God, Where Are You? | Pastor Steven Furtick
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I wanted to speak about that because
everybody in the room has a Lazarus it is that located part of your life where
you thought God would it could be a help that you expected emotionally it could
be a help that you expected relationally it could be what did his name mean one
whom God helps and what did the sisters say when they sent for him the one that
You love it is a direct contradiction of their expectation and an apparent
contradiction of Christ’s character that because He loved them and He didn’t just
love Martha and He didn’t just love Mary He loved Lazarus and I don’t know if
you’ve read the whole story before but after He says Lazarus won’t die Lazarus
dies the Lazarus factor it is that sometimes the exact opposite of what you
thought God would do based on who you knew him to be happens in your life and
everybody has a Lazarus everybody wanted to play college baseball and tore their
meniscus I don’t even know what a meniscus is but I hear people say they
tore it everybody has an ideal of what they
thought a relationship would be until you discovered there were some things
about them that did not show up on the third date or the fourth date or the
fifth day or the sixth date or the seventh day you didn’t see those crazy
eyes did you until y’all shared a blender oh when you start sharing stuff
in a house you find out now I’m using trivial things here because if we think
about it in too epic of a fashion you won’t allow yourself to locate your
Lazarus if we don’t speak in a specific fashion about those little things that
disappoint us those little Lazarus those those little
things that we bury those little hopes that were crushed those little dreams
that were stripped of their meaning and potential those those little moments
that were stolen by what people did or said but those little doors that were
closed right when you were trying to walk through them if we don’t break it
down specifically you will keep it out of here at a distance because that’s
what we always do to God when we are disappointed we put Him at a distance
and we allow Him to come no closer and I’m going to show you in the text that
that’s exactly what the sisters did when they lost their Lazarus what do you do
when you lose your Lazarus what do you do when God leaves you unread what do
you do when He listens to you pray but decides apparently to stay two days away
until the messengers come and say it’s too late Lazarus the one you love has
been laid to rest the Lazarus factor and now Jesus has some explaining to do
because He said he wouldn’t die and then He waited two days and then he died I’m
smiling not because the story is happy but just because I know the outcome you
hear me I’m smiling because I’ve only read up until verse six right here in
front of you but I read to verse 44 all week as a matter of fact I’m smiling
about something that I read in verse two I want to show this real quick it says
in verse two this Mary whose brother Lazarus now lay sick was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped His feet with her hair can I tell you
something that doesn’t happen until chapter 12 it’s a flash-forward y’all been watching
this is us it’s a flash-forward it’s to let us know
that even though Lazarus dies his story does not because this same Mary who is
disappointed in chapter 11 is going to be worshiping in Chapter 12 now go ahead
and make up your mind I’m going to be worshiping in Chapter 12 I’m going to be
worshipping next Monday I’m going to be worshipping no matter what happens in
this deal this dilemma this trial this saturation point is only going to serve
to release greater glory in my life in my family in my generation in my
bloodline there will be glory I declare it and decree it by the eyes of faith now y’all sit down and listen to this
story as it unfolds because at the end of the story Mary is worshiping for what Jesus did but first before she can worship she has
to wait and wait and wait is He coming is He coming anybody heard
anything is He coming communication was very primitive in John chapter 11 so we
don’t know if He’s coming until the messenger gets back how else would we
know but here comes the messenger and Lazarus is close to the end and you want
to know um where is He He’s not coming what do you mean mean He’s not coming
He came when I cooked but He didn’t come when I cried we feel
this way but we can’t talk about it my job is to say what you think so you
don’t think you’re going to hell for thinking it and this is kind of humorous too okay I love how God puts a little bit of humor for those of us who are slow
when when Jesus got there um He said in verse 7 let’s go back to Judea because
Bethany this village where Lazarus was in the process of dying it’s two miles
from Jerusalem where there was a price on Jesus’s head and the disciples
contradict Him they’re like but Rabbi a short while ago the Jews there tried to
stone you and you’re going back you see what I mean it would have been a
horrible job to be Jesus PR representative chief-of-staff you can’t
get Him to do anything He it’s almost like He’s God and He won’t be controlled
or something like that it’s almost like faith is more mystery than it is
manipulation Jesus answered are there not twelve hours of daylight anyone who
walks in the daytime will not stumble for they see by this world’s light it is
when a person walks at night that they stumble for they have no light that
clears it up we’re gonna die or not after He said this He went on to tell
them our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep but I am going there to wake him
up and His disciples replied do your best stuff forrest gump voice lord if he
sleeps he will get better Jesus had been speaking of his death but His disciples
thought He meant natural sleep verse 14 is my verse so He told them plainly
Lazarus is dead now there comes some things in your life
that you interpreted at surface level and then God has to make it plain He told
them plainly and not only He told them plainly but He was about to reveal to
them in a way that they would never forget an aspect of who He was that they
had not yet seen of all of the seven signs that John’s Gospel records this is
the most important minus Jesus’ own resurrection what is about to happen in
Bethany two miles from Jerusalem tells us more about the character of Jesus
Christ than all of the other signs combined because up until now Jesus has
been foreshadowing not only His death and resurrection
but His fulfillment of the law and the prophets now He’s about to do something
that He can only do not if He is a good teacher not if He is a rabbi not if He
is a human instructor but what He is about to do He can only do if He’s God
and while I was preparing this message God said to tell you what He’s about to
do in your life is something that He can only do not if He’s just a good teacher
not if He’s just a historical figure not if He’s just a Santa Claus but if He is
God and I mean a great big God I mean the word incarnate God I mean the
indestructible incomprehensible ever living ever breathing God I mean Yahweh
the Great I Am me the healer the prophet if He’s that He can do this He said I’m
gonna wake him up they say let him sleep he’s sick and Jesus said my God you’re
bright and the remedial lesson of faith happens
in the action not the explanation because verse 15 is kind of hard to
understand because He said for your sake I’m glad I was not there so that you may what did I tell you was the purpose of
John’s Gospel so that you may what feel amazing so that you may get rich and
famous so that you may the Lazarus factor is that everything that God
allows you to lose can lead to a deeper belief in who He is and I just want to know did you ever
lose something in your life only to know God better on the other side and has
there ever been a time where God used the thing that you would not have chosen
to happen to change you in a way and you would not give the change for anything
even though you did not choose the circumstances that caused it I thought
so I thought when I was preparing everybody
has a Lazarus everybody has a disappointment everybody has a current
expectation that we are processing and Jesus shows up not on time I was gonna
say He’s fashionably late but He’s actually functionally late He’s doing
work while they’re waiting He’s working they assume He’s not there but He is
leaving a space that He intends to fill He said I’m glad I wasn’t there because
sometimes my greatest lessons are taught in the spaces that you consider my
absence sometimes your greatest faith is built
in the absence of your feeling and your greatest wisdom is built in the absence
of your understanding but let us go to Him then Thomas also known as didymus
said to the rest of the disciples let’s go also that we may die with them lots
of faith with these twelve guys right these are the all-stars these are the
ones that He’s gonna entrust the gospel to go to the world
great plan Jesus well on His arrival I want to show you this in verse 17 Jesus
found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days now Bethany was
less than two miles from Jerusalem I think I told you that already and many
Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their
brother in the loss of Lazarus and you will have people in times of loss that
can support you to a certain level but there is only so much that others can do
with being mad at people because they can’t give you what only God has and
quit pushing people out of your life because they can’t be everything to you
only God can be everything to you so they came to comfort but they couldn’t
change the situation so when they got there I don’t know who that was for but
I felt the Holy Spirit on that and when when Jesus got there many Jews had come
to comfort them but when Martha heard verse 20 that Jesus was coming she went
out to meet Him but Mary stayed home we are seeing their personalities who you
are is who you are we are seeing Mary stay home because what am I going to do
about it we are seeing Martha meet Jesus at the gate of the village because I’m
not even sure if I want Him to come back to my house I’m not cooking nothing
today the kitchen is closed today You can have
some doordash today I hope you got Ubereats Peter because I’m not feeding
none of y’all today and she met Him watch this sobbing at
the gate weeping at the gate mad at the gate as Lazarus’ hope went down and he
eventually was dead and his body decomposed
according to the Jewish superstition within three days the breath could come
back to the body and the process could be reversed but now that hope is gone
because it’s the fourth day Jesus shows up after there is a hope that
resurrection can happen by natural spiritual customs so Martha comes to the
gate find time for you to show up thanks a lot for thanks a lot for nothing Jesus
thanks a lot for your teaching Jesus thanks a lot for being my God Jesus
thanks a lot I prayed to you my marriage and now it’s over thanks a
lot God I did everything I knew to do she saying stuff like this but then she
said a word in verse 21 that shifts the the attention from what she has just
lost to the possibility that exists in this moment still and I want to pray
that the Lord would give us through His word this same shift in verse 21 where
she says Lord kurios Lord Martha said to Jesus if you had been here so she ain’t
saying nothing real worshipful right she’s actually very mature to know that
the presence of Jesus is an excellent place to process your disappointments
and if you don’t learn how to process your disappointments in His presence
you’ll process them somewhere else that is not safe or they will become toxic
oxygen and you will choke on the lack of the compassion that He can give so I
think it’s really beautiful the Lazarus factor lets me know that I can let God
know when I’m let down you know you never lost a battle except this one you
never lost the battle you remember I came over a studio that day we were
playing around and I said you’ve never lost a battle and I talked about what if
we recorded that and we may do this remix for a Christmas version or
something um if it gradually got more honest as you’re saying it you’ve never
lost a battle you seldom lost a battle oh come on this is John chapter 11
Lazarus is dead Yeah but he’s about to be resurrected he
dies again he still dies he just got resurrected for a little while he’s not
still walking around everybody dies he dies again there’s
only one person who didn’t die again it’s about to become plain in a minute I
promise you what God is doing in this season of your life is about to become
plain but only if you get honest only if you get honest if You had been here my
brother would not have died but I know that say the next two words out loud
even now it would be one thing for you to stay in the past it will be another
thing for you to look to the future but there is power in the now there is power
in the presence of God there is power in an honest confession of faith that I
don’t understand this turn of events but I know that even now God will give you
whatever you ask I know that possibility stands before me when now I know that
potential for healing is before me when why aren’t y’all here with me I thought
I was in front of some people who have lost some Lazarus in your life and lost
some time and maybe even lost some opportunity and maybe even lost some
hope and maybe even lost some optimism but I declare now in the name of Jesus
even now God can do it even now God can break it even now God can fulfill it
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Lord I need you more then anything . I need prayer for me and my kids my husband we going thru things I always lose a job I can’t handle this anymore I need prayers So I can be blessed please and thank you

