Beware any ‘prophetic’ movement which encourages you to ‘try’ to prophesy, or to ‘exercise the prophetic muscle.’ There was NEVER any prophet in scripture who was in right standing with God who ever needed to TRY or exercise in prophecy. Either the Word of the Lord came to them, or it did not.The basis for all REAL prophecy is not only that GOD has revealed something to someone, but that he has directed them to disclose what he revealed. (Deut 18:20). Nowhere in Scripture does any holy prophet of God draw on any source other than God for inspiration.Some will say God told Jeremiah ‘What do you see?’ God said that because he was showing Jeremiah something. When Daniel interpreted dreams or the writing on the wall, he interpreted messages which came from God, and relied ONLY on God for inspiration.When a priest would inquire of the Lord and the Urim and Thummim were used, they were never a source of inspiration, but merely a means by which God answered ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ They inquired of the LORD. The only incidents in scripture in which people used objects or images to inspire them with regard to their spiritual life are ALWAYS incidents involving idolatry, witchcraft, and false prophetic utterance.Call this ‘book smarts’ if you want, there are no idle details in the word of God, and the Holy Spirit inspired its authorship. Therefore, any patterns and paradigms therein are present with a purpose, and not to be disregarded. If it was the Holy Spirit who inspired these very specific things to be written, the Holy Spirit would not be ‘leading’ people into ‘prophetic’ practices which are contrary to the proclamations, prohibitions,prescriptions, patterns, and paradigms of HIS book.Many are being drawn into this deception, and are inevitably snared by the new age witchcraft which has become so common in charismatic circles today. Brethren, please pray for eyes to be opened… this deception runs far deeper in the church world than you may suspect.
Practice prophecy thread!
Just kidding. No one ever needs to practice prophesying.
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:21)
If you really could genuinely prophesy whenever you want, you could heal, work miracles, and cast out demons whenever you wanted, too.
There are quite a few reasons why so many who teach on the prophetic promote ‘practicing.’ The first and most obvious is that very often we may genuinely perceive something prophetically, and getting people to speak what they see or otherwise perceive is an easy way to get some kind of ‘results’ out of your teaching. However. not everything we perceive is intended to be disclosed.
Even the secular world understands this. Certain information is classified, and is not for public disclosure, and releasing it without authorization can have severe penalties. In Deuteronomy 18:20, the word says:
But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
There was a death penalty not just for a prophecy that wasn’t real, but for ANYTHING spoken in God’s name that He had not expressly commanded. Thus we must understand that for something to be real prophecy, God has to have expressly directed you to say it.
This brings us to the usual claims of ‘practicers’ that they are being led by the Holy Spirit. If indeed you are being led by the Holy Spirit, why then do you not rely on that leading for guidance? When then are you in 34 Facebook groups looking for a word when you could be following His direction into your destiny?
Prophecy has its place. It has a role, but we were never meant to live by it. Many of you are seeking prophetic words when all this time God has been giving you direction all around you, but you haven’t paid attention. You’ve overlooked His guidance because you didn’t trust Him to guide you in the first place.
Let him who has an ear hear what the Spirit is saying to the church: The just shall live by faith.
There’s so much about life in the prophetic life that should be obvious, even common sense, but in today’s world of widespread chicanery, they may as well be secrets. Much of this has more to do with habits of character than it does with any mystical or spooky experiences that so many prophets claim t have. Let’s talk about some of the things that contribute to a consistent and clear prophetic flow.
Someone asked me recently about the difference between the prophet and the gift of prophecy, so I put together this little video.
Both receive revelation from God, but the Bible clearly shows us that there are some notable differences between the prophet and the gift of prophecy, including:
The Prophet is ordained in the womb; the gift of prophecy is received after becoming a believer.
The Prophet can function in the gift without being believer; the gift of prophecy is strictly for believers.
The Prophet, once set in the office can be ‘tuned in’ all the time, while someone with gift of prophecy receives revelation only when the gift is active.
