Learning Hope The Hard Way | Pastor Steven Furtick

You are sitting in one of 56 Christmas Eve
worship experiences that we’re hosting in physical locations, and what a privilege to
minister the Word of God to you today. I decided just to use one verse. It’s completely coincidental that this is
my eleventh Christmas sermon as the pastor of Elevation Church and my text happens to
be Isaiah 11. This is the coolest Christmas Scripture you’ve
never heard. You’ve probably never heard this little verse
of Scripture, and I know you’ve never heard it in a Christmas sermon. I had not either, so I decided to preach it. The Lord has really been using it. I want to read you this verse. Don’t worry if you don’t see what it has to
do with Christmas right when I read it, but you will in a minute. Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot will come up from the
stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.” It is a very promising prophecy that Isaiah
delivers to a people who have been cut down and reduced to almost nothing. One of my favorite country preachers used
to have a saying. He would say, “When you’re down to nothing,
God is up to something.” Elbow your neighbor and tell them, “God is
up to something in your life.” Even if you can’t feel it, even if you can’t
see it, even if you can’t discern it with your natural senses, I want you to know that
God is up to something in your life. If you’ve had a banner year or a barren year,
God is up to something in your life. He was up to something in the nation of Israel. They had placed their hope in other gods,
and yet the promise of redemption echoes over 700 years before the birth of Christ through
the prophet Isaiah. He says, “A shoot will come up from the stump
of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.” Let me back up and read that one more time,
because I think I see Jesus in this text. “From his roots a Branch will bear fruit.” Could it be that the branch Isaiah speaks
of is the baby that was born in the town of Bethlehem? Could it be that the eagle-eyed prophet is
seeing through seven centuries into our present hope? Peter calls it a “living hope.” The author of Hebrews calls it an “anchor
for our souls.” We celebrate this season that hope has come. Somebody shout, “I have a hope!” Let the Devil hear you say it, because he’s
been messing with you and you’ve had a hard year, but let him know you’re still standing
by the grace of God and you have a hope. Somebody shout, “I have a hope!” It’s a certain kind of hope. It’s not a floating hope. I saw Holly watch a movie a few years ago. It’s been quite a few years. They called the movie Hope Floats. I didn’t watch the movie. Holly had it on. I don’t know anything about the movie, but
I know the title isn’t accurate, because real hope is like an anchor. It doesn’t float on the surface of your situation,
but it gets down to the bottom and holds on tight while you’re going through hell. When you get Paul involved… Paul is the New Testament apostle who took
the gospel to the Gentiles. He says something instructive in Romans, chapter
8. He wants to talk about the nature of hope. When he goes to talk about it, he says in
Romans 8:24, “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have…” If we can hold on and hold out and hope for
what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently, and patience is the proof of hope. My subject for this Christmas is Learning
Hope the Hard Way. What Isaiah’s stump that has been cut down
and Paul’s theology, Christology, and pneumatology of the Spirit of God that lives on the inside
of you all have in common is they describe a certain kind of hope. Not the kind of hope that you might have as
a Panthers fan. I hope the Clemson Tigers beat the Ohio State
Buckeyes, as do all Christians. I toss it around like that. The word hope means very little, because the
fact of the matter is it won’t bother me much if they don’t. A bunch of boys in some Spandex aren’t going
to keep me up at night. I am not so worried as to really say, “I hope.” All I really mean is it would be nice. My mom went to Clemson. It would be nice if they got a win. I don’t care. I don’t really hope for that. I didn’t come to talk to you on Christmas
Eve, when you could be doing a lot of other things, about that kind of hope. I’m talking about a certain kind of hope,
a hope that has to be learned the hard way. How many have ever had to learn something
the hard way? If your husband isn’t raising his hand, maybe
you could raise it for him, if he doesn’t want to be honest. Some things you have to learn the hard way. Some things can only be developed the hard
way. I was talking to a campus pastor, and they
asked me about my preparation, and I told them a story. I said, “I prepare a lot before I preach. I over-prepare.” The reason I over-prepare is because one time
13 years ago I went to speak at an event. I got lost on the way, so I started getting
angry. I was a little flustered when I got there,
and I got up in front of the event, and it was a mother/daughter banquet. I’ve never been more unprepared for anything
in my life. I didn’t know it was a mother/daughter banquet. I had prepared for something different. I thought it was a youth service. I didn’t have anything to say to the mothers
and daughters. I learned the hard way that day. I hated how that felt so much, being up in
front of people with a microphone and a Bible unprepared, I resolved in my heart, “I will
never stand in front of people behind a pulpit unprepared again.” It took the experience of embarrassment… You know, my mouth is going dry and my face
is turning red. I stood there and promised myself, “I will
never be in that situation again.” It doesn’t mean all of my sermons are going