Thank you Jesus glory to God thank you pastor Steven for this word today I agree and believe and receive this word in the powerful name of Jesus christ hallelujah shalom shalom shalom

Graça e paz Sou Milânya Silva, sou brasileiro 🇧🇷, não falo inglês disponibilizem legenda em Português nas configurações dos vídeos, para que sejamos abençoados pelas águas que tem fluido de vocês.
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Thank you Jesus for choosing me to bring all the restoration in my family's life and loved ones and anointing me to begin the generational Blessings that were promised to my ancestors. Glory be to God. HALLELUJAH 😇 @Official Steven Furtrick God bless you for the work you are doing, am from Kenya. See you soon Godwiling to continue doing God's work.

Quit pushing people out of your life because they can't be everything to you..only God can be everything to you🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌

word in season Pastor Furtick, i was feeling like God where are you but your message has really spoken to me. God bless you

God is always 🙌 with me and the rest of my family members are so negative and I always go to God to help me keep my strength always and forever I love God

I have been dealing with depression and I have just been in such a CLOUDY and LONELY season.. but I do believe that in the midst of my suffering I found Jesus all over again.. I was in a relationship and I lost myself as well as Jesus.. He broke my heart, which led me back to Jesus… I felt so betrayed, dumb, sad, wanting to sleep and never wake up again.. but I called out to Jesus and I have been taking it day by day. I am still hurting and sometimes I feel hopeless but I know that Jesus is teaching me a lesson.. but I will not give up on Jesus and myself ever again… I love Jesus.

The central nervous system & brain have everything to do with the feeling of pain.
When one understands & realises that the spirit of a person WOULDN'T feel ANY pain in any FIRE, logic & reality will begin to take place. FACT!

Thank you so much for all your sermons! For some reason they fit my life and my fiancee perfectly. Especially lately, it feels like your sermon speaks to my fiancee personally. Unfortunately, he's still not serious in God. Please pray for him so he can find God in his life. Thanks 🙂

I can't get my volume to work on this video 😵 … I have to say though, that it's super fun to watch your passion with no sound. You kept me entertained the whole 18:47 minutes without volume. That's a rare talent 😊

I Loved People Too Much! And God Let me Know! It was Not Pretty or Easy! But God is The Only Way! You Must Love Him First.. And He is RIGHT HERE..Waiting For You All the Time! We must give up our Idols!

Oh how I love how pastor Steve Furtick dissects every verse down so we can understand it more and get that ahha moment. Thank you pastor for this word and all your wonderful sermons, I learn so much of the bible thru you because of how you explain it. There are moments like OMG I didn't even think about it like that. God bless you and your ministry ❤

Thank you soo much for what he does through you. I am so thankful for coming across your channel a year or so ago. I have been going through a tough season and believe it or not what your doing has helped me gain faith and helped me so much keep moving forward. Like you said sometimes you have to pass by your plan in order to get to GODs purpose. Your amazing at what you do and most definitely a blessing to others. Thank you 🤙🏽

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