Fear or Faith: One Has To Win | Pastor Steven Furtick


Immediately. That’s the word. Immediately, the Bible says. Jesus… verse 22, Matthew 14… made the
Disciples get into the boat, and go on ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed
the crowd. Now watch this. He told them, ‘I’ll see you on the other side.’ He gave them His word, that they would make
it. How many know He has given you His word that
you will make it? And then Paul comes along and clarifies it. He says that none of these things, neither
height nor depth; neither death nor life; neither angles nor demons; neither the present
nor the future. None of these things will be able to separate
me from the love of God, that is in Christ Jesus, my Lord. Remember, faith does not eliminate the distraction. It shifts the attention. So the Bible says, ‘He made them go into a
storm.’ Now, didn’t Jesus have a weather app? On His iPhone? He is Lord of the cosmos. He knows all things. Nothing is a surprise to Him. So He knew He was sending them into a storm. He knew this was a bad time for them to cross
over. In fact, the Bible says that He went up on
a mountain to pray. Which means, when He sent them into the lake,
to go through the storm, in the boat, He never took His eyes off of His Disciples. I said He never took His eyes off of His Disciples. God, help me preach this! Somebody feels like God has just left you
out there somewhere. And when is it going to be? And He gave you His word. But the thing that doesn’t work about His
word… it doesn’t work, if you don’t trust it in the meantime. He gave me His word. And He gave them His word. And it said that He went up on a mountainside
by Himself to pray, 23B. When evening came, He was there alone, but
the boat was already a considerable distance from the land, buffeted by the waves. Because the wind was against Him. In this corner, raging on the open sea, in
the dead of night, is the wind. It is fierce. It is chilling. It is dangerous. And it is deadly. In this corner, is the wind. The trials of life, the financial situation
that you never meant to get upside down in. In this corner is the wind. Depression and despair. In this corner is the wind. Feelings that are telling you to curse God,
and die, and give up on any hope of making it to the other side. In this corner, is the wind. Against you. The wind. Now watch this. This is powerful. He didn’t stop the wind. He did not stop what was working against them. In this corner is the wind. Watch this. During the fourth watch of the night… the
way they would divide up the night, from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM, was in four quarters. Like a football game. From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM? That’s the first watch. This is how the Romans did it. From 9:00 PM to midnight? Second watch. Get it? Midnight to 3:00? That’s the third watch. He waited until the fourth watch of the night. The darkest time. He waited until they had rowed four to five
miles against the wind. And then He shows up. Not when they wanted Him. He shows up, not just to stop the wind…
but this is going to bless somebody… to show them that in this corner… His opponent. Weighing in at unlimited strength and potential. Weighing in from eternity. He hails from heaven. He is wrapped in flesh. He has never been defeated! He has never lost a battle! Who is this for? In the beginning was the Word, and the Word
was with God, and the Word was God, and He is for you, and He is stronger than whatever
is against you! Y’all aren’t praising Him right! You need to praise Him like the wind is against
you! You need to praise Him like His word is enough! You need to praise him on Blakeney, and Matthews, and University City, and E-fam, and Ballantyne. Give Him praise if you know His word is true! I got His word. I got His word. That’s how I’m standing upright. Not because the winds stop, but because the
Word came. When the Word came, and was made flesh and
dwelled among us, we beheld His glory. See, a weatherman doesn’t get to yell like
this, but I do! I forecast over your life today, in the mighty
name of Jesus. The presence of God is with you. The power of God is for you. It’s wind versus Word. It’s what you feel, versus what you know. It’s what you’ve been through, versus what
He did for you. Which one is going to win? The wind or the Word. So, Peter’s like ‘Word, if it’s you? Tell me to come.’ Now he doesn’t ask Him for a confirmation. He asks Him for a command. And Jesus gives him one word. Somebody say one word. One sermon. If you really take it, and put it deep down
in your heart to believe it? One Bible verse… y’all, I’ve been living
off one Bible verse for the last 14 years of pastoring this church. “All things work together for the good.” You know, in an insurance policy they call
that all-inclusive. Or on a cruise ship. Either way, they call it all-inclusive. That means, that whatever “it” is, has to
work, according to the purpose of God. Now, they have His word. And then they have the wind. And the wind doesn’t stop, because the Word
showed up. The absence of the storm, is not the proof
of the presence of the Lord. And Peter wasn’t Jonah. He wasn’t in the storm because he did something
wrong. He was sent into the storm. This is a bad time to be on a boat. Come on. And yet, here comes the Word of God, showing
up at a bad time. And when He walks toward them, it’s interesting,
because their first impulse is fear. So, a lot of times, the proof that God is
in my situation, isn’t that I don’t feel any fear. I’ll prove it to you in the text. When they first saw him during the fourth
watch of the night, Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. So the Word is walking on the lake, and when
the Disciples saw Him walking on the lake… because remember, Jesus is the Word. And when He went walking on the lake, the
first thing that happens when a word from God comes into your life, sometimes it’ll
make you even more afraid. Because you won’t know how in the world, this
is going to work out. It’s easier sometimes to just go with fear. It’s more familiar. I’m going to stay right here, even if the
11:30 has to watch this on a TV screen in the bathroom. I’m going to stay right here, because the
wind is against you. And Jesus is coming towards you, but it doesn’t
feel like it at first. So now, the proof that the presence of God
is here is not a good feeling. You can’t watch the weather, and decide whether
God is with you. You can’t watch your feelings, and decide
whether or not to keep moving forward.


