My Maker Is My Mirror | Pastor Steven Furtick

Joshua chapter 14 please remain standing
for one moment in respect and honor for the word of God the Lord has given me
something today that is so beautiful to me and I pray
that I can show it to you accurately today and that you can
receive him I praise God in advance for the way he’s going to show you today who
he really is in your life and who you really are in his eyes Amen I’m so glad
you’re here I prayed you wouldn’t miss church today I was like Lord whoever needs
to hear it even if their kids fight them all the way to church and they got a
flat tire help him to roll down the street on a hubcap to get this message
today so if you tuned in it wasn’t by mistake we were praying that everyone
who would need this message would get it even if it’s two years later and you
found it on YouTube after watching a cat video or BTS this is gonna be your message
this is gonna be the one the Lord has heard the questions you’ve been asking
he’s seen the struggle you’ve been facing and he wants to give you
something today to see it in a different light Joshua chapter 14 a very pivotal
scripture for the nation of Israel and for us as Joshua gives the inheritance
that God promised so many centuries ago to the people who were walking into the
land and as he’s dividing up the different parcels or the lots casting
lots to decide which tribe will live on what lot one person takes initiative
named Caleb and I want to read you his speech that he made to Joshua because
he’s trying to convince him that he’s supposed to live in a certain place and
so he’s gonna tell him some things from his resume and he’s also gonna tell him
some things and reflect on some things that have happened and I want you to
eavesdrop on it today Joshua 14 verse 6 then the people of
Judah came to Joshua at Gilgal and Caleb the son of Jephunneh I’m so sorry I
gotta put this in here I wonder if it’s significant that it’s
Judah because that represents praise in the Bible and I wonder if there’s
something about praise that helps us to take possession of the promises of
God I just wonder that out loud in your presence today I’m not sure but I wonder
if some of the problems that you’ve been focusing on if you could get in a place
of praise you might see the solution clearly today we’re never gonna make it
through the next eight verses if we keep interrupting so start over then the
people of Judah came to Joshua at Gilgal and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the
Kenizzite said to him you know what the Lord said to Moses the man of God in
Kadesh Barnea concerning you and me I was forty years old when Moses the
servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea I was just a young man just 40
years old it’s very youthful very youthful age I
was 40 years old when Moses sent us to spy out the land and I brought him word
again as it was in my heart but my brothers who went up with me made the
heart of the people melt yet I wholly followed the Lord my God I didn’t let it
get to me I didn’t let it get in me what they said
and Moses swore on that day saying surely the land on which your foot has
trodden shall be an inheritance for you and your children forever because you
have wholly followed the Lord my God and now behold behold the Lord has kept me
alive just as he said these 45 years since the time that’s a long time to
wait for a promise to come to pass that’s a long time to suffer for
somebody else’s disobedience 45 years I survived the wilderness it’s been 45
years since the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel walked
in the wilderness and now behold I am this day 85 years old I am still as
strong today 85 and still flexing
I’m still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me my strength
now is as my strength was then for war and for going and coming so now somebody
shout now it’s been a long time coming but now give me this hill country of
which the Lord spoke on that day for you heard on that day how the Anakim were
there with great fortified cities it may be that the Lord will be with me and I
shall drive them out just as the Lord said and then Joshua blessed him and he
gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance well look
at your neighbor and give them my title and then I want to share a lesson with
you look at them and first of all say you look amazing tell them you’ve never
looked better and now tell them say I appreciate that but my Maker Is My
Mirror they didn’t get it look at the next
person say I appreciate it but my Maker Is My Mirror thank you Lord for
illumination of your word in Jesus name Amen well let’s give him one more shout as we take our seat amen
that wasn’t really a shout it was more of a murmur I’ll teach y’all how to shout
one day like you do when your kids don’t clean up do that but for the Lord amen it’s great that we get to see how God
makes a nation he’s forming a nation he said I want a people that can present me
