It’s not a trap; it’s a triumph! Pastor Steven Furtick shares a powerful reminder that whatever seems to be surrounding us — fear, anxiety, uncertainty, past regrets — God is actually surrounding it. This is an excerpt from “The Thirst Trap.” To watch the full message from @elevationchurch , click here:    • The Thirst Trap | Seven-Mile Miracle …   #faith #peace #hope #stevenfurtick #elevationchurch Chapters: 0:00 – After All You’ve Been Through 2:51 – Living In Uncertainty 5:05 – Feeling Trapped Within 7:50 – Just When The Devil Thought He’d Won 10:15 – The Trap Will Become A Triumph 11:54 – Resurrecting by Elevation Worship Scripture References: John 19, verses 28-30 Psalm 69, verses 20-22

After all you’ve been through after all

they’ve accused you of after all the

people who walked away who should have

been there after

this after they counted you out and said

you were nothing and mocked you after

this after a crown of thorns was placed

on his head after the blood ran from his

brow after this after they beat his back

after they released barabus after this

after the cro and Peter denied him

rice after

this knowing that now all things were

finished Jesus had one more thing to

say one thing to do cuz there are 300

prophecies and he was on

299 and see everybody standing around

that day thought that

death had trapped Jesus right right

right and the cross was a

setup but it wasn’t set up by

Judas and it wasn’t set up by the

Sadducees and it wasn’t set up by the

Pharisees and it wasn’t set up by Herod

it was set up by Heaven listen to me

preach this sermon listen to me preach

this sermon listen to me preach on the

parentheses in John

19:28 I preached on a lot of things in

my little tenure preaching but I never

preached on a punctuation mark until

today after this knowing that all things

had been fulfilled knowing that he had

drank down the full cup of the wrath of

God so that you would never have to

after knowing that he suffered like a

criminal so that he could Reign like a

king after humbling himself being

obedient even to the point of death on a

cross and it was was stand Jesus


parenthesis to

fulfill the


huh I wonder why John put it in

parenthesis probably because he didn’t

know that’s why it was happening at the

time see when Jesus said I

thirst they thought he wanted water so

they gave him vinegar to mock him

and the thing they used to mock him was

actually the thing that he used to

finish the work God gave him to


do the thing that they put on a sponge

to shame him was the see because listen

I got to tell y’all something stand up

so I’ll finish this sermon

please oh I got to show you one more

thing see

because when Jesus said I thirst

to fulfill the

scripture parenthesis yeah yeah have you

ever had to live in the parenthesis I

mean like not understanding why you were

going through what you were going

through please be real with me I cannot

preach this sermon to closed

Hearts I’m trying to give you water

today for your thirsty

soul but sometimes you’re in a

Wilderness and you don’t know

why and some times you’re looking at a

Red Sea and you feel

trapped and Jesus looked trapped up

there on that cross but John said

no he wasn’t trapped death didn’t trap

Jesus Jesus trapped



death now I know why he said I thirst

now I know why why the lips that spoke

the waters into their place on the earth

said I thirst to fulfill the scripture

God has a purpose for every thirst in



life death didn’t trap Jesus Jesus




so one time David felt trapped in the

Psalms and in Psalm 69 he describes it

in Vivid detail he goes the Deep Waters

have engulfed me I’m surrounded by

enemies they hurl their insults at me

does this sound familiar by the way it’s

a Messianic

song it’s describing centuries before

the cross what the cross would be like

for Jesus it is David Jesus is called

the son of of David it is David pointing

to the one who now says I

thirst and David says

something that although he is surrounded

by what he calls deep Waters of

trial he says that the

reproach has broken his

heart the shame has has brought him so

low to this place that he feels like


drowning and you can get to a place

where you feel trapped in

doubt and you can’t have dysfunctions in

your life that have been there so long

that you feel trapped inside of yourself

that’s the worst place to feel trapped

not in a bad relationship I mean you can

always block that number right but what

do you do when you’re trapped inside of

your own heart your own broken

heart David said

it’s is so bad it’s broken my heart and

I am in despair I am in distress but but

watch this he said I looked for pity

there was none for comforters I found

none nobody could help me I was

trapped I was

trapped I was

trapped he said I I got to the point

where I asked my my my my my friends for

food go to the next verse and they gave

me poison for food the people who were

supposed to help me hurt

me they gave me poison for food I was

thirsty but for my thirst they gave me

sour wine to drink and now I understand

why Jesus said I thirst go back to my

scripture it it was to fulfill the

Scripture it wasn’t about water Jesus

