What Is The Key to Spiritual Success? W/ Pastor Steven Furtick

What Is The Key to Spiritual Success? W/ Pastor Steven Furtick


WELL, I AM SO HAPPY TO BE JOINED IN THE “SERIOUSLY?!”
STUDIOS TODAY WITH PASTOR STEVEN FURTICK OF ELEVATION CHURCH.
PASTOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING TIME TO BE WITH US, TONIGHT.
>>Steven Furtick: YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.>>Ashton Parsley: YOU’RE HERE FOR DOMINION
CAMP MEETING, GETTING READY TO GO IN AND SHARE A POWERFUL WORD.
YOU LEFT A CONGREGATION OF 20,000 OR MORE TO BE WITH US.
SO, WE’RE SO THANKFUL.>>Steven Furtick: OF COURSE, IT’S DOMINION
CAMP MEETING.>>Ashton Parsley: THAT’S RIGHT, AMERICA’S
CAMP MEETING.>>Steven Furtick: YEAH, I’M HAPPY TO BE HERE.
>>Ashton Parsley: WELL, I’M JUST GOING TO GET RIGHT INTO IT WITH THE FIRST QUESTION.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES FACING OUR GENERATION, TODAY, PARTICULARLY
FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH.>>Steven Furtick: SO, I DON’T KNOW THAT IT’S
MOST PROMINENT, BECAUSE YOU WOULD TEND TO THINK OF REALLY BIG THINGS THERE, BUT WE LIVE
IN A CULTURE OF CONSTANT COMPARISON THAT IS PROBABLY MORE PRONOUNCED THAN ANY TIME IN
HISTORY, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE ACCESS TO ALL OF THE INFORMATION IN THE
HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN OUR POCKETS, BUT ALSO ACCESS TO A HIGHLIGHT REEL OF WHAT OTHER PEOPLE
WANT US TO THINK THEIR LIVES ARE LIKE AT ANY TIME, AND IT BREEDS DISCONTENTMENT, OR IT
CAN BREED ARROGANCE, IF YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING BETTER THAN SOMEBODY, YOU KNOW.
SO, WE’RE ALL KIND OF — I USED THIS PHRASE ONE TIME, THAT WE’RE COMPARING OUR BEHIND
THE SCENES TO EVERYBODY ELSE’S HIGHLIGHT REEL. AND IF WE’RE NOT CAREFUL, IT CAN BECOME SUCH
A TRAP. THERE’S NOTHING NEW ABOUT COMPARISON, BUT
NOW WE HAVE MORE WAYS TO CONVEY AN IMAGE TO PRESENT OUR SHADOWS AND TO SEND OUT OUR ECHOES,
AND SO WE DON’T KNOW WHAT’S REAL AS MUCH ANYMORE, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, WE’RE LOOKING AT OUR REAL
LIFE IN LIGHT OF A CROPPED, FILTERED, STAGED PHOTO OF WHAT WE THINK SUCCESS IS.
AND SO THERE’S ALL THESE HASHTAGS LIKE #GOALS, YOU KNOW?
AND IT’S JUST RIDICULOUS STUFF THAT’S UNATTAINABLE; BUT AT THE SAME TIME, WE’RE NOT REALLY LOOKING
TO SEE IF THE GOALS ARE REALLY WORTH HAVING, IF THEY’RE REALLY GIFTS OR NOT.
SO, THESE ARE THE THINGS I THINK ABOUT WHEN I THINK ABOUT CURRENT CHALLENGES.
>>Ashton Parsley: AND NOW YOU HAVE A CONGREGATION, AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, OF TWENTY PLUS THOUSAND.
HOW ARE YOU ABLE AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS, HOW ARE YOU ABLE TO MANAGE ALL OF THAT, WHILE
STILL MAINTAINING YOUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?
>>Steven Furtick: WELL, I WOULD THINK THAT SEPARATING THE TWO WOULD BE PROBLEMATIC.
IF THERE IS, LIKE, AN INCORPORATED VERSION OF ME THAT DOES THE CHURCH THING, THE PREACHER
THING, AND THEN THERE’S THE PERSONAL VERSION OF ME THAT MY FAMILY RELATES TO AND THAT PEOPLE
THAT KNOW ME BEST RELATE TO, OVER TIME, I THINK THAT WOULD PULL ME APART.
SO, RATHER THAN BALANCE THEM, I’VE TRIED TO LOOK FOR WAYS TO INTEGRATE THEM.
>>Ashton Parsley: YEAH.>>Steven Furtick: AND ONE OF MY FRIENDS HAS
A DAD WHO WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD WHEN MY FRIEND WAS ABOUT 30.
HIS DAD WAS A PASTOR, AND I HEARD SOMEONE ASK HIM ONCE, “WHAT WAS THE KEY TO YOUR DAD’S
SUCCESS, FROM YOUR VANTAGE POINT?” HIS DAD HAD BIG CHURCHES AND ALL OF THAT,
BUT HE SAID THAT HIS DAD ALWAYS LIVED BETTER THAN HE PREACHED, AND HE NEVER PREACHED BETTER
