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Steven Furtick - From What If To What Is

Steven Furtick - From What If To What Is

Today, I want to have a conversation with you about a conversation God had with Moses in Exodus, chapter 4. You know what? I just have to jump in right here. I was going to back up and catch a little bit of chapter 3, but I want to be a little bit conscious of the time. I don't want to be obsessed with it, but there are parking issues at Ballantyne sometimes. I got long-winded during COVID, and I never fixed it. So y'all can pray that the Lord would help me get back to these 40-minute, 30-minute messages. For the sake of time, let's jump into Exodus 4, verse 1. "Moses answered, 'What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, "The Lord did not appear to you"?' Then the Lord said to him, 'What is that in your hand?' 'A staff,' he replied. The Lord said, 'Throw it on the ground.' Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it".

Because that's what you do, no matter how much faith you have. Some stuff you should run from. Boom! Whole sermon. Go home. See you. Be blessed. Some stuff you should run from. But then in the most counterintuitive way, the Lord said in verse 4, "Reach out your hand and take it by the tail". So, reach for what you were just running from. "So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. 'This,' said the Lord, 'is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.'" Give me my two key verses on this big screen real quick, and let's work on this for a moment…verses 1 and 2. "Moses answered, 'What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, "The Lord did not appear to you"?' Then the Lord said to him, 'What is that in your hand?' 'A staff,' he replied".

We're going to work on this a little bit today. I want to talk about From What If to What Is. We're going to go on a little journey today from what if to what is. Spirit of God, have your way. In Jesus' name, amen. The Lord said we're going to deal with the spirit of what if that has been making you an insomniac, that spirit of what if that has been running the show in your imagination. The Lord said we're going to deal with it today in the Word of God. I confess to you that I am a world-class "What-iffer".

In the beginning of this ministry, it worked for me to say, "Man, what if we started a church in Charlotte? What if by faith we launched a worship ministry? What if we did a second campus? What if we did a third? What if we did a fourth? What if we dropped eggs out of a helicopter on Easter? What if? What if we baptized people and had bathing suits and toothbrushes and toothpaste and sports bras so they had no excuse, and we called on them and said, 'Get baptized right now. Not after 17 weeks of class, not after you memorize Augustine and Spurgeon, and not after you can quote the book of Romans, but right now get up here and get baptized'? What if"? What if you just did it? What if you just got up today and gave your life to Christ? What if you just raised your hand in the middle of the prayer they pray at the end and said, "I'm coming just as I am"? What if?

It's kind of a recklessness that can serve you well in certain seasons before you know all of the reasons to answer "What if…"? with a whole lot of why nots. I now find that what if is a weapon the Devil uses to keep me from doing things I know good and well in my spirit God has called me to do. So, for the five people who are like me in church today, and this what if thing has been really grinding in your mind, we are going to have a talk, just me and the crazy people. The rest of you will have more Bible verses by which you can pray for us when we're finished with this 22-minute sermon. I went all the way back to the book of Exodus and introduced this character named Moses to talk about what to do with the "what ifs".

Just so I can see if I heard from the Lord or if I was offtrack this week when I was praying, how many of y'all have been wrestling with some "what if" scenarios that have been messing with you, and how many of you feel like it's getting worse the older you get? Moses said, "What if they don't believe me"? and he had good reason to ask that, because chances were they wouldn't. God just appeared to him in a bush and said, "I want you to go tell the most powerful person on the face of the earth, the pharaoh of Egypt, to let my people go and to release his entire slave labor, which will decimate his economy. By the way, while you're at it, do it at age 80". Moses said, "What if it doesn't work"? I get it, because it probably won't. I mean by human standards. This is not going to work. So what if?

