Holly Furtick

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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Monday Morning Commentary-Consider the Source

We started our newest series yesterday, Consider the Source, a series helping us to understand that God is our source and everything else is just a resource.  The title of the sermon was, “Don’t forget where you come from.”

We learned that when you remove the substance from the source, it will die.  Genesis 1, God spoke to the land to create vegetation, He spoke to the waters to create the fish.  But when God wanted to create man, He spoke to Himself.  If you take vegetation from the land, or fish from the sea, they will die.  So is it when give in to the temptation to focus on my resources, rather than my source, God, I will die.

He told us, when you remember where you come from…

  1. It will put your situation in proper perspective.  Is 51:1-3- We have to start with the source, not the situation.
  2. It will keep you in perfect peace.  Matt. 6:25-33- Worry will disconnect you from the source.
  3. Bring you back to your rightful place.  Lk 15- All that God has is mine!
I love how my husband pointed out in the story of the prodigal son, that both sons had removed themselves from the source.  One was starving, one was slaving.  The Father told both of his sons, “All that I have is yours!”  Joy, peace, grace, wisdom, mercy, forgiveness is mine when I stay connected to the source!
This is going to be an incredible series!  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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Monday Morning Commentary

We continued our series on the chatterbox with a sermon about shame and condemnation.  We have learned so far about insecurity, fear, and now condemnation.  My husband was so vulnerable in his message today.  It is so refreshing to have a pastor who is real and who does not try to pretend that he is perfect.  He taught from Luke 22, the story of Peter denying Jesus.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes…

  • Shame is usually the source of our issues, not the solution.
  • The accuser wants you to think that what you did is who you are.
  • Temptation brings you down, accusation keeps you there.
  • The enemy will try and take somewhat you did and convince you that’s who you are.
  • Guilt keeps you thinking about what you did.  Shame keeps you thinking about who you are.
We also learned the 3 P’s of Shame illustrated well by our son Elijah when he said, “What’s wrong with me?  I always mess everything up.”
Personal- What’s wrong with me
Permanent- I always
Pervasive- mess everything up
I’m thankful that I realized today that Jesus predicted Peter’s failure and faith.  Jesus doesn’t love me anymore when I am doing the right things then when I am doing the wrong things.  And He is ready with grace when I do fail.

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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Monday Morning Commentary

Wow!  what a weekend.  I woke up this morning with a holy hangover.  I have had two cups of Awake tea and one cup of coffee to try and get me going today.  We had such a powerful weekend.  My husband preached his heart out and then Sunday evening we had a special baptism service.  First the sermon…

This weekend we continued our series, Crash the Chatterbox with an incredible message on fear.  This series has been so helpful for so many people including myself.  I love how my husband is preaching additional content to the book.  It supplements so well with what we are reading in the book, and every weekend I feel challenged and inspired.

This message on fear was based out of Acts 27 and 28, Paul’s journey to Rome to be tried by Caesar.  Paul was shipwrecked, almost killed by the guards and snake bitten, yet he did not lose his faith.  Here are the 3 points.

  1. Steer by the Spirit, not by your senses.  The chatterbox creates worry, the Spirit gives warnings.
  2. Fix you focus and keep up your faith.  Fear and faith are both powered by focus.  My faith cannot be in the ship, my faith must be in Jesus.
  3. Shake the snake and feed the fire.  When the fire burns bright, it draws the snakes out.  Paul knew God would not save him from the shipwreck to die from a snakebite.  I must learn to shake the snake!
The message this weekend was amazing.  I hope you will take the time to watch or listen.  You can watch the message today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast.


And I cannot end this post without sharing this picture. Can you see how happy I am? There is nothing in the world like watching people take the step of baptism.  I love to watch people boldly proclaim that they belong to Christ. And last night we got to watch hundreds of people at 3 of our locations proclaim their faith.  As my husband said, “Baptism is a public declaration of a new identification.”

 

Have a great Monday!

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Monday Morning Commentary

This weekend was week 2 of our series, Crash the Chatterbox, a series teaching us how to hear God’s voice above all others.   I love how my husband is not teaching things he has written in Crash the Chatterbox, rather adding to it.  It is so complimentary to what we are reading in our eGroups.  This week week we tackled the topic of insecurity.

Insecurity defined: I am never _______ enough.

My husband taught us from Exodus 2-4, when God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.  Moses had three excuses he offered to God, all rooted in insecurity.

  1. I’m so dysfunctional
  2. I’m so deficient
  3. I’m so doubtful
We learned that insecurity is the ultimate insult to God as our creator.  We also learned that the biggest antidote for insecurity is to consider the source.
When Moses asked God for His name , God replied, I AM.  My husband taught us “what I am doesn’t change who He is!”  He is gracious.  He is sufficient.  He is faithful.  And whatever I’m not, He is.  In Him, I am able, confident, blessed, whole, delivered, clean…

The message was so great.  I am not even doing it justice.  I heard so many people say it was the best sermon they ever heard.  You really must go and watch it!  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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Monday Morning Commentary

We began our series, Crash the Chatterbox today FINALLY!!!  9 months ago I read the first chapter of my husbands book with tears in my eyes because it was exactly what I needed to hear.  I have been anxiously anticipating the release of this book because I know it is going to help so many people.  And what better way to set up the book release this week with a sermon series from my husband?

He set up the series so well today.  He defined the chatterbox as the lies we believe that keep us from accurately hearing God’s voice above all others.  Crashing the chatter box is overpowering the lies of fear, condemnation, insecurity and discouragement with the promises of God.  He gave us 3 scriptures, Isaiah 55:1-3- Listening to God’s voice brings life, Genesis 3:1-4- Listening to the lies of the enemy brings death, and Matthew 4:1-4- Preloading yourself with the promises of God enables you defeat your enemy.

