Knock Knock | Elevation Church | Pastor Steven Furtick

Knock Knock | Elevation Church | Pastor Steven Furtick


the message that I have to share with
you comes from Acts chapter 12 and why I want to share this passage today is
because God told me to how’s that no other logic no other reason but just I
found myself coming to this passage for our time together today and I want you
to give it your attention this story in the Bible may relate to the
situation in your life Acts chapter 12 verse 1 it was about this time that King
Herod arrested some who belonged to the church intending to persecute them he
intended to persecute them and yet God’s purpose will always overrule human
intention and no matter what people do to you
and no matter what people conspire against you all of it is working for the
purpose of the God who is greater than any person that’s what it means to say
if God is for me who can be against me you can try to stand against me but in
the end it will be God’s purpose for me that will prevail how many believe that
how many believe that y’all got to calm down because that was one verse and it’s a
long chapter I’m just so glad to be back I love the Bible it says that Herod
intended to persecute them and it says in verse 2 he had James the brother of
John put to death with the sword when he saw that this pleased the Jews and
gained him political clout he proceeded to seize Peter also this happened during
the feast of unleavened bread and after arresting him he put him in prison
handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers Herod intended
to bring him to public trial after the Passover so verse five
Peter was kept in prison but the church was earnestly praying to God for him and
so now we’ve got a showdown it’s Herod’s prison versus the church’s prayers
it’s a cage match between Herod’s intention and God’s purpose and it says
that they were earnestly praying to God it doesn’t mean that they were saying one
of those nice quiet whisper prayers it means that they wouldn’t stop it means
that even though it hurt they prayed even though they were disappointed they
prayed even though they had no clue if it was working they prayed it’s the same
word that describes prayer when Jesus knelt in the Garden of Gethsemane and
said not what I will but what you will be done
they prayed like that it’s the kind of prayer that Jesus described in Matthew
chapter 7 verse 7 he said ask and it will be given to you seek and you will
find knock and the door will be opened to you
that’s my topic for today the title of this message is knock knock look at your
neighbor and say who’s there you may be seated
you may be seated one of the weird things about living with other human
beings in the same house is the idiosyncrasies that you notice about
them whether you want to or not oh that sounded tender external processor over
here watch out yeah because like my kids I can tell which one of them is knocking
on the door just by the way they knock just by how they use their knuckles I
know my kids by their knock isn’t that weird as a parent you learn to
identify which kid because Abbey has a very polite knock it’s a very gentle knock
it’s a very it’s a very delicate knock it’s a beautiful knock it’s a knock that says
if you have the time to open the door and this is the opportune time would it be
possible that you do so it’s just a very gentle knock it’s a tender knock and
then um Elijah was totally different now he’s very chill but when he was smaller
his knock was undeniable meaning he’s not stopping until you open the door
and even back then he’s actually really good at making beats and he’s making a
lot of beats these days do the dash on YouTube by the way you owe me for that
that’s a big plug man this is international but when you used to knock
on the door you used to make beats on the door that’s when you started making
your beats just on the door and they were they were relentless
I mean he’s not stopping it’s like a trap beat on the door just to
let you let him in but then Graham Graham is the one who doesn’t knock and you don’t even
know he was at the door until three weeks later when he says something that
he overheard in the conversation that he wasn’t supposed to hear and you know
like because you get to know somebody when you’re living with them so you can
you can tell who’s at the door just by how the knock sounds living in
relationship with God you learn to discern when it’s him knocking and if
you don’t you’ll open the door to people who don’t have the best intentions in
mind and you’ll open the door to the enemy who may bring you what you want in
your feelings that is destructive to your faith
and if God lives in your heart over time you’ll learn to discern his knock at first
you think that God knocks with a sledgehammer
because that’s what church teaches you about God pretty early on at least in
the southeastern United States if it’s a fired-up church they teach about God
coming through the door you know with a have you ever seen this kind of God
he is a battering ram and people say things like oh I love that sermon today
Pastor God was just kicking my butt all over the place and yet you learn that
when you really live with God his knock doesn’t take much because you know his
knock knock knock knock knock and you also learn that a lot of times what you will
initially think is the devil knocking on your door to attack you is actually God
knocking on your door to develop you and what knocks on the door looking like
trouble sometimes is training to teach you to trust in God and this takes time
walking with God to learn that sometimes even if you don’t like what’s standing
at the door when you hear the knock that by the time God gets done working in
your situation that even what the enemy meant for evil God will turn it for good
and it enables you to live with the kind of faith that is very peculiar to people
who think that everything that God brings into your life looks nice because
sometimes when you when you pray for an opportunity you’ll be surprised to open
the door and find opposition instead have you ever prayed for patience that’s
a dumb idea I never pray for patience because I know
exactly what God is gonna send to the door if I do trouble God is going to
send something to get on my nerves so bad God is gonna send a bad driver in
front of me on Providence Road with an Elevation sticker y’all the other day I
was coming to church and I was singing in the car and I was singing this is I’m
gonna see a victory or something like that one of these good songs that we
sing around here and the person in front of me was such a bad driver I lost all
of the Holy Spirit I lost 12 percent of my anointing per minute that I was
behind this person and I was so mad I came right up on him and then I passed