Now, Holly is a great… I'm going to just say this. She's the best person I know. For real. She's less petty than me. She has more energy than me. She's definitely more optimistic than me. When we were going on our twenty-year trip… We went to Northern California. She was like, "Can we just make a rule before we go on this trip that whatever happens, we'll just make it a part of the journey and you won't freak out too much"? Our whole trip was to go drive the PCH and get out there and see stuff. She's like, "We're probably going to get lost, and I need you to commit to me, before we buy these plane tickets, that that's going to be okay. We'll just be lost together, and that'll be part of the day that we got lost. It'll be part of the story later that we got lost".

"Yeah, but what if…? What if we get where there's no cell signal? What if we can't get un-lost? What if we starve out there? Did you see that movie Wild with Reese Witherspoon where she got out there? What if my feet get banged up in my shoes, and what if I can't walk? What if you have to carry me out, and what if you're not able to do that? What if you get a hernia trying to carry me out, and then we'll have to tell the whole church that you're the new pastor, but you have to pastor with a hernia? What if…"? She's like, "Can we just go, and we'll figure that out"?

It's horrible. I can't even let my phone get below 80 percent. I have issues. I always pray before I preach, "God, help me tell them enough where I can be relatable, but not so much that they become distracted by how ridiculous I am and can't receive the word I'm going to preach". You know, you read about Moses, and you hear about the great things he did. I want to take this apart for just a moment today. God has been speaking to Moses for an entire chapter of Scripture about all of the awesome things he will do…not Moses, but God. He said, "I have seen the misery of my people. I have heard their cries, and I will compel Pharaoh to let them go. If he doesn't let them go, I'll put a plague on him. If he still doesn't let them go, I'll put another plague on him. And if he still doesn't let them go, I have more plagues than Pharaoh has patience. I'll kill everything that matters to him until what matters to me is accomplished. I will do it".

So, Moses is like, "All right. Well, who are you? We haven't heard about you much since Jacob and Joseph and since a Pharaoh died who didn't know who you were and the Pharaoh who rose now doesn't really understand who you are". God said, "I Am That I Am". "That you are"? "That I am". This is an amazing conversation. You have Moses, who's 80, hearing from a God who's eternal about something God has seen that he has promised to do that he will do. Not might do. Not thinking about doing. Not flipping coins. He's going to do it. I'm not talking about somebody you work with. I'm talking about somebody who started this whole thing called the human experience, who speaks into what he started to tell you what he intends to do. Moses is like, "Cool. But what if…"?

I want you to notice something very key. He doesn't really doubt God. Verse 1: "Moses answered, 'What if they do not believe me or listen to me and [what if they] say, "The Lord did not appear to you"?'" Moses is so good, because Moses didn't say, "What if you can't do it? What if you aren't great? What if you run out of plagues? What if you run out of strength"? No. It's not about Moses' doubt directed toward God. He said, "What if they…"? Now, as I was studying this text, it was very interesting to me that Moses is afraid of the Israelites, and he is called to deliver the Israelites. He said, "What if they…"? Who are they? The Hebrews. Who is he afraid of? The Hebrews. Who is he supposed to help? The Hebrews. Who is he delivering? The Hebrews. Who does he doubt? The Hebrews.

Isn't it interesting how the thing you're most afraid of can be a clue to the thing you're assigned to? Think about it. The deepest insecurity in your life reveals something about the assignment God has given you. The thing the Enemy resists most about you is often the greatest thing God has put inside of you. He said, "What if they…"? This is the crazy part about life. Not wondering about "What if God can't"? or "What if God won't"? but "What if they don't"? "What if the thing you're speaking to me about doesn't want to hear what I have to say? What if the thing you're calling me to…"?

Now, this is something I've come to believe: when God calls you to something, he sees everything about it at the moment he's speaking to you about it. So, there is nothing God did not see about you when he spoke to you. There is nothing God does not know about you when he placed you where he put you to do what he called you to do. So, when we doubt our capacity to do what God called us to do, it is not us we doubt, but it is God who made us and placed us who we doubt. But we don't want to say we doubt God, so we say, "What if they…? What if I can't do it"? But it's not really me I'm doubting, because I didn't manufacture me. If I really, for one moment, believed God made me how he wanted me, gave me what he wanted, did inside of me what he wanted to do inside of me, put me where I needed to be, planted me by where I needed to be planted by… If I believed that for one moment, it would kill my what if before it got out of my mouth.