87 Responses

  1. Mrs. Campbell

    October 8, 2019 10:34 am

    Faith does not eliminate the distraction…it shifts the attention! That’s a word for me right thereπŸ™πŸΎπŸ—£πŸ—£

  2. Sinethemba Gulwa

    October 8, 2019 10:35 am

    Just seeing the title of this video, I knew God is talking into the situation I am facing right this moment… So many lies have been spoken into and over my life. As I try to accept and declare the truth into and over my life, I feel the spiritual battle between faith and fear.

  3. fiona malaika

    October 8, 2019 10:38 am

    I believe and recieve the word of God by faith there is so much power in the name of jesus never give up dear brothers and sisters lets walk in faith we shall win .Hallelujah πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™Amen

  4. Jenel Lubin

    October 8, 2019 10:39 am

    He show up not when they wanted Him, but He show up on time to delivered them..πŸ‡¬πŸ‡ΎπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

  5. Nate Philips

    October 8, 2019 10:39 am

    Wow I love how God works through Steven and the team at Elevation church!! I am trying to bring glory to God by encouraging young people to live out their best lives! I have launched a YouTube channel as a part of my mission, I would love any support you are able to give! God bless you all and I hope my videos inspire you!

  6. Mrs. Campbell

    October 8, 2019 10:40 am

    The presence of God is with me! The power of God is for me!!…All things will work together for my good! Thank You Jesus for being present in my storm β˜”οΈ β›ˆ

  7. Jesusgal Hoshitime 10:10JohnnyNCTzen

    October 8, 2019 11:22 am

    May all my friends on social media see these powerful messages
    Whatever our Heavenly Father is telling them that they'll listen! And not ignore these important sharing of the good news, messages

  8. Valerie

    October 8, 2019 11:52 am

    LET ME JUST SAY: God sure does have a sense of humor. I drive for work. Today on route I was feeling these exact feelings Pastor Furticks speaks of. While I usually choose what plays on the speakers in my route van, today I just let radio play. I hardly payed attention as I was lost in my own thoughts. I asked God why does it feel like you’re letting me fight alone?? If I have given my life to you why do I continue to struggle with the battles I face? And at the moment my attention was pulled towards the radio playing and on came the song β€œNever gona give you up” by Rick Astley. 🀣🀣 I just about cracked up laughing. God put a smile on my face again and reminded me that he’s never gona let me down. Haha.

  9. TheElizabethanEra

    October 8, 2019 11:54 am

    I listen to your sermons everyday! Thank you so much for breathing life into my mornings. May God bless you.

  10. L Faircloth

    October 8, 2019 11:58 am

    God is looking for His faith in us before we see the Word working in our Life, as the Bible says we have ONE FAITH (Ephesians 4:5).
    Till we all come in the UNITY OF THE FAITH, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: Ephesians 4:13. What does one faith look like, you might ask? Romans 4:17, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed,Β evenΒ God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
    God calls forth what has not happened yet as though it has already happened. E.g., Declaring you are healed while you are sick with the flu. Or declaring you are healed when you are in hospice. Never admit to sickness. Never receive sickness. Never agree with sickness. The Bible says how can two walk together except they agree. The Bible also say the inhabitors of Zion will never say I am sick. When we say we are sick, we agree with Satan and give him a door. When we say, I am healed by Jesus' stripes no matter what it feels like, we agree with God and give Him a door. The Bible says give the devil NO PLACE. Isn't the spirit of infirmity a devil? Well don't agree with him, and if you do break agreement with him and tell God you want to line up with His will that says He bore your sicknesses and your pains. He suffered for you so you wouldn't have to. God asked me to share this with you all. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

  11. Lynette Tevenal

    October 8, 2019 11:59 am

    Ive heard you preach this awhile back and today it sits more Thank you Pastor Furtick, im no longer a slave to fear I am a child of God❀

  12. mike mike

    October 8, 2019 12:08 pm

    thank you brother i really enjoy your preaching and it's a big blessing to me everything you say makes alot of sences to me thank you so much and god bless you

