Don’t put yourself through it | Pastor Steven Furtick

some of the stuff that we put ourselves
through is not spiritual warfare it’s a shortage of wisdom and when we
fight against things that we really need to face at a deeper level we recreate
the battle with a different cast of characters and we spend our lives in
cyclical conflict and so Paul is trying to make a point like if you
would have steered this ship by the spirit instead of by your senses we
wouldn’t have had to lose all of this if you would have listened to some people
who loved you instead of trying to impress people who weren’t even paying
attention to begin with and who have no award to give you even if you win their
approval it didn’t have to be like this so he says the reason for this disaster
the reason that the reason that we’re going to survive this storm but we’re
going to lose the boat which to me is hilarious we’re gonna make it nobody’s
going to die I know this because of the assurance of God’s purpose in my life
but about the boat it’s not looking so good for the boat but my hope is not in
the boat if your hope is in the boat or the thing
that is carrying you you will always be subject to despair and in this shift I
see Paul he starts with the reason it’s hard to know the reason sometimes it
really is and it can be a trap to try to calculate the reason that you’re in a
painful situation it can be a trap to try to sort out is this something God is
doing in my life and I should embrace it is this something that the enemy is
doing in my life and I should rebuke it it can be challenging to know unless you
have a theology of God that finds its crux in text like Romans 8:28 because
once you believe that all things work together for the good of them that love
him and are called according to his purpose it doesn’t matter whose hand it
starts from because even if the storm started by the hand of my enemy it has
to pass through the hand of my God before it gets to me so by the time he
finishes with this no matter who started it
it will serve a purpose in my life that felt good to me to say that because it
takes the burden off of me to have to understand the reason for it and yet we
waste all of our time and our energy and our brain cells trying to figure out why
am I going through what I’m going through why is it so hard for me why did
they reject me why do people keep looking at me like that why do people
keep overlooking me why do they get the opportunity and not me but if I
understand that it passed through his hand I don’t live by reason I live by
revelation and this is the important shift in Acts
chapter 27 is that Paul moves from reason to revelation the most important
moment of your life is the moment you shift from living by reason to living by
revelation did you see it in the text I want to call you back to it it’s
beautiful how he says if you would have taken my advice this wouldn’t happen reason
but now keep up your courage because the God to whom I belong and whom I serve
appeared to me that’s revelation if I stay in reason I will stay confused if I
stay in reason I will stay stuck if I stay in reason I will stay in resentment
but if I shift to revelation I understand that every storm in my life
is a stage for me to know that he is Lord of the storm and when he speaks to
it it has already been warned that it must stop when his voice echoes forth so
Paul says now keep up your hope but not in the boat not in the situation in
the revelation and not only does that rhyme have you noticed how much preachers
love to rhyme stuff it is so powerful for when you have run out of reasons and
why did it happen it shifts from why to who I don’t always know
why and honestly it’s a waste of my time to always try to figure that out but
when Paul makes the shift and says we’re going to make it the boat isn’t
and we have to run aground on some Island he guarantees the survival of
what’s important even at the expense of what seemed to be necessary okay so
that’s not what I wanted to preach about what I want to preach about is in the
next chapter after Paul and all of the prisoners have gone through the
storm and the message is only significant today I hate to preach
messages that don’t apply to everybody but it’s only significant if you’ve been
going through something internally or externally and wondering why and then if
that’s you if it’s an issue with your children if it’s something in your body
if it’s something that’s worn inside of you that’s too
shameful to even mention to other people then this is for you because the Bible
says that even though the boat broke apart in Acts chapter 27 in Acts chapter
28 once safely you got the scripture on shore thank you we found out that the
island was called Malta and now I want to do something and I need the camera to
follow me on this can I see your Bible I think yours is Holly I want to show you
Malta on the map this will only take a moment
for me to show you Malta because it is a very tiny island Malta is a small place
Malta is a place that was not on Paul’s itinerary for his trip Malta is a place
where you did not expect to land and the meaning of Malta is refuge Malta was the
place that the wind blew the boat now the wind blew the boat to Malta but God
blew the wind to blow the boat to the place that Paul did not expect
to go and they didn’t even know the name of it until they got there so Malta is a
small place let me show you how small in Holly’s Bible if we can zoom in if you
see here where it says Italy that’s where they were going
so Paul could stand trial before Caesar now there were 275 other people on the
boat but what God really had to do was get Paul to Rome touch somebody say it
had to happen so this is where the boat was going but this is where the wind
blew the boat this is Malta it is so minuscule on this map that the only
reason it’s even included on this map is because the wind blew the boat to Malta
and the only reason the wind blew the boat to Malta is because the sailors
made a mistake is it possible that God is going to put your miracle on the map
through what you call a mistake and is it possible that the place you never
expected to be come on I need somebody to holler at me if you’ve ever been to
Malta I didn’t plan for this I didn’t pack for this I didn’t expect this I
didn’t ask for this and I never thought I’d be here it’s a small place it’s a
stuck place it’s a strange place but it’s a strategic place the wind might be
blowing my boat but God is in charge of the wind it’s a small place it’s a strange place
it’s a stuck place have you ever been in a stuck place I don’t want to be here
and I never thought I’d be here and I saw other people’s kids do this and
other people’s marriages disintegrate like this and other people’s reputations
and other people’s careers and other people’s minds and I used to see other
people struggle with depression and I thought they were crazy and I quoted
scripture at them from Philippians 4:13 until I went to my own Malta and I found
out that sometimes your boat will blow to pieces and you won’t have any choice
where you land you’ll just be happy to survive it but if you’ve never been to Malta you’ll think
you’re in control of the boat and you’ll be constantly giving advice to people
about how to steer their ship but when you get to Malta it’s just like I’m so
happy that I made it I’m so happy that I made it it’s confusing to you when you
see all of these people in this church praise God you think that they’re
praising God because they haven’t made any mistakes or you think they’re
praising God because they’re not fighting anything you have completely
misunderstood the point they made it to Malta
they made it to a refuge their bow broke apart but somehow they swam hey thank you for watching make sure you
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100 thoughts on “Don’t put yourself through it | Pastor Steven Furtick”

