I love the prophetic ministry. I love hearing God speak to us. I love the spirit of prophecy.
I will never get why some people want nothing to do with the prophetic. It just does not make sense to me. Personal prophecy can release destiny over your life. Sometimes, it is just easier for God to use a stranger to read our mail than fight through our insecurities and doubts.
One of the pastors that I love to hear preach on the prophetic is Bill Johnson from Bethel Redding. The reason that I love him is he is not a prophetic person himself but has been the assignment from the Holy Spirit to mentor them and lead a company of prophets.
If you have been around prophets as long as I have, you know this is no easy task. Everything is a prophetic showdown like Elijah had at Mt. Carmel. They can never be, can we say, normal people?
Spirit of Prophecy is a cycle
It starts with God has touched you, you tell your God Story, someone you hardly know grabs hold of your story, applies faith to it, believes God to do in their lives and they are radically touched just like you was. This happens all the time.
The bible calls this an impartation, one of the core values of the first century church. Paul (we believe it was him) called it an elementary teaching of the Church. It was right in the list with repentance, faith, communion, the rapture, and White Throne of Judgement. Can we agree those are pretty important things to be list with?
Now that we can know this is not some crazy idea of a Pentecostal getting too much pizza at Godfather’s or too many shots of espresso at Parena Bread; we can see the biblical release of the spoken word. Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God!
Living in Tulsa and going to Oral Roberts University, you are around alot of people that believe in rhema words. That is the Word of God speaking directing to you. Every word from the Lord is prophetic in nature in the way that it can create a miracle in your life. You just have to love the risk that people from Rhema Bible Institute and others will take to do might things to bring glory to Jesus!
Without turning this into an overly complex study of Hebrew, Greek, Arabic and Latin; there is two words in the biblical languages that really are powerful: Rhema and Kairos.
Rhema means the Word of God comes alive. You read that God will supply all your needs and it comes alive as the Word is empowered by your measure of faith.
Kairos means that you receive a word that is for the right person at the right place at the right time.
What we need today in the Church is people who have the Rhema Word in the Kairos moment. That is the times that revival can break out, miracles can become common and the lost will be falling on their faces at McDonalds and Wal-Mart repenting of their sins.
Spirit of Prophecy makes you an overcomer
Have yo ever thought about Revelation 12:11? What does it really mean? This is a passage I do not hear much of anymore and it bothers me. It has the creative ability to change lives if we let it.
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…
If you notice the victory was not just the blood of Jesus. The power of Cross is amazing but God wants us to partner with Him as Co-heirs and as co-laborers with Christ. He wants the word of our testimony. It can be noted that it says our testimony, not His.
When you tell of your past victories in the Holy Spirit, you are building your faith for future victories that are better and better. Never discount your God stories. They carry the prophetic word to set the captives free.
Too many believers turn into Calvinists when it comes to the supernatural. God wants to do it but He wants us to be part of His deliverance. We are called by God to be actively involved in our own miracle and provision.
How to go in the spirit of Prophecy
If you want to grow in your testimony, you need to let the testimony of Jesus grow in you. A great place to start that process (besides the Bible) is reading some of the old books by Dr. Oral Roberts, a pioneer in the Faith movement.
It was listen to the many of the classic message from Oral’s tent days that put the message of Faith in my spirit. God increases our faith for the supernatural. Oral Roberts and Bill Johnson would be on the same page, ” The Holy Spirit is a river, not a lake.”
The other book that I read that just transformed me was a little booklet called Faith’s Testimony by Dr. TL Osborn, a man that saw more people come to Christ in his lifetime than anyone in history, including BIlly Graham. He is known as the Grandfather of mass evangelism.
There is many others that have great bodies of work on growing in faith but that two are a great place to start growing in your faith for miracles.
Of course, I would amiss if I didn’t mention Bill Johnson’s book, Supernatural Power of the Transformed Mind as well. It is a new version of alot of what Oral Roberts taught in the 1960’s. Plus you will probably have a much easier time finding Bill’s book than you would some of Dr. Robert’s and TL Osborn’s stuff.
Good luck in your journey into the spirit of prophecy