Expiration Date | Elevation Church | Pastor Steven Furtick

Expiration Date | Elevation Church | Pastor Steven Furtick


I want to share with you from John
chapter 6 verse 48 through 50 and if you want to join me on the on the app that
you have on your phone or if you brought a physical copy of God’s Word
if not we’ll just put it on the screen there for you I’ll be sharing from the
NIV 1984 version no I’m serious there’s different ones so
you’ll see a few of the words are different that was not a joke but they
change it they revised it and so this this may be a few words different than
what you’re reading and what I normally preach from but listen to this Jesus
says I am the bread of life your forefathers ate the manna in the desert
yet they died but here is the bread that comes down from heaven which a man may
eat and not die I like that so much when I read it I’m gonna go back for a second
so let’s go back let’s go back let’s read the whole thing again that’s what
you came for anyway is the Word of God that thing that thing came alive to me
last night I was preaching it I was talking to my pastor Pastor Craig
Groeschel after church on the porch I started pacing all around the backyard
telling him how these verses just had been coming alive for me I was preaching
to him on the phone whether he wanted to hear it or not I think he put me on
speaker or mute or something like that when cut the grass but I said I am the
bread of life your forefathers ate the manna in the desert yet they died but
here is the bread I say here is the bread here is the bread that comes down
from heaven which a man may eat and not die I want to use just as the title
today expiration date and touch some body text students they check the label
amen you may be seated so crazy how you can think you really know somebody for
years and then they just do something that makes you question everything you
thought you knew about them you sound like you’re going through something are
they sitting next to you I mean I can tell you Holly’s favorite movies and
favorite color her favorite stores her favorite brands within her favorite
stores I know a lot of things about that woman I know her favorite books
audiobooks I know her favorite book club that she’s having this week what she’s
reading for her book club this week but even sometimes in the context of a
marriage that you really think you know somebody they they would just shock you
the other day she horrified me because I thought I knew her so well
until I went in the refrigerator and I pulled out some cheese I was just gonna
eat a few blocks of cheddar from my low carb lifestyle just for a snack and I
looked at it and it said it was expired three months ago fridge was so full you
know but but I I saw that so as I’m going to throw it away she stands in
front of me I’m blocks me from putting the chi she said oh oh you got to smell
it first and I’m like no baby I don’t it says
right here on the label it’s expired and she said oh I feed you expired food
all the time as she said the expiration date is just a suggestion like the devil
is alive smell it you know you think you know
somebody turns out they’re poisoning you trying to collect that life insurance
want to see about that term life insurance but you know it it
really should be in your relationship with God that you think you know him you
think you know what he’s like and just as your life experiences accumulate and
just the ways that you witness him working in your life that you didn’t
expect and that you didn’t predict and that did not fit your preconceived
notions of what God was like 18 years ago he doesn’t change but the way that
we see him should and must it must expand it must y’all won’t like this
word because you think it’s like a atheist word evolved to include the
parts of who he is that we didn’t know about in our arrogance and our pride
because as we become broken by the trials of life
it leaves spaces for God to get in and he couldn’t get in when we were all
sealed up tight by thinking we were perfect but then when you live a little
while wave at me in the back when you live a little while you get about to
that age where you start to say well I thought I saw everything I thought I
knew who was a good Christian and who wasn’t I thought I knew I thought I
thought I knew what God would always do and what God was always like but he was
just always surprising them in the person of Jesus Christ as he walked the
earth he was he was showing them progressively who he was and he wasn’t
changing to be something that he wasn’t they were just seeing what he had been
all along that required a sort of rewiring because if you go off of what
they thought in the Old Testament they saw a lot of wrath and vengeance because
that was the way that they saw God through that lens but as you track
through the redemptive history the God of the Bible is revealed as one who not
only is full of love and full of grace but he is love he is grace see it
doesn’t say God has love God is love we beheld his glory the glory as of the
only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth
he was always full of grace and truth we just beheld it in the person of Christ
but it’s progressive and there is a reason that God does not show you
everything all at once it’s called mercy if he showed you the
whole thing you would die you you would give up you would quit and you would be
so overwhelmed so because he is kind and because he is wise he progressively
shows you himself and he progressively shows you his purpose for your life so
you can’t figure it out all at once and if you were a planner aka control
freak this will stress you out he stressed the disciples up he would not
tell them everything they would show up to preach if I am a preach a little bit
in fact it’s worse than that okay John chapter 6 he’s like let’s get away John
the Baptist has just been beheaded things are going crazy
let’s get away he didn’t tell him there’d be a crowd waiting on the other
side not because he didn’t know but probably cuz he knew they wouldn’t go
with them if they knew so some things God does not show you about what’s
waiting for you on the other side because he knows you won’t go if he
tells you what’s there so he’ll get you there and then show you the reason that
he came to begin with well he starts healing people right he starts blessing
he starts teaching it gets late the disciples I know you’ve heard this story
before even if you only went to church once it’s like Hall of Fame Bible story
five thousand men women and children five loaves of bread two fish one little
boy who Peter beat up and took his lunch I put that in a so um it’s a speculation
speculation just thinking about how that would gave us lunch
I have kids I’ve never seen them volunteer whether you give it anything
to the Lord and so or anybody but but there’s there’s this sense in which they
they were they were they were gleaning what they could about the identity of
this Christ that they chose to follow by the activities that they saw him do and
yet what what got confusing was that a lot of times people would get so caught
up in what he did that they would miss the point of who he was
so John gives us seven statements in his gospel alone that he collects that start
with the name of God that was revealed to Moses at the burning bush I am this
is the first one I am the bread of life and how many are grateful that the first
thing that Jesus wanted to be identified with was sustenance carbohydrates how
many are grateful that the first thing he wanted you to know is I am not only
your provider I am your provision if I’m just your
provider then you need what comes from my hand but if I am your provision you
