What is a "Move of God" in Prophetic Understanding
One of the biggest challenges I face as a prophet is to reconcile that I am consistently declaring that God is "about to do something " or proclaiming that there is an imminent spiritual activity that's about to break out - only to see small manifestation of what I had seen or heard on a grand scale! The disparity in reconciling this is the challenge I mentioned.
When I speak about a move of God in a generation, I am prophetically declaring the intention of God to manifest His Presence in such a mighty way that power is a supernatural by-product of this tangible, unmistakable, authentic visitation of Glory. Power flows from Presence! Not the other way around.
For me, a move of God is always about the Presence of God in a generation. Many today are chasing after encounters! If not encounters then some goose-bump moments of something perceived as the power of God. But let me disabuse you of this notion of encounters. You can have all the encounters you want - it doesn't mean you will change your heart. Nor does it mean you will be closer to God for having them. Intimacy and relationship with God is not built on encounters. Encounters are the result of intimacy!
We don't have to go to far to understand this! Just look at the Hebrew nation in Exo 32. They had seen all the power of God they could desire in liberating them from the oppression of Egypt. They had witnessed the delivering power of God at the Red Sea. Then God brings them to a place where His very Presence sets the mountain on fire and they encounter God, and what do they do? Run away in terror. So they've had all these great encounters, but we learn later that while Moses was called up into God's Presence - the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play! Encounters are thrilling and we should all desire to have them, but knowing God and running hard after Him is the principle thing!
Which helps me then focus my definition of what a 'move of God' is.
A move of God is a lingering visitation of God in a generation or at a specific time or season of life or the history of the church, in whatever manifested manner He chooses, that cannot be imitated, manufactured or faked because it is sovereign in origin and cannot be refuted because of the resultant changes in the lives of people experiencing it.