  1. My hope is only in God even when he answers in a way I don't understand because I believe he is who he says He is. Thank you Pastor Steven I pray I live by revelation not reason.

  2. God warned me and this was my confirmation. I was trying to do it myself and didn’t listen to anyone. Now I’m literally heartbroken and don’t believe in love anymore. I dealt with the devil of a boyfriend all for him to say he found someone else in the end. I acted with nothing but compassion, love, and loyalty but to the wrong person. Now I will never open up. It hurts so bad. God I’m walking with you. I’m so sorry for steering away from my walk with you. 🥺

  3. God bless you all. I don't need a reason for the season.
    The season had to pass through HIS hand regardless!

  4. Reasoning has put more people in Hell than, perhaps, stumbling.
    Weird but may be true. It is called the "Book of Revelations for a Reason!"

  5. Pastor Steve I so deeply appreciate this revelation and wisdom, especially at this hour. May God continually bless your ministry. Now moved from reason to revelation. Praise God

  6. Could you do a video on how women with women and men with men is a sin against God….ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE. Thanks.

  7. Just listened to steve a couple weeks ago an now im reading one of his books an listening to another one on audible hes really changing my life for the best through god

  8. O my! O my! What a Powerful message. Amen Amen. Thank u Lord for speaking to my situation. Blessings Pastor Steven. U r really a blessing to this generation. More grace upon u MoG.

  9. I came across this video after asking God for a sign…and I've never been spoken to so directly and so precise to the situation I'm in. Thank you Pastor Steve for letting God speak through you. All glory goes to the Almighty❤

  10. "It doesn't matter whose hand it starts from. Because even if the storm started with the hand of my enemy it has to pass through the hand of my God before it gets to me." Steven Furtick
    Elevation Church

  11. Thank you so much for reminding me, God will ALWAYS make everything ok. I need to stop having so much anxiety and, be scared what is around the corner. I am getting there and letting God take the wheel. I am sick and have been fighting my whole life. I am tired but, I am not letting the enemy get the best of me. God is my Lord and, Savior. He loves me and, I will continue to walk that narrow road to be with God. I don’t know why things happen the way they do in life. Only God knows. I will continue to bless my Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Thank you for so many inspiring messages.

  12. Pr. Steve, I praise God for the wonderful sermon, I hear it daily, being, single, lonely, desolate, after loosing everything, I still have hope and I making through it by God's grace. Your sermons revive me and strengthen every day. God bless you Steve and Holly

  13. Amen Pastor Steven! Everything that happens has a purpose! We don't have to worry about it all. WE just have to have the faith that it is all happening for a reason and our God is with us every moment! Our faith is with our God! Amen we don't need an explanation.

  14. I pray for anyone that needs strength especially with broken relationships. You are comforted in the name of Jesus. Just keep floating! God is faithful!

  15. Pastor Steven your sermons are amazing ,so much insight into the human spirit and some of the sermons i feel like you are talking to me and my life situation..Thank you ..God is using you as an instrument to help millions …God blessings to you and your family..

  16. Honestly Pastor Steven, I needed this!! My hope has been in the boat for sooo long and i had a dream last night that i was trying to stop a person taking someone’s food and i got in trouble for it and then we had to walk to a place and yet i was carrying heavy baggage and my legs couldn’t walk anymore i see now that i am trying to carry it all myself i need to give it over to my Lord so bless you Pastor this has been huge motivation to my walk with God! Love from Australia ❤️

  17. Great Sermon Pastor Steven, I agree with Midnite brewney below, you can't even comprehend how much your sermons are helping us all. Thanks to our Lord, He is speaking such truths through you and it is changing all of us for the better. God bless and keep you!

  18. God's assurance in your life is the purpose for others not for yourself! And if your not willing to suffer reproach of this undeniable fact according to scripture it will come a day you will wish you had done so!

