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7th July 2022


Open Heaven

In the Gospels we see heaven open twice in the ministry of Jesus.
At His baptism & also at His transfiguration.
One an anointing for Kingdom ministry to bring heaven to the earth & the other His glorification as the Son of Man.
We also see heaven being released through Him.
Heaven coming to earth through the spirit filled Saviour.


When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. 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.” Luke 3:21-22

While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” When the voice had ceased, Jesus was found alone. But they kept quiet, and told no one in those days any of the things they had seen. Luke 9:34-36

But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Matthew 12:28

But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Luke 11:20


Jesus was anointed at His baptism & glorified in the transfiguration.
Each time we hear the Father affirming His identity.
It is as beloved children of God that we experience & enjoy an open heaven.
Anointed, authorised, equipped & empowered by the Spirit to bring & release heaven on the earth.
Heaven is where the will of God always gets done – salvation, healing & deliverance par excellence.

Because of Jesus the Father does for us what He did for His only begotten Son.
‘In Christ’ the chosen one we are chosen as sons & daughters of the living God (1 Peter2:4-9).
We like Jesus are also anointed for kingdom (heavenly) ministry by the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:20-22).
We too are in the process of being glorified (Romans 8:17 & 30).
We are Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:27) reaching out with His love, light & life.
The current foremost means by which heaven comes to this earth.

The ministry of Christ, under an open heaven, continues through His Body, the Church, the people of God.
The victory is won but the battle rages on until the Lord makes all things new (Revelation 11:15; 21:5).
We are those who work to hasten the great day of Christ’s return (2 Peter 3:12) by bringing heaven & the kingdom to this earth.
Oh what a glorious saviour & oh what a glorious ministry He has entrusted to His people.
May we partner with the Spirit to make it so.


For Reflection

  • In what ways am I experiencing & releasing the anointing of God?
  • Am I secure in my identity & affirmed as a chosen, beloved son or daughter of God?
  • Meditate on being anointed & glorified in similar manner to Jesus.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for Your great love & affirmation of me as Your beloved child,
Thank you that You have called & equipped me for Kingdom ministry.
Jesus help & strengthen me to move & minister like You,
With sensitivity, grace & humility.
Holy Spirit may your anointing & power flow with greater force & freedom in me & through me,
So that You might bring more of heaven to this earth through me.
This I ask in, & through, Your mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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