In the Spirit realm, I call these things “types” and “shadows.” Although they usually appear right before God’s Presence does, they really are not God’s Presence in and of themselves. Signs, Wonders, and Miracles are signs that God’s Presence is near, but they aren’t the Substance of His actual Person.
Elijah had an experience with this kind of thing while hiding in a cave in the Old Testament. He was running from Jezebel and he hid in a cave by himself. Once inside the cave, he experienced three signs that God’s Presence was near, for there was an earthquake, a mighty wind, and a fire upon the mountain outside of his cave.
While all of these things were a sign of God’s Presence being near him, God wasn’t actually in any of these things. However, as Elijah waited and those things passed by, then he heard the Still Small Voice which came from the Presence of the Lord.
I can’t help but think how many of us are running after the SIDE EFFECTS OF HIS PRESENCE, but all too often, we are totally missing Him as a person. So many of us fail to wait when we see the signs of Him being near, and we attempt to chase the wind, or the earthquake, or the fire when all the while if we waited just a little bit longer, we’d hear or see Him personally.
Think of it this way, how many of us, when we see a billboard for food and lodging, stop on the side of the road to admire the billboard? We realize that it’s a sign of something ahead, but wouldn’t it be silly to go hang around at the billboard instead of moving forward a few more miles and actually arrive at our destination?
It’s very similar in the Spirit realm. Many of us camp out when the Glory shows up, but we never actually wait long enough to commune with Him personally. While Basking in the Glory is great, it’s only a sign of Him being there; it isn’t actually Him.
Dare to wait in the Glory a little longer, hang out in His Presence and wait for Him to manifest to you in a fashion you’ve never seen before! Expect Him to speak to you in a way you’ve never experienced before because if you do this, you may find your relationship with Him deepening in ways you never thought it would!
It’s during those times in His Presence when anointings are imparted, healings manifest, deliverances take place, and a greater Transformation of your life begins to happen to you from being in Face to Face Encounter with Him!
His Glory and Presence are Awesome, but there’s nothing greater than Encountering the Substance of Him personally! If you Stop chasing Signs and start chasing Substance (Him), you’ll get to watch as those Signs you were chasing start Chasing You!
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