Any view of God's sovereignty that does not make room for your struggle is a false claim. Any view of God's will that is not wide enough to accommodate your mistakes is too narrow. Any belief about God you have that is not big enough to take into account all of the flaws inside of yourself is too small. At certain times, asking "What if…"? can be productive, but then it gets past the point where you're making plans. I mean, there are good things. I'll just break it down real quick. Before I come out, I have a whole check. "What if my zipper is down? Okay. Let me check that". You know, I have my undershirt, so I put my hands up. I don't want anything to be showing that's not supposed to be showing. You came here to see the Lord's glory…not to see anything else other than the Lord. So, I have to get this down. Okay. What if my mic isn't on? Okay, okay. I have to turn it on. What if…?

But then it comes to a point where I stop solving problems and start shrinking God. I get caught up in my what if. "What if I get up to preach this and they don't like it? What if I get up to preach it and it doesn't go well? What if I get up there to preach it and forget what I'm supposed to say"? It takes faith for me to preach how I preach, because I don't look at notes. I mean, I guess I could. I don't think the Lord would strike me with anything if I looked at notes. I don't think it's bad to look at notes, but I want to be in the moment with you, and I want to see what God has to say. It takes faith, because what if I forget? What if I get to a point and I can't even remember if I'm preaching on Moses or Abraham? What if I say something in this sermon, and they clip it and put it online and take it out of context and make me look like I said something I never said before? Oh, that would never happen. That doesn't happen.

Now I have to get up here and think about not only what I'm going to say. It's not only "What if I don't hear from God and say it to you"? It's "What if I hear from God, I say it, somebody takes what I said, puts it where I didn't say it, and says something around it I didn't say"? It's enough to make you want to stay back there and suck your thumb and sing "Way Maker" by yourself. But I have to get through the what if so I can get to what is. And what is today…let me remind you…is somebody is here who is going to hell if they don't give their life to Jesus. Somebody is in here who is living in hell, and they have given their life to Jesus. Somebody is in here today who doesn't really feel like going on next week, and their life might be on the line. So, the big question isn't "What if I got up here and preached and said something wrong"?

It's…What if I didn't give you what God gave me and you didn't make it because I didn't show up? It's not really "Well, what if I do it and fail"? That's what God gave you grace for to begin with! That's not the real fear. See, the real fear isn't "What if I fail"? It's "What if I'm not enough to recover"? "What if they…" The moment Moses said they, he was in trouble. There are a few things in life you can't control. The weather is one. Just put your hand on the shoulder of the person next to you real quick. That's another one. Uh-huh. Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm. But you had faith to drive here. You had faith to drive here with all of the bad drivers you passed on the way here. No, not you…the other drivers. That's what you tell your kids when they're learning to drive. "It's not you I'm worried about; it's the other…"

You know good and well it is they who have no business driving. But I want you to think with me. "What if…"? is a game you can't just play a little bit. Once you start playing the "What if…"? game… I mean, you get in that, you know… Let me think of one from your life this week. Okay, I've got one. You text somebody. They start texting back, and you see bubbles. The bubbles go away. "What happened? Are they mad at me"? You go back and read the text. You start looking. "Maybe I should have put a heart after the text". Then you start sending a follow-up text to make sure, and you start layering it. "Lol. Ha-ha". "Do they hate me? I think they hate me. What if they hate me? What if they never text me back? What if nobody ever texts me back? What if I die alone right here in this…"?