can trust my heart to know that even if it’s not coming your way everything you
need for life and godliness is in me I am the bread of life I am the light of
the world if you can’t see your next step it’s alright I’ll give you enough
light for the next step that I’ve called you to take not the next 1500 it is a
progressive revelation I am the gate that means you come in through me you go
out through me church is not the gate other people are not the gate they don’t
get to decide what your life becomes or what it doesn’t I am the gate I am The
Good Shepherd I will lead you through the valley of the shadow of death it’s
just a shadow because I am the resurrection and the life even the
things that have died in your life are subject to resurrection I serve notice
on dead bone if the breath of God hits the bones in
the valley they have to rise up and live in the name of the Lord I am the vine
the True Vine theirs imitators their substitutes but they can’t sustain you I
am the bread of life and in order to get him to see it he has to bring them all
the way back to their experiences and many of these experiences happened
before they were ever around and in order to get you to see that God is your
provider I want to show you something from Exodus chapter 16 that really
speaks to me about how in some seasons of my life I feel like the demand is
greater than the supply the disciples weren’t the first one that got put in a
situation that was too much for them so I’m preaching to people who are looking
at too much in an airy of your life today
and I believe if nothing other than the device that is in your pocket we are
living in a time of too much too much information they’re showing us now
through studies on compassion fatigue that by knowing everything bad that
happens in the world we are becoming unable to mobilize to do anything about
the real things that we can affect because we are so overwhelmed with too
much too much the disciples saw the crowds they said it’s getting late Jesus
this is John chapter 6 before he said I’m the bread of life this is what led
up to that statement this is the story behind the statement he wasn’t just
saying something out of context he took the bread and multiplied it and
everybody was fed but before that happened the disciples tendency was like
the same tendency we have when it’s just too much send them away send them away
it’s just too much I can’t fix it all it’s too much it’s too much debt
financially I don’t even know where to start digging out of this it’s just it’s
just too much it’s too much too much on my schedule
there’s too much and then if the if the spirit of too much
stays on you too long it’ll become the spirit of not enough and so then you
start evaluating your potential on the basis of your experiences and and what
what God is so good at in moments like these in our lives if you’re in a moment
like that in your life and I know I certainly have been weird where you
start sending opportunities away because you don’t believe you have the resource
to meet the need you can relate with this passage and this statement I am the
bread of life so recently and I’m going to share with
you Exodus 16 in a minute I didn’t forget but I started noticing that I was
turning down things that I believe God wanted me to do but it wasn’t even
because I was too busy to do them I started to feel like I didn’t have
enough to give and it started scaring me that maybe I was gonna get out there to
try to do it and I wouldn’t have what people expected me to have so I started
to send stuff away that God was trying to bring to me to multiply his provision
and to use me which is what I wanted but when you stay in the spirit of too much
long enough it becomes a it becomes a deep feeling of not enough and I believe
that I’m looking at people today I believe it’s a cultural epidemic that we
have never been in a time where we have felt more deprived and depleted and
insufficient to face life’s challenges because we are constantly exposed to the
world’s entire need all at once so Jesus says your fathers ate manna in the
wilderness last week I talked about the wilderness and I talked about finding
your water in dry places that God will always put a rock where water will come
from even in the driest most difficult seasons of your life and how that when
you’re too hungry or too thirsty you become susceptible to substitutes
which is why you can be tempted to turn stones into bread the wilderness passage
which Jesus demonstrated by overcoming tempting
and the nation of Israel succumbed to the temptation is mentioned in exodus 16
remember that they came through the Red Sea they had been in Egypt for a long
time suffering under slavery and after they came through the Red Sea they dwelt
in a place called the wilderness that wasn’t the name of it it was several
stops along the way for a little while after they left Egypt apparently they
had some snack packs but at the point that the food ran out they were caught
in an interesting situation just like the disciples in John 6 where we’re in a
remote place and we don’t have enough to do what we need to do and I want you to
look at the scripture because is kind of a test that some of you are dealing with
right now the do you trust me now test you get so
many opportunities in your life to trust God again and every time you trust him
on a different level in a different scenario you see a different dimension
of who he is and what he can do now look at this in Exodus chapter 16 if I can
ever find it yeah here it says the whole Israelite community right there verse 1
the whole Israelite community set out from Elam and came to the desert of sin
which is between Elim and Sinai on the fifteenth day of the second month after
they had come out of Egypt where they had been for 430 years in Egypt where
they initially went to escape of famine that was in Canaan but then in Egypt the
place where they went to escape the famine became the place where they were
enslaved by Pharaoh we dealt with that last week watch the message it’s free on
YouTube and you have no excuse not to watch it download the podcast download
the app and watch the message but where it brings us to is their out of Egypt
but they’re not into Canaan they are in a place where they need God’s provision
but they have not fully accessed the promise of God I call this the
disappointment of deliverance it’s when God brings you out of something but not
all the way into anything either it’s when you raise your hand to receive
Christ and you still have issues with your anger it’s when you believe God
touch you during worship and you still have
bursitis in your right knee when you go home is when God makes you a promise and
speaks a word concerning your daughter and her attitude gets worse on Tuesday
than it was last Wednesday it’s the disappointment of deliverance
when he brings you out brings you through brings you forward but now
they’re in a stuck place really to wonder what will we eat and they don’t
pass the pest because instead of gratitude for the grace of God that
brought them this far they begin to grumble about what’s ahead now this is
in Bible times we don’t deal with this anymore you know the Bible’s outdated times have
changed but they they came out of Egypt watch this when the expiration date on
their season of suffering had reached the ears of heaven everything you go
through in your life everything that that the even the enemy does in your
life anything you do to yourself in your life it can’t go on forever and here’s
why I can’t go on forever because you are not in charge of the calendar of
events of the purpose of God in the world so even if the devil is messing
with you in your mind even if the devil is messing with you in your family
