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Sermon of the Week 
Tuesday, June 11 2024

An Open Heaven Is Our Inheritance

Ezekiel 1:1 “Now it came to pass…that the heavens were openedand I saw visions of God”. 

We make the statement that “Abraham’s promises are ours”, and that “we are grafted into the vine”, and this is true through out the scripture narrative. What God has promised to some, He intends for all in principle. It’s the DNA of the church. An open heaven is a description of living our lives, where there are no barriers between the earthly realm and the heavenly realm, the throne of God, and all the resources of heaven.

As sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father, we can live in the constant awareness that nothing separates us from our Father God and His resources, gifts and callings.

Isaiah 45:8 "God of Heaven, I see the doors and I see heaven being opened. Drop down, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds pour down righteousness. Let the earth be opened up and let salvation bear fruit, and righteousness spring up with it."

When the heavens are opened, God becomes real. The revelation of God, His kingdom, and eternal realities are released in powerful ways in the earth. We go from the idea of God to the reality of God. From the omnipresence of God to the manifested presence of God. There are outpourings of the Holy Spirit, a harvest of souls, powerful miracles, healing, and deliverance. God’s blessings are poured out and His righteous judgments are released. Barriers in the spiritual realm are removed, and the veil between heaven and earth is torn. There is   access on earth to the riches stored in heaven.

Scripture tells us that Jacob Experienced an Open Heaven

Jacob was on the run from the murderous fury of his brother, Esau. Everything in his life was up for grabs and he was in a strange land.

There was nothing in Jacob’s life that would cause anyone to suspect, what would happen next. His past was a mess—his future seemed uncertain. His hope was that a relative in a distant place would give him refuge from the elements.

The journey was longer than the daylight that he had left for the journey, and he laid down on the hard ground with a stone for a pillow, hoping that somehow he could repair the rift between he and his brother who had threatened to kill him on sight. He was at the end of his rope and the outcome looked bleak.                                                       

Yet that night, he saw a stairway reaching from earth into heaven, and upon it, angels were ascending and descending.                                             Above the staircase stood Almighty God. He spoke to Jacob of the covenant promise that He had given to Abraham and Isaac, which now passed on to Jacob.

Jacob’s life was changed by the revelation of an open heaven over his life. There was nothing he had done to deserve it. It was his inheritance.

An Open Heaven is Our Inheritance as well…

God’s favor towards Jacob was based on covenant, not on personal merit

Jacob was an heir to the promises made to Abraham and Isaac before he was even born. And like Jacob, we are heirs of a covenant; not through anything we could achieve ourselves, but by grace, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and the covenant He has given unto us.

When the Israelites left Egypt, a lot of Egypt was still in them, but God said He would go before them, with a pillar of fire by night and a cloud of His glory by day. They didn’t deserve it, but they were people of His covenant with those who had come before them.                                                    They had passed through the blood, on that night of terror, when the death angel came through the land, and they put the blood on the door post of every home in Goshen. God was faithful to place His glory over them. It was their inheritance, and even today, though much of the population of Israel has rejected Christ, they are His chosen because of covenant. They still continue the blood sacrifice, which was the instrument of covenant between them and God. Our prayer is that the Jews will receive the revelation of Christ, as so many have. 

A Christian lady, had a dream of a young girl who was on a see saw and as she sat there, a large, man came and sat on the other end. Which sent her suddenly up in the air, because of the difference in their weight.   The man laughed at the sight of the girl, helplessly lifted up on the other end of the see saw, but she was not upset or nervous, as a matter of fact she had a smile on her face. 

Then in the dream, she saw a large rock, lowered down and placed behind the girl, and immediately the large man was thrown off the see saw. Someone asked the girl in the dream, what happened, and she said, with a big smile, “The rock, made all the difference”…

Jesus is referred to as the rock…. His glory is called the “Kabod”, which means “the weightiness of His presence”…. His glory, gives us weightiness, and ability, and impact, we do not have in ourselves. 

He comes in His Kabod, and changes everything, as His Kabod rests upon us!

Tell someone, “The glory makes you a heavy weight”

When Jesus was baptized, Mark tells us that the heavens were ‘torn open’ as the Spirit descended upon Him in the form of a dove. 

Mark 1:10 “Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

Jesus as fully man, lived and ministered under this open heaven. 

Nothing was impossible. Demons fled, diseases were healed; even death could not stand in His way

Heaven’s supernatural resources were made available to Jesus as He ministered and as He did what He saw the Father doing. 

John 5:19 Jesus told them, “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does”.

That’s the amazing results of an open heaven…..He is our Father, and we are also His sons and daughters. The Father desires this level of intimacy for His children. To know Him and make Him known….

