The Blessing Of Both | Elevation Church | Pastor Steven Furtick

The Blessing Of Both | Elevation Church | Pastor Steven Furtick


how awesome how awesome what a wonderful
wonderful time of worship amen do me a favor real quick before you take your
seat I’m kind of torn I’m gonna preach in just a moment I’m excited to preach
I’m in a little bit of a dilemma I have two different scriptures one is from the
Old Testament and one is from the New Testament and I kind of can’t decide
which one I want to give you so I thought we put it up for a vote huh she said
both well it’s a good thing because my message today is the blessing of both let’s do it let’s do it you may be
seated God Bless you God bless you choir God bless you Anna God bless you
Matt God bless you Pastor Sean Seay in the house from Athens Church let’s thank God
for this great man of God thanks for stopping by it’s good to have my brother
pastor Mike Todd on the second row representing the Oakland Athletics
you’re not a fan at all are you oh man that’s terrible
you just watched Moneyball and bought an Oakland A’s hat is that what happened oh
man this feels good so if I’m not preaching good I can throw the mic on
the first row the second row and somebody else can pick it up it’s so good
to be here and just touch somebody and say if pastor if Pastor had time he would
say thank God for you and mention your name too will do that if he had time so
many wonderful things to share from the Word of God hey thank you for serving
this Love Week whatever you did if you uh if you did something this week or really
what I like to thank God for is consistency because it’s not just one
week out of the year that builds a great Church and so while this week there are
many people we could highlight and thank for their contribution I want to say
thank you to those of you who never make a lot of noise but you just contribute
in meaningful ways prayer giving service it’s a big deal and you lead an
eGroup whether it’s the spectacular thing whether it’s 40 people or 4 people
you just do it that’s really how you can know that you’re doing it for God and
not for the approval of others or the praises of people it’s just really
beautiful and I appreciate you I don’t know how to say it any more than that
but I appreciate you and I hope you can feel that that’s sincere from my heart
thank you to those of you you don’t you don’t blow a trumpet or anything like
that you don’t announce it you just do it and that means a lot it’s not just a
Nike slogan it’s the way that a great local church is built when people are
just willing to do it and not necessarily have to be known for it but
I thank God for each and every one of you on every location I just wanted to
say that and in the spirit of love I wore pink now let’s get into the Bible let me read you this from Ecclesiastes
chapter 11 verses 5 and 6 now I’m gonna take my time because I’ve been
waiting to preach these passages since since the beginning of June and I
couldn’t figure out how God wanted me to preach them but today I saw it and I’ve
just been pacing all day waiting for you to put on your makeup and get here so we
could talk about it together and now I can’t find Ecclesiastes in the Bible
everything’s falling apart here it is it’s right there it said verse 5 as you
do not know the way the Spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with
child so you do not know the work of God who makes everything in the morning sow
your seed and at evening withhold not your hand for you do not know which
will prosper this or that or whether both alike will be good there’s our word
both go over to Matthew chapter 13 verse 24 for my second scripture you told me
you wanted both so I’m fulfilling your request he put another parable before them verse
24 saying the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in
his field but while his men were sleeping his enemy came and sowed weeds
among the wheat and went away so when the plants came up and bore grain then
the weeds appeared also by the way by the time something destructive appears
in your life it’s been planted for a little while there’s a difference
between the time when it was deposited in the soil and the time it showed up in
your life so when they woke up to the weeds
he said the servant said master did you not sow good seed in your field
I thought you raised your kids right you know things like that I thought you went
to church I thought you prayed but he said if you sowed good seeds how then does it
have weeds in the field and he said to them an enemy has done this so the
servant said to him then do you want us to go and gather them take care of it sort
it out he’s like no you you gotta you gotta be careful because less gathering
the weeds you root up the wheat along with them let both everybody say both
let both grow together interesting until the harvest and at harvest time I will
tell the reapers gather the weeds first bind them in bundles to be burned but
gather the wheat into my barn when Jesus was teaching about the kingdom of God it
was a new phrase and an entirely new concept for his hearers it had never
been said that way before the kingdom of God now Israel thought of
themselves as a kingdom in a military and nationalistic sense but to think of
the Kingdom of Heaven or the kingdom of God in an invisible realm required Jesus
to not only explain it but to demonstrate it and both are always
necessary everybody say both that’s why Love Week was so important in
our church those 100,000 hours that we served validated the message that we
preached it is one thing to explain love but it’s another thing to hand somebody
some warm food or a blanket or to be with somebody in their time of need and so
Jesus had to do both and he had quite a challenge on his hands because he would
he would demonstrate something by working a miracle but then he would have
to explain it because the people who saw the miracle would miss the point I told
