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Prophesy in Sync with God’s Heart (Part 2)

In our last post, we talked about applying the love test to our prophetic words. God’s nature is love, so if our prophetic words fit the love criterion, we are doing well. Love by itself is not the whole picture, however.

Hearing God’s voice correctly also depends on becoming intimately acquainted with His nature in all its aspects — His holiness, justice, truth, mercy, faithfulness, and goodness, to name a few. He is our Redeemer, Healer, Restorer, Comforter, Deliverer, and Hope-Giver. While God is love, He is  also our Judge and Purifier.

How do we come to the place of understanding God’s nature so that it will influence our hearing and releasing of prophetic words?

We familiarize ourselves with God’s names in the Bible.

He deliberately reveals His nature through His names. Why? Because they help us to know Him. Here are just a few:

  • Faithful and True (Revelation 19:11)
  • Emmanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23)
  • Refuge from the storm (Isaiah 25:4)
  • He Who is able to keep you from falling (Jude 24)
  • A high priest of good things to come (Hebrews 9:11)
  • God of hope (Romans 15:13)
  • My goodness (Psalm 144:2)
  • God of patience and consolation (Romans 15:5)

Study and meditate on His names to become better acquainted with His nature. I have a free list to help you get started and a book with even more names (and their Bible references) at my website.

We learn about His nature through His actions in the Bible.

His names often show up in the context of what was going on when He mentioned them. We see how He related to people back then, and it gives us confidence for what He will do in our day, too.

Absorb as much of the Bible as you possibly can. As you do, you will become more familiar with Who God is — how He thinks, acts, and speaks. I sometimes pray before reading my Bible, “Lord, put this living Word deep down inside of me, and let it birth Your life in me.”

Isaiah 55:8, 9 tells us, “For 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.” I’ve often heard this Scripture misused to say we cannot possibly understand or think the thoughts of God, so we might as well forget even trying.

But the truth is, although God’s thinking is indeed higher than our natural reasoning, we can tap into His thoughts, conform to them, and begin to increasingly think like He does! If it were not so, why did the apostle Paul say, “We have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16), and“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5)? Accurate prophecy requires that  our thinking be pulled up higher, to come in line with His thinking.

We learn about His nature through His personal dealings with us.

As we gain experience of His faithfulness, we gain confidence that He can be trusted. I used to have a fear that God would tell me something good and then yank that promise away — sort of a bait and switch tactic. Looking back on it now, I see how foolish my mindset was. I have learned that the promises in His Word are true. I have seen Him bring me through dark times, when it looked like His promises had failed, into their fulfillment. The “failed” promises hadn’t failed at all. They were only delayed to a later date than my expectation dictated.

In our last post, I gave you four questions, revolving around our love motivation, for assessing whether a prophetic word is ready and appropriate to release to others.

Let’s add another question to the list: Is my prophetic word in harmony with God’s nature? If it can’t pass this test, something is off. It’s time to go back to the Lord for clarification.

Pursue understanding the Lord’s nature. As you grasp more fully Who He is and how He acts, what you hear (and how you release that word) will become a greater blessing to His people than ever before.

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What God Doesn’t Know

One of the basic tenets of the Christian faith is that God is omniscient: He knows all of the past, all of the present, and even all of the future.  (Yes, open theology enthusiasts, He DOES know ALL of the future! — but that is another subject.)

But here are a few things God does not know:

  1. He doesn’t know how to go back on His word.
  2. He doesn’t know how to let you down.
  3. He doesn’t know how to be unfaithful to you.
  4. He doesn’t know how to abandon you.
  5. He doesn’t know how to lie.
  6. He doesn’t know how to not love you.
  7. He doesn’t know how to be untrustworthy.
  8. He doesn’t know how to betray you.
  9. He doesn’t know how to worry or fear.
  10. He doesn’t know how to lose the war.

— because these things are completely outside of His core being, His nature.

May you fully trust Him today, in the middle of whatever circumstances you are enduring, because He is fully trustworthy.

The Nature of God: The Spirit as Teacher

The Holy Spirit

A primary role of the Holy Spirit is to teach the saints of God. Jesus said of Him in John 14:26, “He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you.”

What does He teach us? He gives us knowledge of God’s ways and character, instructs us in how to live a life pleasing to the Lord, guides us in our decisions, makes known to us our personal destinies and how to walk those out, helps us to know when we are in need of repentance, and shows us how to pray (Romans 8:26, 27). We see Him already teaching God’s people under the Old Covenant (“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go; I will guide you with my eye.”Psalm 32:8), but now that He indwells us, He fulfills that role to an even greater degree.

He teaches us in a variety of ways, such as speaking into our hearts through the inner voice, visions, and dreams. But over and above all other means, He teaches us by enlightening the Scriptures for us. Our natural minds are not capable of understanding the Bible adequately without the illumination of the Holy Spirit, but when we invite Him to read the Word with us, amazing truths unfold.

He is called the Spirit of Truth, and, as such, He guides us into truth. In John 16:13-15, Jesus said of Him, “When he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth. For he shall not speak on his own, but whatever he hears [from the Father] he shall speak, and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive what is mine, and shall show it to you. All things that the Father has are mine: therefore I said that he shall take of what is mine, and shall show it to you.”

As the Teacher, He is also the source of ongoing revelation to us. Jesus said He will “show us things to come.” Prophetic revelation of what is yet to happen is available to us through the Holy Spirit, Who reveals to us the plans of the Father for our lives and for the world we live in.

