STEVEN FURTICK SERMON GOD DOES NOT ALWAYS TAKE THE EASY WAY :Pastor Steven Furtick said, we think when God says he’s going to do something in our lives, it’s going to be easy, but it’s not it has to be hard. A quick look at the history of the Bible shows you that God likes to do things the hard way.
It is his preferred method of carrying out his purpose, Don’t think you’re weird if your life has been hard, and don’t assume that you’re doing something wrong, because God will often allow life to cut you down to the stump.
He did it to Moses. Moses was called to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. I won’t take you through the whole Bible but I do want to go to Exodus, because there’s this interesting Christmas verse that says “Out of Egypt I have called my Son.” Jesus had to go with his parents to Egypt when he was very little, because Herod wanted to kill him.
God doesn’t birth his Son into the world into ideal circumstances but into a very chaotic environment, where Roman oppression was so common to the people, they feared for their very lives, under the madman named Herod.
We think we have bad presidential candidates, I mean; this guy was killing babies in Bethlehem when he heard Jesus was born because it represented a threat to the throne. So Isaiah is prophesying to a people who are under Assyrian oppression, and Jesus comes into the world under Roman oppression, because God likes to come into hard situations. He’s not scared of that, When he picks Moses he says, “Go to Pharaoh, the most powerful man in the world, and tell him to let my people go, and when you tell him to let my people go, he’s going to say, ‘No.'”
Why would God tell me to do something and in the next breath inform me that it won’t work? Because it had to be hard, If it was easy for Moses, if he just walked up into Pharaoh’s court and said, “Let my people go” and Pharaoh said, “All right,” Moses would dab on Pharaoh, walk out, and think he was convincing.
Pharaoh had to say, “No,” so that God could, gain glory. This is God’s own wording. He said, “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart so that I can gain glory.” In other words, if it weren’t hard, you would think it was you, if it wasn’t hard, you would trust in yourself. You are not an adequate support system for the glory of God, so he has to allow some things into your life that are impossible for you, so you can know what Mary knew, that nothing shall be impossible with God.
It had to be hard, by the time the Israelites came out of Egypt, they come up to the Red Sea, and instead of taking them around the body of water, watch what God does. God says, “I’m not going to take you around it, that would be the normal way, that would be the human way.
Let’s do it the hard way, I’m not going to take you around it, I’m going to take you through it, Stretch out your staff, and the waters will part About the time you get through, look back over your shoulder, and the Egyptians who were ruling over you, you will see them no more. Pastor Steven Furtick said we should always remember that God has a purpose for anything, both tough and easy.