you about one last week when he took the happy meal and fed everybody and they
thought that the point of the miracle was that their stomachs were full and
because they wanted him to be their Burger King he had to shut that whole thing
down and say eat my flesh drink my blood you missed the entire point so he’s
always having to explain it he was always having to demonstrate so they
could see it and then explain it so they could understand it
he said if you see it but don’t understand it it’ll be like a seed that
was sown but the bird snatches it up before it has the opportunity to hit the
soil and so if you don’t get the lesson in your heart through the power of
demonstration then you will miss the intention of the message but if you only
see the demonstration and don’t hear the explanation then you’ll understand the
miracle on the wrong level and you’ll always live your life thinking that the
physical thing is the real thing and you’ll not understand what it’s really
pointing to so you’ll engage in behavior modification to try to fix your life not
understanding that every habit in your life started with something in your
heart and until God turns to the soil of your heart and weeds out the stuff that
is choking the seed of his word like I said
it’s a lot in the text and Jesus must have felt overwhelmed because in the
crowd he had his disciples and he needed them to take the message after he left
and then there were the people who were just coming just to see the show and
just to eat the fries and he had to separate the two out and he would often
have to pull the disciples aside and say now when I said this this is what I
meant he had to not only teach to the
crowds but he had to teach his disciples too he had to do both I relate to that
challenge because some of you in this church know so much of the Bible you
know I’m like you know Matthew 13:24 wheating the tares wow and then others
are like Matthew who is that his brother’s name what are we doing and
it’s like all over the place in terms of knowledge and just frame of reference
right but Jesus was always able to to speak to both unless they thought he
could only do one or the other he’d do stuff like this he’d say to a paralytic
friend your sins are forgiven and then when the people doubted if he
had the power to forgive sins he would tell him now get up and take up your bed
and walk the reason that he told him to get up and take up his bed and walk was
to give them a physical demonstration of his spiritual authority
so it’s demonstration and explanation and Jesus is doing both in the context of
the kingdom of God he would often have to teach this principle of the already
and not yet eschatological woo $20 word the eschatological tension of the
kingdom of God and so it simply means that some things
have already come the kingdom of God is here and then some things are still
coming isn’t it that way in our life to know that if we have trusted in Christ
we are saved we have been saved and yet we are being saved and we will be saved
because there are certain things in my life right now that God has already done
I can see the fruit of it but there are other changes that are still taking root
in my life and what I’ve noticed about this is that as my devotion to Christ
grows so do the things that distract me to try to pull me away from that pure
devotion and simple childlike faith in the grace of God and Jesus is using a
parable so he can use an earthly symbol to convey a spiritual truth he said it’s
like if a man was planting weed weeds with the plural yeah it might be legal
but it ain’t always just the best thing to do but that’s a different sermon but
he said it’s like if he was planning wheat and then somebody else planted
weeds he said I want you to know that both grow together which is symbolic of
how as the Ministry of Jesus increased so did the opposition the more that his
popularity grew the more vocal his opponents became because both grow
together in the church I grew up in Moncks Corner United Methodist Church we
used to go upstairs to the youth room Rick Burnett would lead us in praise
and worship songs like it only takes a spark to get a fire going shine Jesus
shine what was the other one he used to love so much oh I remember the other one
I’m not gonna tell you what it was I’ll tell you you know how James Taylor
sang the Carole King song you’ve got a friend he would do you’ve got a friend
but then he would go into what a friend we have in Jesus and it was like a
medley and then he would stop after he played the songs and it was only about
10 of us in the youth group but he would always say and now it’s time for praise
reports and prayer requests so it’s a bunch of teenagers right so
what you would usually happen is everybody that would raise their hand
will raise their hand and say I have an unspoken unspoken is code for it’s
probably about a girl or it’s about a guy I have an unspoken but you know
maybe every once in a while somebody would raise their hand and give a praise
report about a test that they passed or a prayer request about a test that they were
taking here’s what’s weird and I wonder if you’ve experienced this in your life is
that in our lives we will we will often see the cycle that what will be our
prayer requests in one season of our life will become our praise report in
the next season only to become our prayer requests again there’s probably a
couple in here who right now is pregnant with child and you probably prayed that
God would enable you to have a child and maybe in like 5 months 3 months 7 months
you will give birth to your prayer request you had your friends praying
probably even in a crowd this size somebody who had trouble conceiving and
maybe even through the course of many different miscarriages this may be the
third or fourth or fifth time you tried and now you’re on the way to giving
birth to what you prayed about others are still waiting for that and and and
we’re all at different places but let me tell you what’s gonna happen cuz I’ve had
