The Thirst Trap | Seven-Mile Miracle | Pastor Steven Furtick

We’re excited, because favor flows from strange
places. It really does. One time, the children of Israel were in the
desert and water came out of a rock. That’s weird. Have you ever had God do something for you
but not through the person you expected him to do it through? Have you ever had God be good to you through
somebody you weren’t even good to, and then somebody you were good to wasn’t good to you? It’s almost like God wants to challenge your
attachments, so he’ll keep on moving around his supply and springing up from different
places so you don’t camp out where he called you to pass through. That’s why sometimes you get frustrated, but
favor can flow from frustration. Sometimes you have to get down to the bottom
of something to find God there. My study has been like that. It was kind of weird. I did not want to do a Seven-Mile Miracle
series. I preached this sermon five or six years ago. My publisher had the rights to the material,
because we had them pay for the study guide for our groups or whatever. We had them pay the church, and they wanted
to put out a book, and I didn’t want to write a book about Seven-Mile Miracle, because I
typically like to preach something and move on. As a matter of fact, this is probably dysfunctional,
but before I came out to preach to you I was writing my sermon for the end of April because
it started coming to me. The way it flows to me… I’ve had to learn to get in the flow with
God, because, for me, creativity and inspiration doesn’t always flow. It’s not always dependable. One songwriter said creativity is like building
your house from the sky down, especially when you’re depending on God to give it to you. You feel kind of vulnerable when you’re waiting
on God to give you something. It flows in strange places. Sometimes I get sermons off of Gatorade commercials. I just have to do it anywhere I can. This year has been interesting. God took some things I studied years ago,
like this seven-mile walk on the Emmaus Road… We taught an Easter sermon on it, and then
a whole series and a book flowed out of it, but I was kind of done with it. God took something I was done with, like a
seed that I thought was gone, but it really wasn’t gone. It was in the ground. Some things in your life that you sowed in
the last season are going to come up out of the ground when you least expect it, because
favor flows from strange places. I’ve been going through these seven statements
of Jesus slowly, and I don’t like to go slow. If it were up to me, we would study all seven
of them in the introduction to the sermon and move on. I like to cover a lot of ground so you don’t
get bored. Sometimes you have to slow down. I started this series talking about Cleo. He’s walking along with a companion. Here comes Jesus, this stranger, and out of
this stranger’s mouth comes a revelation that reverses their disappointment. They realize it when they get there, not while
they’re going. It started to challenge the way I saw faith,
because I thought faith meant I would know why I was going through everything I went
through while I went through it. Now I’m thinking maybe faith means not knowing
why I’m going through it, but trusting the One who makes a way where there is no way
to feed me what I need for the season I’m in, because he’s God and he knows what I need
when I need it. When we were preaching about “He broke the
bread and gave it to them…” We’ve kind of been breaking the bread. The bread represents the Word of God, and
each week I’ve been giving you a little piece. I’m taking it from the last sayings Jesus
spoke on the cross. There are seven. Seven is the number of completion in the Scripture. When we say seven, we’re eventually getting
to resurrection, but to get there we’re going through crucifixion. We’re eventually getting to glory, but to
get there we have to go through the sufferings of this present time and believe that they
are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed, but it’s in the ground
right now. It’s on Saturday that our faith is proven,
waiting for Sunday and the aftershock of Friday. We walked through a couple of different sayings,
and one was “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” That one challenged me, because it is the
exact opposite of how I think when somebody disappoints me or offends me. See, you’re different. You’re more sanctified than me, and you’ve
arrived, but when somebody breaks my heart, I don’t say, “Father, forgive them, for they
know not what they do.” I say, “God, get them back. Hurt them worse than I could ever hurt, because
they knew exactly what they were doing.” I’m challenged. Jesus says to a thief, “Today you will be
with me in paradise.” I don’t think like that. I think if the guy is going to be in paradise,
he needs to do some good deeds and help some old ladies across the street and take a little
membership class and get baptized at our Concord Campus. Then he can be in paradise. He didn’t do any of that. Jesus saved him just because he asked. Now I’m thinking this must be a gift you can’t
earn. It must not have to do with my works at all. It must be something God gives, not something
I get. All I have to do is receive it. Then I’m a little convicted how he’s on the
cross and is thinking about his mom, because I don’t think about others while I’m going
through good times, let alone hard times. I don’t even like to let people merge in traffic
on 485, because I’m in a hurry. Here’s Jesus dying and thinking about somebody
else. All of this has been challenging me. Wade gets up and says that God was forsaken
by God, the Son by the Father, so that we would never have to be abandoned. Then I come to this little phrase, and I don’t
know what to do with it. Jesus now says one of his last sayings on
the cross. This is mile five, commonly known as the word
of distress. It’s called the word of distress, but after
today you’re going to see that it’s actually the word of destiny. I’m going to show you. He says something strange. Let’s look at it together. He has been mocked. He has been flogged. He has been sentenced, handed over to die. He’s bleeding, he’s suffocating, and he’s
hanging there. John 19:28: “After this, Jesus, knowing that
all was now finished…” Finality. Achievement would be the original language. All was achieved that he was sent to do. His assignment was achieved. Now that he knew that, he said (to fulfill
the Scripture), “I thirst,” which is ironic because this is the same voice that spoke
the seas into existence, and now he needs water. Do you ever think about this? How the same voice that told the Red Sea to
part now needs a drink. How can the voice that could command the sea,
