Steven Furtick - The Sticking Point
I wanna talk to you about something today that came up in a creative team meeting. I was asked a question about songwriting and sermon-writing; which one do I enjoy more? To which I responded, "It depends on what part of the process you catch me during", because there are certain times where a sermon idea will come to me, and I will feel enlightened and spiritual and confident. Can't wait to preach it, get me a new 9-volt battery in my microphone, and gather the people. "I have something to say from heaven". Then five minutes later, I look at the same idea, and it just seems so ridiculous and simple and basic.
And I basically tell y'all everything I know every week; I'm just waiting on you to actually do it one time. Just kidding; you're great, you're growing, I know. You're a disciple, but it's like the process of creativity, it has certain points in it, when I was talking about it, I called it the sticking points. And as I talked about that creatively, I want to speak about it today. That's the title of my message. It's called, "The Sticking Point". Because everything that you love in life is going to have a part of the process that you don't like, and a part that is going to tempt you to quit, and it doesn't mean you don't love it. I don't know when we started thinking that we have to love everything or like everything all the time.
You know, "I quit my job because I wasn't feeling it". "Well, were you feeling indoor plumbing? Go back to work. Pay your bills". You don't have to love everything all the time, you know? Because everything that you love is going to have a part, I called it the sticking point, it's gonna have a part or parts that you don't prefer. Okay, I can't tell if you're with me yet. Let me take this a level deeper. Every person that you love... (look straight ahead)... is gonna have some parts that you don't prefer. I'mma say it that way, it's gentler that saying "that you don't like", or "that you want to change". "Not me, I love everything about him". You're dating, it's been two weeks. I can tell. Because every person, and there's a parable about this.
Jesus said that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who found a treasure and was excited, and so He liked the treasure so much that He sold everything about bought the field that the treasure was in. So, if you want the treasure, you've got to buy the field. This isn't going good. We want the treasure, not the dirt that comes around it. We want the treasure, or the blessings, or sometimes we want those joyful moments. But, even if you love your marriage, there will be some times where you just wanna control the TV without any voting, you know?
Even if you love your kids, there will be times where you secretly Google adoption agencies to see (I've never actually done that, for the record), end up getting hate mail. But, everything you love, even preaching, there is times when I'm preaching that I feel the Spirit, and then there's times where I look at the wrong person in the room, and I feel another spirit. The spirit of stress, the spirit of oh my... Even people will walk out sometimes while you're preaching. And I called it, when I was talking to them, the sticking point. It's the moment where you start to doubt what you were so secure in. It's the moment where your mood doesn't match your mission, but you've got to push through anyway because you've got something important to do. It's the moment where, "Oh, I didn't know that about you when I said 'I do'". Well, you did. And now you do.
The sticking point. For a scriptural example, I thought of no better passage than the classic Exodus, where God lead his people out of Egypt through the Red Sea. Did you notice what I said in my setup? Through the Red Sea. Not over it on a boat, but through it on foot. You are going through something right now. You are at a sticking point. I don't know if it's a state of mind, because sometimes, we are stuck not in our situation, but in our state of mind.
Even recently, Holly pulled up a picture from a few years ago when we were flying home from Seattle and we got stuck in Chicago overnight on layover. We were laughing because we were in such a bad mood, we were just remembering how late it was. It was probably 10:00 at night, but let's make it 2:00 in the morning just for dramatic effect on the story. Creative license, but it was late, and our bags were checked, and we had no clean underwear, and we checked into this horrible hotel that American Airlines had put on, and we were stuck in Chicago, and we were laughing about that. We weren't laughing when it happened, we were laughing looking at when it happened two or three years ago. And, "Remember that when we got stuck in Chicago"?
Well, why were we stuck in Chicago? Technically, American Airlines, but if you take it apart a little bit more, the city of Chicago is a city that we like. We had visited there by choice before. When I preached for Steve Munsey and J-Mack, we stayed over two extra days just so we could shop and watch the Cubs. We had a good time, too. We ate deep-dish pizza, this was in my early 30s, when I could do it and just plank a little bit and it would fall right off, but we had marital enrichment in the hotel room on that trip. That was a good trip. So, there's nothing wrong with Chicago. It wasn't like it was Des Moines. I love y'all so much, you're so triggered. My aunt's from there! "When's the last time you went to see her? Huh, huh, huh"? It wasn't the situation that we were stuck in. The reason we called it stuck is because it wasn't on our schedule. You better get to text, Furtick.