she’s had three babies and you pray for it and then you have it
and you praise God for it and then you start praying about it all over again so
watch this y’all pray we’re trying to have a baby y’all pray we haven’t slept
in 34 days y’all pray our toddler is now showing some developmental delays y’all
pray we’re trying to get him into this school but we can’t get him with the
right teacher y’all pray he’s got his driver’s license
y’all better pray for yourselves as a matter of fact y’all might want to stay
off the road for the next few years y’all pray it was your prayer request
that became your praise report that turned back into your prayer request so
here’s what I’m trying to say you prayed for your problems yes you did you prayed for the promotion
on the job and the promotion came with people and people are stupid and lazy
and late and tardy you prayed for that touch somebody say you prayed for it you
asked for it don’t get mad about it now you prayed
for it you prayed for a man I heard one girl praying for a husband one time she
was praying for a future husband she had a whole list about it she was praying
she was like God I pray that he would be godly and I pray that he would be tall
but God I’d rather him be godly then tall but God if he could be both if he
could be both if he could be both it’s both you need both you need both they say in
marriage like you know don’t marry somebody you’re attracted to marry
somebody that you know loves the Lord you better be attracted to them too it
better be both no I’m for real about this most preachers won’t say these things
because they sound carnal and unspiritual but it needs to be both you
need to like to look at each other you’re gonna be looking at each other
all the time in this thing y’all can be prayer partners you don’t have to get married you
gotta have some chemistry and Christ so it goes back to the idea that humans
are always wanting to categorize and we always want to divide things you want us
to get the you want us to get the wheat separated from the weeds that’s what we
always want to do we always want to separate the good from the bad you know
we want to talk about I’m in a season of blessing right now or I’m going through
a really hard season right now let me tell you the truth all of us are going
through a season of blessing right now and all of us are going through a really
hard season right now it just depends on which angle that you catch me from as to
what season I look like I’m going through if you see me from one side from
my good side I might look like the most blessed man in the United States of
America in the continental United States of America but on the other side
I yelled at one of my kids who shall remain nameless right before I
came to preach to you but you didn’t have to see that so now I’m a man full
of the spirit and wisdom up here give him a praise let it be done receive your
rain like a flood I was coming through
like a flood but a different kind of flood just a few minutes before I got on
the stage it’s both I could preach the Bible and want to beat your behind both
in the same two-hour period in the same 120 minutes because I’m a
Pastor but I’m also a daddy and if you disrespect my wife I will turn into
something else cuz I’m a transformer I’m a gobot I’m both gotta know how to be both whoa wasn’t in my
notes but he kept trying to describe the
kingdom he said it’s like the seed was good and the weeds were bad but they
both grow together isn’t that so true they both grow together the opportunities
grow and so do the responsibilities God take me deeper in my walk with you
okay as you go deeper you’re gonna gain intimacy with Christ
and then you’re gonna also gain awareness of your ignorance because the
closer to him you get the more you’re gonna realize how much you don’t know so
it’s like I want to know you more but the more you come to know Christ the more
you’re going to know that you didn’t know him at all that’s why I liked
Ecclesiastes 11 I was reading that how Solomon had chased things that he called
vanity or meaningless it was like the sense that in the context of having success
and fulfillment if you have one without the other it’s problematic what you really
want is both see like if you have success but not fulfillment or wholeness
that will feel to you like the ultimate failure because to chase what you
thought you wanted and to get it and it didn’t do what you needed done makes
you feel like well what do I do now that’s the point that he was writing
from where he said that there are certain things that you just don’t know
and he mentions two things in Ecclesiastes 11 because all of us
struggle from time to time when we are sowing when we are investing when we are
living our lives and doing the things that we believe that God has called us
to do without knowing whether it’s making a difference at all there’s so
much you don’t know Solomon says if you if you watch the wind to see if it’s
blowing right you will never sow and if you watch the clouds to see if it’s dry
enough you will never reap your mind will always find an excuse for
you will always find a reason will always find an indication that this is
not the right time and so Salomon is giving advice he’s saying just like you
don’t know how the breath enters the bones of a woman in the womb now granted
we have ultrasounds now but it still it’s still true to be said today that there
is a part of the process of human life that we can’t put on a sonogram there’s a part of it
he says there’s the bones and then there’s the spirit or the breath Hebrew
word ruach it’s the same way that God breathed it’s it’s the Spirit of God the
ruach of God in the Old Testament he said there’s the bones and there’s the breath
there’s the structure and there’s the spirit and if you have structure but not
spirit you don’t have life if you have spirit but you don’t have structure you
don’t have life in a few weeks I’m going to be teaching our staff on our annual
