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11. The power of your prophecy

Deuteronomy 30:14: �But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.�

 

The Power of our Prophecy will strengthen our identity in Jesus Christ and help build our character in Him.

 

The Nature of Prophecy:

1.       The Bible as Prophecy. 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21

2.       The Logos is God's eternal standard scripture as a whole. John 1:1, 14

3.       Rhema inward personal revelation. Romans 10:8

 

LOGOS VS RHEMA:

LOGOS

RHEMA

The Word of God

A word from the Word

General prophecies

Personal prophecies

Unconditional

Conditional

The Word is true

A true Word of God

Truth by declaration

Truth by illustration

Eternal Word, God, Jesus

The Word speaking specific

Word, same for all eternity

Word for person, time

Instruction for all people

Instruction for one person, family, city, local church or nation.

Unchangeable , unfailing

Can fail or be changed

God's prophetic Word

Words being prophesied

The Wisdom of God

A word of Wisdom

The Knowledge of God

A word of Knowledge

God's thoughts written down

One thought personalised

The whole Bible

Individual scripture

The Throne of God

A thought from the throne

 

Personal Prophecy:

1.       It is not a substitute of our personal seeking of God

2.       It must always be within the context of Godly Living

3.       Prophets do make mistakes

4.       Develop a mature attitude towards God and Prophets

5.       Personal Prophecy is only part of the confirmation and decision making process.

6.       We need to respect the general Word of God.

7.       To make a mature decision you need the Witness, clearance or restraint of the Holy Spirit. Acts 20:22 � 23

8.       The timing and way belongs to the Lord. Hebrews 6:11-15

9.       Believe that your prophecy/ies (promise/s of God) will come to pass. Romans 4:18-24

 

The Nature of Personal Prophecy:

1.       We prophecy in part. 1 Corinthians 13:8

2.       The secret things belong to the Lord. Deuteronomy 29:29

3.       Prophecy unfolds progressively. Acts 7:3

 

Responding to Personal Prophecy:

 

1 Thessalonians 5:19 � 21

1.       Desire earnestly and covet the prophetic ministry. 1 Cor. 12:39

2.       Prophecy is designed for edification, exhortation & comfort. 1 Cor. 14:3

3.       A personal Word can change your life.

4.       When received with a right attitude it will produce the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22

5.       Judge prophecy and not the prophet.

 

Prophecy judged:

1.       The content must be in line with the scriptures.

2.       Objective verifiable statements regarding the past and present can be checked against the facts.

3.       Predictions for the future are judged by whether they come to pass or not.

 

Hindrances to the fulfilment of Personal Prophecy:

1.       Unbelief Hebrews 3:19

2.       The mind. Proverbs 3: 5 -7

3.       Established opinions oppose true prophecy.

4.       Misunderstanding of the prophecy.

5.       The Ishmael Syndrome

6.       Pride, disappointment, self � deception and people pleasing.

 

Attitude of a proper response to prophecy:

1.       Faith is absolutely essential for receiving anything from God. Hebrews 4:2

2.       Lack of faith is no excuse. Faith comes by hearing. Romans 10:17

3.       True faith will be accompanied by the work of obedience. James 1:22

4.       Better to not know than to know and not do it. James 4:17

5.       Do not throw your pearls before swines. Matthew 7:6

 

DEVELOPING THE PROPHETIC MINISTRY:

 

1.       Realize that prophecy was a vital part of the early Church ministry. Prophesy brings the fire of Pentecost to the church meetings. Prophecy comes from the Spirit, whereas the preaching comes from the intellect (the preachers training and skill are touched by the Spirit to bring the teaching of the Gospel to the meeting).

 

2.       Release the faith to prophesy. Faith is important for prophecy because one can only speak forth in this way according to the proportion of his faith (Rom 12:6-8). To increase one's faith for this realm, one must constantly hear and study the Word of God because only through the Word does faith arise (Rom 10:17).

 

3.       Learn to operate and flow in the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is the all important condition to bring forth the Words of the Lord. The spiritual gift is given forth in the Spirit's anointing. The Holy Spirit takes the deep things of God and anoints the prophet to give them forth to the people.

 

4.       Move out at the right time in the meeting. Prophesying, �at any old time� in a church meeting is not appropriate. One must interject his prophecy at a time that will be most edifying for all involved.

 

5.       The Holy Spirit expresses different moods in different meetings and the Christian who believes that he has a prophetic word for the church must ask himself, �What is the mood of the Spirit in this meeting.� It is possible that the word the person has received from the Lord is only for himself or for a later time. These things must be properly discerned in every meeting by the person who believes that he has a prophetic word. To prophesy during the offering, the announcements, the singing, or when someone else is speaking will be obviously unedifying and therefore out of order.

 

6.       Learn to discern one's own thoughts and feelings from those of the Holy Spirit. It is very important that a person does not project his preconceived thoughts and ideas into the prophetic stream. However, this caution is not to put new ministries to such a bondage of fear that they do not have the liberty to function. A person learns to prophesy as a child learns to walk. It takes a number of falls before he can walk steadily by himself. If a person is going through some specific problem or emotional anxiety, he may have a tendency to prophesy these things.

 

7.       Stir up your gift. In the Greek, the word �stir� means to �rekindle; to stir the coals that are almost out�. A person can stir himself spiritually through fasting, earnest prayer and praying in the Spirit, reading aloud of God's Word, praise and worship. Spiritual stirring is very necessary for the operation of the prophetic mantle. (2 Tim 1:6)

 

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