By Pastor Andrew Bawa
"Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him." Matthew 3: 13-16 (NKJV)
Bible Readings: Luke 3: 21, Mark 1: 9-10, John 12: 24, Psalms 144: 7-9, Ezekiel 1: 1-3.
Jesus grew up in a place that was so familiar; Nazareth. He had an assignment but he was confined to Nazareth for almost 30years. Jesus later found himself in a place where he found himself talking about his assignment. A potential yet limited, an assignment not carried!
Heavens will never open until a different sound is created. In everyone is a destiny yet to be fulfilled and manifested.
Nazareth is a place of familiarity, a place you know, a place where you are used to, it's the people you know, it's a place of destiny killer. It has a way of stagnating your destiny. It is good for a period of time and you need to leave at some point. Some people cannot withstand your breakthrough, promotion and it's because they are very familiar with you. Because you are familiar with a place, you stay there even though people are talking about you.
You are not born in a circumstances but you grew up in it and you are addressed by it instead of what God has instilled in you. You are born with greatness, with potential, with destiny. You are a container born with a content sent to the continent of the world. Why would you settle for less. You need to decide to leave the circumstances you are in, to leave the association you are with. Where you are born is not the issue but the reason why you are born is and where you are going.
Heaven never opens until you come with predetermination. Until you leave, you can't cleave. The devil has seen the snapshot of what you are supposed to be. Don't be satisfied with the snapshot. For how long will you remain at the familiar? You need to leave Egypt and enter you Canaan. You have to look for somebody to be able to crossover.
There has to be a new pattern that will negate the old one. Anytime somebody conspire against you, when they talk negative about you, just remember they are your John the Baptist, because when you go down, you will rise again. When you are down, you are going to come out. You have to go down! Until you do down, the old things will not be washed away. Until you go down, the seed in you will never break open. When you pray while going down and praise when coming up, heaven opens. What you see is what you experience.
When God opens heaven, it's only you that will see it open but others will see its manifestation. For even open heaven, get ready for open hell.