them and I slowed down just to teach him a lesson and then they turned in to the
parking lot with me and they were coming to church and they were a volunteer so
I’m having to learn that you might not like the package that
your prayer request shows up in when it comes to your door knock knock but no
matter the delivery system you can trust that God is the one who is
superintending now the early church had to believe this in a way that very few
of us will ever have to lay hold of it because they were experiencing such a
time of persecution and a time where they had to trust God for their very
provision especially in Jerusalem there’s a famine in Chapter 11 they’re
taking up offerings just so the church can make it and around about that time
they’re getting the famine sorted out the writer here Luke of Acts says
about that same time he connects the events he said while they’re dealing
with the famine on one hand they have to deal with the fight on the other hand
and now Herod starts throwing their leaders in jail some of the disciples if
they were thrown in jail you probably wouldn’t miss him because Bartholomew
really you know I’m sure he’s a good guy but James is one of the three when Jesus got
ready to go up on the mountain and transfigure in front of them to reveal
his glory James John and Peter got to go up and see it one of the sons of
Zebedee the sons of thunder James was was one of the guys and he’s
dead and now they got Peter too and remember Peter is their preacher and so
it’s one thing to lose James it’s painful but to lose Peter threatens the very
purpose of God and there’s so much opportunity because the kingdom of God
is spreading and advancing and there’s so much opposition and there’s so much
opportunity and there’s so much opposition don’t you know that when
opportunity comes to the door opposition comes with it
don’t you know that sometimes they are one in the same this is what I’m
learning I’m learning that a lot of times when I open the door and see
something that I would love to send away in my life a challenge that I wish
didn’t come it is actually the opportunity for God to teach me to trust
him kind of hard to say amen to that because usually you want God to knock
and come in with the flower bouquet it’s kind of hard to know that it’s God
knocking unless you’ve walked with him awhile and then you you hear the knock
the next time and you know whatever is at the door even if God didn’t send it
he’s going to use it and the church is praying for Peter but they’re
still brokenhearted about James did you notice that part in the passage where it
said that he had just killed James with the sword that means he cut his head off
that means that he was coming after the head he was trying to stop the movement
of Christianity because he knew it would appease the Jews and he knew that in
this great time of opportunity for the church it was a time of opportunity for
him to advance his human agenda and so the church is praying the
church is knocking on the door of heaven asking God to do something in the
situation and Peter is in prison while the church is praying now one
interesting thing about this text is it alright if I teach the Bible for a minute
okay because it’s interesting to note that Peter has no idea at this
moment what the people are doing and the people have no idea how Peter is doing
sometimes you’ve got to pray by faith not even knowing if it’s doing any good
in your life and sometimes the proof that your
prayers and faith are working is that the opposition increases good God help
me get this message to the back row because somebody has been wondering is
God even still with me is God using me is this even worth it but there’s
something about that that should let you know that if the devil showed up in the
first place there must be something important and he must be defending his
territory or else he wouldn’t bother with you so Peter was in prison but the
church was praying and now would be a good time for us to check on
Peter right because we know what
the church was doing they gathered together for a prayer meeting and they got
in there and they started joining their faith together and Peter is in
prison and he’s just hours away from his trial and if it turns out the same way
that James’s turned out this will be his last night on the planet so it’s
that kind of pressure let’s see what he’s doing
let’s check in on a nanny cam on Peter the rock let’s check on Peter on the eve
of his potential probable execution verse 6 the night before Herod was to
bring him to trial Peter was I need somebody to fix that in the back
this can’t be what the verse says how you gonna sleep when your life is on the
line y’all need to fix that verse cuz that’s
not that’s not possible is it the night before Herod was to bring him to trial
Peter was what pacing praising praying how can you sleep at a time like this
that really got me because I did not expect Peter to be sleeping at this
moment I did not expect let me tell you this right now and this is just a confession there’s
not enough lunesta in the pharmacy there is not enough ambien on earth that I
could sleep when I have to especially after what happened to James especially
knowing this might not turn out well we prayed for James and look what
happened to him and now they got me too and Peter put it back up there is
sleeping between two soldiers how about that have you ever had to sleep in
between come on y’all I came back to preach I
didn’t come back to have coffee have you ever had to sleep between I don’t know
how this is gonna turn out but I gotta sleep in between I gotta sleep I
don’t really know if this situation is gonna get better or what the doctors
gonna say next time I go back but I gotta sleep in between I’m in a tight
space and I don’t know if I’m gonna make it out but I gotta sleep in between Peter was sleeping in between he’s
come a long way hasn’t he remember when Jesus was telling Peter you got to
go to the cross and Peter’s arguing with Jesus and he’s trying to tell Jesus
you’ll never go to the cross he’s trying to get Jesus his plan for Jesus he’s
trying to create the itinerary for the Son of God who created time and space
and now he’s sleeping what did Peter know that enabled him to sleep between
two soldiers he was sleeping put it back up I’m not done with the verse he was
sleeping in the greatest trial of his life he was sleeping between two
soldiers bound with two chains some scholars think that Lil Wayne could have
been in the next cell a lot of people were there and sentries stood guard at
the entrance and so he was sleeping what did he know that enabled him to sleep in
between what did he maybe suggestion he wasn’t sleeping because of something he
knew with his senses maybe he was sleeping because of something that he