to be great, and it doesn’t mean all of my sermons are going to be funny or equally inspiring,
but they will always be my best. I decided that day, but I had to learn it
the hard way. Those of you who come to the church know we
have three kids. The only reason I keep them around is for
sermon material. The oldest one is 11. His name is Elijah. He gave me a good line the other day. I was taking him to school, and I said, “Who
is your favorite teacher you’ve ever had?” He’s in sixth grade now. (That’s not a prayer request, but if you want
to throw us in on your list, that’s okay.) He said, “It depends what you mean by favorite. Do you mean the one I had the most fun with
or the one I learned the most from? Because those answers would be different depending
on what you mean by favorite.” How did he understand that about school as
an 11-year-old and we don’t get it in our Christian life, in our spiritual life? The seasons of our lives that are the most
fun aren’t necessarily the most fruitful, and the seasons of our lives that we get the
most out of aren’t necessarily the ones we would choose to go through. There are some seasons of your life that will
cut you down and take off your branches. We call them pruning seasons. Even in the pruning is a promise. Isaiah said, “I see a stump cut down to nothing,
but I see a shoot coming forth from the stump.” God is up to something in your life this Christmas. We celebrate this season that hope has come
into the world, but we have to remember not only that it has come or who it came through
but how it came. It had to be hard. That’s kind of left out by the time you see
our modern interpretation of the nativity. It had to be hard for Joseph to really believe
that his wife, who had not had sex with him because they were not husband and wife yet,
but they were what the Bible calls betrothed… That his wife, being a virgin, was pregnant. It had to be hard for him to really take that
at God’s word. It had to be hard for Mary to have to look
people in the eye and convince them that what she was carrying was from the Holy Spirit. Forget about even that part, because it had
to be hard for them to believe. I know that, but just physically. The way God chose to come into the world shows
us something about the nature of the way he works, and I think we should look at it. If you sanitize the Christmas story, you strip
it of its significance. To miss the struggle of the Christmas story
is to miss a window into the way God works. When God wanted to come into the world, not
only did he pick a virgin, not only did he pick a womb that represented impossibility
so that he could bring forth infinite potential, not only did he pick the hardest situation
to bring forth his Son, but he didn’t even make hotel reservations. When it came time for them to stay in Bethlehem,
they didn’t even have a room at the Ritz. Wouldn’t you think if God was coming into
the world he would Airbnb or something to make sure this couple had a place to stay? We miss it, because we think when God says
he’s going to do something in our lives it’s going to be easy, but it’s not. It has to be hard. A quick look at the history of the Bible shows
you that God likes to do things the hard way. It is his preferred method of carrying out
his purpose. Don’t think you’re weird if your life has
been hard, and don’t assume that you’re doing something wrong, because God will often allow
life to cut you down to the stump. He did it to Moses. Moses was called to lead the children of Israel
out of Egypt. I won’t take you through the whole Bible,
but I do want to go to Exodus, because there’s this interesting Christmas verse that says,
“Out of Egypt I have called my Son.” Jesus had to go with his parents to Egypt
when he was very little, because Herod wanted to kill him. God doesn’t birth his Son into the world into
ideal circumstances but into a very chaotic environment where Roman oppression was so
common to the people they feared for their very lives under the madman named Herod. We think we have bad presidential candidates. I mean, this guy was killing babies in Bethlehem
when he heard Jesus was born because it represented a threat to the throne. So Isaiah is prophesying to a people who are
under Assyrian oppression, and Jesus comes into the world under Roman oppression, because
God likes to come into hard situations. He’s not scared of that. When he picks Moses he says, “Go to Pharaoh,
the most powerful man in the world, and tell him to let my people go, and when you tell
him to let my people go, he’s going to say, ‘No.'” Why would God tell me to do something and
in the next breath inform me that it won’t work? Because it had to be hard. If it was easy for Moses, if he just walked
up into Pharaoh’s court and said, “Let my people go” and Pharaoh said, “All right,”
Moses would dab on Pharaoh, walk out, and think he was convincing. Pharaoh had to say, “No,” so that God could… This is God’s own wording. I didn’t make this up. He said, “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart so
that I can gain glory.” In other words, if it wasn’t hard, you would
think it was you. If it wasn’t hard, you would trust in yourself. You are not an adequate support system for
the glory of God, so he has to allow some things into your life that are impossible
for you so you can know what Mary knew, that nothing shall be impossible with God. It had to be hard. By the time the Israelites came out of Egypt… They come up to the Red Sea, and instead of
taking them around the body of water, watch what God does. God is kind of crazy. God says, “I’m not going to take you around
it. That would be the normal way. That would be the human way. Let’s do it the hard way. I’m not going to take you around it. I’m going to take you through it. Stretch out your staff, and the waters will
