Declare Your Victory Now | Pastor Steven Furtick

God is not your refuge from trouble but he
is your refuge in trouble. That understanding alone would answer many
of our questions about the operative nature of faith. God is not my refuge from trouble but God
is my refuge in trouble. Some of the times in your life that you think
you’re in trouble, you’re not; you’re in training. What you see as trouble God sees as training. Go over to 1 Samuel 19. When David wrote Psalm 59, or at least the
period of time he’s referencing here, it’s a very successful time in his life, on one
hand. He has been anointed to be king, and he got
a pretty cool opportunity in front of all of his brothers to be singled out as the chosen
one who is going to replace King Saul. He is called a man after God’s own heart,
and he has oil on his head, which represents the way God is going to use him, the influence
God has given him. God didn’t speak it to him like Joseph in
a dream. God spoke it to him in front of his whole
family. When God spoke to Joseph and said, “I’m going
to make you great,” Joseph had to try to convince people, but when David was spoken of, he was
spoken of in front of his brothers, so everybody knows he’s a little special. If they didn’t know it when he was anointed,
they certainly knew it after he got done with Goliath. How many of you have never heard a good Bible
sermon about David and Goliath? If you never heard this story about David
and Goliath… Well, I’m not going to go into it now because…spoiler
alert…Goliath goes down. By the way, for every Goliath in your life…spoiler
alert…he goes down. He might be bigger. He might be loud. He might be defiant. You might have never seen a battle like this
before, but Goliath goes down. In fact, can I show you something? When David stood before Goliath, before he
hit him with the stone he spit a few bars. Can I show you? You didn’t know David was the original battle
rapper. In your mind you saw him with a harp and a
lamb in his lap, and he’s stroking a lamb with one hand and strumming a harp with the
other hand, but before David was ever strumming a harp or stroking a sheep, he walked up to
Goliath, and he looks at Goliath and begins to declare what God is going to do. Now here’s a principle: write your bars before
your battle. Don’t wait until things turn out positively
in your life to give God glory. Don’t wait until seas part and you’re standing
on dry ground to declare that God is able to split them. Don’t wait until everything is perfect in
your life to enjoy the presence of God. Don’t wait until you don’t have any hang-ups
to say to God, “Here am I; send me. Use me.” God is looking for somebody who will shout
before the first brick falls, who will blow a trumpet while you’re still looking at enemies
in an occupied territory. So David stands up to Goliath, and I know
you know all this already, but just in case nobody ever heard it, he goes up to Goliath
and grabs the mic and tells Goliath, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin,
but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel,
whom you have defied.” Next verse: “This day the Lord will deliver
you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day…” Can’t you hear a beat behind this? “…I will give the carcasses of the Philistine
army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a
God in Israel.” David’s confidence is not only something he
speaks of but something he walks in. He has the kind of confidence to declare victory
before battle. When I praise God, I’m not praising God for
outcomes I’m currently experiencing; I am praising God for promises that are still to
come. Can I preach a little bit today? I want to talk about the wars David fought,
because he’s doing great. He’s anointed to be king. He kills Goliath. He cuts off his head. He goes to Saul’s tent, because Saul told
him he was just a little boy. He tried to tell Saul he had the winning hand,
and Saul said, “You don’t have a sword,” and David said, “Not now, but after I get done
using what’s in my hand to knock him down and take what’s in his hand, I’m going to
cut off his head with what he came against me holding. I’ll take his sword and cut off his head.” He stood at Saul’s tent with Goliath’s head,
and if that wasn’t proof enough, when he went back into the city, a whole group of women
started following David into the streets singing about his great victory. David is an anointed future king. He’s a warrior. His music career is taking off. He’s released a mixtape. He’s being called to the palace to play the
harp for Saul, because Saul is going crazy. He just held Goliath’s head, and now the women
are lining the streets, shaking tambourines. Do you want to see this? I promise you. You think I make this stuff up. This stuff is in the Bible. You thought the Bible was boring. The Bible is not boring. Touch your neighbor and say, “You’re boring. Read the Bible. The Bible is awesome.” David is rising in power, and he’s proving
the presence of God, not just through what he says but through what he does, and the
women are lining the streets. They have this little song they’re singing,
shaking timbrels and lyres and 808s. “As they danced, they sang: ‘Saul has slain
his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.'” Well, Saul didn’t like that song very much,
so Saul shut that song down. He actually wanted to kill David. This brings us to 1 Samuel, chapter 19, which
is the historical context of Psalm 59. In Psalm 59, we see David calling on God to
be his strength, but in 1 Samuel 19 we see into his struggle. Let’s look into his struggle in order to understand
his strength. It’s so important that we understand his struggle
or we will misunderstand his strength. As one great theologian has said, the presence
of God is not the absence of trouble. If I could get one thing across to you in
this series it is that your greatest testimonies will come from your greatest tests. Your greatest bars will come from your greatest
battles. Maybe we assume that David killed Goliath
and went to the beach. Not so. The Bible says that David, continuing to serve
