Fix Your Focus | The Other Half | Pastor Steven Furtick

Fix Your Focus | The Other Half | Pastor Steven Furtick


Thank you so much for coming today it’s been a great couple of weeks for me. I’ve been travelling maybe more than I remember travelling in a long time to preach. Preachin’ my little head off and God has been faithful. I’ve been in the last four weeks to Sydney, Australia. Preaching in London, England. Preaching and… this week Seattle, Washington preaching and New York City… or actually I was in Brooklyn. I don’t wanna be offensive, because you know, if you say it wrong people get all upset. And I was… I was in Brooklyn, technically speaking. And it’s been crazy! But God has been faithful and you haven’t even missed me. I’ve been here every single week. Jet lag and all. And God is good! And I feel so energized about this new teaching series called the “Other Half”. We’re gonna talk about your relationships. How many are excited to talk about your relationships? Take a moment if you would and pity me. Would you pity me? Yeah… because how would you like to speak about relationships to a room this diverse? Would you enjoy that? Wanna trade places? Because I know… I know I’ve been doing this a while now. I know I look 23… but I’ve been doing this for a minute. And I know everybody has different kind of reaction. We’re gonna talk about relationship four weeks and then some people say, “Well, I’ll see you in five.” I’m not sitting through that. You know, because really… really they… they do. Some people have been through painful… terribly painful relationship situations and.. and you almost think you can predict what the preacher might have to say about relationships before he even says it So single people are already judging me before I even start my sermon. *sarcastically* “Here we go. Great.
Gonna tell me to wait. Made for the one.” “That I’m, you know… if he hasn’t come into my life yet, maybe I’m not ready.” “But my roommate was totally less ready than me.” *mumbles in annoyance* “I don’t wanna say anything about that. And they tell me not to have sex.” “And if I have sex, then I’m gonna get a disease and go to hell… gonna die.” But what I’m gonna do… I’m gonna go straight to the Bible and then if you don’t like what I have to say, you can take it up with my Boss! Turn in your Bible to Matthew, chapter 6, verse 31. And we wanna get into this… this series today called the “Other Half”. If I were to ask you the question, “Are you in a relationship?” and your hand didn’t go up, you would misunderstand the very nature of what we intend to communicate. This series is for everyone. Would you touch your neighbor and say, “This is totally for you.” *congregation* “This is totally for you.” When we do it, we’ll talk a little bit about if you’re married. That’s important. But there is half of the church that isn’t married. Statistics say half of marriages end in divorce. Let’s be honest. If we don’t have our relationship with God right, our relationship with our self right… we’re never gonna have our relationship with others right. So… I hope you’ll just listen with an open mind today. And… let me pick up in Matthew, chapter 6, verse 31. I’m probably partial to this scripture. My dad loved the Sermon on the Mount… and he would read it every morning. So he challenged me to memorize it… and I’ve memorized some of it, but he’d had memorized the whole thing. I didn’t memorize the whole thing… but I like this part in Matthew, chapter 6, verse 31. And I never really saw it as a relationship scripture, but now that I read it in this season of my life, I see that it’s… it’s nothing if not a relationship scripture. It is all about intimacy and provision, and you’ll see what I mean. And Jesus speaking says… people who don’t even know God Somebody say, “God knows… what I need.” And tell your neighbor too in case they’ve been staying up stressing about things that are outside of their control. Tell them, “God knows what you need. God knows what you need.” And that’s a good thing to say any time in your life you feel like that you don’t have enough, or you don’t have what you want, or you don’t have what others have. Just remind yourself over and over again that God knows what I need. Now, sometimes the reason that we can’t receive His provision in some areas of our life is because we don’t have our priorities aligned. And sometimes what we interpret as a lack of provision on God’s part is a lack of prioritization on ours. Can I go further? *congregation says “yes”* So He says… [verse 33] God says, “When you align your heart with My heart and your plans with My purposes, I will give you the things that the rest of the world has to grasp for.” “I will give you the peace that the millionaires can’t buy. I will give you… come on somebody… Every good and perfect gift comes from above and because I’m in a relationship with God, I have access to everything that I need… to be who He’s called me to be… to do what He’s called me do And so knowing these things, I seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these other factors will be taken care of by my Father. Amen… sometimes when I’m preaching I just get into it myself and I forget you’re there. Now, the people that wrote the scriptures didn’t put a chapter marker here so I’m gonna keep right going on to chapter 7. Because it says here that this is a new chapter but