part. About the time you get through, look back
over your shoulder, and the Egyptians who were ruling over you, you will see them no
more. I’m about to drown what’s chasing you down,
but I have to take you the hard way.” God likes to do it the hard way. I don’t have time to tell you about David
and his slingshot. God could have used an armed soldier to kill
Goliath, but how would they have known that he was the Lord if God didn’t do it through
something so silly as one rock? God likes to do things the hard way, Gideon. So if you have 32,000 men, he’s not going
to let you fight with 32,000 men. He’s going to get you down to 300. Maybe that’s why you’ve been cut down to a
stump. Maybe you were relying on the fruit too much,
but this is a season where God wants to prove your root system and show you real hope. Sometimes you have to learn it the hard way. He couldn’t come into the world floating on
a cloud looking like some superhero. He couldn’t have come with an S on his chest
for “Savior of the world.” He had to come in weakness so that you would
know that in your weakness he is strong. I don’t know if it’s because I spend so much
time speaking to young people that I think in such simplistic terms, or maybe I’m just
a simple man, but I started thinking about… I texted Jess and said, “Give me a bouncy
ball.” I didn’t tell her why I wanted it. Maybe she thought I was losing my mind or
I hadn’t bought Christmas for Holly yet. That would be bad, wouldn’t it? I was thinking that it has the ability to
bounce back. That’s exactly what it was designed to do. That’s exactly what it’s meant for. That’s why it’s called a bouncy ball. They named it appropriately for the function
it is intended to serve, for the potential it has within its composite structure. Now look. Same ball, different surface. It didn’t work. In order for this to do what it’s meant to
do, the surface it bounces on has to be hard. Maybe that’s why in this season of your life
things have been hard. Maybe God isn’t punishing you. Maybe he’s preparing you. Maybe you’ve been cut down for a comeback. As
a believer in Jesus Christ, you have the ability within you to bounce back. Maybe that’s why they laid Jesus in a borrowed
grave: because God had to show the world that you can put me down at rock bottom, but you
can’t keep me from bouncing back. Does anybody have a bounce-back in your spirit
this Christmas? Touch three people and say, “I can bounce
back.” I have a hope that bounces back. I can bounce back from rock bottom. As a matter of fact, the harder the bottom,
the higher the bounce. God let me be cut down for a little while,
but I see a shoot coming from the stump. It had to be hard. Mary had to wonder. The Bible says she pondered these things in
her heart. What was happening inside of her wasn’t obvious
to the people around her, because it had to be hard, and it had to be hidden. When God really likes something, he hides
it. We get sent a lot of delicious Christmas treats
this time of year. Praise the Lord. When I like it okay, I put it out for the
kids. When I really like it, I have some places
around the house that I can put stuff where Graham can’t find it, where the Devil can’t
find it. I have some secret compartments for certain
carbohydrates Holly doesn’t even know that I have. I’m not stashing anything illegal, baby, but
sometimes peanut butter… Some stuff is too good for me to just leave
out. Don’t you find it the least bit intriguing? I just love the Bible. Here’s Isaiah, 700 years out from the birth
of Christ. We have what Isaiah was hoping for. I wonder. Do we take it for granted because we have
it? Paul said it’s harder to hope the more you
have. When you have it, you lose your ability to
hope, because you start to hope in what you have and forget how to hope when you don’t
have it. Hope for reconciliation when it’s not going
well, hope for provision when you’re down to nothing. God is up to something, and Isaiah said you
can see it in the roots. The roots are the part of the tree you can’t
see, but that’s where the action is. As long as that tree stays rooted, it has
the promise of new beginnings. Isaiah said, “God is doing a hidden work in
your life.” Shh, he’s up to something. Christmas came in a whisper. Jesus spent the first couple of years of his
life hiding from Herod, because when God brings a promise into the earth it alerts the Enemy. Maybe you’ve been in a season of hiding. Maybe God is trying to show you the nature
of true hope. Not the kind that floats, but the kind that
gets down deep enough in your heart where people can’t get it. Some of you keep giving your hope away easily. You haven’t learned how to hide it. You’re not rooted yet. You have hope when good things happen, but
how is your hope when God seems silent? How is your hope when there’s no fruit on
the tree? How is your hope? It’s in those seasons. Elijah said, “It depends. Do you mean the teacher who taught me the
most or the teacher I had the most fun with?” Some of God’s greatest work in my life was
when I couldn’t feel him. That’s where he built my faith: when I couldn’t
feel him. He had to hide my faith beneath my feelings. That’s where hope lies: beneath the surface. That’s where hope lies: when you get a bad
report from the doctor, but somehow, someway you still have hope. Not just hope when you’re healthy, not just
hope when it’s a clean bill, not just hope when there is a bonus; hope when you don’t
know how you’re going to make it through. My hope doesn’t have to know how; I know who. I don’t know how, but I know who. I don’t know when, but I know who. I don’t even know what, but I know who. I have a hope! It’s an anchor for my soul. What does an anchor do? It goes all the way down to the bottom. From a stump, a shoot is coming forth. Think about it. The stump of Jesse. That was David’s father. That represented the kingdom of Israel. When that kingdom was cut down, God chose