Saul, would go out (look at verse 8) and fight against the Philistines. In fact, it says (let me read this from the
New King James Version), “And there was war again…” Because it never stops. You don’t kill Goliath, get the gold medal,
and go home and stare at his head for the rest of your life. Every time I heard Goliath preached as a little
boy it ended when he fell down, but do you know what the Bible says was the reward for
David’s victory? More battles. I know that some of you are about to get engaged,
and before you post the engagement pictures (swipe left) with eight different pictures
so everybody will “OMG” down in the comments section and “Literally just died” and “So
happy for you…” Before you post that, make sure you are prepared,
because the reward for engagement… I mean, just ask Holly about the reward for
engagement. She will tell you that the process of becoming
one is much grittier than the prospect of walking the aisle. So David kills Goliath. Guess what? You get to fight again. You get the promotion. Guess what? You get to manage people. Guess what? People suck. You get the house and you get to clean it. I just love preaching the Bible like it really
goes. If we stop when Goliath goes down, we miss
the whole point. He killed Goliath, and Saul said, “Now I have
something bigger for you to do.” Do you really want God to answer your prayer? And war broke out again, and Saul needed somebody
to fight, and here’s the thing he did. He sent somebody he didn’t even like to fight
a battle for him that he needed him to fight. People will sometimes use you for what you
can do for them while secretly hating the threat you represent to them. Sometimes everything that appears to be a
gift is not a gift. Saul wanted to kill David. One of the ways he tried to kill him was he
let him marry his daughter. He said, “I’ll give you my daughter if you
go kill 100 Philistines.” David said, “No problem. I’ll kill 200,” because he had hustle and
heart and ambition like that. He came back, the Bible says, with 200 Philistine
foreskins. In case you did not drop your kids off at
eKidz, I will bypass the exact meaning of the text. Just let it be known that Saul’s intention
in giving David the gift was not to bless him. Some of the things in your life that appear
to be battles are really gifts, and some of the things in your life that appear to be
gifts are really curses. So David is out fighting the Philistines,
and we all have Philistines we must fight in our lives. We all have Goliaths…not just one but many. When we kill Goliath, here comes another and
another, because Goliath has brothers. In the midst of fighting the Philistines,
because that’s hard enough… It’s hard enough to fight the external battles. I didn’t really want to talk to you about
the external battles, because it seems that David had no problem fighting the Philistines. That’s what he did. David was a killer. Give him a Philistine and he’ll knock him
down. Give him five rocks and he’ll only use one. You can keep the other four. David knew how to fight Philistines. I’m going to prove to you over the course
of this series that the biggest battles David ever fought didn’t stand in front of him;
they lived within him. Because while he is fighting the battles without,
there’s another battle that is being waged within. “Once more war broke out, and David went out
and fought the Philistines.” And he did well. “He struck them with a mighty blow, and they
fled from him.” He sent them scattering, running for cover. But verse 9 says that while that battle was
being won, another battle was being waged. On one hand, David is coming up, and as he
comes up into a greater position, as he comes up into a season of greater usefulness to
God, a distressing spirit from God has come upon Saul. On one hand David is being blessed, and on
one hand David is in a battle. The battle is happening because God’s hand
has been taken off of Saul and put on David. Now David has the unique task of trying to
serve someone who is threatened by his potential. That’s tough. Not only that but Saul is distressed. He knows he’s slipping, but he cannot do anything
to catch himself. Because of this, he’s acting crazy. He’s doing things. You know how you do when you sense that you’re
losing control. You try to fix stuff, but everything you try
to do to fix it in frustration only makes it worse. You would do better to just leave it alone,
but you can’t, so you try to control people, and then you sabotage yourself by creating
the very result you dread by trying to take matters into your own hands. That’s Saul. He’s going so crazy in his mind that the only
way he can get the voices in his mind to stop is if there’s music playing. Now we don’t do that. We don’t occupy ourselves with anything to
try to keep ourselves from having to be with ourselves. David is in the position that Saul’s dysfunction
has created, over in the corner playing a harp for the king, because David is kind of
weird, because on one hand he can whip you with a slingshot, but on the other hand he
can touch the strings and make you cry. He is the embodiment of both a warrior and
a worshiper. Now his gift has brought him into a position
that has created for him an opportunity in the form of opposition. As the hand of God is leaving the life of
Saul and as the hand of God, the anointing of God, is raising David up, the Bible says
that Saul sat in his house with his spear in his hand. This is kind of creepy. Big ol’ Saul, sulking in the corner with a
spear in his hand. Watch what David had to do. David had to sit over there behind a harp,
strumming a harp, while Saul held a spear. David was playing music with his hand. Verse 10: “Then Saul sought to pin David to
the wall with the spear, but he slipped away from Saul’s presence; and he drove the spear
into the wall.” Let me ask you a question. Who is Saul fighting? On the surface it looks like he’s fighting
David, but I wonder how many times in my life I thought I was fighting someone or something
but the real fight, the real war, the real battle was not the battle with them; it was
the battle within.

