The best thing that can happen to anyone is for the Almighty God to visit that person. Your life can never be the same after a divine visitation. The change we need in our lives, family, church and nation will surely come when God visits us. May someone experience that visit today in Jesus name.
Divine visitation refers to when heaven intervenes in the affairs of a man or people to bring about a drastic turnaround in that man’s or people’s situation. Divine visitation can turn a wilderness or barren land to become a fruitful place.
When God visits a man or people, promises and prophesies come into manifestation, destinies are fulfilled, and tangible results are seen. Divine visitation is the answer to every form of frustration and stagnation in life.
A time of Divine visitation is the period when your expectations are delivered to you in the presence of God. When God visits a man, everything about his life suddenly turns for good. When Abraham unknowingly ministered unto the angels that were on their way to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, his life took a sudden good turn. Isaac was born – long expected laughter came. May God resolve long standing issues in your life today.
The question that someone may asked is has God left before? When did He leave? At what point did He leave? Why is He visiting again? Another person might also ask, when did He visit first? What I can tell you is that God is here; and has never left. He is however still making a revisitation. This time however, He said He will come even in a more special way.
If a person visits you too frequently, the person can become burdensome.
Proverbs 25:17 17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
I remember when I used to live by myself in Secondary School, and even while in University, there are certain friends that visit when your food on the fire was almost done.
You can get weary of peoples’ visits, but you can never get weary or tired of God visiting. In fact, the more of God’s visit, the better our lives become. This is why God wants to visit us not just once but frequently and continually throughout our lifetime. Divine visitation is not a one-off thing. Divine visitation is not meant to be a onetime experience but a continuous experience all through our lives.
Ways by which God visit
When God decides to visit a person, He can visit the person one of three ways:
- Directly by Himself.
- Indirectly by holy angels.
- Indirectly by His servants.
Abraham was someone that was blessed to have God visit him in these different ways. God visited him directly. God appeared directly to Abraham at different stages in His life (Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 12:6-7, Genesis 13:14, Genesis 15:1, Genesis 22:1-2). God also visited him indirectly.
God also visited Abraham indirectly through angels. In Genesis 18:1-15, God sent three angels to visit Abraham.
In Genesis 14:18-20, God sent Melchizedek the King of Salem, a priest of the Most High to Abraham. Melchizedek did two significant things to him:
Had communion with Abraham.
I am not sure which one of these three visitation you desire, or which one God will pay you. My prayer however is that God shall visit you again.
Whichever type of visitation God choses, something substantial and exceptional will happen in your life today. I pray that all through this year, God will visit you directly, He will appear directly to you, He will touch you directly. He will also send His servants to release blessings into your life that will change your story. And He will make you to experience angelic visitations that will be a blessing to your life.
Examples of Divine revisitation
Abraham is the best example of someone in the Bible who experienced continuous Divine visitation. God did not just visit Abraham once, but several times in Abraham’s lifetime.
From Genesis 12 to Genesis 22, there are at least 8 different instances when God visited Abraham. I pray also that this year 2021 God will not just visit you once, He will visit you continuously; He will visit you all through the year. I pray also that God’s visitation will not end with this year. For the rest of your life, you will enjoy Divine visitation. By the time this year is over, your testimony will be that God did not just visit you once or twice, but you had several life-changing visits from God this year
The Children of Israel also experience Divine revisitation severally in the bible. In one of Divine visitation to Abraham, God told him that his descendants will sojourn in a strange land for about 400 years. After which He will visit them and bring them out.
Gen. 15: 13-14 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
God indeed visited them as He promised Abraham. When they have spent about 430 years in Egypt, God asked Moses to lead them out of bondage.
Ex. 12: 40-41 40 Now the period of time the children of Israel lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. 41 At the end of the four hundred and thirty years, to that very day, all the hosts of the Lord [gathered into tribal armies] left the land of Egypt.
From the time that the Children of Israel settled in Canaan till the fall of Judah into the hands of the Babylonian Empire; they did experience several Divine visitations. In Jeremiah 29: 1-15, God explicitly told the Israelites who were exiled to Babylon and the residue in Jerusalem about another crucial visitation which He would pay them, which He did.