he can’t just mess with you for as long as he wants as much as he wants God had
to give the devil permission to hurt Joel he didn’t just get to do what he
wanted to do for as long as he wanted to do it God said now that’s enough
somebody shot that’s enough and when God saw his people struggling in Egyptian
slavery at a certain point he said now that’s enough
and when he spoke to Moses he said I seen my people mistreated and I see how
their backs are breaking with heavy labor and I hear how they’re crying out
to me and that’s enough and I came down to deliver my people and bring them out
of Egypt every season of suffering every season of struggle has the next
raishin take God is sovereign God is in charge the enemy doesn’t run my life so
when that ended and a month past they’ve come through the Red Sea but now they
need something to eat and this is why I thought Jesus brought it up to say I am
the bread of life just like I did it then watch this just like I did it in
that period of time just like I took care of you before just like you didn’t
know how before and I did somehow I am just like I was I am and just like I am
I will be I have been giving you any love this whole sermon but this is for
this section fifth row this section I am I was I will
be I am I was how you know I am because I was how do you know I will be because
I am how you know I am because I was there is a testimony in your life to the
faithfulness of God that will enable you to trust him in this season and you just
get to do it over and over again if you trust God with one test you get
to trust him with another algebra two is your reward for passing algebra one don’t like that you don’t get to
graduate you just get to trust them again I will never forget what what what
Holly said to me when Elijah was born she goes oh you don’t get to quit
worrying about your kid after you have them cuz you know we’re rubbing oil on
our stomach and feeding her avocados or whatever we you know everything prenatal
What to Expect When You’re Expecting by the way that book sucks I want my money
back but it put it put a expectation on us it
is the disappointment of delivery oh I had the kid now I gotta check on them
all through him back I’m worried when they’re crying I’m
worried when they’re quiet I’m worried and now not only do I get to
trust the life of my child to God when there is toddler cuz that’s scary you
run around the house protecting them from everything you know well the first
one I mean we have three by the third one and figure it out but the first one
you know you plug in electrical sockets with plastic things then you get to
trust God when they’re a teenager and they don’t make one of those plastic
plugs for their friends so now it’s like hey trust me now
trust me deeper trust me broader trust me greater I am cuz I was and I will be
– it’s the kind of God that I am the bread of life here is the bread and I’m
gonna show you two things that keep us from trusting him now two things that
keep us from trusting now there in the passage it says in the desert the whole
community grumbled against Moses and Aaron I wanted it to say they were
grateful to Moses and Aaron because of all the courage that it took to lead us
out of Egypt and stand before Pharaoh and and last through the duration of the
ten plagues but no people people tend to forget people tend to focus on what’s
missing and then they tend to have a selective memory because sometimes what
keeps you you want to take notes this is the only chance you have the whole
sermon what keeps you from trusting God in the present is your attachment to the
past it’s like when you’ve been in Egypt too
long and you’ve been gone for a month and you start remembering it different
than it really was it is when it’s a selective memory I don’t mean to start
any marital fights here but sometimes even in a relationship it can be a
selective memory of what I said in what you said well that’s what’s happening
here it’s a selective memory it’s like watch
this watch what they say in the desert they grumbled verse three the israelite
said to them if only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Asia remember they were
crying God to take him out of Egypt but now they’re saying wouldn’t be better to
die there because there is the verse on the screen shout the word there there we
sat around pots of meat yeah when they weren’t beating you with whips and
working you twenty hours a day okay so fine Egypt had a meal plan but it was
miserable but you forget that and you choose familiarity over freedom wish we were back in Egypt big ol pots
of protein the the Golden Corral meat meat section of each pot some eat all
the food we want buffet $7.99 dumb about Egypt now they gave you mud and made you
make bricks without enough straw but you don’t remember what they didn’t give you
an Egypt center pots Miele food we want you brought us out into this desert to
starve the entire assembly today the people you try to help the most will
often turn on you but that’s a life advice that’s not what the message is
today the Lord said to Moses all right I’m gonna kill them all now watch this
this is how you start out thinking God is this is this is for most of us and
I’m preaching in the South the United States of America we got churches all
over but usually your first concept of God if you’re introduced the religious
system is that that God is you’re not always pictured like Triton on the
Little Mermaid like just zap and stuff and sometimes these zaps you and gives
you healing but sometimes these zaption gives you diarrhea just like you just
look and I’d be scared of God like oh I don’t say that because he might he might
buzz me and you start thinking of God like that but then Jesus comes oh no no
God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth I
am the bread of life the first thing want to be identified with is I provide
for you I am the bread of life we start off thinking of God in this way
but then over time you begin to see that grace is really that good and yet if
your attachment to the past in the way that you saw God as somebody who was
just to punish you and keep you in line and make sure that you have no fun while
you’re here on this planet if that is your view of God it is very
difficult for you to progress in it until you need the grace of God until
you get in a season where you can’t do enough and you get to a thing in your
life that you can’t overcome and you get to a place in your life where you can’t
clean it up and you make a mess that’s so big that you end up in in the Pigpen
and your wanting to eat what the pigs say and all you can do is come back home
to your father and then you see him on the road in your life oh the whole time
I was away from you this is what you were like you were waiting for me the
whole time but you don’t you don’t see that all at once just it’s progressive
and so he gives them watch this grace for their grumbling they’re not even
praying correctly and he still gives them what they need I will rain down
bread from heaven for you and this is how you’re gonna deal with it okay guys
I’m gonna meet your needs I’m gonna provide for you here’s how here’s how
your to respond to my provision now listen closely this is important this
applies to us it’s not exactly the same for us because this is a physical
manifestation most of the ways that we see God’s provision through the Spirit
of Christ is through the the spiritual the tangible is important but it’s
nothing compared to the spiritual so this is how God provides peace and joy
and contentment and faith and hope and all of the stuff that really matters the
stuff that doesn’t parish the stuff that doesn’t get moldy the stuff that doesn’t
get old the stuff that you don’t have to throw out after three months the stuff
