Two Mistakes to Avoid When Having a Visitation

By Pastor Steven Brooks

There are times in our life when we experience intimate moments with the Lord. During these times, it is important to realize that Jesus desires to reveal Himself to us more clearly, and we must focus all of our attention on Him in order to receive the message He desires to convey to us.

In the gospel of Matthew, we see the account of the Lord's transfiguration. Jesus had only chosen Peter, James, and John to go up on the mountain with him to experience this special moment. While on the mountain, Peter, James, and John watched, as they saw the Lord's face begin to shine like the sun and His clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus. The original Greek language implies that this conversation that Jesus had with Moses and Elijah was not brief, but rather somewhat lengthy. Peter made a mistake by thinking that Moses and Elijah were somehow on the same level with Jesus, so he offered to build three tent shelters, one for Jesus, one for Moses, and one for Elijah. While Peter was suggesting this idea, a luminescent cloud overshadowed them, and a voice spoke out of the cloud, saying;

"This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" (Matthew 17:5 NIV)

It's important to keep our focus on Jesus and not let other things distract us. We need to listen to what the Lord has to say and not be mesmerized by someone else's name or persona. Once, you've met the Lord, there is no higher level to ascend to. Every knee bows to Jesus and He is Lord over all. This doesn't mean we don't esteem the Lord's ministers, and I certainly don't want to imply that. It just means we must keep things in context, especially when the Lord is present. Peter put his foot in his mouth at the wrong time because he had probably heard about Moses and Elijah all his life, since he was Jewish. Now, when he saw them in person he was ecstatic. But the focus was to be on Jesus. It reminds me of the time Jesse Duplantis went to heaven and met the Lord Jesus in person. He said it was an awesome experience, and that he lay before the Lord on his face because of the glory of God. Shortly after that, while still in heaven, he met King David and Jesse said he bowed on his knees when he met King David. But he said David corrected him and told him to stand up. David explained to Jesse that he had just met Jesus, the King of Kings, and that because of that he did not need to bow to any other man. After the voice thundered from the cloud, we see the focus of the apostles put in proper order.

"When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. "Get up," he said, "Don't be afraid." When they looked up they saw no one except Jesus." (Matthew 17:6 NIV)

During a visitation, we must listen intently to what Jesus has to say and keep our focus on Him. I believe the statement, "When they looked up they saw no one except Jesus" has a dual meaning. Yes, the open vision had ended and no one else was around, but it also implies they esteemed the Lord much higher than they ever had before, their focus was now directly on Jesus, who is the center of attention. We see another example in the scriptures which helps us know how to conduct ourselves when the Lord is present. After the resurrection, Peter had been talking with Jesus, and the Lord asked Peter three times if Peter loved Him. This was a deep cleansing session that was taking place within Peter. Peter had denied the Lord three times during the hours leading up to the crucifixion. Now that Jesus was resurrected and raised triumphant, He was reversing the curses Peter brought upon himself by asking Peter three times if he loved Him. This act closed all doors to the enemy concerning having future access to Peter. After such a remarkable moment, we then read that;

"Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is going to betray you?") When Peter saw him, he asked, "Lord, what about him?" Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me." (John 21:20-22 NIV)

It displeased the Lord that Peter turned around in the middle of the conversation. That is a big no, no with the Lord. When we are in the presence of the Lord and God is speaking to us, it is not the time to answer a phone call. We can always call someone back once the Lord is finished. He desires our undivided attention when He is speaking to us. Jesus basically told Peter that he did not need to be concerned about what was going to happen to John. That was none of his business, Peter needed to focus on his own calling, and the Person with all the answers was standing right next to him.

Visions, trances, and heavenly experiences are usually events that require us leaning into the flow. We can pull out if we choose by being distracted or by not believing in faith. This is a supernatural year, visitations are coming, and I felt it important to share a little on proper spiritual etiquette. Be prepared for when the Lord chooses to speak to you. He has good things to say, and we don't want to miss a single word. Richest Blessings to you!