Updated: Aug 19, 2019
Word For Today: August 15, 2019 KEEPING AN OPEN HEAVEN: THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS! Beloved, This morning I feel such an outpouring of the mercy, forgiveness and grace God wants us to be filled with even more as we wait in His presence.
There is a world we are about to go forth in today that needs the pure holy love of God to be seen in us and through us.
The Lord wants the heavens opened over us everywhere we go, and in everything we say or do. We must contend for that open heaven for our life, our families, our ministries to remain open.
Our life is to be the reflection of Jesus life to be seen by others upon this earth. His kingdom and glory must be seen upon us as a witness to give to all those He sends us to. Beloved, If want to live under an open heaven and be filled with the greater glory God is releasing, we must overcome all evil as Jesus did through the power of the Holy Spirit. The key to an open heaven is cut off all offenses and do not allow any unforgiveness, bitterness, hurts, anger to remain in your heart for even a moment. It must be cut off immediately.
The enemy tools are to use others today even more to hurt you. He will use those who are willing to bring false accusations, lies, deception against you, as God’s holy remnant. He is trying to bring division, strife, and selfish ambition, confusion to come upon God’s people through false judgments, false accusations and fault finding, witchcraft, charismatic witchcraft in others who will be his tools.
We must overcome all these things by the pure holy love of God, the blood of the lamb, and the word of our testimony!
The devil wants us to hold and keep offenses and not to forgive even more now then ever before. He knows if we won’t fully forgive others their trespasses against us, God will not forgive us. He knows that sin makes the heavens over us like brass.
He is using those close to us, even our own family members could fall under his power to try to really hurt and damage our relationship with the Lord to close the heavens.
Sin closes the heavens. Holding onto offenses closes the heavens. Confession of sin and receiving God’s forgiveness and mercy opens the heavens. Cutting off all offenses right away keeps the heavens opened over us.
What do we want over our lives, our families, our ministries, our cities, an open heaven or the heavens to be like brass?
Beloved, I know you know this already but un-forgiveness is a tool to shut down our hearts, our life ,and our walk with God and to shut the heavens.
When the heavens are shut we become dull in our hearing, dull in seeing and our hearts become dull. Our spiritual senses can’t operate in dullness or where the heavens are like brass over us.
I was in the city of Baltimore a few years ago and I felt the heavens like brass there. I could not breath spiritually there or even feel or sense the Lord’s presence.
I had to literally drive 20 miles to get out of the city limits to where I could spiritually breath, see, and hear the Lord speak to me. I had to find where their was an open heaven.
I recently was given an assignment from the Lord for a city and church, but I could not work in that place because again the heavens over that region were like brass. I couldn’t breath spiritually there because the heavens were closed.
I had to go another 18 miles to another town where the heavens were open for me to breath and do the will of God there. I even had to ask people we worked with to come out to where the heavens were opened to get out of the atmosphere of spiritual brass.
Unconfessed sin closes the heavens and cause it to be like brass. Not only is it hard to see, hear, and discern in that atmosphere, it is like everything God gives you to do or speak hits a spiritual ceiling and bounces back at you.
For Pastors in that region, it seems like you preach so powerful the Word of God, the people don’t change, their faces don’t change, and their lives don’t change much because it is bouncing back at you because of the sin in the region or even in the camp.
Most of the sin is rooted in keeping offenses and walking in un-forgiveness along with other things not confessed or brought into the light of God.
Jesus said these words to us, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” John 3:19 Beloved loving darkness and not bringing our hearts into the light of God’s love through the Holy Spirit who has come to convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment is what shuts the heavens and makes it like brass.
Un-forgiveness hardens our heart to break our life relationship with the Lord on the earth by making the heavens over us brass instead of open. WE MUST NEVER LET IT GET A ROOT IN US!
To walk in the depth of the glory realm that God is releasing to his people today, it is critical that we continue in receiving God’s mercy, love, and forgiveness daily for ourselves. Then we must give that same love, mercy, and forgiveness to everyone as God has done for us! We must DAILY come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy in our time of need. We must continually lay our hearts before the Lord to check our motives and to see if there be any wicked way in us to keep the heavens open over us and our families.