When the veil of the temple was ripped open at Jesus’ crucifixion, the heavens were opened to every believer, for all who would believe in Him and become children of God—Jesus Himself is our access and ticket to heaven. We were given direct access, to God’s glory through Him.

Matthew 27:51 “And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom”. God was giving us an invitation to enter in!

Remember, before this, only the high priest, could go into the glory of God, once a year. The glory is no longer off limits. We have been given access, it is the season for the glory!

John 14:6 ”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.” ….

Jesus has placed His spirit in us, so that we might see and experience the open heaven, and the invisible things of the Spirit, made visible…..

Then, on the day of Pentecost, the Spirit of God baptized the waiting believers, and it’s still available for us today. The church was birthed and empowered under an open heaven.                                                          Acts 2: 2 “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them”.

Then the bible tells us that as they went outside to preach to the crowd that was waiting, they went from other tongues, to other languages….

Everything that was available to them in order to accomplish the Father’s will is also available to us today. Jesus would not say, ‘Follow Me,’ and do the works that I have done, if that were not the case. Living under an open heaven is our inheritance, and it should be our expectation.

John 20:21 “Then said Jesus to them again, “Peace be unto you. As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you.”

The Father sent them forth with power and glory…. That’s why Jesus told them in Matthew 10:8 “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give”.

How clear could it be that this is for us today, to experience the Open Heaven…

Acts 2:39 “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

Jesus wanted us to know that there was no expiration date, on His “Open Heaven” promise to His people, who were called to walk in His glory, and experience His power….

Remember, Jacob did not name the place where the heavens were opened to him, ‘The House of Angels.’ He named it Bethel, ‘The House of God.’

The revelation of God, he received that day was so profound that later God would re-introduce Himself to Jacob as ‘The God of Bethel.’

In another era and on another person’s journey, Elisha had to pass a test in order to bear the mantle and authority of Elijah.

Would he keep his eyes fixed on his spiritual journey to the very end?

Or would he be distracted by the hardships and difficulties or even of the glorious spirit horses and—the chariots of God? But Elisha remained faithful and was there when the mantle fell from heaven…

When the heavens opened to Stephen, to Ezekiel and to John the revelator, they saw the heaven open and beheld the throne of God.

Let’s have our focus on the throne—where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.’ I want to move the heart of God, & walk in the anointing

Colossians 3:1 So then, since you have been raised with Christ, (that means we operate in two dimensions) set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not just on things of this earth’.

This is where we find the source of our life in the spirit, and our authority. This, is where we find the Father’s will and directive, knowing that the resources of heaven—including the angelic hosts—are released at His word and by our partnership with Him in prayer and obedience.

As Jesus said, in Matthew 6:9-10 “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed (highly honored) be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’” 

A revelation of what Jesus has done in opening heaven to us will change the way we pray.

It will change the way we see,

It will change the way we think and act,

We will be conscious of what Father is doing ‘NOW’ and the resources that are available to us ‘NOW’,

We will have confidence in exercising our authority,

Our faith will be increased,

We will live in constant expectation,

We will live centered upon God.

We must move from …. Pleading and begging, to Receiving

Mark 10:15, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter into it.”

As I look back, I realize that much of my Christian service and belief system had operated out of an ‘orphan spirit,’ rather than the position of sonship that Paul talks about in..

Galatians 4:7 “So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. So you are no longer a slave, but God's child, and since you are His child, God has made you also an heir”.

Having been abandoned, and given away, several times, I was marked with deep separation anxiety and fear. I didn’t belong, I was an outsider, I would never be family, I would never beincluded like real family was. An orphan mindset believes and fears that we are separated from the Father and His resources. There is an outsider mentality, it’s us and them… not just us as the family of God….We’re not exceptions to the rule, it’s for everyone …..”Whosoever the Lord shall call”….                                                                                       

If the story of the prodigal son tells us anything, it should show us that the son who left and went off on his own, didn’t appreciate what he had until it was gone. 

But then found out as soon as he returned, that What was always his, was still his. It was all waiting for him to receive what was always his, because of the deep love bond of the father.. He had changed, but the Father had never changed….                          

John 1:12-13 says, “To all who did receive him, to those who believe in hisname, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or of the will of man, but born of the will of God.”

We should no longer see the move of God as something to plead for. The open heaven that I once cried out to God for, I now seeis mine—and belongs to the church—in God’s word, by inheritance through Christ.

It is the privilege of sons and daughters to ask and receive. 

Luke 11:9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; everyone who seeks finds; and to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened”.

Revival and open heavens, is simply New Testament Christianity. It’s simply getting back to normal.’

