One of the things to do to maintain open heavens is to be an overcomer.
To overcome is to achieve victory over something, to defeat, sumount over something.
To say you are an overcomer means you need to overcome something. 1 John 5 talks about overcoming.
The ability to overcome has been given by each one of us. But we still have to walk in that reality to be overcomers ourselves.
If you do not walk in the reality of it, you won’t be an overcomer. The skills and tools to overcome is already in us because Jesus has already given us the victory. If he overcame, then we should overcome too.
3 Things to overcome to maintain and sustain open heavens:
- Overcome temptations and disobedience so that our heavens can continually be open, because when we yield to temptation, the sin you yielded to can lead to closed heaven for you. Example: Sampson fell from glory. The Lord departed from him. Joseph was enjoying open heavens, faces a temptation, overcame the temptation and enjoyed increased open heavens- Genesis 39:2-5. Favor, success are traits that Joseph has to show for open heavens. Genesis 39:20-23. 2 Peter 2:30 ( those who knew the Lord but were overcome by temptations had their later end worse than when they started). 1John 5:3b God’s commandments are not burdensome or grievious and we have the ability to obey him. We’ll never be tempted more than we can bear. Mark 9:27-29.
- Overcome laziness and complacency: if the heaven is open and we become lazy or complacent, we are saying that we can do it ourselves. The sun provides the energy that drives the water cycle. Before rain falls, the water droplets collide and grow and precipitation occurs. There has to be energy and constant motion before there can be open heavens just like the water cycle. We must continue in the work. Amos 6:1 talks about woe to those at ease in Zion.
- Overcoming false identity: two angles:
- Pride: when proud after the heavens open, we’re telling God that we can do things our selves. This can lead to a closed heaven. EGO means Edging God Out. When you edge who opened the heavens for you out, the heavens will be closed. The parable of the rich fool in Luke 12:16-20 is an example. Luke 3:20 shows how open heavens come from humility.
- Lack of confidence in Christ: we should speak words that identify us with Christ. If we don’t, we could close the heavens towards us. Always have confidence in the Christ that opened heavens to us. Question: is it raining in every area of our lives? Are we experiencing open heavens in every area of our lives? Are there things that we fail to overcome that makes us less than what God has made us to be? Parents we examples of what you want your children to overcome. If you do not believe in Jesus as the son of God, you cannot be an overcomer.
Summary: If you are not experiencing open heavens, could it be because we have become lazy, prideful or disobedient. Examine yourself today to continue to experience open heavens.