If our hearts are pure and we have truly forgiven others as God has forgiven us then stand. If the Holy Spirit show you there is nothing you have to repent of then pray for others. Beloved, we must stand in the gap of intercession for our families, and all those we love who have not done that before God. We must stand in the gap for our church, our leaders, and for our city and nation as well. Intercession changes things!
Beloved, the key to keep the heavens opened is that we must forgive all those who have sinned against us, our families, our ministries instantly. We must forgive everyone by cutting off all offenses and evil deeds done to us. We must overcome evil with good and be merciful as God has been merciful to us.
The key to keep the heavens opened is to receive forgiveness and to confess our sins continually to God by asking him to search our heart, and try our thoughts and to see if there be any wicked ways in us.
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8
Beloved, we are in the day of Malachi chapter 3. God is sending His refining fire and fullers' soap. He has come to thoroughly cleanse His royal priesthood by fire.
He has come to purify our heart as pure silver and gold. Then we will bring to God offerings of righteousness that God will receive.
We must let Him do that work. His all searching fire of love will check the deepest places of our heart where the entrance ways of sin may be still there.
He will check to examine our motives of why we do what we do. Are we doing all things out of the pure holy love of God, or our own power, or the mixture of trying to do both?
His intention is for us to walk, live and breath from his glory realm with a continued open heaven over us wherever we are or are sent.
Do you want this beloved of the Lord? This is the only way to keep the heavens opened over us! Then we must remember His words to us, “Before you get the speck out of your brother’s eye, get the beam out of your own.”
Beloved of the Lord, to receive his forgiveness and mercy we must forgive others exactly as He has forgiven us.
We must hold no one, no offense in our heart at any time. We must cut off all offenses as quickly as we can.
We must repent when we sin against God or others as quickly as we can and receive his forgiveness, love, and grace. We must do onto others as we would want them to do for us, Jesus said!
Receiving God’s forgiveness and mercy from the throne of grace is our life source. The blood of Jesus has washed our sins away in the past and present and will in the future. God forbid we sin again.
The power of the blood of Jesus is so powerful that God says he will remember our sins no more as far as the east is from the west.
That is the love, grace, mercy and forgiveness we are forgiven with, so now WE MUST let that same love, grace, mercy and forgiveness flow through us to those who offend, hurt, and do evil against us as Jesus did for us?
In human strength and ability we can’t do it. But we can truly forgive like He forgave us because it is not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit in us. Greater is He that is in us, then He that is the world.
To walk and live in an open heaven, is to walk in Kingdom power, dominion, and authority. Beloved, we must not let anything enter our heart or stay there that would keep us from our destiny. This is why in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us the “ways of heaven, the ways of the kingdom of God” life to be lived and seen in us.
Matthew 18 Jesus says:
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Beloved 490 times for the same offense and each offense a day. That number represents Gods perfect love to totally forgive us and others through the blood Jesus shed on that cross for us. Jesus taught us to receive his mercy, we must give the same mercy given to us! Matthew 5:6 Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy!
We are living in a world full of growing hatred and the love of the great body of believers will wax cold, but He that’s endures to the end shall be saved.
Beloved part of that endurance is to walk in the pure holy love of God toward everyone. As the Kingdom of God increases in our life, the greater the love of God and His kingdom must flow from us. We must live, walk, breath and release the glory of God from an open heaven above us and in us. The Glory of the Lord must fill the whole earth. We are the ambassadors of His love and glory that the world must see. They will see it through our pure holy love and care for one another. They will see it as we lay our life down for our friends. They will see it even more as the Kingdom of God life manifest in us to do the very commands Jesus told us to do. They will be behold the heavens opened as they did with Jesus!
When this evidence of true Kingdom love flows through us, the whole earth will be transformed by the power of God’s love.
Then the Father will speak from the open heavens once again and say, “these are my beloved sons and daughters, in whom I am well pleased.”
Beloved, We are about to see that word manifest fully upon the earth in his full grown sons and daughters.
They are going to be His reflection and the witness of the Gospel of the Kingdom as a testimony upon the earth.
An open heaven allows His kingdom to manifest fully on the earth. We must continue to grow and be rooted in pure holy love, pure holy mercy, and give pure holy forgiveness even toward everyone always.
