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)
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.
The Dream Book: A Practical Guide to Christian Dream Interpretation, by Lee Ann Rubsam
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Before Whom We Stand: The Everyman’s Guide to the Nature of God, by Lee Ann Rubsam
The Names of God, by Lee Ann Rubsam