Week 1 - What is More Blessed?
What is More Blessed?
Week 1 Heavenly Perspective – Ps Tony Cameneti
In this series we will look at a number of things that God sees differently from the way mankind would. I say ‘would’ because a Christian who renews their mind sees things the same way that God sees them.
Is. 55:8 “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD” (NIV)
Heavenly Perspective On: What Is More Blessed?
In some nations, it has been said that, ‘this nation takes care of you so well that you almost don’t need God’. We need to come to a place where we do not think ‘what more can you do for me?’ but, rather, ‘what can I do for you?’
Acts 20:35 “And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (NLT)
I like receiving; it is fun to receive. It’s like Christmas when we are receiving. However, from a Heavenly perspective, it is more blessed to give than to receive. If the Lord said it is more blessed to give, then the Lord knows that we have something to give. Let’s look at some things we already have.
Things That We Already Are and Already Have
Col. 2:10 “So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.” (NLT)
Definition of ‘complete’ – to make full, to fill, to fill up as a result of intimate relationship with Christ
He made us full. He is everything to us. We are content IN Him. We are complete IN Him. All our needs are met In Him: spiritual, emotional, physical, material.
Eph. 1:3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the Heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (NIV)
If a spiritual blessing exists – then it belongs to us. We don’t have to beg for anything spiritual. We have already been blessed with all spiritual blessings. We only need to learn about how we are blessed – and then walk in our blessings.
1 Cor. 3:21-22 “So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future – all are yours” (NIV)
We have all boasted about other people: either about how anointed someone else is, or how we wish we had what someone else has. According to the Scripture – we all have the same things. All things are ours.
Reinhard Bonnke says of believers:
There is no such thing as another Pentecost. The Holy Spirit comes to stay – Reinhard Bonnke
What use is it going to one prayer meeting after another to pray for power if you never do anything that needs power, or your prayers are steeped in disobedience and unbelief? Faith does not come by logic. Remember the feeding of the 5,000? Miracles flow only through hands that distribute bread. Faith and obedience is the vehicle which carries believers – even timid ones – into the miracle zone. Reinhard Bonnke
It makes sense that Jesus said: “it’s more blessed to give than to receive” because we have everything we need. We already have so much to give.
Matt. 10:8 “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (NIV)
Seeing Ourselves like Heaven Sees Us
We won’t dispense Heaven to others if we think we don’t have Heaven to dispense. Most of the world thinks: we are lacking, we need to be fixed, we need to be taken care of and we need someone to help us.
How can we help someone? We cannot do it on our own. The Kingdom of God instructs us that: we were fixed in Christ, God almighty is in us and with us, we are complete in Him, and we can do ALL things through Christ.
Psa. 92:12-14 “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age; they will stay fresh and green” (NIV)
Heaven’s perspective about the righteous is that we flourish and become strong, we are planted in the house of the Lord, and we continue to bear fruit into old age. The palm grows slowly, but steadily, from century to century, uninfluenced by those alternations of the seasons which affect other trees. It does not rejoice overmuch in winter’s copious rain, nor does it droop under the drought and the burning sun of summer or under heavy weights which people place upon its head. The persistent determination of the wind cannot sway it aside from perfect uprightness. There it stands, looking calmly down upon the world below, and patiently yielding its large clusters of golden fruit from generation to generation. They ‘bring forth fruit in old age.’ The rewards of the righteous are a fat and flourishing old age, a peaceful end, and a glorious immortality.
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon: they last for many years, and they hold up under the weight of snow.
God’s perspective of us: He sees us as full.
God’s investment to us and in us is sufficient for the job He has for us
Checklist: We are new creatures in Christ, full of the Word, the Holy Spirit and power, Sons of God who are led by the Spirit of God.
John 4:10 “Jesus answered her, ’if you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.’” (NIV)
Notice what we need to be aware of: who we are, how we are gifted, what we have to give. Renewing our minds and thinking right thoughts about ourselves empowers us to give out. We can then approach life, people, and situations knowing we have all things and we are complete In Him.
Acts 3:6 “Then Peter said, ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’” (NIV)
Peter and John knew who they were, how they were gifted, and what they had to give. We will only give what we believe we have. We can all give out a hug or a smile – if we have love. Do we believe we have truth that can set people free? Do we believe we have Holy Spirit power? Do we believe we have healing flowing through our hands?
Living Life with Heaven’s Perspective
I am full of God. I am blessed with every spiritual blessing. All things are mine. I am complete In Him today. I have something to give. I have love, salvation, healing, and comfort to give. I can pray, lay hands on someone, agree with someone.
Heavenly Father, please lead me to someone I can bless.
Week 2 - How God Fixes Things
How God Fixes Things
Week 2 Heavenly Perspective – Ps Tony Cameneti
This series we will look at a number of things that God sees differently from the way that mankind would see them. I say ‘would’ because a Christian who renews their mind sees things the same way that God sees them.
Isa. 55:8 “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD.” (NIV)
How God Fixes Things
Definition of ‘Quick fix’: an expedient, temporary solution, especially one that merely postpones having to cope with an overall problem.
God fixes things differently from mankind. Some of the ways that man fixes things are wars, arguments, fights, cover ups, lies, changing the subject, ignoring the problem. We all have seen temporary fixes. They are exactly that – temporary.
God Fixes Things MUCH Better Than We Do
It isn’t far-fetched to believe that God can fix things permanently. It is actually truth to believe that He can fix things permanently.
The solution to fixing problems permanently is to fix them at the root.
God has already made provision to fix everything about us at the root.
God’s Permanent Fixers
John 1:17 “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (NKJV)
The law could not fix people. Jesus brought something that could fix people. He brought grace and truth. Grace and truth are God’s permanent fixers.
The law, if it worked, would have transformed people from the ‘outside in’. The law instructed people about do’s and don’ts; what is right and what is wrong; it instructed people in how to behave.
Grace and truth work differently from the law. They work from the ‘inside out’. It isn’t behaviour modification – rehabilitation; it is changing and fixing things at the root – a new creation.
Before Jesus Came (In Adam)
The only truth we see is how we kept falling short – we were helpless and held captive by sin. We stayed focused on our bad habits, mistakes, weaknesses and sins.
After We Make Jesus Our Lord (In Christ)
We see something TOTALLY different. We see Jesus in all of His beauty. We see Him taking the penalty for our sins; saving us from our sins; and making it possible for the Holy Spirit to enter and empower us.
Matt. 12:33 “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad.” (NLT)
The law didn’t fix the tree – the tree was still bad. Jesus fixes the tree – we become good. When things are fixed at the root – then there is different fruit.
Grace and Truth are the Cure for the Penalty and Domination of Sin
There are two things that tormented mankind. 1. The penalty of sin which causes fear, guilt and condemnation. 2. The domination of sin which is a result of the sin that works in our flesh and dominates us.
Grace and Truth Transforms Through Impartation and Justification
Rom. 8:1-4 “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.” (NLT)
God removed that which tormented mankind. He removed the penalty of sin; and He disabled the power of sin. He did it by impartation and justification.
Rom. 8:2 “And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” (NLT)
The impartation of God’s power frees us from the power of sin.
Rom. 8:4 “He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.” (NLT)
The penalty of sin has been removed.
Rom. 6:22 “But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life.” (NLT)
Rom. 7:4 “So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God.” (NLT)
God released us from prison. He has no plans to penalize us and return us to prison. It is very important for us to know we have been permanently released from the penalty of sin. God is not mad at us.
Phil. 2:13 “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (NLT)