Jer. 29: 4-14 4 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon; 5 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; 6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished. 7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace. 8 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. 9 For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the Lord. 10 For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 14 And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
At the end of the 70 years promised by God, He actually visited them again. This time in a very special way. Unlike when they were leaving Egypt, God did not only grant them easy freedom this time; He also used their colonial power to establish them in a surprise way.
Ezra 1: 1-11 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, 2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. 3 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem. 4 And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem. 5 Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem. 6 And all they that were about them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things, beside all that was willingly offered. 7 Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the Lord, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods; 8 Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah. 9 And this is the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives, 10 Thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a second sort four hundred and ten, and other vessels a thousand. 11 All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand and four hundred. All these did Sheshbazzar bring up with them of the captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerusalem.
That is why I believe that God’s visitation to you this time will be a very special one. His visit will eradicate struggle from your life. His visit will make life easier for you. His visit will make whoever matter to your destiny to willingly and compulsorily offer help to establish you.
What happens when God visits?
- Lost hope is renewed. Abraham and Sarah must have lost hope that they will have a child of their own again; but when God visited again, the Dunamis was released ( 18: 1-5).
- Destruction was averted. Lot would have perished with Sodom if God had not visited and dragged his family out ( 19: 1-22).
- Destiny upgrade. The destiny of Jacob elevated from a supplanter to an overcomer, a prevailer ( 32: 24-30).
- Amazing deliverances take place. The man of Gadarene received total freedom when Jesus visited the region of Gad ( 5: 1-15).
- Resurrection takes place and revival of that which was dead happens. Jairus daughter was brought back to life ( 5: 21-24; 35-42).
- Long time issues are resolved. Solution to what could have been a lifetime predicament are received ( 10: 46-52).
- Disappointment and fruitless labour ends. Miraculous provision received ( 5: 1-11).
- Disgrace, reproach and shame averted (John 2: 1-11).
- The Jailed become Jailor; captive promoted to captor. Paul and Silas freed the people from everlasting torment (Acts 16: 19-39).
- The weak become strong; incapacitated become active. Peter’s mother-in-law rose and served her guests ( 4: 38-40).
- Effortless victory is assured. Joshua had to just marched round and give a shout ( 5: 13-14).
Who will God visit?
Those who are righteous – Samuel in an unrighteous environ (I Sam. 3: 1-21). Eli asked..
Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness – Zacchaeus (Lk. 19: 1-10).
Those who cry to God for help – Bartimaeus (Mk. 10: 46-52).
If you have three attributes, and your employ adequately, I am sure that the Divine visit you.
When is God likely to visit?
He can visit anytime. God however usually visit when it appears that the fire is at the hottest point, when the night is at the darkest hour, and when the storm is at the highest rage, when the situation is at the toughest level.
- When Shadrach and his friends entered the fiery furnace ( 3: 1-28).
- When the disciples were in the middle of the Sea ( 14: 22-31)
- When Daniel was thrown into the den of lions ( 6: 1-28).
- When Peter was about to be killed in few hours’ time (Acts 12: 1-19).
What should be our disposition having heard that God is visiting again?
We need to be filled with reverential awe for God. We need to be joyous, happy and keep rejoicing, as His visitation must bring us good and great tidings.
The Widow and the City of Nain experience this joy when God visited.
Luke 7: 12-16 12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. 14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. 15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. 16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.
How should I prepare for His coming?
Keep obeying the Lord – let him that is unjust, filthy, righteous, holy, etc (Rev. 22: 10-12).
Ignore messages that speak contrary to what God says – nothing new, since (2 Peter 3: 1-4).
Position yourself adequately for His visit – 5 wise virgins took extra oil (Mt. 25: 1-13).
Pray for Him to come quickly and for you to recognise when He arrives – Jews did not (Lk. 19: 41-44).
Be always ready and keep watching – blessed is good and faithful steward (Lk. 12: 39-48).
You will not miss your Divine visitation in Jesus name.
Father, thank You for Your previous visitation in my life; please visit me again and again.
Father, let Your visitation do me good. Let it be beneficial to me.
Father, let You visit bring me into honour like Jabez.
Father, let Your visit bring me into fruitfulness like Hannah.
Father, let Your visit bring me into joy like the Widow of Nain.
Father, let Your visit bring me into peace like the apostles troubled at the sea.
Spirit of God, please help me to prepare for Jesus second coming.
Lord Jesus, do not let Your second coming be to me as a thief comes in the night.
Sermon delivered on May 2, 2021.