Steven Furtick Sermon: Left On Read By God

Steven Furtick Sermon Left On Read By God: God’s love language is trust,Pastor Steven Furtick says If you were to ask him from just studying the Bible for however how God receives love is He loves to be trusted. More than he even loves to hear you sing, he loves when you trust him, More than he even loves when you wear a cross around your neck, he  loves when you trust him. More than he even loves when you come to church, he loves when you trust him on Tuesday, He just loves to be trusted.

One of the most difficult things, I think, in our lives is that we often equate love with comfort, while God equates love with trust. If we are not studious and if we don’t give attention to the Scriptures, we will conflate and confuse our human definition of love with a divine love, a love that is not simply an action but an essence of who God is.

God’s job is outcome; your job is process. The longer you think you can control outcomes in your life, the more frustration you are going to experience in this journey of faith. Many of us were taught starting out that faith was a way of controlling outcomes. It was like, If you pray this and do that, then you can expect this.” But everybody in here has a Lazarus. The Lazarus factor is the thing in your life that made the formula fall apart. The Lazarus factor is the thing in your life that caused you to question the very nature of faith.

Start to see at this point in this passage that faith is rarely a form of manipulation by which we get God to keep our schedule. Pastor Steven says God will not be manipulated. God will not be moved just because we get uncomfortable in a situation.

He says faith is not a means of manipulation, It is a patience with mystery, the kind of mystery that can say on one hand, “God can do anything,” but in that very same breath that you say, “God can do anything,” there is something in your life right now that God will not do, that you see in his Word that he did for somebody else but he has not done for you yet.

He simply says everyone has a Lazarus, everybody in here has something that was supposed to be done. If God really loved you, he would.  If God really saw you, he would. If God was really strong like they say he is, he would. If God really had all power in his hand, he would have. We confuse God’s love with proof, in circumstantial evidence. We never really get to the foundational core that the love of God is not always proven by the way I feel his presence; the love of God is proven by the way we deal with his perceived absence.

The love of God is not only proven in the times where we thank him for our blessings; the love of God is proven in my life where we cannot feel him but by faith I praise him because he is God. Even when we don’t sense God, he is God.

Pastor Steven furtick is telling us that, sometimes it feels to us like God is absent, but how we act in those moments matter a lot to God, and also that gods love language from us is trust, God cherishes our trust.