Lesson 7

To Walk in the Light of His Presence

John 8:12 says:

‘Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”’

When we have the light of God’s presence, the Holy Spirit living within us, we will have the light of life. If we have the light of life within us we can clearly see where we are going.

Just like a torch switched on, we can see the way through the darkness. But as the bulb in a torch has to be connected to the battery, we have to be connected to God. If any rust is between the light bulb and the battery the torch will not work. If there is any rust of sin in our lives, we to shall not be connected with God and we will walk in darkness.

Also a torch battery has to be replaced or recharged regularly, or the light will become dim and then go out completely. In the same way the battery of our hearts needs to be recharged by prayer in God’s presence to keep His light. If we try and walk without prayer our light will become dim and then we will find ourselves walking in darkness, fumbling to find our way through a dark world. We will become empty with nothing to give out.

We need to come into the Lord’s presence in prayer every day of our lives and the busier we are for Him, the more time in His presence is needed, not only to pray for our situations, but to rest in Him, to wait on Him to fill us and to prepare us for our daily walk in Him. Even as the Jews had to gather manna daily to eat in the wilderness on their way to the promised land, we have to eat our spiritual infilling from God daily on our way through life to our promised land of eternal life. Like the manna in the desert, yesterday’s bread is no longer good enough for today, nor can we save today’s bread for tomorrow. We have to eat of it every day of our lives as John 6:31–35 says:

‘“Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.”’

We truly need to come to Jesus daily for our manna, the light of life. Only then can we serve God by bringing His light into our lives and into other people’s lives, even as Jesus did in John 4:31–34:

‘Meanwhile the disciples besought him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him food?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and accomplish his work.”’

We have to eat physical food to keep our bodies alive, to live out our lives on earth. In the same way we have to eat of the spiritual manna of God, so that His light may give us spiritual light to do His work on earth, to walk as His lights on this earth. It also says in Mathew 5:16:

‘Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven.’

So how do we carry His light before men? First by knowing Jesus within us. ‘But how,’ we may ask, ‘can we know someone whom we have never seen?’ When we meet someone is it the looks that tell us who he is, or is it the character within the person that shines through him that tells us who he is? If it is only looks then we do not know that person. We need to know what is behind the face, how he thinks, how he looks at life, who he really is.

This is what Jesus has revealed to us of Himself, who He really is. He has revealed to us His love, His compassion, His character, His strength. All the fruit of the Holy Spirit shines through His countenance. When we come into His presence, we recognise Him by the beauty of His presence, His goodness, how He thinks, how He loves people, even how He feels. Is this not so much closer than just looking at a person?

When you spend a lot of time with a person, especially someone stronger than yourself, someone you look up to and respect, their character, world view, ideas and even dreams will rub off onto you. In the same way, when you spend much time in the presence of Jesus, His ways, His vision, His fruit, His love, His compassion will rub off into your own life and as you receive Him into your heart, His countenance, His beauty, His ways will shine through your life. More and more good works will be done so naturally out of His love alone without any effort or thought of your own. These good works will have become part of you – who you are. Jesus in you will shine forth from you with all the qualities and fruit of the Holy Spirit. Simply by ‘being in Jesus’ you will be a witness to others to the beauty and character within that will change lives.

A Hindu lady was listening in the background to something on healing on the radio. As she was suffering from lymphoma, a cancer, for a year and a half, she began to listen more closely to me speaking on Premier Radio. She then took down the number to phone Lifeline and they gave her my phone number. I invited her to come to our Monday evening prayer meeting and gave her the phone number of others who were also driving up from London to attend the meeting and they gave her a lift. Six people from London arrived early, had supper with us and then joined us all in prayer. We prayed for a good two hours, as that night it seemed difficult to come into the Lord’s presence.

First sitting, then standing, we persevered, until suddenly we broke through and the Lord’s presence filled the room, causing each one of us to sink to our knees. After a while we began to minister to the sick and to each other. The presence of the Holy Spirit was so strong that even as we began to pray for someone the presence of the Lord took them to the floor and delivered them of things they needed deliverance from.