to me it’s the same thought. And this verse… it comes next. This is the verse that everybody who smokes weed likes to quote. I just woke them up uptown. How can you say to your brother or your wife or your husband… whoever… your boss, your kid I’m speaking to somebody right now, who is selling yourself short and lowering and compromising your standard. Jesus said, Maybe you need to send a text to that guy before you leave church today and say, “Give me my pearls back.” Don’t even explain it or put a verse by it, but you’ll know what it means. I’ll finish with verse 7 because we gotta stop somewhere. I wanna call this message, “Fix Your Focus” because I believe that the only thing you are ever always in control of is your focus So many factors in your life are beyond your control, but one thing you can always control, if you learn how to do it and if you’re committed to it, is your focus. I think that many relationships fail not because of a loss of love but because of a loss of focus. That would be one of the reasons that a church fails as well, while we’re at it, is that you lose your focus when you stop caring about what God cares about. God will no longer back you in your endeavor. And so… sometimes what we call failure is really just broken focus. It’s the reason why the passion that exists in some parts of relationships when it’s getting started tends to link and you wonder where it went. It wasn’t necessarily that you lost the love. You lost the focus. It’s very difficult to keep that first love focus in any relationship. I think Jesus is calling us back to focus. If you’ll notice the bread on the sandwich from the little passage that we’ve just read, both of them start with ‘seeking’. Seek first His kingdom. Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. On both ends of this passage, where Jesus is speaking on several different subjects, is this idea of focus. Especially, in our culture I think the focus when it comes to our relationship tends to be a little broken. When I say that’s it’s broken, I mean that it’s misplaced and misleading. Sometimes we’re so focused on falling in love that we are very uneducated about the process of staying in love. Talk to me any time you want to. And there’s a romantic notion that is reinforced with every romantic comedy, that the falling part is where the excitement is. I was looking at an article getting ready for this series, where the author said, “There’s a reason that fairy tales end in marriage.” “Because nobody wants to see what happens next.” Nobody wants to talk about the other half. So today as I open the series… and it really will get better every week I hope that you’ll bear with me today as I lay a sort of foundation. I want to talk about four decisions of focus that you are making [in] every area in your life. And I know that some of you should be teaching the marriage seminar… all of you patron saints of marriage… been doing it 30 and 40 years and all of that. I’m not quite on your level yet. I just celebrated my 14th year. And while somebody is clapping for that, somebody else is like, “Pshhh. That ain’t nothing. I’ve been married longer that you’ve been alive, boy. Imma let some whipper-snapper in some skinny motto-cross jeans talk to me about this?” ‘Tight Jeans’ up here tryin’ to tell me how to be married.” But… regardless of the stage of the relationship, it requires a certain kind of focus. That’s what I wanna talk about today. So I wanna lay out four areas. I want you to take notes. Everybody write something down. If your neighbor ain’t writing anything down, it’s cuz they don’t love God and don’t care about His word. Now, watch this. The first area you gotta decide, you gotta decide your focus cuz you can always decide your focus. You can’t always decide about all the factors. You can’t always decide if someone is gonna stay with you or leave you. You can’t always decide if someone is gonna ask you out. You can’t always decide if they’re gonna text you back. But you can always decide your focus, so is your focus, number 1, on ‘finding’ or ‘becoming’? Finding or Becoming Jesus said, seek first the kingdom and the other stuff will move into position. But if you seek first the other stuff, then you will have no center of gravity for the stuff to revolve around, so it’s important that your focus is not… I’ve been teaching this for years man. I used to go around to youth camps, and I would teach dating seminar and I would say… You know, it’s not an original quote from me, but I’ll say it all the time cuz I think it’s true. “Happiness isn’t finding the right person. Happiness is being the right person.” Eric, my best friend in the world is here, I mean Holly’s my best friend. (laughter) But, my best friend that’s a guy. Other than my sons. One of my friend’s Eric is here. (laughter) But I stopped and asked him a question, I think is a good question, and I said, “And what will you do when you catch them?” Isn’t that a good question if somebody’s looking for a woman or looking for a man? “What will you do, if you catch them?” But we are so focused on the catching that we don’t even pay attention to the commitment that is required. back to my notes so what is your focus is it what you can’t control
which is what God is doing in your life or is it finding, you know i gotta find the woman in this independent fundamentalist baptist church church

