Women’s Devotion | September 2019
Experiencing an Open Heaven
Have you heard the song Open Heaven? The Christian worshipper Maranda Curtis states, “God is opening the window of Heaven. The miraculous is attached to that and makes room for miracles, signs and wonders.” I agree, but might I add to this thought quoted. An open heaven is the revelation, visitation, habitation and inundation of the Holy Spirit in relationship to the Christian individual, the church, and the nation. Let me present clarity. The open heaven, quoted by myself and 5 others that assisted me in putting together the definition, is described as an “unhindered manifestation in the earth of all that heaven is, of God’s own presence and glory. Natural laws can be temporarily or permanently suspended as heaven breaks in. Signs and wonders, miracles and healings, revelations and unusual manifestations of power begin to occur. To varying degrees, poverty, sickness, disease, and human degradation are driven back by the overpowering love of God. The most unlikely are swept into the kingdom and significant wealth can flow into the church.” Powerful!
What do you mean by revelation? Well, God revealed it and said to you (me), the church and the nation that, “thy Kingdom come thy will be done on earth as is it in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). And look at Jacob’s dream (Genesis 28). He communicated supernaturally in Jacob’s dream as the ladder was let down and rested on the earth with the top reaching into heaven while the angels ascended and descended from heaven to earth. That is God opening heaven to earth sending down His ministering spirits to bear the commands and comforts of our heavenly Father, and in turn they bear the prayers and praises of the saints back to heaven. In Christ a divine interchange is now possible between heaven and earth. Don’t you desire revelation?
Visitation comes with maturity (Ephesians 4:11-13). Many can testify of the Lord’s visitation. In the Bible, they witnessed a great visitation as the dove descended upon Jesus’ public ministry at the baptism commencement. You know, “he went up out of the water…heaven was open, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him” (Matthew 3:16,17). The heavens will increasingly open over the church who incorporates Christ in greater seasons of divine visitation and blessings as it approaches this time. Do you desire revelation and visitation?
Then there’s habitation. When Jacob awoke from seeing the heavens opened and a ladder with angels ascending and descending his response was, WOW! He said, “’Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it. He was afraid and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; …” (Gen 28:16-19). When God visits, he comes to stay. “Thus, saith the Lord, the heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: Where is the house that ye build unto me? And where is the place of my rest. Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?’ declares the Lord. ‘This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word’” (Isa 66:1-2). He is looking for a place to dwell. So, open heaven is marked by a significant increase in the spirit of prayer and worship. Do you desire revelation, visitation, and habitation today?
The inundation is knowing this: “The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. The Lord will make you the head and not the tail…” (Deut.28:12, 13). When we are living under an open heaven, not only is the Spirit poured out, but we can often experience increased financial blessing. God desires to bless his children materially. Read for yourself the following references (Psa. 65:9-13; 68:10; Isa 60:5-9; Jer. 31:12; 2 Cor 8:9). However, this increase is for the kingdom of God because we are kingdom minded. Being under an open heaven there is such a fundamental inner change that material things have no hold. In obedience to the Spirit they can be released for the benefit of the gospel. We can, therefore, be trusted with substantial material increase. Do you desire revelation, visitation, habitation, and inundation today? So, what do you need? You need nothing because the Father has equipped you well with everything through Jesus Christ his son…The Word and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. However, let’s leave with a tip. You definitely need faith and patience, to rest in the work of Jesus, and to obey the great commandment. To end, entering the full experience of an open heaven whether personally, as a ministry, or as the larger body of Christ is dependent on the Father’s own timetable. The seasons of refreshing and restoration are determined by Him. But in the meantime, we are pressed into God as we wait in humility and faith. I pray that you, the church, and the nation will experience an open heaven. Signing off!
Pastor Gwendolyn Wilson and her husband, Bishop Daniel Wilson, are the lead pastors of Refuge House of Prayer in Toms River, New Jersey.