The Master Key | Elevation Church | Pastor Paul Daugherty


come on let’s give God praise this
morning Lord we thank you you are so good you are so faithful Jesus we
worship you we praise you God what an honor to
be here this morning Elevation Church it is such an honor to
be with you this morning I’ve been watching you for many years and you guys
have made a huge impact on Victory Church in Tulsa Oklahoma they’re
watching this morning but you guys have changed our church I discovered your
church 10 years ago during a very discouraging season in my life my father
was sick with cancer I didn’t know I was about to lose my father and he was about
to pass away and during that time I was overwhelmed with doubt discouragement
self-doubt questioning the future that’s why I was so impacted by Demetrius’
testimony during the baptism was that not powerful of just seeing the full
circle in her life I can relate to her all the campuses out there but I
remember going on Google during that time 10 years ago and I typed in young
pastors to follow I’m kind of a nerd and I found Steven Furtick right at the top
of that list and I started listening during that time he was doing a series
called Purple People Leader and I remember following that series and then
The Dip and then each of the series he did was just impacting my life I began
preaching all of his sermons in our church and but I was watching you know I
just want you to know Elevation you guys are changing the world I know you know
that but you’re changing the world you’re changing churches you’re
impacting people far and wide and I want you to know we’re gonna partner with you
guys to help with those that have been affected by Hurricane Dorian and our
church is gonna sow a seed into your church come on you guys are so generous you are
so amazing at what you do and we want to come alongside and help those that have
been affected by the hurricane but I told your pastor this he came and
preached at our church a couple years ago and I said you helped me find my
roar and he said what do you mean I said you know every lion has to eventually
find their roar the Bible says the righteous are bold as lions and I didn’t
have my roar and when I was listening to your pastor I just I just could hear his
roar and I was thinking man he’s roaring boldly at a young age God if you can do
it through him maybe you can do it for me and in our church and I believe some
of you are here today you haven’t found your roar yet but the world is waiting
to hear your roar the world is waiting to see the sons and daughters of God
revealed you were born to roar you were not born to cower back in fear or
insecurity you were born for more you were born to lead you were born to rise
above the adversity and you’re in an atmosphere where there’s a roar coming
in this place just say roar yeah well I know you’re gonna sit down here
in just a second but I want to give you a scripture for where this message is
going in Revelation 1 verse 18 Jesus is speaking to John the disciple who called
himself John the Beloved he was convinced that Jesus loved him how many
are convinced that Jesus loves you come on I’m convinced he loves me I wouldn’t
be preaching on this stage you wouldn’t be here today God loves you so much he
lets you be at Elevation Church God loves you so much that he gave you an
incredible pastor Pastor Steven and Holly Furtick are in my opinion they
are the example for the world today pastoring this church but I I want to
get into this message and I just keep feeling like I need to tell you how
amazing your pastors and your church is John was in the middle of his worst test
of adversity but he was about to experience his greatest revelation of
God some of you are right now in exile he was on the island of Patmos he was
alone he felt forgotten he was wondering where God was and in that moment God
gave him the greatest revelation of his power and his word for the church and he
said this Jesus speaks to John he says I’m the first in the last I am the
living one I was dead and now look I am alive we serve a God who is alive
forever and ever and I hold the keys if you got your keys with you this morning
just pull them out and just hold them up and just jingle them a little bit say I
got the keys yeah Jesus said I hold the keys to death and Hades in other words
I’ve got the keys over Satan I’ve stripped him of all authority I’ve stripped
him of all power in your life though the weapon might be formed it will not
prosper I hold the keys of authority I hold the keys of responsibility and I
love that Jesus doesn’t keep the keys to himself in fact he says in Revelation 3
and I’m opening a door for you I’m giving you the keys in Matthew 16 verse
19 when he talks about building a church that’s so large so expansive expanding to
the left and to the right opening its nineteenth campus from all over the
world watching online a church that the gates of Hell cannot prevail against we
are that church Jesus says in Matthew 16 verse 19 and I will give you the keys to
the kingdom and that’s what I want to preach to you on today that you’ve got
the keys so Lord I pray that you would speak to us today and that we would
leave encouraged refreshed and reminded that we have the keys to victory we have
the keys to peace we have the keys to joy we have the keys to freedom we have
the keys to hope we have the keys to see you do which you’ve called us to do that
you can move through us and in us and God I thank you Lord we have the keys
God to give you praise this morning in Jesus name Amen give God some praise as
you’re being seated tell two people you’ve got the keys you’ve got the keys but you know I think about how keys don’t
just represent access into something the keys that God’s given us are not just to
unlock doors of what we’re called to walk into but to lock doors of stuff
that’s trying to come into our life like the keys are not just meant for you to
access God’s presence and to come in and have joy it’s also to lock the devil
from coming in to wreak havoc on your mind and your marriage and your heart
and I came to tell you today some of you have keys that you’re not using
some of us have keys that we’ve forgotten are in our pocket and so we’re
letting depression come in we’re letting anxiety and panic and worry and fear and
discouragement and self-doubt and we’re letting the enemy just come right into
our house and God said come on I’ve given you the keys so whatever you bind
on earth is bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth is loosed in heaven
somebody say I have the keys but when I was younger my dad began to teach me
that the keys are not a physical thing they’re they’re a spiritual thing it’s
not so much the keys that we have to drive a car to get into our house to get
into our office it’s something on the inside the way the keys work they’re
activated in the spirit so I want to give you a few ways to start activating
your keys number one it’s in how you see yourself it’s in how you see God it’s in
how you see the problems that you’re facing in the Bible from the Old
Testament to the New Testament God would use this word believe believe that’s an
internal thing to believe that anything is possible to believe to see where God
is about to take you God spoke to Joshua and Joshua 6 verse 2 see I am giving you
Jericho you’ve got to see the victory before you see the victory you’ve got to
see the miracle before you see the miracle when I was younger my dad took
