Wisdom for Living: “The Focus Process” | Mac Hammond
 
Recap
Pastor Mac taught his 7th installment of his Wisdom for Living series entitled, “The Focus Process.” James 1:5 says that if you lack wisdom about anything that you should ask God and He will give it to you liberally. Maybe you’ve prayed about a situation, and nothing has changed. You’re now at your wits end and don’t know what to do. What you do is go to the source of wisdom… the Word of God.
 
Dive Deeper
 
2nd Corinthians 4:17 talks about “our light affliction which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
 
There are two ways to view this. Paul could be talking about our light affliction being light and momentary because on the scale of eternity, it is a “light and momentary affliction.” But it can also be viewed as a way to experience adversity. Instead of adversity being earth shattering, you can make adversity feel light and momentary.  
 
The life of Christianity doesn’t mean you will never experience adversity, where you float around on a little puffy cloud with not a care in the world. The truth is that adversity is a part of the human experience. Your success in life isn’t measured on how little adversity you experience. It’s measured by how you handle it.
 
Through Jesus, God the Father has made you to be an overcomer. Through faith, you can overcome anything that stands in your way of the promises of God being realized in your life.
 
The key to being an overcomer is in verse 18: “…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 “how to” of making your adversity seem light and momentary is by not looking at the things that are in the seen realm, but instead looking at the things in the unseen realm.
 
Things in the seen realm are temporal. But the things in the unseen realm are eternal. The things in the seen realm represent the natural arena of human endeavor. The things in the unseen realm represent the spiritual arena that can’t be perceived with our natural sensory perception.
 
When it says “look,” what does that mean? Look means to “spy out, to study, and to consider.” So one realm we are to spy out, give attention to it, study, and consider. But the other realm, we are told not to spy it out, give attention to it, study, and consider.
 
If you want something in the seen realm to change, then you can’t be studying it, considering it, thinking about it, paying attention to it. You must shift your focus from the seen realm to the unseen realm.
 
The unseen realm is revealed to us through the Word of God.
 
We are to focus our attention. To focus means to bring something into clarity. For example, if you were looking at a beautiful vista through a pair of binoculars but it was blurry, you would correct it by turning the knob until the vista was brought into clarity. Likewise, you can get a clear understanding of what you need to know by looking at the unseen realm which is revealed by the Word of God.
 
And as you keep your focus off the natural circumstance and put it, instead, on the Word of God, you empower the Word of God to change the natural circumstance.
 
Read About It
 
James 5:1, “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.”
 
Proverbs 4:7, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
 
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.”
 
First Peter 1:13, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
 
Discussion Questions
 
What have you experienced in your life that you wanted God to intervene on your behalf?
Give an example of what it means to “not look” at something in the seen realm. What would that look like?
Have you had an experience where your circumstance was changed because you chose to not look at the seen realm, but rather continued to focus your attention on the Word of God?
 

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!