He gave us 8 word pairs to help us understand how to crash the chatterbox…

  1. Call/Response- God has given me the ability to choose the thoughts I believe and respond to.
  2. Enemy/In Me- I must learn how to identify my inner critic.
  3. Dialogue/Destiny- When lies are not confronted, callings are not fulfilled.
  4. Deception/Distortion- The enemy takes the truth and turns it into a lie
  5. Premise/Promise- Never let the enemy define the premise of your promise.  Always start with the promise.
  6. Consume/Consumed- We choose the thoughts we consume and then those thoughts consume us.
  7. Detection/Defense- Deception is only as effective as long as it is undetected.
  8. Whatever/Whatever-They lies of the enemy may come into my head but I don’t have to let them in my heart.
This is going to be such a great series!!  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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Monday Morning Commentary

We continued our series, Sticks and Stones, a series based on the story of David and Goliath that is giving us 5 secret weapons to making our resolutions more than words.  So far  we have learned about anointing, ability, attitude and this week we learned about approach.

Through the story of David and Goliath, this week, we learned that when God starts to raise us up, there are forces that will try and bring us down.  They may be others in our lives, situations we face, or even the voices in our own head.  My husband taught us 3 different strategies to fight back with when we are facing these opponents.

  1. Learn the turn.  When David was accused by his brother, he simply turned away from him.
  2. Stay after it.  When Saul belittled David, David began to rehearse all that God had already done.
  3. Keep your distance.  When Goliath went to attack David, he had to get near him.  David kept his distance and fought with different weapons.
I loved how my husband told us that sometimes we are fighting the right battle but in order to win, we have to change our approach.  As Christians we have been given so many weapons to fight the attacks of the evil one.  He wants to bring us  down to worry, anxiety and depression.  We must fight back with the weapons of the name of Jesus, our worship, the Word, and giving generously just as Christ gave to us.

This series has been so great.  You can watch this 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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Monday Morning Commentary


We continued our series, Sticks and Stones, a series based on the story of David and Goliath that is giving us 5 secret weapons to making our resolutions more than words.  So far  we have learned about anointing, ability, and this week we learned about attitude.

My husband had a special guest, Carolina Panther’s wide receiver, Steve Smith and his wife Angie to help him preach this week.  They talked about how to have a passionate attitude.  They gave us 4 characteristics of passionate people…

  1. Passionate people carry out small assignments with a willing spirit.
  2. Passionate people must guard their strength or it will become a double weakness.
  3. Passionate people interpret intimidations as an invitation.
  4. Passionate people will fight to the finish in the battles that matter most.
The whole message was great.  My favorite part was the last point where Steve and Angie talked about almost giving up on their marriage.  Angie said, “I just decided I wasn’t going to let the enemy win.”  The fight to save their marriage did not happen over night but with a lot of hard work and forgiveness, they are still together after 14 years.  That is such great marriage advice.  Don’t let the enemy win.  Fight for the things in life that matter most.

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.

Also, check back at 3pm, I will announce the winners of the Only King Forever giveaway from last week.

Have a great Monday!

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Monday Morning Commentary

We continued our series, Sticks and Stones, a series based on the story of David and Goliath that is giving us 5 secret weapons to making our resolutions more than words.  Last week we learned about anointing, this week we learned about ability.

My husband taught us that God expects us to grow in our gifts.  He reminded us that when we see someone’s gift, we never know the grind that they have put into perfecting their gift.  He said that spirituality and skill should not be separated.  He showed us this through the story of David coming to play the harp for King Saul.  My favorite quote from the day was, “Just because people don’t know who you are doesn’t mean that God doesn’t know how to find you when He needs you.”

He told us that in order to grow in our gifts we need to have 4 things…

  1. Diligence.  He told us that we must develop what God has deposited.
  2. Excellence.  We learned a great God deserves a great effort.
  3. Uniqueness.  David was a harpist and a warrior.  My weirdness is where I can discover my calling.
  4. Experience.  God will arrange every experience to serve His purpose.
My other favorite quote was, “What you are is God’s gift to you.  What you become is God’s gift to the world.”

The message was so great.  I hope you will watch it if you missed it or last week’s.  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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Monday Morning Commentary

Well I took a nice long Christmas break from blogging.  We had a wonderful holiday.  After a marathon of Christmas worship experiences and the joy of seeing many people raised to life in Christ, we celebrated low key with family and friends.   I hope you had a wonderful holiday too.  Our Christmas decorations are down with only a remnant of random flecks of glitter that remain.  Today we returned to real life (whatever that is).  The boys are back in school and I am doing my best to get back in a routine although I started in the negative because I went to a Downton Abbey party with friends last night and did not get home until after midnight.

But my coffee is kicking in and this is a Monday Morning Commentary, not a recap of my Christmas break.  And boy is this series off to a great start.  We began our series, Sticks and Stones, yesterday.  It is a series on David and Goliath.  This weekend we learned 4 affirmations to start off our new year because an affirmation must come before a resolution if the resolution is to be sustained.

Here are the 4 affirmations…

  1. I am anointed to accomplish my assignment.
  2. Just because I am not visible doesn’t mean I am not valuable.
  3. I don’t need a better assignment to experience a greater assignment.
  4. I have nothing to prove and only ONE to please.
My husband’s message was so encouraging at the beginning of this new year.  He encouraged us to do just keep doing what we are doing with a new passion and attitude and anointing.  I hope that you will take the time to watch the message.  You can watch the message today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast.
Also, if you missed our New Year’s Eve praise party, boy did you miss out.  My husband preached the most encouraging message for heading into the new year.  If you need a bonus sermon for some encouragement, you should listen to this message today, the message was called Count On It here’s the link.

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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