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Summary: The more clearly we see God’s sovereignty the less perplexed we are by man’s calamities, know that those who bless God in their trials will be blessed by God through their trials.

The message of this week is for those who believe in the God of the suddenlies, those who know that no matter how fast the enemy has been running, just a word from the Master is enough to halt his race. After all, in the beginning, when the earth was without form and void all that was required to bring sanity was for the voice of the Lord to say, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Also, when there was satanic storm on the sea, all that was required to quench it was for the voice of the Lord to say, “Peace be still.”

The message is entitled “When the heavens become brass.” Let us start from the book of Genesis, from the first man to see an open heaven. In Genesis 28:11-12 we see Jacob as a very confused man. The Scripture says, “And he lighted upon a certain place and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. (His head was on the stone. When his head got on the stone, then his vision became clear. That stone was Jesus). And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending. And behold the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land wherein thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed.” Right from this experience, the life of Jacob never remained the same.

You need an open heaven. When this man saw an open heavens, for the first time he saw a ladder going right into the heavenlies, and God was there talking to him for the first time in his life. If you need to do seven days dry fast or to go on only water for 21 days for God to speak to you for five minutes, it ‘s worth it, because if God talks to you for two minutes, it is better than a preacher talking to you for ten hours. If God talks to you for one hour, it is better for you than a preacher talking to you the whole of your life. When you have open heavens you will hear the voice of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 28:23: “And thy heavens that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth under thee shall be iron. The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.”

Please, pray like this: “My heavens shall not become brass, in the name of Jesus.”

That Scripture tells us that the heaven over a particular person’s head can become brass, and the earth under his feet can become iron. It is a terrible situation when the heavens become brass. This means that God has allocated to everybody an air space above his head, that can either be open or can become brass.

Matthew 3:13-16 says, “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness: then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him…” That passage says “Him” and not all those people standing around. John the Baptist saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove; and lighting upon Him. Jesus did not go out to minister until He received open heavens. He could not operate because when the Old Testament closed at Malachi, for 400 years God did not send any prophet and did not talk to anybody, the heaven was brass. It had to be opened before the Son of God could start His ministration.

In John 1:51, it is written, “And he saith unto him, verily, verily, I say unto you, hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.” They first of all ascend and then descend, meaning that the initiative for the angels of God to come and help you lies with you. The initiative has to come from the earth.

For your life to prosper, the heavens must be involved, because the heaven above us is seeing everything. If a man is ever going to prosper, he cannot do it outside of heaven. A destiny remains stagnant until a connection is made between earth and heaven. On your own, you can’t do nothing. Even those who don’t believe that God exists and don’t serve the Lord are existing by the mercy of God. God sends His grace on the evil and on the good. Even if you said He does not exist, no problem; but the fact that you are alive shows that you are enjoying His mercies.

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