It has been three minutes. It has been five minutes. The more you love something, the more opportunity the Enemy has to get in it and make you afraid about it. Every parent, wave at me. This is why at some point we have to give our kids to God. No, no. I know. You have seven steps to raising a world-changer. I want you to do all of it. I promise you. I think all the time about what experiences I want to give my kids, how I want them to talk about me…not when I'm dead, but when they're a little bit older. When I'm dead, I don't care. I'm gone. Even more than what I want them to say about me, I think about what I want them to see in me that they can emulate later in their life when they have their own struggles.

The other day, I was parenting one of them, and the thought came to my mind, "What if you're being too easy on them? You need to prepare them. The world is hard. If you don't come down on them, a prison warden is going to one day". Like, is it really this serious? A prison warden? Yeah, because my mind, I promise you… It's that quick too. My kid is not doing their homework…they're in prison, all in the space of three seconds. I don't take long. So I went in and corrected them. I left, and the same voice that said to me, "What if you're too easy on them?" said, "What if you were just too hard on them? What if you just scarred them for life? They're not going to be emotionally available to their own children one day".

The other day, Elijah was going fishing, and I was like, "I never taught him to fish. Now his friends are having to teach him to fish because his dad didn't teach him to fish. What if he finds comfort in the wrong friends? What if those same friends who introduced him to fishing introduce him to hard drugs"? What happened just now that my kid went fishing…? "What if the same way the hook was in that fish's mouth… What if there's a hook from the Enemy in my child's…"? Why? He's fishing. He's happy. Pray for me. It happens that fast. "What if…what if…what if you said too much in your sermon today? What if you didn't say enough? What if you're messing up"?

What if God is bigger than any of the things you just listed? What if Moses, the man who God called to deliver his people, is a murderer who has been a fugitive for 40 years? What if God picks that guy? You know how you can tell if you have what it takes to do what God called you to do? If he called you to do it, you have what it takes! "I don't know. It's kind of iffy". It's not iffy! You're iffy. God is not iffy. Let me tell you why God chose you. He had no other options. Yeah, God was scraping the bottom of the barrel. He said, "Whom shall I send, and who shall go for us? I guess Eric will do". You are shrinking God to the size of the scenario you can understand. Watch God. Moses says, "What if they won't listen to me"? and God says, "What is that in your hand"?

Now, this is what got my attention in the text. Moses says, "What if…"? God doesn't answer him, because they're not going to listen to him, because they're rebellious, because they're stubborn. Now, here's what God will not do when you start worrying. He will not calm you down by saying, "Oh, nothing bad is ever going to happen. That's not going to happen. Just trust in me. Nothing bad is ever going to happen. You're going to go to the right place. You're going to meet the right people. You're never going to get it wrong. You're never going to make any bad decisions. There are always going to be angels clearing out a parking space so that you will never have to walk, even when you go to the gym to exercise". God is good. This is the lesson. Moses said, "What if they don't believe me or listen to me?" and then the Lord said to him, "What is that in your hand"?

So, here's what the Lord will do to help you break this cycle, if you will let him. If you want to stay in what if, you will wander in the wilderness. If you want to say, "What if…"? hypothetical scenarios will have hypothetical baby scenarios, and you'll have hypothetical baby, grandbaby, grandbaby, grandbaby, grandchildren scenarios. But God moves Moses from what if to what is. Isn't that good? God gave it to me just that simple this week. He said, "I want to move you from what if to what is". None of your stress is in the present moment. Moses is having a conversation with God, and he's thinking about people. He's already playing out why this is not going to work.

Some of you are in church already thinking about what comes after this today. It's fine. I'm not here to rebuke you for that. I'd be doing the same thing. I already told you I'd be wondering, "Is that his color? Does that really match his skin tone"? I'd be thinking a thousand things if I were you. But you are not going to receive what you could receive if you will not be fully where you are. Moses is in Midian. He is in Midian because he made a mistake. He made a mistake by killing an Egyptian for beating a Hebrew. It was an honest mistake. He had a passion in his heart. He had a calling in his life, but he had to flee when he was found out. He has been hiding for 40 years, and God shows up one day and tells him, "You're going to do something great now. It's time. I want to use you now. It's you". Moses said, "What if they…?" and God said, "What is that"?

