[box color=”grey-vibrant” type=”square” icon=”pencil”][texthighlight color=”white” ]As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.[/texthighlight] [/box]
Heavens were opened for God! The opening of the heaven is a sign of blessing from the heaven. It is also an acknowledgment and a sign that what we did/do is right. It is indeed a miraculous event and is a blessed event.
Today’s prophets and pastors perform various miracles with the help of God. But do the heavens open for them?
Do you want the heavens to open for you? Indeed, I can hear a big yes from you!
Without wasting any more time, let’s get straight to the point. In this post I will share 3 ways in which you can make heaven to open for you! Interested? You should be!
Stay away from the gentiles
Gen. 28: 12, 13
[box color=”grey-vibrant” type=”square” icon=”pencil”]12He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying.”[/box]
Heaven was opened for Jacob. Why? What did Jacob do?
If we read verses 1 and 2 in the same chapter –
[box color=”grey-vibrant” type=”square” icon=”pencil”]1Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women. 2Arise, go to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father, and take as your wife from there one of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother.[/box]
There was a commandment that Jacob should not marry the daughters of Canaanites. Jacob obeyed to this commandment.
In general, God wants His people to be separated from the unbelievers and gentiles. Isaac was determined that he and his family should not mingle with the Canaanites. And Jacob immediately obliged and yielded to Isaac’s genuine wish (the wish of God).
We, in this today’s time, worship the Lord always and in many ways. We don’t miss a Sunday service; we fast and do all sorts of things to participate in Lord’s ministry. Yet we fail to obey God when it comes to marriage (which is a life-time event).
Isaac indeed ordered Jacob to find a wife from Padan-aram; he did not request him to do so.
And Jacob so obeyed his father. And, that’s why heaven was opened for Jacob!
Let’s take a look at the verses from Deuteronomy 7: 2-4
[box color=”grey-vibrant” type=”square” icon=”pencil”]2and when the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. 3Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, 4for they will turn your children away from following me to serve other gods, and the Lord’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you.[/box]
God orders His people to make no covenant with Canaanites and Perizzites. He warns that His anger will be aroused against His people (who do not obey this order) and will destroy them suddenly – not even slowly!
When we do not obey His order (in this matter) the heavens won’t open for us.
Another example is Samson. His strength was in his hair. God had ordered Samson not to reveal the secret about his strength. When he fell for the Palestine woman, she played the trick. Since Samson did not obey Lord’s order, his strength was taken away from him.
According to Numbers 23:23, there is no sorcery against Jacob and no divination against Israel because they (Jacob and his descendants) stayed away from the gentiles and unbelievers.
The blessing verse from Gen . 28:15 is not for ALL but for Jacob who obeyed God’s words. If we obey God’s words just like Jacob, we can also acquire the very same blessing as Jacob.
Be separated from the gentiles and obey God’s words; the heavens will open for you.
Be filled with Holy Spirit
Acts 7:55, 56
[box color=”grey-vibrant” type=”square” icon=”pencil”]55But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56“Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”[/box]
Heavens opened for Stephen when he was filled with Holy Spirit.
When the members of the council gnashed at him with their teeth, Stephen was filled with Holy Spirit – a rarity these days! Today’s people are inclined to fight back and argue but Stephen raised his eyes, knelt down and looked at the heaven.
He praised the Lord and prayed to God that the members of the council are not charged with that sin (of beating him to death).
Be filled with Holy Spirit, be humble and forgive others when they are against you. The heavens will open for you.
[box color=”grey-vibrant” type=”square” icon=”pencil”]9(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)[/box]
When there is Holy Spirit there should be righteousness inside you. You should express righteousness in all your deeds so that others can visualize a model in you.
Offer tithe sincerely
[box color=”grey-vibrant” type=”square” icon=”pencil”]Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.[/box]
Heavens open for those who bring the tithe into the storehouse. God opens the heavens and blesses those who are sincere in offering tithe.
According to Malaki 3:7, 8 when we are not sincere with tithe, we rob God, because tithe is God’s thing and we cannot offer it at our will.
Further, according to Malaki 3:3, if we are not sincere with offering tithe, God will purge you as gold and silver until you become sincere with offering the tithe!
The familiar story of Elijah (from 1Kings 17: 13-14) teaches us that if the widow had done what she planned earlier, she would have died after eating that cake. But when she offered it to God’s prophet, the bin of flour and the jar of oil at her house was not used up for many days!
There you go – you have 3 ways in which you can make the heavens open for you!
- Stay away from the gentiles
- Be filled with Holy Spirit
- Offer tithe sincerely
What are you waiting for?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments!