Thursday, April 23, 2009

With What You Got

Young, spit-fire pastor Steven Furtick has an awesome desire to see many saved and recently spoke on the subject of "work with what you got". He shares in his powerful message about keeping your God-sized vision when there is no sign of it happening anytime soon. Steven is a dynamic pastor with a passion for impacting others for Christ. It’s definitely a message you won’t want to miss!! He started Elevation Church in Charolotte three years ago and it has 5000 members. He was a guest pastor at Seacost Church this message I described.

He speaks so passionately about his college years and how he ministered to other young men during that time. It is amazing how he almost gave up on his means to minister through the stomach, yes food, yet the result is amazing because he didn't. You will be blown away by the fruit of his faithfulness, what happened to those other dorm guys, and how many he impacted for Christ.

I want to pen this quote of his to forever etch it in my mind and have record of it. "Don't forget the promise and forfeit the payout because you fainted in the process." He spoke straight to my heart about how God gives us a promise, a word from Him so real, that we think it's bound to happen right now. Yet, we see nothing, nothing even remotely in that direction. No fruit. No evidence. Rather, it seems to be going in the opposite direction. However, it is in the process, the waiting, that we must cling to Him and His promise ever more.

He goes on to say "Because when what you've heard doesn't match up to what you see, you can believe God knows the end from the beginning and He's faithful in the process."

He's faithful in the process. He's faithful in the waiting. He's faithful. Period.

He shares a verse very precious to my heart. I don't recall reading prior to about five years ago while planning my wedding. It is the verse my beloved and I claimed for what God had done in joining our lives and then uniting us as one. I claim it now as I wait for God to ever so gently remind my beloved of this and His truth. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20

How much more? Immeasurably.
To what extent? Beyond our imagination.
With what? His power.
Where? Within us.

HE is ABLE to do SO, SO much more that it cannot even be measured and it is so far beyond our beliefs and imagination. Whatever we ask of Him, it is still so much more than that...more than we ask.

Click here to go to the website and either listen, watch, or read the sermon. (I watched.) Enjoy. May his fire and encouragement be contagious.

Trusting the Lord to speak a special message to you. Believing you were directed to my site and this sermon for a reason, His reason. If you watch, listen, or read, please come back and share anything you feel God pressing on your heart. It would be awesome to hear how He designed this sermon as His personal message to you.

Believing Beyond My Imagination,

© Copyright 2009


Anonymous said...

Hi Sweet pea
Your Blog post is such and encouragement to me for I am seeing everything but what God has promised me! And God is sure enough using your post to speak to my heart and letting me know not to stop believeing and I will receive all he has promised me! More than I can ask or imagine(one of my favorite scripture) will be mine as God has promised me thanks for sharing!
Numbres 6:24~26

valerie said...

I love Eph. 3:20.
I've been wondering how things are going.
Jot me an e-mail when you get a chance.
I've had you on my mind.

Carol said...

Hi Sweet Paula,

I love my journal, thank you again. Opened my blog to write saw your new post had to come read it. I'm going to come back and watch the video, just your post gave me so much encouragment.

Hope your doing well. I love ya.

Sharon said...

If we have faith, then we will believe and act upon it. Sounds really awesome. I will go check this out this afternoon, when I get some quiet time.
We are having a wedding this weekend in my backyard, I have been working and cleaning my butt off :) very exciting! They loved our backyard it's like a~little paradise. Should be fun :)
I figure now you are all moved in and unpacked I pray that you are enjoying the new home :)
Have a beautiful and blessed weekend

Abba's Girl said...

Wonderfully encouraging post.

andi said...

Sweet post. :) Thanks for the email! I hope you'll post before and after pics of the house!!! :)

Cheri Bunch said...

Very encouraging, Paula! I love the quotes!

Blessed by all that the Lord is doing in your life these days!

Have a great weekend!

Shauna said...

Hope you have a blessed and beautiful weekend :) ♥ HUGS ♥

Pam said...

i guess you got to go listen too! i am glad to read these notes you took... it was so good. you already know my thoughts... i feel like i am having more and more healing... funny thing is i didn't even know i wasn't healed... urg.

james oh said...

Hi! Paula, Thanks sharing such a wonderful post. God bless,

Melissa said...

Love Steven Furtick! He is my pastor. Our family started going to Elevation a year ago. At first just to see what all the talk was about. We came back because it's the first church where our whole family was asking to go back each and every Sunday.

This was a great message!