“Peace, be still” and it had to shut up so he could get some sleep… Colossians tells us he is the one by whom,
for whom, and through whom all things were created that were created. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word
was with God and the Word was God.” That’s Jesus. Now he’s wrapped in flesh, dying at the hands
of sinful men a criminal’s death, and he says, “I thirst.” He’s the one who said he was living water. How can living water be thirsty? He is the one who was Jacob’s well. How can Jacob’s well be dry? Do you see what I’m saying? It’s just strange to me. On top of the fact that it’s kind of crazy
that the one who called the seas to be gathered together so the dry land could appear, the
one whose voice is above the waters, the one who separated the water above the firmament
and the water below the firmament, the one who has a throne in heaven, by the way, in
the book of Revelation, that he sits on, where the streams of water flow and make glad the
city of God, pure and brilliant as jasper and diamond… Those waters flow from the throne, but here
we see him thirsting. How can God be thirsty? How can water need a drink? Y’all are looking at me confused, and you
should be, because it’s confusing. I understand me being thirsty. After all, I’m a thirsty man. That’s what Holly said one time. She told a server that in a restaurant. By the way, if you’re a server in a restaurant,
first of all, God bless you. You are an unsung hero, especially on Sundays
with hungry, cranky, non-tipping Christians who put a Bible verse on the receipt instead
of a tip. Father, forgive them. It’s tough for me to admit this, but I am
a server’s worst nightmare, and it’s not because I’m rude, and I’m not rude because I’m Southern. Since I’m Southern, if I’m going to be rude
to you, I’m going to do it behind your back. I watch people from other parts of the country
who are so direct, and it’s weird to me, because I can feel my mom putting soap in my mouth. We just weren’t that direct. I watch somebody in a restaurant. They’re done and they just go, “Check!” I can’t do it like that. I wish I could. I think it would be cool to just holler, “Check!” I see it in movies. I’m going to try it sometime. I’m not rude like that. I’m not even really that picky in a restaurant. I’m really not. I’m simple. I’m basic. I like what I like, but it’s not that hard
to fix it like I like it. Here’s what I’m trying to say. I’m not Chunks Corbett. Chunks Corbett is the most embarrassing person
to be in a restaurant with because of the specificity with which he demands his food
be prepared. His wife is nodding while I’m preaching this. He’ll walk in a restaurant… “I want a Bloomin’ Onion, but no onion, and
can you make it in the shape of an 8? That’s my favorite number, and when I was
8, I played baseball.” He has the craziest stuff. I’m not really like that, but my thing is
if you can keep up with me on the drinks… I drink Diet Coke. Like I just said I shoot up heroin, you judgmental
demon. People will do it every time I say that. They’ll send me a link about aspartame, but
it’s all right. I already read about it, and I want to go
to heaven, and I’m kind of in a hurry to get there. I’m at peace with my mortal nature, and I
want a sip of Diet Coke on the journey. My thing is… I tip great, especially if you bring me an
Elevation Church stolen pen to sign the tip with. That’ll be our thing. I’ll bump it up at least 3 percent. Spread the word. But my thing is keeping my drink full is kind
of hard, because I’ll drink five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven… I’ve been to twelve glasses before in a long
meal. I know it’s horrible. One time, this server came over, and she was
kind of giggling about how many drinks I was drinking. This was years ago. She looked like she was too young to be legally
working at a restaurant. She comes over to the table, and she’s kind
of giggling, and I’m apologizing. I’m like, “I’m sorry I’m drinking so many
drinks. I just like to drink a lot of Diet Coke. I’m sorry about that. I promise I’ll tip you good. Thank you for trying to keep up with me.” She giggles. Feeling the need to apologize, Holly goes,
“He’s just a thirsty man.” She started laughing when Holly said that,
but she was laughing a little too hard. You know how people can laugh a little too
hard for what you said and you know they took something different out of what you said? She’s laughing and laughing, and I said, “What? What was funny about that?” She said, “Your wife just said you’re thirsty.” I said, “Yeah, I am. You’ve seen it tonight here in the restaurant. I like to drink.” She said, “No, no. You don’t know what thirsty means, do you?” I said, “No, but tell me what thirsty means
to you. I need to know.” She said, “You don’t want to know this. You’re a preacher.” I said, “No, tell me.” She said, “Well, it’s kind of something younger
people would say. Say, maybe if a guy is a little too desperate,
we would look at him and maybe roll our eyes and say, ‘Thirsty.'” So now I knew why she was laughing. She said, “When people post something on social
media where they want to get attention and they try a little too hard, we call that a
thirst trap.” I want to preach to you today about The Thirst
Trap. I want to go all the way back from Bonefish
Grill to John 19 and see if I can work it together. I have to admit sometimes I’m thirsty, like
the guy who sends 12 text messages and none of them get responded to. Those long text messages. Sometimes I need too much from the wrong place. Sometimes I’m thirsty. I love God, and I know he’s my shepherd and
I’m not supposed to be in need, and I have his Spirit, but sometimes I have to admit
to you I’m kind of thirsty. Look at your neighbor and ask them, “Are you
thirsty?” Not you. You’re filled with the Spirit of God. We get thirsty, and it’s no surprise we get
thirsty. We’re weak. He knows our frame. We’re made of dust. We came from the dust. We get thirsty in the dust. Dirty, thirsty people. That makes sense, but for Jesus to say, “I
thirst…” When he said it, the Bible says the soldiers
around the cross came to him. He said, “I thirst,” and there was a jar full
of sour wine, cheap stuff, what the executioners drank while they were waiting on the person
to die. This was the second drink Jesus was offered
on the cross, but the first one he refused when he was on his way to the cross. When he got to the spot where they would drop
the vertical beam and attach it to the horizontal beam… Because the cross works both ways. I taught you that two weeks ago. When he got to that spot, they offered him
a drink. This drink was, the Bible says, mixed with
myrrh, which was meant to drug the person going to the cross. The women would prepare it often as an act
