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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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Sword, Shield, Reward

swordRecently the Lord spoke to me via a gentle thought, “God’s Word is a sword and shield to me.” Immediately, my intellect went to work correcting me, “No! The Word is the sword of the Spirit, but faith is the shield!” (Ephesians 6:16, 17). I recognized, though, that this was merely my mind trying to misuse Scripture to steal from me what God wanted to implant in my heart. (How many of you ever have this happen to you? I think it is probably more frequent than we realize.)

I asked the Lord to help me recall whether there were verses in the Bible which would connect the Word with a shield. And what came to mind was that Jesus and His Word are one, because He is the Word. John 1:1 and 14 reveal Jesus as the Word: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us….”

Jesus is also our shield: “But You, O LORD, are a shield for me…” (Psalm 3:3) and, “Behold, O God our shield. … For the LORD God is a sun and shield…” (Psalm 84:9, 11).

So, because Jesus is our shield, and the Word and Jesus are one, God’s Word can be seen as both a sword and a shield to us. Now, how do we apply that idea? Many of us are already familiar with using the Word of God as our sword. It is our offensive weapon, used to aggressively take territory from the enemy through declaring, “It is written …,” claiming what is rightfully ours and the Kingdom’s through our blood covenant in Christ Jesus.

But the Word is also our defensive shield. We use it to wrap protection around ourselves and our loved ones. We use powerful verses like those found in Psalm 91, or Psalm 140:4: “Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.”  Again, we might use it in an “It is written” declaration, or we might simply petition the Lord for His deliverance from evil, by praying the Word back to Him.

You may already be using God’s Word as both a sword and a shield, but sometimes an image such as this can solidify for us what we are doing, so that it becomes a more settled truth in our hearts. We increase in confidence in using God’s Word when we can picture it as our sword and shield.

crownThe next day, another of those gentle thoughts came to mind: “God is my reward. He is my exceedingly great reward.” I knew that was somewhere in the Bible, and sure enough, when I searched, Genesis 15:1 was the spot: “After these things, the word of the LORD came to Abram [Abraham] in a vision, saying, ‘Fear not, Abram: I am your shield, and your exceedingly great reward.'”

We often focus on the rewards we will someday receive for our faithful service to the Lord, but do we realize that He, in and of Himself, is the greatest reward we will ever have? Compared to the reward of Himself all other rewards are paltry.

Because he believed the Lord, Abraham was called the Friend of God (James 2:23). Jesus said of us, “You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you. From now on, I do not call you servants, … but I have called you friends…” (John 15:14, 15). Abraham was God’s friend; we are His friends. He was Abraham’s exceedingly great reward; He is our exceedingly great reward. How amazing that we can participate in this blessing!

May these precious truths sink deeply into each of our hearts:

  • God’s Word is our sword and also our shield.
  • And He Himself is our shield and our exceedingly great reward.

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Before Whom We Stand: The Everyman’s Guide to the Nature of God,
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Before Whom We Stand Is Here!

BeforeWhomWeStandbigElijah knew Him intimately as “The LORD … before Whom I stand.” 

Who is this mighty God Whom we love and serve? What does it mean that He is sovereign? Does He do miracles yet today? How can we be certain that He will do for us what the Bible says He will do?

In Before Whom We Stand: The Everyman’s Guide to the Nature of God, I present simple, foundational explanations of God’s nature, as revealed in the Bible. You will discover His impeccable character, how the Persons of the Trinity function together, and the particular roles of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You will also discover how God’s nature affects the way He interacts with people.

Whether you are established in your faith, a new believer, or someone seeking to know more about what Christians believe, this book is sure to increase your understanding of Who the God of the Bible is.

Before Whom We Stand can be used for individual study, discipleship classes, as an evangelism tool for reaching seeking nonbelievers, or as a supplemental Bible class text for the older homeschooler.

Available in print from Amazon and Full Gospel Family Publications.

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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 Testifier

The Holy Spirit

John 15:26 shows us yet another function of the Holy Spirit.  He testifies of Jesus.  “But when the Comforter has come, whom I will send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me.”   

This is very important to know.  We live in an age when more and more people are craving anything of a supernatural nature, and sadly, even many in the Church are accepting without question every supernatural wonder that comes along.  God is releasing miraculous phenomena in the earth today — but the enemy also produces many signs and wonders with the intent to deceive even God’s people.

We should not throw out the supernatural simply out of fear that it might not be God.  Often, supernatural manifestations which truly are from the Lord are denounced by narrow-minded Christians who get nervous about anything outside their normal realm of experience.  Jesus warned the religious leaders of His day who accused Him of doing miracles by the power of the devil, that this was blaspheming the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:22-32).

But we do need to carefully discern the true from the counterfeit.  The #1 line of defense is to make certain that whatever is going on does not contradict Scripture.  But deception can be so subtle that I believe we need to go beyond a surface examination of whether it appears to be OK biblically.  It is necessary to be so intimately acquainted with the Spirit’s whisper, that we will sense whether something is from Him or not. If the foremost focus is sensations, thrills, unusual manifestations, and being “drunk in the Spirit,” rather than Jesus, something is off.  The Holy Spirit always testifies of Jesus and glorifies Him above all.

The Holy Spirit not only testifies of Jesus to us, but also through us.  He testifies of Jesus to the world around us: “And when he has come, he will reprove the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment” (John 16:8).  Jesus goes on to say that the sin the Holy Spirit will reprove the world for is the sin of not believing on Jesus (John 16:9).  How will He do this?  Primarily through the Holy Spirit-led testimony of Christians, accompanied by signs and wonders such as mentioned in  Mark 16:17-18: “And these signs shall follow those who believe: in my name they shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” 

In my series, Speaking as the Oracles of God, I talk about the necessity of speaking by the prompting of the Spirit, rather than from our natural understanding. When we do that, our speech will inevitably be filled with references to Jesus — and even when we are not directly speaking of Him, so much Christ-like grace and goodness will be evident that people will come to love Him by what they see in us and hear coming from our lips. 

We were never meant to testify of Jesus in our own power, but by yielding to the Holy Spirit, so that He could give us just the right words for the moment.  Jesus told His disciples, “But when they deliver you up, take no thought for how or what you shall speak, for what you shall speak shall be given to you in that same hour. For it is not you who speaks, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you” (Matthew 10:19, 20).  This is why Jesus also instructed them to wait at Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit came to infill them, so that they would receive power to be witnesses to Him throughout the world (Acts 1:8).

 The Holy Spirit is the One who endows us with the nine spiritual gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, many of which are prophetic speaking gifts.  I find it interesting that Revelation 19:10 comments, “… the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”  True prophetic gifts, coming from the Holy Spirit, the Testifier, will point to Jesus.

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