Chapter 1: A Strong Desire
Chapter 2: The Spirit of Prayer Comes To You
Chapter 3: He Calls You To The World
Chapter 4: The Force Field
Chapter 5: He Changes Things
Chapter 6: He Commands His Blessings
Chapter 7: You Become A Blessing
Chapter 8: Let God Visit You
Many people today are in dire need of a change which only
God could handle. Theyíve probably heard about how God showed up in some other
peopleís situation, and this makes them wonder, ĎWhat about me?í ĎWhen will God
ever meet my need?í But God is real and He does visit.
God is omnipresent; His presence fills everywhere; yet He
does come and go, in spite of His omnipresence. This is because through His omnipresence
is everywhere, His manifested presence is not everywhere. So God does visit.
ďHe (The Word) was in the world, and the world was made
by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received
him notĒ (John 1:10-11).
God visited His people in the person of His son, but they
didnít recognize Him when He came.
One of the reasons many people donít know when God visits is
their inability to recognize the Presence of God. This is because they havenít
realized that His presence is more than a feeling. This will always happen when
they live their lives in someone elseí experience rather than the Word of God. Another
reason is that many donít know how to respond to the Presence of God. They may
be saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, but still unable to respond to the
Presence of God because theyíre not acquainted with His personality.
When you recognize the Presence of God and know how to
respond to Him when He visits, you will be able to get the power of God to work
for you. But if you fail to recognize and properly respond to Him, His power
wonít do you any good.
Does God always come with a loud noise? Must a bush burn to
indicate His Presence? Does He come at my invitation or does He suddenly come?
Will He ever visit me, or has He and I didnít know it? Do I have any part to
play in God visiting me? These are some of the questions that have filled the
hearts of many.
Letís look through the Word of God and take examples from
the lives of men and women who are able to take advantage of Godís visitation to
receive their healing, find solutions to their problems and moved their lives
up to a higher level.
I encourage you to open your heart as you read this book
because God wants to visit His children; He really wants to visit you.
Prepare for that
A Strong Desire
In the early period of the history of the nation of Israel,
they had gotten comfortable with the Egyptian lifestyle and had fallen in love
with the onions and garlic of Egypt. At this time the children of Israel still
enjoyed the goodwill of successive Pharaohs and the Egyptians. It is possible
they had even forgotten the land flowing with milk and honey God promised
Abraham and his seed. But Joseph being a prophet of God, knew by revelation
what would happen in the not too distant future.
ďAnd Joseph said unto
his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this
land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to JacobĒ (Genesis
Hitherto, the predicaments of the children of Israel remained
the same. They did not pursue an ardent desire for a change in their
circumstances; hence Godís Word couldnít be fulfilled in them.
After Joshep became the prime Minister of Egypt, the
children of Israel tremendously prospered and increased in number until a new
Pharaoh ruled Egypt, who knew nothing of how Egyptian empire was preserved from
famine through Josephís wisdom (Exodus 1:7-14). Consequently, out of fear and
insecurity in the face of the growing strength of the children of Israel, he
subjected them to slavery.
Soon, Israelís desire for a change grew and God heard their
cry and sent a deliverer to bring them out of slavery and lead them into the
ďAnd it came to pass in process
of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by
reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason
of the bondage.Ē (Exodus 2:23)
the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason
of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and
to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land
flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the
Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the
Jebusites.Ē (Exodus 3:7-8)
So the Lord called Moses and said.
therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my
people the children of Israel out of Egypt.Ē (Exodus 3:10)
Godís response came as a result of their strong desire for a change in
Thereís another inspiring story of a woman in the book of I Samuel
1:1-21, named Hannah. Her story revealed Godís personality, faithfulness, and
Hannah had no child because she was barren. She had been in this
situation for many years and no physician could help her. So, she knew God was
the only one who could help her; her situation couldnít be reserved by manís
power or ability. The situation was a bit bearable for her because her husband
loved her very much, her condition notwithstanding. Moreover, she got a worthy
portion of offering to sacrifice to God at Shiloh- the annual place of worship.
On a particular occasion, while the whole family was on their way to worship
and offer sacrifices to God at Shiloh, her rival, Peninnah, goaded her with her
condition. This made her very sad and desperate and her countenance fell. This time, her husbandís efforts to encourage
her were all to no avail. By the time they arrived at Shiloh, her desire for a
child was so strong, that the Bible says,
ďAnd she was
in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord and wept soreĒ (1 Samuel 1:10)
Hannah had a strong desire now for a change.
visits you, the first thing youíll discover is a strong desire for change.
There is a promise of a higher realm of life for you regardless of
where you are presently. Godís Word is His promise to you, and itís a place of
rest. When you let Him visit you, He will carry you there.
You need the visitation of God in order to move to this realm of life,
but first you need that desire. You are Godís child but you have an enemy, the
devil, who will do everything to keep you from getting what is yours.
Do you want a change? Do you want the power of the kingdom of God to
produce results for you? Then your heart must reach out; you must be bursting
with a strong desire. Strong desire is necessary in life. A compelling desire
for a change is a starting place.
perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had
exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake.Ē (2 Samuel 5:12).
Isnít this amazing? David had been king for several years already.
Then one day, while sitting on his throne, it dawned on him that God actually
established him as king over Israel and exalted his kingdom.
Iím sure something like this had happened to you before; you were
looking for a pen to use and it suddenly dawned on you, you had one in your
pocket, all the while.
There are times you donít have something but because you donít really
have any desire for it, it might not occur to you that you need it. All of a
sudden, the need dawns on you, and from that point your desire for it begins to
Hannah had probably made up a lot of excuses in her heart for her
condition, thinking, ďThe God of Abraham will visit me one day.Ē She must have
tried to console herself that everything was okay except that she didnít have a
child. But it got to a time that she couldnít take it anymore, it dawned on
her, just like David, that she needed a miracle. She knew she didnít want to
live the rest of her life without a child.