of compassion or kindness. When they offered him this drink, perhaps
in mockery, for he called himself a king… Mark tells us in Mark 15:23, “They offered
him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.” Maybe he saw it as a trap, because he was
focused on finishing what God gave him to do. When he got to the cross, he refused to drink
and said, “I don’t need that.” I want you to do something for me. Everybody do this. I want you to get something in your mind that’s
trying to keep you from being on the path of your purpose. When I say “three,” push it out of the way
like Jesus pushed the cup of myrrh and say, “I don’t need it.” One, two, three. “I don’t need it.” He said, “I’m not drinking that. I’m going somewhere.” With his gaze set on the glory of God, he
went toward the cross. Now it has been six hours since he first got
to Golgotha, and he says, “I thirst.” Remember, this is the same voice of God that
created the clouds and filled them with condensation. This is the voice that has the power to flood
the earth, and only Noah and every animal on the boat gets out of it alive, and he thirsts. We’re surprised by it, or at least we should
be. We’re surprised when they come to him and
there’s a jar of sour wine and they offer to the Lamb of God who was slain before the
foundation of the earth… You need to understand that what happened
on the cross didn’t start on the cross, and it didn’t end on the cross. The cross was pointing at the prophetic fulfillment
of the purpose of God that existed before time began. They take a hyssop branch, which was what
they used on Passover back when they would take the blood of a lamb and put it on a doorpost. They took that branch that they would put
the blood on, and now the Lamb of God is bleeding. It’s not the shadow anymore; it’s the actuality,
the revelation of God. The fullness of God is hanging on a cross
in the form of a man, and they give him vinegar to drink for his thirst. They put it to his mouth, the same mouth that
spoke them into existence, and they gave him vinegar to drink. How could he be thirsty? How could God struggle with a human sensation
like thirst? If you want to write something down, write
down struggle. To really understand why he said, “I thirst”
on the cross, you have to start in the garden of Gethsemane. The garden of Gethsemane is where he went
out to pray before he drank the cup of suffering. It’s one thing to come to church and talk
about a calling. Sometimes a calling is like a beautiful cup,
but what’s in it when it comes time to really fulfill your calling… Let me break this down, because y’all are
looking at me cross-eyed and stuff. It’s one thing to pick out a name for your
baby; it’s another thing to have to raise them in middle school. It still didn’t work. I’m trying really hard to bring this right
where you are. It is one thing to write down his last name
with your first name and think about how awesome it would be to be “Mrs. So-and-So,” but it’s
another thing to deal with his bad breath and his bad spending habits and realize that
his mom didn’t teach him how to put the seat down on the toilet after he used it and work
out the mechanics of marriage in the context of the calling, not just the excitement of
the concept of something. Sometimes, while we are very excited about
the concept of being used by God… Stay with me, because this sermon is about
to do something deep down in your soul. I feel the Spirit of God saying to somebody
today, “What will you do with the cup?” Jesus had a cup he didn’t want to drink, and
he prayed in the garden. He prayed, “Father, if there’s any other way
to get this done, let this cup pass from me.” The cup that was full of the wrath of God,
the just punishment our sin deserved. He drank it, but he struggled to drink it. Do you know how I know he struggled? Because he prayed, “If there’s any other way,
let this cup pass, but if there’s not, if I have to drink it down, if I have to suffer,
if I have to go to the cross, I’m going to the cross. If I have to be mocked, I’ll be mocked. If I have to be alone, I’ll be alone. If I have to cry, I’ll cry. If I have to struggle, I’ll struggle. Not my will but yours be done.” The Son of God is thirsty, and he’s thirsty
because he’s trapped. He’s trapped in a place we’re all familiar
with. He’s trapped between what he wants and what
God wills. Have you ever been trapped? Three honest people. Three thirsty people. All of the thirsty people make some noise. Just be honest about it. Remember, it’s only those who hunger and thirst
who can be filled. It’s only those who know what it’s like. He got down in that garden, and he prayed
so hard about it, and he hurt so much about it, while Peter, James, and John slept on
the side, but Jesus prayed. The Bible says he prayed to the point that
his sweat was like drops of blood. He struggled to surrender. He was trapped in the garden between what
God had spoken and what his flesh wanted. “I’m thirsty.” Of course he’s thirsty. When you sweat like that, you’re going to
be thirsty. I mean, if the Son of God sweated like that,
what makes you think you’re going to go through life and never break one yourself? We think we’re just supposed to fulfill our
calling and never drink the cup. We think we’re supposed to have a vision but
no vinegar. The Son of God is sweating drops of blood,
and we’re supposed to be able to sleep through life? It’s a struggle. He said, “I thirst” because he struggled. I know he was thirsty. He’s fully God, yes, but he’s also fully man. In other words, he’s trapped, because he’s
God, but he’s wrapped in flesh; because he’s glory, but he’s wrapped in frailty; because
he’s eternity, but he’s trapped in time; because he’s spirit, but he’s trapped in a body. Sometimes I feel trapped, because what I want
to do I can’t do, and what I do I hate, and what I want to do I don’t have the will to
do. I’m trapped. I’m thirsty. I’m tired. I’m weary. He struggled. See, I’m not very comfortable with this. I don’t like it. I don’t really want to see a God who struggled
like I struggle. I like that stuff where he opens his mouth
and says, “Shut up!” to the wind and the waves. I like that, because that makes me think he’s
just going to walk into my situation… “Ssh!” Smooth sailing. But when he says, “I thirst,” now I see him
identifying with my shame, and it causes me to look at myself not as I wish to be but
as I really am. Now I have to picture him carrying my shame. Shame will make you thirsty. Shame will make you try to fill something
with the words of people that can really only be fulfilled by the Word of God. Shame will make you forget who you really