staff advance and I’m doing a whole session just around this verse for
leadership because in church you can pray for the Spirit of God to come but
if you don’t have structure if you don’t have any capacity to manage what God
brings you it will simply be irresponsibility and wishful thinking on
the other hand you can have organizational charts and resources and
all of the things that would tend to make people think you are successful but
without the Spirit just without that thing that only God can do can I tell
you something I can get up here with an outline and an outfit and think that I
have something to say but there’s a part of me that knows because I’ve been doing
this for 14 years now on this stage well not this one we had different buildings
but at this church as the pastor and there is a certain thing that God has to
do that I can’t do and I don’t always know what he’s going to do so there’s a
part of me that came today excited to preach to you because I
had a structure I have some scriptures but there’s a part of me that knows that
God if you don’t blow on this if you don’t breathe on this if you don’t do
that thing that you do that I can’t do if you don’t tear open somebody’s facade
and speak down deep in the places of their heart then I’ll just be a clanging
cymbal I’ll just lose my voice but I won’t say
anything God I need you to breathe on my life I
need you to breathe peace I need you to breathe joy cause God I can get a big
house a nice car the right clothes and a lot of people but if you don’t breathe I
won’t be fulfilled if you don’t do it it won’t be done I need both I need the
bones and the breath I need the structure and the spirit I
need I mean here’s what I love about it I need the friends and the enemies I need
both I was amazed how Jesus when he was putting together his kingdom Dream Team
knew that one of them was a devil and kept him anyway John I understand the
disciple that Jesus loved at least that’s what he put in his own bio of course you chose John he’s gonna take
care of your mama when you’re gone and of course he chose Judas because Judas
was the one who got him to the cross where he paid the price that he came to
pay you need both you need wheat and weeds and if you try to pull them up if you try to
get the stuff out of your life that you don’t like you’ll tear out the wheat the
substance you’ll tear out the thing that God is growing because see what would
happen if you planted this particular type of weed or some versions call it
the tares the wheat and the tares it looked the same on the surface
but but but where it was really difficult was underground where the
tares would intermingle with the wheat and the root systems would get
intertwined and sometimes what God is doing in your life beneath the surface
the pain is intertwined with the purpose you hear me
the thing that you don’t like about yourself is sometimes the thing that God
is using and we ask God to use us and we ask God to do his will in our lives
unless we don’t like it and then we want to root that out and so then it’s like
well God I want you to do this but not that and what Solomon said is what Jesus
said you don’t know which one is which and so we have to be very careful when
we are trying to do our own gardening because I don’t know about you but I am
not a horticulturist I don’t have a lot of agriculture experience I was
preparing this message and I had this weird memory of being a little boy and
my mom had this little flower bed outside our house and one day I decided
to be helpful and I came back to the door and I was so proud I was like mom
and I had my hands full and I said I got all the weeds out of your flowerbed and
she looked like she wanted to slap me but she restrained herself she said
those were the flowers but I didn’t know the difference because I was too
immature to know the difference and sometimes we are spiritually immature
and we are running from things and removing things and resisting things and
in the process of trying to pluck out the weeds you’re removing the wheat if God answered every prayer you prayed
right now I’m sorry Bruce Almighty was a pretty good movie it would screw up the
universe it would ruin your training look can I teach a little bit all right
so I use to not be able to do a pull-up I’m not gonna lie to you I was
22 years old and I had never done a pull-up in my
life so I start training to do pull-ups and I could do some pull-ups
one day this guy told me that I had to do not only pull-ups which was a feat of
accomplishment for me that I worked my whole life toward to this point a
culmination of my entire life’s effort in the realm of exercise he’s like now I
need you to do a negative I said what’s a negative he said well there’s two
parts to every rep there’s when you’re going up and there’s when you’re coming
down but there’s just as much benefit in coming down as there is in coming up I’m gonna give you seven seconds because
if that hits you right you will start to see that the things in your life right
now that you perceive as negative might be a crucial function in building your
strength and your stamina and your hope there are some things about God that you
can only learn going down ask Peter beginning to sink when he felt
the grip of the grace of God through the hands of Jesus of Nazareth and he said
now I know that you’re Lord it’s the blessing of both and you don’t know
touch somebody say you don’t know you don’t know the difference between wheat
and weed you can’t do the angels job let God sort that out I heard the Lord say
keep sowing and stop sorting sorting keep sowing and stop sorting stop
judging the experience the moment it happens give it some time to see what it
is as a matter of fact I don’t know if you have experienced this but some of my
successes have been the fruit of my failures some of the things that have
produced the most in my life were the things that honestly at the time I was
the most embarrassed about some of the things that have actually I know that
