Originally Posted by Dwight Schrute
my faith has to be built on something more than signs and wonders
I completely agree here. I don't go running around looking for these things, generally I'd like to avoid it rather than have them happen. But -
Originally Posted by TheProdigalModern
The Russians have a word for the desire to experience "spiritual" things, prelest.
This is very interesting, the "spiritual lust" concept. I did go through a phase where I was constantly felt like I needed to see these things. The dark figure that disappeared the moment you prayed, I've had numerous similar experiences.
In terms of things being good/bad/real or not:
I've had visions of angels when I was on a missionary trip in a very rural part of Lesotho once. These I know were of God, there's a lot of witchcraft happening in that area and those angels were sent to protect us. At other times, I've been very aware of things being demonic and evil. Other than the fire and the blue girl, everything has been very clearly good or evil.
ITO the fire: Two of us saw the it, heard it and felt it's heat. The flames were about 5 meters. That was real, but I've been weary of trying to attach meaning and interpretations to it.
The blue girl: I woke up 5 minutes after falling asleep, very aware that something was in my room. I saw it, and it "she" melted away the moment I started praying. Looked like a very normal girl in her late teens wearing very normal clothing. I didn't get a clear good or evil vibe from this, it was more like that slightly violated feeling you get when you find out someone's been sneaking into your room and watching you sleep.
My approach when seeing these things are basically just to pray that, if it's important and from God I would receive clarity on what it was and why I saw it, otherwise I pray that God would invalidate whatever it was trying to do.
I try to avoid making a fuss about it, since my faith is in God and not any other powers or principalities, and I know God is much more powerful than any of these things, but I don't agree with how church leaders usually just change the topic when I ask them about it.