Welcome to the Entering the Presence of God

(also known as Dare to Enter His Presence)

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Lesson 1

To Know Him – Who He Is

The more we know God, the greater our joy. The more we know the Scriptures, the more we may know Him, know Him while He may still be found, while we are alive. Search for Him in the Bible, search for Him in prayer and He will meet you right there. He will reveal to you His great truths, His glorious presence, His exceeding joy. Like Moses, He may even allow you a glimpse of His glory, His majesty, His everlasting light.
Right from the beginning of time God has wanted man to know Him; to know Him as their only true God, but to also know Him like Moses did, in close fellowship with Himself, for man is created to have fellowship with God.

God has not only spoken to man but has also demonstrated His power and majesty, love and concern, mercy and compassion. He has truly demonstrated to man that He alone is God, there is no other. These demonstrations He has carried out through the centuries right to this very day for He is the same God, yesterday, today and forever.

Let us start in Exodus 7:5:

‘And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch forth my hand upon Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.’

He first said what He was going to do before He did it. Then in Exodus 18:11:

‘Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods, because he delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians, when they dealt arrogantly with them.’

The Lord then tells the world why He did this in Exodus 29:46:

‘And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them forth out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them; I am the Lord their God.’

God does not leave it here. He wants to tell all generations, as the next three scriptures show:

‘Say to the people of Israel, “You shall keep my sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you.”’

(Exodus 31:13)

‘that your generations may know that I made the people of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.’

(Leviticus 23:43)

‘To you it was shown, that you might know that the Lord is God; there is no other besides him. Out of heaven he let you hear his voice, that he might discipline you; and on earth he let you see his great fire, and you heard his words out of the midst of the fire. And because he loved your fathers and chose their descendants after them, and brought you out of Egypt with his own presence, by his great power, driving out before you nations greater and mightier than yourselves, to bring you in, to give you their land for an inheritance, as at this day; know therefore this day, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.’

(Deuteronomy 4:35–39)

Right through history God has spoken through His prophets; God has demonstrated His power. He has set the captives free, He has healed the sick, He has showed His love and compassion for us. Then Jesus came and fulfilled the Old Testament with His own life, even dying on the cross:

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.’

(John 3:16)

The life of Jesus changed history as millions realised their need for God, turning from the new Greek philosophy that man is God to their new found faith and truth in Jesus. As the news of Jesus spread throughout the known world of Greece and Rome, it forced the ideal of that day underground, not to rear its ugly head again until our modern times as humanism.

Here in our modern times God is still at work, speaking to His people and demonstrating His power. He can use anyone to speak through or demonstrate His power. He does not only use the great evangelists but normal people like you and me.

I saw His power at work in a little village of Migowi in Malawi. There was one believer, a pastor called Duncan, who built a mud brick church with a grass roof and began to preach Jesus to the community. They would come to his church, but refused to believe in miracles or healing. Duncan had got hold of a magazine from an organisation called Eurovision run by the well known evangelist David Hathaway. Duncan was so desperate with the unbelief of the people that he wrote to Eurovision to send someone to them.

Through this request I was offered the chance to go to Malawi. As I already had contacts in South Africa and Kenya, it was quiet easy to put together a fairly busy itinerary.

First the Lord gave me a vision of many people in brightly-coloured clothing coming down rocky hills to an outdoor crusade. I was speaking with a new authority and boldness that almost shocked me in the vision and the people were responding. The vision ended here.

Then the Lord also spoke to me. This is what I believe He said: ‘Tell My people I love them, tell My people to wake up, for the drought in their hearts is over and past and the sound of rain approaches and I am prepared to answer My people even as they ask, and as they wait upon Me, so I shall come down upon them.’

I knew God was calling me to go, even alone, so within two weeks everything was organised and I flew to South Africa.

Right from the first talk I saw the prophecy the Lord had given me come true in South Africa, Kenya and Malawi, but Malawi was definitely the most exciting.

I arrived to a desperate situation of severe drought, searing heat, sickness and unbelief. Three people had already died of starvation. They were living on leaves cooked in ashes to soften them, and cut stalks. I called out to God. Only He could help.

We had arrived on the Monday evening and I was shown to my room in a mud hut and given a grass mat to sleep on, on the floor. I blew up my lilo, placed it on the mat and crawled into my sleeping bag. Half an hour later I opened my eyes, aware of a noise beside me. I put on my torch and it shone into the eyes of a huge rat about a foot from my face. I accidentally let out a scream. ‘L-o-r-d!’ I called out. I had been prepared for sleeping on the floor, but not for the wildlife! What do I do now? Ah! The mosquito net. Soon I had it tied to the roof and climbed into my little secluded tent and slept well. Now the rats could not climb over me. Then I thought what a privilege this was, to taste how Jesus had to live in similar conditions two thousand years ago. Tomorrow was to be my day off to settle in. I wondered how the Lord might get the people to come this week. The Lord always has a plan.

The light of dawn was very welcome, so I got up early. When I went outside at 6.30 a.m. I found four people waiting for me. They were in too much pain to walk any further to the market to sell their wares in order to buy some food. They had heard that I was coming, so why not give it a try? Two had very bad arthritis, one had very sore feet and the other one, Aliane, was suffering with chest and stomach problems caused by HIV AIDS. I prayed for them one by one and every trace of pain and symptoms left. Jesus had healed all four of them there and then. They then ran to the market.

