Genesis 28 tells the intriguing story of a spectacular dream Jacob had one night in a barren place, far from his home: “He dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it” (v. 12).
I’m sure this dream got Jacob’s attention right away. But what did it mean? First of all, the ladder between Heaven and earth showed Jacob a powerful and life-changing truth:
The resources of Heaven
are a lot closer than we think!
Too often, believers view Heaven as some distant and inaccessible place, with no impact on our lives until after we die. But Jacob’s dream showed him there is constant activity taking place between Heaven and earth! Because of that, amazing miracles are possible, including financial breakthroughs, physical healings, and restored relationships.
After Jacob witnessed this startling interaction between Heaven and earth, the Lord promised to give him that land and said, “In you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (v. 14).
Jacob’s encounter with the Lord impacted him so greatly that he declared the spot to be a special sanctuary of God’s presence:
Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it … How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven (vs. 16-17).
In the physical realm, this piece of ground was just a desolate section of desert. But Jacob dedicated it as a special place … the very gates of Heaven!
My friend, this is God’s purpose for your life as well! He wants to bless you and make you a blessing (Genesis 12:2) – not only for your descendants but also for the nations!
Perhaps this seems like an impossible mission, but God promises to be with you all along the way, just as He promised Jacob: “I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you” (Genesis 28:15). God will be faithful to complete the work He’s started in you (Philippians 1:6)!
Opening the Gate for Others
What was true for Jacob is also true for us today. God opens the gates of Heaven in our lives through which He pours His blessings … provision … healing … deliverance … guidance … breakthroughs … joy … and whatever else we may need!
As we draw near to Him “in the secret place” (Psalm 91:1), the Lord wants to touch our lives with Heaven’s supernatural bounty and healing power. No wonder the Bible promises that “those who seek the Lord shall not lack ANY good thing” (Psalm 34:10).
And once we experience the amazing resources God pours out through His heavenly gateways, we’ll want to share those blessings to bless and impact others. God’s love moves on our hearts, and we respond by sending out His hope, healing, and salvation to a lost and needy world.
Even now, as we prepare to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles this month, I believe it’s the perfect time to step into God’s blessings. This special season celebrates the protection and provision God gave the Israelites in their desert trek to the Promised Land. Just as God blessed the Israelites who celebrated the feast by bringing an offering of seed and grain, He wants to bless you beyond your imagination (Deuteronomy 16:16).
Jesus said to ask the Father for an ever-increasing measure of His heavenly Kingdom to be unveiled through our lives on earth: “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Is there great abundance in Heaven? Absolutely! But God wants to use us to release some of that abundance to meet needs on earth.
Remember, the prosperity message is not just about your comfort or luxury – it’s about manifesting the blessings and abundance of Heaven to be a blessing to others. In Heaven, there is no poverty, sickness, sin, or strife, and we should “seek first” that kind of heavenly lifestyle for ourselves and whoever is in the circle of influence God gives us (Matthew 6:33).
The Kingdom Is at Hand!
Jesus didn’t just talk about or preach about the Kingdom of Heaven – He demonstrated it! Rather than a faraway place that is only relevant after we die, Jesus described the Heavenly Kingdom as being “at hand” (Matthew 4:17):
- Do you need a financial breakthrough? Heaven’s bounty is at hand!
- Do you need God’s touch in your body? Heaven’s healing power is at hand!
- Do you need victory over an addiction or oppression from the enemy? Heaven’s army is at hand to triumph over the powers of darkness!
The resources of Heaven are near to you today, and all you have to do is receive them by faith.
Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, “Who will descend into the abyss?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (Romans 10:6-8).
God wants to bless you through His heavenly portals, enabling you to help fill the earth with the knowledge of His glory as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14). Souls in eternity will be grateful the Lord blessed you with overflowing abundance!
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David Cerullo is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Inspiration Ministries, located in Indian Land, South Carolina – a ministry dedicated to impacting people for Christ worldwide through media. The son of international evangelist Morris Cerullo, David took a less traditional approach to ministry, graduating from Oral Roberts University with a degree in business administration and management. He has authored over 20 books, and operates a global media ministry that powerfully impacts the world for Christ. More from David on Inspiration.org.
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