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Living under open heavens

THERE is nothing as exciting as living under open heavens. This is the space in which we all desire to be as believers — God’s voice is clear, answers to prayers come fast and thick and everything is in order while there is progress in every area of life.

divineinsight BY PHILLIP CHIDAVAENZI

But many times we find ourselves in a dry patch, floundering around in the wilderness with no hope and we feel God has but forgotten about us. Your prayers begin to bounce off the walls like a tennis ball as your voice echoes back to you.

There are quite a number of things that often make heaven unyielding to you, when you feel answers to your prayers are not forthcoming and you feel like you’re in a spiritual logjam and nothing is moving.

Sometimes there could be a curse emanating from something you have done, knowingly or unknowingly. If you read the story of Adam and Eve, you will realise that after they had sinned, God cursed the ground, which was the source of their livelihood. Genesis 3:17 (KJV), “…Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.”

Although it was Adam and Eve who had sinned, God found it impossible to curse them, because he had created them in his image and likeness, so he cursed the ground. We, however, see the curse being perpetuated to the next generation, that of Cain and Abel. Following Cain’s decision to murder his brother, Abel, in a fit of fury, God meted out his punishment. Genesis 4:10-12 (KJV), “And he (God) said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength.”

God cursed the ground because it was man’s source of livelihood. The curse came directly as a result of man’s actions. Sometimes the things we do or say can wound other people’s hearts, and as they cry out to God in pain, even long after we have forgotten about it, the heavens over our lives, businesses, projects or careers become locked. We begin to wonder why is that promotion, contract, big customer or profits not coming anymore?

Sometimes it simply means that the ground upon which we are tilling is no longer yielding its strength to us because that person we have wounded is crying somewhere. What then must you do? Search your heart, and if there is someone you have grievously wronged, go to them and make peace with them, so that God can receive your prayers and offerings and bless you.

Often this is all you need to break a curse over your life. It’s not always about going for a deliverance session. Jesus provides the solution out of these spiritual thickets. Matthew 5:23-24 (KJV), “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”

Reconciliation is probably the greatest way of unlocking the heavens. The way we relate with other people also affects our relationship with God. We cannot claim to love God and expect him to shower us with blessings when we cannot love those that are around us. David was a man after God’s heart. But his decision to snatch Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, and have Uriah killed on the battlefront affected his relationship with God and he had to repent before that relationship could be restored.

Think about this as you go about your daily life. Search your own heart and establish why some of the answers to your prayers seem to be taking long. Have a blessed week!

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