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CONTENT

Introduction

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


Introduction

Many people today are in dire need of a change which only God could handle. They’ve probably heard about how God showed up in some other people’s situation, and this makes them wonder, ‘What about me?’ ‘When will God ever meet my need?’ 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.

“He (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 not” (John 1:10-11).

God visited His people in the person of His son, but they didn’t recognize Him when He came.

One of the reasons many people don’t know when God visits is their inability to recognize the Presence of God. This is because they haven’t realized that His presence is more than a feeling. This will always happen when they live their lives in someone else’ experience rather than the Word of God. Another reason is that many don’t 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 they’re 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 won’t 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 didn’t 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.

Let’s look through the Word of God and take examples from the lives of men and women who are able to take advantage of God’s 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 visitation!


Chapter 1

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.

“And 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” (Genesis 50:24)

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 God’s Word couldn’t 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 Joseph’s 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, Israel’s 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 Promised Land.

And 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.” (Exodus 2:23)

 

“And 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.” (Exodus 3:7-8)

So the Lord called Moses and said.

 

“Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.” (Exodus 3:10)

God’s response came as a result of their strong desire for a change in their situation.

There’s another inspiring story of a woman in the book of I Samuel 1:1-21, named Hannah. Her story revealed God’s personality, faithfulness, and kindness.

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 couldn’t be reserved by man’s 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 husband’s 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,

“And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord and wept sore” (1 Samuel 1:10)

Hannah had a strong desire now for a change.

When God visits you, the first thing you’ll 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. God’s Word is His promise to you, and it’s 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 God’s 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.

“And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake.” (2 Samuel 5:12).

Isn’t 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.

I’m 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 don’t have something but because you don’t 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 increase.

Hannah had probably made up a lot of excuses in her heart for her condition, thinking, “The God of Abraham will visit me one day.” She must have tried to console herself that everything was okay except that she didn’t have a child. But it got to a time that she couldn’t take it anymore, it dawned on her, just like David, that she needed a miracle. She knew she didn’t want to live the rest of her life without a child.

The same thing happened to the children of Israel in Egypt. It wasn’t until they didn’t have enough to eat and the whips of the Egyptian taskmasters landed on their backs that God’s 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 they’d no longer be slaves.

Sometimes you find Christians in a desperate situation, just like Hannah’s, 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? It’s 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. There’s something about the human soul; when your soul cries out in a strong desire, God immediately responds to it. God said, ‘before you call I’ll be there, before you ask, “I’ll answer you’ (Isaiah 65:24)

NOURISH YOUR DESIRE!

What do you do with your desire? Let’s learn from David. David had an excellent reputation of seeking God’s Presence. God called him a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14).

“O 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.” (Psalms 63:1-2)

David said, ‘ I have a strong desire within me to see your power, Oh God!’ He didn’t hunger or thirst for food and drink; he thirsted and hungered to see the power of God.

If you don’t 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,

 

“When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.” (Psalm 63:6)

Can you see that? Even when he went to bed, he didn’t forget about God. He thought about Him all day and night, meditating His Word.

This wasn’t 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 don’t let anything take it away from you. Let it grow stronger and stronger.

You’ll also discover that when you have a strong desire for something, more information will come to you about that thing. Then you’ll look up to God for answers. If you have a strong desire, let it work in you, don’t push it away.

 

“The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.” (Proverbs 10:24)

 

With the desire, half the battle is won already. But it’s your responsibility to nurse it. Jesus said, ‘ blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.’ (Matthew 5:6) The reason they are blessed is because they’ll be filled. The Presence of God comes right where there’s a thirst and hunger for change according to the Word; right at the door of your heart.

 

DON’T SEEK A SIGN

God doesn’t always come with a shout; He doesn’t always come amidst blinding lights. This is why some people don’t recognize His Presence when He comes. A lot of times He just sets up little signs, and if you’re not desiring Him, you may not know when He shows up.

“And 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?” (1 Kings 19:11-13).

When God met with Elijah, great signs were manifested but God wasn’t in any of them; there was a great wind, an earthquake and a fire. God doesn’t 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,”…Surely the Lord is in this place; and I know it not” (Genesis 28:16). He realized God had visited him while he slept and he didn’t even wake up!

Don’t wait for a sign before you acknowledge the Presence of God. Always be prepared to receive from God every time and at any time; that’s the winning attitude.

 


DON’T STOP


Hannah couldn’t have thought, ‘Well, I can’t go to the temple now, I’ll pray tomorrow, let me go home now’; but she didn’t waste any time. She prayed immediately with tears and with the whole of her heart. She didn’t give up, but followed through her desire, committing herself wholly to it.

Joseph encouraged his brethren to keep God’s promise in their hearts, and be strengthened by the thought of a better land.

“And 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.” (Genesis 50:24-26)

Being  a prophet of God he knew the children of Israel would go through some tough and rough times. ‘Don’t give up, don’t despair because God has promised us a better land and He is faithful to his promises.’ This could summarize his valedictory address. I’m sure they must have started at him in utter amazement, ‘Leave? What in the world are you talking about? This place is great; there is famine everywhere else’, they must have thought. But by the time they became slaves to the Egyptians, Joseph’s words made sense to them. It was Joseph’s words that encouraged them through four hundred years of slavery.

In Jacob’s 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. That’s 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 you’re not alone.

When God knocks at your door and that desire wells up in you, don’t try to suppress or smother it. What you really ought to do is build, nourish and constantly stir up that desire. I know you’re 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 I’m sharing these thoughts with you. Don’t stop now! Let your desire bring you to the place where you’ll possess what you’ve desired.

God loves to visit his children and He wants to visit you!

 

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