Exodus 14:10, the Israelites are leaving Egypt, right? God heard their cry. They were stuck as slaves for four centuries, serving Pharaoh, who had taken away their building materials, increasing their requirements while reducing their resources. So, they're stuck. And God hears them, and God breaks through, and God uses Moses to lead them out. Because there comes a period where God sees you stuck, and realizes that you cannot get yourself out of the situation. So, He said, "I've heard the cries of my people, and I have come down to visit them". And when He chose Moses to do it, He knew all about Moses' brokenness, and He knew all about Moses' reluctance. And he led them out, and he compelled Pharaoh to let them go not the first time, not the second time, but after ten plagues of negotiation.
You know, sticking point is a negotiation term. They talk about it in business. "Well, we almost had the deal done, but then the asking price was a sticking point, because they wouldn't let me finance it over five years, they wanted me to pay it off in three". Or, "they wanted me to leave the septic tank, and I wanted to dig it out and take it with me. We hit a sticking point". You know, you hit a sticking point in your faith, you hit a sticking point in a relationship. You've hit a sticking point in your life. And you've come as far as you can come, and then God comes down and He sees you struggling, and He does for you what you cannot do for you. And then (don't shout) you come to something that wasn't on your schedule.
Exodus 14:10, "When Pharaoh drew near"... Wait, what's Pharaoh doing in the picture? I thought we were done with him. No, okay, can I preach on half of a verse? Y'all got anything to do after this, or should we just... okay. Complete the sentence. If you grew up in church, complete this sentence. "Where God guides, He provides". True. Let me add to it. Where God doesn't guide, He still provides, because He's so good. Have you ever had God bless you when you were going backwards and doing the wrong stuff? There's angels in this section. Over here. Have you ever?
Elijah, in the Bible, he was running from Jezebel in the wrong direction from his assignment. He laid down and wanted to die, even though he had seen God do great things. And the angel made him a cake. He was going away from his assignment, and God fed him with an angel food cake. Now, don't look at me like the reason that you always ate is because you were always good. Some of you know that you didn't deserve it, you didn't earn it, you didn't pray enough to get it, you didn't quote Philippians, you didn't always take the right turn or follow the north star, but God tracked you down under a broom tree and blessed you anyway. I need some people who were blessed anyway to shout, just ten seconds. Just shout because He feed you, even as you fled from Him.
So where God guides, He provides, but even where God doesn't guide, He'll still take care of you because you're His. And then I wanted to add one more. See if you can put this on Pinterest, okay? Because they're leaving Egypt, here comes Pharaoh, their enemy, behind them. They hear clickity-clack, clickity-clack, clickity-clack. That's Pharaoh's Lamborghinis, these are fast chariots, because they're Pharaoh's best, and they're being chased down on their way out. And so, they turn around and see something that they can't go back to, look forward and see something that they can't get over, now they gotta go through it. 'Cause where God guides... No, not that one. This one: Where God guides, Pharaoh follows.
And so in negotiation terms, they've reached a sticking point. Because, here's a little business tactic, okay? I'mma do a seminar on negotiating right now. I'm not gonna charge you, it's not $49, you can just listen. If someone is holding onto something in a negotiation, that means it's valuable. If they don't let it go easy, that means it has great worth. I don't know who I'm preaching to, but the devil hasn't been letting you go easy. You've been trying to shake this for a long time. And maybe the reason, if the devil is real and if destiny is a fact and not just a concept or a fantasy, maybe the reason that it's been so difficult for it to let you go is because what you carry is of such great value. I believe this in my core.
Some of you are at a sticking point right now, and Pharaoh won't let you go easy 'cause once you get through this, there is great glory after this. If you're ever negotiating on someone, and they're like, "Oh yeah, I'll throw it in", it's nothing. "Yeah, you can have that too". It's nothing, but if they ever pull it back... You know how every time you try to get out of depression and addiction, and you try to stop with the pills, and you try to stop with the porn, and you try to stop with the complaining. This is a sticking point for some of you. You've been flushing it, but then you buy it again. And then you've been deleting it, but then you put it back. And then you've been walking away from it, but then you feel drawn to it. And I wanted to tell you that when you get stuck, that means you're on the verge of something significant. God has His hand on your life.
