IN THIS YEAR, THE HEAVENS WILL OPEN FOR YOU
THIS IS AN UNKNOWN YEAR BUT IF YOU FIND FAVOUR WITH GOD THEN IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE WORLD, YOU WILL BE EXEMPTED.
FAVOUR CAN CHANGE SURE DEATH TO LIFE
– Pastor E. A. Adeboye on “FOR WHOM THE HEAVENS OPEN (Part 1)” WONDERFUL SERIES RCCG JANUARY 8th 2023 || SPECIAL SUNDAY SERVICE
I want to say Happy New Year to all of you and I want to assure you that this year will be a very powerful one for you.
It will be a year full of signs and wonders and the glory of God in your lives in Jesus’ name.
We are about to start a new series; a series that will by the grace of God take us from Genesis to Revelation.
I don’t mean we will be treating the Bible chapter by chapter.
Our text for today will be 2 Kings 2:9-15.
Several things happened to Elisha the day he got a Double Portion of the Spirit on Elijah.
I know we have discussed the Double Portion during the Congress but there’s no possible way that we could finish everything that needed to be said about the Double Portion in just one week.
Several things happened to Elisha the day he got a Double Portion of the Spirit on Elijah. For example: his devotion to his spiritual father was put to the test. He walked through a river without being wet twice. He was called upon to see the invisible – “You have asked a hard thing but if you SEE ME …”
He saw that day, chariots of fire and horses of fire that ordinary eyes cannot behold and so on and so on. But there’s something very significant that happened to Elisha that day and that is, the Heavens opened for him. Heavens had to open for the horses of fire, the chariots of fire to come down. The Heaven had to open for Elijah to disappear into Heaven. The Heavens opened for him.
When you go through the Scriptures you discover that he wasn’t the first person for whom the Heaven opened neither was he the last.
That is why we are starting a series entitled, “FOR WHOM THE HEAVENS OPEN (Part 1).
We will study as many of these people as possible so that we might glean some important truths about the lives, character, unique miracles that happened in the lives of these people for whom the Heavens opened. So that by the grace of God, this year in particular, the Heavens may open to all of us.
– I am praying that in this very peculiar year and long before this year is over, you will know that this year is very peculiar, the Heavens will open for you.
We are going to start with the first person for whom the Heavens opened. A man known as Noah. Genesis 6:5-8. The Bible says, “he found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” The word, “Grace” there could also be translated favour. He found favour with God. It could also be translated Mercy.
Remember God says, “I will be merciful unto whom I will be merciful.” It could also be translated Compassion. “… I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” Here we find the situation where the whole world is involved. The whole world is about to be wiped out but a man found favour with God.
We will talk a little bit about favour – Divine favour and discover what exactly it is that caused Noah to find favour with God. If we understand this, it might be a good beginning of the year for us. So that we will pattern our lives after the life of Noah.
So that it doesn’t matter what is going to happen this year, our prayer is that only good things will happen this year. But then, this is an unknown year but if you find favour with God then it doesn’t matter what is happening to the world, you will be exempted.
What is the first thing favour will bring to you? What did it bring to Noah and his family?
Psalms 30:5. People all around Noah were dying, drowning – animals, everything. But Noah, his family and some selected animals were secure.
They were practically on a cruise while the world was drowning. Favour can change sure death to life. Esther 4:10-11 tells us of a certain King to whom Esther was married.
He had this very strange rule – if you come into his presence without him calling for you, all he has to do for you to die is to do nothing.
Just look at you and not say a word and not make a movement and that will be signal to his guards to take off your head. But in Esther 5:1-3, Esther went to his presence without being summoned and Esther found favour with the King.