are. Of course he was thirsty. He was carrying your shame. To an untrained eye it looked like he was
carrying a beam that weighed 80 pounds, and he carried it up a hill. This is from Pilate’s palace where Jesus was
sentenced by the Roman prelate. He had already been handed over by Caiaphas,
the high priest. He has been going back and forth all night. He sweats in the garden. He heads to the cross. He gets there. They offer him something to numb the pain. He says, “No. I’m focused. No, not yet.” He pushes the drink aside, thirsty as he is,
carrying my shame. Eighty pounds. It weighs a lot more than that when it’s in
your soul, a whole lot more than 80 pounds. It’ll weigh so much you can’t even look people
in the eye when it’s in your soul. He carried it the length of six and a half
football fields from Pilate’s palace to Golgotha. Of course he was thirsty. Come on, I can’t even do a set of kettlebell
swings and not take a sip. Of course he was thirsty. Of course he said, “I thirst.” You know what? This isn’t the first time Jesus said he was
thirsty in John’s gospel. Can I tell you a story? It’s a Bible story from John, chapter 4. It’s interesting, because Jesus is going somewhere,
but he goes around to get there, and the place where he goes is called Samaria. This is not a normal place for a Jew to go,
so the fact that he went there was kind of surprising, but nobody asked him why he was
doing what he was doing, because by this time his disciples knew that everything he did
he did on purpose. That’s going to come back, and that’s going
to be very important when I finish this little sermonette today. Everything he did he did on purpose. The Bible says he had to go to Samaria. He had to go. Why? Why did he have to go to Samaria? Why did he have to go to the cross? Why would he go out of his way to Samaria
where a Jewish person would not normally go? Why would God go where he was least expected? Do you ever wonder why God would bother with
someone like you? Have you ever asked that question, “Why me,
God?” Any parents who have ever asked God, “Why
me? Why would you call me to raise a kid when
I feel like a little boy myself sometimes?” The interesting thing to me about this little
excursion Jesus takes is that he’s going to Samaria, he sits down when he gets there,
and he waits by a well for a woman. Let me tell you something about this woman. She’s coming out in the middle of the day. The only reason you would go to the well in
the middle of the day in a hot climate is so nobody else would be there, because you’re
ashamed to be seen by people. So she’s going out in the middle of the day
to get some water at a time when she doesn’t think anybody else will see her because she’s
thirsty. She’s not just thirsty for water. She’s thirsty. She’s thirsty in the Urban Dictionary kind
of way. Jesus sits by a well, waiting for a woman,
and sets a trap for a thirsty woman. She comes up and says, “Oh crap! I thought nobody would be here. I don’t even know this guy.” Have you noticed how everything we’ve been
studying in the Scriptures is Jesus showing up to people who didn’t even recognize him
when he did? Just showing up. Then he does something unthinkable. Talk about a thirst trap. Jesus, the living water, sees this woman coming,
knows what kind of life she has lived, and yet he doesn’t say anything about that. He says, “Hey, girl.” A little modernization. He said, “Give me a drink.” She didn’t like that very much, so she got
really deep. Here’s what you do when God speaks to a place
in your life. When God starts speaking to you, you get theoretical
and abstract, because to be specific, to really have to deal with the issue, is actually sometimes
painful. So she’s like, “Hey, how is it that you, a
Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman from Samaria?” In other words, “I know you’re not talking
to me.” That’s what the woman is saying. “I know you’re not talking to me.” You can feel that way sometimes. Some of you sit here and listen to me preach,
and you think it’s for your wife. I’m talking to you, buddy, thirsty self. Everybody in here is thirsty. Some of y’all get it through sex. Some of y’all get it through success. Some of y’all get it through religion, but
I have to tell you something. The person you’re sitting next to is thirsty. It’s not a sin to be thirsty. It’s just where you go to get your fix that
determines whether or not your soul will be satisfied. I found out there’s only one well that has
the water I need. We talk about the satisfaction. Jesus says, “Hey, I need a drink,” and the
woman thinks he’s talking about water, but he’s not talking about water. The woman is perhaps ashamed and offended,
so she goes to push him away, because that’s what she has learned how to do. She’s thirsty, so she has learned how to get
what she needs from who she thinks can give it, but none of it lasts. She has learned how to get what she needs,
so she wakes up in the morning thirsty. “Did they ‘like’ my picture? Did they comment on my post? Did they friend me back? Did they follow me back?” Thirsty. Acting like that’s going to fill you. It might for a minute, but there’s one problem
with this well. Jesus said, “If you drink of this water, woman,
you’re going to stay thirsty.” I want you to know that if you put your validation
in other people’s hands, you will have to go back to them for it. Jesus just lays it out there. Jesus is like, “Hey, everyone who drinks of
this water…” “That’s why I don’t go on Facebook.” Yeah, but why do you go to the mall? Everybody drinks somewhere. Why do you eat Doritos? Everybody drinks somewhere. Why do you put so much pressure on your kids
to do what you never did? Everybody drinks somewhere. Why are you texting her back? He sits by a well, and he’s like… I have to be honest. On the surface it sounds like a pick-up line,
but we know it’s not, because Jesus. He’s not thirsty like that. He’s trying to give her something. He’s not trying to receive something from
her; he’s trying to release something to her, because he knows she’s thirsty. He’s like, “Hey, whoever drinks of the water
I will give him will never be thirsty again.” That troubled me, because I was contrasting
what he said 15 chapters earlier with what he said in John 19 on the cross where he said,
“I thirst.” I felt like I caught Jesus contradicting himself,
because he said he had water and we would never thirst if we drank it, but he said he
thirsted on the cross. But I noticed how he didn’t say, “You’ll never
feel thirsty again.” He’s saying you’ll never be… He didn’t say you will never thirst again. You’re going to thirst. You’re going to have days that you feel discouraged. If you weren’t, God wouldn’t tell you not
to be terrified or discouraged. If you were naturally going to always be encouraged,