That's the first half of the first verse. "And Pharaoh drew near". Where God guides, Pharaoh follows. So, proof of God's activity in your life will often be the increase of resistance. "And behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly". Yeah, I bet they did. This is not stuck in Chicago, this is not "We're gonna have to catch the 6:35 a.m. flight out, Central Standard Time". This is pulses pounding, panic triggered by the trauma of a lifetime of bondage.
And so, they're standing there and this is one thing that happens. They start arguing with Moses, look, it says, verse 11, "They said to Moses, 'Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt'"? So now, they're fighting the one who's helping them. Parents, don't worry about it. They'll thank you one day... maybe... if you don't kill them. "Is this not what we said to you in Egypt"? Verse 12. "'Leave us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians'"?
I never heard them say that, all they were doing before they got out was praying to get out. Well, let's all admit: when you get stuck, you get stupid. I'm not saying you are stupid, but for me, some of the dumbest decisions I made was 'cause I got sick of being stuck. So, "I'mma just do something. Sick of this". You know, when you hit "send". "Oh no. Unsend, unsend, unsend, unsend"! I'mma invent the Unsend button. But, when you get stuck...
Elijah came in our room the other night, this was Friday night, and we were both asleep. We were off-duty on parenting for the night, and our office hours are, you know, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and it's off-duty. And he comes in the room laughing, and we were both asleep, and he's like "You're not gonna believe this". He's laughing. And he had gym shorts, mesh Elevation Youth Champion gym shorts, hanging from his braces. He said, "Get it off, get it off". And I was going to, right? I said, "First, let me get a video". Real quick, let me show you this. Listen.
'Cause... I wish you would look at your neighbor and tell them, when you get stuck, you get stupid. Maybe don't date anybody for six months until you heal from the last heartbreak, because when you get... I'm in Exodus 14. When you get stuck, reach for stuff, you reach for the stuff that you flushed when you get stuck. When you get lonely, when you get hungry, when you get tired, when you get stuck. Aahh, now I've got the whole thing hanging out my mouth. Aahh, now I've got a rainbow vacuum cleaner. Aahh, now I got a timeshare. When you get stuck... I didn't do it 'cause I didn't love God; I did it cause I was stuck.
And when you hit the sticking point, everybody's like, "Come on, rejoice"! "I can't! I'm stuck"! I'm stuck in a memory. You ever been stuck in a memory? "I'm stuck in a pattern. I'm stuck in a generational thing that started before I ever came to the planet. I'm stuck". I get stuck preparing these sermons, and it's horrible. I'm not playing now. I know I've been showing you illegal footage of my children and everything in church. Orthodontist is gonna kill me Monday. He's a great orthodontist too, Dr. Hull. Y'all should look him up, he's great. He's gotta fix that tomorrow. We're gonna have some business for him, but when I get to prepare these sermons, I get stuck.
And it's horrible because the sticking point, it makes me want to just like give up on everything I've worked on. Please don't think that I'm preaching to you about preaching. That's too meta. I'm preaching to you about preaching because that's where I get stuck, and I figured you might get stuck sometimes too. I mean, when I go to prepare, it'll just be moments where none of it makes senses. For everybody that's like 40 and older, like when you had antennas on the TV, and you could see the station, but not fully because you were watching your neighbor's HBO. Before you got saved, B.C. It's under the blood now. But, it'll scramble and I won't even know where to start. Like:
"I don't know what to say. I'm preaching about Moses coming through the Red Sea, and I already preached about that before. They already know, they got through the Red Sea. So this won't be interesting. So maybe I should start it with Abraham, because it's Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and then Joseph went to Egypt. And he never meant to get trapped in Egypt, he went there to get food, but sometimes you get trapped where you went to get food, and sometimes the place where you go to survive is the place where you get stuck. Maybe I should start there, but I already preached that a couple weeks ago, and they'll probably 'member that 'cause they come every week. They don't ever miss. Maybe I'll talk about the burning bush 'cause he went through the burning bush, the bush was burning up, but it wouldn't burn up. It would just burn, it wouldn't burn up. And maybe that's like us inside sometimes when the presence comes and our passion stays alive, even though we go through stuff and we burn, but we don't burn up. And the proof of Your presence is the fact that we're on fire, but we stay on fire even though we go through all kinds of hell. Maybe I should do that. Or talk about the bricks and the straw, because you know, good if you talk about Holly. You know, sometimes you have all the mud, but you don't have the straw. And so, you gotta go get your own straw. And you didn't have a dad, so you try to be a dad and you don't have what you need to be what you're trying to be, and the devil uses that as condemnation try to keep you stuck".