THAN HE LIVED. I KNOW YOU’VE GOT A GREAT DAD, AND YOU PROBABLY
WOULD SAY THE SAME TYPE OF THING.>>Ashton Parsley: YES.
>>Steven Furtick: BUT I WANT MY KIDS TO SAY THAT.
THEY’RE YOUNG, SO THEY DON’T SAY ANYTHING NEARLY THAT DEEP OR PROFOUND, YET, UNLESS
I SCRIPTED IT FOR THEM. BUT I THINK THAT WOULD BE THE IDEA IS THAT
IF WHAT’S COMING THROUGH ME TO THE PEOPLE IS REALLY COMING FROM MY LIFE, THEN THOSE
TWO THINGS, THE PERSONAL LIFE AND THE PROFESSIONAL LIFE, AREN’T WARRING AGAINST EACH OTHER.
THEY’RE ACTUALLY WORKING WITH ONE ANOTHER. AND OVER TIME, THAT HOPEFULLY WILL BE SUSTAINABLE.
BUT I’M YOUNG. I’M NOT REALLY SURE THAT I’M QUALIFIED TO
WRITE THE BOOK ON HOW TO DO IT RIGHT.>>Ashton Parsley: SURE.
>>Steven Furtick: BUT THAT’S MY JOURNEY GOAL AT THIS POINT IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE TWO
ARE MERGED IN A WAY THAT MAKES MINISTRY MEANINGFUL AND NOT JUST MECHANICAL.
>>Ashton Parsley: YEAH, WELL, YOU TREAT IS AS A CALLING RATHER THAN A CAREER.
>>Steven Furtick: YEAH.>>Ashton Parsley: SO, AND PEOPLE SEE THAT
AUTHENTICITY. SO, SPEAKING OF CALLINGS, I WANT YOU TO JUST
LOOK INTO THE CAMERA AND SAY WHAT YOU WOULD TO ENCOURAGE A YOUNG PERSON OR REALLY ANY
PERSON WHO FEELS A CALL OF GOD ON THEIR LIFE TO ENTER MINISTRY.
>>Steven Furtick: YEAH, WELL, YOU’RE ALREADY IN MINISTRY.
WHETHER YOU REALIZE IT OR NOT, YOU ALREADY HAVE A PULPIT.
IT MAY NOT BE ON A STAGE. YOU ALREADY HAVE A POSITION, ALTHOUGH YOU
MAY NOT HAVE A TITLE, YET. MY MINISTRY STARTED AT 16, WHEN I GAVE MY
LIFE TO CHRIST, NOT WHEN I BEGAN TO PREACH TO CROWDS OR BE ON, YOU KNOW, AWESOME TV SHOWS
WITH ASHTON, BUT WHEN I BEGAN TO, LIKE, TELL SOME OF THE GUYS THAT I USED TO HANG OUT WITH
WHAT GOD HAD DONE IN MY LIFE. AND IT WAS PASSIONATE, AND IT WAS RAW, AND
PROBABLY HALF OF THE STUFF THAT I SAID WASN’T EVEN IN THE BIBLE, BUT I WAS JUST LEARNING.
THAT WASN’T THE POINT. THE POINT WASN’T FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING.
THE POINT WAS FOR ME TO OBEY. AND THAT’S WHAT I WOULD SAY TO YOU IS THAT
YOU DON’T HAVE TO UNDERSTAND FULLY TO OBEY COMPLETELY.
YOU KNOW, UNDERSTANDING IS ABOVE YOUR PAY GRADE.
SO, FOR YOU TO SCRIPT OUT, OKAY, I’M GONNA DO THIS, I’M GONNA DO THAT, THEN I’M GONNA
DO THAT, AND I’M GONNA MEET THAT PERSON, I’M GONNA CONNECT, I’M GONNA GET MARRIED AT 23.5,
BECAUSE THAT’S THE IDEAL AGE. STOP, STOP.
NEXT STEP, WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP GOD IS CALLING YOU TO TAKE?
MAYBE EVEN YOUR PARENTS AREN’T CHRISTIANS. MAYBE THERE’S SOMEBODY IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU’RE
NOT KIND TO. MAYBE THERE’S SOMETHING VERY SIMPLE.
I HEAR A LOT ABOUT BIG DREAMS, BUT BIG DREAMS REQUIRE SMALL STARTS.
SO, I WOULD THINK THAT IF YOU’LL BE FAITHFUL IN THIS SEASON, USUALLY, THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY
FLOWS OUT OF CURRENT FAITHFULNESS. THAT’S ALWAYS BEEN MY EXPERIENCE.
AND SO DON’T WAIT ON SOMEDAY WHEN GOD’S GOING TO USE YOU.
IF YOU’RE ALWAYS LOOKING FORWARD TO SOMETHING, YOU’LL NEVER RECEIVE THE GIFT IN THIS PRESENT
MOMENT. SO, I’D ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE PRESENT WHERE
YOU ARE, TODAY. DON’T WISH AWAY THIS YEAR.
DON’T WISH AWAY THIS SEMESTER. DON’T WISH AWAY THIS MOMENT, THIS OPPORTUNITY.
GOD’S GOT YOU THERE FOR A REASON, AND IT’S IN THIS SEASON YOU’RE DEVELOPING THE STRENGTH
THAT YOU NEED FOR THE NEXT, AND HE CAN GET YOU WHERE HE WANTS YOU TO GO, IF YOU’LL HAVE
THE FAITH TO FOLLOW HIM FOR THE NEXT STEP.>>Ashton Parsley: AMEN, WELL, THAT IS PASTOR
STEVEN FURTICK OF ELEVATION CHURCH.

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