I walked up to the Hindu lady with cancer. As I lifted my hand to pray for her, she also fell to the ground and began to cry and cry as the Lord’s presence touched her so deeply. Then she burst out in sheer joy as she received Jesus into her heart as her only true God, saying out loud that there was no other God and confessing openly to Him. Her joy was ecstatic for she had met with Jesus and got up to say so and also to say that she believed she was entirely healed. Eight days later she phoned me in great joy. She had visited the doctor that day and he confirmed what she already knew. She has already joined a church and has bought a Bible for she is excited in her new found faith in Jesus.

We did not have to do a thing. The presence of Jesus in the room was sufficient for every healing, every deliverance, every need. His presence is sufficient and His presence in us is also sufficient for every need, if only we spend time with Jesus, if only we let Him radiate through our lives.

How do we let Him radiate through our lives? I asked the Lord this question one day: ‘How is it, Lord, that some people have a greater anointing than others?’

The Lord replied, ‘It is not the size of the anointing, but the degree to which you die to self to release the anointing that I give you.’

This revelation changed me. We can receive the anointing. This means that it is up to each one of us how much time we spend with Jesus to receive it and to how much we are prepared to die to self to release it.

So how do we die to self? It may be to die to our own self-consciousness to share, or to fears, or to wants. We may have to go where we do not wish to go, or sacrifice our time, or things, or money. We may have to struggle with our priorities, our plans or even our careers. The degree to which we are able to die to self – to our interests, to our desires or anything else that may get in the way – all depends on us and God’s call on our lives.

As a riding instructor Saturday is a very booked up day with clients. I never went anywhere on a Saturday for 35 years, not even to a wedding. Then one day the Lord wanted me to go to an all-day conference. ‘Lord, I can’t go. It’s on a Saturday.’

‘What do you put first,’ He challenged me, ‘your business or My work?’

‘You, of course,’ I replied. Then on examining myself I realised I had put my business before God for 35 years. I repented and paid someone else to do that Saturday for me. It was difficult to draw back at first and obey God. What if an accident occurred or the clients did not like a different instructor? The day went well. Then the Lord challenged me to do this once a month and I drew back more. Now I employ this same instructor and I am serving the Lord almost full time.

The riding school has not suffered for the Lord has blessed it and me, and the riding school continues to grow and prosper.

Now I truly put God first in my life above the business, above money spent on trips to spread the gospel, above searing heat, above having to sleep on the floor with rats, above everything. In fact any hardship I now see as a privilege. It is nothing compared to seeing the wonder of Jesus at work, to see Him heal the sick, set people free, answer their prayers, and to see them become Christians, to have the joy of serving Jesus. Most wonderful of all is the joy of knowing Him, and coming into His beautiful presence again and again until your heart is so full of His joy that it glows within with His glorious beauty and peace and a love so wonderful that all you want to do is to worship Him more and more and the more you do, the more He fills you with Himself.

It is then that things happen, for His Spirit is able to flow forth through you in power and healing, in ways greater than you could ever expect. When you reach this stage you find that indeed His light can shine even through your own life as you walk in His presence.

It was my third healing mission to Africa. There were three lame children in wheelchairs and Jesus healed all three as I prayed for them. It all just happened; first Mwawia, then David, then Jennifer. All three got out of their wheelchairs and walked. Only Jesus could do that. Mwawia did not want to get back into her wheelchair to go home. The next day she left the wheelchair at home and walked unaided with her mom to the crusade. David, who was nine years old, suddenly realising he could walk, became very over-active and ended up pushing his own wheelchair around at a run, radiating with sheer joy. I will never forget it, such incredible joy, as if Jesus was right there with us, for I felt His love for them and felt His joy. I felt as though I had flowed with Him in the miraculous and shared in His joy of seeing His children healed and set free.

To be part of something this glorious, to see Jesus at work in this way, is such a privilege. Such joy, such love. Jesus – our Master and King, Creator of heaven and earth.

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