that lasts he said I’m gonna give you I’m gonna give you bread from heaven the
people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day some I say enough
yes in the passage he said I want you to take enough for that day in this way I
will test them to see whether they will follow my instructions I want to test
them to see if they trust me I want to know do you trust me do you trust me
enough to believe that I am enough and do you believe that if I am enough so
are you because if I’m in you and I’m your God
and I made you and I put you in a situation I would never put you in a
situation that I would not make you enough for shout official world I’ll
give you a minute so he said on the sixth day now as they
get ready for the Sabbath I want them to prepare what they bring in and that will
be twice as much as they gather on the other days so that they don’t have to
work on the Sabbath but it was kind of a system that they set up where it was
like get what you need for today our Father who art in heaven hallowed be
your name your kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven give us
next week our daily bread give us last month our daily bread you see how it can
be two things it can be your attachments in the past where you remember what you
used to eat in Egypt or it can be your fixation on the future that’s the second
thing that keeps you from receiving God’s provision right now wish we were
in Egypt there we had see it and then and then when the Messiah comes then he
will then they’re back there then one day back there then the provision is
never then or there it is here and now the provision is always here the bread
is always here and what makes the bread enough is who touches it what made the
bread multiply was when they put it in Jesus hands see this is the principle it
is your proximity to the presence of Christ that becomes your provision for
the challenges that you face and so if you stay close to him even if it’s in a
wilderness even if it’s through a mistake even if it’s insurmountable even
if you don’t know how if you will stay close to Christ your bread will be
blessed and it will be enough and it will go around and there will be twelve
basketfuls of leftovers he is the bread of life when they set up the tabernacle
they made a table with acacia wood overlaid it with gold the acacia wood is
humanity the gold is divinity they put twelve
loaves of bread six stacks on each side to represent the Covenant that God had
with his people twelve loaves twelve tribes twelve disciples twelve
basketfuls of leftovers but they were not in the Holy of Holies
they were only close to it they were right outside that place it was called
the table of showbread or watch this the bread of the presence presents the bread
of the presence when it came into the temple it was bread but when it got
close enough to the holy of holies where the presence of God was it became
blessed the closer it got to the presence of God the less common it
became when it came in it was just a loaf but when it got close enough to the
holy of holies where the presence of Yahweh is see I’m trying to say you
don’t have to be enough all you have to do is get close enough to the one who is
more than enough and I declare my God shall supply all your needs not one or
two not one day in the sweet by-and-by here now it’s the bread of life where’s
my work here now here is the bread that’s what
Jesus said here is the bread somebody shot here is the bread it’s not in
tomorrow you cannot fight tomorrow’s battles with today’s strength
you are wasting today’s grace trying to fight tomorrow’s battles when we were
talking about something yesterday she said stop stop stop stop stop
she said she said I’m getting maggots in my mana I’m gonna show you this you’re
like whoa that’s a weird thing this is how y’all talk it’s a pillow talk around
the Furtick house matter of fact it is because when I preached it right first
thing is oh man the past Oh like I used to have so many friends but now they’ve
all whether you just gotta leave Egypt God can bring you new friends God might
bring you some friends this time and they pick up the check oh no but when in the wilderness you
gotta you gotta be able to trust and not be too attached to the past and please
don’t quit your job over this message I hate it
everybody always hears what they want to hear I’m talking about the the paradigm
of the past Egypt thinking where they hand you your food so guys like here’s
I’m gonna I’m a rain down bread from heaven and then it happened he told
Moses he’s gonna do it then he did it now first he gave him meat in the
evening to remind them of each if he’s like I’m not doing that anymore
from now on for the next 39 years this is what you’re gonna eat
now when God switches the form of provision your first instinct is going
to be to resist it because you will recognize it when God starts doing new
things in your life at first it’ll just look like trouble but you won’t
recognize it’s really training send the crowds away you can deal with this this
is unfamiliar so they wake up let’s go verse 13 I
think that would be enough the evening Quayle came and covered the camp in the
morning there was a layer of do around the camp
bring me my box while I read this next verse when the dew was gone Bible said
thin flakes like frost on the ground and appeared on the desert floor now I never
saw manna but it said thin flakes like frost I was just picturing the Bible I
know I never I never ate manna but it said thin flakes like frost touch
somebody say they’re great but he put it can you do it on the
camera and the people were like huh never saw this before I mean we know how
to eat in Egypt and Egypt we had a meal card but um sometimes you don’t know how
to receive something that God has given you because when you’ve never seen it
it’s hard to receive it do you ever wonder why you sabotage yourself
sometimes when you’re starting to succeed at something because when
frustration and failure is familiar to you you will recreate it without even
knowing that you’re doing it sometimes we surround ourselves with people who
treat us crappy because being treated crappy to us is emotionally familiar so
when somebody treats you nice you’re suspicious what do they want and like for me I have a hard time
believing that people could just like me it’s hard for me to believe because I
think at some point there in my life I was like well if I preach good or you
know if I can if I can generate a job like I have have all these staff members
that that I’m responsible for us so there’s this feeling like like you start
thinking you’re the bread after a while and you start thinking if it wasn’t for
what you did so then when somebody tries to really love you for who you are
you’re like hold on now this is too close and watch this when
the bread came from heaven that God was trying to provide and it rained down and
covered the ground look at the Israelites reaction when they saw it
verse 15 they said to each other what is it they did not know what it was because
they never saw it before some of us are resisting the resource
that God is sending into our life at this moment because we do not recognize
it as his presence and his provision some of us right now have what we have
been asking God for in a form that we don’t recognize that is before us and
the trick is this that God will give you this day your daily bread not there in
Egypt not then when Messiah comes but here is the bread I am the bread the
bread of presence is this God give me the grace in this moment now if I try to
reach back to my past mistake I’ll miss it if I try to reach forward into my
future and fixate on that and try to plan everything out I will miss it
