Don’t Stay Trapped | Pastor Steven Furtick


what’s your way of escape when you feel
trapped or really lonely or scared like we all do and I know nobody sees how
scared you really get sometimes or just how weird you feel or how much you worry
about things nobody sees it what’s your way of escape usually what the devil
will do at a youthful point in your life is to present for you kind of like a
tunnel can you picture this that when the pressure gets bad for you or when
you feel alone or when you feel worthless or when you feel too fat or
too skinny or when you feel excluded or when people call you this or people
call you that or people call you gay or people call you poor or people say
things about you that really wound you in a way and they they push against you
in a way it’s too much to take and so you’re gonna find a way out a way of
escape really the whole Bible is about escape because in the beginning God made
us in His image and according to his likeness and he raised up a people for
himself that’s what the nation of Israel was it was God’s people and at one point
in their history they had to go to Egypt to avoid a famine they were hungry so
they had to go to a strange land to get food and when they first got there
everything was okay because they had a representative in the land named Joseph
but when Joseph died things changed and this is what I want you to get the place
that they escaped to became the place that they were enslaved in over the
course of several decades they started to be treated differently by the
Egyptians and when they first got there it was a place where they could survive
you know how you figure out ways to survive when you’re in high school you
figure out what to wear so you can survive in high school you figure out
how to not be too nice because if people see you being too nice they’ll
think you’re soft or you figure out who not to be nice to
because if you’re nice to the wrong people it will cost the people whose
acceptance you desire to go away from you so in order to get the acceptance
from the people that you need because you don’t really know who you are yet
you’ll put brand names on you and you’re wearing somebody else’s name but you
don’t even know your identity now that’s fine that’s honestly fine because I’m
wearing some J’s tonight I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with any of
it but the pattern is that sometimes what we escape to becomes later what we
are enslaved by and I bet that’s happening in some of our lives tonight
and God told me if I would sit on the stool and talk to you like this and not
have to put a lot of points on the screen we don’t need any special effects
for this message God said that if I would talk to you just like this that
there would be several hundred of you sitting in this room who would discover
the key to your freedom in your life for the next year and the experience would
be real a real experience in the presence of God tonight tonight when
Paul gets ready to tell the church at Corinth that no temptation has overtaken
you I could almost hear you talking to me like ey Pastor Steven we love you and
all but it’s been a minute since you were 14 it’s been a minute since you
were 16 so you can kind of preach to us all you want about what we should and
shouldn’t do and we’re gonna listen to you politely cuz we really do love you
Pastor but and so I praying about it I was like God are the temptations really
the same for these kids as they were for me because you know there wasn’t vaping
when I was sixteen years old if you were gonna
smoke you had to smell like it and then sneak the clothes around your parents
and there was a whole different system of escape and I’m not trying to be funny
I’m really trying to speak to you like you’re mature I mentioned earlier about
pornography it wasn’t next to your Bible app when I was 16 and that kind of makes
me feel like like it’s a challenge to talk to you tonight because I was
thinking like well the temptations aren’t the same and God said they are
only the access has changed it’s the same temptations that it was in 1
John 2:15 where he lists three temptations there’s only three there’s
only three temptations that any of us will ever face it’s the lust of the
flesh it’s the lust of the eyes and it’s the
pride of life that’s it not a very long list but everything you will struggle
with that will try to bring you to your lower self everything that you’ll
struggle with it’ll try to keep you from praying praising God being kind living
open standing out being unique having conviction having courage everything
that will drive you away from that kind of life will fall into these three
categories lust of the flesh that’s what I feel like doing lust of the eyes
that’s what I see on the surface but I don’t know what it really is and the
pride of life which is me thinking that I don’t need God or anybody else to tell
me how to live my life that’s the only three it’s the only
three that Jesus faced the Bible says that Jesus was tempted in every way like
me and you and I thought well that’s not true Jesus couldn’t be tempted to road
rage donkey rage it was different vehicles
but but yet when he went into the wilderness I don’t know if you’ve ever
read this put this down for something to look at later maybe maybe in your group
tonight if you have time you probably won’t because I feel like talking for a
few more minutes but if you get a chance to talk about this or look at it when
you get home Matthew 4:1-11 can we just look at verse 1
real quick just verse 1 it’s the only one I want to look at it said then Jesus was
led up by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil he went into
the wilderness because he had to because centuries earlier
that’s where God’s people were tempted in the wilderness which is what Paul
references in 1 Corinthians 10 he says in 1 Corinthians 10:5 give it to me on
the lower thirds watch this verse y’all he says in 1 Corinthians 10 verse 5 that
most of them that came out of Egypt when God led them out under Moses this is
hundreds of years before Jesus now but he’s using it as an example he’s saying
nothing’s changed it’s the same temptations to complain it’s the same
temptations to rebel it’s the same temptations to isolate and pretend put
it back up I didn’t finish it yet it said nevertheless with most of them God
gave them a way out of Egypt but with most of them God was not pleased for
they were overthrown in the wilderness what a phrase they came out of Egypt
they came this might be like you came to church you came to YTHX you call
yourself a Christian you’re like yeah I believe in God I’m good I totally
believe in God I have faith and I want to be a good person they came out of
Egypt but they were overthrown in the wilderness they were overthrown in the
place that was in between Egypt and the promised land that God was taking them
to you are in a season of your life right now at age 14 15 16 17 18 this
season of your life right now is like a wilderness
it’s a place where you have to learn how to survive it’s a place where you have
to learn how to make it from day to day it’s a place where you’re becoming who
you are and you know who you are in some ways but you’re still figuring it out in
other ways it’s a place where you’re having to wrestle with emotions that you
