Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Divine visitor

A lot of christians are so desirous of a "Divine visitation" - well, so am I. Divine visitation was our church's theme for the month of August. When thinking and praying about how to provoke and attract a Divine visitation all through that month and beyond, my eyes were literally opened to a new dimension of divine visitation. Let's start at the very beginning...

In Genesis 1, the world was without form and dark until God visited it and brought order, beauty, light and life. Then in Genesis 18, when Abraham hosted 3 guests, he didn't realise that they were Divine Visitors and he was blessed with his heart desire because he took the time to be hospitable. In fact, the writer of Hebrews encourages us to be as hospitable as Abraham was:
"Do not forget or neglect or refuse to extend hospitality to strangers [in the brotherhood--being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for through it some have entertained angels without knowing it." (Hebrews 13:2 - Amplified) 
Peter added that it doesn't have to be only when we're visited:- 
Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith). [Be hospitable, be a lover of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor, and all others who come your way who are of Christ's body.] And [in each instance] do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him). (1 Peter 4:9 - Amp)
To me that means more than treating everyone I come into contact with well - whether or not they are christians - it simply means that I should a blessing wherever I go...

Joseph is a great example of a Divine Visitor...in Genesis 39, wherever he went he was a blessing inspite of his circumstance. He did not allow his negative circumstance hold him back from doing and being his best and that made him stand out. In Acts 9: 10 -17, Ananais was also a Divine visitor. He obeyed God despite his fear of persecution and was used by God to help Saul/Paul regain his eyesight. The Bible is riddled with examples of how mere women (and men) like you and I were Divine visitors when they obeyed God.

My family and I had an interesting experience a few months ago. We wanted to visit a family but felt it was a bit late in the day and yet felt a nudging to go...so we obeyed and went. In the course of our discussions, we started talking about getting school uniforms for our children from alternative (more reasonably-priced) sources. We brought up several of the places we had tried. The next week, an extremely thankful mother called me - she had to share her testimony. She went to one of the stores we had mentioned and got what she needed for her child. Then the Holy Spirit said to me -
 "that's what I mean by you being a Divine Visitor."

With 10 days to Christmas, think about who you can be a Divine Visitor to this season and even after it. God does mighty things through everday people who "go" for Him. Going the extra mile in ordinary things leads to extraordinary blessings in your life and others' lives. Going as and when commanded by God can make you an answer to someone's prayer. Purpose to be a blessing - so people are glad (not sad) wherever you go. God bless.

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