100 thoughts on “Declare Your Victory Now | Pastor Steven Furtick”

  1. Amen, Saul was fighting a battle within. Thank you Stephen Furtick for your sermon today….you are a blessing and you are helping me get through a battle within myself. Ty β€οΈπŸ€—

  2. It’s all about realizing who you really are. The you you want to be is already in you; it’s up to you to realize it and believe it and come into being it, your true identity, your true divinity. You and that which sent you are One.


  4. Victory comes from being on your knees. Hitting your knees on that ground shows reverence and humility, then comes obedience, then comes the relationship , then comes the transformation…. GOD BLESS ALL YOU IN THE POWERFUL NAME OF JESUS

  5. I'm going to take my college entrance exam tomorrow. Now, I declare victory in Jesus name. God shall supply all my needs according to His purpose. Amen.

  6. On this day I declare victory over mine and my familys enemies present and future. And on this day I declare the Lord IS my savior.

  7. I have never read the bible and would very much like to. But i am not sure how to read it..does one read it like a book from cover to cover? Or does one start anywhere? Would the NIV be most appropriate for a beginner? Thank you. Blessings

  8. This message is much more accurate than a psychic reading! Thank God for the internet connection & youtube algorithm that make this video pops out in my vid. Suggestions.
    God bless you ps Steven & family & all of elevation church member :))

  9. I needed this today! I am punch drunk from so many battles I have to stop and rest and declare victory!

  10. Pastor Furtick I believe you're assigned by God during this season of my life, My God, can't tell you how much you have been pouring into my life, GBU, and may God continually refresh you as you pour into others!!

  11. Take down Thank you JESUS πŸ‘ πŸ‘πŸ™ŒπŸ‘ πŸ‘πŸ™ŒπŸ‘ πŸ‘πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ πŸ™Œ YES LORD πŸ™Œ πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘πŸ™ŒπŸ‘ πŸ‘πŸ™Œ.