And then after that, man. I'm like, "Oh my god, I need a nap". And I would just feel like, "I don't know where to preach this sermon on Sunday". And I'm stuck. And I get so stuck, I don't want to say anything. "How y'all doing? Praise the Lord". And I figure you get stuck too. Even if you don't preach sermons, I figure you go, "I gotta have this meeting at the kids' school, and I wanna go down there and talk to the principal 'cause I don't think the principal's being fair to my kid, but I'm gonna have to teach my kid some time that people aren't fair in life. Sometimes, you gotta let 'em go through things. Maybe they need to learn how to act".
I figure you get stuck sometimes. I figure you get stuck too, sometimes. It's a sticking point. And this is not the first time that you've been stuck. And this is not the first time that Moses was stuck. And that's the good thing about it. If He did it before, I just want to keep you breathing today, because I know you've been stuck. If He did it before... See, we get stuck, not always at the external circumstance. Sometimes, we get stuck in ourselves. Sometimes, stuck is a state of mind. Chicago is a nice city, but you weren't supposed to be in Chicago. Sometimes we get stuck not in where we are, but where we are supposed to be in our plan for our life. And so I'm stuck, not necessarily in what it is, but in what I thought it was going to be. I get stuck in "supposed to".
You ever been stuck in "supposed to"? "My kids were supposed to be valedictorians. I was supposed to be married still. I was supposed to", it can be very painful, "I was supposed to, by now, retirement went out in '08, I was supposed to be ready to quit working by now. I was supposed to be married. My roommate got married, and she's crazy. And I'm a good person, and I'm a Christian girl, and I sing in the choir at Elevation Ballantyne, and I'm supposed to be married". Some of us are stuck in what we think we were supposed to be. You can get stuck. You can get stuck in a season. Every time in fall, I start to feel a little drained from the ministry of the year. And then depression can come in, because it's the same, same, same, same, same, same. And then, everybody else in the church is feeling the same way, and then I gotta preach to y'all.
So like... you know, I grew up in the low country of South Carolina. You don't know where I'm going with this yet, hang on. They used to take their trucks out on Friday night and get stuck on purpose. Called it "muddin'". But, I found out something now. You don't get stuck in anything shallow. If you feel stuck, that means you're in the deep stuff. Maybe, God is doing something deep in your life when you feel stuck. Maybe, when you feel stuck, you're building strength. I mean, that's the only way you really build strength, right, is to get to that sticking point. To get to that point where you can't push through.
I know you lift weights all the time, P. Wagg. How much you bench press? Huh? 535. Alright, 535. I'm making this up, I didn't hear what he really said. But he's big. And you know, he's in there, I used to have this spotter in high school, I didn't bench press 535, but he would stand over me, and the moment I started to struggle, he would just lift the whole weight off of me. I thought, "Well man, that's not a good spotter". That's not a good God, to never let you have any weight. That's not a good God, to never let you have any challenge. How would He grow your faith? No. See, a good spotter, you're on rep 11, right, 535, rep 11, and I'm just a little stuck. And God is standing over your life, I need you to know this, and He sees where you're stuck, that sticking point, and He says, "I'm not gonna take it off of you, I'm gonna give you a lift".
Have you ever had God be your spotter? I declare the God of angel armies is standing over your life, and if you feel stuck, He will do what you cannot do. He is your strength. He knows how to get me past the point where I'm stuck. But now watch this, you may not like this. The first sticking point that Moses encountered was not Pharaoh, the first sticking point that Moses encountered, and maybe the greatest one is that he tried to negotiate with God, and he got stuck. He got stuck at the burning bush, before he got stuck at the Red Sea. God's like, "I chose you". Now he's already stuck tending sheep for his father-in-law, Jethro. He'd been doing that 40 years, cause he got mad at somebody and killed them. Because when you get stuck, you get stupid.
And so, now he's doing something that's the consequence of his decision, and then the Lord speaks to him. He's like, "I chose you. Go to Pharaoh and tell him, 'Let my people go'". With the hand motions. Did you go to Bible school? "Pharaoh, Pharaoh", okay. And so Moses is stuck. He's like... Give me Exodus 4:1. I need to show you this, because you might be stuck in yourself. He said, "But behold, they will not believe me". But you hadn't even talked to them yet. "Or listened to my voice, for they will say, 'The Lord did not appear to you'".
