THEME: AN OPEN HEAVEN
“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.”
-After Jesus was baptized the heavens opened and the Holy Spirt descended upon Him like a dove, and the Father made a public declaration saying that Jesus is His beloved Son; with whom He is well pleased. John baptized with water, we have been baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 11:16). Jesus ascended into heaven after His death and resurrection, and gave us His Holy Spirit, and when we were far off from the commonwealth of God, He brought us near by His precious blood. He broke the barrier that brought hopelessness and eternal condemnation, and gave us eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ, that we may also experience an open heaven forever.
An open heaven exposes us to the supernatural as we experience the spiritual realm of God. God has designed the heavens and earth by His eternal will and placed us here on earth for a divine purpose, for the glory and honor of His name. God has enabled us to tap into the supernatural individually and corporately, and has given us access His divine will through prayer, fasting, worship, reading His word, and other revelations. As our spirits are joined to the Spirit of God, we experience His presence in our lives and a new awakening breaks forth. Ezekiel was one of the captives when he was exposed to the supernatural. He saw an open heaven in a vision and the Lord broke the yoke of captivity in their lives for His mercies endures forever. Likewise, when Jacob was sleeping, the Lord open the heavens and in a dream he saw angels ascending and descending. The Lord also revealed to him the promise He had made with his forefathers to bless him and make him great, for God is faithful and His faithfulness endures forever. Like Jacob, God has promised us abundant blessings for we are the seed of Abraham and share in His covenant. Nathaniel also saw a stairway resting on earth and the top reaching to heaven with angels oscillating upon it. Having been an Israelite without deceit, he was promised an open heaven for the Lord had chosen him to minister unto His people. God also reminds us in Deuteronomy 28 that obedience to His word is accompanied by His blessings while disobedience attract curses. John in a vision also experienced and open heaven when saw the Lord on His throne as he was shown what is to come; in the book of Revelation. Stephen when he was preaching the gospel and fell into the hands of his oppressors who stoned him to death. The Lord opened the heavens for him and he saw the Son of man standing on the right hand of the Father. When Jesus was baptized, the heavens were opened and the Holy Spirit in form of a dove descended upon Him. The Lord also made a proclamation to the hearers that He is the Son of God and we are called to praise Him and worship Him.
We sing a new song to You Lord and acknowledge all Your benefits. You have been good to us dear Lord; we thank You. We count our blessings and name them one by one. You Lord are the most high God, only You deserve to be worshipped and praise. Baptize us afresh with the Holy Spirit and cloth us with Your grace always. Baptize us with Your seal of love that transcends from everlasting to everlasting. You are worthy to be exulted and worshipped. May You Lord who holds the keys of David open doors for us that no one can shut and close doors that no one can open. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
Further reading: Matthew 3:16-17, Luke 21:27-28
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