if you were never going to be discouraged and dehydrated… That’s what the water is for. What he’s saying is, “You’ll always have somewhere
to drink from. Not that you’ll never have a need, but that
I will meet all of your needs according to my glorious riches.” That’s the promise. He tells the woman, “I have something for
you, and it’s not like what you’ve been drinking.” Watch this. He traps this woman. He totally traps this woman. All through his ministry people were trying
to trap Jesus. The Sadducees and the Pharisees, and Judas
trapped him in the garden, and the Roman officials thought they had him trapped on the cross,
but Jesus was always the one… Even when they thought they had him, they
never really had him, because he was always in control, even on the cross. There were over 300 messianic prophecies Jesus
fulfilled in his life and death, so Jesus was never really trapped. Here he is with this woman, and he says, “I
want a drink,” but he’s not really thirsty like that. He’s trying to give her something. God doesn’t really need anything from you. He can have another you in a minute. I don’t mean to go back to 2002, but sometimes… God really isn’t needing something from you. When we talk about giving in the church, how
dare you with your thirsty self get an attitude? “They just want my money.” God doesn’t need your money. God wants to be in your heart. He wants to set you free. You’re the one thirsty. You’re the one. He says, “Give me a drink.” She says, “Well, we don’t have a bucket.” He’s trying to get her to see that she is
the bucket and he is the water. The woman said, “Sir, if there’s some kind
of water, if there’s some bottomless well, if there are free refills, give me this water
so I won’t have to be trapped, so I won’t have to keep coming back here. So I won’t have to keep texting Travis, so
I won’t have to keep performing, so I won’t have to keep being so thirsty.” Now Jesus has her. He came to Samaria and sat by the well, and
now she’s trapped. He goes, “All right, go get your husband.” She says, “What had happened was… I don’t have a husband.” Which is true, but it’s not the total truth. You know how you do. “I have no husband.” Jesus said, “You’re right in saying, ‘I have
no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you’ve said is true.” “You’re thirsty, and you’re trapped. When I asked you for water, I was trying to
release you from having to go all around to people and things and stuff that doesn’t satisfy. I want to give you something that comes from
within. I want to give you something that doesn’t
depend on bank accounts, that doesn’t diminish, no matter how the biopsy comes back. I want to give you something you can live
off of, something that only gets stronger in your struggle. I want to give you unlimited supply.” She said, “Sir, I think you’re on to something.” She goes back to Samaria, carrying living
water that she didn’t even expect to get. She comes back to Jesus, and the Bible says
that many in Samaria believed because of her testimony. It was a trap. Jesus used a thirsty woman to transform an
entire region. I wonder how he could use your life if you
would receive his grace today. I want to talk about the setup, because that’s
what it was. It was a setup. That’s why he went through Samaria. He was setting this woman up. That’s why he asked for a drink: because she
was thirsty. That’s why he went to the cross uphill 650
yards. That’s why he said, “I thirst.” I’m going to tell you how I found out. I thought about that thing so long. I thought, “Okay, how can living water be
thirsty? How can a well need water? How can the one who spoke the oceans into
existence now need water from the very same source he created? How could God, who reigns above the waters,
need water? How could it be possible that God could come
down, condescend to the form of human man? How could Christ be made flesh? How could he die and suffer like that? How could it be that there are seasons in
my life when I call on him and nothing happens? How could it be that I have divinity but I’m
trapped sometimes in my desperation? How could it be that I am full of the Spirit
but sometimes I feel so dry?” So I had to read again. I read John 19:28 like 20 times. I don’t read Greek, although I took Greek. I don’t read Hebrew, although I took Hebrew. I was not very effective in my language studies. I don’t even read Aramaic, which is what Jesus
was probably speaking at the moment when he said, “I thirst.” But what I do read really well is English,
and I know my punctuation marks, so when I read John 19:28… It said, “After this…” After all you’ve been through, after all they’ve
accused you of, after all of the people who walked away who should have been there. After this. After they counted you out and said you were
nothing and mocked you. After this. After a crown of thorns was placed on his
head, after the blood ran from his brow. After this. After they beat his back, after they released
Barabbas. After this. After the cock crowed and Peter denied him
thrice. After this, knowing that now all things were
finished, Jesus had one more thing to say, one thing to do, because there were 300 prophecies
and he was on 299. Everybody standing around that day thought
that death had trapped Jesus. The cross was a setup. But it wasn’t set up by Judas, and it wasn’t
set up by the Sadducees, and it wasn’t set up by the Pharisees, and it wasn’t set up
by Herod. It was set up by heaven. Listen to me preach this sermon. Listen to me preach on the parentheses in
John 19:28. I’ve preached on a lot of things in my little
tenure preaching, but I’ve never preached on a punctuation mark until today. After this, knowing that all things had been
fulfilled, knowing that he had drank down the full cup of the wrath of God so you would
never have to, after knowing that he suffered like a criminal so he could reign like a king,
after humbling himself, being obedient even to the point of death on a cross… “Jesus said (to fulfill the Scripture)…” I wonder why John put it in parentheses. Probably because he didn’t know that’s why
it was happening at the time. When Jesus said, “I thirst,” they thought
he wanted water, so they gave him vinegar to mock him. The thing they used to mock him was actually
the thing he used to finish the work God gave him to do. The thing they put on a sponge to shame him… I have to tell y’all something. I have to show you one more thing. When Jesus said, “I thirst” to fulfill the
Scripture, parentheses… Have you ever had to live in the parentheses? I mean, not understanding why you were going
through what you were going through. Please be real with me. I cannot preach this sermon to closed hearts. I’m trying to give you water today for your
