Turning Stumbling Stones into Stepping Stones
Prophetic Teaching by Matt Sorger
“God is about to take a painful situation in your life and bring something good from it. Your pain is about to turn into joy.” - Matt Sorger
We all have war stories we can share. The question isn’t whether or not you have a war story. The question is whether you have remained a victim or allowed God to work in your circumstance. Circumstances or even the actions of other people can never stop God’s plan for your life. But if you keep a pure heart and allow God to heal you in your journey, God can cause every stumbling stone to be a stepping stone to promotion and fulfillment. Don’t give up in the midst of your present moment. Live by every word God has spoken to you. He will be faithful to work all things together for your good. You can’t help but win!
If someone would have said this to me 14 years ago I wouldn’t have been able to fully comprehend it. When it feels like the rug has been pulled out from underneath you, it’s difficult in the pain of the moment to see beyond the present circumstance. It can be nearly impossible to see how it will turn for your good and bring joy. But God has a way of working things out for your good. Sometimes it just requires time to walk it out.
I experienced this 14 years ago when I transitioned from pastoring to itinerant prophetic, healing ministry. I was serving as an associate pastor on staff of a local church at the time. Since my late teens I had received prophetic words that I was called to the nations with signs, wonders and miracles. I always knew in my heart I was called to travel and somehow touch the world with God’s power. When I was twenty years old God told me I would see a lot of planes. He wasn’t kidding!
After five years of pastoring the desire for traveling began to grow stronger in me. I began to have an increased desire to see the sick healed and nations touched by God. I always had a heart for missions work. I began to share and submit these desires to the leadership team I was a part of hoping to receive council and direction. At first it was celebrated and encouraged. Discussions were made about how I could pastor on the team and also lead missions teams out from the church. But as time went on suddenly something happened and my desire for travel no longer fit into the church paradigm. It was either “You want to be here with us or you have to go.” And then abruptly the decision was made for me. “It’s time for you to go.”
So without much warning I was transitioned from pastoring into full time travel ministry, without one church to preach at and with nobody knowing my name. Not a great way to start an itinerant ministry. As this ministry transition happened in my life, I went into a six month depression. Everything I had known since I was 14 years old was taken from me. The church family I had been a part of for the first 15 years of my salvation was gone. My ministry was gone. My spiritual home was gone. My church leadership that I had looked to as a spiritual father and mother was gone. All of it…gone. And not by my choice. It was painful and scary. I couldn’t see what the future would be. But I had a dream in my heart and a plethora of prophetic words given by established prophetic voices over the years and words from God Himself that I hid in my heart. This was all I had to hold onto. In the natural I had no idea how God would fulfill His word to me.
Now 14 years later, I have traveled to over 30 nations and have seen thousands saved, healed and set free by God’s power. I have been on television in 200 nations around the world and have been able to build a girls home in India, feed children in Africa and drill water wells that provide clean drinking water to villages of thousands of people in Africa. And God has given me some of the most amazing spiritual fathers and mothers I could have ever asked for.
And all I had to start with were the words God had spoken to my heart as a young person and a very painful launching experience. Do I consider the way I was launched into travel ministry to be ideal or even God’s perfect will? No, I don’t. It potentially could have been a major setback in my life. But when you keep your heart pure, and give your pain to God and allow yourself to remain free of offense, God has a way of transforming potential stumbling blocks into stepping stones that launch you into your destiny and purpose. And I can testify now that my momentary pain has led to a life of joy. It just took some time to walk it out.
I talk a lot more about this subject of turning pain into joy in two of my teaching series.
One is Walking in Your Prophetic Destiny. Is there a prophetic word or a sense of destiny you have yet to fulfill? Have you ever wondered how to get from where you are to where God wants you to be? In this teaching series I share on how to walk in the destiny God has for you and share not only the spiritual but practical truths I have learned in walking out God's call. No matter what roadblocks you have encountered, God has a divine plan for your life, as well as a strategy for achieving the vision He's given to you. In this series you will learn how to qualify for spiritual promotion and see the purposes of God fulfilled. Teachings Include: Fulfilling Prophetic Destiny, Positioned for Promotion, Overcoming Destiny Roadblocks, and Making Room for Your Destiny.
I also teach on this subject in my teaching series called Understanding Spiritual Promotion. It’s easy to become discouraged when you don’t realize that your test is actually an opportunity for promotion. In this series, I teach you how to turn your challenge into a stepping stone and move to the next level of God’s anointing and power in your life. Teachings Include: The Sword of the Lord, Stepping Stones, and Increasing Your Anointing.