was setting the trap for death this was

the last thing he had to do before the

spirit could be released it’s a

setup it’s a setup


if he didn’t suffer salvation could not

spring up like a well if he did not

suffer it could not flow forth if he did

not die he could not rise somebody shout

it’s a set

up it’s not the


end it’s in the

parenthesis it’s in the

parenthesis sometimes you got to trust

God in the parenthesis in the typ places

when it looks like you’re trapped to

know that the very red sea that feels

like it’s going to kill you it’s going

to drown your enemies behind you

somebody shouted

you there you

shout he said I thirsted and they gave

me vinegar but watch this David praying

this is what I’m praying over your life

today every evil thing that the enemy

has done to you and every trial that

feels like is sweeping over you and for

everybody who feels trapped listen what

he pray let their own

table before them the thing that they

brought to destroy me let the their own

table become a

snare and when they are at peace so just

when the devil thought he had Jesus

trapped just when he thought it was over

just when he thought we got rid of that

one just when he thought it was the end

just when they rolled the St let it

become a Trap God said I got


to he set the

Trap he set the

Trap he set the Trap so God brought you

here into this Garden so you could sweat

out your insecurities God brought you

here here into this tight place so that

your doubts could die and your faith


live and you will



again he said I thirst and they brought

him vinegar and he said good I need that

I needed that vinegar I needed that

trial sometimes Victory doesn’t look


Victory sometimes victory doesn’t taste

sweet and when he said I thirst and they

gave him the the vinegar for

water after that after he had received

the sour wine after he had set the trap

on death Hell In The Grave I promise you

we’re going to have the best Easter ever

this year I feel like Easter came early

today I really do I really do I really

feel like Resurrection came in an

unexpected time for somebody who thought

you were trapped hear the word of the

lord it’s not a trap it’s a Triumph

shout to




so so Friday’s trap was Sunday’s


Triumph I set

up a thirst set the Trap and after he

had received the sour wine he said it’s

finished it’s


finished the Trap became the

Triumph God’s going to take the thing

that looks as the children of Israel

they thought the Red Sea was going to be

the end of them it was the end of their

enemies you’re not trapped the devil

is you’re not trapped

you’re not touch somebody say I’m not

trapped come on I’m not trapped and I’m

not thirsty whom the sun sets


now how many believe that the sufferings

of this present time are not worthy to

be compared with the glory that will be

revealed how many believe Christ is in

you the hope of glory come on shout like

you believe that shout like you come on


so I’m going tell you one more thing and

I promise I’m going to walk off the

stage while I’m saying

it I love to preach the word to you not

cuz I like to hear myself talk I love to

preach the word of God to you because I

love I I know what this seed is going to

do if you get it down in your

heart huh now watch

this favor flows from unexpected places

do you remember when we were writing the


resurrecting and

it took about nine months to write the

song and everybody on the team

contributes in different ways my thing

is I like I always like to write and

Chris can tell you this because we’ve

been knowing each other forever and uh

y’all give it up for Chris Brown this

man is a great man of God

well I’m kind of weird cuz I like to

when the song seems like it should be

over I always like to put another verse

that’s true right so we wrote the song

and it was kind of done not really done

we thought it was done and we finished

the songw writing thing and I started

thinking I wanted to write this fourth

verse for for this song and you know

Chris is kind of lazy cuz he’s a worship

leader and uh no I’m just kidding he’s

the hardest working man in the praise



so it it took 6 months to get the verse

right but we ended up writing a

declaration for our church lift your

hands whatever’s got you trapped today

we end ended up writing this verse to

let you know that what looks like it’s

got you locked

in is going to be the place see that’s

what the grave was the grave of Jesus

Christ was a garden in Disguise that’s

what your trials are that’s what your

weaknesses so I want you to sing this

fourth verse cuz just when it seems like

the song should be over just when it

seems like your hope is gone just when

it seems like the devil has

dehydrated your


dream the tomb where


soers so they thought they had him

right they posted the guard right




and now if he robbed the grave of its

power if the the guards couldn’t keep

his body in come on Church come on I’m

talking about rivers of Living

Water you never thirst again when you

get this

Spirit and the same

spirit that raised him from the dead you

better SE that for first cuz I got is

around got God is


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