thirsty soul. Sometimes you’re in a wilderness and you don’t
know why. Sometimes you’re looking at a Red Sea and
you feel trapped. Jesus looked trapped up there on that cross,
but John said, “No, he wasn’t trapped.” Death didn’t trap Jesus; Jesus trapped death. Now I know why he said, “I thirst.” Now I know why the lips that spoke the waters
into their place on the earth said, “I thirst.” To fulfill the Scripture. God has a purpose for every thirst in your
life. Death didn’t trap Jesus; Jesus trapped death. One time David felt trapped, and in Psalm
69 he describes it in vivid detail. He goes, “The deep waters have engulfed me. I’m surrounded by enemies. They hurl their insults at me.” Does this sound familiar, by the way? It’s a messianic psalm. It’s describing, centuries before the cross,
what the cross would be like for Jesus. Jesus is called the son of David. It is David pointing to the one who now says,
“I thirst.” David says that although he is surrounded
by what he calls “deep waters of trial,” he says the reproach has broken his heart. The shame has brought him so low to this place
that he feels like he’s drowning. You can get to a place where you feel trapped
in doubt, and you can have dysfunctions in your life that have been there so long you
feel trapped inside of yourself. That’s the worst place to feel trapped. Not in a bad relationship. You can always block that number. But what do you do when you’re trapped inside
of your own broken heart? David said, “It’s so bad it has broken my
heart, and I am in despair. I am in distress.” He said, “I looked for pity, but there was
none; for comforters, but I found none. Nobody could help me. I was trapped.” He said, “I got to the point where I asked
my friends for food, and they gave me poison for food. The people who were supposed to help me hurt
me. They gave me poison for food. I was thirsty, but for my thirst they gave
me sour wine to drink.” Now I understand why Jesus said, “I thirst.” It was to fulfill the Scripture. It wasn’t about water. Jesus was setting the trap for death. This was the last thing he had to do before
the Spirit could be released. It’s a setup. If he didn’t suffer, salvation could not spring
up like a well. If he did not suffer, it could not flow forth. If he did not die, he could not rise. Somebody shout, “It’s a setup!” It’s not the end. It’s in the parentheses. Sometimes you have to trust God in the parentheses,
in the tight places, when it looks like you’re trapped, to know that the very Red Sea that
feels like it’s going to kill you is going to drown your enemies behind you. He said, “I thirsted, and they gave me vinegar.” But watch David praying. This is what I’m praying over your life today. Every evil thing the Enemy has done to you
and every trial that feels like it’s sweeping over you and for everybody who feels trapped,
listen to what he prayed. “Let their own table before them…” The thing they brought to destroy me. “Let their own table become a snare, and when
they are at peace…” Just when the Devil thought he had Jesus trapped,
just when he thought it was over, just when he thought, “We got rid of that one,” just
when he thought it was the end, just when they rolled the stone… “Let it become a trap.” God said, “I’ve got you.” He set the trap. God brought you here into this garden so you
could sweat out your insecurities. God brought you here into this tight place
so your doubts could die and your faith could live. And you will never thirst again. He said, “I thirst,” and they brought him
vinegar. He said, “Good. I need that. I needed that vinegar. I needed that trial.” Sometimes victory doesn’t look like victory. Sometimes victory doesn’t taste sweet. When he said, “I thirst” and they gave him
the vinegar for water… After he had received the sour wine, after
he had set the trap on death, hell, and the grave… I promise you we’re going to have the best
Easter ever this year. I feel like Easter came early today. I really do. I really feel like resurrection came at an
unexpected time for somebody who thought they were trapped. Hear the Word of the Lord! It’s not a trap; it’s a triumph! Shout unto God! Friday’s trap was Sunday’s triumph. He said, “I thirst.” He set the trap. After he had received the sour wine, he said,
“It’s finished.” The trap became the triumph. God is going to take the thing that looks… Ask the children of Israel. They thought the Red Sea was going to be the
end of them. It was the end of their enemies. You’re not trapped; the Devil is. You’re not trapped. I’m not trapped and I’m not thirsty. Who the Son sets free… How many believe that the sufferings of this
present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed? How many believe Christ is in you, the hope
of glory? Shout like you believe that! I’m going to tell you one more thing. I love to preach the Word to you, not because
I like to hear myself talk. I love to preach the Word of God to you because
I know what this seed is going to do if you get it down in your heart. Watch this. Favor flows from unexpected places. Do you remember when we were writing the song
“Resurrecting”? It took about nine months to write the song. Everybody on the team contributes in different
ways. My thing is I always like to write… Chris can tell you this, because we’ve been
knowing each other forever. I’m
kind of weird, because when the song seems like it should be over, I always like to put
another verse. So we wrote the song, and it was kind of done. Not really done, but we thought it was done. We finished the songwriting thing, and I started
thinking I wanted to write this fourth verse for the song. You know, Chris is kind of lazy, because he’s
a worship leader. (No, I’m just kidding. He’s the hardest-working man in the praise
biz.) It took six months to get the verse right,
but we ended up writing a declaration for our church. Lift your hands. Whatever has you trapped today… We ended up writing this verse to let you
know that what looks like it has you locked in is going to be the place… See, that’s what the grave was. The grave of Jesus Christ was a garden in
disguise. That’s what your trials are. That’s what your weakness is. So I want you to sing this fourth verse, because
just when it seems like the song should be over, just when it seems like your hope is
gone, just when it seems like the Devil has dehydrated your dream… They thought they had him. They posted the guard right there. If he robbed the grave of its power, if the
guards couldn’t keep his body in… Come on, church! I’m talking about rivers of living water. You never thirst again when you get this Spirit,
and the same Spirit that raised him from the dead…