saw in his spirit and maybe what he saw in his spirit was
a direct reflection of an experience that he had with Jesus because remember
in the boat one night when they were going to the other side but then in
between where they were and where they were going they hit a storm sometimes
you set out for the destination but it’s in between that your faith has to kick
in to believe God and when all the disciples were straining the Bible says
they were straining at the oar they were straining against the wind
they were straining against the waves and while they were straining they went
down to check out Jesus and they were surprised to find out that while they
were straining Jesus was sleeping so maybe when Peter found out they might
kill me he decided there’s only so much I can do
about this and when I get to the other side I’m gonna need all my strength so
I’m gonna sleep in between this is God’s word for somebody God said I can do more
while you’re sleeping then you can while you’re straining and if you will get out
of the way and out of your flesh and out of your anxiety the disciples said Jesus
don’t you care we’re in this storm Jesus said this is how I fight my battles my friend Joseph Prince says RIP rest
is power and so it’s a beautiful picture that he would sleep and trust God when
Herod comes knocking Peters faith answers the door knock knock they’re
coming to get you Peter he’s learned something he’s learned
that obedience always comes before freedom now I mention this because I see
a lot of people on Instagram I haven’t been on Instagram in two months y’all and
let me tell you it’s amazing the birds are chirping the sun is beautiful you’d
be shocked how nice the world looks when there’s not a screen in front of your
face a pretend universe just a thought I’ve had a great summer
I got tanned I detoxed from everybody’s pretend life and I’m just happy about it
and then and then and then Peter has to do something that’s very difficult to do
because you know we all we all want opportunities to come our way and
opportunities are weird because they don’t show up looking like opportunities
when they knock they just look like obedience everybody will say like I
want to kill my Goliath I want to take down my giant you know in church we say
stuff like that probably won’t say that if they don’t go to church but you
know well Goliath didn’t come knocking on David’s door hey David I’m Goliath
if you kill me today you can become the king of Israel and have great status and
wealth David’s dad came to his door he said get this bread down to your brothers cause when opportunity knocks it just looks like obedience
that’s all it looks like it doesn’t look like something big it doesn’t look like
something extraordinary now Peters about to get a big miracle but I want you to
notice how he gets it and most of us would not have gotten it because spoiler
alert Peters about to get out of jail he’s not gonna die he’s still got work to
do Peter’s not gonna die in this moment because God still has a purpose because
Peter is invincible until God’s purpose for him is completed and so Peters not
gonna die in this but he doesn’t know that yet as far as he knows it’s over
but he’s sleeping and so while he’s asleep
look at verse 6 and how God God interrupts his heart his what do you
call it REM cycle because Peters in a deep sleep I’ll show you in a minute
in the text the Bibles so fun to read I want you to read it between Sunday’s it’s
real good it’s real good without me here talking
about it it’s real good so it says suddenly verse 7 just like in
a deep sleep ah suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared
and he didn’t knock he just came in and a light shone in the cell he struck Peter
on the side and woke him up and I guess Peter wasn’t all the way awake
because the angel said quick get up and the chains fell off Peters wrists now
please leave that verse on the screen because I want to show you something it
said quick get up and the chains fell off Peters wrists now the natural
sequence would be the chains fell off Peters wrist and so he got up but it
doesn’t say that it says that the angel told him get up and when he got up the
chains fell off his wrist you see it so we think the chains are gonna fall
off and it’s gonna get easier and we’re gonna feel free and then we can obey God
no you get up and then chains fall off because obedience comes before freedom
you gotta answer the door and knock even if you’re not sure it’s God you got to
be kind to people even if you don’t know if they’re gonna do anything for you in
return it’s obedience that creates freedom
freedom from what freedom from needing to know the outcome before you take the
step so if he doesn’t get up the chains stay on and if you don’t do what God has
told you to do right now God can’t do what he’s going to do that you don’t
know he’s going to do God already intended to take his chains off but if
he waits till the chains fall off to get up he’s never gonna get up cuz the
chains aren’t gonna fall off when I get my financial situation in order I’ll
tell you I’m gonna put God first because I’ve heard about that and praising the
Lord and putting him first with the first fruits of my womb and all these and
all the things that the Bible says I’m gonna do it no you’re not not if you
won’t do it with the little because he who is faithful in a little so it’s that
first step it’s getting up get up and the chains will fall off get up and you
say God take the chains off and I’ll get up no get up and the chains will fall
off and I love this part because there is no indication in this text that Peter
had faith to be free from prison all he’s doing is going through the motions
and sometimes that’s all you can do sometimes all you can do is come to
church and fake I mean faith it until you feel it now most of us wouldn’t have
gotten a miracle if we were in Acts chapter 12 if we were in Herod’s grip or
the first prison we would stay right there because we wouldn’t we wouldn’t
follow instructions until we knew details we would be like get up why who are you
let me see some identification no no no is this God is this it no no just get up
get up and when you’re in a place of rest you’re able to respond without
overthinking it just just get up some of y’all think too hard when we’re
worshiping in here you know you’re thinking too hard you’re thinking too hard
I’m gonna see a victory I can’t sing that I don’t know if I really am
you need to start singing it so you can start seeing it because faith is the
substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen so help me show them God the old Peter
remember the old Peter who argued all the time the old Peter would have been
like get up for what go out for what I don’t understand I was getting some sleep
why are you interrupting my sleep I’m trying to get a good night’s sleep I
