Day 14 – Visitation

February 13, 2011

Dear Devoted Believers of the LIVING God:

Today ends the second week of our journey. My prayer is that you are experiencing a greater level of intimacy in this season of consecration. Today’s theme is “V” for visitation.  May I ask; “Are you hungry for a true visitation from the Lord? Are you preparing for a visitation from Him?” Be assured that God truly desires to visit with us, but not only visit, but to abide and dwell with us regularly.

In, 1 Kings 8:11 (AMP), we can get a glimpse of what took place when the Lord visited in His glory.

11 So the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house.

The word “glory” has a connation of weightiness. When the glory of God comes in our midst, one can often times feel the weight of His presence.  In this passage, the presence was so strong the weightiness of His presence so tangible, they were unable to stand.  They fell prostrate to the floor. God’s presence isn’t just a religious mystical illusion, but it truly is a tangible substance that can be sensed on all dimensions of our existence.

When God’s presence shows up in our life, “something has got to give” and it isn’t God!  He has already done His giving at the Cross!  If His presence were to show up this very minute and begin to weigh down on you, what would fall to the ground?  Would your pride, your fear, your plans, your will fall prostrate?

Each of us, if we’re honest, has things that need to decrease in our life that He might increase. Each of us has issues that have elevated itself in our lives above God.  What are they and would you allow the weight of His presence to cause you to lose the grip you have on them or they on you? In this season of prayer and fasting, are you willing to “give-way” and make room for Him? Are you willing to yield or surrender to Him so He can have His way in your life.

If you are, the scriptures give insight on how to prepare for His visit in your life:

19 So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord…

Acts 3:19 (AMP)

By surrendering, we make way for His presence to come. Our surrender acts as an invitation to the Lord to come and visit with us once again.  His coming will bring a refreshing to your dry and thirsty soul. It will cause you to regain your clarity and focus. Your love and respect for Him will revive once again.

Heavenly Father, Prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving, let me be a living sanctuary for you!   Forgive me for the times, where I held on to my own way and did not give way to you.  Empower me as I surrender those things that compete and weigh me down.  Forgive me Your Word declares that I am changed from glory to glory.  Release your glory and change me until I am like you.  Come and overshadow my life with your abiding presence.  In Jesus Name, AMEN.

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