Earnest Pursuit Releases Manifest Presence | Miranda Nelson
“Arise my love, my beautiful one, and come away, for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree ripens its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise my love, my beautiful one, and come away.” (Song of Solomon 2:10-13 ESV)
We are in a season when the old things have passed away and the new has come, where fruitfulness in the kingdom will be in abundance, where visions and dreams and God’s voice will be ever present, and where joy will be fresh again. No longer will you live in a place of “hope deferred makes the heart sick” with dreams unfulfilled, or where you feel like you just don’t hear God, and worse yet, where you feel like He’s abandoned you.
I was in a worship service recently and the Lord began to show me what He wants to release in the body of Christ in this season. I began to see hearts like rain coming down on believers. The Lord began to show me that He’s going to pour out His love and goodness in this season on those who would fear Him and on those who would pursue Him. I began to taste or smell the fragrance of apples and I knew the Lord was saying He was going to remove the bitter taste out of peoples’ mouths in this season so that believers could “taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Psalm 34:8- “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” ESV)
God is going to remove hurt and pain from the past season and flood believers with love. I knew the apples also referred to the apples of His presence in Song of Solomon chapter 2. The Lord spoke to me and said that it’s a Song of Solomon season where He is releasing the ‘shade of the apple tree’, and that for those who would run to the sheltering of the Lord, He would come so near and release His sweet presence like never before. I believe that it’s a season for God’s manifest presence, accompanied with signs and wonders, and especially with the ability to hear God’s voice, but it’ll come through earnest pursuit on our part. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said that too often we wait for God to come to us and then wonder why we’re not seeing breakthrough or manifestation of the glory of God in our lives, or even seeing vision and prophesies fulfilled, when really He’s standing open, waiting for you to run to Him. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” He’s waiting for you; will you run to Him?
We’re in a season of breakthrough and grace, a season where God is pouring out His presence and love like never before, and a season where the prophetic word of the Lord (His voice) is going to shout louder than ever before, but it’s a matter of us running to Him in intimacy. The Lord showed me through Song of Solomon chapter 2, verses 3 to 5 that though the bridegroom was waiting, the bride first went to her groom. She approached him and then he poured out his goodness and refreshment upon her. The passage reads:
"Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the young men. In his shade I took great delight and sat down, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He has brought me to his banquet hall and his banner over me is love. Sustain me with raisin cakes, refresh me with apples, because I am lovesick." (NASB)
We can see through these verses that the bride first drew near to her bridegroom and as she did, he began to overshadow and refresh her. It’s a season of refreshing and rejuvenation, a season where we (the body) will operate out of a place of rest, rather than a place of striving and anxiety. God is looking for His lovers to draw near to Him (James 4:8) in this season SO THAT He can then pour out His presence and glory on them and speak to them secrets and mysteries (Daniel 2:22).
The bridegroom longs to produce good fruit in your life and give you good gifts. He longs to draw you to His banqueting table where He has prepared a feast for you and where you have all that you need. Every good and perfect gift comes from above, and God is longing for His bride to draw near to Him so He can lavish her with love and presence, and every good thing. In this place of His presence, everything else around you begins to fade away and all you see is Him and the good He has for you. If you’re battling with depression, earnestly pursue the Lord! In His presence is fullness of joy, so God’s people should never succumb to depression. He is the lifter of our heads! If you’re stuck in depression and cannot get out, you’re probably not pursuing His presence enough. Run to Him and He will refresh, refill, and revive you! Psalm 23:5-6 says, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (NASB)
The Lord reminded me of Peter after the resurrection of Jesus in John 21. When Jesus first came to the disciples on the shore, he was ready and waiting to prepare a feast for his beloved. When Jesus spoke out across the waters and instructed the disciples to cast their nets on the other side of the boat in order to usher in a catch of fish, first John and then Peter recognized that it was the Lord. As soon as Peter knew that Jesus was standing there waiting, he waited no longer; he dove into the water (leaving the boat behind), and raced back to shore on his own to meet his beloved friend.
The Holy Spirit spoke to me and told me that it’s time for us to become like Peter in this passage, and stop waiting for Jesus to come out to us, but rather that we need to rush to be near Him! As soon as Peter was back on the shore, a feast was there waiting that had been prepared for him by Jesus himself. It was also at this point when Peter had the deepest conversation he’d ever had with Jesus, which regarded love and his relationship with God, as well as his call (to feed the “sheep”).
As you run to Jesus, and dive into your pursuit after Him, He will most definitely pour out His Spirit and presence on you like never before in this season. He has a banquet feast waiting for you, which includes the new wine and manna of Heaven (also known as His joy, His PRESENCE, and his word).
On the night when the Lord was showing this to me, I also saw a silhouette of a person walking up to Jesus, and the moment this person got up to the Lord, he was sucked into the body of Jesus. I instantly knew that the Holy Spirit was inviting the bride to come to Jesus and become one with Him. Not only that, it is in this place of being sucked into the heart of Jesus, when one is washed and purified. Like a car drives into the car washing garage and is cleaned, the bride must walk into the person of Jesus through earnest pursuit and she will be washed white as snow. God wants to make His body clean and pure and free from the lies and snares of the past. The Lord showed me Song of Solomon 2:14-16 and confirmed this word:
"O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret place of the steep pathway, let me see your form, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your form is lovely. Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, while our vineyards are in blossom. My beloved is mine, and I am his…"
When you run into Jesus and into intimacy you will see the glory of God. God will remove the little foxes that attack our joy (bitterness, lies of the enemy, insecurities, unhealthy relationships) in this season and restore you with joy, confidence, and fruitfulness in your life, relationships, and walk with the Lord. Moses cried out to see God’s glory (Ex 33:18), and God hid him in the cleft of the rock, allowing Moses to see and experience all of God’s character, nature, and goodness. As you press into God in this season, you will most definitely see, experience and hear Him like never before. He will reveal Himself to you in powerful ways, and He will remove the lies (the foxes) and things that stand in the way from you entering your destiny and hinder you from experiencing His presence (the vineyard).