got a big day tomorrow it’s a really important day I need to be sharp so I
can defend myself but he just did it in this place in fact that’s exactly
what the Bible said it said quick get up and the chains fell off verse 8 and then
the angel said to him put on your clothes and sandals he has still not
told him his destination but faith is getting dressed even when you don’t know
where you’re going and Peter did so he got dressed with no destination is this
God I hope so no details just obedience knock knock hey Peter
get up get dressed you know how God knocks just little things and you know
it’s him you know it’s him just little things the littlest thing can happen get
up get dressed put on your cloak and sandals to be legit this whole
this whole thing seems like very small like I don’t mind getting out of here in
my underwear if we’re getting out of prison why am I getting dressed for it but that’s us trying to make
sense of things this is a different kind of freedom this is not a freedom that
can be achieved in your mind the angel said to him put on your clothes and
sandals and Peter did so just that simple wrap your cloak around you and
follow me the angel told him and notice what Peter didn’t ask where are we going
just follow I’m just following grace I’m just following mercy I’m just I’m just
following cooperating with God I’m getting my heart in harmony with what
he’s doing in this season I’m coming into agreement and acceptance of the
situation that he’s placed me in step by step
you know the thing on your GPS where you know if you put it on at least on
mine I use Google Maps I’m looking for a sponsorship it just tells you the
next turn but then if you click on and you can see details and that’ll tell
you every turn and for somebody like me that has no sense of direction I never
put on the details cuz it’ll get me lost I can’t think seven turns ahead I just
need to know the next one we all like sheep have gone astray and so all Peter
has to do is the next thing that’s all you have to do the next thing anything
else is too much right now you don’t have to be Peter to be in prison you
don’t have to be some important apostle to be in prison
addiction is a prison depression is a prison you don’t have to be Peter to be
in prison mindsets are a prison rumination is a prison trauma can be a
prison isolation can be a prison never really engaging in real
relationships can be a prison hiding and concealing it can be a prison but if
you’ve been in prison lately all you need to do is the next thing you can’t
predict the path of your freedom you can only respond to the light that you have
that’s shone in your cell and so when Peter got up this is a very profound
moment in Peters life and he doesn’t know it yet for all he knows he’s just
dreaming he doesn’t even know yet read it in the passage with me Peter
followed him out of the prison but he had no idea that what the angel was
doing was really happening he thought he was seeing a vision you
know most of the time you don’t even know that it was God until after the
fact while you’re in it it feels so confusing
and so uncertain and you’re like I don’t even know I don’t know what this is
right now it is only after you have been through it that Romans 8:28 makes sense
and then you can say all things work together for the good but it’s hard to
say that in the process of it and Peters just going through the motions
he’s just worshiping he’s just moving he’s just obeying he’s just doing the
next practical thing and then he then he kind of has this moment when he passes
verse 10 the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the
city and watch what happened to the gate it opened for them by itself you know
God will do for you what you can’t do for you now y’all aren’t gonna clap for this one but he
won’t do for you what you can do for you so God opened the gate for Peter but
watch what Peter did when they had walked through it they walked through it
the angel didn’t carry Peter through the gate piggyback style Peters too big to
be carried through the gate now you got to go through it do me a real true favor
look at your neighbor with eye contact say you got to go through it you know how many people that are
listening to me preach right now are standing and knocking at a door that’s
already open the gate was open you can stand there and knock all you want but
you’ve got to go through it and every second we spend not going through it
every second that we spend wishing that it wasn’t there every second we spend
waiting for something miraculous to happen it already happened it already
happened the worst thing that could happen already happened on the cross it
was already transformed into resurrection power in your spirit so so
it already happened it’s already open but you’ve got to go through it and when
you go through it that is the proof that you trust God even while you’re in it that you stay in the fight that you stay
in the furnace and you still survive and he walked through the gate now the power
of God did not prevent the attack but it protected Peter within it and it enabled
him to go through it God is going to get me through this I don’t know how I don’t
know when but God is going to get me through this the gate is open the way is
made faith has already provided for me the grace that I need and when they had walked the length
10b of one street suddenly the angel left him and now he’s got to figure out
where to go and suddenly he wakes up and he comes to this moment that I believe we
come to sometimes when when God knocks on our situation or when the when the
enemy knocks to come get us but God won’t let him he comes to this
realization he’s like I gotta go and I wonder what door he’s gonna knock on see
it’s really important that you know where to knock when you’re in trouble that’s how some of us got our hearts
broken and our minds messed up because we knocked on the wrong door and you
know what what’s really weird about it sometimes we run back to the same door
that disappointed us last time knocking on it as if there’s anything inside
that’s crazy and Christians will do this they’ll pray
the devil away and when he knocks on the door leave it wide open
for him to come in and put out a fruit basket and welcome him as a guest with
a monogrammed towel just leaving yourself wide open to everything but
when you run around knocking on the wrong doors and the wrong people and
the wrong patterns and you keep going back to that place it’s very important
that you know where to knock and thank God that Peter knew where to knock see he
knew about John Marks mother’s house apparently this was the same place that
they had been praying for James and he knew that if he would knock on that door
there would be some praying people I want to say something to everybody who
