An Open Heaven

An Open Heaven

There is much discussion in Christian circles and among the highly educated about the concept of “an open heaven.”  I can’t say that I have definitive answers for us, but I always like to open the Bible to read what God is saying about every topic.

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.  (Deu 28:12) 

This passage of the Bible gives us the idea that “opening heaven” to a person means that they shall experience God’s plentiful blessings, favor, and prosperity.

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.  (Mal 3:10) 

The verse above discusses opening the windows of heaven to pour out ABUNDANT blessings upon each one who gives generously to the Lord’s work, church, and people. 

When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened.  (Lk 3:21)

The Scriptures tell us that at the time of Jesus’ water baptism, as Jesus prayed, the heaven above Him was opened!  The Bible goes on to say:

And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”  (Lk 3:22)

When I ponder Luke 3:21-22 along with John 1:50-51, I start to draw some basic conclusions for myself.  Let’s read the verses in John:

 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”  (Joh 1:50-51) 

This section of Scripture is actually a record of Jesus speaking, and Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” 

The “Son of Man” refers to Jesus Christ, Himself. 

My conclusion from studying these Bible verses is that the person of Jesus IS our open heaven, and all who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord live under an open heaven.  All praises to God most High!

The Righteous Give Generously

The Righteous Give Generously

Today, I’m sharing a large number of Bible verses that address the concept of giving; and in particular, how generously the righteous give and share with others.

The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously . . . (Ps 37:21 NIV)

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.  (Deu 28:12 NKJV)

A good man deals graciously and lends; he will guide his affairs with discretion.  (Ps 112:5)

But a generous man devises generous things, and by generosity he shall stand.  (Isa 32:8)

Give to everyone who asks of you. and from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back.  (Lk 6:30)

I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’  (Ac 20:35)

But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.  (Heb 13:16, emphasis added)

It’s occasionally very helpful for us to revisit themes of generosity and giving in order to re-center ourselves in the will of God.  The Lord whom we serve is a God of abundance, prosperity, and overflow.  He loves to bless us and to give us everything that we need and everything for which we ask.

God enjoys seeing us operate and flow in His brand of generosity!  He actually receives glory and honor when the righteous give generously in various ways.  Of course, we all know that one form of giving is financial, monetary giving. 

We can also give and share our blessings with others by:

  • Spending time with them, ministering to them with our presence;
  • Cleaning the home of a disabled person or a senior citizen;
  • Giving someone who needs it but can’t afford it an all-expense-paid vacation;
  • Making some payments on a needy person or family’s mortgage;
  • Paying for a new roof for someone with a leaky one;
  • Praying with and comforting those who are grieving;
  • Driving someone to a medical appointment; and
  • Faithfully praying for God’s provision for those in need.

A major component of giving is faith.  We need faith in God and in His Word in order to give with joy.  As we give, we trust God to bless us when and as we need Him to.  According to Acts 20:35, it is more blessed to GIVE than to receive.

We all can hear from and receive creative ideas from the Holy Spirit on how to give generously.  The Lord loves us to use our own creativity in this area as well, so within whatever means you have, seek God for how you can bless someone else.  Hallelujah!

Ponder the Voice of the Lord

Ponder the Voice of the Lord

Today, we’re going to study the importance of the Voice of the Lord.  We posted an article three and a half years ago on this topic, but since it’s of vast importance, it is worthwhile to investigate again.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders; the Lord is over many waters.  (Ps 29:3)  ~ God controls everything in creation, including every body of water, no matter how large or small!

“If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”  (Ex 15:26)  ~ Obedience to the voice of the Lord attracts God’s blessings.  God states that He is our healer, and that is addressing physical healing.

“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 nations of the earth.”  (Deu 28:1)  ~ As we obey God’s voice, He responds by giving us protection from and power over our enemies; blessings in our children, food, and livestock; prominence over other nations; and abundant prosperity.  (See Deu 28:1-14)

The Lord also will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; the heavens and earth will shake; but the Lord will be a shelter for His people, and the strength of the children of Israel.  (Joel 3:16)  ~ The Lord shelters and becomes a refuge for ALL who will yield to and obey His mighty voice.

His voice is unique in that ALL of creation recognizes it as the sound of the Creator God, the Supreme Being, the Lord of Lords.

And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!  (Rev 19:6)  ~ The voice of the Lord is the voice of the Lord God Omnipotent!

Pay attention to and choose to obey the voice of the Lord, and you shall surely be blessed.

What About Prosperity?

What About Prosperity?

Did you realize that the Bible has a lot to say about prosperity?  Do you understand that God intends for His people to prosper?  Here are a handful of Scriptures on the topic:

Who is the man that fears the LORD?  Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his descendants shall inherit the earth.  (Ps 25:12-13)

Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.  (Ps 122:7)

His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. (Ps 112:2-3)

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.  (Pro 13:22)

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.  (2 Cor. 8:9)

These precious promises from God’s Word are a gift to each and every believer.  Trust God to bless you and to bless all of the work of your hands.  (Deut 16:15)  The Lord will cause you to increase and to be blessed.  (Deut 28:4; Isa 51:2) 

Our Father God is the only One who has the power to bless you and to cause you to prosper.  Trust Him for these blessings, and take Him at His Word.  You’ll be thankful that you did! 

Other passages about prosperity to check out

Deut 8:18; 28:1-2, 8; 33:19; Eccl 5:9, 19; Job 36:11; Ps 65:11; 68:6; Pro 8:21; 10:4, 61, 22; 11:25; 22:4; 24:3-4; Isa 48:17; 55:2-3; 60:5, 11; 61:6; Jer 31:14; 33:9; 2 Cor 9:8; Eph 1:18-19; and Phil 4:19.

You Shall Not Diminish

You Shall Not Diminish

Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of those who make merry;
I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
 (Jer 30:19, emphasis added)

In the verse above, the Lord says that His people shall not diminish. Diminish means to weaken; fade; or shrink.  Rather, the Lord says that HE will glorify them!  The Lord is saying that He will elevate, approve and celebrate His people!

The Lord’s plan for all of mankind is to give us life and not only that, but an ABUNDANT one! 

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  (Joh 10:10)

The Lord tells us that He is pleased when His people prosper, and that trusting in Him will bring us prosperity.

Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”  (Ps 35:27)

But he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.  (Pro 28:25b)

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.  (3 Joh 1:2)

The Lord’s blessings are upon His people:

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  (Ps 118:26a)

Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:  “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”
  (Mat 21:9)

You can see from this handful of Bible verses that God certainly has put ample promises in His Word that are intended to bless, benefit, and prosper us.  Therefore, we shall not diminish.