Ron Sawka Ministries
June 15, 2022; Sivan 16, 5782
Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, ‘The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!’ … Then the Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?’” (Judg. 6:11–14).
“About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, ‘Cornelius!’” (Acts 10:3).
“As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’” (Acts 9:3–4).
A Time of God’s Visitation
Last week the Lord drew my attention to “visitation.” There were some prophecies on MPP and elsewhere stating that now is a time of visitation and we should be in a state of expectation of visitation from the Lord. I feel that indeed, this is His word to us all. Expect His sudden visitation and blessing. We don’t know the format it will take. It may be an angel. It could be a vision. There might be a strong sense of the presence of the Lord. Whatever form it takes, we should know it will be profound and likely life changing.
There are so many accounts in scripture of when the Lord suddenly visits someone. A few thoughts are as follows:
Don’t be surprised if the Lord visits you at your workplace—The last thing on Gideon’s mind was visitation from the Lord. In Judges 6, he was covertly threshing grain and trying to remain hidden. But he wasn’t alone. Suddenly God’s angel appeared (that angel probably had been observing Gideon for a while) and spoke. The angel said three things—the same things we can all expect when God visits:
God is with you—I think from then on Gideon never forgot or overlooked God’s presence in his life. God wants us to always have a profound sense of His presence every day.
You are a man of valor—God’s view of him surprised Gideon. We will realize that there is more to us—and that His plans for us are greater—than we can possibly think.
Go in this might of yours—God appeared to Gideon because He had a mission for him. The Lord’s visitation will strengthen and encourage us, but the greater reason for it is He wants to send us. Not only was Gideon’s life changed, but so too was the course of the nation. God will result in you being activated to bless, help, and reach others.
Expect visitation during prayer or worship—Cornelius was praying (Acts 10:1–8, 30) when he was suddenly visited by an angel. Cornelius loved God, but had limited understanding. The visitation connected him with Peter who was able to teach and impart a great deal. Cornelius was quickly born again, filled with the Holy Spirit, and baptized in water. His Christian life quickly became sure and solid. Not just Cornelius, but also all who had gathered in his house. Note the following points:
Pray for visitation for those like Cornelius—There are increasing numbers of people like Cornelius. They are seeking God, but know little about Him. God wants them to have visitation so they get connected and can be established and advance. Pray for them. They will start getting visitation to connect them!
Expect visitation in each of your prayer times—Let us never have any meeting or prayer/praise time when we don’t have expectancy of divine visitation. This not only honors God, but also makes visitation more likely.
Visitation on the unwilling—In Acts 9 Saul was going to Damascus to persecute the Christians. The Lord shined His light on Saul and spoke audibly to him. The others only heard thunder, but the prostrated Saul knew it was God speaking. His whole life was dramatically changed. We know there is backstory leading up to this event. Many Christians were praying for their nation. And just as important, the dying Stephen cried out to God to forgive all who were stoning him (Acts 7:60).
Many of you have been earnestly praying and believing God for revival for your nation. You have consistently spoken forgiveness and blessing, even on those who have opposed you. God is in charge of all things and He is moving. Let’s pray and expect visitation on unexpected ones. Who knows how many young Sauls will be visited, have their lives changed, and turn out to be like Apostle Paul…
Thanks for praying,
Ron and Teddy Sawka
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