came to church today okay I don’t know what your life is like right now and I
don’t know what you need God to do but you knocked on the right door today
because everything you need is in the presence of God come on look at somebody
say you knocked on the right door today God has got what you need the
fridge is full the bed is made there’s a prayer meeting going on there’s a fire
in the kitchen so watch this I gotta show you something somebody say knock
knock Peter said now I know without a doubt it
was the Lord coming into my prison cell it wasn’t Herod’s intention that brought
me here it was God’s purpose the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from
Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating you know
what he was saying Herod came knocking he came to get me it came to kill me but
it couldn’t have me that’s how I know God was with me because it came for me
but it couldn’t kill me it came for me but it couldn’t take me out it came for
me but it couldn’t have me and now I know
that God was with me when this had dawned on him verse 12 he went to the
house of Mary the mother of John also called Mark where many people had
gathered and were praying isn’t it amazing that they were still praying still
asking still seeking still knocking because like really I don’t know if I
would have if I prayed for James and they cut his head off I don’t know if I
would have faith to pray for Peter I think a lot of us pray for things or
hope for things or secretly wish for things that we really don’t believe
could even happen we sing things that we no longer believe really happen we sing
of freedom but we’ve learned a long time ago to stop dreaming about it and
Peter is out of prison but they don’t know it yet
but they’re still praying ah that takes faith man it takes faith to pray for
Peter when you just lost James it takes faith to believe in this situation
cuz you know when you’ve seen him move the mountain and you believe he can do
it again that’s one thing but when that mountain is still there and you got to
pray about that one this is a difficult moment and yet it didn’t stop their
prayer it didn’t stop their persistence it didn’t stop so so so Peter shows up
and they’re still praying and when he got there verse 13 the Bible says Peter my knuckle is so sore I might have to
ice it before the 11:30 Peter well come on this is Peter y’all know Peter is loud Peter Peters not knocking like Abbey
Peters banging on the door cuz they’re still looking for him he just broke out
of prison you knock different when you’re desperate you pray different when
you know you need God Peter knocked at the outer entrance and a servant girl
named Rhoda came to answer the door while they were praying for Peter and
he’s at the door their prayer request is standing in the form of an answer on the
other side of the door and when look at 14 when she recognized Peters voice I
think she recognized his knock and nobody is knocking as loud as Peter nobody knocks
like Peter nobody is persistent like Peter nobody makes it through denying
him three times and comes back to preach on Pentecost my failures taught me
persistence nobody knocks like Peter nobody knocks like the one who knows
that even through my mistakes God is working miracles in this moment nobody
knocks like Peter and when she recognized his voice hey
she was so overjoyed that she ran back without opening it and told the people
Peter is at the door it’s Peter y’all hey guys it’s Peter hey guys it’s Peter Rhoda is a 14 year old white girl in my mind hey guys it’s Peter and watch what they
say you’re out of your mind well that’s a compliment cuz my mind has
been my prison all along that’s what I’ve been trying to get is out of my
mind that’s what’s making me miserable being in my mind and my thoughts for his
thoughts are higher than my thoughts and his ways are higher than my ways I’m outta my mind Rhoda said no no she
kept insisting that it was so and they said watch how much faith they had it must
be his angel it was easier for them to believe that Peter died and his angel
came to the door than it was actually him sometimes it is easier for you to
believe that you are worthless it is easier for you to believe that it’s over
than it is for you to believe that dry bones can live again at the word of the
Lord but Peter kept on knocking and I hear
God saying to somebody today don’t stop knocking you’re at the right
door don’t stop knocking
just because Rhoda ran back and the people didn’t believe God can use even
the imperfect faith of a hurting church to break Peter out of prison and if you
keep knocking if you keep knocking keep asking yeah I know you don’t have the
answers yet but now you’re learning the questions if you keep seeking and if you
keep knocking I declare in the name of Jesus Peter is
at the door Peter is at the door and the only way for you to find out is
to open it but when James died you stopped believing in this season of your
life I believe Revelation 3:20 that Jesus
stands at the door and knocks I would have to think that today somewhere in
this building online at one of our locations that meet all across this
nation I have to believe that God is knocking on the door of someone’s faith
to believe again in an area of your life where it has been easier for you to just
lock the door and you’ve just been going through motions just kind of holding to
the facade of your faith but I sense that the Spirit of the Lord knock knock
who’s there and Peter said boo Rhoda said boo who
Peter said don’t cry I’m alive open the door in this moment
yes it’s hard to trust people again when people have let you down but what are
you gonna do stay in there and die and just pretend like you’re living and
really on the inside no I stand at the door and knock and if you will open the
door to me Jesus said I will sit down and I will eat with you and I have
prepared a table for you in the presence of your enemies and I am your shepherd
and I am your angel and I am your light and I am your defender and I am your
hope and I am your promise and upon this rock I will
build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it for I am
Alpha and Omega the beginning and the end the first and the last I died and I live
Peter is at the door cuz guess what church at the end of Acts
chapter 12 Peter wasn’t dead Herod was cause let me tell you why the only reason
that God allowed the trial was to free you from what was holding you captive
God is a mighty warrior when God knocks he keeps knocking he doesn’t give up on
people God doesn’t knock one time two times you
failed that’s all right he’s still knocking if your heart is
still beating God is still knocking he is not going to let you go until he
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100 comments

