Heaven On Earth

Today is truly a wonderful day. It's a pleasure to be here with all of you in God's house. Allow me to share a passage with you, an encounter between Nathaniel and Jesus, the Son of God.

November 6, 2023

Today is truly a wonderful day. It’s a pleasure to be here with all of you in God’s house. Allow me to share a passage with you, an encounter between Nathaniel and Jesus, the Son of God.

John 1:46 – Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

This passage is reminiscent of an Old Testament story when Jacob was on the run, and in a dream, he saw the angels of the Lord ascending and descending. When he awoke, he declared, ‘I was not aware that God was here.’ Angels ascending and descending symbolize the connection between earth and heaven, where God’s presence is tangible.

God created Adam and placed him in the Garden of Eden, a place of pleasure. God desires our joy, but the key is to find pleasure in Him and in our relationships with others. The essence of marriage reflects this. God established Eden as a meeting point between heaven and earth, an atmosphere of heavenly unity with the earthly realm.

The gospel of Jesus isn’t just about going to heaven after we die, although if you believe in Him, that promise holds true. However, Jesus sacrificed himself so that we may experience a deeper connection with God and others while on earth, not just in the afterlife.

It’s crucial to understand that it’s not merely about reaching heaven, nor is it solely about remaining on earth. The true essence lies in heaven meeting Earth. If it were solely about going to heaven, why would God create the earth in the first place? God doesn’t waste anything.

Consider Jesus, who miraculously multiplied five loaves and two fish to feed around 5,000 men, potentially 20,000 people. Not only did they have enough, but they gathered 12 baskets of leftover fragments. Jesus, the God of abundance and extravagance, does not condone wastage. Even though He is a God of overflow, He values the stewardship of resources.

So, when God invested so much energy and planning into creating the earth, it’s clear that He has an eternal purpose for it. It’s not solely about reaching heaven when we die, seeing pearly gates, and stepping on streets of gold. God’s original plan was for heaven to belong to the Lord and earth to belong to us, His children. The ultimate intention was for heaven and earth to unite in a harmonious union.

In the Gospel of John, just before Jesus’ crucifixion, He tells His disciples that He’s going to prepare mansions for them. Some may interpret this as palatial dwellings in heaven. Yet, in the same chapter, Jesus also says, ‘I will come to you,’ seemingly indicating His arrival on earth. The seeming contradiction clarifies when you realize that it’s not about you going there or Him coming here. It’s about both of you coming together to build a home, symbolizing the union of heaven and earth.

God established Eden by bringing an atmosphere from heaven to earth for Adam. In the cool of the day, God would come to have fellowship with Adam, filling the empty space with His presence. This union between heaven and earth is our true reality. However, when Adam sinned, he was expelled from the garden. Here’s the critical point: he lost access to that one geographical place on earth where heaven and earth connected.

God, in His wisdom, showed humanity a technology to bridge the gap. He taught them about altars and sacrifices. Whenever someone created an altar and made a sacrifice to the Lord, that place became a portal where heaven touched earth. Abraham, who was called by God, embraced this mission. He became the first missionary to many nations, traveling wherever God called him. In each new place he settled, he would build an altar as his first act, creating a conduit for heaven to meet earth.

This practice continued for generations. Centuries later, Jacob found himself at a place where his grandfather Abraham had built an altar. He slept there and experienced something unique about that location. The altar, even after all those years, still held the connection between heaven and earth.

There’s an intriguing story about Isaac, too. He sowed in a land during a famine, which might seem irrational. However, the land he sowed in was the same place where Abraham had built an altar. When heaven meets earth, the limitations of earthly supply no longer apply. It’s governed by the unlimited supply flowing from heaven, which is boundless.

Now, back to Jesus’ conversation with Nathaniel, where He said, ‘I tell you the truth, you will see greater things than these. You know about Jacob seeing a ladder with angels ascending and descending. You will witness angels ascending and descending on the Son of Man.’ What Jesus meant was that wherever the Son of Man goes, He becomes a portal that connects heaven to earth. No longer do we rely solely on altars and sacrifices. Wherever the Son of Man is present, He serves as the doorway to heaven, a bridge, a portal, and a connecting point where heaven touches earth.

Now, here lies a significant problem within many Christians. We can believe that for Jesus, that wherever Jesus is, there is a connection, the heavens have opened, and it all makes sense because He’s the Son of God. But here’s the crucial revelation: that Son of God is within you. So, if you can believe that for Jesus, why can’t you believe it for yourself? The Son of Man is within you, providing you with direct access to heaven at all times. The very place you stand is a direct connection to heaven, where heaven meets earth.