The same thing happened to the children of Israel in Egypt. It wasnít
until they didnít have enough to eat and the whips of the Egyptian taskmasters
landed on their backs that Godís promise occurred to them (Exodus 2:23-25). It
dawned on them that a better land was waiting for them, where all the good
things in life were freely available and theyíd no longer be slaves.
Sometimes you find Christians in a desperate situation, just like
Hannahís, but they fail to recognize it. They have great need in their lives
but fail to realize it. Until the need dawns on them, they may never recognize
the solution or desire it.
You want a change? Itís got to dawn on you that God has prepared
something better than where you are now. The first step to your miracle is to
get uncomfortable with your present state!
GOD IS AT YOUR DOOR
When you discover that you have a strong desire for change, then God
is at your door. The strong desire is the response of the human soul to God, as
He knocks on the door of your heart. Thereís
something about the human soul; when your soul cries out in a strong desire,
God immediately responds to it. God said, Ďbefore you call Iíll be there,
before you ask, ďIíll answer youí (Isaiah
NOURISH YOUR DESIRE!
What do you do with your desire? Letís learn from David. David had an
excellent reputation of seeking Godís Presence. God called him a man after His
own heart (1 Samuel 13:14).
God, thou art my God; early will I seek
thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and
thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.Ē (Psalms
David said, Ď I have a strong desire within me to
see your power, Oh God!í He didnít hunger or thirst for food and drink; he
thirsted and hungered to see the power of God.
If you donít follow his writing carefully, you
may erroneously think he just woke up one morning with this desire without
doing anything, that is without any effort on his own part.
The secret of this longing and desire for God is
in verse 6 of the same chapter, where he says,
I remember thee upon my bed, and
meditate on thee in the night watches.Ē
Can you see that? Even when he went to bed, he
didnít forget about God. He thought about Him all day and night, meditating His
This wasnít an accidental thought. No! It was a
conscious thought and must have required some effort on his part. He
deliberately and consciously nursed his desire for God! You can either nurse to
increase your desire, or quench you desire.
When that strong desire comes to your heart,
nurse it, nourish it, and donít let anything take it away from you. Let it grow
stronger and stronger.
Youíll also discover that when you have a strong
desire for something, more information will come to you about that thing. Then
youíll look up to God for answers. If you have a strong desire, let it work in
you, donít push it away.
fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous
shall be granted.Ē (Proverbs 10:24)
With the desire, half the battle is won already.
But itís your responsibility to nurse it. Jesus said, Ď blessed are they which
hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.í (Matthew 5:6)
The reason they are blessed is because theyíll be filled. The Presence of God
comes right where thereís a thirst and hunger for change according to the Word;
right at the door of your heart.
DONíT SEEK A SIGN
God doesnít always come with a shout; He doesnít always come amidst
blinding lights. This is why some people donít recognize His Presence when He
comes. A lot of times He just sets up little signs, and if youíre not desiring
Him, you may not know when He shows up.
he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the
LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in
pieces the rocks before the LORD; but
the LORD was not in the wind: and after
the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the
earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still
small voice. And it was so, when Elijah
heard it, that he wrapped his face in
his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And,
behold, there came a voice unto him, and
said, What doest thou here, Elijah?Ē (1 Kings 19:11-13).
When God met with Elijah, great signs were
manifested but God wasnít in any of them; there was a great wind, an earthquake
and a fire. God doesnít always come with pomp and pageantry; He may just come
to you in most obscure and unusual manner. The important thing is to recognize
His Presence however. Jacob had a dream and when he awoke, he said,ĒÖSurely the Lord is in this place; and I
know it notĒ (Genesis 28:16). He realized God had visited him while he
slept and he didnít even wake up!
Donít wait for a sign before you acknowledge the
Presence of God. Always be prepared to receive from God every time and at any
time; thatís the winning attitude.
Hannah couldnít have thought, ĎWell, I canít go
to the temple now, Iíll pray tomorrow, let me go home nowí; but she didnít
waste any time. She prayed immediately with tears and with the whole of her
heart. She didnít give up, but followed through her desire, committing herself
wholly to it.
Joseph encouraged his brethren to keep Godís promise
in their hearts, and be strengthened by the thought of a better land.
Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring
you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to
Jacob. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will
surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence. So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they
embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.Ē (Genesis 50:24-26)
prophet of God he knew the children of Israel would go through some tough and
rough times. ĎDonít give up, donít despair because God has promised us a better
land and He is faithful to his promises.í This could summarize his valedictory
address. Iím sure they must have started at him in utter amazement, ĎLeave?
What in the world are you talking about? This place is great; there is famine
everywhere elseí, they must have thought. But by the time they became slaves
to the Egyptians, Josephís words made sense to them. It was Josephís words that
encouraged them through four hundred years of slavery.
In Jacobís case, after many
years of self-exile in another land, he wanted to go back home. He had been
living with his uncle, but now he wanted to start a new life in his own house
with his own family. You may be living with your uncle or friends and you want
your own house. Thatís just the way Jacob felt; he wanted a change, and the
desire came because God was at his door. Hannah was desperate about her situation
as well. So, you can see that youíre not alone.
When God knocks at your door
and that desire wells up in you, donít try to suppress or smother it. What you
really ought to do is build, nourish and constantly stir up that desire. I know
youíre reading this book because you have a desire for God. Your desire is the
first step because there are still many more things to do. This is why Iím
sharing these thoughts with you. Donít stop now! Let your desire bring you to
the place where youíll possess what youíve desired.
loves to visit his children and He wants to visit you!