to the world and he didn’t do it the typical way because if you wanted to
have a great nation you would pick a rich one a wealthy one and yet instead
of making a nation that was already great greater God found a man who was
too old to have kids with a wife who was barren in her womb and created a great
nation out of an impossible situation I am preaching so hard already and I’m
trying to throttle down but this is a message in itself is that when God found
Abram this is before he had a consonant in his name the artist formerly known as
Abram he went on to be Abraham he was the father of many nations but when God
called him his stuff wasn’t even working anymore and the reason I’m telling you
that is because sometimes God will speak something over your life and you will
look in the mirror and not see it he’ll speak something in your soul and you’ll
look in the mirror and you won’t see it which is so important to know that it’s
not how God sees you that determines where your life ends up if it had been
Moses wouldn’t have died in the wilderness it’s not how God sees me
it’s how I think God sees me that determines where I end up I’ll prove it to
you all the way from Genesis chapter 1 remember let us make man in our
image God needed someone to show the world what he looked like or else he
would have just been a concept God would have been an abstract theory so he made
man and woman to reflect who he was he needed someone to show his nature
through so he made me and you and when you insult the product you insult the
manufacturer which is why it’s good to know our theology that he made me from
the dust that God took something that seemed filthy and something that seemed
finite and made something that would reflect what is eternal then after
making the man he began to create not only the world the man but a nation
through Abram through someone who seemed unlikely and the nation of Israel spent
a whole lot of time trying to figure out what we spend our whole lives trying to
figure out or at least our teenage years and our 20s is like what’s my identity
so what you’re really seeing in Joshua 14 is not just people getting some real
estate but they’re coming into their identity their national identity and
it’s hard because they’ve been through so much and they started from something
so small it’s easy for them to see themselves according to what they’ve
been through or where they started and now they’re breaking up there’s nine and
a half tribes that get this land and so Joshua and the priest they’re shaking
this receptacle this is how they would cast lots they would take the thing and
shake it and they would have little wood blocks with different codes on them
and then they would kind of shake it out and what it fell on that meant this
tribe gets that land and this tribe gets that land when Caleb interrupts the
process he’s like hold on you’re not gonna figure out where I live by just
rolling some dice okay I got a promise Moses said now remember Moses was the
one who was supposed to lead the people into the land but he was unable to do it
and here’s how I would put it if I were a preacher he got them out of Egypt but he never
got Egypt out of them because they were oppressed for you know 430 years and
when you’ve been under something for any length of time when you’ve been under
the power of any influence for any length of time that influence becomes
your identity so now your addiction speaks more to you about your potential
than God’s word over you then the prophetic gift that’s inside of you it
happens to all of us when you’ve been suffering from something you can
begin to take on the name of your disease or your issue trading the name of
your creator whose image you were made of but see it’s how you see it it’s
how you see yourself and I think I can prove to you if you give me like two and
a half minutes that the reason the people didn’t go into the land under
Moses was because Moses never really saw himself in the image of his creator
Abram did Abram did even though he had a hard time getting with it even though he
was like you got any pills for that or anything like that cuz I’m old now and
even though he had to wait for Isaac and he messed up in the process and ended up
producing something that caused him more trouble by sleeping with Hagar even
though all of that happened God still called him the father of faith the
father of many nations and to show him who he was he brought him out of his
tent out of his limitation out of his situation and he said okay here’s your
revelation here’s your situation get out of your situation and now look up I’m preaching
to somebody look up and he said count the stars if you can I don’t know how
far he got before he was like what’s the point of it God I can’t you know 343 344
what are you trying to show me and God said as many as they are so shall your
descendants be so shall your seed be so he gives them an image an image not just
an idea but an image now Colossians 1:15 look it up real quick says that
