Have You Ever Been Rejected? | Steven Furtick

I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like
life had pushed you past your breaking point so much pressure on you that you
didn’t know what to do but I found out that the power comes from the pressure I could use a lot of biblical examples of
this but I chose Joseph because he said at the end of his life after he saw what
God’s purpose had been all along fully fulfilled and he saw the the portrait of
it not just one little part of it he saw the the whole panoramic view he was able
to say to his brothers you meant it for evil because see his brothers had pushed
him into a pit have you ever been pushed around ever been rejected just waved at
me so okay so so you might need to know this verse he said you meant it for evil
you were pushing me but while you were pushing the hand of God was pulling He
was He was pulling me when when it didn’t go the way I wanted it to when
they talked about me they were pushing God was pulling the hand of God has always been on your life while people were pushing with one
hand God was pulling with the other it’s the power of the pull to know that God
was positioning me for exactly where He wanted me to be and when you understand the power of the pull life doesn’t seem so random anymore you understand that
there was a purpose behind all of it if you look out here you can’t see it but
if you if you if you look back if you look back you’ll see that your dad
didn’t make you come to church that night you thought he made you come to
church that night but it wasn’t your dad pushing you to come to church that made
you come to church God was He used your dad your dad’s in heaven now my dad’s in
heaven now they’re probably eating some carb-free angel food cake to celebrate
my birthday together 37 candles Jesus name but but but Cody Cody bugged me to get me to church the night I got saved he was he was pushy about it too he
showed up in his pickup truck and in my mind he was being pushy but while he was pushing me God was pulling me on February 19th 1980 I came into the world because she pushed me is this too graphic but at the same time she was pushing God was pulling I wasn’t born on accident and neither were you God knew you needed the be here God brought you here right here right now it was His
hand your car didn’t bring you to church God brought you to church get a bow get
some arrows and let me give you an object lesson on the way God works
God is pulling you God is drawing you to himself God is drawing you into purpose
yes sometimes it’s painful yes sometimes it feels like you’re going backwards but
wait till you see the trajectory of God’s purpose come on a shout unto God but pulling me He pulled me out of some
relationships I didn’t need to be in yes He did he pulled me out of some pits
that I fell into with my own dumb decisions how many are grateful for the
hands of God that pulls you out pullin He’s pulling what was Elisha doing when Elijah threw his mantle on his shoulders does anybody remember in
in verse Kings 19 not remember Elisha wasn’t looking to become a prophet
Elisha was a was a Plowman he was simply driving plows in a field one day and he
wasn’t pointing himself out to be used by God because when you are in position
of your purpose God will point you out you don’t have to self-promote you don’t
have to get somebody to like you or notice you when you are pulled
according see Elisha wasn’t even looking for Elisha until God spoke his name and
showed him the exact physical location I got to calm down but I’m excited Landon
cuz I saw it in an illustration I realized that what Elisha was telling
the King to do with the bow at the end of his life was an illustration of what
God had been doing to him his whole life He was drawing him was pulling him He
was pulling him the power of the pull and one day come here he’s driving he’s driving it says that he was he was driving 12 yoke of oxen
now we’re gonna act this out you be the ox and I’ll be the man of God and I gave them the verse I be honest
with you I preach I preach the sermon third time I preached I’m pretty sure
like I wanted to yet let me get it right this time cuz I gotta go eat some cake
then I can’t eat cake until I preach good now watch this in 1 Kings 19 19 it says put the scripture I just sent this
to them I hope they got it there this Elijah went from there and found Elisha
okay you missed it the only reason he found him is because God led Elijah He
pulled okay okay I got I got it I got to work on this so he found him in the
field plowing with 12 yoke of oxen and he himself was driving the 12
pairs so let’s let’s go and you know how hots oxen are because all of you have
had experience with oxen oxen are kind of slow so you got to drive them the
driver they’ll just stop on you you know you got to drive them you got to drive
them and he’s driving them and verse 20 stop for a second and verse 20 it said
you like this it says said in verse 20 that when Elijah passed by which
represented Elisha’s purpose that he wasn’t even looking for yet how many of
you weren’t even looking for God and He found you that’s my story I wasn’t looking but He was and He drew me to himself and in
verse 19 it says that he was driving the oxen but it says in verse 20 if we can
if we can go to verse 20 then Elijah left his oxen and ran after Elisha so
now the one who was driving to stay there you’re out of the illustration now
because now the one who was driving is being drawn the one who was driving the
oxen plowing the field is being drawn by purpose and so now Elisha is being drawn
into the purpose of God for his life he’s been driving the oxen up until this
point but now the one who had been doing the driving is being drawn and this is
what happens when grace comes into your life this is what happens when purpose
takes it’s place this is what happens when you let go of your way when you stop
trying to push when you stop trying to manipulate when you stop trying to
follow your own shots and you say Lord lead me where you want me to go what you want me to do He drew me He drew me He drew me to Himself He drew me I had to
be in the choir it wasn’t Arturo that recruited me for
the choir it was God God knew I needed to Pastor a multicultural church how
can I pastor a multicultural church if I can’t step into the church God was getting me ready God is getting
you ready I don’t know who this message is for but if it’s for you shout right
now come on He’s drawing you He’s drawing
pull on somebody say He’s drawing me He’s drawing me I’ve got to
leave some doubts behind I’ve got to leave some dysfunctions behind He’s
calling me now I can’t spend the rest of my life looking at the backside of an ox He’s drawing me He’s drawing me my bow broke while I was preaching yeah yeah it don’t have to be pretty for God to use
it I feel like preaching today I feel like preaching like it’s my birthday preach Pastor pulling down of strongholds I’m not
pushing my way through life I’ve got pull God brought me here see a
sense of purpose will pull you there there are there there are teenagers
under the sound of my voice who are being who are being pushed pushed by
popularity you’re being pushed to fit in with a certain crowd you’re being you’re
being pushed and see popularity can only get you so far
popularity cannot give you a sense of significance but if you let the purpose
of God pull on your life I’m telling you God’s purpose has been pulling on me all
my life so I could be here with you today pulling on you and His hand has always been on you He was pulling you directing your paths even when you wanted to wander He pulled on you that’s why you’re here hey thank you for watching make sure you
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  1. God am grateful for your hand that always holding me to be ready and pulling me where you want me to be . Thank you Jesus