me my older brother and my two older sisters out to undeveloped land in Tulsa
Oklahoma and he would say what do you see I remember standing there with my
dad Billy Joe my mom Sharon and they were you know they were pastoring this
large church that was reaching all of Tulsa and was doing missions work all
over the world I so I’m going you know dad I don’t
know what I see I see ants I see trash I see grass I see you know dirt hills he
said no no no not what do you see here what are you seeing here what are you
seeing here he said the problem is Paul your eyes are open you have to close
your eyes to really see and what we learn in the Word of God is that the
kingdom is not advanced through a matter of natural sight but through a matter of
spiritual sight to be able to see with eyes of faith and I remember my dad
saying I see a church that’s so large so expansive thousands of
people coming thousands of people getting saved marriages being restored
families being reconciled I see us building a dream center over here
feeding the hungry clothing the naked giving people the chance to dream again
changing the crime rates in our city I see a Bible College and a camp and a
school and I’m scratching my eyes I’m like I don’t see it I don’t see it he
said I see it in here and it’s just a matter of time before I see it out there
every single thing that he spoke came to pass every single thing today there’s a
dream Center a camp of college a school kindergarten through twelfth grade a
church there’s missions training centers but he
taught me that you have to see it in here proverbs 23 says as a man thinketh
so is he proverbs 29 says without a vision people perish if you don’t have a
vision for where your life is going you’re going to cast off restraint
you’re gonna live with no purpose you’ve got to see where God wants to
take you see what God can do through you when God spoke to Gideon in Judges
chapter 6 he said hey mighty warrior I’m calling you to fight for Israel I’m
calling you to win a battle for Israel and Gideon said who are you talking to
I’m weak I’m the youngest I can relate to Gideon because I’m the youngest and
I’m weak and so when I’m reading the scripture Gideon sees himself one way
but God sees him a different way and how you see yourself and how you see God is
the most important thing about your life because we move in the direction of our
vision what do you see David when he ran out towards Goliath he saw a giant that
was too big to miss but the other Israelites saw a giant that was too big
for them to conquer and it’s all a matter of sight how you see your life
how you see your circumstances some of you right now are facing some Goliath’s
you’re facing some Giants you’re facing some Jericho’s and God’s saying I want
you to see it with eyes of faith that anything is possible you were not born
with limitations you were born with possibilities you are not born to bow
down to a spirit of fear to run from Goliath we were born to chase the Lions
to slay the Giants when I first started preaching I was so
nervous I peed my pants on stage no for real and I ran off the stage into the
boys bathroom and I cried and I was so insecure so worried and God said go out
there and do it again and I had to start changing the way that I saw myself
because I didn’t see myself as a preacher I didn’t see myself very good
even though I had a passion to do it when I first started preaching in our
church and we put our messages online I was excited because people started
watching our messages on YouTube and and then I looked below the YouTube video
and there’s these thumbs-up and thumbs-down and I zoomed in on the
thumbs down and I was like what and my identity was not wrapped in how God saw
me but in how other people saw me and I began to just feel this flood of
insecurity discouragement and then I started going on Google to type who are
the thumbs-down people you can’t find them they’re anonymous I was gonna find
him I was like what do you not like about me what’s wrong with me how do I
get you to like me and I heard God say stop looking for other people to approve
you when I’ve already approved you stop looking for others validation when I’ve
already validated you their thoughts didn’t shape you so don’t let their
thoughts break you their thoughts didn’t create you so don’t let their thoughts
begin to form you into who you think you should be we’ve got to come back to how
God sees us God sees you wonderfully and fearfully made he sees you as more than
a conqueror God sees you as a mighty warrior number two the way that we
unlock those doors the way that we activate our keys is through serving
through serving you know I started serving in our church because when
you’re a pastor’s kid you have to serve we were we were free labor for my
parents so my dad was like you’re the children’s pastor you’re gonna work here
and since I was the youngest I didn’t have a title or position I just had to
serve my older siblings and so I started serving in the children’s church serving
in the youth group and I started playing guitar playing piano and I tried out for
our youth worship band I was so pumped to go to auditions and people were
sitting behind the table judging me and afterwards they posted the list of
who made the youth worship man and I wasn’t on the list I said guys there’s a
problem with this I don’t see my name and they said oh you didn’t make it my
sister was the worship leader I was like come on I’m your brother she said you’re
not good enough what you’re not good at you know I was getting mad and she said there’ll
be another audition here in four months and I go home I call my dad I’m like dad
you need to fire her right now why well she rejected me oh that’s good that
you were rejected what you need to be rejected you know but my dad was saying
Paul you don’t need a title to serve you don’t need a position to serve just go
serve where there’s a need find a need and meet it see a hurt and heal it just
start serving in the church if serving is beneath you then leading is above you
if you’re too big to serve you’re too small to lead some of us are waiting on
a title or a position or a platform and God’s saying start serving where I have
you start serving where I need you so I tried out again kept trying out didn’t
make it was greeting was ushering was serving in other areas finally the
fourth time I tried out they said here’s the problem Paul you got pride and we
need some humility I said what I’m the humblest guy I know I’m more humble than
all my friends they were like just get off the stage and they said here we have
an opportunity for you to lead worship for our 9:00 a.m. children’s church
which was the lowest attended children’s service and they said you can lead a
connect group and you can lead worship as the assistant worship leader and so I
remember going into that children’s church I was 18 years old and I started
leading worship they’re throwing starburst into my guitar hole and no one’s
listening it was really sad I was just like yes Lord yes Lord and and so I
started just serving there every week every week went to college was serving at
children’s church couldn’t get a job at college I had a lawn mowing business but
I wasn’t making enough to pay for my college books and and courses and and so
I the only job that was available was to be a janitor at our University and so I
started doing the janitor job I started cleaning up trash did it for three years
started cleaning up the baseball stadium and during that time I was writing these