  12. On point. Thank you fir your dedication in preparing your messages. May God bless you and your ministry more.

  13. I'm learning something today I thought is wrong because the devil lied to me sometimes God sends angels to help us

  14. I'm learning something today I thought is wrong because the devil lied to me sometimes God sends angels to help us

  15. Steven furtick my blessing that I have many has doesn't kw how to use it there for there time up released back the blessing ….and my family member exchange one family member for another I did agree to nothing they disobeyed protocol they didnt ask God first

  16. and they all used my clothes dresses jackets hair prices books sweaters make up purses bracket watch earrings note books bible she tore out scripture out of my bible and also cousin also took clothes misused my clothing when I came home from New life for girls … and also family betrayed me misusing my clothing for there own stuff and my blessing needs to released back

  17. when do I get my blessing back that my family has stolen now they need to give back or receive gods wrath for not asking father with out permission

  18. I pray to dream of miracles from dreams resulting from this message. God has a plan for everyone, including me.

  19. Trouble is what humans HAD BEFORE Jesus died at Calvary. Jesus came to destroy ALL the evil works of the devil and he DID. Stop feeling a victim and give thanks and glory to God alone all day long. Every time we focus on a Goliath, we stop trusting Jesus victory for us. Who are we really believing?

  20. So Paul just didn’t write the right β€œbars” then huh? Why didn’t he just claim his victory over beheading?

    I get that Steven is trying to help people through tough situations but guess what, sometimes we die from cancer, sometimes we are hung upside down on a cross, sometimes we are burnt alive. God is sovereign in all He ordains and allows, if he allows you into tribulation, praise Him. If He allows you to suffer for the gospel, praise Him. If he allows your life to be given for His praise, then may the glory be His.

    Understand what we can and cannot claim. Read the word and ignore these false pulpits.

  21. You are too cute for words sometimes. Yer amazingly blessed. Yer wife is so lucky…. People SUCK…but some people r Good. πŸ™‹πŸ™β˜πŸ˜‡πŸš€πŸŒžπŸŒˆπŸŒπŸŽ—πŸŽ†βœ¨πŸ’€πŸ”₯

  22. I declare you a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Hells going to be hot for you buddy, and all those who follow you. Lord give them eyes to see, ears to hear, and the heart to understand the error of their ways.

  23. Pastor I have a question why doesn't any pastor ever touch the subject on animal cruelty ? God says know where your flock comes from and we still eat torture animals.

  24. Some of the times in your life you think you are in trouble, you're not..your in training…that part!! ..Yes!!!! πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘πŸ™

  25. I'd like to thank you Pastor Steven & Chris and the incredible worship team for blessing me so very much. Pastor Steven you have been an absolute lifeline … someone who has been there right to the very end. For that I am so grateful, go forth and continue God's work with excellence as Elevation Church certainly demonstrates!

  26. I am declaring Victory in the Holy name of Jesus Christ my redemer
    I claim victory in the restoration of my marriage
    And i stand and wait to see the manifestation of GODs will

  27. Thank you for this message. More battles that comesΒ  shows me I can win through Christ Jesus.Β  Thank you Sir…

  28. I declare my victory. Jesus has overcame it all for me. He has won the battle for me. I am victorious because my God is victorious Has won the victory for me.

  29. What trouble can we live in when Jesus so many years ago destroyed that Old Serpent in the Garden of Eden forever? When is the church beginning to understand that Jesus came to earth to destroy all the evil works of the devil and destroyed they are by His Mighty Victory. When is the church beginning to trust Yahweh in full and give thanks and glory forever?

  30. Pastor Steven, since I discovered your messages not to long ago I have not been able to turn your channel off. Keep doing what you have been doing! *checking in from Minnesota*

  31. Amen! There's a power in declaration 😍 If you wanna hear hiligaynon preaching, follow me guys. God bless everyone πŸ₯°

  32. I have a job offer and I have been struggling with my current position. But I need God's confirmation that I can leave the current position. Pray for me.

  33. Whomever complains about your hollering send them my way. I’ll tell them to sit down and shut up. They’re mad when they don’t hear audibly from God but when someone chosen with the anointing and appointing of The Holy Spirit starts yelling they want to complain.

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