I love it. It's two mentalities contrasted: your mentality (what if) and God's mentality (what is). God will bring you back to what is when you find yourself lost in what if. A couple of months ago, my nephews and nieces came over, and they taught me a game. We were swimming in the pool, and they took a watermelon, and they put Vaseline all over the watermelon. They said, "The object of the game is to get the watermelon with Vaseline on it from one end of the pool to the other. We're going to do it in the deep end, and everybody in the pool can try to stop you on the other team, and then you can pass it to your teammate". That's about what it feels like to try to get a word from God about your life and then navigate the deep waters of your real-life experience.

Have you ever felt like you're holding on to something that's slippery by design? Look. The watermelon was already heavy when I was trying to swim with it. I don't need it to be heavy and slippery, and I certainly don't need people clawing and scratching and climbing on my back, trying to drown me. This is not a game anymore. This is a lawsuit. I think like that too. I know they're my relatives, but that doesn't mean they won't sue me. "I need y'all to sign a waiver before we play". I mean, there's more to worry about now, especially with cancel culture. Do you know how much I think about "When is going to be the day I'm going to say something in this pulpit and everybody is going to be like, 'All right. We're out. You shouldn't have said that'"? Yet, at the same time, it is not you or them I really need to fear.

The fact of the matter is… Receive this for yourself. If God be for you, who can be against you? If it really came from him, if this is really God speaking to Moses, that question is irrelevant. What does it matter what they say when the Great I Am is the one speaking to you? What does it matter what they think about it? God said, "What they say is not the important issue. I'm not even going to answer about what they say, because it is not about what they say". It's not about the problem you're up against. It's not about the age or the stage of life. It's not about any of that. It's about…What is that in your hand? What is the thing God has given you right now, and will you trust that when you get to the next challenge of your life it will be enough because he is enough?

God said, "I know you have some doubts, so let me do a little product demonstration. You have been seeing this stick as a staff to shepherd sheep, and that's what it has been up until now, but throw it down on the ground and watch it change into something else. The moment you let go of it, it's going to transform. The moment you release it, it's going to become something you've never seen before. The moment you take it out of your hand, I'm going to turn it into something".

God is doing a product demonstration, you see. Moses doesn't even know who he is yet. Moses doesn't even know what he can do yet. You haven't even seen what God put inside of you yet. You haven't even met your gifted self yet. You haven't even met your free self yet. You haven't even met the leader inside of you yet, because you've been wandering in the wilderness of what if. "What if they leave me"? So, now you won't love anybody, because "What if they leave me"? So I'll withdraw my love from them before they can take their love from me. So, I'm living in what if, and I'm lonely in what if, and I'm dying of thirst in what if. I'd rather be in chains in what if because that's comfortable.

As long as you're worrying, you're still the one controlling it. You think you can plan enough and do enough and fix enough, but the real things that hit your life you won't even see coming. The moment Moses focuses on what is in his hand, God starts dealing with what's not in his hands. Here's the word: Give it to God, and he will give it to you. Give it to God…that situation. Give it to God…that issue. Give it to God, and he will give it to you. The strength you need, the direction you need, that next step you're asking him about… Give it to God, and he will give it to you. I'll tell you where you won't find your strength: in the wilderness of what if. That staff… Man, if Moses only knew. That staff was something else.

I want to preach this to you, but I want to prophesy it to you, so let me just say it. Your staff is something else. Common object, but put it down, and God will show you something else. Pick it up, and God will show you something else. I almost wish God would have done it like they do… When we bought the Rainbow vacuum cleaner, when we bought the knives that time, they'd bring it in and show you everything it could do. This man came into my house to sell me some cookware. He did a whole demonstration. He was cooking stuff. God only showed Moses one thing his staff could do. God didn't even tell him about, "Oh, yeah, once you get the people out of Egypt, they're going to have to cross the Red Sea, but what is that in your hand? See, when you need it to be something else, it'll be something else, because I Am That I Am. So, when I need that staff to part water, it'll part water, because I Am That I Am". Moses said, "What if they…? What if it…? What if I can't? What if? What if? What if"? God said, "What is".