songs I remember writing this song as I was in the baseball stadium picking up
people’s nachos no matter where you’re at right now God sees you God sees you
when no one else sees you when you feel invisible God sees you I said God this
is humiliating this is humiliating and I heard God say your humiliation is
preparation for an elevation your humiliation is preparation for an
acceleration see so many people want to jump seasons because we’re watching
other people’s stories we’re seeing them get to do stuff and God’s saying get your
eyes off of everyone else’s story I’ve got a story for you start owning your
story start being right here and even if it feels humiliating this is preparation
for an elevation where I’m taking you so I started writing this song as I’m
picking up nachos and the song was from John chapter 3 I must decrease
you must increase Lord I want more of you I must decrease
so I’m singing this song and and I ended up recording it and put it on a CD and
one of my friends gave it to our University it’s a Christian University
and they were doing a live album and they were looking for songs they found
my song and so they called me they said we want to put your song on the new
album I said what you want to put it on they said yes the only problem is we
don’t want you to sing cuz your voice ain’t good we want your friend Brad to
sing I was like what they said but you could sing in the choir I didn’t even
make the choir my freshman and sophomore year now they want me to sing in the
choir my junior year so I remember that night we’re recording and there’s Kari
Jobe there’s a couple other worship leaders
and there’s my friend singing my song and I’m back in the choir in the dark
I’m just standing back there and he’s singing my song and I’m like he must
decrease and I must increase and God was like this is so good for you
humiliation is preparation for an elevation and so I kept serving just
kept showing up and finally I graduated from cemetery I finished all my Bible
classes and and there was an open job at the church and I applied for it got the
job to start working in college ministry and I was so excited to work for my dad
this was about ten and a half years ago I had dreamed of serving my mom and dad
and working to build the church and and so I came to my dad I said dad I’m ready
you know I got the job and he said that’s great that’s great because he
didn’t want to be the one that hired me he wanted to leave it up to the
supervisor said dad I got the job I’m ready for my keys to Victory because
that’s the name of our church I’m ready for my keys to Victory he said keys you only
need one key son I said dad I’m your own flesh and blood the janitors have more
than one key can I get one key I was a janitor at the
college and I had a ton of keys he said no you only get a key to your office that’s
the only key you get I was like dad why don’t you trust me why do you need more
keys I just want access I want access I want authority he’s like no no no just use
your key just use your key and fast-forward our college ministry
started to grow I was preaching all of Steven’s sermons and Bishop Jake’s thank
you Pastor and I gave him credit he actually saw me preaching a sermon
online and he was like hey I saw you preaching a sermon I was like oh snap it
was one of his but I remember getting a call from my
mom she said hey come to the hospital your dad’s up here I said who’s he
visiting who’s he praying for she said no no he’s up here I got up there and
the doctor told our family that my dad had stage 4 lymphoma cancer and when
they said that I just I lost it man I just started bawling I
said why he’s been nothing but good he served you God he’s he’s done nothing
wrong he’s had no failures he’s been a good man of integrity why is this
happening and I didn’t realize that my faith was built on answered prayers my
faith was built on everything going my way you see when you face a crisis you
find out what your faith is made of either your faith is on shifting sand or
it’s on a solid rock on Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking
sand all other ground is sinking sand but in that moment I was caving in I was
losing my faith because my faith was wrapped up in him being healed but as
your pastor has said before sometimes you get to see the miracle and sometimes
you get to be the miracle and I remember praying for my dad and the night that he
passed I was in the hospital room couldn’t go to sleep stayed there
through the night watching the EKG monitor praying for resurrection life
and I watched my hero my pastor my daddy pass away and I was so overwhelmed
because I was thinking about the church and I was thinking about our family I
was thinking about my mom cuz I had just got married and I was going God what’s
gonna happen we need him we need him our church is not gonna make it without him
it was just built so much on on his voice he just was a visionary he was
such a great preacher a great pastor and a great dad
and I heard God speak this to me in my heart not audibly just this impression
and I heard God say your dad finished his race it’s time for you to run yours and then I felt like it continued it was
like the voice continued serve your mom serve the church I didn’t know this but
they were about to make my mom the interim pastor for a season and she’s my
hero because she’s a persevere she is the definition of perseverance but I
heard God say serve your mom serve the church and get ready because you’re
about to be the pastor of Victory and I thought no no no I’m 23 years old I’m
the youngest of my siblings and there’s so many other great preachers in our
church this is not from God but I heard God say no serve your mom serve the
church and get ready because you’re about to pastor Victory and I know what
happens when you share a vision too soon I heard you know what happened to Joseph
he got sold as a slave so I was like I’m not telling nobody this vision nobody
needs to know this so I told my wife she said yeah let’s keep that between us and
a year went by and during that next year I remember many nights coming up to our
church with my keys while my dad was in the hospital he’d given he’d let me
use his car and then we had to sell it afterwards but I remember just
questioning whether I really had the authority the ability to pastor and many
nights I would come to our church just to go and pray just to play the piano to
sing to worship to practice preaching on this stage my dad had built this massive
auditorium that honestly was intimidating it was 4,500 seats the year
before he passed away because we were a mobile church for 30 plus years we
rented out a large building in our city and finally the dream of a debt-free
Church auditorium and all of this was built and then he passed away and I
remember many nights trying to get into the church but I couldn’t get in because
I didn’t have the keys so I would have to call a security guard call a janitor
they would come and let me in and it wasn’t just a physical feeling of not
having the keys it was a mental and emotional feeling that I didn’t have the
keys of confidence I didn’t have the keys to preach like he preached I didn’t
have the keys to cast vision like he did I didn’t have the keys to pray for
people to get healed people would call me and they’d say hey
can you come pray for my brother he’s sick in the hospital and I would make an
excuse not because I didn’t care I did care but I felt like my prayers didn’t