100 thoughts on “The Thirst Trap | Seven-Mile Miracle | Pastor Steven Furtick”

  1. I listen to this weekly almost probably 10-15 times total now and im barely realizing its from a yr ago lol irrelavently late but still such a good sermon

  2. I honestly had been thinking about that thought about him mentioning about the water and we’ll never thirst again and I’d wonder why I’ve felt “thirsty” I’d ask myself am I not completely fulfilled am I missing something, why do I feel like I’m struggling, why do I feel overwhelmed? But this sermon just answered all of those questions!!!

  3. the reason I like to listen to Pastor Steven is, he speaks reality…too many preachers make it seems like when you are saved some emotions are gone forever.

  4. I was searching for a way to rid myself of a desire for revenge for a deep hurt someone had inflicted on me but clicked on this sermon – which I didn't think was about vengeance, but when the pastor said "I don't want God to forgive them. I want God to GET 'EM!" that is exactly how I felt. I realized I was trapped and so thirsty and looking for water in the wrong place. This may not have been the sermon I was looking for but it was the one I needed right now in this moment and I have Free Refills for LIFE! AMEN

  5. I am unexpectedly blessed in this sermon. Hallelujah !!!! Because I am thirst! I thought I was trapped but it was only lie of the enemy because truth is “They are trap by My God who lives in me who keeps me in His hand. Glory To God. I pray that someday I’ll be in the same stage with Pastor Steven!

  6. Omg I just heard this in my Spirit this morning. Stop looking for good to come through the same way he did last month.

  7. Wow it’s gone midnight here in England I’ve just finished this message and I’m so hype right now. I wish it was breakfast time so I can start my day with the hype feeling with my kids then I can go work and give this message forward. #hyperforchrist. Good night my brothers and sister. God bless

  8. The Lord really does speak to use and shows favor in a strange way. he spoke to me today and i'm thankful. I will keep drinking from him.

  9. Jesus said that if we drink the water that He has to give we will never thirst again. We, when as unbelievers (sinners), we thirst for something that can only be found in Jesus. When Jesus took all our sins and diseases upon Himself, it brought Him to thirst as we do in our sins before our salvation.and deliverance. It is written, "Jesus was tempted in all points as are we". On the cross, Jesus THIRST as He identified with and bore ALL sin, weaknesses, and diseases even vinegar signifying the bitter sufferings that all mankind in the world would experience. His THIRST resulted in His temporary separation from His Father. God gave to the world, His Son Jesus, a pure Lamb and crucified it (death) to the Cross for Eternity. All the world need to do is simply believe upon Jesus Christ and follow the way of the Kingdom of God. Shalom, Peace and Love

  10. Amen! ❤️The Holy Spirit was working through pastor Steven to tell me I can be free🙌🏽🙏🏽❤️❤️❤️

    Thank you this is the first step to me changing my life!❤️

  11. I just wanted to share with you. Old Testament was what you give you receive. Jesus freely gave his life so that His life would be freely given to him. He said Father why hast tho forsaken me so his father was separated once he died. Old Testament was like a mirror. Gods always in charge. Even when you think you know it all. God will humble you and show you more from unlikely sources. Even tho I made mistakes and you look at me as an enemy. I don’t see any of you as mine. I said forgive them. I’ve suffered much because of my own mistakes, misunderstanding and weakness but God has preserved me. I’ve done things to help that you don’t even know about. I’ve already felt 3 days of pain more excruciating than you know to the point that my legs where giving out because it felt like every cell in my body was on fire or something. I wrote a book and threw it away because it explained things that if some people knew nothing would be safe. I’m not dumb or slow. You have no idea how many thoughts are being passed out threw my head on a daily basis all because I said a prayer asking a question so vast and profound that it can’t be shown to me in ten lifetimes of a born and dying man. Jesus said judge not that ye be not judged. It’s better to share humbly and in a way that’s non condemning if you’re going to preach by the law. I love to see how the churches are progressing. I don’t have one bad thing to say. Just like to share some times. Thank you for sharing. It says the Law creates wrath. Jesus never wanted wrath. Who wants to do mean things to people on purpose? Especially if he was showing that the way people where seeing is what you give you receive. An eye for an eye. And now let’s throw in what’s being taught now a days as far as what you say and these law of attraction teachings mixed with what you give you receive. It’s not God who wants wrath. It’s man preaching wrath and Gods ability to go forward and backward in time that’s saying be careful what you say. Jesus never once hurt anyone while he walked on this Earth. He came to give life and more abundantly. Store up treasures in heaven. He showed the apostles by the law what to preach so that they could store up treasures like forgiveness point by point person by person so that by the end of the time that there would be enough points to do what you guys keep screaming for without causing the kingdom any harm. Why do you think the first things taught where giving. God created man to give to so that his angels had someone to give too. The beginning of this whole plan starts with giving. Creation started with God giving us a world in Devine order of creation. He visualized and had a plan in the very first verse of the Bible. He spoke of the crown of thorns when He cursed Adam and “ He said the ground will bring up thorns and thistles for your sake” God was already speaking of the crown of thorns He would wear at that time. Did you ever notice how an apple tree would produce many apples and He left a seed to give back that creates a whole other tree. Tithing principal laid out in the garden of eden. I was just curious if even one preacher would do what it said about loving your enemy. Not a trap. I was just curious. I’ve spent years gathering information because I know that you can see the workings of God through the small and simple things. You know how it’s said “God is in the details” no arrogance intended. I just mean you can see what works from studying peoples lives and seeing the parallels. Paul spoke of the vast ocean of space. First I studied to see the small things and then realized that I was created for much more just to allow my arrogance to knock me for a loop because I didn’t include God even tho I was believing very much in the teachings. I decided too run so fast that I tripped and fell fast and hard. I didn’t realize what I was doing. I was shown the error of my ways after and I’ve been trying to get back up ever since. God still hears my prayers tho. I asked him if he’d be my friend? I got a long reply back. I said that I wasn’t praying to ask for money or anything else. I just asked if he’d still be my friend. I received about 30 minutes of overwhelming love to the point that I couldn’t compose myself. That’s the love of God. I really appreciate what you’ve done.

