spirit.
It is impossible to receive from God His greatest and best blessings if you are not serving Him

This may be why so much of the religious world seeks a physical or material blessing. It is because they have no access to the spiritual blessings.

Spiritual blessings are of the very nature of God
- they are eternal
- they can experienced hear on earth
- and they can be experienced in heaven

Christ was raised from the dead
He sits at the right hand of the father
He is in heaven right now as we speak
- He is surrounded by heavens atmosphere
- He is surrounded by heavens blessing
- All those blessings are His
- He is Lord possessor of all
- So if we are going to experience those spiritual heavenly blessings we must be in Christ
So how does this blessing thing work?
- when a person believes in Christ
- believes to the point of salvation
- God takes his faith and counts it as righteousness
- In Gods mind faith in Christ makes us like Christ
- We become sons and daughters of God
- God identifies us with His son
- All the blessing that is placed upon His son in heaven becomes available to us

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
III. Material Blessing

In the Old Testament God dealt with man in material blessing

Because Jesus had not come yet
- salvation was not possible
- there was no way for man to be justified
- therefore there was no way for man to access these spiritual blessings

But in looking at the Old Testament and the material blessing of man we can find many problems

One is that any kind of material inheritance can be lost
- it is not permanent
- it can be stolen
- it can be lost
- they can deteriorate and rust
- or they will have to be left behind or someone else
Secondly no kind of earthly blessing can bring peace or security
Look at South Africa
- one of the greatest blessed nation in Africa
- yet it has the highest crime rate
- one of the highest aids percentages
- and the highest murder rate in the world
Peace and security can only come through the spirit

No amount of earthly possessions or blessings can bridge the gap between God and man
- peace with God can only be obtained by the blood of Jesus

Inside of each of us there is the nature of sin
There is a seed that has been sown in us since Adam and Eve
- it is our nature to be greedy
- it is our nature to be selfish
Inside each of us there is this uncontrollable desire and urge to seek out the material and horde the corruptible to ourselves
Because of this we must undergo a change of nature
- a change of character
- we must be born again
- we must become a new creation
- a new man

This is something only God Himself can do

Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on