Jesus is the image of the invisible God that’s very powerful that Jesus shows us
what God is like that the word became flesh and dwelt among us that’s what
Jesus is he is the image of the God that we can’t see did I get it right
Colossians 1:15 that he is the image of the invisible God this is the challenge
for everybody under the sound of my voice there is a way that God sees you
because he formed you there is a way that you see you there is a way that
others see you and where you go from this point forward in your life is going
to depend on which mirror you believe I got all these mirrors in my house that
are messed up and I know they’re messed up because they keep showing me my beard
is supposed to be black but I look in those mirrors and they’re messed up
they’re defective I’m gonna take them back to the store because they keep
showing me these gray patches like I’m 40 years old and I started rebuking
mirrors in my house you know these lines coming up under my eyes and I’m like you
are a liar like your father the devil I cast you back to the pit of hell how many have ever looked in a messed up mirror how many have ever had
people around you that made you feel a certain way about yourself when Moses
was coming into his identity and assignment he had to deal with the fact
that he was really living with two different images of who he was and
remember God is using Moses to deliver the Israelites out of this Egyptian
oppression and when Moses first starts to act on his impulse he does the
right thing but he does it the wrong way he defends his people but he does it by
murdering an Egyptian so he’s ahead of his time and he’s out of his zone but
he’s doing the right thing but he still doesn’t know who he is yet and it’s
difficult for him because he doesn’t really fit in with either
group that he’s living with the Hebrews are the people he was born from the
Egyptians are the people that he was raced by but he identifies more with the
people that he was born from than the people he was raised by so he doesn’t
really fit in and when you don’t really fit in to either group you end up
running that’s what happened to Moses he confronted an Egyptian who was
beating a Hebrew one day and he killed him and buried him but then the next day
he went out and saw two of his brothers fighting and he was like break it up
guys you know we’re suffering enough from them we don’t have to kill
each other and this is in Exodus chapter 2 I want to show it to you real quick
you got it Exodus 2 the man said back to him who
has made you a prince and a judge over us do you mean to kill me as you have
killed the Egyptian and then Moses was afraid and thought surely the thing is
known and he ran he ran we don’t really see him in his next
stage of his assignment until 40 years later he ran because he was too Hebrew
to be an Egyptian and too Egyptian to be a Hebrew and when you don’t really fit
in with either you don’t know who you are and you spend years of your life
running from who you really are looking in the mirror of your last mistake he
ran and he ran and he ran and see the question is the right one he said who
made you who made you but if you don’t know that you will hand other people
your mirror to show you who you are and let me tell you something about people
people would rather define you by your worst mistake what’s crazy about Moses
is he killed a man and there’s only one verse in the Bible about the murder now
if you let church people write the Bible
they would have had a whole book about it would be called The Book of Moses’
murder the book of Moses’ mistake the book of Debbie’s divorce the book of
your lowest moment but maybe God doesn’t see you through the lens of your mistake
maybe he sees you through the lens of His grace maybe when he looks at you he
sees the finished work of Jesus Christ have you ever thought about the fact
that if they didn’t make you they can’t define you my maker is my mirror I promise I’m trying to be as calm as I
can be but when God showed me that my maker is my mirror
he showed me Moses standing in front of the burning bush and God’s like I’m
gonna use you you’re gonna be the one to do it you’re the one who’s had the
conflicted identity in so many mistakes and you don’t even really believe in
yourself and so I was thinking about you and
and how you might be standing in front of something that God is speaking to you
and it’s burning on the inside but you can’t really locate yourself because
honestly you don’t fit into either group you don’t really fit in with really
churchy people because they are so perfect and they pray so much and they
make Bible verses out of their kids sandwiches before they pack them in the
lunch box numbers 13:31 cut out with scripture stencils and pack it in the
lunchbox like the fish and the loaves and the little boy and you are not
churchy enough but you’re really not worldly enough because the Spirit of God
is on the inside of you when you try to sin telling you that you’re something
