Steven Furtick - Flip It
The Bible says, that when Moses had crossed over the red sea with the nation, he stretched his staff back over the sea, the same sea that the nation had just passed through. And that sea collapsed on their enemies, killing every last Egyptian horse, killing every last one of Pharaohs chariots, rusting the wheels right off of Pharaohs chariots. And we believe, that we are in a season today, where God has the ability, if we have the faith to believe, that he is about to flip the flow. And that's my new series for the new year. Touch somebody say, Gods about to flip it, God's about to flip it. Amen.
You know that sermon series is from God, because he gave it to me in TGI Fridays in the Miami Airport. I was reading for my new year's eve sermon, called Come Through Drippin'' and the Lord told me to tell you to flip the flow and to focus on different things this year, and so we will work through these challenges together. Well, sit down we should get started, it's gonna be a great year in God's house. How many believe that? Welcome to all of our locations and our eFam around the world, we thank God for you this year, from this house we declare, that healing will flow, that restoration will flow, that wisdom will flow, that the treasures of the Lord will flow, that friendship will flow. We believe great things are coming your way in 2019. This is the year where you stop coming to church for what can I get out of it, but what can I bring to it. I brought God a praise today, a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that confess his name. I brought it to Blakeley, I brought it to Matthews, I brought it to Riverwalk, I brought it to my kitchen, I brought it to my living room, I brought it into the hospital, I brought a praise! Touch somebody, tell them, bring it this year, amen.
We are so excited. Please be seated front three rows, we are so excited, to flip the flow, amen. And so, we want to go over to the new testament book of Matthew, which parallels so nicely the ministry of Moses and gives us great continuity. Did you get a chance to listen to the new year's eve sermon? If you did make some noise! That thing is online for free, you don't even have to buy a vhs tape, you can stream it at elevation church. And I keep on rewriting my sermon, so I've got a lot of different notes up here, and you'll bear with me for a moment. While I'm doing this you, go to Matthew 15 in your Bible please, wether by digital device or the old school, this Bible I call fat cat, see how big this Bible is. Abbey gave it that name, she said I love fat cat. I said what's fat cat? She said, it's that big Bible you preach from. And what I do for my kids, every 7 years, I retire a Bible from preaching and then I save it for them. And so Elijah got the first one, and abbey knows that this is her Bible so she named it fat cat. And what I'm gonna do, she's not in here, she was in here for the worship today, she wanted to that new song that we sang, "Your love wont give up on me" and she wanted to come in and hear that song, cause she heard us working on it and she wanted to hear how it turned out. But I'm gonna put a cat on the front of the Bible, before I give it to her. I don't know if that's unholy or anything like that, but I'm gonna put a cat on it for my daughter, but right now take your Bible and turn to Matthew chapter 15, and we're gonna see Jesus and how he found himself in an encounter not with the red sea, but with the pharisees.
Yeah, that's really premium preacher humor right there. New year, same old corny jokes. In Matthew chapter 15 verse 10, Jesus is gonna show us how to flip it. You ready? Are you ready? "Jesus called the crowd to him and said, 'listen and understand. What goes into someone's mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them'. Then the disciples came to him and asked, 'do you know that the pharisees were offended when they heard this'"? Did you look at the comments section of that post, Jesus, where you said, what goes into someone's mouth does not defile them but what comes out of the mouth that's what defiles them? Jesus replied, verse 13, "Every plant that my heavenly father has not planted will be pulled up or plucked by the roots. Leave them". You know what you need to do this year with some of the stuff that you argued with last year and fought against last year? Touch somebody say, leave it alone! "Because they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit". Unless they have a bird box. "Peter said, 'explain the parable to us'".
Are you still so dull? - Jesus asked him, "Don't you see"? And the issue is, that they don't. They see only the surface. And Jesus now reveals what cannot be understood with natural eyes, that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body. What a vivid illustration. "But the things that come out of a person's mouth come from the heart and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander", I think he got all of us by the time he finished that list. These are what defile a person. Eating with unwashed hands, it's gross, it's disgusting, it's unsanitary, it's against the law, if you work in a restaurant, but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them. Touch the person next to you, tell them "Flip it". Don't fix things this year at the surface level, don't fix things this year at the level, that you see the problem. Seek the Lord and ask him to show you, where the sewage starts. Instead of just cleaning up crap all year, ask God to show you where it starts.
And here's the interesting thing, I won't preach long for this opening sermon, because we're gonna be on this topic for the whole month. So we'll just move in the right direction today, and I pray that you'll make attendance a priority this year. Where something comes out is not usually where it comes from. That's what Jesus was getting at with the pharisees, because they were offended. And so he took their offense as an opportunity to talk about the origin, and then he shared a little bit about the outcome. And those are my three points for today, just in case you have to leave early to watch a playoff game, I'll give you all three up top: offense, origin, outcome. And may this year be the year, that you take notes in church, with the elevation pen, that our tither's generously provided for you. Three points: the offense, the origin and the outcome.