Thursday, December 29, 2016
1. Giving prophets elite status. Nowhere in the New Testament are prophets exalted to a privileged class. Paul himself said all members of the body need each other, and in his discussion of spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12-14, he warns against ranking spirituality by gifting. He wrote, “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’” (1 Cor. 12:21, NASB).
Many prophets get a disease that I call egotisticus giganticus. They are puffed up by their revelations. Then, when people line up to hear them, they are forced to come up with more sensational claims—along with names, dates and exotic manifestations. Let’s dispense with the arrogance and empower the average Joes and Janes in the local church so they can encourage people through biblical prophetic ministry.
2. Promoting charismatic chaos. Some people act weird when they prophesy in order to get attention. Some shake in funny ways, speak in affected tones or use archaic “Listen thou to me!” lingo. It’s okay to be passionate, but you don’t need to scare people.
Some have been deceived into thinking that they must shake their heads or scream in order to get their point across. This must have been happening in Corinth, too, but Paul brought swift correction. In New Testament times, pagan prophets spoke in ecstatic speech because they were possessed by demons. But Paul told the Corinthians, “The spirits of prophets are subject to prophets” (1 Cor. 14:32).
You should never be out of control when you deliver a word from God. The fruit of the Holy Spirit includes both gentleness and self-control. If you are prophesying like a banshee, you are either influenced by a religious spirit or you need to be ushered out of the room until someone can calm you down.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
We know in part, and we prophesy in part. (1 Cor 13:9)
Be comfortable knowing that the prophetic word you give may not make sense to you.
- Eagerly desire to prophesy, in the right way.
- God speaks in many different ways and to people you may not expect. Learn to recognize the “voice of many waters”
- Be secure enough in yourself, knowing God made you in your unique way.
- The spirit of the prophets is subject to the prophets
- Timing is essential. Some things should not be revealed but prayed for.
- Try not to prophesy head knowledge.
- Prophesy from the motivation of God’s love for the person.
- Prophesy with grace, gentleness and wisdom. Avoid negative prophesy; prophesy the solution not the problem.
- God may just give you a word or a sentence. Speak out only what God gives you to speak. Seek revelation, not your interpretation
- Prophesy will never contradict the written Word
- Follow the presence of the Lord. A good time to end the prophetic word is when HE leaves the conversation
- A single word of destiny blessing can be more powerful that a 15 minute prophecy
Saturday, December 24, 2016
The prophet Elijah walked in a very powerful prophetic gifting. He was a man of prayer and a man of great faith. He demonstrated a determination of purpose in his calling and a willingness to put his life on the line to prove that he served the one true God. All of the qualities were demonstrated as he stood alone and confronted the prophets of Baal:
At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, "O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and I have done all these things at Your word. "Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that You, O Lord, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again." Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, "The Lord, He is God; the Lord, He is God." Then Elijah said to them, "Seize the prophets of Baal; do not let one of them escape." So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there. (1 Kings 18:36-40)
It would be easy to assume that a prophet of such power would not have character flaws. Yet when Jezebel made threats to kill Elijah he fled into the wilderness and complained to God. Elijah become so depressed that he asked God to take his life.
Friday, December 23, 2016
My team brought this young girl up to testify. When they brushed back her long brown hair, I was astonished. She had been born without ears. Where her ears should have been, there were just little holes in the sides of her head. The anointing of God had come upon her when I prayed for deaf ears, and she felt a popping in her ears. At that moment, eardrums were formed on the inside of her head. Her hearing was opened for the first time in her life.
I knew the miracle had nothing to do with me. My part was simply to lead the people in worship until the glory of God came and then let God do the rest. That night in Mexico we saw many healed by God’s power, even several people who were crippled.
I had first witnessed the amazing healing power of God when I was 14 years old. But during the next several years I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t seeing more of that same power demonstrated in weekly church life.
I was tired of powerless prayers. When I prayed for someone I wanted something to happen! Combined with my frustration was an insatiable thirst and longing for a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit. Two things were happening simultaneously: God was making me dissatisfied with the status quo, and He was placing a spiritual hunger in my heart that drove me into hours of communion with the Holy Spirit.
During the last 15 years, God has taught me many things about living a life full of spiritual power. The most important thing is that walking intimately with Him and having a deep grounding in His Word are essential for Him to release tremendous power through us. I’ve been blessed to witness the demonstration of His power through me thousands of times in the lives of countless people.