but here is the bread that’s the word here is the bread somebody say here is
the bread look at the person next to you say here is the bread
and so you’re pointing to the provision and you’re going what is it in fact the
reason they called it manna is because in Hebrew manna is an ambidextrous term
it means what is it and it also means what it is so they didn’t know what to
call it because it was new when God does something new in your life at first you
don’t know what to call it or how to receive it and what keeps you from
receiving it sometimes is your past and sometimes is your future so they named
it manna what is it what it is what is it I don’t know it’s what it is but I
know one thing I know I am so whatever it is I am is in the middle of it
working it out for a purpose that is beyond my human perspective here is the
bread here is the bread and then some of them thought they were smarter than God
you know because the Bible says when they saw him even though they didn’t
recognize it Moses said to them he explained it is the bread that the Lord
has given you to eat and this is what the Lord has commanded each one is to
gather as much as he needs it’s the power of enough each one is to gather as
much as he needs take an Omer 1/2 a gallon for each person you have in your
tent and the Israelites did as they were told
give us this day our daily bread some gathered much some little and when they
measured it by the Omer he who gathered much did not have too much I like that
it’s not too much it’s enough I am the bread of life it didn’t have too much
and he who gathered little did not have too little it was enough it’s enough
somebody say it’s enough make the confession say it’s enough
and just all over every area of your life where the enemy has been speaking
too much or not enough I want you to look at whatever God put in the ground
in the form of His grace in his provision in this season of your life
and declare is enough he’s enough I’m enough it’s enough
he’s enough I’m enough give the lesson to your neighbor is enough
he’s enough I’m enough now the reason I’m enough is because he’s enough and so
if he’s enough and I’m enough is enough it’s not too much it’s not too little
it’s enough but some of the Israelites some of them look at verse 19 no one is
to keep any of it till morning some of them pay no attention to Moses they kept
a part of it until the morning but watch what happened in the morning in the
morning because they did not trust God to give them enough for today who the
manna had maggots because God’s presence and provision is
always in today your stress your ulcer your your your sleeplessness much of it
is because you are letting maggots get in your manna see see here’s what
happens so so Bob turns to judy and he’s like Moses said there’d be more in the
morning but they’ve just in case but a little that right there in your
pocketbook and just in case you know we can’t eat all of it today because we’ve
never seen this before and it’s hard to trust that there will be enough for
tomorrow but that’s exactly what faith is you see it that’s exactly what faith
is it is to deal with today and to trust for tomorrow strength for today bright
hope for tomorrow blessings all mine with 10,000 beside greatest life
faithfulness great is thy faithfulness morning by morning when I wake up
tomorrow there will be manna when I wake up to
there will be more when I wake up Wednesday in my weakness he is strong
when I wake up Thursday he’ll see me through when I wake up Friday he’s
fighting for me and I can rest on the Sabbath thus he is
the bread and I break the spirit of not enough off of your life today I break
the spirit of I can’t and I’ll never I’ll break that spirit in
the name of Jesus here is the bread he is the bread and he’s giving you right
now an opportunity to trust him on the next level and to discover who he is all
over again he doesn’t change it’s just the more you experience where you’re in
a desert place and when Lazarus dies and you wonder why would God let something
die that you love but then you see him show up and call Lazarus out of the tomb
because you already knew that he was a healer but now he wants to show you I am
resurrection you understand that everything in your life is designed to
show you not only who God is but who you are in him now the reason he lets us
need things is so that we don’t get confused about where our help comes from
the reason he wants you to get it every morning all those little plans you stay up
making all those little things you scribble down about what if and what
this and what that the stuff that’s gonna screw up your life is gonna hit
you from behind it anyway pray about it praise God through it you
can’t keep the men until tomorrow you can’t eat in Egypt anymore this is a new
place this is a new season God has given you what you need for the season you’re
in here is the bread here is the bread so in every moment I’m looking for it
oh here is the bread there I go again going out here thinking about here is
the bread Here I am again replaying five minutes ago five months ago five no no
no here is the bread somebody say here is the bread when I put this message on
line I’m gonna call it expiration date but you know the real message is here is
the bread stop trying to eat stuff that has gone
sour stop thinking in ways that you have outgrown stop coming down to a level of
who you used to be the bread of the presence stand up I
want to pray for people oh I want you to get this message I don’t want you to
chew it I want you to swallow it digest it get a deep down silicon strengthen
you here is the bread the presence of God is everywhere it just takes you
awhile to recognize it he’s always been there you’re just starting to see him
now you start to see that he was he was there in the heartbreak he was there in
your childhood you see him now he was always there remember when they walked
down the Emmaus Road they were like hey who are you and he didn’t tell him he
was resurrected from the dead Luke 24 and it says they were kept from
recognizing him until he did something with the bread and when he broke it they
saw him he is what he hell and he is what you need he doesn’t just have what
you need he is what you need he’s that thing inside of you that won’t let you
give up he is that invisible that that that wonderful nameless grace that turns
horrible things like the cross into a triumph called resurrection he is the
bread and he is providing for you right now but you might not see it cuz it
looks different than what you’re used to get what you need gather it gather it
from the people that are in your life I know sometimes you get lonely
I do too ouu Bester you know so many people come on if ur n’t to talk to
people than be with people everybody gets lonely but here is the bread here
is the bread father to the best of my ability I broke the bread today you are
the bread I’m not you know what they need I don’t Holy Spirit I pray that you
would do that supernatural thing that I’ve seen you do so many times I lost
count where you take what was said and make it
exactly what each person needed to hear whatever continent they stream from
whatever campus they drove to make it the bread that they need for this season
so if it means that they’re dealing with new pressure for success be the bread if
it means that they’re dealing with failure or rejection be the bread feed
them what they need for the season that they’re in our Father who art in heaven
hallowed be your name sacred be your name holy is your name as
our bread gets closer and closer to your presence may it multiply may and
multiply in your hands give us this day this moment this second this breath our
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100 Comments