The Power of Availability and Obedience

Let me illustrate this with a story from Luke chapter five.

Luke 5:1-3 – On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.

They are hungry for His teachings, and their hunger is remarkable. I’m believing for a day when people will press like this to hear the word of God because such hunger births extraordinary things. People’s hunger leads them to Jesus.

Now, Jesus notices two boats by the lake, and the fishermen have left them to wash their nets. So, what does Jesus do? He gets into one of the boats, which happens to belong to Simon. He asks Simon to push the boat slightly from the shore to give Him a better vantage point to teach the people. What’s powerful about this? It’s that Simon made his boat available. He sensed that something divine was happening, and he obeyed Jesus’ request without hesitation. His availability and obedience prepared the stage for the miraculous events that followed. He didn’t question or complain; he just obeyed.

Luke 5:4-6 – And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.

After Jesus finishes speaking, He instructs Simon, ‘Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.’ Simon, the experienced fisherman, responds, ‘Master, we toiled all night and caught nothing. But at Your word, I will let down the nets.’ It’s important to note that among these two, Jesus, the rabbi, and Simon, the professional fisherman, it’s Simon who has the expertise in fishing. However, Jesus’ word carries more weight for Simon. He recognizes that the curse of Adam, mentioned in Genesis 3, has brought toil and hardship to their work, making it harder to catch fish. So, all night, they toiled.

What I admire about Peter is his response, ‘But at your word, I will let down the nets.’ Despite his education, financial knowledge, and common sense telling him not to do this, he’s willing to lay down his logic and reputation. His reputation as a skilled fisherman is at stake, and he’s willing to put it on the line. You see, the very first thing that often happens in your life when a miracle is about to take place is that you may lose your reputation. If you’re not willing to let go of your reputation, you might not experience miracles.

Peter’s declaration, ‘But at your word, I will do it,’ means that he values Jesus’ word above all else. He’s willing to cast aside his reputation, knowledge, and education because Jesus’ word is more significant. It reminds me of what the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3. Paul was one of the wealthiest and most educated individuals of his time. Yet, he states, ‘For the sake of knowing Christ, I consider all these worldly achievements as worthless.’ He uses a strong word, ‘trash,’ to describe what the world can offer in comparison to knowing Christ.

Now, many of us spend our lives striving for promotions in the corporate world, often stepping on others and engaging in backbiting. Paul, who had achieved everything the world could offer, emphasizes that nothing compares to the knowledge of Jesus.

Don’t just take my word for it, but consider the testimony of someone who has reached the pinnacle of what we often call success. When they say, ‘Nothing compares to the knowledge of Christ,’ it’s a message worth heeding. For example, Peter, an illiterate fisherman, experienced a miracle that brought an overflow of abundance into his life. Think about it. One miracle set him up for life, just one.

How many of you desire to be blessed to the point where your ‘boats’ start sinking because they’re overflowing with abundance? It’s a profound desire, isn’t it? But achieving this requires three simple things: hunger for God’s word, availability for His purpose, and obedience to His word. There’s no complicated formula. Peter, despite his illiteracy, had these three qualities, and he witnessed an abundant, life-changing miracle.

Now, I challenge you to consider this: If this is a story in the Bible, can it become a reality in your life? Will you read it and close the Bible, treating it as just a nice story, or will you be challenged to believe that if it happened in Peter’s life, it can happen in yours too? The Bible is a treasure trove of success stories and miracles, but it only reveals its secrets to those who truly seek them. It’s the glory of God to hide things and the glory of kings to dig them out.

Are you willing to read these stories and say, ‘I want that in my life, a complete breakthrough’?

Connected to an Unlimited Supply

Now, here’s a question to ponder: If Peter, the seasoned fisherman, says he toiled all night, does that mean there were no fish in the lake? Of course not. There were fish in the lake, but they weren’t in Peter’s nets. So, where did those fish come from when Jesus told Peter to cast his net again? Where did they come from? They weren’t there previously, but they had to come from somewhere. Where did they come from? The answer lies in an unlimited supply from heaven.

Let me share a story from 2 Kings, specifically in chapter four. A widow approached the prophet and explained that her husband had passed away, leaving her in debt. She asked for help, and the prophet responded by asking, ‘What do you have?’ Her response was simply, ‘I have a jar of oil.’ The prophet then instructed her to borrow as many vessels as she could from her neighbors. She obeyed and borrowed numerous vessels. As she poured the oil from her jar, it continued to fill all the borrowed vessels. It started with just a jar of oil, but where did the rest of the oil come from? It came from heaven because heaven is an unlimited supply.