Isaiah’s word to say, “There’s a shoot coming forth from the stump.” God said this Christmas some of you have been
going through things, and you thought God was gone. He’s not gone. He is preparing you for growth, and he is
rooting your hope in a deeper place. I used to think disappointment was the enemy
of hope. I don’t think so anymore. I think disappointment is the doorway to deeper
hope. You have to learn it the hard way. You have to put your hope in a person and
find out that people can’t hold your hope. They’re not meant to. You have to put your hope in your bank balance
to realize your bank account can’t hold your hope. God help you if you’re looking to a governmental
agency to hold your hope right now. Maybe God even allows nations, sometimes,
to get down to a stump so a shoot can come forth. The Lord said there would be somebody here
today who has allowed their hope to be in things and people and success and status and
“one day when” and “if I ever.” He brought you here, and there’s a shoot coming
forth from the stump. This little Christmas message is just the
thing. You came just for Grandma, you came just to
check it off, but God had something different, something deeper, something lasting in mind. God wants to give you hope, but, my brother,
my sister, you have to take hold of it. Hope is here, but it is not yours until you
take hold of it. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen,” and from its roots a branch will bring forth fruit. You cannot have the fruit of fulfillment without
the branch of Jesus Christ. That’s why he was born. He is the Branch. You don’t have to leave this place disconnected
from God. You don’t have to leave this place disconnected
from hope. You don’t have to leave this place down to
nothing. A shoot is coming forth from the stump, and
hope is being born as the Word of God goes forth. This is your day. “Today is born to you in the city of David
a Savior which is Christ the Lord.” He is the Branch. This is the hope. Now is the time. This is the hope, he is the Branch, and now
is the time. This day. I want to ask you to stand at all of our locations. I’m praying for people right now who need
to take hold of hope. I had a special sense of what God wanted to
do in this worship experience. This will be the greatest response of people
giving their lives to Christ that we will see all Christmas. In this worship experience right now, there
are many of you who have never truly placed your hope in Christ. The story is familiar to you, but you are
not rooted in it. You know if we were just talking… I wish we could just talk. I wish we didn’t have to be in this crowd
like this, where you want to act like you have your fake fruit on your tree, but if
we could just talk, you would say, “Man, I’m far away from God.” You may feel like the shepherds who were the
last ones who ever thought God would appear to them, but they got the first noel. Maybe that’s you. Maybe you’ve become disconnected. Maybe you had a connection with God at one
point in your life, but you’ve been cut down to a stump. The good news is that from that stump a shoot,
a small thing, something that seems so insignificant, so little you’ll miss it if you walk by it… I think these are the moments God speaks to
us in, and if you’re not careful, you’ll walk right by it and go right back into your next
year disconnected from hope, putting your hope in people, putting your hope in achievements. In this moment, if you’ll reach out to God,
he has already come near to you. We live on this side of hope. Our hope has come. Today, if you are far away from God and you
know it in your heart, I want to pray for you. Would you bow your head and close your eyes? We do this as a church family. It’s something we do every time we gather,
but this Christmas it has special significance. What a perfect time to have your slate wiped
clean, your sins washed away, your heart made new, and your new life begin. In this moment if you say, “That’s me you’re
preaching to, Pastor Steven, and right now I want to pray with you, and I want you to
pray for me, and I want to call on God…” The Bible says that if anyone calls on the
name of the Lord he or she will be saved. All you have to do is reach, and a shoot will
come forth from the stump of Jesse. From its roots a branch will bear fruit. He is the Branch. Take hold of him in this moment. I want you to pray out loud with me. We’ll pray all together now as a church family
for the benefit of those who are coming to God or back to God. Would you repeat this simple prayer after
me? Heavenly Father, today is my day of new beginnings. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of
God and the Savior of the world, and right now I give him my life. From this day forward, I will follow you. I receive your love, and this is my new beginning. I turn from my sin. I trust in you. Make me a new creation. Heads still bowed, eyes still closed, if you
just prayed that, on the count of three shoot your hand up in the air and make it official. One, two, three. This is the day. Now is the time. Keep your hand up for a moment. We have a gift we want to give you. God bless you. Hands shot up everywhere. I wish you could have seen it. There’s a party going on in heaven. I think we ought to join in on the earth. People saying, “This is the time.” A shoot will come up from the stump. I see new life coming up all around you. I see new beginnings in your family, in your
heart, in your situation. Let’s lift our hands to heaven right now. Let’s join the angels and sing.