don’t have a lot of context for it’s a place where where day and night you wake
up and you wonder am I enough for this day am I enough do I have what it
takes to be who I need to be and the world is no help because the world is
constantly telling you you know you need this and you must have that and until
you’ve reached this level and unless you’re in with this and so it’s all of
these voices in the wilderness that you have to learn to deal with and so the
devil came to Jesus in the wilderness because this was like this was like a
rematch because in the wilderness in the Old Testament the people of God were
overthrown in the wilderness but Jesus came to fight the battle that you
couldn’t win Jesus came to defeat the devil that had you on the ropes and how
many know tonight that that same Savior is still fighting for you right where
you are so tell the person next to you it’s only
three temptations it’s only three there’s only three these three lust of the
flesh lust of the eyes pride of life the devil came to Jesus he said hey I know
you’re hungry so I’ll tell you what to do turn these stones into bread coz you’re
hungry and if the devil can find you when you’re hungry he’ll try to get you to turn something
into something that it’s not supposed to be because I’m hungry I’m hungry
when you’re hungry you’ll take compliments from people and do things to
impress them but their compliments are empty because if they like you for
something that’s cosmetic it shows that they are a shallow person and their
validation is void I just wanted to talk to you like a brother in
Christ tonight because if somebody could tell you that you’ll stop trying to turn
things into something that they can’t be the lust of the flesh I’m hungry I feel
I need I feel and when you do it you start finding ways to meet those needs
you start trying to meet your need for love through sex here’s why that’s
dangerous because it’ll work for a while sex will feel just like love just like
love and it’ll give you a release and you don’t have to feel guilty or
shameful about it we all struggle everybody in this room has struggled at
some level so please don’t get at this point like guilty if you’ve got
something in your life that you feel like you need to hide you are totally
welcome in this room I’m not gonna beat you up over anything we’ve done tonight
the grace of God is enough for all of us but the only issue is if you escape your
loneliness through sex then eventually you will be a slave to what you escaped
with they went to Egypt because they were hungry they got to Egypt and it was
fine for a while they had quail in Egypt fried quail it’s very very very big
delicacy for them in that time and don’t don’t think if the devil sets the table
it won’t taste good it’ll taste amazing I’m telling you the benefit
temptation is tantalizing it’s very it’s very it’s very good and I’m not just
talking about sex like there’s all kinds of temptations it’s the same temptations
today but it’s just a different access point it’s just a different vehicle it
was it was one vehicle for me it’s gonna be another vehicle for you but the
temptation is I feel trapped I need a way out so I’m looking for something
that’s why a lot of us are more addicted to our phones then you could ever be
addicted to cocaine because it just gives us a way out you ever just been
scrolling looking at stuff that you weren’t even paying attention
you were just hypnotized it was like just a way of escape just like I just
don’t want to be here right now and here’s the problem with it if you
always train yourself to just not be here right now just whatever I’m doing
I’m gonna be somewhere else there may be a time where you find yourself I can’t
even pay attention anymore I can’t be present right now and I’m not telling
you not to use your phone I’m not ridiculous and archaic enough to say
something like that I am saying that anything that you use to escape be
careful and make sure that it doesn’t enslave you
like here’s another way to say it I prayed about a bunch of ways to say it
don’t let the tunnel that you use to get out become a trap that keeps you in
underground and a lot of the things that that look like a way of escape it looks
like you know if I could be popular well the hard thing about being popular if
it’s not really you that is popular but just a version of you that you made up
that you think people will accept the hard thing about that is now you feel
like an actor now you feel like you’re just always on on stage and kind of
always waiting for people to see through is that really you he said that Jesus
went into the wilderness and the devil said hey I’m gonna get you just like I
got Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and the descendants of Moses turned the
stones into bread Jesus said it is written man shall not live off of bread
alone but every word that proceeds from the mouth of God the devil said alright this is
gonna be tough I didn’t get him with the lust of the flesh let me try the lust of
the eyes took him up on a high mountain right he shows them all the kingdoms of
this world and Satan the accuser this is not like a physical force by the way
it’s that little voice in your head it’s not like you see the devil or something
like that that’s not that’s not what it’s talking about here Jesus didn’t
physically change locations it’s like sometimes in your mind you feel and see
temptations and it’s not it’s not a physical thing sometimes sometimes it’s
a desire inside of you have you ever felt this before and it’s like something
that’s that’s going on in your mind and you’re like oh man I don’t know why I
feel pulled to this and so the devil showed him he said if you’ll bow down
and worship me I’ll give you all this because see Jesus came as a king but his
kingdom was not of this world and so the devil was trying to give him what was
already his this is how Jesus fought the temptation
he said it is written you shall worship the Lord your God only and him only
shall you serve away from me Satan then the devil said
and this is a little bit out of sequence but it said the lust of the flesh
turn the stones into bread the lust of the eyes you see all this I’ll give it
to you you could have this opportunity if you do this if you do it my way
if you do it the world’s way you’ll get this opportunity look how good this
looks look what you could have if you weren’t over here trying to be a good
little Christian if you weren’t being a church kid you can have all this and you
could have all that but the one that really got me was he said throw yourself
off the edge of this cliff and prove that you’re the son of a God that’s the
pride of life wow look at me you’ve ever been walking around
like look at me please like this picture so for just a minute I can feel like I
escaped cause I feel like a nobody I feel like nobody
really sees me I feel invisible if I could put something out there so now
you’re posting stuff with half your clothes on just to try to get somebody
look at me look at me look at me but that’s not that’s not who you really are problem is if you get them with that you
got to keep on with that and if that’s not who you really want to be hey thank
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62 thoughts on “Don’t Stay Trapped | Pastor Steven Furtick”