Now there's two things about this that are wrong. One, it's on other people. And two, it's about a future event. You can't control either. So, he's stuck. And he's stuck for good reason, it's because he knows himself. He knows Moses. You know you. And to negotiate with God is usually like, "Nah, I better not try that". So, I'm stuck in myself. And he's already... isn't this crazy? He's telling himself a story of what's gonna happen. You ever been stuck in a story of what's going to happen? Wake up in the middle of the night sometimes just like, "Aahh"! I'm in a King Size bed, everything's good. Got the most beautiful women in the world sleeping next to me. "Aahh"! I'm screaming.
I'm stuck in a story of what might happen tomorrow, or what has happened before. You ever been stuck in a story? Have you ever been stuck in yourself? Have you ever been stuck in a story about yourself? I mean, rejection is painful, but Moses takes it to a new level. This is not rejection. He rejects himself before anybody else has the chance to. This is like advanced-level rejection. This is pre-jection. Huh? "I'm not even gonna try. Just, story of my life. Everything always goes wrong". And I mean I see this, I don't want to do a dating seminar, I already did a negotiation seminar. When you ask her out on a date like, "I know you probably don't want to"... You gotta have some confidence to it, man. Walk up to her like, "Ey, I didn't know if you wanted to go Tuesday or Wednesday". Come on, I'm helping you. Name your kid Larry. That's my legal first name.
But Moses is like, "I can't do this. I know me, I don't have it. I can't do it". He's stuck in a story about himself. Now, the bigger story does not revolve around you. Remember that. When we get stuck in ourselves, we miss the whole point, that God is doing something that is bigger than you. It's bigger than what's wrong with you, it's bigger than what you didn't do, it's bigger than the time you wasted, and it's certainly bigger than the opinions of others. So, God makes this kind of like pep talk. He's like, "What is that in your hand"? What is that in your hand? Which, this wouldn't make me feel any better, if I've got to lead a whole nation and tell the most powerful man in the world, "Let my people go, uh. Yeah, yeah, yeah". It's like, "What is that in your hand"? And Moses says, "A staff".
The ESV calls it a staff. But technically, it's a stick. For every sticking point in your life, God has given you a stick. And you've got one right now. In order for Moses to see what that instrument could be, he had to release it and throw it down on the ground. When he released it on the ground, it became a snake. Until you surrender it, you will never see what it could be.
Imma preach this thing. I'm going home in a minute, but let me tell you something right now. If you will release it, if you will put it before God, if you will say, "Here's my intellect, here's my will, here's my understanding, here's my ability", you will watch it transform. It will transform. It became a snake to become a sign, because Moses needed to know this is really God, because he was stuck in himself. And when you need to get out of yourself, you have to release what God has given you so He can show you what it can become. But then, he had to do something crazy. He had to do something that I would never do. He had to do something that you would only do if you really love nature. He had to pick up the snake. Because when he first released it and it became a snake, he ran from it, because he was smart. Not because he didn't have faith, but because he had intelligence. But then, God called him to reach for what he had been running from.
I promise you, I feel the Holy Spirit so strong right now. And when he did it, it turned back into a stick. A stick is something small, but it would be that same stick, I need you to know this, because you've never been through this challenge before. You've never been 24 before, you've never been 61 before, you've never been a wife before, you've never been a mom before. I've never been a dad before. This is my first rodeo. You've never been through this before. "This wasn't on my schedule, and I don't feel like I'm what I'm supposed to be for what I'm up against".
Can I tell you what God told Moses? By the power of the Holy Spirit, that when you stand in front of those Red Seas in your life, God took him back and showed him the same stick, the same stick that God had changed into a snake and back into a stick, that same stick. And He told him, in Exodus 14:16, I want you to take your stick, and point it at what you're going through. I want you to take your stick, and I want you to point it at what you can't get over. I want you to take your stick, keep the verse up, because this is right from the Bible, and raise your staff. I know it's small, it always feels small.
I know that some of you are visited by the perpetual spirit of "never enough", but it becomes enough when you stretch it. It becomes enough when you use it. It becomes enough. This is the miracle of faith. Why? Because God changes things. Say it. "God changes things". That's what He does. God changes things. He turns mourning to dancing, He changes things. He gives beauty for ashes, He changes things. He turns shame into glory, He turns crosses into empty tombs, He turns graves into gardens, He turns bones into armies, He turns seas into highways. And if you will stretch what He gave you over what you're going through, you're gonna get through this. I declare it. I decree it. God said it. That settles it. Back up, Pharaoh, I'm coming through.