greater than that and you’re kind of righteous but you’re kind of ratchet and
you’re kind of a worshiper but you’re kind of worldly and
you kind of worry but you kind of worship and you’re kind of organized but
you’re kind of chaotic and you’re kind of powerful but you’re kind of petty and
you come on I’m preaching to somebody and you’re a
little bit of both and your self-concept is in development and this is when it’s
very important who holds your mirror because if the wrong people show you you’ll
get a distorted image of yourself and you’ll start matching in your life what you
see in your mind that’s what Moses did God’s like all right I’ve got a job
for you to do I’m going to use you I’ll give you everything you need cool
Moses is like but uh but uh but see the thing about me watch what he says this is Exodus 4:10 it’s which mirror you’re looking at right so if you look at the mirror of
what you’re missing and you only see what’s not there that’s what Moses did
he’s like yeah he goes oh my Lord this is in Exodus 4:10 O-M-G he says O-M-L he’s
like I’m not eloquent I am not eloquent it’s funny cuz I got this scripture on
the back screen right now and it’s got a typo in it it says I am eloquent he said
the opposite that’s what he said right there I am not eloquent and you
really have both voices that’s kind of how it feels right like one is
saying I am and one is saying I’m not and I don’t know which one
I got this thing on the inside of me that feels like I can do it and I’m
supposed to do it and I’m gonna make it but I got this other thing saying and I
don’t know which way to look so he said I’m not eloquent and then he
says either in the past or in the last five minutes nothing has changed since
you started speaking it’s still the same I got saved and my nose is still big I
got saved and I’m still kind of cross-eyed and I read slow I got saved
and I still don’t feel intelligent enough I got saved and I still got
memories I got saved and I love God but I still got trauma I got saved and I
love God but I’m still limited by my experience he said oh I’m not I’m not
what you think I am God’s answer is so instructive next verse
the Lord said who has made who made your mouth who made your brain yeah but I’m
just weird what if the world is weird and we’re the normal ones y’all don’t like it
I gotta be careful who I look at when I preach by the way because you’re like a
mirror oh they put this oh is Chris Brown around if he’s around
bring him back out I want to tell him something when the worship leaders are leading they
don’t know this but there was a choir out here today a Ballantyne and they
were standing on these risers and if Chris isn’t coming you’ll have to do
okay so LJ they think that they’re just up here singing yea come here come here I’ll tell both of y’all we
could teach a whole thing on this can y’all still see me back here cuz I want
to tell this to them one time they discovered that a lot of primates and
all humans are soft wired with mirror neurons so our brains actually
experience the same emotion that somebody we’re watching if we’re tuned in
to them and they got it from a monkey that was watching a man open a nut and
they had it hooked up to his brain and they saw the same brain
activity in the monkey’s brain that was in the man’s brain who was opening the
nut and they realized that all humans are wired in such a way with mirror
neurons that I experience your reality by watching you experience it so this is
why when a parent gets mad kids can feel that stuff they can feel that tension
it’s called a mirror neuron here’s what was happening while you were singing
this is how I fight my battles somebody out there was going through a battle but
they’ve been feeling like they were losing but God put you out here as a
mirror so now all of a sudden they didn’t feel victorious this week but
when they saw you worshiping God don’t run from me I got you by this leather
coat when they saw you worshiping God they didn’t feel like they had the
victory but while you were shouting the victory now I wonder if you would do
that for somebody on your row right now I know you had a hard week too
but magnify the Lord with me let us exalt his name together if you don’t
have faith today borrow mine you’re gonna make it I said so it’s called mirror neurons and just as
contagious as faith is so is cynicism so if you got cynical people holding up
your mirror you’ll always feel small you’ll always feel smaller than your
challenge smaller than your giant smaller than your addiction cuz you’re
not looking at your God but when your maker is your mirror 344 345 346 I’m
still counting God’s not done yet his mercies are new with every rising of the
sun he who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it
one thing about a mirror it always shows you the image in reverse God knows how
your situation turns out God knows how your story ends God knows what he put in
you when this message flooded into my heart
I was like it’s gonna change somebody’s life because they’ve just been looking
