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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  • Exactly what I needed, i felt like the enemy was stealing my faith from me, but now apokaradokia…staying focused on my course am stretching my neck towards my future

    ROSAM EXPLORING May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply

    Tabitha Lockhart May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Apokaradokia🙌🙌🙌 Ima stretch!!!🔥💯👌🏼

    Christina Smith May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • I love all his cute play on words fake cuss words … it makes him so real and clever. Kind of like the devil who comes as an angel of light. Clever and cute.

    Noah F. Rastetter May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Stretch forward to the future and smile at it. Apocaradokia… Thank you Pastor, your preaching reaches me and I share with my family. Thanks be to Jesus

    Jennifer S. May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Can I get a witness?!

    Shantay Williams May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Glory to GOD the Father Almighty!!! And Amen and Amen and Amen!!! Even I eagerly expect to meet you slSteven to speak and find out wether God want me to move to Charlotte and be a missionary or stay he4e in Dayton Ohio and start a group/Campus of Elevation Church here!!! because Dayton Needs God Desperately

    Jeffrey Phillippi May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • God answered my prayer through this video.

    Amber Roberson May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Love that God gave you the gift to preach

    Katie Green May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply

    NaTira Holloway May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply

    Sofia Ravago May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Raleigh woop woop

    Pantherette Power May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Wow💪what a powerful message❣ This is what we need to hear during those dark days👏👏👏👏❣❣❣

    Doris R. May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Amazing. Thank you Pastor Steven!!

    Stephanie Lowrie May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • YES LOVE this. EXACTLY what i needed in this season!!!! <3

    Sydney Sears May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Amén

    Jennifer Michelle Romero May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Awesome pastor Steven hallelujah amen hallelujah amen hallelujah thank you father god amen and amen xxoo

    Darlene Owens May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • I broke out in goosebumps and cried at the end of this video! I hope you get to read this one day! I am having liver problems leading to liver failure and I am 27 years old with a husband and three kids. I have always been a super mom to my family and am struggling keeping up with the basics now around the house. This was the most touching and motivating thing I have ever heard in my life and I feel like your preaching just helped me get past it and give all to God in a twinkle of an eye! God bless you and your family!

    Tawny Jackson May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Nice suit pastor. You said you only read mean comments sometimes lol. But this a nice comment. 💚 @steven

    Natasha Malone May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Amen! Shift my Focus!

    Rose Taggart May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Let us know what we guard most.

    DOUGIE FRESH 007 May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Worship through the drums is my ministry, and I have been struggling with the ones around me not serving to their full potential. Each suggestion of mine is usually met with an answer of resistance, while their abilities doesn't cover the basics. I see this as a reminder to not get distracted, and to be patient for something new that's to come. I may be completely wrong; I'll find that out soon, but this spoke to me today, so thank you for sharing it!

    Tyler Edwards May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • And for India as well… !! 😊 I accepted what has happened I will shift my focus what will happen

    Angleena Beecham May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • It's my first time listening to you and I'm really touched, I'm going through a lot in life and I need someone to talk to and express how I feel. Pray for me Man of God

    philip ekiru May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • If you gonna be Fit – Stretch.. If you gonna have Faith – Stretch..
    APOKARADOKIA…I have it..Turning my head and stretching my neck… Stick my neck out .. Like a Giraffe…either way..
    It doesn't matter.. This is not a situational anticipation ~~~Apo kara Dokia.. I ve got my FOCUS FAITH ON.
    1 2 3…

    Helen Dube May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • I so needed this, I have been off social media 4 days now, I show my weakness there and I show my strengths but this season I have had more weakness, thank you Pastor Steven ❤🙋😇

    Pamela Moench May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Man if there were 50 Preachers that rolled with the same loud fearless faith this guy does then the world would be forced to recognize the threat of a spiritual nuclear weapon!!! Ah!!! Truth!!!! Fall back!!! Noope!!! Dont trip!!!! Dont duck!!! Stand up

    Tim Fromm May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Apokaradokia became one of my favorite words 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

    Bathsheba Khiangte May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Cheers

    jar nuggs May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • sorry bud get some life experience then preach me a message . loud message does not mean it has substance

    Dana McLeod May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Thankyou apokaradokia

    Derek Bair May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • 10

    Sandra Funderburk May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Amen!! Great sermon!!!

    M Y May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • POWERFU WORDL,,,🙌🙌 that was much needed,, for the body of Christ,,, I WiN with Jesus!!!💪💪💪💪

    Bernadette Jones May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Amen, I am stretching my head for healing ,God is working in my situation.

    healing powerzone May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Who are you going to be amazed when you stand before a holy God flower you buddy I would not change who I am for you you’re a very sick man you’re a very sick man

    Paul Gross May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply
  • Pastor Steven this is powerful, im streching my head towrds my future!!!!! Thank you

    Mampho Jealian May 30, 2020 2:41 pm Reply

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