most of you in this church know the song o come to the altar the song that almost
never was there were 12 versions of that song all of them sucked
all right write this down you want a deep revelation success starts with
sucks he said sow it in the morning sow it in
the evening because you don’t know seeds can be deceiving seeds can look awfully
small seeds can look impotent and they may be dormant for a while and when you
sow them they go away for a little while but they didn’t go to die
they went to multiply some of the things in your life that you said goodbye to
you need to say see you later I’m expecting you to come back up again cuz
I believe in resurrection mmm the blessing of both both I need both in my
life Paul needed both I guess I do too Paul had this thing he called a thorn
and he kept trying to weed it out asked God three times take it away now if
you’ve ever asked God to take something away that’s fine but if he doesn’t do it
leave it alone and here’s why you can leave it alone because the presence of
weeds will not cancel out the power of the wheat what is supposed to grow will
grow leave it alone for a little while and see what it becomes see if it will
be the fruit this this failure that you’re processing right now some of you
started the business you did the thing you took the step and you made a mess
out of it see if maybe that might that might be the seed of something that
becomes something that people will celebrate in the future and you will
know and God will know that you almost gave up and the enemy was there telling
you stop sowing it’s not working but you kept sewing and you sowed in the morning
and you sowed in the evening and you loved anyway and you forgave anyway and
you showed up anyway and you did it anyway and you memorized the scripture
and quoted it anyway even though it wasn’t happening in your life but you
kept quoting it and you kept sowing and you didn’t try to sort it out and you
didn’t try to root it up and you didn’t get impatient
and immature but you waited for the will of God to come to pass in your life don’t
you ever stop sewing cuz you don’t know Solomon said you don’t know the way that
the breath enters the bones and you don’t know the way God works either you
don’t know we don’t know which sermons God’s gonna use to touch people
didn’t you ever preach one you hated and then everybody wanted to talk about
it for the next year and you preached one you loved and nobody ever remembered it
it’ll make you mad but that’s how the breath operates so you’ll be reminded
that you need the Spirit of God not just structure and skill and some things in
your life it’s gonna surprise you because you don’t know
he said one might work and one might not or both might do equally well in fact he
said in the ESV both may be good now that made me think of Joseph naturally
Old Testament Joseph with the coat Joseph the coat that got him beat up the
coat that got him thrown in a pit the coat that represented the favor of his
father the coat that was kind of loud and obnoxious but he wore it anyway the
coat that let him know he was chosen even if people didn’t like him remember
you need both everybody’s not supposed to like you if everybody likes you you
are doing nothing if everybody likes you you stand for nothing if everybody
agrees with you you are saying nothing you don’t need everybody to like you
this is spoken like a true prophet now because one time I was going through
some criticism and I asked God to make it stop he said well if I stop that then
I got to stop the blessing that created the criticism to begin with because both
grow together both grow together oh I want to be used by God and I want
everybody to agree with all of my decisions and validate my existence both
grow together and so when Joseph did get pushed in a pit it was no surprise to me
that the Ishmaelite caravan was the one that picked him up it didn’t surprise me
at all because that’s just like God he always uses both Ishmael was the son
that Abraham had doing it his own way Isaac was the one that he had doing it
God’s Way but guess which one got used guess which
one got used both you mean God will use my mistakes to bring about a deliverance
in my future you mean God will use the dumb thing I did I’m saying absolutely
if he’s sovereign he will if it’s his field if it’s his harvest if it’s his
job to superintend your life even the Ishmaelites served a purpose when
David slept with Bathsheba after the child died the next son he had was named
Solomon who was the wisest man who ever lived who wrote Ecclesiastes 11 his
dumbest decision led to the world’s greatest wisdom i’ma try i’ma try
because I saw it in my mind like this I saw that God is using both in your life
right now he’s using both so when Joseph gets thrown in prison it’s not good but
God uses that to introduce him to somebody who is going to bring him
before Pharaoh when he comes before Pharaoh Pharaoh was telling him about a
dream that means there’s going to be a famine in the land
well the famine isn’t good but God is using the famine to create a position of
favor for his people now when they finally got there Joseph is standing
before his brothers and he has a revelation that everything that has
happened in his life wasn’t good but everything that happened in his life has
been held in the hand of God so God wasn’t just using the stuff that felt
good to you not just the stuff that you praised him for not just the stuff that
you thanked him for Paul finally came to the point where he said I learned to
thank God for my thorn I learned to thank him for the things that he is
using that I did not choose for myself the things that he is using
that tormented me at one time but the tormentor was my mentor that transformed
me into who I needed to be so that I would rely on the grace of God it’s the
blessing of both it’s both so when Joseph said you meant it to harm me but
God meant it for good he’s not speaking out of both sides of his mouth it’s both