100 thoughts on “Fix Your Focus | The Other Half | Pastor Steven Furtick

  1. I met an amazing woman early this year and the love was great but things started going south I hope this message as I send it to her will be the fix to our relationship

  2. Just saw the rebroadcast today and it was awesome! Great word pastor steven! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

  3. I like how Pastor elaborates on what Jesus was saying. Weโ€™re too busy trying to highlight the SAWDUST in our neighborโ€™s eye, but forget the BLANK in our own eyes. The carpenter analogy of Sawdust made from the same material that made the blank, instead of a magnifying glass we need a mirror to see the obvious errors in us. Completeness fulfillment in ANY relationship is when we have our horizontal relationship with others, lined up with our vertical relationship with God. Pastor Furtickโ€™s sermons are definitely some of the best in explaining Godโ€™s words and how to apply to our lives.

  4. Nice teaching from a man who's been married 14 years. This pastor has never had a single life so how can he teach on it? I agree with some of this but as a man there is no help from the church for single godly men. All kinds of single mothers ministry but what about men? God made men and women to need each other but society tells women they don't need a man and our jails our full of broken angry men. No dads in the home anymore and our country is falling apart. Never pick up a Bible once.

  5. Hallelujah!!! Thank You Lord Jesus Christ โค๏ธ put down the magnifying glass and pick up the mirror.

  6. Thank you Lord for remind us to Focus in you our great God. God you has what we need. This is goodnews.

  7. Religion=Motivational Speaking
    Religion=Tells you what you want to hear
    Religion=Money Making Business preying on the weak

    Preachers start crying and yelling and seem as if theyโ€™re getting angry….itโ€™s like damn chill. Jesus didnโ€™t even preach like that

  8. I just realized this message was preached 2years ago. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค˜
    Pastor Steven posted a short video of this on his Instagram page and I loved it so decided to come check it out… I just watched the message and I am soo blessed!!!
    God bless you greatly!!!!!๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

  9. Early morning sunrise here in Matthews, NC. Gonna stretch and receive with my heart open while sipping some hot tea. My morning rituals have changed for the better since my walk with God is stronger.

  10. Lord let my focus be back on you again and even more than before, Iย  know in my heart I'm not where I'mย  suppose to be in you.

  11. 41:45 — I'm sooooooooo hopeful that he's now going to say "HOW does a Christian see his true reflection?" and then pick up a Bible! If he doesn't, his whole speech is moot.

  12. Pastor Steve Furtick has been a blessing to me but the sad thing is I can't attend his sermons in person because I am from Kenya and it is quite far and may never been able to get the air ticket or rather money to travel to America. The visiting pastor who preached about get over it was so amazing. Keep up the good work.

  13. This is so ignorant my boyfriend and I are medical cannabis patients due to epilepsy and other ailments so for him to joke about this as a pastor is very ignorant he needs to understand that making weed jokes as a pastor is not appropriate and he is offensive and aloof….not listening to this fool again.