By 9.30 a.m. people began to come, as the four ladies were telling everyone that Jesus had healed them. By 2.00 p.m. the church was full to capacity with over 150 people inside and outside the church. I gave the gospel message. Sixty-one became Christians and the Lord healed a further eight people. We then went to the rugby field and walked around it seven times to break the strongholds of unbelief and other things in the community.

By 6.30 on Wednesday morning people were already arriving to receive their healings. A further 28 were healed by Jesus and 78 more people became Christians, including the chief. They could not wait for the crusade to start. I said to Duncan, ‘Forget hiring the generator. Here, buy some food for yourself and all these people.’ There was much rejoicing at the healings and more rejoicing at the food.

At 2.00 p.m. the crusade began at the rugby field. Many people came, more and more, just as I had seen in the vision. This caused me to speak more boldly than ever before. I spoke on believing God. ‘Has anyone ever thought of praying for rain?’ I asked. No one had. I then asked if anyone would like to become a Christian and about 400 rushed forward. I led them through the sinner’s prayer and told them how to live their new found faith in Jesus. We then started to pray again. The pastor came up to me and said, ‘They are now praying for rain.’ They then went and sat down.

I said, ‘The sick may now come forward.’ About 300 rushed forward. I thought, ‘Lord, how do I pray for all these people?’ I told them that Jesus was going to heal them right where they were and said, ‘Put your own hand on the sick area or pain.’ I said the prayer and some of them got very excited. Jesus had healed them and over 40 rushed forward wanting to testify about their healings.

The people were now leaping with excitement, laughing, crying with joy, hollering, jumping up and down. ‘Jesus is passing by us!’ they shouted. Now the very sick were coming forward to be prayed for one by one. Jesus was healing all of them and they immediately testified over the mike. The crowd became even more excited and almost crushed me in their urgency to get healed. The next man in front of me was almost standing on my feet and a bit too close for me to even move. He was a leper on crutches. I stopped a moment to ask God, ‘How do I pray for him?’ I looked up, as it appeared to be getting rather dark and a wind was blowing. I saw black clouds blowing over us and right there and then it began to rain. The meeting had to stop. Now the people were even more excited, for God had answered their prayer within the hour! I told the sick to come back tomorrow and the whole crusade ran home in the rain praising God.

Benedicto, the leper, was there first the next morning. Only the sick came, as everyone else was now planting seeds. I prayed for Benedicto and the Lord removed every trace of pain, so that he walked without crutches. He believed he was healed. A further 27 people were healed and another 12 became Christians.

The next day, Friday, we had a word from the chief. He said, ‘Never have I seen anything like Wednesday’s crusade, the demonstration of the power of Jesus, Jesus healing the sick and sending rain when the people prayed for it. I am very very happy and so is the whole community.’

By this time I was learning to pray for the people in sections as a result of my time with the Lord that morning. I felt Him say to me, ‘Stop fretting, My child. Relax and flow with Me, for I am in control. I shall not let you get crushed by the people. Have I not called you here? Will I not protect you? Will I not guide you in what to say? Simply relax and yield to My hands and we shall flow together, for I love to bless my people, I love to heal the sick. I love to set them free. I came to give life and life in abundance, so rest in Me, My child, and simply let Me do it.’

What encouragement that was, and it was then that I received the idea to pray for them in groups. I asked for all those with head problems to come forward; a group of 14 came forward and 14 were healed. Then I prayed for further groups: one of 15 with stomach problems, one of 10 with arthritis, one of 5 with sore feet, another of 4 who were blind, and so on. Eventually a further 75 people received their healing. I then spoke more on the Holy Spirit and every person came forward to get baptised in the Holy Spirit. It was a wonderful day.

By Saturday almost the entire community had become Christians. Another 5 became Christians and a further 6 received healing.

To see the Lord answer prayer like this is awesome – seeing God bigger than ever before, not just loving but also holy, awesome and life-changing. I felt as though I was only beginning to discover God here with these people, our God who answers prayers even as we ask, our Jesus who is alive right now amongst us.

The Lord was not finished either. I had left only enough food to last until just after Christmas and the cheque I had given Duncan for more food could not be cashed. On Saturday at 4.00 a.m. I interceded for these people and repented for not leaving Duncan with more money for food. There was no way to get money to Duncan now.

It appeared that the Lord was asking me to phone a certain person. I obeyed and phoned telling the man of this problem.

‘A friend of ours from our church has just moved to Blantyre,’ he said. ‘ I will phone him now and see if he can help.’

By 10.00 a.m. it was all organised. All we had to do was put the money in his account here in Oxford, and he was prepared to help us get food to them until their harvest. By Tuesday he had delivered 24 sacks of maize to the doorstep of a very surprised Duncan. Then our church said they would help with £500 per month until harvest. Then another church gave a £1,000 for food. I never asked for a penny but our God cares, not only for the church members, but for the whole community. What a mighty God we serve. By sending rain within the hour of the people’s prayer, He had demonstrated to them that He alone is God. That was enough for the entire community to become Christians. Then to be provided with food right up to a good harvest showed them just how much God loved them. He had shown them salvation, healed the sick, answered their prayer for rain, sent them food until their harvest, and blessed them with a good harvest.

Other villages also heard what happened in Migowi which caused further invitations and many more people to become Christians and receive their healings in the following visit.

They have now bought some land and are building a church.

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