So, I know it feels small, and I know for many, your energy has been diminished by what you've gone through, and I know some of you feel too young, and some feel too old, and some feel too in between, and some feel too... shut up and trust your stuff. And don't do something stupid like give up and quit just because you feel tired. I felt tired from the 9:30, and I came out and preached this one. And I had to get in a freezing cold shower to wake up, because you need this word. So I grabbed my stick and preached it, because I can't stop doing what I'm called to do just because I'm tired. But you will have to trust that it is enough. Not that God is enough, but that what He gave you is enough for where He put you.
This is a sticking point, and if you sit there and try to negotiate with God you will miss it. Saddest thing in the world is that Moses never even went into the Promised Land. He got stuck. He hit a rock with his staff, the same staff that he raised over the sea and the waters parted and they got through. He took that staff, because he was tired of the people, and he struck the rock twice. And God said, "Now you can't go in, because you don't trust Me enough".
Everything you love will have a part of the process that you will not like, including following Jesus. Did Jesus love the Father? Then why did He ask in the Garden of Gethsemane if there's any other way, "I don't wanna do it". Because everything that you love will have a part that you don't like. I'm so sick of my generation thinking that we always have to feel happy to move forward. Sometimes we can do it because we love God enough, and we love people enough, and we're called, and because we have a staff. "I gotta stick it out, I gotta persevere. I have a purpose, I have a reason, I have a calling. And no, you can't have me back, Pharaoh. No. Come too far to get stuck here".
Some of you came from broken homes and broken families, and busted situations, and God would not bring you out here to drown you. He's dealing with your enemies. Stretch your stick, and trust your stuff, and go forward and stand there. It's the small thing. And if you trust Him enough to stretch the small thing over the bigger thing. I don't know what that is for you. I'm going slow because I need you to imagine, and I need you to see yourself on the other side of this. What it's gonna be like when you're helping somebody else, and all the hell that you went through isn't wasted, but it's invested. It's the dumbest thing, but I just saw a picture, like Popeye or something, of you just getting strong in your spirit cause you pushin' past the stickin' point.
Now, you got a spotter, and God is not gonna let it fall on you. But you got to imagine, "Okay, okay. I will rejoice again, I will sing again. Okay, okay. My children are gonna be free because I fought for this. Okay, okay. I will do it". But, you will have to commit, you will have to walk through it. And that means you will have to walk through something that feels like it could collapse on you at any time. The story goes that he stretched the staff, he trusted God, and God made a, don't you love this, an interstate highway through the sea. Who else can do that? Who else can turn a sea into a highway, a stick into a snake, a grave into... Only God can do it.
So, the ability to walk through something that God is holding up for you, you can't stick your right foot in and your right foot out. You can't hokey pokey through the Red Sea. It's gonna mean saying that, "God, I'm gonna see this through. I'm gonna stay in this uncomfortable place. I would rather stay stuck and have You deal with what You need to deal with. I would rather stay stuck and see Your purpose for my life fulfilled". Because when you're standing in front of something you've never seen before, hold on to what you know. You gotta stick. You gotta stick. And when it happens this week, when you hit the sticking point, if it's a mood or if it's a, I don't wanna say this, but if it's a mother-in-law, or if it's something real deep and dark that we can't talk about out loud. When you hit it, use your stick. Small, Trust, Imagine, Commit, and Know. That spells stick. Small, Trust: God, it doesn't feel like much, but it's enough. Trust, imagine, Commit, and Know.
Father, as Your word has gone forth today, I have experienced such a joy of seeing these people receive this personal word. And on the other side of the camera watching through a screen, somewhere is someone who needed this message, and sitting in this room, is someone who is at a sticking point, and what they do next will determine so much about whether they stay stuck or move forward. Everyone standing at all of our locations, no one leaving. Thank you, Lord. Glory to Your name. Thank You, Jesus. Blessed be Your name. Holy is Your name. Worthy is Your name.
When they got through to the other side, y'all, they started singing. Sometimes you've gotta sing when you feel pain, and you've gotta offer God the sacrifice of praise. And I wish there were about 1.000 people at Elevation Ballantyne, and a few hundred at Blakeney, and a few hundred at Gaston, they just lift their hands and begin to worship God. Begin to thank Him that He turns seas into highways, begin to thank Him that He turns mourning to dancing, thank Him that He stills winds and waves. And the things that only He can do and the glory that only He deserves. His name is great, His word is true. And it will come to pass.