Where do you escape? | Steven Furtick


because sometimes you will find in your
life that the place you escape to becomes the place that you are enslaved
in and you didn’t go there to be a slave you went there to survive can I preach a
little bit some of the addictions that people deal with in their life they form
them because they were trying to survive emotionally they didn’t want to be
hooked on pills they just needed to take something to escape the way that they
felt and now I’m taking two and now I’m taking three and I didn’t know that this
would cause me to lose my mind in my control and my grip on reality because I
wasn’t taking it to be a slave I was taking it to survive but one day I woke
up and found that this thing that used to feed me is now mastering me
I didn’t start it to to be enslaved to it I started to survive and this is what
they rarely preach about temptation is that the reason temptation is so
difficult to resist is that it offers a way of escape and when you feel so
trapped inside of yourself that you want to be anybody but you and you have heard
lies of how worthless that you are either through people or the perspective
of your own limited reasoning which sees yourself only through the filter of your
flaws it is difficult to stay in that situation and so you look for a way of
escape that’s why I started drinking too much I was looking for a way to escape I
was looking for a way out just a way out of the pressure a way out of the pain a
way out of the feeling that that I was alone a way out of feeling so weird and
so different a way out of replaying the memory a way out of having to deal with
the day in and day out nonsense of just going through this life and and trying
to provide for my family but realizing that nobody really appreciates it and I
don’t even feel like I’m doing a good job and I need a way out and the devil
will always be there to offer you a tunnel called temptation and the problem is
that it works for a while it’s good till it ain’t cuz I’ll tell you right now escape is enjoyable until you become enslaved by it you know what they ate in
Egypt quail that is a delicacy Kentucky Fried quail KFQ on the menu they feed you in Egypt
they take care of you in Egypt it’s the place they went to escape but
then you live there a little while and your like I thought this was a way out I
thought this was a tunnel you know the little things we do to escape I know I
mentioned drugs and I’ve mentioned some sexual things but complaining is a way
of escape too y’all don’t like that one as much let me talk about something we
don’t all do blame is a way of escape and what it offers you a way out of is
the pain of self-awareness because to really deal with my life might mean
taking responsibility for some of my actions now so blame lets me put it on you so I don’t have to feel it on me the only
problem is I put my freedom on you when I put the blame on you it’s a way out
that after a while it keeps you locked in and the Bible says that when God saw
his people’s misery He came to deliver them it was the way of escape now I need
to show you this because in the Bible that the way of escape that God gave
them was not around the Red Sea huh you said it was through it their way to freedom was through their fear their way to freedom
was through their fear and it required for them to go through it to be set free
from it y’all I feel like I’m preaching this right today but I feel like there’s
somebody here who you have been escaping to things that are now enslaving you I
was trying to get it across to the kids on Friday night because I figured that
if we can get them to understand that these temptations these tunnels are
actually traps maybe they won’t still be dealing with the stuff when they’re 52
that God could have delivered them from when they were 15 come on I need
somebody’s faith today if you break the chain before it develops its strength
but see when you escape there over and over again it’s like even just zoning
out on your phone you ever thought about this what am i doing I’m escaping to
what the images of people whose lives I am not accountable for why because it
numbs me from having to deal with whatever boredom is present in my life
now I’m not telling you not to go on your phone I’m just saying that some of
us have completely lost our capacity for actual presence because of our way of
escape now you sitting at the dinner table talking about trying to swipe your
wife stalking you trying to go to the next scene the next story get past the
next detail it doesn’t work like that the way of escape is it’s the way that
you escape is it’s the way that you escape we all need a way of escape and
the Bible says that God brought his people through the waters of the Red Sea
God brought his people with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm He brought
them through what was in front of them and drowned their enemies He wants to
remind you that there’s nothing in front of you that God cannot bring you through
there’s nothing hey thank you for watching make sure you subscribe to this
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80 Responses

  1. Atogembasia Cecilia

    December 20, 2019 11:34 am

    First to comment.
    Watching fromπŸ‡§πŸ‡΄πŸ‡§πŸ‡΄. GHANA
    God bless you so much.
    I need this