  2. Happy Birthday Steven!! May god continue to bless you and you're beautiful family. You have and continue to help me on my journey to a better me. 💛🌸

  3. God is pulling me according to his purpose he got me out of the pit I put myself into 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾💗

  4. You don’t have to self promote .. Amen. So good. Needed this today. I just can’t seem to fit in anywhere. It’s the most frustrating thing in the world. 😔 This message helped it hurt less.

  5. ❤️❤️❤️This MOG…from I saw him in that interview 'Soar' with Bishop TDJakes, I have been drawn to his Spirit!
    Gat my Mom hooked on his antics…🤭🌹🌹🌹🌹

  6. Happy Birthday 🎂🎉 the Lord pulled me out of a full time position at the country club for a part time youth pastor position. We don’t live on membership God with stored up materials. We live by a gracefully father that pours out on us. What we pour into flows from us.

  7. Awesome word today glory to God hallelujah thank you pastor Steven God bless you and your family shalom shalom shalom

  8. The joy in his voice when he talks about the word of God is sooo attractive. May God give us this joy with his word. When His word excites you this much, know you are on the right path.

  9. Grateful for the hand of God that pulls me out of problematic situations and positions me to fulfill His Kingdom's purpose.

  10. Happy birthday pastor Steven Furtick ,I truly believe God has always pulled me back to him,just know everytime I walked away from him but he's never leaves me. Amen

  11. GOD let this sermon find me like He let Elijah find Elisha!

    I'm just in awe right now. So speechless!
    GOD is so good! Thank you, LORD for this message today!!♥️


  12. When i think of all the times my God has pulled me,i feel embarrassed that am not giving enough. But that you Lord because you are merciful

  13. Happy birthday my brother Steven Furtick
    May God who is good bless you and your family abundantly more than you can ask in Jesus name I pray and release this blessings over you and your family life now in THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST GRACE

  14. Amen praise God thank you Jesus 🙋 👨‍👨‍👧🙏 🙏 good message and word thank you for inspring us it's a blessing too grow with our Father and achieve goals amen

  15. Every Sermon changes me. Its like you always talk to me.
    A very happy birthday to you Pastor Steve, may God continue to use you abundantly to save more souls.
    Thank you for being a blessing to many of us.

  16. The "power of the pull?" Wow, just so much depth in those words! And a compound bow? What an awesome prop to get the message across. I mean who needs the bible when you have Furtick? Unqualified indeed.

  17. Excellent view point, God is right along our side, even when it is difficult to see or understand.

  18. Sometimes..it is our enemies that are telling us the Truth! I was born into a church I persisted in for years..only be be rejected continually! Later as Jesus Healed me..I discovered that Church was Not Right for me and I did Not belong there. My enemies Knew what I did not know!

  19. Thanks pastor for a powerful and inspiring message. I trust God will pull us to Him during this difficult time we are in. God bless you.

  20. Thank youuu so much steven. You inspired me and motivated me to start my own youtube channel to spread God's words and love.
    ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Amen

  21. Thank you for the message. I always look to God for answers and I get them Everytime. Just gotta stop second guessing myself 🙌🏾😩❤️

  22. My life I’ve been Rejected and still but now I have a clear understanding why and honestly my birthday is coming up and I wanna come and hear you preach in person that would make my life thank you paster

  23. I stay rejected but as long as it's not God. I'm good. Funny how evil hackers act like they are so hurt that they got left but they don't tell people why they got left. Stealing, cheating,beating is reason to leave and how dare yall act like you did none of these things. Shame. God sees all.

  24. Psalm 127:3-5  (NIV)

    3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
        offspring a reward from him.
    4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
        are children born in one’s youth.
    5 Blessed is the man
        whose quiver is full of them.
    They will not be put to shame
        when they contend with their opponents in court.

  25. "On Feb 19th 1980, she pushed me."😂Lol!!! Pr. Steve You must really be humorous. Your Mama must have laughed and loved this.

  26. I love you pastor Steven ,your sermons are always filled with the holy ghost .God always speak to me through you ,God bless you

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