100 thoughts on “Learning Hope The Hard Way | Pastor Steven Furtick”

  1. Im glad That god let me find pastor Steven, im having a hard time for the past 3months and he is building me up, thank you JesΓΊs, prays god

  2. I woke up late today and wasn’t going to make it to church on time, so I came on YouTube and decided to listen to this sermon! God knew I needed to hear this today!!! Thank you Pastor Steven!

  3. Really this sermon changed my life…. Thank you JESUS. I turn from my sin. I trust in you. Make me a new creation lord. I have hope its an anchor for my soul…. God is doing a hidden work in our life. Amen!!! Thank you JESUS….

  4. "When you're down to nothing God is up to something" made me cry man. I been struggling holding onto my faith and belief that God hasn't forgot me. See we need something to give us hope even when we believe. I been passed over by jobs that I am more than qualified for laid off by a small company I helped build and grow and this gave me strength to hold on and believe…

  5. I’m very new to Pastor Furticks sermons, & even more new to commenting on how I feel. But I had one of my best friends text me, asking for sermons on patience. I searched TD JAKES & Steven Furtick. This mission for my friend, has turned into a message for my very own soul. So grateful to be able to witness these sermons and take notes. Thank you Jeffrey Brooks for asking me to search for these, I can’t wait to see where God takes us! πŸ™ŒπŸ½

  6. Bless you pastor I needed to hear this message . God will continue to fill you with his spirit to do what you are called to do for his glory ..

