at work you can quickly get the message and that punch of energy you needed!

  9. I have no one to talk to so I keep it inside God only knows how much it takes to stay sane I pray no one has to feel so lost

  10. WOW although I've seen this full sermon already, this little clip posted at this specific time had confirmations from the beginning to end on everything I was considering and talking to God about yesterday! πŸ™Œ

  11. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ great message. Exactly! I try not to run my mouth with everybody… I love God's WORD. Hallelujah!!!!! God strengthens you always Pastor Steven.

  12. Its good to laugh.I always get a life changing message through this man.Anointed message for sure.πŸ™πŸ”₯πŸ‘πŸ‘‘

  13. Father, I hear you. Thank you Steven for always being a vessel and trusting God to figure things out as you go along. Where can I find the full message please?

  14. Always enjoy listening to you Pastor Steven. It is always refreshing, enlightening, & encouraging. Thank you 😊

  15. Christians should try to remember to beware of the itching ears syndrome the Holy Spirit foretold about through the Apostle Paul in 2 Tim. 4:3-4. And possibly more importantly, they should beware of the teachers who feed the itching ears syndrome. Here's what those two verses say: "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine: but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."

    This begs the question 'What are some of those fables?' I can think of at least three which are very popular now, the first being the 'God's Chosen People/ God's Chosen Real Estate fable. Another very popular fable is the rapturemania fable. Another somewhat popular fable is the flat earth fable. Another lesser known fable (but which seems to be gaining popularity) is that the Apostle Paul was a false teacher. Plus there are several other assorted 'special knowledge/special revelation' fables going around (e.g. 'Rabbi' Jonathan Con's 'The Paradigm' fable).

    And then there's this to consider: When Solomon was a young man the Lord told him he was giving him an anointing to be the wisest man who ever lived, for all time. (1 Kings 3:12, King James Version). Many years later when Solomon was an old man, he made the statement that a fool's voice is known by multitude of words. (Ecclesiastes 5:3). In the previous verse (v. 2) he said: "Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon the earth: therefore let thy words be few." Then around a thousand years later the Lord's younger brother James wrote: "If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is vain (James 1:26). Then several years later the Apostle John wrote: "These things have I written unto you concerning them who seduce you. But the anointing you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, ye shall abide in him " (1 John 2:26-27).

    Even after knowing all this, most of these YouTube religionists run their mouths as if their mouths are on steroids (I sometimes almost wonder if when they reach old age if they'll have to have jaw joint replacement surgery). Yet while they claim to represent the Lord they ignore these five verses. And so do their followers who have the itching ears syndrome who wait with bated breath to hear every word they have to say.

    I think they're every bit as guilty for this huge spiritual discrepancy as the religionists are because they continue to follow these big-mouthed religionists even after knowing that the Apostle Paul foresaw that very thing would happen in 2 Tim. 4:3-4. With all this being said I think it's reasonable to conclude that Christians who flock to these religionists are in serious deception and should be ashamed of themselves for going along with it and not discerning it or challenging it (instead of gloating about how spiritual they are while throwing roses at the religionists in the comments sections of their worthless videos). I have a pretty good idea that these people are going to face a big comeuppance from the Lord for this misbehavior.

  16. I need help and I'm hoping that maybe someone may read this and help…I'm in Swaziland, graduated from the University of Swaziland with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental health Science in 2016 but due to employment scarcity,I've just completed a business plan for a small eatery in a small developing town, all I need is financial assistance. Just US$16000 please

  17. Why is it that you're always preaching to me goshhhhh I'm empty lord πŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺ😭😭😭

  18. I'm sorry I insulted the beard a while back. I did wanna say, whoever picked out this fluffy angora oatmeal sweater + necklace combo did good. (I'm sorry, I'm a clothes girl.) Give that person a raise. Even if it was you. Give you a raise.

  19. I'm giving up
    this is life? Fuck that
    So filled with love is not
    Everyday is the same
    These people are lame
    And this is not a poem. Fuck you.

    I believed, I believed so God damn hard that God was real. When you have nothing to lose why not?

    This isnt fun, it was never fun and even death is no escape but fuck just let me rest.

    Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck

    Jesus, I want to believe, I resonate to it all knowing the love I see but reject out of the fear I hate

    Fuck

    God, the devil tempts me lord, it's easier to start war than to love.