  1. SERMON NOTES:
    God's purpose will always overrule men's plan
    When opportunity comes to the door, opposition comes too
    Obedience comes before freedom ( Freedom from having to know whats next)
    I GOTTA GET THROUGH IT!! God WILL get me through IT!!!

  2. U motivates me so much pastor… Can't go a day without listening to one of ur sermons… Thank you Jesus for this message

  3. Can you sleep in between? Can you stand in faith in the midst of what your going through? Can you have faith that God will work it out for the good? Is what i got… God is good. Thank you pastor for your hard work and faithfulness.

  4. Love this message God is good Hey if any of you guys wanna hear a christian rap song I made here it is https://youtu.be/bld9aqEbSOU

  5. You preached to me today!!! I won’t stop knocking!!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
    Praying for your continued success.

  6. Wow! This is so powerful for me. I have received so many instructions from God that I know is building towards something great. But I don't know what it is. I've been trying to build or at least design and visualize what it is, but I keep getting the same message. "Don't worry about the how, just say yes." Since saying "yes", I've started towards a career as a public speaker and lobbyist. Things that I have never thought I would do. Or rather, things that I forgot I was capable of. I am still not sure what God wants from me, but I know that I just need to keep following one instruction at a time.

  7. I woke up this morning trying to hold on to my faith, telling myself that no weapon fashioned against me shall prosper. God sent me here to receive this message today. God is Great. I have received this message and I am blessed for it. Thank you so so much.

  8. Joel O'Steen vs Steven Furtick- fight to the death. Then the winner gets to jump off a cliff in the name of the Lord. Amen.

  9. Sad sad just sad all of you just fell into the trap of the evil one we are so weak seek the truth don’t seek what your. Itching ears want to hear. He sounds so good but he says he is a believer a all of you are being fooled he is a false prophet he is preaching defeat.