work I felt like I didn’t have the key to that I was like call Pastor Steven he
can make the sun stand still call Bishop TD jakes call call someone who has the
keys cuz I don’t and then the board met with me a year later they said you need
to know something your dad told us that you would be the next pastor of Victory
I said what he never told me they said yeah but he said that you were really
young and the church was so large and so many employees that you weren’t ready
yet you needed to be developed see a lot a lot of people want God to you know
elevate their platform but they’re not willing to let God develop their
character and we’ve got to go through the developmental phase that’s dark that’s
frustrating where you want to quit where you don’t feel like you have what it
takes and God’s saying no I’m pulling out insecurities I’m pulling out those
feelings of fear I’m pulling out those those needs of the approval of man those
thumbs-up that you’re looking for I’m pulling some stuff out there’s some junk
I gotta get out to remind you who you are in Christ and so I remember leaving
that board meeting and once again just feeling like man I don’t have the keys
so a week went by I went to our church one night and I was outside of the
building and I called our security guard and I said hey could you let me into the
church I just want to come in and pray and worship and he said Paul I’m locking
up all the doors at the church I’m locking up all the doors at the Dream
Center it’s gonna be at least an hour before I could get there you’re just
gonna have to wait I didn’t want to wait because I was I was in such a dark
discouraging place I just thought man I’ve got to get in there so I start
trying to break into our church right I start like hitting the door and I don’t
have muscles like Pastor Furtick so I’m like hurting my hand and then I took my
credit card out I tried to shimmy it through the crack of the door
and nothing was working and then I thought okay
maybe I’ll take this one key that I have and try to shove it into the door and
then put my shoulder against it and open it so I took the key out and I tried to
shove it but it just fit perfect into the door and I thought okay okay what’s
going on right now and it dawned on me I’ve never tried this and I turned the
key and it unlocked the door I was like God did you just change my
key no I seriously was like I was looking up at heaven because you know
the Bible says that we’re surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses and I
could just picture my dad leaning over the grandstands of heaven and I was like
huh so then I walked across to the choir
room and unlocked that then I walked over to the drum closet nobody has a key
to the drum closet and it unlocked that then I walked into the main auditorium
and that was the room that intimidated me the most and I stuck my key in that
door and it unlocked the door and suddenly a flood of emotions came over
me I was I was weeping because I was like what I was weeping for two reasons
I was like I’ve had the master key this whole time but I was also weeping because I have
the master key I’ve always had it but I didn’t know it and suddenly I looked in
the room and what once was intimidating I walked on that stage and I heard God
say you’ve got it you’ve got it it’s Christ in you Colossians 1:27
Christ in me is the hope of glory Christ in me is the master key
you see Elevation I came to tell you this weekend you have the master key you
don’t need a bunch of keys all you need is one key and you have the master key
that unlocks the door to victory you have the master key that unlocks the
door to be free from insecurity you have the master key that unlocks the door to
healing in your marriage you have the key that unlocks the door to joy in
your heart you have the key that unlocks the door to peace in your life and it’s
not you it’s Jesus in you it’s Christ in me that is the master key suddenly
something started to explode in my mind and heart I started realizing I’ve got
what it takes come on tell someone next to you you’ve
got the master key say you’ve got what it takes
yeah yeah because at the bottom of this message that’s the real question is do I
have what it takes but I started realizing that the master key doesn’t
work unless I use it it had been in my pocket the whole time but I wasn’t using
it some of you have had the key to the thing that’s in your heart but you have
not been using it you’ve been questioning do I really have it I’ve got
to get pastor Steven to tell me I’ve got it no no God’s telling you right now
you’ve got it you’ve got the key to the dreams that are in your heart stop
doubting yourself stop questioning do I have it God’s saying you’ve got this
you’ve got this but I realized that the key it’s not just vision activated it’s
not just serving activated it’s voice activated its in the words that I speak
see I talking I’ve been talking so negative because I had been listening to
this chatterbox of negativity of discouragement and I didn’t know how to
turn it off so I just kept saying man our best days are behind us and I heard
God say Paul you have the master key so change the words you speak change the
words you’re speaking so I started speaking our best days are right in
front of us God’s not finished with us yet it came one night when I was getting
ready to preach and my mom gave me a pair of my dad’s shoes to remember my
dad by I took it a step further I started wearing his shoes and I started
dressing just like he dressed because I thought maybe if I wear his shoes and
wear his clothes people will like me more it didn’t work they hated me more
they were like Paul wear your own shoes and this one night I was so discouraged
to get up and preach and even though I knew I had the master key I just felt
like I don’t have a good word people don’t want to hear me they won’t hear my
dad they won’t hear some other preacher and God said change the narrative so I
wrote down on this napkin I’m here on purpose I’m here I’m here on purpose
I stopped right there the enemy of here is there the enemy of here is someplace
else with someone else doing something else you’ve been watching too many other
people’s stories you need to own being right here you are here on purpose
whether you’re a mom a dad a janitor a teenager a college student whether you
can’t pay the bills you are here on purpose because you have a purpose right
where you are and I want to shout out those who are
serving in the church on any team if you serve in eKidz or you serve in the
parking lot or you serve in any part come on give it up for the volunteers that
make this place happen where you are is right where God wants you you’re here on
purpose and I started speaking that because the Bible says that life and
death is in the power of the tongue the Bible says that we can prophesy over our
future when I was young I used to be really wild and crazy I was ADD and
you’re like I’m not surprised by that my dad used to put his hand on my head
because I’d be like ahh I was like Ren and Stimpy like crazy I was like ahh and my
dad would put his hand on my head and he would say peaceful Paul peaceful Paul and now I’m peaceful what are you
speaking over your children what are you speaking over your future I want the
keys to come out cuz I’m almost done right here but I want you to envision
that you’re on a field what’s what do you see where do you see your life going
what do you see that’s possible because God wants you to get a big
