Christians need to be selective in what they allow into their “frame,” or focus in life, because these choices affect the overall picture of believers’ faith and relationship with God, Pastor Steven Furtick said in a recent sermon that drew from photography.
Furtick, who is the founding and leading pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, emphasized the importance of focusing your frame in his latest sermon entitled “The Frame Game,” saying that a change in perspective can draw us closer to God.
Too many Christians allow themselves to be framed by a negative perspective, which causes attitudes of depression, anxiety and destruction that ultimately weaken their faith.
“Sometimes the frame is even more important that the picture,” Furtick tells his congregation. “Sometimes the way you say something is even more important than what you say.”
The well-known megachurch pastor points specifically to the story of Peter walking on water in Matthew 14:22-33, saying that the disciple became fearful because he lost focus, and began to notice the waves and the wind around him instead of keeping Jesus as the focal point.
“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!'” the verse reads, in part.
The waves and the wind will always be there, Furtick says, but it is Peter’s choice whether to allow the distractions into his frame.
“You’d be surprised what you could do if you would get focused,” the pastor says, encouraging Christians to “control [their] frame” and “choose [their] focus,” especially because a strong faith is powered by such focus.
“You will never build a solid faith with a weak focus,” the pastor adds.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post