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Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God's Vision for Your…

by Steven Furtick

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Many books have been written on greatness, chasing dreams, being effective or successful. Think of the influence Steve Jobs had on you and me, and what we thought after he passed away. Steven Furtick doesn’t believe in one liners on motivational posters or inspirational images on Pinterest. He invites to open your imagination to the possibility that Gods has a vision for your life that is greater. Why? Because Jesus Christ promises us that with His help we believers may do greater things than He did (John 14:12). No, we can’t be greater than He is, but can leave the normal, good is good enough status behind and strive for greater things, by starting small. you to Are you ready to open your imagination to the possibility that God has a vision for your life that is greater? Most believers aren’t in imminent danger of ruining their lives. They’re facing a danger that’s far greater: wasting them. In spite of all the parts of us that are anything but good, God is holding the door open to a life that is greater. Furtick uses the life of Elisha from the Old Testament as structure for his message. Powerful lessons of instant obedience, burning the proverbial plows that connect you to your (former) life, learning and practicing faith. God communicates vision differently to everyone He calls. He is working behind the scenes, orchestrating His destiny for you. God manages details, but may reveal only the next step for you. That’s enough to start a greater life. Stop waiting for what you want, and start working what you’ve got. Your greatest limitation is God’s greatest opportunity. The journey toward greater things is marked with setbacks and real suffering. Not that you seek suffering, but the devil’s active as well. Know, that God has never wasted an ounce of your faith. Our greatest setbacks in life can be the greatest setups to seeing God’s glory in places we didn’t even know to look. And don’t look on the outside. Outward, successful people may yearn for someting greater. Seek help, there’s nothing from with preventive counseling. Greater isn’t an automatic, permanent position; it’s an intentional daily decision. What matters most is not what you think you are or are not. What matters is what your Father sees in you and what He says about you. And like Elisha, don’t test the waters, strike the waters with the mantle you received. Convincing, humorous, down-to-earth, yet bound for a greater life. ( )
  hjvanderklis | Jul 14, 2013 |
In [Greater] [[Steve Furtick]] exhorts Christians not to be satisfied with mediocrity, but to become greater--even greater than Jesus Christ! Blasphemous? No, he is claiming Jesus' promise that those who follow Him will do greater works than He did, because Jesus is in heaven working on our behalf and the Holy Spirit is in us giving us all we need to do God's work.

What's stopping us? Fear. Discomfort. Risk. The shame of possible failure. Lack of faith.

Is this a "prosperity" gospel? Absolutely not. Steve states persecution and affliction is a expected sign post showing we're on the right track.

Are you up to be Greater? ( )
  jjvors | Jan 4, 2013 |
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Are you ready to open your imagination to the possibility that God has a vision for your life that is greater?

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.

And according to one of the most shocking verses in the Bible, Jesus wants the very same thing for every one of us:

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” -John 14:12

That single promise—“even greater things than these”—should be enough to shatter our acceptance of spiritual mediocrity. Unfortunately, most believers have only tried and given up on vague notions of greatness…then settled into a life that’s just good enough.

Good enough = Baseline living that is marked by mediocrity, stuck in spiritual survival mode, and controlled by complacency.

Greatness = Vague, unrealistic aspirations of doing better that don’t work in real life and lead to endless frustration.

But there is a third way.

Greater = The life-altering understanding that God is ready to accomplish a greatness in your life that is entirely out of human reach—beyond anything you see in yourself on your best day, but exactly what God has seen in you all along. 

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 to start smaller. It’s time to ignite God’s Greater vision for your life.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:24 -0400)

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. Furtick draws on the biblical story of Elisha to empower you to open your imagination to the possibility that God has a vision for your life that is greater than a life that's "just good enough."… (more)

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