vision he wants you to get a big you were not born with limitations but born
with possibilities and you have the master key so start declaring that your
best days are still in front of you see I started saying that I started getting
our church to say it they started saying it I started telling people hey everyone
in Section C people would turn around there was no one in Section C when my dad
passed thousands of people left the church and I had to start speaking to
those empty seats I had to start prophesying there’s someone in that seat
there’s somebody in that seat because I saw this place being filled with people who
needed Jesus can I tell you Elevation there’s an empty seat at some campus
that’s waiting for somebody’s life to be changed never stop reaching people never
stop filling up buildings never stop inviting your neighbors somebody’s life
it’s waiting on you don’t ever get comfortable with where we’re at because
we have not seen our best days yet Elevation we have not seen our greatest
miracles yet you haven’t heard the best sermons yet you haven’t seen the
greatest miracles yet the best days for Elevation Church
are right in front of it the best sermons the best series the best
miracles the best campus miracles there’s gonna be incredible things but
the door doesn’t open until you unlock it and you got to start declaring you
can sit down I promise I’ll end in just a minute
y’all are like is this it is he wrapping up Popeyes will still be open it may not
have chicken sandwiches but it will still be open not Chick-Fil-A it’s
Sunday but you know I one night I was walking and we just had our second baby
our finances were in a tough spot as a church right when I stepped in as pastor
I began pastoring in 2014 just five years ago this month and this wealthy
man who had left our church he invited me to his office and he said hey I left
whenever your dad passed but I’m ready to come back ready to help you with
finances I said praise God cuz I had to let go of so many people when my dad
passed we couldn’t afford to pay all these people and I thought I was gonna
have to close down the college and the school and the camp and I just felt so
overwhelmed I was 28 years old just turned 29 at that time and he said yeah
yeah I’m gonna help you but I need you to do this this this and this and he
began to list these things and I heard God whisper in my heart are you gonna
trust in man’s money are you gonna trust in Jehovah Jireh and I thought this was
a test I thought there were hidden cameras so I looked at the man I said sir thank
you for being willing to help cuz he could have financed the whole thing
I mean he was a very wealthy person but I said I can’t do those things unless
God tells me I’m not gonna sell the ministry the pulpit is not up for
prostitution I’m not going to let anyone buy this church or buy the decisions of
this house but there were no hidden cameras and he never ended up coming and
a year and a half had passed we had our second child and one night I’m walking
on this street I come across a bridge it was dark I was discouraged and I just
heard the enemy whispering just jump just jump no one cares
just end the pain we’re living in a time right now we’re so many pastors are
dealing personally with doubt and discouragement so many young pastors are
trying to fill the shoes of parents and it’s I mean y’all need to pray always be
praying for the church out there’s so many people I mean our world our nation
America is on so much vacation to try to deal with anxiety and
depression and discouragement and I was right there on that bridge and I don’t
know if I’m speaking to someone who’s watching this later on that’s standing
on a bridge but I could hear the enemy just whispering just jump just end the pain
the church will be better off without you and I felt like I was in a basement
beneath a house but I wasn’t just one floor below I was five basements below
where I should have been that’s the only way I can describe depression it’s you’re
just too far below where you should be mentally and emotionally but I felt like
there was a raindrop coming from heaven it was like my dad was just dropping
little raindrops the Bible says train your children up in the way they should
go and they will not depart from it never underestimate getting your family
to church never underestimate sitting getting your kids in eKidz getting
your youth in a youth group here listen there’s something powerful about
being raised in those presence of God in the scriptures and all of a sudden it
just started coming on my head you’re more than a conqueror you’re
fearfully and wonderfully made you’ve got what it takes
see the final point of this message is surrender because it was in this moment
of surrender you can see it you can serve it you can speak it but the final
moment that you activate the keys of the kingdom is when you surrender and say
God I can’t do it God I don’t know what to do but my eyes are on you and on that
moment on that bridge I pointed in the darkness I said Satan you lose I refuse
to jump I choose to live I choose to live I’m getting out of this
depression I’m getting out of this anxiety
and I walked away from that bridge you can stand up I walked away from that
bridge and I never went back and little did I know that God dropped it in the
heart of a man just right after that moment God dropped it in the heart of
this man who came he said Paul I wasn’t here when your dad was pastoring started
coming right when you started preaching and he said I feel like I’m supposed to
bless the church and he said God told me to sow this seed it was the largest check
in the history of our church over a million dollars and then it just kept
flowing I called my mom and said mom we’re gonna be okay we’re gonna make it
she said what are you talking about saying mom God showed up Jehovah Jireh
answered Jehovah Jireh answered there’s no strings attached there’s no agenda
we’re gonna be able to keep the school and the college and there’s room for more
mission she starts crying she said that’s a
harvest on your dad’s seeds that’s a harvest on your dad’s seeds see some of
you are about to start walking in a harvest that your parents prayed for
that your grandma prayed for that your grandpa was on his knees for you’re
about to start picking up harvest in the field that you didn’t even have to labor
in but you gotta see it you gotta speak it you gotta serve and you got to
surrender I want you to just bow your heads and close your eyes all over this
place if you’re here right now and you’re facing something that just seems
bigger than you and you needed this message to be reminded you have the
master key now it’s time to start activating if that’s you I want you to
raise your hand all over this place yeah from the front to the back at every
location online yeah I want to pray for you right now and I want to pray for
those that are here today saying I want to surrender to Jesus I need to
surrender my life to Jesus if that’s you just raise your hand today’s your day
come on today is your day say this with me say Jesus I surrender I’m all yours
help me to see what you see help me to serve where you’ve called me to be help
me to speak what you spoken I surrender I believe you died on the
cross for my sins I believe you rose from the grave and
today I declare you are my Savior Christ in me is the master key in Jesus name
Amen I love you Elevation thank you for watching the Elevation Church YouTube
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100 Responses