in the wrong mirror been looking at their mistakes when your mistakes are
your mirror you stay on the outside of Canaan even though you have the
strength to go in not because you are small but because you see small so the
spies came back and they were like hey Moses remember Moses has dealt with
rejection his whole life and so a lot of times when when people don’t accept you
it’s because they have rejected themself not all the time a lot of times and this
is a really important point everybody’s acceptance is not a blessing because the majority might be the wrong
mirror 10 out of 12 said we can’t go in 10 out of 12 said they’re too big we
went in that’s what they said we went to the land Moses and they became the
mirror for the millions of people who had a promise from God but hadn’t
possessed it yet this is why it’s so important who you’re around what you
take in what you look at you become what you behold so the people are giving a
report and they’re like um it’s a great place the valleys are fertile it’s a
rich land we brought you back some grapes the grapes were
so big they had to carry them on poles but then they stopped looking
at God stopped looking at grapes and started talking about giants and
when they look too much at the giants as their mirror they saw themselves as
grasshoppers that’s what they said Numbers 13:33 they said
there were the Nephilim the sons of Anak who come from the Nephilim there were
giants in the land big strong adversaries that we would
have to dispossess to take the land and we seemed to ourself like
grasshoppers not to God we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers most people
see God really big even those who barely believe in God see
him really big it’s not how big you see God it’s how much you believe that God
is in you we seemed to ourselves as grasshoppers
and so we seem to them our reflection determined our reality we looked at him
what got me about it is that they could have seen the exact same situation in
reverse watch this they were like the giants are too big God promised us the
victory but I guess we can’t go in because of the size of the giants
reverse it because God always shows you the image in reverse so it’s like this
God has already promised us the victory and the giants are so big if the giants
are that big and God has promised us the victory if what is coming against us is
that great how much greater must God be within me
greater is he come on and help me that is within me then he that is in the
world the size of my giant is a proof of the size of my God thank you Lord if God
is letting me experience a challenge this big seek God is trying to use your
enemies to show you how valuable you are in his Kingdom and why would you let
your enemies hold your mirror anyway who cares what the sons of Anak think you
look like that’s what Caleb said he was like shut up we can do it
hit somebody says shut up I can do it it’s in the Bible too it’s in the Bible
Caleb said that he said shut up he silenced the people and said if God is
with us my maker is my mirror and I always thought that was funny cuz he’s like
hey Joshua I know you’re rolling these little lots around on the ground to
figure out who lives where but remember God gave me a promise
that I would live in the high place I want Hebron Hebron 3,000 feet above sea
level above the see level I’m gonna have to take a month off after I preach this
message I’m giving you everything I got you’ve been living at see level you’ve
been looking in the wrong mirror you’ve been consulting the mirror for
your flesh you put 20 minutes into your makeup today but you didn’t get you
didn’t get in this mirror right here this is a mirror too this is a mirror too
you’ve been struggling over external issues but what about what’s in you James said something curious he said if
you listen to the word and don’t do it you’re like a man who looks at himself
in a mirror in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word
was God my maker is my mirror so I
can’t look I can’t run around to people who are struggling with their own sense of self
to determine mine and I can’t use the situation either that’s why I love Caleb
because it’s almost like he’s lying come on man he is 85 and he’s talking
about I still got it now what mirror are you looking at look
at somebody say I still got it it’ll feel good to say it too I still got it
because I’m not talking about the flesh I’m talking about faith and the
wilderness can do one of two things to you it can kill you
or it can make you stronger Caleb said all that I went through I didn’t get
bitter I didn’t get the wilderness in me even though I went
through the wilderness in fact everything I went through over the last
four and a half decades only served to convince me that much more that I still
got it I mean if God promised it to me back
then and saw me through all this I don’t want to live at the level of feelings
you settle too low you settle for what you see you settle for what people say