Another thing I’ve learned about God’s power and gifts is that although they flow out of His grace and are activated by faith, personal preparation in the areas of character, integrity and holiness enable us to sustain a constant flow of His power through our lives.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
The Bible says, "He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet receives a prophet's reward" (Matt. 10:41). What is a prophet's reward? The ability to see and hear. Jesus stood before a crowd and shouted, "HE THAT HAS EYES LET HIM SEE, AND HE THAT HAS EARS LET HIM HEAR!" He was acting as a prophet. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward (Matthew 10:41). Everyone who valued Jesus as a prophet and received the words He shouted, received the ability to see and hear. A grace was released with His words that opened their eyes and ears! Valuing the word of the Lord means that we make time to hear Him. Moses walked past the burning bush in the desert and heard nothing until he stopped and turned aside; we need to set aside time to diligently seek God ourselves with our whole heart.
The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said, "I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up." When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am" (Exodus 3:2-4).
But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul (Deuteronomy 4:29).
For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars (2 Chronicles 16:9).
Even if God speaks audibly from Heaven, some people would only hear it as the sound of thunder. The difference between the deaf and the hearing is not how loud God speaks, but how open we are to hear Him speak. "Father, glorify Your name." Then a voice came out of Heaven: "I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again." So the crowd of people who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, "An angel has spoken to Him" (John 12:28-29).
Testing the Spirits
As we are learning to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit, we must realize that not every voice that speaks to us from the spirit realm is from God. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).
Jesus died on the Cross not just to forgive our sins but ultimately to bring us into a relationship with God. Communication is probably the single greatest vehicle of any relationship. Although some people have a problem believing that God wants to talk to everybody, most believers understand that true prayer is not just petitioning Heaven with a list of requests, but is communicating with Him as a true friend. Jesus said, "My sheep hear My voice..." (John 10:27). Prophecy, in its simplest form is merely hearing from the Holy Spirit and repeating what He said. Paul said it this way, "For you can all prophesy one by one..." (1 Cor. 14:31). Moses said, "Would that all the Lord's people were prophets, that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!" (Num. 11:29).
Knowledge is power. God doesn't want the prideful to be the powerful, therefore, God hides His Word so that only the hungry and the humble have access to His voice. God's Word is hidden from the arrogant and the proud. At that very time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said, "I praise You, O Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well- pleasing in Your sight (Luke 10:21).
The Example of the Parables
The parables of Jesus are some of the best examples in Scripture of how the Lord conceals His treasures from the arrogant and proud. Many have been taught that Jesus told parables to demonstrate spiritual principles with natural illustrations. However, Jesus made it clear that He told parables so that people would not understand truth and become powerful. God does not want the prideful to be the powerful. Parables were told not to reveal truth, but to hide it.
And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?" Jesus answered them, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand" (Matthew 13:10-13). But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear (Matthew13:16).
Monday, December 19, 2016
Sunday, December 18, 2016
- feed your spirit
- exercise your spirit
- be alert to your spirit
- live by your spirit
- practice (repetition)
Our five physical senses (hearing, sight, smell, taste, touch) are functionally related and connected to our spiritual senses. Not New Age or occult As children of God, redeemed from sin, it’s time to reclaim and redevelop the spiritual abilities God gave us!
Developing your spiritual senses
" Lk 16:10, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.”
How does this apply to developing your spiritual senses? " 2 Co 12:2, “I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know — God knows.”
If this experience were “in the body,” which senses might have been in use?
If this experience were “out of the body,” which senses might have been in use?
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
1.Everything is Symbolic
Every character, object and building in your dream is symbolic of a part of yourself and your life. This one principle alone changes your entire view of dream interpretation. It is a common mistake for people to misinterpret the people and objects in their dreams as the real thing.
This is a big mistake! If I dream of Aunty Uyi throwing a pepper soup in my face, I certainly do not have to fear visiting her for Christmas! It is symbolic and Aunty Uyi is a picture of a part of me.If Aunty Uyi is an aggressive woman that tends to dominate others, then she could represent my will in this dream. Identifying the characters in your dream is the very first step to gaining an understanding of what your dreams are saying. In fact just by identifying your dream category and then identifying the symbols, you will already have an idea of what your dream is speaking about.This goes for buildings, animals or any kind of object in your dream. If you dream that your house is being broken down, you do not need to rush out and buy more insurance. Your house is just a picture of your life. This opens up a whole new world to you! Manycommon symbols crop up in our dreams and I will give you some interpretations for them on later articles.