  1. Amanda Minaker

    September 9, 2019 3:44 pm

    We have the key, Jesus. How often do we think it has to be up to us? Thank you Pastor Paul for this message. What a word!!

  2. DIÁRIO da Talita

    September 9, 2019 3:52 pm

    could put subtitles in Portuguese and English. There are many Brazilians here watching, sometimes I can only understand a few words.

  3. Karen H.

    September 9, 2019 3:55 pm

    Powerful given by this humble pastor. God bless him and his family. All the way from Houston Texas. πŸ’— God has used this church in many ways though my darkest days.πŸ™πŸΌ

  4. B L5

    September 9, 2019 4:09 pm

    Hi eFam,

    Online church member here watching service today and was floored to see that it was the Pastor from Victory.

    Just a little background, most internationals who move to Tulsa end up going to Victory some point or another as it is a large church and international. But I wish I can say they have lived to this reputation.

    If you get involved and stay long enough, you get to see the change and it is different.

    For the longest time, I used to go to the prayer group lead by a wonderful elderly couple. Afterwards his mother took over. It became essentially a political prayer group. Now don't get me wrong, the Bible says to pray for our leaders that we may live in peace. But it does not say go to church prayer to get indoctrinated in Trump and GOP doctrine.

    That's what I loved about the previous leadership, they respected boundaries. They knew the church was diverse and people have varying views but in no way were monolithic in thought. We prayed for our leaders, that they would have wisdom for the issues troubling the country and kept it that.

    Enter Paul's mother. Church prayer became a polical gaffe. You would enter through the doors and be handed notes. Trump is doing ABC and so and so is opposing him. Pray XYZ. Just pages and pages. Trump is good and so are his policies. Everything else is bad. It can be essentially dissected that way.