  13. Dawn Wiecks

    October 8, 2019 12:20 pm

    I love your preaching your so beautiful….thank you!πŸ˜˜πŸ˜‡πŸ”₯πŸ’§πŸ™‰πŸ™ˆπŸ™‹πŸšΆπŸ’ƒπŸƒπŸ‘ͺ

  14. Patrice Antoine

    October 8, 2019 12:25 pm

    Hallelujah glory to God he is worthy to be praise hallelujah thank you pastor Steven for this word today I agree and believe and receive this word in the powerful name of Jesus christ hallelujah the presences of God is with me thank you Jesus shalom shalom shalom

  15. David Hill

    October 8, 2019 12:55 pm

    Help me Jesus! Fear has a hold of me and keeps me from doing what you want me to do and what I need to do.

  16. Ndizeye Benita

    October 8, 2019 12:59 pm

    Its what you feel vs what you KNOW…. Stand strongly on what you know because God's word never gets old depending on how you renew it in your mind everyday… Rehearse and rehearse it again… THE WORD IS THE TRUTH IN THE WORLD FILLED WITH LIES . Jesus is alive

  17. Sheri Lynn Bettevy

    October 8, 2019 1:06 pm

    AmenπŸ™πŸ™β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ•ŠπŸ•ŠπŸ•ŠπŸ•ŠπŸ‚πŸπŸ‚πŸπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘βœŒοΈYesyesyes πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯✌️✌️it shifts the attentionβœŒοΈβœŒοΈπŸ™πŸ•ŠπŸ•ŠπŸ•ŠπŸ•ŠπŸ•ŠπŸ•Š

  18. Aimee Salgy

    October 8, 2019 1:42 pm


  19. Grasya Gandara

    October 8, 2019 2:02 pm

    Woow..it always motivates me a lot what a powerful preaching! Praise God!! To God be the gloryπŸ™‚

  20. Marlise Govan

    October 8, 2019 2:30 pm


  21. Rebekha paul

    October 8, 2019 2:30 pm

    Amen….. Praise be to Gods holy name. We are such a gifted generation to receive God's word form our πŸ“±. The same mobile πŸ“± which is only used for all evils in the minds of many brains but fortunately we are a choosen Generation.πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡

  22. MsMurph1985

    October 8, 2019 4:38 pm

    I found Pastor Furtick and Elevation Church when I was scrolling through YouTube.
    I would ask the Holy Father to keep the Pastor full of the word and encouragement to the people he reaches. May he and his wife, Holly Be Blessed abundantly.
    I am asking for prayers of healing and encouragement over my mind and body. I have been in the battle over my issues of depression and anxiety for months. I stand on God’s word for my issues to be healed by the great Physician. In his Holy precious name I pray, Amen

  23. Lakisha Lomax

    October 8, 2019 4:47 pm

    I agree and believe and receive in the name of Jesus amen amen hallelujah I choose the word of god

  24. Roshell Rathnayaka

    October 8, 2019 5:41 pm

    Thanks alot ps steven.most needed sermon.may God bless you so that you will bring the voice of God to his people.

  25. Erica Laing

    October 8, 2019 5:43 pm

    Fear or faith, one will win. What a word. I had to share this word, so potent and timely. God bless you Pastor Steven

  26. mrsbrownsugarsweetz

    October 8, 2019 9:17 pm

    I’m going through this battle right now. God told me to quit my job and I finally put in my two weeks notice. I’m shaking in my boots, I’m not going to lie. I’m usually filled with great faith but this time I’m not. I feel bad cause I’m not. Ppl think I’m crazy for quitting my job. This has been a lonely test. Idk even know what to do. But I know I must trust God.

  27. Kathleen Bennett

    October 8, 2019 10:15 pm

    I’ve just finished the New Testament and am just beginning on the Old Testament.
    God finally got the message through to me that he is Lorde just over two years ago! And iam only just now reading the texts pastor Steven is reading from, along side with him in my bible!
    It is such a blessing to hear the sounds of people praising to the word!!


  28. Elymar Abarquez Resada

    October 9, 2019 12:34 am

    When we face trials in Life let just always think that this is just a training. Fearing will make us down but Putting are Faith God is the ANSWER to live a Life.

  29. Leona Rios

    October 9, 2019 1:08 am

    Will please pray for my mom she is in the hospital on life support n I know n I have faith that God can heal her I will appreciate it very much thank you

  30. Jamal Turner

    October 9, 2019 6:27 am

    I fear being with out her but have faith my father my lord will restore us I believe she’s the one god has that in my heart she hurt my deeply but I have faith god

  31. Evangelist Brice Wellz

    October 9, 2019 2:31 pm

    I receive that word, faith does not eliminate the distraction… it shifts the attention. My God ! speak Lord Jesus.


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