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“How will anyone know that you look favorably on me—on me and on your people—if you dont go with us? For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth.” Exodus 33:16 NLT

What does it mean to be a presence-driven people? Does it mean that we seek after the supernatural? In my life I have seen many manifestations of God’s presence. I have personally seen God fill a car on empty, with a full tank gas. I’ve experienced the protective hand of God saving my life on many occasions. Most importantly, I have observed the miracle of a hardened heart headed for destruction that was transformed into a heart for God. You have come to the party too late to try and convince me that the supernatural doesn’t accompany God’s presence. But no, we do not seek after these things. Do we seek after health and prosperity as evidence of God’s presence among us? We do believe that the Lord of heaven desires us to prosper on this earth, even as our soul prospers. We pray that our cup would be filled that we might be a vessel of generosity and hope to the world. But no, we do not seek after these things. Do we then seek after prophecy? We do believe in the voice of the prophets, past, present, and future who provide a word of what’s to come and to bring us to repentance. Paul encourages us in I Corinthians 14 to earnestly desire to have this gift as it edifies, comforts, and teaches the body. But still, that is not our chief pursuit.

What then sets us apart from other people? It is simply that we seek first and only the presence of the Lord. Only then will we activate prophecy, healing, and the supernatural. As a people of presence, we delight and meditate on His law day and night. We bow low before Him saying, “If You don’t go, please don’t make us leave this place. For it is Your presence alone we seek.”


Prayer: Lord, wherever you go, I will go. Wherever you lead, I will follow. Even if it consumes me, Lord I long to see Your face. Jesus, teach me to dwell in the secret place of the most-high and I will shout your praise until my lungs give out. You are my blessed hope and in You alone will I put my trust. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Clay Collins