OPEN THE STOREHOUSES

By Judy Owens

April 24, 2020

Joseph was raised up to transact one of the greatest exchanges of wealth the world has ever seen. The world brought its grain to Joseph to be placed in storehouses for the coming famine. And when that famine came Joseph exchanged that grain for the wealth of the nations. The wealth was not in the grain but in the people. In order to live the people exchanged themselves for grain. They were the wealth. Perhaps we have forgotten that the people are the wealth of the earth. Our friends, our family, our neighbors are the wealth of the nations—not silver or gold or property. Holy Spirit has been storing up grain in me for 66 years. I am a storehouse of His goodness and love! It is time to open the storehouses to pour out food for the nations. The transfer of wealth is coming to the nations. God is opening the storehouses of heaven. Those who desire to live, to truly live will make the exchange of their lives for the bread of life. We are sick unto death of all the dead things of the world. We are ready to make the exchange for the transfer of the wealth of heaven into the earth. Jesus transferred all the wealth of heaven into us. Have we just built more storehouses to hoard it for ourselves? Or are we opening the storehouses to pour out our blessing into the earth. We are storehouses of our rich inheritance we have in Jesus. As He is so are we in the earth. He is love, life, light, peace, joy, wisdom and more and more and more. It’s time to open the storehouses of our hearts to pour out our inheritance into the world.

We are in the midst of a famine, a famine of all the things the world has to offer. What are we willing to give in exchange for our souls? Domestic violence calls have increased 40%. People are dying, families are grieving. What are our storehouses filled with? Your heart is your storehouse; for out of your inward parts flow the issues of life. What is flowing? What are you exchanging for the lives being brought to you? People are coming with empty sacks. They need food, real food. They need love and hope and faith and purpose. What are you transferring to them? There are those who come to buy with silver and gold. There are some who come who have spent all they have and now only have themselves to offer. They hardly realize they are the most valuable treasure of all. What will a man give in exchange for his soul? We must be the grain of heaven to feed the starving. What does it look like to give them living water and living bread? Do I have any? Have I made an exchange to receive the transfer of the wealth of the heavens. His words are spirit and life. What meaningful interactions and exchanges am I making? In Malachi God says He will open the windows of heaven. But have I brought my whole tithe into the storehouse? Is there food in me for the hungry? Is there oil in my lamp to shine in the darkness? Am I that window through which His blessings may pour unto overflowing?

Genesis 41:57 The people of all the earth came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph because the famine was severe in all the earth.

Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”

The Unconventional Way

During these unconventional times, perhaps we should consider an unconventional way!

Photo by Amy Barton

TEAR OFF THE ROOF

Taking the Unconventional Way

Judy Owens

And when He had come back to Capernaum several days afterward, it was heard that He was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, even near the door; and He was speaking the word to them. And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four men. And being unable to get to Him on account of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven….I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.” Mark 2:1-5

Lord, thank you for causing me to consider these four men who brought the paralytic to You. What a radical love that would empower them to take such an unconventional way.  The conventional way was blocked so they took another way. You ask me to consider what would compel them to discomfit themselves, to sweat and strain, to risk their reputations, to risk mockery and disapproval in order to bring this paralyzed man to You for healing, for help. Lord, they climbed to the top of Your house, they removed the roof of Your house, they dug an opening in the roof of Your house, and then they bore the full weight of this man to lower Him into Your midst.  What would compel them?  Most of us would not even go out of our own way to seek You for ourselves, much less someone as seemingly hopeless as a paralytic. We expect You to be easily found, to be readily found, to be at our beck and call, and then when it is difficult for us to find You, when You seemingly are hidden by the crowd, blocked by the crowding of our very own lives, blocked by the coverings of our own heart, we give up, we go our own way, we don’t dig to find You. And then we whine that You hide Yourself, that You don’t love us, that You don’t care. When what You really desire is to be truly desired by us at all cost. What You truly desire is a pure and spotless bride, a bride with a pure heart. What You truly want to know is, do we really love You. Lord, it was obvious what was and is in Your heart for us, for Your church, for Your bride. You tore a hole in the roof of the universe to bring us to You.  You descended from Your throne in the heavens to climb up Golgotha.  You bore the full weight of our sins on Your sinless body. You created in Yourself that eternal Holy of Holies where all may enter into the Father’s presence.  Lord, strengthen my heart to love You, to love Your body, my fellow men, my brothers and sisters, as You love—with a love that is willing to take an unconventional way, with a love that will climb onto rooftops, dig openings, and bear the weight of a person paralyzed by fear, by sin, by doubt just to bring them into Your living presence. Thank you, Lord, for the ones you sent to me, for the ones who went the extra measure, for the ones who saw me wounded, afraid, and paralyzed, for the ones who picked up my pallet and carried me into Your presence to hear You say, “My daughter, your sins are forgiven, take up your pallet and come home.” Now, Lord, strengthen me to pick up the pallet of others, of the ones You have given me to bring them into Your presence no matter the cost. Lord, strengthen me to tear through the coverings of my own heart to come to you fully and completely every day.  Strengthen me to uncover the Christ, the living word, the living bread who makes His home now in my heart. Lord, what else is there? What more could there possibly be?  What other way could there ever be? Paul said this was his stewardship; this is the mystery hidden from past ages. This is the gospel, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Christ is at home, no longer in Capernaum, but in us, His living tabernacle, not made with human hands. For some of us, or maybe all of us, an unconventional way is required.  If all the conventional ways are not working to release the presence of God, to release this river of life in our innermost being; if every other way is blocked, then take the unconventional. “The entire universe is standing on tiptoe, yearning to see the unveiling of God’s glorious sons and daughters!” (Romans 8: 19-22) Tear off the roof!!!