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Sermon Notes : Pastor Steven Furtick – Staying Power

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My notes for Pastor Steven Furtick’s sermon Staying Power. From Elevation Church, May 2020.

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Sermon Notes : Staying Power

  • Acts 27:20-32; 44
  • Do the biggest storms make for the best stories in our lives? Usually.
  • The greatest stories usually revolve around the greatest storms.
  • Sometimes you have good advice but you have bad timing.
  • It’s one thing to be told you’re going to go through a storm, and it’s other thing to be experiencing one.
  • Staying Power
  • A lot of people have starting power, but less have staying power.
  • Staying gets sexier the longer you live.
  • We have such a hard time celebrating the right things in our culture. 
  • The greatest power is often not in the faith to start, but what you have the faith to stay with.
  • Does it take more faith stepping out of a boat when Jesus calls you or does it take more faith to stay it the boat when Jesus has called you to get to the other side?
  • Most of the time people don’t really want advice, they really just want you to affirm what they are already going to do.
  • Paul is doing something that he always wanted to do – which is go to Rome to preach the gospel. However, he’s going there in chains as a prisoner.
  • You have an appointment.
  • But in our hearts we get disappointed in the way that God does certain things.
  • Just because people let you down, don’t give up and jump into the sea.
  • Don’t stop trusting that God is your provider.
  • You have an appointment in the storm – Paul knew that in the storm the ship was going to break apart.
  • How could God call you to stay in something that is breaking? Yet it is staying in the breaking that will lead you to the blessing.
  • It’s not what you go through that determines where you end up.
  • It’s who you listen to.
  • Rather than stay in a place that they didn’t like, they sailed into a place that would destroy them.
  • You can’t control certain things (the first storm) don’t create a second storm with your decisions. 
  • You can pray to God to help you in the first storm.
  • Don’t try to drive out darkness with darkness.
  • You can run to places in the storm that are more dangerous than the storm itself – but you can’t change if you never stay.
  • One voice is wisdom, and the other is worry. Gratitude/grumbling. Blame/faith.
  • Doubt doesn’t keep you from having faith, it gives you something to have faith for.
  • Blame will block faith every time.
  • Some storms can be avoided – sometimes it’s not the devil it’s your decisions.
  • God will get us there, but sometimes may have to remove things/people for it to happen.
  • You’ve got an angel telling you right now that you’re going to make it.
  • Greater things – bigger storms – better stories
  • Tell somebody – I’M IN THE SEASON FINALE!!!
  • We’re celebrating that we stayed in the storm.
  • If you stay, you will be saved.
  • You can’t give up hope now – I’ve got to stay in this moment and let patience have it’s perfect word.
  • Patience is the active ingredient in faith.
  • Stay praising – I’ve decided that that is my survival. 
  • If I don’t praise him, the rocks will cry out.
  • It takes faith to stay.
  • Stay sweet when the world is sour.
  • Cut the ropes – quit trying to escape the stuff God is using to change you.
  • Don’t cut yourself off from the vine while God is pruning you.
  • The only way we can see the power of God is to stay in the place of peace.
  • We’re not promised that things will look the same when we arrive – but we are promised that we will make it anyway.
  • The same boat that broke apart, still got them to land safely, even though it looked different.

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