We must give it always and everywhere, even to our enemies and those who hate us and despise us. This will keep the heavens opened over us so we can go forth and do the “works” of God as Jesus did.
Matthew 5 Sermon on the mount sums up that witness for us to be upon the earth.
God’s kingdom life is the exact opposite of the kingdom of this world where everything is about self, jealousy, vengeance and wishing harm upon your enemies.
Jesus said these words to us, for they are the Kingdom of pure holy love's work He is now releasing in us to demonstrate fully upon the earth.
Eye for Eye
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Love for Enemies:
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Beloved, we are to love our enemies today. We are to pray for those who are persecuting you right now if we want to see the heavens stay opened and not be like brass. Why do we do this? So that we can prove that we are the children of our Father in heaven! We must demonstrate the fruit of an open heaven through God’s love being perfected in us as a witness of the Kingdom of God upon the earth.
Beloved, today God is rending the heavens for us. He is opening the heavens to fill the earth with the knowledge and fear of the glory of God. His desire is for us to work with him to bring in the end time harvest of the Lord into His heart under an open heaven. The beauty of an open heaven is that many whose heart are hard can now be opened to hear the Gospel of the Kingdom. They can hear the word of God that sent Jesus to die for all of us, all of our sins to be forgiven by His shed blood and broken body.
Under an open heaven there is an outpouring of love and mercy that goes beyond anything we have seen or known. It removes the power of the god of this world that blinds the eyes of those who need to be saved to have a chance to receive the Gospel.
An open heaven allows God’s love to reach everyone that will accept that sacrifice of Jesus Christ in their heart and repent. Do we truly want to see the fullness of salvation to come to our families, our communities and the nations?
Oh that God would rend the heavens and come down. He has by giving us his word in Isaiah 60 of an open heaven.
Arise and shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord shall be seen upon you (an open heaven)! Though dense darkness will cover the earth, nations shall come to the BRIGHTNESS OF YOUR ARISING! (THIS IS A WORD OF AN OPEN HEAVEN OVER US AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD WILL BE SEEN UPON US!)
Beloved, Today let us pray for an open heaven.
Father I pray by the grace of God that we can in your love cut off all offenses, bless those who curse us, pray for those who are persecuting us, and love our enemies through the power of your Holy Spirit of love in us. Lord open the heavens over us!
Let your Kingdom come reign in us and your will be done in all our lives as it is heaven. Fill us today with a fresh fire of pure holy love from heaven. Help us Lord to overcome evil with good and to let your mercy triumph over judgment.
Blessed are the merciful, may that be us Lord today, so we ourselves can live and walk in your mercy obtained. May our witness be that of pure holy love today in all our thoughts, actions, deeds, words. May our life reflect your life in every way.
Father, let Jesus' life be seen in us and through us. May we be the reflection of His glory as He was the reflection of your glory upon the earth. Lord we pray again, open the heavens over us and in us, so your glory may be seen.
May we fulfill our divine mandate to love one another as you have loved us. May we fill up your sufferings by cutting off all offenses and releasing those who sin against us. Jesus you spoke from the cross and today we align ourselves with your words, Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”
Father as you have forgiven us, today we release everyone who has harmed us. We release all offenses against us, our families, and ministries, and cut them off.
We will hold nothing against anyone and allow you to judge and prove all things .You said, ‘vengeance is yours.”
We pray for a greater grace and a greater mercy to flow from our lives to those in need. Lord open the heavens over us, our families, our work, our churches, our cities and communities for your glory to be made known.
We pray for more of your pure holy love to manifest in us that will cause the crooked things to be made straight in our lives and the lives you send us to. May we love even our enemies as you have loved us!
Father, fill us with your glory. Holy Spirit come and shed the love of God deeper in our hearts and burn that love deeper in us. Lord open the heavens over us, no matter where we have been planted. Lord send your fire today to burn in us like never before so we can truly be the witnesses of the gospel of the kingdom of God on the earth as it is heaven, for then the end will come as you have said.
Lord again we pray, open up your heavens, come down and be seen in the midst of your people.
Lord, open the heavens!
I ask this all in Jesus name!