Greater

Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God's Vision for Your Life.

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Steven Furtick Steven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church.  In just under seven years, Elevation Church has grown to more than 10,000 people in weekly attendance, meeting at seven locations in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Elevation has been named one of the fastest growing Churches in America by Outreach Magazine for each of the past six years. Pastor (...Read More)

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Setting Fire to Your Old Life

“When we consider following God in a way that would disrupt our lives, we usually try to prequalify our obedience before taking the first step.  But the thing is, whether you’ll see God do greater things in your life doesn’t depend on having the equipment you’ll need for the journey ahead.  You can’t get too worried about whether you’ve read the right books or been to the right school or have the right connections.  Right now, the only equipment you need is a flamethrower (or if that sounds too dramatic, a box of matches). 

That’s because you can’t step into your new life until you first set fire to whatever is tethering you to your old life.  Before you can go forward into the life God has for you, you have to offer Him every part of the life you have.”

Excerpted from Greater by Steven Furtick


Daily Reflection: What is keeping you from the greater life God wants for you?


Have a Greater New Year: Dream Bigger, Start Smaller.

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This Year: Dream Bigger, Start Smaller by Steven Furtick

I’ve met a lot of people who knew what it was to burn plows and set out to live for God but didn’t know what to do next. They prayed, they made a commitment—and they got stuck. As a pastor, I’ve seen it over and over again. As a man trying to live for God, I’ve experienced it over and over again.

I’m guessing you’ve made plenty of resolutions about stuff you needed to start doing or stop doing. Maybe you were going to start praying or reading your Bible more.

Or maybe you were going to stop smoking or boycott carbohydrates or stop looking at pornography or stop saying mean things about family members behind their backs. Maybe you decided to break away from a relationship you knew was unhealthy for you.

The way I see it, there are two major reasons why well-intentioned people like us get stuck after we burn our plows.

One, we don’t think big enough. Two, we don’t start small enough.

I’m not trying to talk like Yoda here. Thinking big enough and starting small enough are two sides of the same coin. So I not only want to motivate you to dream bigger dreams for your life. I also want to challenge you to take realistic steps of obedience that can actually make God’s vision come to pass.

After all, our God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). It is true that we often settle for dreams and visions that are far less than those God has for us. And He wants us to experience much more. If I didn’t believe that, the title of this book would beSamer.

So of course God wants you to believe big—it’s in His very nature. I’ve devoted my whole ministry to inspiring people with this truth. Preacher Dwight L. Moody made a statement that I love: “If God is your partner, make your plans big.” That way of thinking makes my heart race.

But we’re not going to see God’s bigger vision fulfilled in our lives just because we spend more time thinking transcendent thoughts. We don’t attain greater things simply by lying on the couch and concentrating on the possibilities of a better life. Alas, sitting for thousands of hours with my headphones on listening to Guns N’ Roses and imagining I was Axl Rose didn’t translate into my being the lead singer of the world’s most dangerous rock’n’roll band.

You do have to be willing to think big. But the active ingredient of God’s greater work through us is our willingness to start small.

I want to show you an incredible image in one of the first main-stage miracles Elisha performs after Elijah departs and leaves the ministry in his successor’s hands. It demonstrates the principle that small steps and hard work precipitate a move of God. That human action prepares the way for supernatural favor.

It comes from 2 Kings 3, and it goes like this:

King Joram is ruling over Israel during the years when the kingdom is divided. When the king of Moab rebels against him, the frightened king enlists King Jehoshaphat of Judah and the king of Edom to help him. Their combined military force should be fearsome against the Moabites—but they almost immediately run out of water for their armies and animals. Now they are preparing to face a terrifying foe while facing an even more terrifying fate: dying of thirst.

Par for the course in Israel’s history, the crisis drives King Joram to look for divine help. He isn’t desperate for God, but he is desperate for a solution. King Jehoshaphat asks if there is a prophet who could consult God for them. A servant reminds him of Elisha, the artist formerly known as Mr. Plow. So the three kings and their entourages go looking for Elisha.

Elisha confirms to the kings that water will flow from Edom by the time the sun comes up the next morning. Their armies and their animals will have plenty to drink. The drought is almost over. God is going to deliver Moab to His people just as they prayed for. Hallelujah, somebody?

But he tells the kings to take a small, ludicrous step first.

This is what the Lord says: Make this valley full of ditches. (verse 16)

Why would anybody in their right mind dig ditches to hold rain that isn’t even in the forecast?

Because that’s the way faith works. When you know God has promised you greater things, you don’t wait for a sign to appear before you respond. The kings wanted a miracle. They would get their miracle. But first they got a work order: This is no time for the power of positive thinking. Tie a bandanna around your head and pick up a shovel.

It would have been great if all the army had to do was sit around thinking hydration-related thoughts or had a few guided exercises to help them visualize the water. But that’s not how God operates.

It’s as if God says, “If you really believe I’m going to do what I told you I would do, get busy. Show Me your faith, and then I’ll show you My faithfulness. Do your part. If you will do what I asked you to do, I will be faithful to My word.

“If you’ll dig the ditches, I’ll send the rain.”

The entire nation must have pitched in and dug all night, because they got it done. The next morning the water arrived. As promised. As always. The newly installed ditches were full of water, the armies and animals were refreshed, and the joint army easily overtook the Moabites.

I think Elisha used the process of ditch digging to teach Israel this important paradox of great faith:

Only God can send the rain. But He expects you to dig the ditches.

It really comes down to this: What small steps and practical preparations is God asking you to make for the greater life He wants you to live? What ditches is He asking you to dig?

You can’t expect God to entrust you with a big dream if He can’t trust you to make a small start.

You can’t have the apostle Paul’s walk with God overnight. Big dream.