they meant it but God used it God is going to use both I promise you he is I
promise you he is that’s what the cross represents after all it’s two beams one
vertical that’s you and God one horizontal that’s you and people it’s both
love the Lord your God with all your heart soul mind strength love your
neighbor as yourself it’s both it’s not one or the other it’s both I praise God
when I feel it I praise God when I don’t feel it I praise God when I sense him I
praise him when it’s so distant that I wonder sometimes is any of this even
real I praise him in the good times I praise Him in the bad times I praise Him
when he does what I asked I praise Him when he runs a little late to Lazarus
funeral because I know even on the fourth day he can say something and Joseph said oh it’s both it’s pain and
purpose it’s both and we keep waiting to this day when everything in our life
will be stable and all of our relationships will be harmonious and God
said I need you to learn how to celebrate the wheat even while you’re
looking at the weeds even the enemy serves a purpose even the devil works
for God the devil is not in charge of what happens in my life God doesn’t do
everything that happens to me but he uses everything that happens to me there
is nothing that is happening in your life that will not have to pass through
the hand of God by the time it’s said and done and so I saw this picture that
really moved me of how Joseph’s father Jacob at the end of his life was sitting
on his deathbed and Jacob was an interesting character because he had two
names Jacob deceiver Israel Prince which one was he if you’ll be really honest you’re both
too so please don’t judge people just because their shortcomings are exposed
if it weren’t for the grace of God who knows where you would be come on how
many know what you’re capable of I didn’t have a problem I didn’t have a
problem preaching in that prison the other day because I’m not in that same
situation but I could be there’s nothing better about me than anybody that I was
preaching to it wasn’t a problem for me to preach it’s the power of both it’s
the blessing of both and when Jacob was about to die Joseph wanted to get his
kids in front of Jacob so that they could be blessed and he brought these
two sons that he had in Egypt the oldest one was named Manasseh the younger one
was named Ephraim and they sat on Jacobs knees for a minute
Jacob couldn’t see very well and after all that Joseph has been through God has
blessed them anyway these two sons have significant names Manasseh means to
forget because he said I’m going to forget the shame and the pain of Egypt
God has made me forget and then Ephraim means fruitful isn’t that beautiful how God can
produce fruit in even the hardest and worst situations well anyway when Jacob
was sitting up to bless the boys he did something weird now I want to show you
this real quick I don’t know who this is for but in
Genesis 48:13 you got it 48:13 please it said and Joseph took
them he took both of them Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand and
Manasseh in his left hand God’s gonna bless both and he brought them near him
next verse and Israel stretched out his right hand laid it on the head of
Ephraim who was the younger and his left hand on the head of Manasseh crossing
his hands for Manasseh was the firstborn now understand when he did that it broke
every protocol and violated every expectation because he was supposed to
bless the oldest one first but God doesn’t do things the way we think that
he should do things and we don’t get what we deserve from God we get so much
more we get His grace and His mercy and when he when he crossed his hands over
to bless the younger one first do any of you know that God has blessed you in
ways that you don’t deserve and didn’t earn and there’s no way in the world you
could have built a resume to afford it so when he did it Joseph got really
upset it said when Joseph saw verse 17 that his father laid his right hand on
the head of Ephraim it displeased him and he took his father’s hand to move it
from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head watch the next verse and Joseph said to
his father not this way my father this was the first born you know I know
you’re getting old and you can’t you you used to do this when you’re a little kid
you’ve been trying to switch things up your whole life but put your right hand
on his head watch the next verse but his father refused and said I know my son I
know he shall also become a people he shall also be great in other words he
said I’m gonna bless both you know why I don’t ever have to be jealous of anybody
else’s life you know why I don’t ever have to worry about comparing myself to what
God does for somebody else because God is big enough to bless both of us when
you know that come on when you know that this is the blessing of both to know
that what I call good what I call bad God is going to bless both don’t you go
trying to pluck stuff yourself that’s above your paygrade don’t you go on a
self-improvement project without God’s help you’ll mess up the masterpiece God
said it’s all working together for the good I’m gonna bless both they were
singing a minute ago come here Tiff she was singing you never
lost a battle you never lost a battle I felt that when we were writing that
song I felt it she was we were just singing that you never lost a battle
and we just started singing that oh man I was like yes Lord the church is gonna
want to sing this come here come here and then I was like keep singing it but then
I was like Chris why don’t you uh why don’t you help her and then she sang it
I said what if they what if they both what if they both
what if they both yeah what if they both what if what if it was both
what if it was both what if Paul and Silas start praising God together what
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100 thoughts on “The Blessing Of Both | Elevation Church | Pastor Steven Furtick

