Wisdom for Living: How Does It Come? | Mac Hammond
 
Recap
This past weekend, Pastor Mac preached the second message in his series entitled, “Wisdom for Living: How Does It Come?” Wisdom, we learned, is the capacity to discern the best ends and best means for achieving God’s plan for your life. We learned about how wisdom is needed in the two types of reality in which we live: spiritual and natural. “Faith,” said Pastor Mac, “is the bridge between those two arenas of truth.” We learned how to apply wisdom from both the spiritual realm and the natural realm to the situations in our lives.
 
Dive Deeper
Pastor Mac preached the second message in his series entitled, “Wisdom for Living: How Does It Come?” Wisdom, we learned, is the capacity to discern the best ends and best means for achieving God’s plan for your life. We learned about how wisdom is needed in the two types of reality in which we live: spiritual and natural. “Faith,” said Pastor Mac, “is the bridge between those two arenas of truth.” We learned how to apply wisdom from both the spiritual realm and the natural realm to the situations in our lives.
 
The Bible is all about imparting wisdom for living for believers. The Bible is a revelation of the truths that will set you free, the truths that will enhance your quality of life.
Finis Dake (Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible) defines wisdom as “the capacity for a believer to discern the best ends and the best means for achieving those ends.”
The most important reason you need wisdom is to fulfill God’s plan for your life.
God’s specific plan for your life is not written in the Bible. The Bible is God’s general plan for the lives of all believers.
God’s individual and unique plan for your life is communicated to you through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit reveals His intermediate goals and objectives for your life.
The Bible is a revelation of what we would refer to as “spiritual wisdom.” The Holy Spirit reveals to you practical wisdom on how to live in this natural world.
We need both types of wisdom: spiritual and natural. Faith is the bridge between these two arenas of truth.
Wisdom lives in those two realms as well. There’s spiritual wisdom that comes to us through the Word of God. And there’s natural wisdom that comes to us through secular wisdom or the mind of man.
When you ask for wisdom, you’re asking for wisdom spiritually and wisdom naturally, that corresponds with the spiritual truth.
There are things naturally that will correspond to the spiritual mandate for healing that you receive by faith. For your faith to be sustained, you’re going to have to do the natural things as well.
 
Read About It
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.”
1st Corinthians 14:2, “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”
Romans 8:26, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
 
Discussion Questions
What are the two realms of reality in which we live?
What is the bridge between these two realms of reality?
Can you think of a situation where you tried to apply spiritual wisdom without applying natural wisdom as well?
 
 

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!