  14. Iโ€™m listening to fix your focus. I have been in a wonderful relationship for 10 years came back to God 19 months ago doing right things (scared) but doing thought we be married No !faz sex is off tablePrayers people. Gods are at converter I want what he has for me in โ€œ aspectsโ€

  15. hello thr! thank u for your beautiful and light hearted (and so much more) help with sharing it from ur unique way to teach the word of God (Jehovah) to us all. Really, thank all of you its sucha blessing for me….oh and i kept trying over n over to find what it would take by reading the bible and find my comfort in Him because i knew it was only by doing so i would FIND IT and then keep searching til i …BECOME! WILL BECOME not thr yet but i havent given up.๐Ÿ’› Jehovah in Jesus Christ bless u all

  16. Thank you Pastor Steven for that wisdom of a dating question, "what type of crazy are you" very awesome word

  17. I started listening and watching your videos on the 28th of June 2019 and all is enriching. We all need God in our life and you are helping us to seek Him more and more. Thanks for the word

  18. How can i find more preachings like that from Elevation Church? I'm brazilian and want to listen more of them ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I loved this sermon. I thank God for technology and also for having led me to pastor Steven. I'm hopeful that one day I'll be listening and watching him live at Elevation Church

  20. Wow watching this in 2019 & realized how this spoke to my heart. No more focusing or looking will be guided by Mathew 6:33!! No more trying too hard & looking but will completely trust in God!

  21. Paster Steve Furtick is the path to devine healing after church hurt. God knows what I need!!!!

    Watching nearly 3 yrs. after this sermon, it is resonating with my spirit, my situation, my effort to show my savoir through action, that I need, love and appreciate Him.

  22. Your sermons pastor Steve have done me good thank you so much.
    May God bless you and glory be to God who brought me to this page

  23. It's been a hard almost 2 month we spend every day and night right beside her being with her praying over her and all I seek is prayer over my sister for God to bless her life and bring healing in every organ every blood vessel and give breath in her lungs and keep her heart rate stable join me in prayer so God can make a miracle happen no ear has heard no eye has seen but one day I believe in the name of Jesus he will restore her body completely join me in faith and believing God Almighty can make that happen ! And prayer for God to open doors and good news in our situation ! There is power in the name of Jesus ! Break every chain in Jesus name !

  24. Found your video while falling back into bad habits. I confess the sin of lust while not filling with lord. Please forgive me

  25. Well Iโ€™m a Muslim ,,and I find you absolutely wise and I love you so much especially your preaching about my maker is my mirror โค๏ธ

  26. Treat someone as they are and they will remain that person, but treat a person as they could be. That they should be, and they will become that better person.

  27. Well dang. I was convicted. I attend Potter's House Christian Fellowship Church (Found by Pastor Wayman Mitchell). Just pull the altar call now. ๐Ÿ˜‚

  28. ABSOLUTELY AMEN! GOD IS FAITHFUL & HE WILL DO WHAT HIS WORD SAYS HE WILL DO!!๐Ÿ˜โค๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜‡ PRAISE THE LORD!

  29. Wow this was a very powerful, encouraging sermon. I really enjoyed hearing this. As a single girl looking for someone in my life I have now started living my life to work on myself and be the person that I am looking for in the person that I want to have someday. Thank you for this great message.

  30. Watching this is 2019 and wow… this message was such a blessing. Thank you pastor Steven for allowing God to use you, just so much .. wow. Amen ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ

  31. What if I think or I've been trying my best to pray n read the word of god for me n my wife but she dont ( married for 4 years , life together about 2 years in the usa now separated, did I go wrong pls , but there is a little more to that story , help pls

  32. Thank you! Exactly what was needed to be heard. Focus such a little word with such a big meaning. Truly grateful God led me to this video as it was an answer to my friends situation. I asked God for His help and you came up. Thank you.

  33. Wow wt a God's grace and mercy is there ……. Amen I blessed by this message Anna ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

  34. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

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