  1. show me a good church when the Benevelonce ministry is larger than the speaker's salary. Show me a good pastor who knows the weakest most poverty-stricken amongst the church and makes some sort of provision. That's a good Shepherd.

  2. you are a gift from God, You are reading my soul out loud every single WEEK. when are you going to be open Elevation! Since 2009 I've been blessed By his resence i need to speak out like you!!!!!! I HAVE TO STUDY I've got 10 years of biblical study through the pain and I've KEPT Faith!!!! He has always reviled Himself to me sometimesd through a song! Through past behavior addiction developed due to undiagnosed ADHD and mental problem weren't disgusted, years of stupidity i feel and ignorant!! I was 1000 mph reckless unorganised, CARELESS of anything "THING" and of course was totally unbelieved I could cope in raising my child , through many mistakes, untrusting my perception whilst having turmoil "Breakdown which i know is breakthrough in disguse NOW! I Am CONFIDENT In the fact that I know He is leading me to preach the word, now i have seen You Steven and listening you have totally pricked my EARS up to listen and taker on board how STILL unmanageable i can be….Even people around me find it exhausting!
    Your Question What impacted me the most?
    OH My the answer to this totally annoying pattern of behaviour when everything is going ok and everything is gooing great!! When i look again i am crying in my hands "SELF PITY PARTY" << Like biting down on your braces it hurts but you cant help but kinda like it!!!! I HAVE BEEN CREATING frustrating and failure.
    MY GRATITUDE OVER FLOWS FOR THE LAST SERMONS I HAVE HEARD FROM YOU STEVEN I'M FOCUSED ON MY MIRROR IS I AM BECAUSE HE IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE HALLELUJAH!!
    Love to your beautiful wife and family!!!
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