Now, here’s where the problem lies with many of us. We often fixate on our bank balances and see limited supply, thinking that we can’t fulfill God’s calling with the resources at hand. But I want to tell you that it’s enough because it’s not the money that’s holding you back. The supply flows from heaven, and as long as your purpose is aligned with God’s, the supply remains constant.

Ask yourself this: If today you had all the money in the world, what would you do for God’s kingdom? Do you have a plan in place? You should have one, because you’re connected to an unlimited supply. The supply doesn’t come because you don’t have a plan; it comes when you step out in faith. You may be thinking, ‘I’m called for nations,’ but what are you doing right now? If you’re sitting on your bed watching Netflix, it’s time to step out. Be faithful in the things God has given you at this moment, and take action as if you’re connected to the unlimited supply. Let not your present circumstances hold you back. Our church started from a small Bible study, just ten people in a rented room, sharing momos because that’s all we could afford. But the vision was big. Now, ten years later, we see glimpses of that vision being fulfilled. So whether you’re in a small place or a big one, remember, God requires your availability to say yes to His purpose.

If you can say yes and obey what God is calling you to do today, you’ll witness the supply flowing. It’s not a lack of finances that’s stopping you; it’s a lack of faith. Let me share an interesting story about Jesus and His treasurer. Why would someone have a treasurer? Because they have a lot of money, right? A poor person can’t have a treasurer. It makes sense. Jesus had a treasurer who handled accounts. When the time came to pay taxes, He could have taken the money from the treasury, but instead, He said to Peter, ‘Go catch a fish. In the first fish you find, you’ll discover a coin. Use that coin to pay our taxes.’ What was He trying to convey? He wanted to emphasize that you don’t have to depend on your resources because they are not your source. He is your source, and He’s connected to an unlimited supply.

Here’s a remarkable story about a friend who is a man of God and lives a bold and unconventional lifestyle. If the Lord tells him to go to a specific place, he simply heads to the airport without booking a ticket. Yet, someone invariably calls him and says, ‘I feel a strong push from the Lord to book your tickets. Where do you want to go?’ He gets his tickets, boards the flight, and goes. Now, many of us would love to be the person at the airport, but very few would want to be the one pushed to book the tickets for someone else. Understand that the person who sows into the ministry of the one traveling also shares in the harvest.

We are all connected as the body of Christ. As Paul mentions in Philippians, ‘You have become partakers of my grace.’ That means the grace of God flowing into my life becomes available to you because you’ve sowed into my life and ministry. You don’t have to toil; you can freely receive it.

So, what am I saying? Let me give you the title of this message: ‘Live Heaven on Earth.’ If the King of heaven has chosen to reside within you, your life should reflect heaven in every dimension. After all, what makes heaven, heaven? It’s Jesus. You want to go to heaven, right? But would you want to go to heaven if Jesus wasn’t there? No, what makes heaven, heaven is Jesus, and if Jesus is inside you, your life should be a reflection of heaven.

So it’s not just about going to heaven; it’s about becoming heaven. We must redefine our concept of heaven. Many people are waiting for that one day when they’ll die, and they won’t have to worry about their bank balance, EMIs, or car loans. They think they’ll get to heaven and worship God. But the truth, my friends, is that it’s not about going to heaven; it’s about encountering the person who is inside you every day and allowing it to transform your life every day. It’s about experiencing heaven every day. Say it with me: ‘Every day, every day, every day.’

Do you know why God placed Adam in the garden and instructed him to work the garden? He did so because Eden was a slice of heaven, an atmosphere pulled from heaven. God wanted Adam to work in the garden to make the entire earth resemble heaven. Who created chairs? Man. Who created ladders? Man. Who invented technology, like the internet? Man. But the source of everything came from God. When God created trees, He saw humans creating chairs from them. When God made animals, He saw humans making burgers. So when God created the garden of Eden and put Adam to work, it was like planting a seed for Adam to fulfill his role.

Created for Dominion

In Genesis 1:26, it says, ‘Let us make man in our image’—why? So that he can have dominion. You were created in the image of God to have dominion. Verse 28 says, ‘And the Lord blessed them.’ Blessing is the empowerment for dominion. Blessing is the same power God used to create the entire universe. God empowered humanity with that same blessing and said, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it.

