February 13, 2021
Seasons Of Open Heavens | Rev’d Dr Taiye Adeola
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TEXT: MATTHEW 3:13-17
I want to thank God on behalf of every one of us for the 29th anniversary of the chapel. Truly God has been faithful in his dealings with us these twenty nine years and we are grateful to Him. I appreciate you all for your support and cooperation in keeping the vision alive; a pray that the Lord will continue to keep us all in his grace.
13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
By the leading of the Holy Spirit this year is declared “Season of Open Heavens” for us in Emmanuel Baptist Church and we trust God to bring to pass the prophecy of the theme in our lives in Jesus name. I will be doing a theme interpretation today as an introduction and will continue to develop on the theme as we move on in the course of the year.
There are different references to open heaven in the scripture depicting different contexts. Some examples are: Genesis 28; Isaiah 64:1; Ezekiel 1:1; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 3:16; John 1:51; Acts 7:54-61; Revelation 4:
What exactly is “open heavens” and what are the implications for us in Emmanuel Baptist Church this year. This is important if the theme will, not end up as mere slogan.
- HEAVEN ON EARTH
Open heavens put simply is the nearness of heaven to earth or the unending presence of heaven to earth bringing about unusual access or connection between the divinity and humanity. This will translate to many things especially for humanity in terms of the blessings that the consciousness of the divine will bring. Isaiah 64:1 & 2 says “Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence” Mark 1:9 – 10 also records the experience of Jesus as follows “And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him”
What I am saying is that open heaven is about the divine coming near to generate a relationship with the earthly that makes the earthly to connect with the heavenly without hindrance bringing about divine blessings to humanity. Open heaven is heaven on earth
- DIVINE PRESSENCE
Open heaven can also mean having and living by the consciousness of the divine presence at all times above every other negative consciousness orchestrated by the devil. The sense of divine presence at all times brings about confidence, clarity of thought, direction, clarity of mind and heart that is unusual. When you live by and you are overwhelmed by the awareness of darkness and evil around you, you end up embracing that darkness as yours and it begins to control or regulate your life; but one who lives under open heavens carries a God awareness that swallows the threat of darkness around them.
Look at the experience of Stephen in Acts 7: 54 – 60 “
54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. 57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
- EXPERIENCIN GOD
This year Open heaven is also about God becoming more real in our lives as we move away from traditions, ritualism, activities etc into a deeper relationship with God and understanding of his purpose in all things. Ezekiel 1:1 gives the experience of prophet Ezekiel –“Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God”
Many things will happen when God is real to you; one of it is revelation that will make you not to walk in darkness. Emmanuel means God with us is and this year more than ever before in the lives of every member it will be an experiential reality. When we talk about God it will not be a mirage, when we speak of what God can do it will not sound like a tale; you will experience God this year because it is your season of open heavens.
Open heaven brings personal revelation and increased knowledge of God Matthew 3:16 says concerning Jesus “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him”
Season of Open heavens is a season of blessings when revelation is not scarce; divine visitation is not occasional but regular; it is a season of prompt response of the divine to human petitions; Season of Open heavens is a season of heavens positive declaration over our lives; season of expression of divine favor and unlimited access to divine possibilities. It is a season of revelation of his glory, manifestation of his power and demonstration of his ability over every of our situations.
You will experience open heavens; your heavens will not be shut in Jesus name.