  1. How has this sermon shifted your perspective on the cycle of prayer requests and praise reports? ^EC Team

  2. Oh, Lord, is this something that you wanted me to hear??? Jesus! What an interesting word, but so hard to take it for yourself when you're not sure!

  3. If everybody likes you, you are doing nothing! If everybody likes you, you stand for nothing! If everybody agrees with you, you are saying nothing!

  4. Funny…have to mention Gateway (Pastor Robert) preached a very similar message about Sorrow and Joy both are necessary. Also funny …. God speaks to both baby boomers (Gateway) and millennial's (Elavation) We Need BOTH!! #jusayin

  5. Your best sermon by far. This sermon was for me. Keep it coming Pastor. God bless all the way from England ❤

  6. God will use both.. ooooh.. Yeah.

    "The tormentor was a mentor that transformed me into who I needed to be so that I would rely on the blessings of God!" WOW.. That's so good.

  7. This guy is a pastor? Looking like Drake and I'm detecting a LOT of pride in his spirit, not humility. Also look at his appearance, outward not inwardly focused, much like a Fig tree out of season

    Can't believe this. A Lie of Satan. If this was our church this guy would never see the light of day on the paupit.

  8. This sermon told me that my feelings are not the litmus test of whether I'm growing in my faith. The cycle is. (Thank you all for this – you don't know how this has encouraged me.)

  9. I’m so glad I found this Pastor a few months ago! I’ve never learned as much as I have listening to him and following scripture. God bless you Pastor Steven Furtick !

  10. Nice sermon .. I have a prayer request… Can elevation Church please pray… For a miracle for me… The prayer request is… That more people in Louisiana would donate land to habitat for humanity… That are closer by bus stops baby yards with a lot of trees … That's in a very nice areas… I seen habitat houses in rough areas … And it seem like some people are buying up all commercial lands so nobody else gets it… But that's not fair….. Some of that needs to be donated to low-income families.. or middle-class families… Every time I see them build houses in Louisiana…They've always putting a really expensive houses in nice areas…. But we need habitat houses in nice areas to… Quote we need both… So I'll children can grow up in better communities…. Hopeful… This prayer request will get answered.. thank you…..

  11. Jesus is BOTH. Both man and God. Perfect man and Perfect God. He showed us how to live life perfectly on Earth with God in our hearts then died the perfect death so God could be reunited with man. He was tempted in all ways as a man AND Yet without sin because He is God. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” The pain of humanity coupled with the humbleness and obedience of divinity, BOTH were used to fulfill the purpose of God in ensuring salvation for us all. True blessing of both is found in Christ and He tells us to live the same way. God bless you Pastor! This is profound and life changing. May God continue to bless and elevate this ministry and its impact!

  12. Thank you Pastor Steven..
    The message is 👌 i real need both Amen.. 💞💞💞 more grace to ur ministry Pastor

  13. Furtick and his cult glamorize the mark of the beast and show theirs off like it's a royal crown.

  14. I really appreciate your feedings from the word.
    “The power of Both” reminds me of the most amazing pastor that saved my life. He retired 4 yrs ago and I have been searching ever since to find another pastor to feed me. You do.
    I called Pastor Kent the “Spin Doctor of Scripture”
    His sermons contained both the Old Testament with the New Testament. At end of the Sermon, it became evident how the Bible is woven together and in its entirety it is a beautiful and masterful tapestry.
    The Old Testament came to fruition in the New Testament when God became man and fulfilled the Prophesies.
    Both are important and become so significant when both are looked at together in the same message.
    I thank God for you. I pray that I can find a church that I can physically go to and be fed in the same way.
    I have a prayer request that the Lord would lead me to such a church. More importantly that he would lead me to a church that is his will for me.
    God, Lord my Savior, thank you for answered prayer.