you settle for old templates you settle for old scripts you settle for emotions
when you are seated in heavenly places with Jesus you gotta settle up you gotta
get up above what you see above what you feel and above what you’ve been through he said I want to live I want to live
where the blessings are I want to live where the battles are you can’t have a
victory without a battle God is raising you up right now he’s
doing it through a process the level you will settle on is the level that you see
yourself and it makes me so sad to think of how many times that you and I have
gone to the wrong mirrors and so we see a grasshopper when we’re really a giant when we see a failure when really it was
a lesson when we see what’s missing because we can only see through the
filter of our fear God said let us make man in our image in our likeness
you are not my maker you will not be my mirror when God said I am to Moses you
know my name is I am he was trying to get him to see you are as I am that’s
what a mirror does God says I want to see myself in you when God sees you he
sees himself he sees his son Christ is the image of the invisible God and if he
is in you he is more than the world against you I want to pray for a few hundred people
today you will know who you are if the message resonated with you in a personal
way and it’s this you’ve been going to the wrong mirror
you’ve been consulting physical natural relational elements incomplete
fragmented elements and you don’t know who you are right now and you’re stuck
between two realities the message God gave me was your maker
is your mirror and you know what’s beautiful you’re his he wants to use you
to reflect himself to the world and so he’s gonna give you some stuff some of
its gonna be giants in front of you some of its gonna be giants inside of you
David was good at killing giants as long as they were standing in front of him it
was the ones within him that took him out some of them are gonna be short term
some of them are gonna be long term if you go to the wrong mirror you’ll always
feel small but if you will learn how to worship and get in the Word of God and
believe the promise that he spoke over your life and get in this mirror you are
not gonna win over insecurity looking in the mirror of Instagram it is only going
to show you what you’re not what you can’t and what you wont but if you get in this
mirror I’m telling you the Word of God can do something for your spirit it can
make you stronger in your spirit then your enemies are in your situation
now stand up on your feet I want to pray with you I want to pray with you I want
to prophesy over you I don’t want anyone moving or leaving the Lord said that
this word would hit deep for the ones who needed it who have been seeing
themselves according to past experiences have been looking in a rearview mirror
at something that happened and are about to wreck in the face of their future
and he said that today he wanted to give you a different mirror a different mirror
Caleb said I’m not just settling for my lot in life I’m not just settling for
depression I was hesitant to preach the message because I thought people would
hear it like it was some you know God give me my BMW you know God make me
famous that’s not what Caleb said he said I
want the challenge I want the altitude I want the opportunity to prove God again
I want to live at the high place I want to be my higher self I’m still strong I
still got it I still got it my faith went through
testing 45 years and I survived I still got it I’m not ashamed of what I went
through it proves that God was with me I still
got it thank you for your word Lord it shows us
who we are thank you for worship where we can
reflect you where we can behold your glory close your eyes
visualize it the king told Elisha that he would strike the ground three times
Elisha said you’ve got to see the victory before you see the victory open
the East window and shoot it’s the first creation you got to be able to see
yourself made of dust but touched with divinity you got to see yourself free
even though you don’t feel free even though you still keep running back to
lesser stuff you got to know you got a higher purpose and a greater name I wish
you would lift your hands in his presence wherever you are I wish you
would lift him high in surrender I wish you would lift him like the burden has
been rolled away and begin to sing I’m gonna see a victory I’m gonna see a
victory I shall see it I’m gonna see it in my spirit I’m gonna see it in my
heart I’m gonna see it I’m gonna see deliverance I’m gonna see the Red Sea
part I’m gonna see the mountains move I’m gonna see it come to pass in my
bloodline I’m gonna see it I’m gonna see it I’m gonna have the joy of the Lord I’m
see it I’m gonna fulfill it I’m gonna walk in it I’m gonna receive it I’m gonna
prove I’m gonna do it I’m gonna make it I’m gonna shout it I’m gonna declare it
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