Now, what it is right now is not all it's going to be. Stop measuring your future problems by your present strength. When you get to that stage, you'll have strength for it. When you get to that challenge, you'll have strength for it. God didn't make the staff part waters. Moses didn't need it to part waters yet. If it hasn't happened yet, it doesn't have to happen yet. You have to get out of the future and get into his presence and say, "God, what is in my hand"? This is the same stick that's going to make water come from a rock. This is the same stick that's going to hydrate a nation. This is the same stick that's going to be something else when you get to the next stage. From what if to what is. And if all of that fails you and what is isn't enough, remember who is.

Do y'all want to have church for a moment? Follow me all the way to the wilderness. Moses has led the people out of Egyptian slavery. They're coming up on a journey that's only supposed to take approximately two weeks, but they're going to get stuck for 40 years. I'm going to show you why, and I'm going to show you why you've been stuck in your own head. I'm going to show you why you've been stuck in your last mistake. I'm going to show you why you can't give God the last two years so you can't walk into the next two years. I'm going to show you why you've been worrying about things you have no control of. I'm going to show you why the Devil keeps making you put a down payment on problems you're not even going to face.

Watch this. In the book of Numbers, Moses sent out 12 spies to see about the land God had called them into. Do you know this story? Ten of them come back talking trash…not about God, not about Moses, but about the people they have to defeat to take the land that God promised. So, they start talking. I want you to notice something about this speech. Give me Numbers, chapter 13. "They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community…" Are you ready for this? You've heard this before, but there's something you never noticed. "There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: 'We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large.'"

And not a word of a lie. Nothing they said wasn't true. "'We even saw descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.' Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, 'We should go up and take [it], for we can certainly do it.' But the men who had gone up with him said, 'We can't attack those people; they are stronger than we are.'" They turned a two-week journey into a 40-year wilderness. Do you know why? Because nobody in all of those verses I just read you said one thing about God. Not one time was his name mentioned. Not one time was his power considered. Not one time was his arm invoked. Not one mention of God. I'll read you the whole thing again. Let's go back through it to make sure I didn't miss it. They came back and showed them the fruit.

Next verse: "We went into the land to which you sent us…" We, you, it. Milk, honey, fruit. "But the people who live there…and the cities are fortified and very large. We saw descendants of Anak…Amalekites, Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites, [cellulites,] Canaanites". Then even Caleb… Look. He had great faith. He got to inherit the land. Caleb is a bad dude, but even he didn't have the good sense to say, "We should go up and take possession, for God is with us". He just said we, and that wasn't enough to convince them to go. Where is God in your what if? Where does God factor in? Where is the Great I Am in your what if? You know, I understand all that. "What if my kids meet the wrong friends"? What if God loves your kids more than you do? How about that? "What if I get up to say it and I can't say it"?

What if God shows you what to say? What if God gave you the weakness to show his strength? What if God knows stuff you don't know? What if God sees something you don't see? What if God has something you need, but you don't need it yet? What if the staff is going to part the waters when you get there? What if the thing you're worrying about is already taken care of? Where is God in your what if? So, God said we have to interrupt this thing today before it stops you from going into what he promised you. We have to interrupt this cycle today, all this "What if…"? At least Moses was having a conversation with God when he said, "What if…"? Most of us have that conversation with ourselves. So now you're in the wilderness, the wilderness of what if or the wilderness of what was. God says, "What is that in your hand"? In other words, "I gave you what you need for now".