  7. You are such an inspiration to me! I was stuck in an addiction to drugs and I finally got out because God had his hand on me! Jesus is Lord!! I’m truly blessed to have him in my life! Thank you for reminding me to always have hope no matter what!! Thank you Lord for giving me hope!!

  8. I am having a hard time now. I know I am in my barren season now. but with God's grace,I know,His banner season for me is about to come.. praise You Lord Jesus.

  9. I have fallen down hard but I know,the harder the fall,the higher the bounce. thank God for your life Pastor Steven

  10. So amazed at the Lords Goodness to me. That his message came at a time of such hopelessness. Can't bless you enough Pastor Steven for your wonderful Words of life. The Lord continue to use you.

  11. Crazy!!!Just what I needed. Confirmation. Thank you pastor. Furtic. Seems like your always speaking to me. Thanks.

  12. Please I seek prayers. I know GOD but been feeling really distance. I’m on really hard situation. And GOD know I’m really trying. To my best…I do good for a while but then I fall off. I just want to remain straight with GOD and not go back to my bad habits.

  13. I looked up sermons on patience, and this sermon came up. I recognized the name of Elevation Church and clicked on the video, and this is exactly what I needed to hear today.

  14. How can this message dated 12/25/16 be the perfect message for me 11/11/18???????? This is the day this is the time! Thank you! I needed this message today. God just spoke to me and whispered into my soul. I need to be rooted! I will bounce back up with Jesus Christ my Lord.

  15. Amen I have a comeback coming. I was married to the most amazing woman ever. I say that because when we are at the lowest he will still answer your prayers and give you the desires of your heart. I love you Steve a big inspiration to me and my wife

  16. Thank you! I've been going through a lot of hard situations! God has been faithful for the hard things in the past, I know He has a perfect plan for these trials I am now going through. His strength, not mine!

  17. why youhave to yell and be dramatic?? I cant concentrate on what your saying. I really want to learn what your teaching because it sounds very wise but I cant watch too long cause your yelling,:( …I guess Ill miss the word again,Lord I pray youll send preachers that can just teach us in a calm manner times running out

  18. My grandmother is in the ER, I'm sad, lost, hopeless… I'm weak and in dispair. I really need God right now. I don't know how I can make it alone. God!

  19. I am also a preacher here in the Philippines. I love listening to your preachings Pastor. Keep up. I am praying for you.

  20. In my journal I drew a picture of a tree with roots. And God spoke to me and told me I was right there in the roots of the tree. This was about a month ago. I stood up at the end of the sermon and my bible fell on the ground and when I picked it up, there was a sticky note I wrote to myself that read " I am PLANTED not BURIED." An hour before I watched this sermon , I was praying and asking God to show me if I was doing everything right. I have literally been cut down to a stump in my life, but the way I have been depending on God to get me through has been overwhelming. This is affirmation!! And affirmation that doesn't lay in the hands of people or other things! THANK YOU JESUS!

  21. Gods timing is Amazing. Currently Learning Hope the Hard way but now more Hopeful. God Bless You Pastor Furtick!!

  22. Thank you, Pastor Furtick for your obedience to Christ in all the areas of your life that no one can see for this is no way you can have a message in such a public platform that impacts so many people (and that includes me!)

  23. Please pray for me I'm in a very difficult situation and I still believe my life has a better purpose, it's just I'm attacked in all sides I can barely keep my head above water.

  24. I need prayers of a righteous man Mr Steven pray for me and my family my daughter Mariah and son shave my grandpa don't belie his name is Larry he is the one who needs to be touch by God he dying and needs saving before it's too late Thanks your sermons inspire me

  25. After just spending several hours contemplating suicide at my late fathers grave due to my struggles not only did my friend some how find me and talked me out of it he then sent me this video which just sparked a NEW fire of HOPE within me. Praise God for giving this preacher of Christ this message so a man such as myself can absorb.

