Friday, July 13, 2018

Divine Visitation

A Divine Visitation

Throughout the Word, we see many times when Almighty God reveals Himself. Such a visitation brings change, whether a person is ready or not. The secret is being as prepared as possible for a divine visitation from the Lord.
Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me. And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” So I answered, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said to me, “I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.” And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me. So I said, “What shall I do, Lord?” And the Lord said to me, “Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.” (Acts 22:6-10 NKJV)
Paul the apostle, once a persecutor of believers and greatly feared far and wide, describes in this passage a divine visitation that happened as he traveled along the road to Damascus. It seems surprising that his fellow travelers also witnessed the event and were terrified, but for the man known as Saul, the divine visitation was life-altering!
One transforming touch of God’s presence can bring the same kind of life-changing results in your life as well, but there is a heavy price involved—one that many individuals are unwilling to pay.
Yes, if you are willing to pay the price, the results will be glorious!

Someone to Introduce

We all need someone to introduce us to the things of the Spirit, but we also need to understand that the introduction is just that. What happens after “Here He is!” and once you have experienced the glorious touch of His abiding presence, you must go directly to Him. Then, as Paul shared throughout the New Testament, you can move from divine introduction to divine visitation.

What is Necessary for A Divine Visitation?

Jesus Hands
More importantly, how do you prepare? There are clear instructions given throughout the Bible.
Most times you can’t really feel God’s presence unless someone is there to help you find Him. Because your experience is dependent upon someone else, you may feel as if you are dying spiritually in your own desert.
Wilderness and desert will sing joyously, the badlands will celebrate and flower—Like the crocus in spring, bursting into blossom, a symphony of song and color. Mountain glories of Lebanon—a gift. Awesome Carmel, stunning Sharon—gifts. God’s resplendent glory, fully on display. God awesome, God majestic. (Isaiah 35:1-2 MSG)
The wilderness and desert mentioned are symbolic of the lives of many individuals. In a spiritual sense, there is drought and famine with no ongoing experience with God. Perhaps you have been through or are presently going through a wilderness experience. Your life is dry and spiritually empty. Your praise and worship are only emotional with no real substance.
But a divine visitation of God’s glory is not about a feeling. It involves an encounter with the very presence of the living God!

The Bible declares that the “terrible wilderness wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water” (Deuteronomy 8:13 KJV) will one day be transformed into a place of beauty.
And as we hunger to know Him and experience His glorious presence, we will be filled (Matthew 5:6) and our lives will be transformed, never to be the same again!

Seven Results of a Divine Visitation

Perhaps you have been through or are presently going through a wilderness experience. Your life is dry and spiritually empty. Your praise and worship are only emotional with no real substance.
Do you hunger and thirst for the presence of the living God? Is this the cry of your heart? It can be yours if you are willing to pay the price.
Here are seven results that you can encounter:

#1 A new atmosphere will surround your life.
According to Scripture, the glory of Lebanon in Isaiah 35 represents a new atmosphere of God’s presence on your life.
 “the glory of Lebanon” has special significance because when the inspiring winds in Israel would reverse and begin to blow from the north. When that happened, the atmosphere would change as the fragrance of the cedars of Lebanon filled the air. At these times, You could actually smell the breeze and the beautiful aroma of cedar that came down from the north. As it blew south, it would drive away all the pollution and create a new atmosphere. In the realm of the Spirit, that’s what happens when God’s presence transforms your life.

#2 You will have a new revelation of the Word.
Isaiah 53 also mentions the “mountain glories of Lebanon,” “awesome Carmel,” and “stunning Sharon.” These represent the Word of the living God.
When God brings a fresh atmosphere to your life, He also brings fresh revelation and a fresh word from heaven.
God will speak to you on a continual basis. You’ll have clarity and understanding regarding God’s will for your life and what He is saying to you.

