I so look forward to every week at church, but this week especially because the presence of God was so evident through YTHX at Elevation this week, building up to this week’s message from our own Pastor Steven Furtick!
The experience began with singing “Your Presence” and then went into a recap of YTHX and a tear-jerking tribute to Pastor’s message “It Had to Happen” and a baptism from every campus, while “Faithful” was sung. *May I just take a moment to say, WOW, those lyrics and that voice were absolutely beautiful!* From there, we went into “Mighty God (Another Hallelujah)” and a spontaneous rendition of “How Great is Our God” and “How Great Thou Art” combo.
12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, 13 so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
15 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice. 19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, 26 that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.
- If everybody likes you, you’re not doing it right.
- Sometimes it’s when you’re in the worst situation of your life that God is working the most through you.
- You can either let your chains break your praise or your praise break your chains.
- Sometimes God will use your situation to set someone else free.
- You have been questioning what you’ve been going through but it’s not even about you; God is using some of you to break generational curses off of your children.
- It takes some breaking to get to the blessing.
- There’s some stuff I wouldn’t choose, but I also wouldn’t change it.
- You can’t have God’s peace without God’s priorities.
- You have a choice. If God won’t remove the chains, ask Him to use the chains.
- God didn’t put the chains on me, but He can use them.
- If I can’t change it, God can use it to change me.
- Sometimes the enemy believes in your potential more than you do.
- Choices don’t stay choices; they become habits. Then it becomes automatic. Default. It changes from what I do to whom I am; it becomes my identity. You take it on as your nature. (C-choices, H-habits, A-automatic, I-identity, N-nature; CHAIN)
- Today’s choices become tomorrow’s chains.
The worship team closed out with singing “Break Every Chain”, and wow, it was powerful! This is definitely a message to watch, as there’s visual pictures and just things I can’t sum up into notes here.
You can watch the full message here:
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