Recap
 
Where do you have your focus! It matters because in order for wisdom to operate in your life, your focus has to be, first of all, on the Word of God! Focus was the topic of Pastor Mac’s fifth installment in his “Wisdom for Living” series. Where we place our focus is important because our enemy will cause us to experience all manner of negative things in order to break our focus on the Word of God. If we focus on truth, we will prevail in life.
 
Dive Deeper
 
Text: 2 Cor. 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.”
 
We all focus on certain things. Hopefully it’s not on the negative aspects of life. If the enemy has attacked your body, your physical challenge should not be your focus… or what the doctor’s report says should not be your focus… or what your bank balance presently should not be your focus. Because in order for wisdom to operate in your life, your focus has to be the Word of God.
 
The things that we go through strengthen us. They make us grow. Even Jesus experienced increase by the things He suffered.
 
Wisdom tells us not to fix our focus on our problems in this natural, secular world we live in… things that can be perceived by our sensory perceptions.
 
The word “look” doesn’t mean a casual glance. It means to give your attention to or to focus.
 
We are not to look at the things the enemy is doing. The enemy knows he can’t alter your destiny unless he can alter your believing. He wants you to focus on how bad it is. He wants you to focus on the natural scenarios.
 
He says we are not to focus on the natural temporal realm. We are to instead look at the things which are not seen… the things that are not seen is a reference to the spiritual arena. Because they’re not perceived naturally… you can’t see them naturally or perceive them naturally.
 
When you don’t focus on the seen realm, but rather the unseen spiritual truths of who you are in Christ and what God says in His Word about you, then that temporal realm, the realm that is subject to change, will change.
 
The first thing we need to understand is that our focal point needs to be determined by what’s truly important to us. You still deal with natural realities, but you don’t focus on them. You instead focus on the Word of God.
 
Pastor Mac talked about how a lot of people settle for good. But good is the enemy of best. All of the Word is good, but not all of it is best for you to focus on at a given point in time. All of the Word is good for you to know, but if you’re in a physical battle for your life, your focus needs to be on healing scriptures.
 
Many believers allow politics to become too great of a focus for their lives. Politics is an important focus for Christians who are called in that arena. You need to know about politics. We need to participate in our civil duties as both Christians and as Americans. But we should not be so focused on politics that we become obsessed with them. Keep it in balance.
 
Read About It
 
2 Cor. 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.”
 
Discussion Questions
 
If you were to give yourself an honest evaluation, how would you rate yourself when it comes to focusing on positive things versus negative?
 
Can you think of an instance when you practiced keeping your focus on the things of God and not on a problem?
 
Are there things in your life that you give an inordinate amount of attention to like television… social media… movies… sports? How would you work to refocus your attention to the things of God in a more balanced way?

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

This last weekend, we had a very special guest minister, Lance Wallnau, at our weekend services. Lance is well known for his revelation of the “Seven Mountains of Influence” and how these mountains of influence shape and change the world. He preached about how God is calling the church to make disciples of nations. And in order to do that, we need strong, territorial churches that are raising up believers to go out and become the “head and not the tail.” Lance basically taught on the same thing at all three services but much of the information he shared in each service differed. So in light of that, if you want to hear his full message, it would be beneficial for you to listen to all three messages.

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!