So often many of us want to prophesy, but don’t understand that God reveals his secrets according to specific criteria, including but not limited to:
1. Those who need to Know
2. Those who serve Him
3. Those who can be trusted with secrets
The prophetic a tool to build the church, and a weapon against the enemy, but it is NOT a toy. If you really want to prophesy, learn to respect the things of God, keep your life clean, and make yourself useful to the Kingdom.
God never intended for you to be chasing after a prophetic word every day. This insatiable addiction to prophecy I’ve seen in churches and in Facebook groups is… not from God, and it renders people highly susceptible to seduction by the familiar spirits that some ‘prophets’ move in.
To some extent this happens because the leadership of the segment of the church which believes in the prophetic has created a dependency which gives the prophet an idolatrous place in the life of the believer.
Feeling discouraged and need a boost? In 1 Samuel 30, when David and his men returned to Ziklag to find that the enemy had burned their homes and taken their families captive, his men started talking about stoning him, because they clearly blamed him for being away from home when the enemies came. He didn’t go looking for a prophet to comfort or encourage him:
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. (1 Sam. 30:6)
Later in the chapter, he DOES inquire of the Lord for himself, not for encouragement, but for direction. He then takes his men and goes after the enemy. The recover EVERYTHING, and take additional spoils. David then uses his share of the spoils to send gifts to the leaders of Israel in the towns and cities David frequented.
What can we learn from this? The answer to your need for encouragement isn’t always in some prophet, but often in your own mouth, and when you ACT on the word of the Lord, God will position you not just for restoration, but for promotion, IF we ACT, and then use the fruit of our action to bless OTHERS.
When David sent those gifts, it wasn’t just about their inherent value. It also made a statement: I’m your king, I fight our enemies, and when I do, I do it for YOU, too… that even when David was fighting for his family and the families of his men, he still thought of the rest of Israel and its leaders. This communicated to them that they could trust David to think of them, even when handling his own personal business.
Are you called to leadership? Stop chasing prophecies, and ACT on the prophetic words you’ve been given already. God and his prophets will still have more to say.
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The short answer on ‘how’ to prophesy isn’t so much a matter of ‘stepping out in faith’ as it is a matter of learning to listen to the Father. Think about it. Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Elijah, etc., never had to step out in faith or try to prophesy. The Word of the Lord CAME TO THEM.
If they didn’t have to try, no one under the better covenant of grace needs to try, either. Instead, relax, earnestly pray for your brethren, and listen for what the Father may have to say.
Don’t stress if he doesn’t say anything, or show you anything all the time. Remember that your first ministry is worship. The gifts flow more readily from that place.
One thing I used to do, and still do from time to time is I get up before everyone else in the house, and get quiet before God. During that time I either don’t speak at all, or I speak to no one but God. If you try this, be sure to plan ahead with spouses and family members so they don’t think you’ve gone off the deep end.
A lot of times our lives and minds are so cluttered with ‘noise’ that doesn’t even matter, and we are either distracted or just neglect the fine art of listening to UNDERSTAND instead of to respond.
That also helps in our human relationships. Because we focus so much on how we want to respond or what we want to say next, we frequently misunderstand each other. Not surprisingly, we do the same thing with God, so even when we do hear/see something from him, it’s distorted by the noise of life, culture, opinion, and so on.
So, get quiet, and start listening to understand, and see what happens
For the inaugural podcast of The RIFT Online Church, the Lord led me to Ezekiel 37 in regard to the coming move of God that so many of us have been waiting for.
There are many of you living in what looks like defeat and reproach, but God is overturning it to bring you into your intended purpose.
Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah. (1 Kings 17:9-16) [emphasis mine]
When this passage of scripture is used to entice people to give, rarely is any attention given to the fact that before Elijah even left the brook, God had already directly spoken to the widow, and commanded her to feed and house him. Then, when Elijah, tells her to make him a cake first, he prophesied to her before she gave him the cake. Now, this wasn’t just any prophet, either. This was Elijah, whose word always came to pass. The same Elijah who could call down fire from heaven. Yet today we have prophets whose words fail often and yet they believe themselves to be entitled to honors that no Biblical prophet, not even the Savior himself, ever presumed to demand.
-from 7 Keys to Prophetic Protocol