Stay in God's Presence
Recently I had the great honor to spend a few days with a friend who is known for having powerful visitations from God. Just before retiring one night he encouraged me to go spend some time in his prayer chair. There was something about the way he said it that made me think that he knew something and I was about to find out
I finally made it to the chair about 12:20 am and spent some time talking to the Lord and expressing needs, and lifting up prayer requests, then I just sat silently waiting for the Lord to speak.
I’m not sure when exactly it happened but it wasn’t too long before I felt a powerful presence enter the room. It was an angel of the Lord and he was standing not more than seven or eight feet away. As he stood there before me I could feel his presence to the point where it was a little hard to take. In my mind I remembered a visitation I’d had once where I had literally crawled out of my prayer chair and ran from the room. I wasn’t really condemned over it but I felt sorry that I had not trusted the Lord more in that moment, and now, I was in a similar circumstance.
The power that was coming off of him increased and I heard the Lord speak to my spirit. “Are you going to run or will you stay and see what I have for you?” In my mind I answered the Lord that I would stay. As soon as I made that decision the power which felt very much like some kind of intense electrical field covered me. Again I heard “Do you want to run or will you stay?” In my heart I made my decision. Over the next several minutes the Lord pushed out the boundaries in various ways even more that would be hard for me to describe. With each and every increase of power released upon me I heard those words “Do you want to run or will you stay?”
I finally got to the point where I just told the Lord “I’m staying no matter what.” As soon as I had made that declaration the Lord caught me up into the Heavens and released revelation to me.
I was shown and taken into a map that seemed to be as big as the solar system. There was writing and notation hanging in the air kind of like what you might see in the movies where they have maps on glass with writing on them. I traveled through this map back down to a place on the earth where another angel of the Lord told me about a specific place upon the Earth that was a part of my destiny. After that angel had spoken, there was an explosion and another angel shielded the explosion with his body so there was no harm to anyone. I stood there waiting to see what was next or would be taken back to the chair.
As I stood there waiting, snow began to fall and I just enjoyed watching it. I have always loved snowfall as it reminds me of cleansing and a new start, I told the Lord “I’m here for anything you want to show me.” At that point I fell into the snow and lay there for at least five minutes. This was not overwhelming but was indeed strange to me and I wondered why the Lord is allowing me to just lay here in the snow. Suddenly however I began moving and within seconds was back in the chair and trying to process the whole experience.
The Lord told me that in this hour, I, as well as many others are going to be in that valley of decision. Will we run from the presence of the Lord or stay in His presence? He said because of the day we are in there will be an increase of power working in us, through us and with us. It may be more than uncomfortable in many different ways. I’m reminded of Daniel’s visitation from the angel of the Lord. The men with him ran away and Daniel fell down.
7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.
8 Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. (Daniel 10:7-8 KJV)
There are decisions to be made in this hour and not just whether you can stand in God’s presence but are you willing to accept what that means in your life? The Lord said that being taken up into Heaven was a revelation that we must live and move from our Heavenly position in Christ. The map signified strategies from Heaven that will direct us where to go and what to do as we yield to His plan. The explosion and the angel who shielded it with his body signified that perilous times will increase but we have divine protection as He has given His angels charge over us. (Psalm 91:11) The last part where I was laying in the snow I did not immediately understand but my friend told me “It’s sanctification. Greater power requires greater sanctification.”
In my own heart I am reminded of Joshua when he asked the angel of the Lord “Are you for us or against us?” The answer was “neither”
13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? (Joshua 5:13-14 KJV)
This is a time where we must be about His business for His Kingdom and His purposes. The latter will be greater than the former and it’s happening now. Embrace your high calling and fulfill your destiny!
God bless you!