But you can pray ten minutes a day beginning tomorrow. Small start.

You can’t entirely mend a broken relationship overnight. Big dream.

But you can have a conversation and open the door, write the letter, make the call, say, “I’m sorry.” Small start.

If your kid is far from God, you can’t bring him back overnight. Big dream.

But you could start praying for him every day. Small start.

Notice what Elisha doesn’t say; he doesn’t tell the kings to dig one ditch. No singular ditch digging on this prophet’s watch.

Instead, make this valley full of ditches. Plural.

Believe that God is going to send a lot of rain.

If we really believe God is an abundant God, ready and willing to bless our lives in greater ways than we could ever imagine, we ought to be digging all kinds of ditches. In our relationships. In our careers. In our ministries. In every area of our lives, there ought to be heavy-duty equipment on site. Moving dirt. Making preparation.

And we ought to dig ditches using every means available. We can dig ditches with our words. With our prayers. With our expectations. Even with our thoughts.

How many ditches are you willing to dig? How deep will you dig them? You’re not digging alone. And it’s not in vain. God has a downpour scheduled in your near future. The deeper you dig, the greater the rainfall has the potential to be.

Adapted from Greater by Steven Furtick with permission of Multnomah Books, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved.


ONLINE BIBLE STUDY: Greater by Steven Furtick

GreaterAd-1Stay grounded this holiday. Engage in this special online Bible Study with Proverbs 31 teacher, Melissa Taylor.

Go to www.MelissaTaylor.org for details.

Find out more about Greater, by Steven Furtick.
Resources include: hardcover book, DVD and Participant's Guide for small groups and individual study.


Greater than Baseline Living

Baseline living is not okay. Not for a believer in Jesus. There’s a price to pay for Christian complacency. If you keep living on this level, your heart is going to shrivel. It might already be shriveling. Your dreams are going to die. They may already be on life support. Will you look up one day and be overwhelmed by the stack of regrets staring back at you? The frustration that’s simmering on the back burner right now might boil over one day, and you’ll be bitter about the opportunities you missed. Opportunities to be used by God, to touch lives, to get outside yourself and be a part of something greater. I know it’s not easy. But don’t tell me it’s not possible. Jesus Himself said it was.

The fact is, we are so much better than we’ve become, because God is so much greater than we’re allowing Him to be through us.

Excerpted from Greater by Steven Furtick


Daily Reflection: How can you let God become greater in your life?


“Greater” Hits “New York Times” Bestseller List

Pastor Steven Furtick's new book Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God's Vision for Your Life. debuted at #4 on The New York Times Hardcover "How-To, Advice" Bestseller list on Sunday, Sept 23.  Greater is Steven's second book and his first New York Times bestseller.


VIDEO: Pastor Steve Blumer Endorses GREATER


VIDEO: College Campus Pastor Endorses GREATER


Steven Furtick Special Guest on Lysa TerKeurst’s “Unglued” Webcast

Steven Furtick, author of  the new hit book "Greater" is a special guest on Lysa TerKeurst's "Unglued" webcast on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 8 PM ET. Go to www.lysaterkeurst.com to watch live or see Lysa's interviews with Steven about "Greater" on her blog.



VIDEO: GREATER Pastor Endorsement by Paul Stohler


Greater with Jesus

By leaving and then sending His Spirit to dwell inside His followers—ordinary people like you and me—Jesus released a greater power for us to do extraordinary things on an extraordinary scale. The kinds of things the early church saw and did. The kinds of things He still wants to do today through us.

Jesus isn’t calling us to be greater than He is.

He’s calling us to be greater with Him through His Spirit within us.

Excerpted from Greater by Steven Furtick


Daily Reflection:
What is Jesus calling you to do with Him?


VIDEO: Start Smaller, Dream Bigger – Greater, by Steven Furtick


ENGAGE: Pray Greater for 4 Days

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We all have honest moments when we're gripped by a desire to feel that what we're doing matters more. That who we are matters more. Are you ready to open your imagination to the possibility that God has a vision for your life that is greater?

Four of the most powerful principles and themes from GREATER were used to create a four-day prayer initiative for anyone looking to take their faith to another level or to help you get back on track. What's holding you back? GET STARTED.

Read a sample from GREATER, the new book from Steven Furtick on sale September 4 and available for pre-order now wherever books are sold.


VIDEO: Greater Book Promo – The Valley of Ajalon


SNEAK PEEK: Greater by Steven Furtick

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Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God's Vision for Your Life.

Click here to download chapter one of Greater.

In Greater, Pastor Steven Furtick draws on the biblical story of Elisha to empower you to:
   • Take a God-given dream from idea to reality
   • Stretch your limited resources and abilities in ways you never thought possible
   • Replace the images of yourself that keep you feeling stuck in the past
   • Make a significant impact with your life starting today, rather than making endless plans for tomorrow that you never get around to

If you’re tired of being ordinary, it’s time to dream bigger. If you’re feeling overwhelmed about where to begin, it’s time start smaller. It’s time to ignite God’s Greater vision for your life.

Click here to download chapter one of Greater. 

Ignite God's Vision for Your Life with the
Pray Greater for 4 Days Challenge: www.GreaterBook.com.


SNEAK PEEK: Greater (Trade Paperback) by Steven Furtick

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Most of us aren’t in danger of ruining our lives.
We’re in danger of wasting them.

Click here to download chapter one of Greater.

Are you unsatisfied with the kind of Christian life you’ve settled for? If you are tired of cul-de-sac Christianity or self-help pseudo solutions, today is the day God’s greater plan for your life begins in full force:

Greater than the labels you were given when you were young.

Greater than the cynicism that settles in as you get older.

Greater than the dreams you’ve dreamed for yourself.

Click here to download chapter one of Greater.

 
 
 


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