  3. Confirmation I need to get moving with what God is trying to push me into. I choose freedom over familiarity. Thank you Pastor Steven, your messages constantly bless me.

  4. When Frustration and Failure is familiar to you, you will re-create it! Woa…..now that's a word, self sabotage. Here is the Bread.

  5. The main reason for my stress is definitely maggots in my manna. I love that wisdom that really gets to the heart of my challenges. This recovering control girl needs to start looking for bread in the here and now while trusting for tomorrow. Thanks, Pastor Steven.

  6. Yes I love listening to u while I work. But your cause is very moving… I live in Keokee Virginia which is in the mountains. Old coal camp area. Thank you for all that u do. Bringing my lessons because I'm not where you are. The world's entire needs to come together through the lord

  7. This is what I'm going through now, the 'do you trust me now?' test.

    Please pray for me. I need peace for my mind.

  8. This is starting to feel like such a woman thing! Lol my Mom always tries to feed us expired food lol I never had a problem with it until my fiance started like trowing seat what I was eating if I left it for more than two hours without like covering it and all that other food safety things lol. Then I got pregnant and really started doing everything he expected with that lol now I can't imagine eating anything old lol

  9. I used to leave out a chicken sandwich like in a car over the weekend and still eat it when I found it!!! Lololol

  10. I have never listen to pastor Steven Furtick before but my son Zidane Joseph was listening to his messages so he sent me the link and I listened . Very interesting, I hope God can open his eyes and let his faith grow as he God continue to reveal himself to him. Amen thank u lord.

  11. Know That It’s Enough! HE Is ENOUGH! I Am ENOUGH!! I have faith for today, and I will trust him for tomorrow. I will not get confused about where my help comes from! God🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽❤️❤️Here Is The 🥖❤️

  12. I love this message but I have something that I am wrestling with: God is sovereign and He knows when to say "enough is enough," but it seems like He stops suffering only when he is good and ready to. I don't understand why He allows things to go on for so long. That's all I'm a bit confused about.

  13. "I will never put you in a situation that i know you are not enough for" my God shall supply all my needs according to His reaches.

  14. Amen! I Trusted. him and Believe my healing. Literally brought the dead back to life. Necrotic bone pathology states Viable. Huge Testimony. That’s how he works! Ever know the King Is Alive…

  15. "I may not know "what it is" but I know "I Am" who is in the middle of it, working things out for a purpose that is beyond my human perspective." — Trusting God in every season.

  16. Always proud to listen to Furtick, proudly wish to marry one of his church members because they are well taught and spiritually fed with Revelational word.

  17. when he said "when frustration and failure is familiar to you, you will recreate it without even knowing that you're doing it sometimes…" I felt that.

  18. Thank you so much for bringing the word of God to life in my life. This message was truly awe inspiring and just what I needed in this season of my life. I gained a fresh perspective on what God is doing and capable of and now I feel total relief. Thank you!!!!!