Have dominion over every creeping thing.’ Our mandate is to make the earth like God’s kingdom.

We are not meant to escape from the world’s pain and suffering but to stand in the gap and say, ‘We need to fix this.’ God intentionally placed you where you are so that heaven’s flow can come through you. Like fish that come from heaven through the water, peace and restoration flow through us from heaven. We have become channels for the unlimited supply, but the source is heaven.

So if you need anything that needs to be done or that is required for you to fulfill the purpose of God, unlimited supply flows. You are connected to an unlimited supply. I’m speaking to somebody here today. You are connected to an unlimited supply. Don’t limit God’s purpose by the limited resources that you see with your visible eyes. You are connected to an unlimited supply. Think big beyond your current circumstances. Think big beyond this current generation. Think generationally. Think generations after generations. It has nothing to do with us. It’s all about His purpose, and His purposes have been birthed in your life as a seed. Let it flow out.

The greatest tragedy of a child of God is where the devil has deceived him into a boxed thinking of living everyday life out of a salary. That’s the greatest deception of the enemy. I’m not saying you should not have a job. But to live a life with a boxed thinking that this is all that I can do, this is all that I can achieve, this is all that I can stretch for the kingdom is a clear deception of the enemy. You are connected to an unlimited supply.

You are called to restore the broken inhabitation to the Garden of Eden. Ezekiel 36:35 says, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the Garden of Eden.’ Our mandate is to make this broken world like the Garden of Eden. The tools are to disciple nations, to preach the gospel, to allow the Holy Spirit to consume us to a point that we stop thinking limited and flow in His purpose.

Two years ago, we came into this place. All that you see today didn’t happen because of money. It happened because God gave us a word. We obeyed, and the provisions came through. I don’t know how much time we have in this place and when we are moving out, but I feel in my spirit we are going to move out very soon. It’s going to happen very soon, not because we have something to show in the physical realm, but because we believe in unlimited supply.

You are connected to an unlimited supply of heaven. The day you receive Jesus, you are connected to an unlimited supply in every dimension of your life. You are connected to an unlimited supply. That’s why I don’t believe in burning out. Burnout happens when I’m disconnected from that supply, when I try to do things in my own strength. But every time I take a step forward, it’s because He who called me is faithful. I take that step of faith. Unlimited supply follows. It flows in every dimension of our lives.

Who’s ready to get out of their limited thinking, boxed thinking, and say, ‘God, whatever you call me for, I’ll say yes to it. However ridiculous it sounds, I’ll say yes to your purpose. I’ll say yes to it.

God’s word and be like Peter and say, I’ve done this, but at your word, I will do it at your word. I will do it. When you make a decision like that, when you say that at your word, I’ll do it, I’m telling you, crazy things will happen, things you have never imagined. You know, in that small room when we started the Bible study, we spoke so much about what God could do and what God would do, but none of us imagined that we’ll be standing one day and actually experiencing that. We could not have imagined it was beyond our imagination.

I want to encourage you, if that can happen to us, not perfect people. God is still working. God does not require perfect people. But what God requires is your yes. Because if you can say yes, if you can just say yes and say, ‘Lord, flow through me, flow through me. I am willing to obey.’

So when you hear the word and you flow, whatever requires for that word to bring in fulfillment, it’ll happen. If it is gold or silver, it’ll happen. If it’s not gold or silver, if it’s something else, if it is networking, that will happen. Whatever you need will happen. But all that it requires is your yes, your yes.

One more thing I want to address. Some of you feel like, ‘Yes, Lord, I’m willing to say yes, but I’m not hearing anything.’ You know, that’s probably because the Lord told you some time ago and you kept rejecting it, and that voice of the Holy Spirit has been suppressed. If you repent, you’ll hear that voice again telling you to do the same thing. Because once you obey completely, you’ll move into the next dimension of obedience, the next dimension of promotion, the next dimension of glory, the next dimension of upgrade. But it requires obedience.

So, first, whatever reason, you were disobedient or you dishonored the word, repent today, say, ‘Lord, I just changed my mind. Change my heart. I want to say yes. If there’s anything I want to say yes today, right now.’ And the moment you make that decision, you’ll see an upgrade.

About the author

Samuel Thomas

Samuel is a second-generation pastor with a rich heritage in the Holy Spirit. He has been the pastor of Lighthouse Church since 2017 with a two-word mission statement: transforming lives. Samuel's priority in life has been to know Christ and to grow deeper in His love.

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