  1. This is an Awesome Word and Teaching From A Man Of GOD that is Anointed By HOLY Spirit! ๐Ÿ“œ๐Ÿคด๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ“–

  2. Did the devil physically take Jesus to the mountaintop? After hearing this sermon Iโ€™m confused on this topic. Please clarify

  3. We must not escape from evil people, Evil people must be sacred looking at us. My Jesus Christ is still fighting for me ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜‡ thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Blessed be His word. Thank you all for uniting me to this page and having showing me the power of the community. Iโ€™ve been humbled by the Will of the Lord. Guide me to see the Truth. Let me serve the one true God.

  5. this came in just in time. I'm 17 and the lord has called me to reach people at my school since it is my senior year but as I began to step outside of my comfort zone I would get discouraged along the way and I would feel very low about myself and today just wasn't my day so I prayed and asked God to give me a sign or a word because I needed some hope and this just popped up and I related to every single word he said. Thank you , The lord really does hear my prayers.

  6. You donโ€™t express Jesus through your
    Messages. Itโ€™s simply about you. You make every message about you and your โ€œintelligenceโ€ where as when Paul the apostle wouldnโ€™t speak about his own intelligence bc he didnโ€™t want to take away from the gospel. Simply a false prophet making money off the name of a god. Smh

  7. Amen Jesus my life all problems sallu Maddi amen Jesus my name vijayalakshmi Harshith Ammu yessa Appa adhubutha Maddi amen my husband Likith death plz retan gift godi give me brother plz preyar me amen Jesus

  8. Even though pastor Steven isn't 13-18yrs old he still looks cool to that age group. When I was younger only few older people were still cool like Robin Williams at my time. So keep doing what your doing Pastor Steve. You might not ever see this comment but I hope you know your making an impact to the youth ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘

  9. Could I have a verse for someone I've lost to drugs. Someone who I thought shouldn't have been lost, Shouldn't have died? I know god isn't supposed to make mistakes… I feel maybe something was a mix

  10. ๐Ÿ™ thank you it was a confirmation. Temptation came I declined. Amen I even asked if they would come to Jesus. ๐Ÿ˜

  11. This is such a great message …sit down and talk…to the people us we are all…one…life struggles is in all …AmenโœŒ๏ธโœŒ๏ธโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  12. Beautiful word even to us adults & single women!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ’•

  13. I pray all people will see this is not a true man of God but a wolf in sheep's clothing! His preaching does not match the word of God. And the people he sounds himself with are not of God either. Joyce Meyer, TD Jake…… And more. Be aware and cling to Jesus!

  14. So powerful . I really needed to hear this. I will not be trapped by what I escape to . God is always fighting for me . Amen God bless Pastor SF ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’™

  15. Would be nice to live close to the church, but I am states away from it. Grateful for the internet and all of these messages that help me get through my days and my life with my head up and my hopes up. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜‡

  16. May God continue to use you. There is truly something special about your gifting to convey the love and truth of God. I consistently am moved almost every time I listen/watch your sermons. Thank you for your obedience to our Lord and service to His people.

  17. How is it that every time I listen to you preach that you are speaking RIGHT. TO. ME? Smh this is blowing my mind, and it's also been a minute since I was a teenager.

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