Big Idea: We are children of promise, created to live in a promise land…but sometimes we get stuck in our problems

Perspective will shape your Vision 

Mark 10:17-27 NIV
And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’ ” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”

Your perspective is the place you live from: Often, there are two main perspectives you live from:

  1. Perspective is driven by problems: I see my life through the lens of Problems…people, circumstances, tasks, work, negativity, anxiety, fear, worry, lies etc…these things are my mental view
  2. Perspective is driven by God’s promises: I see my life through the lens of God’s Promises…people, circumstances, tasks, relationships, optimism, faith, excitement, and truth…these things are my mental view

 

Perspective of Blessing

One of the central themes of the entire Bible is Blessing

Genesis 1:28 NIV – first commandment in the Bible
“God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Genesis 12:2,3 NIV
And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Galatians 3:7-9 NIV
Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”

 

Perspective of Promise

Joshua 21:43-45 NIV
“Thus the Lord gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there. And the Lord gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their fathers. Not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the Lord had given all their enemies into their hands. Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.”

4 things that stood out to me from this passage

  1. “The Lord gave to Israel the land He Promised to give them”

“The land of Canaan was to them the realization of many former promises. It made actual to them things which had been only hopes (AB Simpson).”

Focus your attention on the promise and not the problem? Faith is the assurance of things not seen:

  1. “They Took possession of it and settled there”
  2. “The Lord gave them rest on every side, as He promised to their forefathers” 
  3. “Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass”

 

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