  12. This sermon is fire! honestly! I'm currently going through a tag of war with temptations and just distractions but hearing this preaching………………………………… man i just won it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am victorious because He is!!!

  13. Pastor your built with something special, thank you for your faith and how you Carry your self, blessed to be a blessing.. You dah Man!!

  14. I am so tired of blaming everything that goes wrong in my life on God, for some weird reason I truly believed and probably still do that God allows the devil to have his way with me because my life has never been easy but this sermon just really helped me get over myself. I am not saying it will be easy from this point forward but I sure am going to try stop blaming and just start living.

  15. Why every time I hear the good news I start to cry, I'm not sad or emotional sad when I hear it I guess I'm just happy hope somebody can explain this to me 🙂

  16. How can one trust a preacher who does not even speak the language of the original bible? He doesn't even know directly what jesus was saying, he is only depending on what other people translated from aramaic to greek and then to english. Imagine all the expressions that are translated literally even though they mean something else in the then aramaic language? This is so wrong. Christian preachers don't even bother to learn the language of the original bible and people pretend like it's not a big deal. It is a big deal. It's a very big deal. This ain't right at all. They are speculating on what jesus said and meant. You can never build a strong foundation on speculation.

  17. Watching this and going through this…and now it makes sense. I do not want I want but do what I dont ….but theres a greater purpose! A rebirth

  18. AMEN!!!! Thank you GOD for working through Pastor Steven! " The trap became the triumph" I needed this faith !!!

  19. That was the most beautiful sermon.Its 5am and the tears are running down my face.I have been trapped in my own thirsty
    mind.Regret,sadnes,addiction,pornography,suicide,illness and death.But I pray this seed is planted firmly in my hearts soul.I pray I have been brought to this snare only to be set free.Amen in Jesus name.

  20. This was exactly what I needed today. I was so trapped(between human will and God's will) but now with this sermon , Lord Jesus confirmed His Promise and now I thirst no more in Him. Thank You Lord Jesus Christ for speaking through Pastor Steven❤️

  21. I listen to Pastor Furtick. He's got an interesting way of showing the Word. But I wonder if he weren't some "nice looking he-man," would he have such a big following? All these big ministries today seem to be led by the "attractive." How many women follow this channel because of the way this man looks? Only the "beautiful people" can have big ministries in this day and age it seems more and more. Well, I don't live in NC, so the proof of the reality of this ministry would be how do Furtick's congregation act toward others in their everyday life? What is their fruit? Do they only hang with the "good looking" and glib-tongued, or do they include and see the potential for Christ in everyone? Would I want someone who's been a longtime congregant of a Furtick church to be a boss, to be friend, to handle my car repairs?

  22. Halleluyah, this sermon pastor was heavenly. I keep going through your sermons. Your blessed immensely. You make us understand the scriptures. We can only read the Bible but you have deciphered it completely. Your a chosen holy man on Yahweh and Yashuah. My job and duty now is only to listen to your sermons and live a righteous and God's willful life. My name is David from India, Bangalore.

  23. I have been getting inspiration for my sermons off of diferent things like commercials, or even words of a conversation that just stay in my head and i was wondering if it was God speaking to me or if it was just my imagination, but after listening to you Pastor Furtick saying talking about getting your inspiration off of a gatorade commercial, thats how God answer my question. Just wanna say thank you Pastor Furtick for letting God use you the way he does, your an inspiration for me, God Bless You ! And i hope i can meet you one day 😁🙌🏼

  24. God literally led me to you I love starting my mornings off and daily devotion to priced and then by listening to a couple of your videos you really touched my heart and explain it in a way that fills my soul from War I thirst for your sermons everyday may God continue direct you to bless others by spreading his word

  25. Day 56 !

    You don't have a Facebook account.
    But you go to the mall. Everybody is thirsty in a different my way.

    "This hits me deep."

  26. Honestly, I need to overcome some addiction in my life. I am so desperate that I literally just typed in “sermons for overcoming” just clicked on this. Hopefully this vid helps. If you read this please say a little prayer for me.

  27. Who else is watching this 2019? 😂 Men this is so deeeeeeep!!! Heaven and earth will pass away but my words must remain?

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