#3 A new revelation of the glory of the Lord will come upon you.
When a new atmosphere and new revelation become a reality in your life, a new revelation of God’s glory will come upon you. In fact, the new atmosphere and new revelation usher in a revelation of God’s glory.
The glory of God comes over you in such a way that you will see the glory of the Lord as your spiritual eyes are opened!

#4 You will minister the things of God.
God will use you as an instrument of blessing to minister to others. Because of what is happening in your life, He will make you a blessing, as outlined in Isaiah 53:3-4 (MSG):
Energize the limp hands, strengthen the rubbery knees. Tell fearful souls, Courage! Take heart! God is here, right here, on his way to put things right and redress all wrongs. He’s on his way! He’ll save you!
Because of God’s presence in your life, you’ll minister to those without faith, those living in doubt, the broken, and the wounded. Your words will minister to others and encourage them to not be fearful.

#5 God will use you in the miraculous.
When your wilderness is transformed, there will be a healing anointing on your life:
Blind eyes will be opened, deaf ears unstopped, Lame men and women will leap like deer, the voiceless break into song. Springs of water will burst out in the wilderness, streams flow in the desert. Hot sands will become a cool oasis, thirsty ground a splashing fountain. (Isaiah 53:5-7 MSG)
You will become a weapon in God’s hands as you bring deliverance and liberty to the broken, the needy, the wounded, and the sick. God will actually lead you to them!

#6 Evil forces will be ineffective against you.
God thwarts the influence of the enemies of your soul from your life. Because of God’s presence on you:
There will be a highway called the Holy Road. No one rude or rebellious is permitted on this road. It’s for God’s people exclusively—impossible to get lost on this road. Not even fools can get lost on it. No lions on this road, no dangerous wild animals-Nothing and no one dangerous or threatening. Only the redeemed will walk on it. (Isaiah 53:8-9 MSG)
#7 Holiness will come to your life.
The moment your wilderness becomes a fruitful place, holiness and righteousness will overwhelm you.
The Bible admonishes us to prepare:
Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you. (Hosea 10:12 NKJV)
It’s not our righteousness that comes upon us. It’s not our ability. It’s not our doing. It’s His righteousness and holiness that flows in us and over us!

God’s Presence

flowers on forest floorThe moment God’s presence touches your life, the dry, parched ground of your wilderness blossoms and you become fruitful.
Having one divine visitation after another can move you into a wonderful, intimate, flourishing relationship with God as described in this passage:
Yes, weep and grieve until the Spirit is poured down on us from above And the badlands desert grows crops and the fertile fields become forests. Justice will move into the badlands desert. Right will build a home in the fertile field. And where there’s Right, there’ll be Peace and the progeny of Right: quiet lives and endless trust. My people will live in a peaceful neighborhood—in safe houses, in quiet gardens. The forest of your pride will be clear-cut, the city showing off your power leveled. But you will enjoy a blessed life, planting well-watered fields and gardens, with your farm animals grazing freely. (Isaiah 32:15-20 MSG)
Your life will change forever!

I know of nothing that compares with a divine visitation of God’s glory. At times, the magnitude of His presence can so fills your heart that no words exist to describe the experience.

The words of A. W. Tozer echo the cry of my heart when he said, “Lord, how great is our dilemma! In Thy Presence silence best becomes us, but love inflames our hearts and constrains us to speak.”
In those moments, God’s glory is so awesome that in the natural I say, “Lord, if You fill me any more, I’ll die,” while in the spirit realm my whole being cries out, “Lord, I want to know You more!”

As you seek God and hunger for more of Him, He will fill you to overflowing. And the glory that awaits you as that infilling begins can only be experienced, for it is beyond description.

God has a massive work for us to do during the coming months.
Jesus knows everything about you. You are His treasure. He even knows the number of hairs on your head (Matthew 10:29-31). He desires to pour out His blessings upon you in ways you cannot imagine.
He wants to bless you so you can be a blessing. He also wants you to help take the message of both salvation and healing to a lost, hungry, and hurting world.
If not now, when?
If not us, who?

Will you answer that call  today?

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