Wisdom for Living: “Focus” | Mac Hammond

Recap

No other generation in history has the number of things that vie for our attention. The world has so many distractions that it sometimes can be difficult to keep our focus on God. But as Pastor Mac taught us in his sixth installment in his series, “Wisdom for Living,” we must ruthlessly guard our time with the Lord because without it, it will be difficult to hear from the Holy Spirit the wisdom we need to fulfill His will and plan for our lives.

Dive Deeper

Proverbs 4:7 tells us that wisdom is the principal thing. Dake’s Annotated Bible defines wisdom as “the ability to discern the best ends and the best means to attain those ends.”

You need to know what the will of God is for your life. If you don’t know the will of God for your life, then you are unable to move your life in the appropriate direction.

The first definition of wisdom is that you discern what His will for you is. He will begin to orient our lives toward His high purpose for each of us. Many live their lives in His permissive will and never find that high purpose of God.

Basic Text: 2 Corinthians 4:17, “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.”

The subtitle of the message is “Focus.”

A question we must ask ourselves: “Do I have the ability to focus, close out the other distractions and focus my whole attention in a particular area for any length of time at all?”

Today, there are so many distractions to focused thought that earlier generations could never have imagined.

The level of distraction is so high that we have to be consciously aware of protecting the time that we have to focus our attention in order to achieve the desired results.

Your time with the Lord should be invested in a level of attentiveness to His purpose, His wisdom, and His person and love. We must guard it ruthlessly because without it, we’ll never get wisdom from God that we need to direct our lives.

The enemy will work to bring distractions and adversity to your life. God says that when adversity comes our way, we’re to count it all joy. If you want your challenges and difficulties to be light and momentary, then count it all joy like James 1:2 says, “knowing this, that it’s the trying of your faith.”

The enemy’s most common form of warfare is to bring distractions to cause you to change your belief system. He can’t do anything to interfere with your destiny in God unless he can change what you believe. Everything that comes your way as adversity, difficulty, or challenge is intended by the enemy to dissuade you from the Word of God.

Our affliction becomes light and momentary only as we, “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.” This is talking about what you give your attention to, what you focus on.

That means we are to focus our attention on the Word of God, what the Word says.

Read About It

2 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.”

Proverbs 4:7, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

James 1:2–4, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

Discussion Questions

Can you think of a time in your life where you went through a trying time? Were you able to fix your attention on the Word of God? Or were you distracted?

What is the spiritual principle when we “count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations”?

How does God reveal His will and plan for your life?

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!