Words of edification and exhortation are meant to create momentum within us. These words speak directly to our identity and they tell us how we are known in heaven. They provide keys that propel us into our next chapter so that we don’t have to keep repeating the current one.
Prophecy comes when we have a burden to encourage and bless the people around us.
There is no magic formula to prophesying; it all depends on our love for God. When we love Him fully, that love should spill over onto the people around us. Prophecy is simply encouraging, exhorting, and comforting people by tuning them into what God has for them. In every church in the world, there are people who need that life-giving word from God. These aren’t just the individuals who are obviously struggling; some appear to have everything together. But God knows what’s really going on.
Everyone can benefit from a prophetic word, even those for whom everything is soaring. I love to prophesy over people who are doing really well. If we can target those people and increase their faith at a critical time, they can fly even higher in the things of the Spirit.
After the prophecy comes the process: a series of steps that take us from where we are now to where the Lord wants us to go next. God is present–future in the landscape of our lives, not present–past. He has wonderfully dealt with our past in Christ on the Cross. Process is the journey of trust. Most people have developed situational trust. We trust God for things, events, situations, provisions and circumstances.
Prophetic ministry speaks of what God is authoring in each of us.
Our language reflects our trust. However, everything that God does in our lives is for relational development and ongoing experiences of Him in our hearts. He is not specifically situational. He seeks to establish trust as a lifestyle, an affair of the heart. He allows in His wisdom what He could easily prevent by His power. He is the author and the finisher of our faith. Faith is relational; it works by love. It begins and ends in our relationship with Jesus. Our part is to pay attention to His nature.
We are the echo of God—we speak the same language from the same heart. When you hear a New Testament prophet, you should not hear a pre-Calvary voice, but a post-resurrection anointing. It is a voice that both introduces you to your favor and inheritance in Christ and prepares you to overcome the personal obstacles to fullness and abundance.
I believe strongly that the more encouraging, exhorting, and comforting prophecy we have—as opposed to the heavy-handed directive words that dispatch people to difficult mission fields and so on, the better our churches will be. Blessing and encouragement stir up anointing. The more of this kind of prophecy we can have in church, the less we will need intensive, time-consuming, pastoral care. People will actually be touched by God and come into the things of the Spirit themselves. Individuals will realize that, yes, they are loved personally by God. That kind of revelation will stoke up their faith in ways a counseling session never could.
Want to learn more? Tune in to today’s podcast as we explore the acceleration and encouragement of prophecy.
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