Pastor Mac Hammond | June 26, 2022

Recap:
Pastor Mac came back early from vacation to remind us that lack doesn’t need to defeat us. Lack is an attempt of the enemy to get us to give up our faith, but we don’t need to let that pull us away from our belief in God’s Word. Whether we’re facing life-threatening lack or lack that is keeping us from God’s more-than-enough blessings, God’s promises are bigger and greater. We can keep our thoughts focused on God and His Word, and eventually, the negative circumstances will leave.

If the economy has got you worried about your finances, this is a message you can have on repeat! It will lift up your spirit and remind you to guard your thoughts. 

Dive Deeper:
How do you deal with lack? That’s the question Pastor Mac answered this past weekend. He reminded us that the enemy is going to do whatever he can to get you to back away from knowing the truth that God is more than enough, and one of the first places he will start to work is in your mind. He will do everything he can to manipulate negative circumstances in your life. 

Our job is to avoid focusing on the negative things that are taking place and focus instead on the Word of God. As Jesus said in Matthew chapter 6, we can focus on the truth that God takes care of the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. He will also take care of us.  

Too often we let worry run rampant through our thoughts without care. As a result, we live life stressed and under constant pressure because we are concerned about negative circumstances becoming a reality. We don’t have to let our mind stay focused on lack. We can live in a place of faith. 

Remember the enemy is a defeated foe who wants you to live in a place of fear. He will do everything he can to get you to believe that negative circumstances are more a reality that God’s Word. If he can’t deceive you, however, he can’t defeat you! 

When you come face-to-face with lack in any area of your life, you don’t need to focus on those negative circumstances. You don’t need to be uptight and concerned. You don’t have allow lack to have a seat at the table in your life. You can put aside thoughts of lack and embrace faith in God’s Word. 

Read About It: 
Mathew 6:25–34 KJV
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Discussion Questions: 
1. What Scriptures can you turn your attention to instead of lack-based adversity?
2. How does God provide for us when the world is going in a negative direction?
3. What is your story of God’s provision for you in the middle of difficult circumstances?

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Recent Sermon Notes

Focus on Effect | Mac Hammond

Pastor Mac began a new series entitled, “Focus on Effect.” He started off by telling us the topic of the new series is something we probably think we already know about, but in fact, we don’t know enough about it as we probably should. The scriptural reference was 2nd Corinthians 4:17–18: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Though Pastor Mac has taught on this passage before, he said he’s “gotten a glimpse of a different side of this mountain. And I’m seeing it from a perspective that has really impacted me in a positive way.” He added, “And I want it to be that way for you all as well.”

Are We in the Days of Noah? | Jim Hammond

Jesus’ disciples asked Him what the signs will be of His coming. Jesus said it will be like it was in the days of Noah: “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Fellow believers, we are in the days of Noah. All they thought about in the days of Noah was eating and drinking and the like. They were not thinking about the flood that was coming. So it is today!

A Deception of Palestine | Jim Hammond

This past weekend, Pastor Jim ministered a special God-directed message for the congregation entitled, “A Deception of Palestine.” He talked about how there is a division in the body of Christ worldwide, where believers are allowing themselves to become deceived when it comes to the present and ongoing deception regarding the Jewish people and Israel. It’s important that Christians do not allow themselves to be persuaded by worldly and ungodly leaders and news systems. It’s important they know what the Word of God says and exalt it as God’s truth.

The Seven Mountains of Influence Lance Wallnau

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A Symbol and a Source of God’s Blessing | Dennis Burke

This past weekend, Living Word’s Guest Minister Dennis Burke taught a message entitled, “A Symbol and a Source of God’s Blessing.” He shared that it is understood that as members of the body of Christ, we have a clear sense that we are living in the last days. And even if these are not the last of the last days, we understand that these are our personal last days. So we must treat this time with a sense of commitment and a sense of design from the Spirit of God for our lives to make an impact, to make a difference. In fact, that’s what we’ve been designed for!