Monday, December 12, 2016
The gift of prophetic vision is carried through to the church today and examples appear throughout the New Testament. On the day of Pentecost, Peter quoted God’s word through the Prophet Joel:
‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.’ (Acts 2:17)
Did you ever hear someone say “I’m just not prophetic.” or “I don’t have the gift of evangelism on my life”? There were times when I used to think that about myself. Today I know it’s absolute bullocks (excuse me), since I’m operating in spiritual gifts now that I never thought possible not too long ago. You see our spiritual gifts don’t just work magically at the push of a button. Just as any other practical skill, spiritual gifts need to be learned and can be improved by repeated practice. Think of it as of a muscle that grows as it’s being stretched and challenged. Not even the “great prophets” and men and women of God woke up one day with a spiritual six-pack. They all understood what it means to steward a God-given gift and take risk until they’d rise to higher levels.
I know this sounds crazy, but this one is actually a lot of fun, trust me. Here is how it works: Next time you’re together with a few friends, pull out your phone and ask everyone for a prophetic impression on a number. Punch the first 10 digits you come up with into your cellphone. Now take 2 minutes and have everybody collect a few prophetic byimpressions for the owner of that phone number. Hit the “call” button and what until somebody picks up or the mailbox answers. Say something like “Hello there, my name is [your name] and this might be the weirdest phone call you’ve ever received. You don’t know me but I felt God just told me to call this number and tell you this these hopefully encouraging words… [reach the phone around until all prophecies are spoken]. I hope this helped you out somehow. God bless you and have a great day!” I’ve done this a couple of times and it’s always been an incredible encounter.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Visions and Dreams
One of the most common ways the Lord communicates with us is through visions and dreams.
"And it shall be in the last days" God says, "that I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind; and on your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my bondslaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit and they shall prophesy"
Saturday, December 10, 2016
This is what happened to the Apostle Peter right after he had received the greatest revelation – that Jesus was the Christ. Jesus commended Peter for hearing this straight from the Father and was told that it was upon that rock, the rock which is revelation that comes from the Father, that He would build His Church. Then He blessed Peter with the keys of the Kingdom. The very next words that came out of Peter's mouth were straight from Hell, and Jesus had to scold him by telling him to "Get behind me, satan!" (see Matthew 16:23).
Prophecy Works Through Friendship with God
In Amos 3:7 we are told, "Surely the Lord GOD does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets." There is nowhere in the Law that the Lord obligated Himself to do this, but He does it because He does not want to do anything without sharing it with His friends, which is the basic essence of prophetic ministry – friendship with God. The prophets are those who have become so close to God that He does not want to do anything without sharing it with them.
Many question whether one must be called as a prophet or if it can be pursued. Both are true. Some were called before they were born, and they cannot do anything else. The prophetic is also something that the Scriptures exhort us to seek, so He would not tell us this if He would not let us achieve it. Because the real essence of the prophetic is friendship with God, this is something He wants all of His people to pursue. This is why Moses said that he would that all of God's people were prophets (see Numbers 11:29).
Friday, December 9, 2016
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Personal Development (Hab 2:1-3)
- Hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering - no grumbling or complaining.
- Consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds - no discouragement.
- Don’t go on sinning willfully - no despondency or reverting back to previous sins.
- Pray repeatedly, multiple times a day (Jas. 5:17) - never pray once or twice and quit.
Monday, December 5, 2016
God has chosen to communicate with mankind through dreams. He guides and counsels us through our dreams. He establishes covenants with us through our dreams. He grants us gifts in our dreams. He utilized dreams from Genesis to Revelation, and declared that He would continue to use them in the last days. When you total up all dreams and visions in the Bible, and all the stories and actions which come out of these dreams and visions, you have about one-third of the Bible, which is equal to the size of the New Testament! Dreams are a central way God has chosen to communicate with us, and thus they must be given great weight!
down. The Lord can speak directly to us through dreams.
2. It awakens our walk with Him
3. It imparts intercessory burdens
4. It launches you into ministry
5. It brings healing
"Hear now my words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, shall make Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with him in a dream.”
God speaks to His people in a dream and will make Himself known in a vision. He uses both visions and dreams to draw us to His purposes.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
God declares that He WILL communicate through dreams and visions in the New Testament. "And it shall come to pass in the last days," saith God, "I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams" (Acts 2:17).
Friday, December 2, 2016
1) Test the Origin (1 Jn. 4:1)
Thoughts from our own minds are progressive, with one thought leading to the next, however tangentially. Thoughts from the spirit world are spontaneous. The Hebrew word for true prophecy is naba, which literally means to bubble up, whereas false prophecy is ziyd meaning to boil up. True words from the Lord will bubble up from our innermost being; we don’t need to cook them up ourselves.