    At length someone in the group confronted the leaders, Paul's mother, Sharon. The member was kicked out! Don't you love church hospitality?

    I think the biggest hypocritical thing is that Paul's family has been giving money and goingto missions for years. To Mexico, Guatemala etc. And isn't it funny that they are more than willing to go to those poor countries but yet when those people come crying for help in the Southern border, they are detained and not just by the government. The same government and its policies prayed up by Paul's mother and prayer group.

    May I remind you that Jesus, our Lord and Savior was an immigrant. He was threatened and the Angel of the Lord told Joseph to rise and take the boy to Egypt and there did the they live until Herod's death.

    Do not be fooled, this church is the South and those prejudices still exist. And immigrants are utterly despised in this city and state (as it has one to strictest laws). Being a Christian here is equivalent to being a Republican. It's been so diluted and the church, especially the older population reflects that spurious ideology and even the current genration.

    If you don't believe me get confirmation from internationals who went to Victory College and were confronted by the director of the school (Caleb, Paul's brother in law) who mocked immigrants who came to the college solely to keep their immigration status current or warned Americans not to get involved with internationals because they are only here for their 'papers.'

    And if you still don't believe me, this church, a few years ago was in the news becase a girl got raped IN the church and Paul's brother and wife did not say anything, do anything. They were quick to protect themselves than the victim.

    And this is the short recount. There are many more.

    If you really want to know the heart of a church be a guest who just sits in the pew. Then you'll know who they value and who it looks upon with contempt. Funny thing is that Jesus never discriminated. He's not a respecter of persons.

    At length, I understand now why non-believers despise the church and former members who have become disillusioned by the church. If this is the kind of treatment and love from Christ they see, then yes, they have a point.

  5. Elevation Church

    September 9, 2019 4:14 pm

    SEE, SERVE, SPEAK, & SURRENDER: You have been given the master key, which area do you need to focus on to unlock the opportunities God has given you?

  6. Dawn Wiecks

    September 9, 2019 4:17 pm

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  7. Dawn Wiecks

    September 9, 2019 4:19 pm

    Thank YOU…great sermon. GOD BLESS holy spiritπŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜₯πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜„πŸ˜΄πŸ˜΄πŸ˜΄πŸ˜΄πŸ˜‡

  8. Ondia Mel

    September 9, 2019 4:33 pm


  9. DeAnndrea Anderson

    September 9, 2019 4:36 pm

    I just listened to this sermon, and my father passed away on August 4th just a little over a month ago. He too was a Pastor. Thank you so much for sharing this! I needed to hear this message today.

  10. Albert Tinnell

    September 9, 2019 4:40 pm

    I so often forget the keys that I have … I need to trust that God has given me what I need now and in the future.

  11. Pain Free

    September 9, 2019 4:57 pm

    Thank you for this message, my mind and soul has been worried about the wrong things, there is hope for me


    September 9, 2019 5:12 pm

    Good day! Please tell me when there will be translations of the sermon in Russian. There used to be sermons, but now it’s not.

  13. sarak2709

    September 9, 2019 5:19 pm

    This spoke to me in so many levels! I needed to hear this so bad. Thank you Jesus! Thank you Pastor Paul! God bless

  14. jessie spillman

    September 9, 2019 5:39 pm

    I am so touched by your ministry and heart for God,I so want and to change filters to flip my flow before i make a mistake and fall

  15. Alicia Cooper

    September 9, 2019 5:48 pm

    Pastor Paul, what an amazing Word. I love your transparency and the honesty in your message. I'm a PK as well and many of us struggle to find our calling. But I am so glad that you are walking in yours. May God continue to bless you!

  16. Jo Mary Rudow

    September 9, 2019 6:10 pm

    Great Word, Pastor, I so needed thisπŸ™πŸ½please pray that God will renew my dreams because right now. I can't seeπŸ™πŸ½

  17. Kerith O

    September 9, 2019 6:14 pm

    I appreciate this message so much. I need to decrease and He increase. Thank you so much Pastor Paul, for bringing hope through your honesty and vulnerability. God bless you


    September 9, 2019 6:14 pm

    I watched this live and it touched me so much. Second time around is even better. What a blessed word from God πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ’œ

  19. Rebecca Van Dyne

    September 9, 2019 6:20 pm

    What a BEAUTIFUL message! I felt his pain and the love for his father so much; I had a ball in my throat almost this whole sermon! My father passed away August 1, 2015 and yesterday I spread his ashes in his hometown 4 hours away… this message touched me and my insecurities and what I have been battling with the last few years/months and he is so right, I have had the keys all along, I just haven't used them. Thank you Pastor Paul for this message, I wasn't expecting to be touched the way I was but wow I am so thankful, AMEN!!!!!!! I also appreciate what he said about anxiety and depression. Wow… God is so good. God, I am looking towards you. I just cant get over how beautiful this message is… and its hitting home so much!!!!

  20. Kelsey L

    September 9, 2019 6:33 pm

    So blessed to have Pastor Paul as my pastor here in Tulsa. My father passed away as well when I was 19 from ALS. He was my hero and a mighty man of God. I was lost for 2 years in doubt and my faith was wrecked. I was suicidal and in and out of psychiatric hospitals. I had dropped out of school. One night I went to church after years of anger at God. Someone prayed for me that night when they saw the bandages on my arm. They took me down to the alter and Pastor Billy Joe prayed for me. God showed up that night. God showed me I was not an orphan and I ended up going back to college and graduated. This message really got me.

