Invisible Prisons

This week we’re continuing our series, Maybe God, with another great and thought-provoking message from Pastor Steven Furtick.

We began worship by reading Psalms 20:5-7 together and then sang “Won’t Stop Now“, “Gone”, Bethel Music’s “No Longer Slaves“, and “No One Beside”.

My notes read:

  • Matthew 11:2-6
  • When you don’t understand someone’s expectations, you can’t make sense of their disappointments.
  • Faith is an expectation–a confident assurance that a negative circumstance still holds the potential to produce great purpose in my life.
  • I can walk into something dark and light it up because the light of the world lives in me.
  • Faith is an expectation to know that even if the sequence of events doesn’t make sense in my life, there is a God who is outside of time because He is eternal.
  • I don’t have to live in suspense as to whether or not I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
  • The favor of the Lord is the filter through which I view the fights of my life.
  • When you have an expectation, you need to make sure to connect yourself with people that have a similar expectation, because expectations are contagious.
  • If we only learn to identify God by what He does, and what He does for us, then our expectation will be attached to His activity.
  • Matthew 3:11-12
  • The way God grows my faith is usually to disappoint my expectations.
  • Our faith cannot rest in our ideas of who we think God is.
  • Am I going to interpret God through the lens of my expectations or am I going to set my expectations on the basis of who God is?
  • As long as I’m in the prison of what I thought, I cannot be a part of what God is doing.
  • When you’re set free from what you thought it was going to be, then you’re free to embrace what it is.

You can watch the full message here:


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