  2. fiona malaika

    December 20, 2019 11:43 am

    AMEN ,,,I just give thanks to my beatifier lord jesus christπŸ™
    Thank you lord for your grace and mercy that you released to usπŸ™πŸ™
    Thank you for your Guardian Angels πŸ™πŸ™
    Thank you for gift of life that we are now entering 2020 ,, blessed be the name of jesus christ πŸ™ŒπŸ™πŸ™

  3. Happy Soul

    December 20, 2019 12:08 pm

    That's my church 😭 that teaches exactly what I need. Exactly what emotional disbalance I am going thru. Oh Jesus, I want to join them soon. I love ya'll❀️

  4. Tillie Willson

    December 20, 2019 12:33 pm

    This one really hit home with me.. thank you pastor Steven for this word, We've got an awesome God building up a testimony that could help with the kids today who are facing this situation, of escape, I know they could benefit from my testimony, as soon as God leads me out of my wilderness season.. or maybe as soon as I find the right path to follow Him on

  5. Samuel Madsen

    December 20, 2019 12:38 pm

    If you want to pray for my 12yr olf brother. He's addicted to something fortnite (srsly dont laugh) and he's like real addicted because he escape from his fear there, and he's not good with other people. He dont even come to hist friends birthfay partiesor even school, because he's scared.

    If you want to read: It started like 2yrs ago, and once I prayed about it with my teenageclub(or what you call it) And he started going to school again, and he got a best friend there, but his friend left the school, because he got bullied. Now he don't have anything. Pld pray. Btw the only thing when he can come somewhere with other people is in church, but he's too scared to reqlly talk to them after. When he's playing he just talk to other people like nothing. Yeah, sooo, thanks for praying. (If you did)

  6. ShaDow Wiz

    December 20, 2019 1:12 pm

    Yes brother I am a recovering pornography addict and it's been really hard and it was good until I was in slaved by it. Thank you for your great service β€οΈπŸ™β€οΈπŸ˜‡πŸ™ God bless you all!!!

  7. Daisy Morningstar

    December 20, 2019 1:46 pm

    lol I got kids I escape to the shitter with my iPhone 🀣🀣 praise the lord for poopoos

  8. Rita G. Paz

    December 20, 2019 2:59 pm

    I So Receive this Word In Jesus Name Hallelujah Amen Pastor Furtick!πŸ’œπŸ‡πŸ‘‘πŸ™πŸ‘£

  9. Sam

    December 20, 2019 3:16 pm

    Escape is both why I started drinking and why I quit. I haven't had a drink in almost 2 years now, but I still need God every day to escape alcoholism.

  10. Olive Honey

    December 20, 2019 3:17 pm

    "Sometimes you will find in your life that the place you escape to becomes the place you are enslaved in." Whoooooooooo! That's a deep message right there! Amen?

  11. Trica Tyrell

    December 20, 2019 3:20 pm

    I'm 22 year old I've been through soo much…. I'm seeing 2 persons at the same time the 1 I love an my ex again the 1that I love that I can even go a day without him I know God has brought bring us together for a reason I did abortion for him all bcuz he didn't ready an knw my world has been shattered I'm crying most of the time even before I sleep at nights an I wake up sad everyday bcuz I'm not happy anymore .my happiness is no more I really need some advice can y'all plz pray for meπŸ‡¬πŸ‡ΎπŸ‡¬πŸ‡ΎπŸ‡¬πŸ‡Ύ.

  12. vintage_ honey210

    December 20, 2019 4:50 pm

    I have a brother of mine who's constant escape is always going back into the line of work that God doesn't want him in, just because of the pay. No, it's not anything illegal either. But he's been fired from so many of these jobs time and time again, yet he still doesn't get it. Please pray for the veil to be lifted from his eyes so that he will see, with clarity, what God is trying to do in his life. Thank you in advance and God bless each and every one of you! Merry Christmas everybody! πŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ

  13. Nizah Siame

    December 20, 2019 5:24 pm

    Preach it πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

  14. mcelite14

    December 20, 2019 6:42 pm

    Him and TD Jakes are some of the realest preachers wow just thinking about my past mistakes and how reflected my own emotional issues

  15. julie johnson

    December 21, 2019 4:57 am

    πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Praise the LORD for HIS Word. God Almighty is Faithful and True. God bless you mightily Pastor Steven.