    Like a spark I can burn it all down all I need is to set the chain of events and watch it all be undone

    I'm trying not to, God I'm trying, I'm trying real hard God, its because everyone has doubted you I stay, I believe because the reality I live in is evil, and it makes me evil God

    God, these people
    What kind of God just let's this happen
    All you did was bring us here to suffer and say it's our fault for not even choosing the life we live or want to live

    And every single day you only bring me the worst types of people into my life, fuck every single one of them

    Give me the strength God to end it today please
    Fuck my plans of using my experience and data to better the lives of those here and then
    Fuck the environment
    Fuck the animals
    Fuck all the children who dont deserve the evil of this world but will most likely adopt the ways of this world and be no different than all these people I hate but pray that one day my God shows them the truth and the way of love BUT instead all you showed me was how evil these people are, how they enjoy hurting others, how they insult, how they pride themselves over how much better they think they are, how they lie and steal and cheat and rape and murder, and you pray but honestly its everywhere, its chaos and worthless but we weren't really given the options right?
    Be this, act like this, have this, you cant do this, you cant be this, you are [ insert your favorite insult] , you feel this but you're not allowed to feel this or think or say
    YOU
    Am I projecting? Cause all i ever projected was good intent, love, use logic, reasoning and compassion to understand, I gave a ear to hear, I tried to help every single person, but if I am as evil as these people who never made a effort to be good or nice say i am then i guess so, I care not for the things they say cause I know many have no love so all they think, hear, and speak is evil and it's not them it's me.. honestly God fuck you
    Ok so I forgive them no one is perfect cause I'm not so sure it's my fault , but the abuse continues and it's not fun god, I cant callthem assholes cause that makes me an asshole god! These people are pretty fucking evil but it's not their fault God but it hurts god! So whos fault cause Im trying everything god and it's the same result god! Its the Devils but blaming the Devil never fixed anything and the world is still evil so.. its God fault! But he came and we killed him so it's either our fault or the Devils fault or even gods fault for starting all of this and or both God and the devil dont exist and theres no ones fault any your free to do anything you want even murder cause the laws of this reality Allow it
    This is hell. God, I gave 4 years of my life to you, now I thank you, you probably gave me everything i ever wanted and even put those awful people in my lives cause you knew how I was never satisfied with anything and only wanted to die and needed a excuse to justify the action idfk

    Death or the idea is the only thing that I really like. I dont like people, I dont like living, nothing really matters and if it really does matter well it's pretty evil here and the evil people are killing everything to where the future generations are going to have it waaaaay harder than anyone and.. well no one really cares.
    I dont
    I did and that is what started everything
    Bunch of evil kids that turn into evil adults that have evil kids that turn into evil adults AND if you're different (as in someone who is not evil) you're isolated/rejected/judged/abused-oppressed-bullied BUT hated or rather you'll realize the LACK OF LOVE you will feel by just about everyone

    And on and on i type but "no one" really cares, self aware enough to know the many things I changed about reality, people plagiarizing my ideas so I just end up giving it away cause I have zero desire to live

    Should I release the years of research I've amassed or should I say fuck it and just forget about everyone. I dont think it's fair, the cycle of evil will repeat but I've been abused that I see no exit.

    If anything disregarding religion and God, I hope society through conscious repetition of good, doing good, thinking good, and not censoring evil but understanding both good and evil and choosing to overcome evil together.. then maybe the future generation has a chance.

    I know in your video you said not to tell others your ideas but I'm daniel, always have been, I hate everyone because I'm disappointed in the decisions many make which often times are hurtful to themselves or others, usually to others (short term and usually done on to me) long term being that they are developing a self-destructive habit that does not benefit them. Prayers not because of God but because I want the best from everyone but FUCK some of you make life terrible

    Suicide should be legal. Put me down not interrested in getting up. To be happy HERE? No. Unless everyone is loving but that is actually impossible

  20. I am laughing so hardπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ …we are making it up as we go… Yasssss Amen
    C'MON!!

  21. As I am currently in an 'Uncertain Place', I cannot express the Joy that the Holy Spirit has brought me, through the 'Confirmation' delivered to me by Pastor Furtick, in This Message, reminding me that I AM IN HIS WILL, AND I DO NOT HAVE AN UNCERTAIN PURPOSE! I was Only Awake This Early, because I WAS sitting here, in fear, that my situation is the way it is because I 'failed' to correctly discern God's Will for me in a few recent situations. Satan cut me off at the pass – But, the devil is A LIE, and I am destined, and I AM IN HIS WILL, AND ON MY WAY! May God continue to Bless and use Pastor Furtick as that Lighthouse in the Storm~~

  22. I'm not to understanding when pastor is saying that God's ideas are dumb I do not believe anything about God's word is dumb.

  23. Just wasted 2 years In the scriptures everyday all day. 3 years in the prison all day every day and night. And NOW, I AM with GOD, because the kingdom of God is within me. I AM the only friend of God, I AM the only one who talks with HIM. GODS NAME = I AM THAT I AM

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