    PHILIPPIANS 2:4 Look not every man on his own things but every man also of the things of others.

    PHILIPPIANS 2:5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.

    PHILIPPIANS 2:6 Who being in the form of God thought it not be robbery to be equal with God.

    Meaning God is only in your life according to scripture to benefit others! This is why you don't walk after false pastors according to scripture!

    PHILIPPIANS 2:7 But made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men.

    PHILIPPIANS 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man he humbled himself and became obedient unto death even the death of the cross.

    This man in this video is not in no wise a pastor he is false this man refuses to tell his followers where the true church of God is according to scripture!

    Never make the mistake of putting the vessel before the Potter that created all vessels on the face of the earth!

    ECCLESIASTICUS 21:12 He that is not wise will not be taught but there is a wisdom that multipleth bitterness.

    ISAIAH 5:21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight.

    ISAIAH 8:20 To the law and to the testimony if they speak not according to this word it is because there is no light in them.

  19. Thank you and God bless you pastor Furtick, God is using you in the most beautiful way greetings from the Island of Curacao!

  20. Amen to that pastor. I felt that one for me. Thank you. It’s to shameful to say but my only hope is God. Please pray for me.

  21. Stop pointing out my flaws . I was lost in the dark. I was facing what I knew by myself. I will no longer be little stening to your supposed preaching.

  22. I thank Pastor Steven as His teachings are amazing…God bless him. I am blessed and empowered by his sermons…

  23. Traps➖(whether self inflicated or not) are just morer oppurtunities for God's glory to be manifested.Thank you pastor ✝.💢™

  24. Such a good word! They made it to Malta (Refuge) Their boat broke apart but they survived! I certainly didn't plan for this but this is where the wind blew me

  25. Multi is a stuck place and i don’t wanna be like this. Depression had me in multi but I’m just happy I MADE IT OUT. Praise and worship is my strength that got me through the stuck places, the places i didn’t think i would make it out.BUT GOD IT WAS ONLY HIM AND NOT MYSELF HE IS THE HEAD AND NOT THE TAIL THE BEGINNING AND NOT THE END. He does all things WELL. Romans 8:28 and we know that all things work together for the good of them that love God,to them that are called according to his purpose.

  26. these 10 mins clips are bae. Its usually very hard to listen to 40/ 1 hour vids as I dont have time to listen to them as much as I love them.But these 10/11 mins vids are life saviour. thank you Elevation church.

  27. Good stuff. I Love how GOD uses My Brothers and Sisters to speak to me and or my situations and continue to show HIS understanding so I will be Encouraged. Thank You and Bless You!

  28. Amen Jesus my life further buty face body all problems I buty kodi all problems sallu Maddi my husband Likith retan Jesus kodi Kodagu same place good partner husband Likith give me Jesus help me amen

  29. My name vijayalakshmi Harshith Ammu yessa Appa adhubutha Maddi yessa Appa my life buty body face all problems sallu Maddi Osama Jesus help me amen

  30. do you believe your a sinner and have you repented and do you believe that God sent his one and only Son Jesus to die for us and do u believe God rose his son from the dead three days later and have you asked him into your heart to save you? (You have to believe all of that by heart)… if your not saved you need to believe this John 3:16 “For GOD so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that who ever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” And then you can say a prayer like this but you have to believe it all with your heart “Dear Heavenly Father I believe that I am a sinner and I repent of my sins, GOD I believe that you sent you one and only son to die for us, and GOD I believe that you rose your son JESUS from the dead three days later and JESUS come into my heart to save me!! I ask bc some people have never heard of JESUS and it’s so sad to hear and I am just going to tell y’all he loves y’all so much and don’t be afraid to be a light in the world and if your a fellow Christian don’t be afraid to stand up for what’s right!!

  31. good evening Sir. this is a powerful message day by day message after message growing spiritually. thank you so much Sir and may God bless you with more wisdom.

  32. So good Right on point Really powerful stuff The Lord is always on time Thank you for being a messenger of our great Lord!!! Needed this right now Hallelujah 🙌

  33. Words to live by….Romans 8:28…All things… Amen. God is going to put your miracle on the map from your mistake.
    I receive it. 🙏🏾

  34. Lord I thank you Jesus even if I dont have money for my rent. I see now that you are just redirecting me where you want me to be. This wasnt part of your plan and Im so sorry Jesus I got into a relationship with someone you told me not to. Lord I turn to you and you do what you want in your will be done, your the only one who can change people and there hearts in ,Jesus. name, Amen.

  35. Wow!! Exactly what I needed to hear I never thought I’d find myself where I am. Thank you Lord for pastor Steven’s words!!! Praise God!!!

  36. Needed that sometime life throws me to and fro and I’m trying to hold on to God promises.. and this message reminded that storms of life is going to happen and it will take me to a place that God has for me to bring me to his final destiny., So this place Multo, thank you for being my place of refuge…

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