Wisdom for Living: Adversity #3 | Mac Hammond
Pastor Mac taught the third installment in his series, “Wisdom for Living.” He reiterated that the Bible says, “Wisdom is the principle thing”: not faith, not grace, not love, or any of the other things we tend to prioritize in our lives. Wisdom is emphasized throughout the Bible, Old Testament and New. Overall, the definition of wisdom is “the capacity to discern the best ends.” Pastor Mac, again, restated that there are two principle types of wisdom: natural and spiritual. In this session, Pastor Mac talked about adversity with regard to walking in the wisdom of God.
Dive Deeper
First Corinthians 1:30 says Christ is made unto us wisdom. James 1:5 says that we’re to ask for wisdom.
We are told in Ephesians that wisdom abounds toward us in the person of Jesus Christ. Wisdom is part of our identity in Christ. You don’t know who you really are until you understand the level of wisdom that is available to you in Christ.
When Christians think of wisdom, they automatically think about spiritual wisdom. But it isn’t just a spiritual thing. It includes the ability in a natural sense to determine the best means to arrive at the desired end.
Spiritually, many of the ends that we should desire could also be called the promises of God or the will of God for our lives. There’s a natural component that makes the spiritual wisdom work. That’s why the Word says that faith without works is dead… or in other words, faith without corresponding action is dead.
If you truly believe something, it will change the way you act. For instance, the Bible says not to forsake the assembly of ourselves together. If you truly believe that, then you will act accordingly and go to church. That is acting on your faith. It is corresponding action. It is faith with works.
The biggest impact of works is putting the natural wisdom together with the spiritual.
When we see what the spiritual ends should be, that faith that you embrace that truth with will die unborn if you don’t put the appropriate natural wisdom, or things that you would do in the natural, with that.
If you fail to act on the natural considerations (what natural wisdom says you should do with that) then your faith won’t produce.
Ex: The Lord isn’t going to heal somebody with lung cancer so they can keep on smoking cigarettes.
Wisdom requires that you identify on a spiritual level the best ends and the means to achieve your goal, which normally would be the promise of God, of which you receive by faith. But there’s a natural side as well that are the works that will correspond to whatever that end is that you desire.
1st Corinthians 2:7 says, “We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery.” 1st Corinthians 14 says he who prays in tongues speaks mysteries unto God. We have the privilege of speaking in the spirit, or in tongues, the wisdom of God that might not be fruitful to the natural mind of man. Your tongues are also not fruitful to Satan’s understanding. He doesn’t understand what you’re praying about.
And that’s why 1st Corinthians 2:7 goes on to say, “even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
A lot of our prayer lives will be in tongues because the Lord needs to pray out some things through you that He doesn’t want the enemy of your soul knowing about. If Satan knew what you were praying about in tongues, he’d set up roadblocks and resistance to the unfolding of that plan.
Read About It
1st Corinthians 1:30, “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”
1st Corinthians 2:7, “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.”
James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Ephesians 1:8, “Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence.”
Discussion Questions
What does it mean to have “corresponding action” with your faith?
What is the advantage of praying in the spirit?
Can you give an example where you failed to use both spiritual as well as natural wisdom together?

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!