From Visitation to Habitation
What will it take to be a place of Habitation?
1. Prayer and Fasting
The Sabbath School Teacher asked, "Now, Johnny, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?" "No, sir," Johnny replies, "I don't have to. My mom is a good cook!" A little boy was overheard praying: "Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am."
“Sometimes the very presence of God is barred by our presuppositions and our intense and constant desire for triumph.” Ravi Zacharias
Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Cor. 15:58)
God made it clear through the prophet Joel that the last days outpouring of the Spirit will be in proportion to our fasting and crying out to God in humility, hunger and repentance. (Joel 1:5; Joel 2:12).
Psalms 91:1-9 1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall
abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my
God; in him will I trust. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and
from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
Bible Scholars have long wondered
Bible scholars have long wondered how old Isaac was when his father Abraham took him up to the mountain top to offer him as a sacrifice. Through careful study of the story as related in the Old Testament, based on the following facts: Issac was old enough to understand the ritual of sacrifice, Issac was old enough to carry wood for the fire to the top of the mountain, Issac was old enough to notice that they were not bringing an animal for the sacrifice. Therefore, Issac's age, at this time, was greater than 8 years old. Scholars also conclude that he was younger than 12 years old as supported by the following fact: If Issac had been older than twelve, he would have been a teenager and it would not have been a sacrifice.
Pray, Fast and Sacrifice.
Move into Habitation.
Pastor Chris Rich