  16. Qaleb Riddik

    December 21, 2019 12:20 pm

    I needed to hear this. I need help. And I need Jesus Christ back in my life. I want him back in my life. And I needed to hear this. I'm about to become a mother and I've been hiding behind a needle & I just want to walk in my identity in Christ. I need prayer and I need a support system and I'm just asking for whoever is reading this to please somehow reach out and help. I'm currently homeless and I want to be able to provide for my child and I don't want to be stuck in bondage anymore. I need help being strong in Christ. I you Lord for Your forgiveness. I know Your Grace is sufficient and I do not deserve it but please shower me with Your Grace and have mercy on my soul. Youg daughter , Ciara.

  17. Jemmie Stone

    December 21, 2019 6:29 pm

    Thank you for this much needed Word into my life today. God Bless You and Your Family and may you all have a Blessed and Merry Christmas.

  18. S.P. Baughman

    December 22, 2019 12:49 am

    There is nothing God cannot bring us through ,I have to remember that.The way to freedom is through our fear..go through it to feel free ..God brought his people through the red sea,mighty hand and drown his enemies…Nothing he cannot bring us through…

  19. jolen smith

    December 22, 2019 6:23 am

    Omg!!! I needed this earlier today. Food, sleep, fantasy movies, fantasizing etc have all been ways of escape for me to avoid dealing with myself, lonliness, my disappointments, and confusion about where my life is headed. I even think about heaven a lot. Sometimes those things seem easier than actually dealing with life itself.

  20. j williams

    December 22, 2019 11:00 am

    its so true. everything you said here pastor. pls pray for me.. its hard to stop. i feel so guilty after every time i cross that tunnel the enemy gave me to escape my pain.

  21. Josh Pampa

    December 23, 2019 6:26 am

    OK this is a social media announcement, firstly im convinced, i am
    convinced that i will some day probably try have a full quality
    beautiful with a big jiggley belly girlfriend and i will call her
    "Jellow"……… Also i just think i want to focus my self on being as
    healthy as possible so i can preform even BETTER amazing next year! and i
    KNOW i will be even more healthy and better so i can PREFORM BETTER
    next year at my career. thats all BEB

  22. Josh Pampa

    December 23, 2019 6:26 am

    OK this is a social media announcement, firstly im convinced, i am
    convinced that i will some day probably try have a full quality
    beautiful with a big jiggley belly girlfriend and i will call her
    "Jellow"……… Also i just think i want to focus my self on being as
    healthy as possible so i can preform even BETTER amazing next year! and i
    KNOW i will be even more healthy and better so i can PREFORM BETTER
    next year at my career. thats all BEB

  23. AmandaH98

    December 23, 2019 4:10 pm

    I'm taking responsibility for my actions but I've been in bondage for too long but ive been set free I loved this message pastor SF ! πŸ™πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ


    December 23, 2019 9:37 pm

    God take u through the Red Sea,he can take u through anything Amen πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½

  25. Christina Sancio

    December 26, 2019 3:50 pm

    Just want to share… I usually know the message is a good one because it makes me feel very uncomfortable.

  26. Priest

    December 27, 2019 8:28 am

    I can't believe in irony when i've started drinking literally within weeks of this message. It's not regular but it could become regular if I keep using it as an escape, I don't want it to become a habit, I need God to change my heart, I think i've been escaping doing things his way and so i've found ways to manage things my way. It's hard for me to not do it my way even though God's way is always good. God told me I am a Priest, even i'm not in a good place, if anyone reads this please pray that I overcome my pain, nobody is perfect, no more illusions about God's ministers, nobody is perfect and nobody's walk is perfect, pray for your people.

  27. Venesa Mwangi

    December 27, 2019 9:08 am

    I've never seen a man who doesn't even know I exist who knows me more more than I know myself.
    This is how I got depression.


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