Steven Furtick | – How To Shift Your Focus By Faith | Steven Furtick

In this message, originally preached by Pastor Steven Furtick in 2016 he asks a question, “What really matters?” It’s an important question, because what really matters to you determines the direction you go in life. And let’s face it, shifts happen all the time in our lives making it difficult to maintain focus and hope.

Pastor Steven uses Philippians 1 verses 18 through 27 to reveal one of the best ways to stay focused on what really matters — building an eager expectation in Christ. The kind of hope that Paul describes in the Bible is so powerful that Paul had to make up a word in greek to define it — apokaradokia!

We all want to feel like we’re making progress moving in the right direction. This desire is never stronger than in situations where we feel stuck. We can all get paralyzed by frustration and stress, or sometimes we can be really busy doing things that feel like they don’t matter.

But in this message we can learn how to prioritize what really matters and find hope (apokaradokia) in a tight spot. In Philippians 1, Paul is dealing with a shift he didn’t expect as he writes a letter from prison. But he confronts his shift with hope and rather than questioning his own purpose he encourages us in ours. That is the power of apokaradokia! That is the power of this kind of hope.

No matter what shifts have happened in your life today, we believe this message will give you hope to move forward.

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Sermon Content:
00:00 – Shift Your Focus Onto What Really Matters
01:55 – Learning To Anticipate (Philippians 1, verses 18-27)
06:00 – The Hope You Need To Survive: Apokaradokia
10:31 – Stretch Your Head Toward The Future
12:29 – Let’s Practice What To Do When Life Gets Tough.
15:22 – 1, 2, 3 STRETCH

How To Shift Your Focus By Faith | Steven Furtick

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Official Steven Furtick Shift your perspective and strengthen your faith with Pastor Steven Furtick. Pastor of the global, multisite ministry, Elevation Church, Steven Furtick is also a songwriter and New York Times best-selling author. He holds a master of divinity degree from Southern Theological Seminary and lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife Holly, their three children, Elijah, Graham, and Abbey. Each week, exclusive content and new videos are uploaded here. You can also tune in LIVE every Sunday at 9:30AM, 11:30AM, 2:00PM, 5:00PM, 8:00PM, and 10:00PM ET. Connect with people in the chat, engage in live worship with Elevation Worship, and hear a new sermon every weekend. For more information, you can visit or check out our other channels, Elevation Church and Elevation Worship. Official Steven Furtick

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  1. I agree and thought this just when watching this video a few minutes ago. If you ask him for help with whatever even the “smallest” of things he will help you if you just look to the book and the sermons. I flip to random passage and it relates to what I am dealing with. We deal with so much and a lot of times it is multiple things at once I just talk to him like my therapist and give it all over to him. Biggest thing keeping faith trusting when you have no idea how to get by but he always comes through I’m so grateful that I found him

  2. I am writing this review after watching couple of your teachings. The Apostle John teaches God must increase, and I must decrease (John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease).The Apostle Paul teaches Jesus Christ and Him crucified. (1 Corinthians 1:23a but we preach Christ crucified).This teaching sounds like a feel good/motivational speech. This is not a TedTalk BTW. Sir, you are speaking behind a pulpit, standing in front of the body of Christ, teaching from the Holy Scriptures. And your teachings contradict what Scripture says. Your giving this notion that it's "Me" getting ahead, it's "Me" looking to my future, it's "Me" overcoming blah blah blah with…… the help of God. From the Scriptures I am reading, it says "I" am wicked, it says "I" am broken, it says "I" am deceitful, it says "I" am a child of wrath. (Ephesians 4:22; Psalm 10:4; Colossians 1:21; Psalm 10:3; Proverbs 2:14; 2 Timothy 3:2-4; Deuteronomy 32:5 etc….) Apart from Christ, I am dead in my trespasses. PERIOD. There is nothing good in "ME". ///// Are you familiar with passages ALL over Scripture that says IF we truly got saved (saving faith) that this life will not be easy? that we will be hated? that we will be persecuted? that we will have to carry our cross everyday? that we may even face death for our faith? that being a disciple of Jesus Christ is a full on commitment? (Matthew 10:22; Mark 13:13; Matthew 6:24; Matthew 7:13-14; 2 Timothy 3:12; John 16:33; Luke 9:23 etc….) //// Do you preach on the Holiness of God? Do you preach on the doctrine of salvation? Do you preach on the essence of God? Do you preach on the character of God? Do you preach on the consequences of not accepting Christ into your life? Do you preach on the doctrine of grace? Do you preach SOUND DOCTRINE??!?! Not this unbiblical "let me make you feel good about yourself crap?" Sir, you are playing with fire. (James 3:1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.) ///// With your teachings, many people are being misled. You are playing with peoples souls. Repent before Almighty God and preach sound doctrine to your 1.38M subscribers and your live congregation. (Matthew 7:21-23 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness)

  3. You are an amazing Pastor! Preaching it loud and clear. Glory to God. I’m 58 and I’m in awe at you Mr. Steven Furtick. I watched Elevation rise up and now I’m tuned in every single day, I watch a video each day. Thank you so much!

  4. Philippians 1:18 – 28
    What does it matter?

    False or true motives, Christ is spoken
    What matters to you?
    It will determine the destination and the direction of your life.

    Interpretation to implementation to Anticipation

    Paul uses Will is used 10 times because he has eager expectations.

    Life may be about someone else more than you.

    Apa- Turn head on purpose, ignore distractions
    Kara – head
    Dokia – Stretch forward

    Stretch your head forward

    Focus and faith
    Get your head out thr past and move toward the future

    Don't be jealous or discouraged

  5. Glory, Glory, Glory!! Thank you pastor Steven, for being God's willing vessel to teach this message like he gave it to you. God, was speaking to me! I listened to the play back of this video and that special thing called the Holy Ghost stirred up in me at my desk. Shewww, I had to tame myself at work. Thank you so much for this word. #Opakaradokia Yes Lord…

  6. You are an awesome preacher oppegard dokia I am a Greek lady who knows what that means and may I say you are looking quite dashing this evening Mr Steven furtik Happy Thanksgiving to you and the whole furtik family thank you for everything that you do for us every day may God bless your ministry your family your smile your sense of humor and just have a great day thanks bye

  7. Currently having a break from something I love to do but God told me to set it aside for a bit so I did. IT'S HARD but with God's help, I'm still here. But man, I'm so distracted with doubts and fears about God taking it away from me when in fact, He's just helping me make my faith stronger so I need to undergo here. BUT MAN EARLIER I'M BREAKING BECAUSE I OVERTHINK TOO MUCH AND I'M JUST SCARED but guess what, this sermon came up. I focused on those thoughts that I made myself stuck. Thank you for the message, Pastor Steven. Your sermons really do help me in my faith and life.