Oh, that set me free just now when I said it. I keep thinking about what I'm going to need for later. I keep thinking… I think it's going to take us (I don't know the official stat) $110 billion to retire by the year 2030 with the way inflation is going to go up. I think that's going to be the target retirement. But you're not retired yet. So, now you're working on something out here or you're resenting something back there. The Lord said, "I want to take you from what if to what is". So, when I was at… I'm not going to say the name of the person, but I was at their house. There was a son who had just lost his father and a wife who had just lost her husband. I wanted to give them some counsel to say how to get through this, and all I could think to tell them was, "The only responsibility you have right now is to take the next breath. That's it. You don't have to make peace with what you lost. You don't have to feel okay about it. Just keep breathing".

I left that day. I felt so inadequate. I said, "God, they needed a word from you, and all I could tell them was 'Keep breathing.' How I failed them, God. How I wish I could have told them something. How I wish I had an experience I could have drawn from that would have been more helpful". I saw them again two years later, and they said, "Remember when you told us 'Just keep breathing'? That got us through". I said, "It did"? They said, "Yeah, because it just kept bringing us back to 'We're still here. We're still here.'" When my dad was diagnosed with ALS, I thought he was going to kill himself. He got very angry with us. His medications were out of whack. He was out of his mind. I called a professional Christian counselor, and I said, "I think he's going to kill himself, and I don't think I can stop him. I'm scared to death he's going to kill himself, and I'm not there, so I can't do anything about it".

He asked me a question. It sounded callous. He said, "What if he did"? I said, "I couldn't take it to know that I couldn't stop him. I couldn't take it". He started to tell me that even if the worst thing happened, God would be with me in that too. I'm going to do everything I can to stop it. I'm going to do everything I can to change it, but even if it happens, I Am is still with me. That is an unshakable faith. The Enemy cannot defeat you when your faith is built on the foundation of nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness.

I like Paul. Paul said, "What shall separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord? Shall height? Shall depth? Shall angels? Shall demons? Shall the present? Shall the future? Shall any other power? No! None of these things shall be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus". So, I came to tell the Enemy, "God can, and he will, but even if he didn't, he's still God! Even if it gets seven times hotter, he's in this furnace too"! Give God the what if. He knows the future. You don't. Give God the what if. He'll show you where to partner and where to shut up. Give God the what if, and he'll show you what's in your hand and what's not in your control.

God, whoever it is today who needed to release something, I pray they won't wait another second to do it. Remind them that you've got this. Remind them that they have what they need on the inside, that you're going to bring them what they need on the outside, that they will never meet a sea your power won't be able to part. They will never meet a giant your Spirit can't bring down. Father, I thank you today for the promise we have in you to be with us even if. Lord, by the power of your Spirit today and in the name of Jesus Christ your Son, we declare that there will be freedom in the hearts of your people from everything that has been terrorizing and tormenting them and destroying their joy and destroying their peace and making them wonder if they're going to make it. We declare that nothing will be able to separate them from the love of God that is in Christ.

I want to pray a special prayer for those of you who have been wandering around in the what if. I want you to lift both of your hands if that's you.

Father, you see your kids. You see their stretched hands. You see their open hands. You see their uplifted arms. I thank you for a fresh filling of your grace.

As you lift your hands right now, just be giving it to God. Give it to him right now. If you made a bad decision, give him that. Ask him to redeem it. If you did a dumb thing, give it to him right now. If you fell back…you were walking forward, and you fell back…give him your setback right now. Give it to him right now, and he will give it to you.

I receive your strength, Lord. I receive your wisdom. I receive your power. I receive it by faith…not working for it, not striving for it.

Somebody say, "I receive it right now. In the name of Jesus, it's mine. It belongs to me. God gave it to me". It's a supernatural peace. Peace over your life right now. Peace over your mind right now. Peace over your business right now. Peace over your decisions right now. I speak peace, the peace of almighty God, the presence of God, the Great I Am, Jehovah-Jireh, your provider; Jehovah-Tsidkenu, your righteousness; Jehovah-Nissi, your banner; Jehovah-Shalom, the Lord give you peace. Not panic…peace. Just breathe in the peace of God.
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