  21. Raquel Ramos

    September 9, 2019 9:37 pm

    OMG I REMEMBER U!!! You came to Cornerstone Church in Fresno ((Pastors James and Cindy Franklin) in June!!!!! Wow small word and this message is a reminder when you preached about you having the master key for me to move back home to Sacramento.

  22. andrea arthur

    September 9, 2019 9:50 pm

    This was God bruh hes been speaking to me so deep and so much cause I wasn't right praise him πŸ’—πŸ’— pray for those unsaved and less fortunate people guys who dont have our blessings

  23. Ruth

    September 9, 2019 10:29 pm

    Pastor Paul spoke the Word!!! When I was in college, I attended Victory Tulsa under his leadership. Amazing man of God. Now that I've left Tulsa, I still speak that vision statement of Victory Tulsa over my life "My best days are right in front of me!" Never forget! God has spoken through Pastor Paul to me many times, so I'm really happy that he spoke at Elevation as well <3 πŸ™‚

  24. Ari Euny

    September 9, 2019 11:55 pm

    Amazing! I literally listened to this 3 times 😭 my sons lost their father when I was 16.. this week marks his 15 anniversary.. this reminded me to not lean on my own understanding.. gods love πŸ’• is amazing amen πŸ™πŸΌ

  25. Destini Ty'Jae

    September 10, 2019 12:14 am

    My only regret is that I did not get to see this in person; this has got to be one of my favorite messages to date!! For anyone who is struggling w/ their career or trying to find their purpose amidst the chaos, this message is for you!

  26. Ikeshia Wilburn

    September 10, 2019 12:22 am

    You are a great pastor!!! Hallelujah. The spirit of God fell upon me and I was moved . Thank God for you !!!!

  27. SJ Carillo

    September 10, 2019 1:20 am

    I was so down last night.. I just finished watching this sermon and it was the best msg I've heard so far. Thank You, Father God! Just right in time!

  28. John salm

    September 10, 2019 1:26 am

    Please pray for my broken marriage to be restored and for my mother to heal from breast cancer, also for financial situation to be sorted with open doors

  29. Angelou Carnicer

    September 10, 2019 2:52 am

    I have a feeling I'll be listening to this sermon a whole lot. Thank you, pastor! This is what I needed to hear. Thank you.

  30. Ariel Gilkes

    September 10, 2019 4:48 am

    Wow! This really blessed me! Not only does Pastor Furtick bless me, he seems to always bring in guest preachers that are amazing!

  31. Sonia Wilson

    September 10, 2019 5:53 am

    I listened to this sermon yesterday. It was such a powerful message, and spoke to me. I need to remember that I've got the master key. Christ in me. I want peace and joy. I don't want fear to keep me where I am at, I have a purpose. My best days are in front of me. Thank you Pastor Paul!

  32. Magdalene Singh

    September 10, 2019 9:56 am

    My 11 year is preparing to write SEA exams next year and this sermon was definitely for her. She is self motivated but some classmates are feeding her negative. I've been speaking to her with hopes of her seeing how smart she is and that she has the potential. I appreciate this word.

  33. LBell W

    September 10, 2019 1:07 pm

    I’ve been listening to all your sermons for a couple of months now and everything sermon has been a message to me to keep going to keep my eye on God and to keep trusting his plan because in the end my purpose and my reward is bigger than what’s going on now thank you Elevation for sharing and loving

  34. Garcia McNally

    September 10, 2019 2:48 pm

    I decree and declare my best days are ahead of me in Jesus name, Lord I surrender all to you from Jamaica

  35. Kaydeen Tucker

    September 10, 2019 3:28 pm

    Thank you Jesus for your word and my Greater days are just about to start, thank you Lord πŸ™ŒπŸ™πŸ™Œ.

  36. Nicholas Macias

    September 10, 2019 6:02 pm

    It's hard to listen to the great words they are saying. Today's ministers look the same (Jordans or designer shoes, clothes, gold jewelry, and Rolex watches). Makes it hard to relate.

  37. Josh Gomez

    September 10, 2019 9:42 pm

    I am at work right now and I’m listening to this word off of my iPhone and couldn’t help but relate to this message so powerfully! I am in a season right now where all these events that have taken place in Paul’s life I can relate. Colossians 1:27. Thank you for this word of hope!

  38. Frankline B

    September 11, 2019 12:08 am

    Sermon notes: Rev 1:18
    How to activate your keys:
    1) How your see yourself and God matters. You've gotta see the victory before the victory. Being able to see with eyes of faith. If you don't have a vision for your life, you'll be lost.
    2) Through serving
    . you don't need a title or a position to serve. Be an answer to a problem
    .If serving is beneath you, then leading is beneath you. Your humiliation is preparation for elevation. God sees you even when others don't

    3) Your words

    You have the Master key, so change how you speak

    You're here on purpose and you're exactly where God wants you to be

    4) Surrender: Lord I cant do this on my own I NEED you!!!!


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