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Open Heaven 6 May 2023

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Memory Verse:

Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Psalm 73:17 (KJV)

Bible Reading: 

 Psalm 73:1-17 (NIV)

1 Surely God is good to Israel,
    to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
    I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have no struggles;
    their bodies are healthy and strong.

They are free from common human burdens;
    they are not plagued by human ills.

6 Therefore pride is their necklace;
    they clothe themselves with violence.

7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity;
    their evil imaginations have no limits.

8 They scoff, and speak with malice;
    with arrogance they threaten oppression.

9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
    and their tongues take possession of the earth.

10 Therefore their people turn to them
    and drink up waters in abundance.

11 They say, “How would God know?
    Does the Most High know anything?”

12 This is what the wicked are like—
    always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.

13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
    and have washed my hands in innocence.

14 All day long I have been afflicted,
    and every morning brings new punishments.

15 If I had spoken out like that,
    I would have betrayed your children.

16 When I tried to understand all this,
    it troubled me deeply

17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
    then I understood their final destiny.

Open Heaven 6 May 2023 Message

As a younger Christian, I had many difficult questions for my pastors. For example, since Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”, I asked where He was before He created Heaven, but none of them could answer.

Since I could not get answers from my pastors, I turned to God and He answered me. The reason we don’t understand certain things in the word of God is in Isaiah 55:8-9: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Some of the things that you are trying to explain with logic are far higher and deeper than what the ordinary human mind can process. In the Sciences, we say, “Prove it and I will believe you”.

God however says, “Believe me and I will prove it”. If you are not ready to believe God’s word because you don’t understand it, you may never experience the power in it and you would be the one on the losing end.

There was one particular question that I had from the story of Elisha and the Syrian army who had come to arrest him in 2 Kings 6:8-23. Elisha told them that they were in the wrong place then led them to Samaria where they were captured and then later released.

I wondered for a long time how God could have supported how Elisha deceived the soldiers, until the day He explained by asking, “My son, if death were to come knocking on your door asking for you, would you welcome it in? If sickness comes asking for you, will you hug it? If poverty comes looking for your address, will you say it is in the right place?”

When you have questions, turn to God for answers. He alone can open your eyes to behold the wonders in His word (Psalm 119:18).

Open Heaven Hymn: 

Blessed Assurance

Open Heaven Point:

When you have questions, turn to God for answers.

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1 Chronicles 24, 1 Chronicles 25, 1 Chronicles 26


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