  10. “you knock different when you’re desperate”….. wow i felt that right in my heart.. Lord I am desperate for your love & divine healing… have mercy on me Heavenly Father

  11. Unscrupulous, money grubbing clerics have been lying to you about god and jesus ever since the nonsensical Nicene Creed was cooked up by Constantine’s lackeys at the Council of Nicaea in 325AD.

  12. I enjoy elevation church online so much. It truly has been a blessing to my life. Thank you all for all you do!

  13. Amen Pastor…lol i was thinkin of praying for patience again, but u said it all, and its soo true, wen i prayed for patience i received trouble😂😂😂….🙌🙌

  14. I want to obey and proclaim it because : "Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen!" Amen and Hi from Switzerland🇨🇭

  15. Last last week i experience challenges in my life pls pray for me pastor…pray for may transactions that business i want to use to mission and i want to go to your chruch😍😍😍

  16. I keep coming back to this sermon. Perfect timing for the season I'm in. "It's pain and purpose. It's both." double high five #nailedit

  17. what I love about all his teaching is that does not pretend to be holy …that he keeps it real…and he keeps my attention with his humor within the teachings…this is true anointing in my heart

  18. Thank you Jesus for sending this message to me today…
    I have been in and out active addiction for the past 25/30 years. I am newly sober from drugs yet again. There is a lot of people in my life just sitting around waiting for the bottom to fall out yet again. And usually I'm sitting right there with them. But…
    This Time I'm not. This Time I'm sitting in the presence of the Lord waiting to see what
    His Will is for me! This Time is the first & only time I have ever put God first in my recovery or in my life at all. So when I tell you that it is making a major difference This Time! I mean it & believe it w/my whole heart. You see in just in the short time that it's been that
    I have turned My Will and My life over to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ He as done soooooo much for me already.
    And there has great change in many aspects of my life. The change has seemed to be fairly quick and easy for me so far. But… this past week I have noticed a bit of a slow down ya some bumps in tha road if u willl. And I have been praying asking knocking wanting to hear from God about what I need to do next. I'm currently staying with my ex-husband and his girlfriend in Kentucky where I went to a faith based treatment program simple because I know how the story ends for me if I go back to my home in East Tennessee cause I'm scared to be around the same old people & places where my addiction loves to play! So when I scrolling thru tryin to decide what sermon I wanted to listen to today because I really haven't heard one from Pastor Furtick that I didn't like or couldn't apply to my life in some way. (which btw makes it kinda hard to choose sometime)
    Anyway as I was scrolling I heard God say knock knock listen to that one that's the one you need to hear today! Like I was saying before this week I've been praying about what to do next. Weighing my options on going home. We're taking an opportunity the leap of faith if you will and moving to a faith-based sober living place in Fort Lauderdale Florida where I have already secured a job in an office full of faith-based recovery people. Which all sounds really great and I do believe that that's where God is calling me to go. So I know it doesn't sound like things are slowing down for me… but they have in the way of finances. Because to move it takes money not a whole lot of money but at the moment I got more lint in my pockets than I do funds. Needless to say I was freaking out a little bit thinking well God I feel like this is where you calling me to go but how am I going to get there. But now… after listening to this message I know that if it truly is God's Will for me to get down there to Florida He will open the door to make it happen for me and all I'll have to do is walk through it. Cause he hears me knocking! I've just got to listen for the door to open and be obedient to His Will and walk through that door no matter what's on the other side of it.
    Thank you Jesus for sending this message to me through the teaching of Pastor Furitck in a way that I could completely understand it! I love you Jesus!

  19. Day 92 !

    Sometimes when we think devil is knocking to destroy us it's actually God who is knocking to develop us.

    We need faith to dress up and go without knowing the destination.

    Desparate people have different knocks.

    Sometimes we have to sleep in betweens.

    #Preach Pastor Steven
    Love from India 💓

  20. God bless you pastor.I love hearing you.my life has been really tough lately but I keep holding on.Please pray for me and my family.

  21. I just absolutely LOVE STEVE FURTICK ! He truely brings me MORE FAITH, LOVE, & UNDERSTANDING then anyone else I listened too ! Thank You JESUS for sending Steve + his Family to me !! ❣️

  22. Praise God what a blessing and wonderful sermon. God is so good. Thank you Jesus praise God blessed be your name. Please Lord Jesus continue to use this pastor the way you have been doing we need so many more men like him.

  23. Pastor Steven Furtic. We need one million pastors like you before Jesus comes back, preached how it is, I fine Pastor Carter by accident, but I have been praying for years that He will raise up the Mans Of God before the deception is in full bloom. My brothers and sisters need to understand that the Kingdom of God is for use it here on earth, and our authority against the devil and his cohorts. In heaven will be nothing to fight against any more.

