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The Christian Life - To be Continued Pt 2
How do we get them opened and how do we keep them open? My subject is about the blessings of God poured out from Heaven. “Windows” are mentioned many times in the Bible. Dan. 6:10-11 tells us of Daniel praying with his windows opened toward Heaven. Please read Mal. 3:7-18. I am not preaching on tithing, though I could. It is a Biblical principle. Malachi is filled with questions: 1:2, 6; 2:17, and finally, 3:10. Verse 10 is not only based on the tithe, but according to V.7 it involves all the “ordinances” they had not kept.
How do we get the “Windows of Heaven” seen in verse 10 opened? And how do we keep the “Windows of Heaven” open. Chapter 2:17 shows that they had “wearied” God. It is sad that God’s people would do this and suffer the consequence of having God shut the windows of His blessing in their lives. We must understand that according to verse 10, God is inclined to “open you the windows of Heaven, and Pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Verse 11 even tells us that God will involve Himself in the success of their crops and vines. I like the word “pour” in verse 11, which speaks of God pouring the blessing out of the windows of heaven. Other words that indicate God’s blessing on His people are “loadeth” in Psalm 68:19 (read). I think it is strange that a disobedient Christian would become jealous of the blessing of God on another Christian’s life, not realizing that God will not break a promise to one in order to make a promise to another.
The blessings of God poured out of the windows of Heaven are not always material. James 1:17 states, “Every good gift, and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of Lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
How do we get the “Windows of Heaven” opened, and how do we keep them open?
- Keep your heart open. Welcome the Holy Spirit to shine the Light of God’s Word in any dark place of your heart. Psalm 139:23
- Keep your mouth open. Prayer and praise are natural outcomes of a life that honors God. Phil. 4:5-9; 1 Thess. 5:16-24
- Keep your pocket open. Prov. 3:9-10, Mal. 3:10, Luke 6:38, 2 Cor. 9:6-7
- Keep your hands open. 1 John 3:17 (to help others)
- Keep your eyes open. John 4:35 We need to see the need of the lost of our world. Jesus said, “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields.” Folks, He was speaking of the fields full of lost people. I do not think we who are saved should expect God’s blessing on our lives if we have our eyes shut to a lost and dying world of people.
One last thought out of Mal. 3:10. Notice the words, “Prove Me…” It simply means that if we will be obedient, God will prove Himself true to His Promises.