Holly Furtick

Too tired to finish

Do you know the story of Gideon?  In Judges 6-8 we find Gideon, an Israelite, called by God to defeat the Midianites with only 300 men (you should go and read the story if you don’t know it).  In chapter 6, Gideon accepts the call (after asking God many questions), in chapter 7, Gideon and his men have a huge victory but they have to finish the job and defeat all of the Midianites.  I love verse 4 in chapter 8…

Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan and crossed it.

Have you ever been exhausted while obeying God?  Just because you are winning a victory does not mean you won’t get tired.

Maybe you are fighting for your marriage or a relationship.  Maybe you are finishing up a big project.  Maybe you are serving in a church.

Don’t give up.  Keep up the pursuit.   Remember, the Lord is on your side.    The One who gave you the faith to start will give you the grace to finish.

If you need an extra boost of encouragement  today, listen to this sermon from my husband.  It is one of my favorites and it always encourages me.  Don’t Stop on 6!

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Holy Hangover

 

Wow. What a weekend. God is so good.

 

 

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How to kill a friendship

Friendships are such a difficult thing to navigate in life, but such an essential part of life.

I read that the average friendship has a lifespan of 5 years.  That is kind of sad but yet comforting at the same time.  Friendships ebb and flow.  Jobs change, people move, kid’s schools, teams and hobbies change.  When a friendship ends, it does not mean there is something wrong with me.  It is just a natural part of life.  There are, however, a few things you can do to fast forward the ending of a friendship.

1.  Jealousy. Jealousy will kill a friendship faster than anything. If you cannot celebrate the successes of your friend, they will eventually stop sharing those wins with you. Proverbs 27:4 says, “Anger is cruel and wrath is like a flood, but jealousy is even more dangerous.”

2. Judgement. If you never come to a place where you accept others even though you disagree on something, you cannot cultivate that friendship. Is my friend too strict because she doesn’t let her children play with certain games or read certain books? No, just different. Just because my beliefs are different from yours does not mean I am right and you are wrong.

3.  Comparison. Anyone who is constantly comparing is a drain to be around. It doesn’t matter if you are comparing careers, possessions or children.  Check out this line from Dillon Burroughs, “The problem with comparison is that you always feel either better than someone else or worthless compared to someone else.”  Constant comparison will suck the life out of a friendship.

4.  Lack of Confrontation. No friendship can move forward if it does not push past a conflict. No, we do not have to always speak the truth in love, but there are times when we must confront a situation (not talk about it to everyone else), talk through it and move on.  Conflict can either destroy or, if handled correctly, can deepen a relationship.

A few more thoughts on friendship…

Remember, friendships need to be cultivated, but if a particular friendship is like caring for an orchid… try as you might, the petals are falling off, it may be time to let it go.  On the other hand, if you have an friendship that is like an oak tree, one that is steady and has weathered many storms, you should fight for that one.

Loneliness is something everyone experiences.  But we all must be reminded sometimes that it takes a friend to be a friend.  What kind of friend are you?  If you feel so lonely, when was the last time you invited a friend to lunch?  When was the last time you sent a note of encouragement, or bought your someone a gift just because?

And don’t forget, God wants to bless us with friendships but Jesus is the true friend.  Sometimes I think I mistake loneliness in my life for lack of closeness with Jesus.  When I am full in my relationship with Jesus, I feel more fulfilled in every area of my life, especially my friendships because they become more about what I can give, not necessarily what I am receiving.

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.  Proverbs 18:25

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Monday Morning Commentary

Yesterday we continued our series, Consider the Source, with a very challenging message.  Last week Pastor Steven taught us, “Don’t forget where you come from.”  This week he taught us, “There’s more where that came from.”

He gave us 4 questions to see if we have a MORE mindset or a SCARCITY mindset.

  1. Do I see myself as ENTRUSTED or ENTITLED?  Duet. 8
    Any blessing I don’t turn back to praise turns into pride.
  2. Do I give out of RELATIONSHIP or RELUCTANCE?  2 Corinthians 9:7
    For God so loved the world that He gave!  Love gives!
  3. Do I give out of OBEDIENCE or is it OPTIONAL?  2Tim 6:17-19
    It’s not a decision, it’s devotion.  If you wait until the optimal time to give, you will never do it!
  4. Do I want to MULTIPLY or MAINTAIN?  John 6:32-35
    When you bring the resource to the source, it becomes MORE!!

The message was so challenging I especially love the encouragement at the end that when I keep all the resources I have been given, that’s all it will be but everything that I give to God multiplies!

You can watch the message today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast.

And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Have a great Monday!

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Elevation Worship does it again!

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I am so excited!  Our worship team released an EP today with two of my favorite new songs we have been singing at Elevation!  Unstoppable God and my personal favorite, Jesus I Come.  There is also a new version of Raised to Life available as well!  We have these songs on repeat in the car and in the house!

The EP is available only in digital format. Click here to purchase from iTunes.

We’ve also made several resources available for each of these songs at ElevationWorship.com, including lyrics, chord charts, loops, tutorials, and more.

And just because she’s so cute…

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