Jesus said to Nathanael, "You will see greater things than these...I say to you, you will see the heavens opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. - John 1: 50,51.
Most Christians see the heavens closed. Few see with open vision either into the heavenly realms or into their own hearts.
Romans 14:17 - "For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit."
The Kingdom is contained by the presence of the Spirit of God. Releasing the treasure that you carry is the big challenge for the Christian life. We have been called from eternity towards time. What faith means is that we live FROM HEAVEN TOWARDS EARTH. Christianity in its present state is that we live from earth towards heaven. Our focus is to call out to God to fix a problem. Yet He has equipped and assigned us to function in His authority to deal with the problem.
LEARNING TO SEE DIFFERENTLY
The Kingdom is invisible and we have to learn to see differently. That's why Paul said, "What you see is temporal, what you cannot see is eternal." The Lord is trying to engage us -- He is trying to get us to reach into the invisible, because where your heart is your treasure is. Wherever you sow yourself is where your heart will be. Repent means to go back to God's perspective on reality.
QUESTION TO ASK MYSELF: Do I think that I can have the Spirit of God resting on me and have the heavens closed over me?
Most believers go into dark situations and contend and pray and fight for an open heaven.
What does that mean?
We see the sky over us as dark. What does revelation do -- it reveals what already exists. It is not dark over you if you are abiding in Christ. Why? -- because the Father jealously desires the Spirit of God that is resting you -- He will allow no darkness to separate.
AN OPEN HEAVEN IS ALWAYS OVER US
Over us is an open heaven -- it is always there. It doesn't mean that we are always ready to take advantage of it -- it does mean that we recognize it -- the Father jealously desires the Spirit in us. The more we abide and walk in His presence the more He trusts His presence to rest upon us, which increases our perception of the Open Heaven around us.
The more your mantle increases, the more your responsibility increases. The more your responsibility increases, the greater representation from heaven goes with you. Heaven follows those who live a lifestyle of risk and carry a mantle of authority and responsibility.