  24. James died… Peter lived… the baker died… the cupbearer lived… John died…. Jesus lived… there is always a fig tree that stops bearing fruit before the one who comes can come….

  25. I loved this sermon because it dissected a story of the bible and made it relatable to one's personal life. Amazing sermon

  26. Honest to goodness!!! You are one freak of future!! Insane Insane message, no words can describe how I am right now, just that God spoke so clearly to me through this anointed dude! Before this message, sitting in a weird very weird space, now, I'm SO greatful for the weird now and Hello!! There you are Jesus, please please, don't stand out there, come in!!!!! KNOCK KNOCK…

  27. Man !!! One of the best sermon again. I am going through a situation in my life & just while ago I was in deep tears praying for my answers & wanted an encouragement so that I may be strong in faith & don’t fall apart coz I felt like I was loosing it & difficult to survive during this battle & stay in faith
    Pastor Steven your amazing I live in Maryland I wish u were in Maryland

  28. Peter was able to sleep because he had gone "through" a lot with Jesus.

    I want to be out of my mind! It has imprisoned me for long enough.

    Dry bones can live again. I won't stop knocking. I am grateful to God to be on this path with Him. The door may not open right away, but I will keep knocking. I won't stop believing no matter what. I will keep my door open to Jesus.

  29. Going through all of the sermons elevation has posted 👏🏽🙌🏽 love how Pastor Steven Furtick explains scripture in a way I can understand.

  30. I absolutely love your teachings. Thank You Jesus for the Holy Spirit in this man to get your message to the people ❤️🙌🏻and Lord help those that thumbs down these teachings, they need Grace👏🏻👏🏻

  31. I need to thank you from the very bottom of my heart … My husband passed away awhile ago .. I had three elementary/middle school aged children and probably cried everyday for three years. I had no peace at that time …Last week I found an apple sized tumor on my blind dog ( it was under her long hair) AND found out I’m losing my townhouse all in the same day. I’ve lived there for 16 years. I don’t know where I’m going or how I’m going to get there. But I have a peace that I never had after Mike passed away.. This message came on the most PERFECT day …. I know that peace is God and I know he sent me this message at exactly the perfect time! Thank you more then I can say !! It’s reminded me how mighty God is !!

  32. Where does Pastor Steven preach? My children and I would like to riad trip from Florida to visit and watch gis service live !

  33. Tell the children of God…Donald Trump is between you and them a tool of God.

    The Amalekites are before us revealed in our government, having a form of Godliness and power that is a lie. They hate the children of God and will take power and use it to destroy who they hate. The spirit of evil is upon them for it is the times but they are first Amalekites do not be deceived.
    This time is about more than a spirit upon democrats and some republicans that embraces lying and violence and so much more. God has said from generation to generation he will fight against the Amalekites. And this is who they are. They have been revealed so that the people of God can see who they are. They loving power and corruption have floated to the top of government and bring their corruption with them . Exodus 17 v 15-16 They attacked the children of Israel when they came out of Egypt they are the children of Esau who god hates and Haman was of the Agagites the children of Amalek.
    Do not take part in their corruption or their reward. God has sworn he will fight against them in Each generation, do not fight against God. Greedy, Lovers of self, haters, revilers, liars, violent, loving power over others… Being nice is not an option. They will treat you as a victim. Do not expect them to think or feel like you do. … They are the children of Esau whom god hates because of the evil they would do in the earth. Do not receive their reward by supporting them… Pray for your enemies as the Lord Said, to be corrected and saved if possible. So God Fight against their evil that they would do to the children…
    Do not think that being nice to them is anything but a mistake. They hate the children of God. Receive this. Donald Trump is not meant to be nice to them and become their victim. God has put Trump between you and them…

  34. I been doin that, knocking… makin beats 4 no reason, n I’m 32.😂 like when u say exact stuff…guitar in hand, it’s been a inspiring.. n I drive like that… crazy

  35. "Peter is invincible until God's purpose for him is completed." PREACH!!! It's not over until God says so! I struggle with believing I'm alive for a reason in hardship. That let me know that no matter what it looks like, God's not done with me yet! Thank You Jesus for this message!

  36. Wow! Wow! This was an amazing sermon! I loved every part! This was an answer to our situation. My mind is blown right now! Thank you Lord for your word! Thank you for using Pastor Steven for delivering your message!
    I hear you Lord…. I hear you. I’m getting up from my situation, no questions asked. I’m gonna walk through it. Woohoo! 🙏🏽❤️

  37. I am knocking at the right door I just got to let him in and he is not giving up on me my heart keeps beating his thoughts are higher than my thoughts his ways are higher than my ways amen amen!!🙌

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