Some of you may be thinking, “What is she talking about? Is she advocating that we live in other-worldly vision experiences 24/7 and walk around spouting ‘Thus saith the Lord’ with our index fingers pointed heavenward all the time?” Not at all. Living from a prophetic perspective is simply viewing our world and the circumstances unfolding in it from God’s vantage point and then praying, speaking, and acting accordingly.
Romans 8 refers to those who are “in Christ Jesus” (verse 1) as people “who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires” (verses 4, 5, NIV).
1 Corinthians 2:14-16 says, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. Neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things …. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”
We are meant to have the mind of Christ, have our minds set on what the Spirit desires, and live according to the Spirit. That is living from a prophetic perspective, where our spirit-man walks in communion with the Holy Spirit. It is something which we can pursue through prayer and practice. If we do nothing to cultivate it, our soul will lead us along in the paths of natural thinking, praying, speaking, and acting.
Unfortunately, a vast number of those who identify themselves as Christians are living more in the soul realm than the spirit realm. Social media evidences this with all the anger, disrespect, name-calling, and fear which people express whenever they don’t agree with someone else. This needs to change.
An opinion is often no more than a reaction to circumstances or people which comes from our own natural thinking. Prophetic release, on the other hand, is a response to the stirring of the Holy Spirit upon our hearts as He shows us how to view events and, therefore, how to speak into them. As the people of God, we must learn the difference, and stick with responding to and in the Spirit.
How do we cultivate a prophetic perspective as a lifestyle? We start by listening — first to God, and then to people. In fact, most of what I will be sharing in coming posts involves listening, in one way or another.
It can’t be said enough that the first step to obtaining the Lord’s perspective is developing a consistent, daily communion with Him through reading His Word and setting aside a time of prayer devoted completely to Him. We cannot skip these basics and expect to go any further. They are beginning points, springboards to deeper understanding of the Lord’s ways.
Isaiah 55: 8, 9 tells us, “‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ says the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.'” After reading those verses, we could throw up our hands and say, “Well, there is no way to understand the thoughts and plans of God anyway! That’s what the passage is trying to say!”
However, 1 Corinthians 2:16 declares, “We have the mind of Christ.” This is our heritage as believers. The Holy Spirit Who now lives inside of us imparts to us the mind of God — but we must become sensitive to Him so that we can recognize what He is thinking. We will never completely understand the thoughts of God, because He is infinitely profound, but we can come very much closer to thinking as He does if we will “Seek the LORD while He may be found,” and “Call upon Him while He is near,” as Isaiah 55:6 says. If we actively seek Him for His mind on both the small and large things of life, He will respond. He is closer to us than we sometimes realize — because He dwells within us.
Next — Part 2