We are moving From ‘Not Yet’ to it is here…. here and now!

We spend so much of our life waiting and praying for God to begin something that He has already done, accomplished, finished!

The revival that we are waiting for is here and now. It is being realized as Christians and churches across the earth awaken to our inheritance and to the reality of Jesus’ prayer:

Matthew 6:10  “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” 

There is no shortage in heaven….no shortage of glory, no shortage of health and wholeness, no shortage of supply……

I believe that the great harvest of people coming to faith in Jesus, and the fruitful church that we envision, has always been here with us. 

We don’t have to settle for lifeless facts, when we have been promised an open heaven, with total access, to heaven come to earth. 

We are not orphan children, we are children of the most high God. We have been invited to the table, we are included in the family….

Isaiah 43:18-19 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness And rivers in the wasteland.”                                  Now, it shall spring forth! (Repeat itwith me)! Now it shall spring forth!

So let’s adjust our thinking from seeing The outpouring of the Holy Spirit as some event at some future date, to something that is here with us right now today……Jesus said He would do it 2000 years ago, and we are 2000 years into the fulfillment of it!

Let’s adjust our thinking from seeing provision and blessing as some event at some future date, to something that we have right here, right now, because God said He would supply all our needs according to His riches in glory, in Christ Jesus, and we are 2000 years into the fulfillment of it!

Let’s change our thinking from seeing Salvation for our families as       some event at a future date, to something that we have right here, right now, because God said that “salvation has come to your house” 2000 years ago, and we are 2000 years into the fulfillment of it!

Let’s change our thinking from seeing Angelic activity bringing   Supernatural Answers to Prayer, as some future date, to something that we have right here, right now, because God said He would give His angels charge over us, 2600 years ago, in Psalms, and we are 2600 years into the fulfillment of it!

Luke 10:8 Jesus told them, “When you enter a place and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come unto you.’

If the kingdom has come 2000 years ago, then it is something right here, right now…..(Say it with me, “Right here, Right now”)

The Bible describes WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO LIVE UNDER AN OPEN HEAVEN… and of all books, it is in Deuteronomy…..This description was written 3400 years ago… so an open heaven has been God’s design since the garden of Eden, and Moses wrote about it 3400 years ago….If it was true then, it is true now! Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible. He had the glory on him so powerfully, that they had to put a sack over his head, because his face was shining so brightly.                                                 (When you see your pastor come in with a sack over his head, you better get ready for some supernatural stuff!!)

Look at what God told Moses, an open heaven looks like!

Deut. 28:1 "Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all people of the earth. 

2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:                                                                                                  3 Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. 

4 Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.

5 Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. (blessed in the kitchen

6 Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

7 "The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.

8 The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

9 The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.

10 Then all the people shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be in awe of you.

11 And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. 

12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 

13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.”

3,400 years ago God said it was our portion, so it is true, now, today too!!

Let us Pray this prayer together in closing….

Heavenly Father, I come before You with a humble heart, thanking You for divine blessings that are ready to flow into my life. Thank you for an open heavens over me, and for pouring out Your abundant favor, grace, and provision. Help me walk in alignment with Your will, so that Your blessings overflow in my life, and I can be a blessing to others.

Thank You for open doors of opportunity and for Your favor resting upon me like a shield, so that Your love and grace may flow out to those around me. Let Your grace abound in my actions, thoughts, and interactions. Help me to extend the same grace to others that You have shown to me. Let me walk in Your abundance and not in scarcity. 

Grant me the wisdom to steward Your blessings for Your glory and the well-being of others. I receive open heavens over my life, so that Your purposes can be fulfilled. Grant me discernment to recognize the opportunities You place before me and the courage to seize them for Your glory. I praise You that through Your power, I can break down any barriers and obstacles in my life. 

Open the heavens and grant me the strength, wisdom, and determination to overcome every challenge and reach my full potential. Help me break through every limitation and accomplish Your will. As I walk under Your open heavens, guide me to the right doors to enter. May Your favor and grace open doors that no one can shut, and may I walk through them with confidence and gratitude. Bring healing, restoration, and breakthrough where they are needed.

I trust in Your power to intervene and change circumstances for Your glory. Help me walk in obedience to Your commands and receive the blessings that come from following Your will. Father, I desire to step into the abundance You have promised, so that Your will is done on earth as it is in heaven.Father, I desire a deep connection with You and as You open the heavens, allow me to experience Your presence in a profound way. May my prayers and worship bridge the gap between earth and heaven, and may I walk in close communion with You. By Your power, Lord, bring revival and transformation. I pray that Your presence would break strongholds and usher in a season of spiritual awakening, in Jesus Name, Amen.

Do You Receive It?!!!

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