Open Heavens – Bishop Oyedepo
The ark of God symbolises the presence of God. Wherever the ark dwelt, there were tremendous blessings. Consider Obededom. The ark remained with his Family for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his household because of this.
And the ark of God remained with the Family of Obededom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obededom, and all that he had.
1 Chronicles 13:14
1 Chronicles 13:14
The presence of God was what made the difference in Obededom’s Family. His presence will keep the heavens over you perpetually open. That is why the enemy constantly tries to get you out of God’s presence, so that he can oppress and afflict you. But as long as you remain enveloped in God’s presence, all oppositions are converted to opportunities! (Ps. 114:3-7)
God’s presence is the answer to an open heaven! It was His presence, I believe, that brought about a mental, psychological and intellectual awakening in Obededom. He must have been so prosperous that David saw it and envied him and finally brought the ark into the city of David (2 Sam. 6:12).
God’s presence always triggers off envy, because His presence is always announced by blessings.
Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Please understand that the Church is in the midst of an outburst of heavenly blessings, where a little one among us will become like a thousand and a small one, a strong nation. As you celebrate the arrival of the ark, you will step into fullness of joy. Why? In His presence is fulness of joy, and at His right hand there are pleasures (not pressures) forever more! When God came in the midst of Israel, their captivity of four hundred years was turned overnight and gold became their luggage! In the wilderness, because God was with them, their heavens remained open. None was feeble among their tribes. They were not permitted to thirst, for the Rock that produced water followed them. They never hungered, because God rained Manna for them daily. They were covered by a cloud in the day and the pillar of fire by night. They were guided and protected, and the wild beast had no access to them; God’s presence was their sufficiency. If God is with you, you must have proofs!
God’s presence is always announced by blessings. And when He blesses, it is forever! God blessed Obededom, it was eternal. You too will encounter such blessings as would last you a life time! In the Acts of the Apostles there was none among them that lacked. Why? God’s presence was so strong. All that retain the ark have blessings as proofs.