Lesson 5

To Dwell in His Presence

There are differences between abiding and dwelling. The Oxford dictionary explains the meanings:

Abide – abode, remain, continue, adhere to, sustain, face. Enter – come in or into, the church takes orders, admission, enter, engage, agreement, sympathise with feelings, form part of a plan, assume possession or function to deal with.

Dwell – To keep one’s attention fixed, prolong it, live in a specified place or state, dwell in secure.

The Bible says the same. To dwell in Him is a deeper level than abiding in Him as Psalm 91:1–2 says:

‘He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,

who abides in the shadow of the Almighty,

will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;

my God, in whom I trust.”’

The Lord becomes our refuge and fortress in whom we can trust. In Him we find our security.

We will now come to the place where we look forward to our special times with Him daily, for we will find a new joy in His presence. We will see Him as bigger and more glorious than before. We will see Him as more real and will therefore guard ourselves to walk cleanly before Him at all times, for we will fear to hurt Him by any sin. We will want to be pleasing to Him even as Isaiah 33:5 says:

‘The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high;

He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness;

and he will be the stability of your times,

abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;

the fear of the Lord is His treasure.’

This may be for a nation or individual, but in order to dwell in the Lord you will have to live in righteousness or you will not even be able to enter in, let alone to dwell in Him. This alone will cause a holy fear within and make us guard ourselves that no carnal fear may enter us to cut us off from our most high God. This will also cause us to repent quickly, for once we have tasted of the beauty of God’s presence, we will not want anything to spoil it.

We will have a new hunger for the things of God. We will seek Him daily with our whole hearts as Psalm 27:4–5 says:

‘One thing have I asked of the Lord,

that will I seek after;

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord

all the days of my life,

to behold the beauty of the Lord,

and to enquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter in

the day of trouble;

he will conceal me under the cover of his tent,

he will set me high upon a rock.’

Not only will we seek Him but we will find Him. At first this is not always very easy. It seems that He wants to test us, to find out how serious we really are to dwell in His presence. At first I managed to dwell in Him for two hours before coming out, then four hours as I went about the daily tasks of life. I remember going shopping and still feeling I was in His presence. I am speaking of a deeper level of His presence here.

After this I came to a place where I could walk in His presence for two days, before coming out of it and so it went on until I found the place of practising His presence daily without coming out of it and this is possible. I then realised the next section of Psalm 27:5 taking on a new meaning within me. When walking, as dwelling in the presence of our Lord, a new peace covers us, like a tent. Things that would have hurt us or worried us before just seem to bounce off us. They are no longer able to penetrate us or reach into our hearts. They just bounce off us as worthless, compared to the beauty and peace we now walk in. This also enables us to deal with problems that come our way, with wisdom and understanding, with the justice and the righteousness of the Lord.

What does this enable us to do? Psalm 23:6 says:

‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life;

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

for ever.’

When we learn to dwell in the Lord’s presence we become more and more positive, we become more and more joyful, we become stronger and stronger in our Lord. Psalm 84:4–6 says:

Blessed are those who dwell in thy house,

ever singing thy praise!

Blessed are the men whose strength is in thee,

in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

As they go through the valley of Baca

they make it a place of springs;

the early rain also covers it with pools.

They go from strength to strength;

the God of gods will be seen in Zion.’

The more we dwell in the Lord’s presence the more we can walk in His strength. We can never be the same again, not when you meet with the beauty of His presence, for His presence changes you. Sometimes it is too holy to speak; you have to receive from Him, and hear Him speak to you. When I reached this stage of dwelling in Him, He said to me one day:

‘I said to you once before, abide in Me and I shall surely abide in you. Now I am calling you to live in Me, My child, not just to visit, but to live in Me, to dwell in Me, to stay connected with Me at all times, for you shall have need of My presence and power at any time of day or night and I can only do My work through your life if you stay in constant communion with Myself. Yes, My child, seek My presence at all times and you shall not be disappointed.’

I was excited to respond to the Lord with this call to live in Him and the results have been amazing. Certainly I was never disappointed, but rather filled with ecstatic joy at what the Lord can do.

It is as if you take the joy of the Lord with you wherever you go and things just happen even as Psalm 84:6 says.

After speaking on Premier Radio about what happened in Malawi, we had rather an overwhelming response with phone calls from people who needed healing. The Lord healed a few of them over the phone, others I invited to join us for a healing weekend down in Kent.

Saturday in Kent was set aside for praying for the sick. It started at 10.30 a.m. and ended at 8.30 p.m. It was the longest I have ever prayed for people, also one of the most exciting. There were many healings, mostly arthritic pains, a lot of inner healing and a lot were baptised in the Holy Spirit. What was special was a very real presence of the Lord upon myself and six people who were called by God to move into the realm of healing and deliverance. They had come to learn how to pray for the sick and the Lord anointed them so much that they could barely hold back the tears because of His beautiful touch. As they prayed for people I watched the Lord heal them through their hands.

Towards the end of the service a man entered the church asking to be saved from violence and drunkenness. We led him to the Lord.

As we prayed for him he fell to the floor and shook and cried for half an hour. Then six teenagers walked into the church, saw the man shaking on the floor and asked, ‘What’s happening to him?’

‘The Lord’s dealing with him,’ I replied.

‘That’s scary,’ they answered.

‘When he gets up,’ I said, ‘I will ask him to come and tell you himself what is happening to him.’

Minutes later he got up off the floor quite wobbly. I asked him to come and share what was happening to the teenagers. He did and he spoke straight facts about his old life, meeting with Jesus, and how Jesus had filled him with incredible love and peace and forgiveness as he lay on the floor. ‘I will never and can never and never ever want to return to my old life again … not now I have met with Jesus.’ He ended, ‘I must go now. I have an appointment to go to,’ and he was gone.

Two of the teenagers were biting back tears so I challenged them all with a choice of continuing as they were or to receive Jesus. Four of them responded and accepted Jesus as their Lord and saviour. Next all six went up to the kneeling rail and knelt down and prayed.

The associate minister was amazed at what he saw and that was not all. The next morning I saw the man who had first come to Jesus in church with his partner, and daughter. After the service his partner and daughter also became Christians and the Lord also healed her right ear. They have now joined the church.

The people who had helped pray for the sick also had good reports as they went to their own churches on Sunday. Their pastors gave them opportunities to pray for the sick after the service and the people were healed.

The demonstration of God is shown through the healings, and as God’s people pray for the sick more, or walk more in the different gifts of the Spirit that the Lord gives, they will go forward for Him, from strength to strength and people will see for themselves that it is Jesus that is doing it.

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