Genesis 28:16 (KJV)
And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.
After Jacob had stolen the blessing from Esau his brother, he had to run for his life. Even though he had the blessing and God’s Covenant Presence, he never walked in this reality but lived a troubled life until he had the encounter that brought him into his divine Identify. This happened when for the first time, he acknowledged his sinful ways reflected in the name and identify he was known by. One of the meanings ascribed to the name Jacob is supplanter, and Jacob lived up that unrighteous reputation. But when he received a new name and identity from the Lord, his future and destiny was no more laden with uncertainty but with the blessing that produced God’s firstborn nation.
Like Jacob, many have encountered God, but because they have not conquered their fleshly identity, they are still very limited and oppressed. God revealed himself to Jacob in Bethel (Gen 28:12), but he continued life as a troubled man until he confessed his old identity and received his new identify from God (see Genesis 32:27-28).
Many Born again, Holy Ghost filled, tongue talking believers with many heavenly encounters have found that their lives do not reveal the glory and fruitfulness of a blessed life. What might be wrong?
Go into today knowing that, except you overcome the works and identity of the flesh, and live a life consistent with your new identity in Christ, your encounters may not translate to much in your daily life.