  15. wow…going down has the same effect in building muscles or skills as going up..this sentence touched me..wow..thank you for making me see life in a more brighter way and strengthening me through your preaches!!!! God bless you and your family and your church and your community <3 <3 <3

  16. This was a great sermon Pastor Steven! Continue to let God use you. Your sermons all Always on time !

  17. Furtick you did it again. That was so good the good and the bad will be blessed Amen in Jesus mighty name

  18. that was great and God bless you Pastor Steven, may be one day i will get to see preaching a crusade in Haiti, this nation needs a lot great preachers like you.

  19. I always want to say "How in the world is this so good!?"
    But God. It's all a word, His Word. Thank you for staying in His presence P. Furtick.

  20. 26:30 Sometimes we are spiritually immature to know the difference between wheat and weeds
    I don't know the difference between wheat and weed
    34:50 David's dumbest decision led to the world's greatest wisdom
    God doesn't do everything that happens to me, but he uses everything that happens to me
    Gen 48 13
    God is big enough to bless both of us

  21. Please can someone tell me the name of the song they sing at the end with the lyrics “you never lost a battle”. Thank you!

  22. I rest assured in knowing that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28.

  23. The story of the wheat and the tares is not about dealing with adversity or trials in our lives! This is a twisted, misrepresentation of scripture. It's just another way to use Jesus' word to make a buck and give "hope" to people for your self-help, I-can-do-it sermon series. The truth: the wheat and the tares is a story about the church! Though they look the same, they aren't! Some of what's growing in the MASTER's field isn't good! It looks good and it seems good, but it's not! But Jesus, the MASTER in the story, will allow both to remain until his return.

    Be careful who and what you listen to. These false-teaching, fake doctrines, all-about-you churches are TARES!

  24. Hopefully y'all know this guy is a clown from hell, money grubbing smart clown if u consider that smart. But don't know how y'all take him serious. Not saying he's not changing people's life for the better but his doctrine is wrong, preaching out of a invalid Bible…and good Lord at his wardrobe. Bless him Lord

  25. Yes GOD!!" touch/breathe"on this! Lead me in the way you want me to be. #BREATHEonME.#Structure&Spirit#Blessingsonboth#Praisehimingoodorbadtimes🙌💃🙏

  26. Powerful message Steven, I never knew that Good and Bad can be as Good and Bad as this, everyday people are continuously trying to fix people and forcing God to act in a certain way but God uses the Good the Bad and the Ugly to bring a dream to pass

  27. 18 Days till prayer challenge begins. I would like to issue a simple challenge to the body of Christ. Will you pray with me everyday during the month of September? Why September you ask. Because it’s the month of preparation for the fall feasts and our Jewish family is praying and preparing their hearts (time of repentance and drawing close to God) during the month. Did you know the shofar trumpet is blown every morning (except on Shabbat) during the month of Elul? How powerful could the month of September be if while some of the family are preparing their hearts for their appointed meeting times, we too are preparing our hearts for our meeting in the air!

    Many of us believe that we are taken before God’s focus is returned back to Israel therefore many of us are praying for a final revival before that moment. I believe in the power of numbers if all of us, with intention and collectively, pray that we can see the Holy Spirit move in a powerful way during this precious month and for Christ’s return.

    I know we pray all year round but let’s set a goal to pray for the salvation of Israel and the rapture of the Church for 30 days during September 2019. I was inspired to look for some shofar trumpet sounds to play in the mornings (not required!) and was surprised at the collection available. It’s a fun thought that trumpets for the Lord could be sounding off all around the world every day for 30 days. Anyway, I hope you will join me in prayer in September and feel free to mention your prayer requests. If you want to help please copy and share this request or make your own and help get the word out for a month of prayer in September! Blessings all around sweet family!

  28. The sermon was truly amazing I can't explain how much these words and the power of God through them have touched my life. Wow! All I can say is wow. The power of both God can truly use all things for his glory and for our good.

  29. This was an amazing sermon, the Lord really spoke to me this is exactly what I am dealinh with in my life right now!!That song at the end is so good, Tiffany and Paul are amazing singers. Thank you what you for doing God's work

  30. This was amazing, I had so many emotions run through my body giving me goosebumps on my arms and through the back of my spine. Jesus Christ thank you for Pastor Steven without this community my soul would be running with no end. Jesus Lord Amen 🙌🏽

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