  26. I am in a financial situation with my job and i have a lot depending on me. I got a few days and i’ve been stressing but i’ve been listening to my gospel music and watching this is really helping me. My hardest battle i deal with putting ALL and not some but ALL of my faith and trust in God without question. Please pray for me and i’ll pray for you all! ❀️

  27. My dad passed away 8 months ago and I feel lost and sad all the time but I know God won’t let me fall.

  28. "Man is under all conditions immersed in a sea of God’s blessings. Therefore, be thou not hopeless under any circumstances, but rather be firm in thy hope." ~ Baha'i Faith

  29. I have been going thru some things that I cannot understand,evil dreams of places of pure destructiveness seeing these places I went thru some kind of epilipsy where I but my tongue, bled out on the floor and went back to bed as if nothing happened not until I got up with a terrible headache and I seen all the blood around and all the dried blood on my body I got real scared and ended up in the hospital for three days,my dreams were still there and messing with me ,to much destruction a place of Insanity ….The only way I could get some rest is only when I prayed and claimed the name of Jesus Christ, I asked for answers and in the morning pastor Steven whom I never heard of came up on my you tube and preaching learning hope the hard way and thank Jesus Christ for the answers and the pastor for putting the holy word out there cause I understand and I will be praying for more spiritual help. Brothers and sisters listen to pastor Steven what I have said I dreamt and seen is not a premonition but what evil does on an everyday basis destroy everything around you till it leads to your own destruction ,I raised my hand and give my life to my good Lord Jesus Christ my life here in Earth is difficult but the light will be shed thru Christ and I will receive my reward ….thank you Jesus Christ and for the wonderful gospel pastor steven

  30. All the disappointments i go through, are teaching me that nothing comes easy, i must struggle and learn it the hard way and still believe in my God. No matter the circumstances i pray God to keep my hope hard always.

  31. I can't thank you enough for being one of the best Preacher's that I have seen in a long time and I am glad that you were the only one who helped me out of a lot of anger situations. Steven Furtick you are awesome. I really like it when you talk to Bishop Jakes. You are the both Pastor's that I absolutely appreciate. Sometimes it feels like you are speaking to me. I absolutely enjoy you and the word. My Mom noticed that we are born in the same year. Awesome!!

  32. Please pray for me and my family. Me and my Mom are to much alike, but we need to get on one accord. Me and my sister don't get along. I am the only one who accepts my Father's daughter in our family so does my Mom. I just want all of our family to be together. I have lost 2 of my older children and I would love to see them around my family to also be able to get to know them.

  33. i love all y'all messages it boosts me2 keep encouraging others so thanks for being God's hands and feet, J

  34. Love it except the Clemson and Buckeyes part lol……… I am an Ohioian in SC so I am used to it lol……

  35. Pastor you are so amazing God has really made you different from all order pastor you hit the right message when it seems am going to give up, I have just drug my rope of suicide because I head this message when still on it. I followed you always life is so had for me in Germany am a migrat.. you litrally expectoonal from all order pastor,Am also a young minister who God is using here but most at times I ask my self if God is throughly with me because of the people around me am so talented with too many Grace sir I need some one who can be by my side to meet this might grace of God to be active. Thanks very much I believe you reply me when is get this or rather anyone can still write me to encourage me… thanks to elevation ministry More Grace…love you allπŸ™Œ pastor you gath the right team working with you….

  36. I was really losing hope in God, I really have to admit it. I had lost my job, all my money is gone and all the bills are overdue. Everything feels like it is not working out. Can get a job. Feel like God is punishing me. Feel alone. WHY? Why is this happening? I got so frustrated today and just lost it and screamed at God. What else? When is this going to end? I don't understand and I probably never will but this message gave me the hope I needed to keep pushing forward even though I can't see the outcome. God really hears our cries. Really hears our hearts. He really cares.

  37. Was saved in 1963. Ups and downs but never give up on Jesus. Forever ❀️ the blood of Jesus Christ.

  38. Day 86 !

    Harder the surface , higher the bounce.

    Pruning is important.

    Hardships shows that it's God and not us . πŸ‘

    #Preach Pastor Steven πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ’₯
    Love from India πŸ’“

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