This morning the Lord Highlighted a Person and their shadow to me as they stood in the Light of the Son. While the shadows outline and shape is almost a total reflection of the individual who was standing in the Son (I spelled it Son instead of Sun on purpose by the way) there was absolutely no Substance to it.
Altogether to often we find ourselves chasing after shadows and mirages, things which appear to have Substance to them, but as we soon discover, there is no Substance to them because they are a reflection of something or someone else (or they are not really there in the first place).
16 “Therefore let no one sit in judgment on you in matters of food and drink, or with regard to a feast day or a New Moon or a Sabbath.
17 Such [things] are only the SHADOW OF THINGS THAT ARE TO COME, and they have only a symbolic value. But THE REALITY BELONGS TO CHRIST.” (Colossians 2:16-17)
A shadow is described as, “a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface”.
I believe that there have been many of us in the Body of Christ which have thought we were chasing after the Substance of Christ, but what we have often discovered was that we were actually sitting in His shadow instead of really embracing Him.
Jesus is the Substance of what we are really searching for by Faith, He is the Reality of what God represents and is. God’s Kingdom isn’t just a place you go to when you leave this life, IT IS A PERSON WHO INDWELLS US WITH THE SUBSTANCE OF A KINGDOM NOT MADE WITH HANDS!
“Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you]. (Luke 17:21)
As the Body of Christ, it is time we stopped chasing shadows or the forms of Godliness, but instead we start to embrace the Substance of the Son Himself. In the Old Testament, people would desire to dwell underneath the shadow of Gods Wings (Psalms 17:8) which was a symbol of being underneath His defense and protection, but in the New Testament we have the ability to embrace the One Who actually cast that shadow and Have Him living upon the Inside of our lives.
This morning I want to challenge you to no longer hang out in the shadows of God’s Grace and Power, but to step forward into the Light and embrace the One Whose shadow we have been standing in. As you do, forms of Godliness and things without Substance will lose their grip over your life and real Intimate Relationship with Him will replace it. Why settle for a shadow when you can Embrace the Substance of Jesus Himself?
Do You Know Who You Are???
Author: Daniel Pontious
Daniel Pontious is passionate about teaching and revealing the heart of the Father and drawing people closer to Him. Daniel believes it is only through obedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit that we will ever find real fulfillment in our life. He and his wife Joy live in Sonora, California. He often shares new posts on his Facebook page.