  19. You'll never know how much this message means to me, but I wanted to let you know that God did what you asked. His Spirit tailored the message to me and encouraged me in a tough season! Now I have enough to make it through this day. And I will be back for more infilling of the Holy Spirit tomorrow and every day thereafter. May God continue to bless your ministry.

  20. Do you hate Jesus?do you deny him brother in Christ?and you wonder why you have no peace.give all your money to the poor and show your zero account and still and may be my father may show you favor brother.but hey,on a good note,i love you brother☝🙌🙏

  21. I love you brother Steve Funick,i'm not here to steal your peace but to change your preaching attitude.i don't just cut grass,i cut our heavenly father's grass brother.he gave me the tool's brother,i'm just in progress using it.change your attitude🤔👊😇

  22. We will measure up brother,i promise you☝🙌🙏if my father is for me who would be against me.if your not for me, your against me and your followers brother.i'm not perfect and were all sinners,but my father chooses who he chooses.the first will be last and the last will be first.although you denied me as my fathers favor,i do not deserve what our father gave me.get some peace and let it go because my father chooses who he chooses.your army Steve will follow what they think is right and what really are being deceived by you alone.you have the choice Gods children,(IAM) WHO MY FATHER SAIS IAM.Its your choice Gods Children,dont follow the antichrist.(IAm)

  23. God bless for this message! Total truth for this day in 2019… soooooo good! Speaks so true in my life, I tend to be restless in thinking of whats next an trying to think of how to fix the issues in the world but it makes today overwhelming let alone tomorrow! Take care Pastor, your family & the Elevation crew! Hope you can settle into the manna daily groove, hehe 😛 🙂 😉

  24. (IAm)who are you Steve?are you really connected to my fathers branch?did he(my father prune your branches that bare no good fruit🤔

  25. "Your stress, your ulcer, your sleeplessness, much of it is because, you are letting maggots get into your manna…" How God cared to speak so specifically to me!

  26. To deal with today and trust for tomorrow, strength for today, bright hope for tomorrow, great is the faithfulness!…and I can rest on the Sabbath..That's what faith is! Thank you Pastor for delivering such a powerful message! Bless you!

  27. This was exactly what i needed. Didnt even know. Wasnt looking for it. Had to actually pause it long enough to get down on my knees to thank the lord for being there today and everday. And to help me know that he will provide not just today but tomorrow and everyday. Thank you for this message! It was perfect for me!

  28. Thank you so much for this word, this is one of your most profound messages. This message changed my life, it was secret I had between God and I not trusting him. I spent 3yrs in depression trusting my job as my daily bread. When I heard this word I now understand and trust God as my Daily Bread the chains fell off I want to share this with everyone. GOD IS SO AWESOME!! Jesus is my friend.

  29. I’m not sure what you were going through on today Pastor but I thank God that you went through to push this message in such a way.. WHAT A BLESSING

  30. Thank you God for seconds for karl and April and karli and karl regan and clinton porter bless you father god from this family in jesus name give us the bread..lord jesus that we my eat and not die in jesus name

  31. F feeling in adequate to help out to do because it's overwhelming. I recently had been praying that I don't miss out on what God has for me and I don't know allowing my fear of being inadequate or being insufficient to miss out

  32. Dude your teaching is incredible! This one really nailed it on the head for me. I enjoy listening to you reveal the word in new and exciting ways. Awesome!

  33. I have no idea how this young, male and white minister is able to cross all kinds of communication barriers to provide just the word I need to hear And Yet God I always gain so much from his lesson. All I can say is that I do believe Steven strives to stay true to the Word. Blessings to him and his family.

  34. This is exactly what I needed. It followed up my devotion yesterday when God reminded me I don't need fancy things and visuals– He's already given me exactly what I need and when I submit to Him what I need to do for the day, He blesses it and multiplies it–exactly how He's always done it and continues to do. Everything I've needed Lord, You've always been…❤

  35. Yes preach it pastor! He is the bread of my "salvation"! I trust him with ALL of my heart and soul. He has definitely humbled me in SO many ways, especially when things could've gone left. God made sure it went right!

  36. Praise God! Pastor, I am from India, New Delhi. From a Baptist Church, my sister and I watch your sermons and join Elevation Church's Sunday service on TV. We are really blessed to learn the scripture from you. We love Abbey too, specially, the birthday song she sang for you. Thank you Pastor for sharing the word of God with all of us. My sister and I often encourage our friends to watch elevation service. They are blessed too. Since, I am the Youth Convener of our Church ( Emmanuel Baptist Church, New Delhi) I get a lot ideas and perspective from your sermons to cascade among my youth members. Thanks Pastor. By the way, I loved your Nirvana T-Shirt.

  37. Breaking the spirit of "Not Enough" BECAUSE God will always provide! TRUST IN THE LORD 😭😭❤️❤️❤️

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