Through prophetic revelation He is able to guide our steps in detail. Expecting the Holy Spirit to give them specific direction was a normal part of the New Testament believers’ experience. One of many examples is found in Acts 16:6-10. There we see that Paul and his companions were “forbidden of the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.” They then attempted to preach in other provinces in the area, “but the Spirit did not permit them to.” Finally, He sent Paul a vision, in which Paul was directed to go to Macedonia.

The Holy Spirit also fulfills His role as Comforter by revelation, which we will discuss in the next post.

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The Nature of God: The King of Kings

The Son

We see that the three Persons of the Godhead love and honor one another: Jesus honored the Holy Spirit by warning that blaspheming Him would not be forgiven (Matthew 12:31, 32), both the Father and the Holy Spirit honored Jesus by showing up at His baptism (Matthew 3:16, 17), and Jesus continuously glorified His Father by doing and speaking only what His Father instructed (John 8:28, 29).

As it was Jesus’ greatest pleasure to glorify His Father while here on earth, even so, it is the Father’s greatest pleasure to glorify His Son.  Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father (Hebrews 1:3)– the highest place of honor that is possible in heaven.  Hundreds of years before the incarnation (the point in time when Jesus became man), King David prophesied of Him, “The LORD said to my Lord [Jesus], ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool'” (Psalm 110:1).

He is seated there as both fully God and fully man.  He has a glorified human body, which still bears the nail and spear scars, the marks of His crucifixion (John 20:24-27) — a forever testimony to His selfless love for mankind.  A new thing took place when God the Son walked the earth in human flesh, and now a new thing has also taken place in heaven, where the Son of man retains His humanity while at the same time exercising His full function within the Godhead, which is to rule and reign over the universe.  He is the “firstborn among many sons” (Romans 8:29), for He has paved the way so that we will one day also walk heaven’s halls in glorified bodies.

In heaven, God the Son has been honored with all reverence from eternity, but in ways which we cannot fully understand, He now receives still greater honor and glory than the limitless glory which was already His. Philippians 2:8 tells us that this greater glory is due to His humbling of Himself in becoming a man and His obedience to the Father in enduring the cross, “Wherefore God [the Father] also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).

Jesus bears the formal title of KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS (Revelation 19:16), He holds all power in both heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18), and at this time He is preparing for the day when all things will be put in subjection to Him, and even His enemies will acknowledge His Lordship with complete obeisance.

In 1 Corinthians 15:24-28, we are told that in the end of time, a shift in absolute Lordship from the Son to the Father will take place.  Christ will hand over the Kingdom to His Father, after He has subdued and abolished all opposing dominions and powers.  Before the Kingdom is transferred, He must finish the task of utterly conquering his enemies, including death, the final enemy. In essence, this was already a finished work at the time of His triumph at the cross and His subsequent resurrection. He already holds the keys of death and hell (Revelation 1:18). But here we are talking about the mop-up operation — enforcing His victory by ensuring that all rebellion will cease.  “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject to him [the Father] who put all things under him, that God may be all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28).

What will Jesus be doing after He has handed over the Kingdom to His Father? We may have a hint, in Revelation 21.  This is the era of the Bridegroom fully enjoying His union with His bride, the Church.  Verse 4 tells us He will wipe away all her tears.  Verse 3 says that “the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, … and God himself shall be with them ….”  We will fully know Him as Immanuel, “God with us.”

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The Nature of God: The Restorer

The Son

Jesus the Son is the Restorer of all things.  We talked in an earlier post about Him being the “last Adam,” a man without the sin nature, Who, unlike the first Adam, retained His purity throughout life, never once doing anything that displeased His heavenly Father.  By His victorious life, atoning death on the cross, and triumph over the grave, He restored back to man dominion over the terrestrial realm, which the first Adam had abdicated through his rebellion against God.

How do we know He has restored man’s original position?  That is a lengthy topic in itself, but the short answer is this: Jesus said to his disciples after His resurrection, “All authority is given to me in heaven and in earth.  Go, therefore …” (Matthew 28:18, 19).  Before the cross, He had promised, “I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19).  He did not give them this wholesale “whatsoever” authority to bind and release then.  He said, “I will give you ….”  But once he held all authority because of His triumph over sin, death, and hell, he delegated to us his authority in the earth realm.  The last Adam restored what had been abdicated by the first Adam.

While on earth, Jesus demonstrated His role as Restorer through healing, delivering people from demons, raising the dead, and bringing people out of sin and into transformed lives.  He has commissioned us to join with Him in His restorative work: “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely you have received, now freely give” (Matthew 10:8) and, “He who believes on me, the works that I do he shall do as well; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go to be with my Father” (John 14:12).

The Son’s role as Restorer is a progressive work.  Although at the cross, He declared the full victory, “It is finished” (John 19:30), we do not yet see the restoration in its completeness. Hebrews 2:8 tells us God the Father “has put all things in subjection under his feet. For in putting all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.”  Paul also mentions in 1 Corinthians 15:24-27 the progressive nature of the restoration: “Then shall the end come … when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority and power. For he must reign, until he has put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he has put all things under his feet….” 

The full restoration will be revealed when Jesus returns to earth as the conquering King.  Peter mentioned a coming day “when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.  And he shall send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:19-21).

We eagerly anticipate that day, and say with the Apostle John,  “Even so, come Lord Jesus.”

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