The Key to Operating in the Prophetic
Prophecy has been a very difficult subject over the years for a variety of reasons. If you’ve been a pastor, or a leader, you know that sometimes “prophecies,” can cause more trouble than help. Yet at the same time the Bible teaches us that you should not despise prophecy. My goal is to put the genuine spirit of prophecy in you and lay a prophetic foundation for you to speak to your church, denomination, and nation.
So what exactly is the key to being prophetic? Let’s start by defining the message of the prophet. When Paul talks to the Corinthian church he says:
… “Everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.” (1 Cor. 14:3).
This is what I call “congregational prophecy” . These are the prophecies that happen among the body of Christ when it meets together with the purpose to strengthen, encourage, and comfort the body. While we certainly need a word for individuals on a congregational level, the Bible does not say that God gives a ‘fresh word’ to everybody everywhere. This mistake has almost caused prophecy to be despised. In truth, God is saying the same thing to everybody in the world, because his will has pretty much been the same for everyone for thousands of years.
So what’s the key to prophetic speaking, singing, writing or preaching?
You are not trying to discover prophecy. You are not trying to discover new and dramatic words for this generation. No, the prophet does not discover prophecy by sticking your ear up in the air and listening. The prophet recovers prophesy. Because the prophetic word that was the cure a thousand years ago is still the cure today: “Return Oh faithless people.”
“Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty.” (Zech. 1:3)
There are pages, and pages of what the prophets were saying. Over, and over, and over again…”Return to the LORD,”… “Return to the LORD,”…“Return to the LORD.” Over and over again, this is the prophetic message down through the ages.
Even faith is not discovered. It is recovered. That is what a true revival in God does. It does not invent…it rediscovers what is already here. The faith of Abraham has already been released into the world. The prophet burns with rediscovery.
There is nothing flattering about prophecy. There is no ego boost in taking on the prophets of Baal. There is no glamour in raging against religious spirits that keep God’s people sick in their souls and bent over in their spirits. There are no compliments for taking on the spirits that kill the prophets. And yet, prophets we must have. We must have prophets that appear out of the despair of humanity with the ability to understand, to see and to hear the divine.
When our current spiritual dysfunction turns to spiritual abandonment and compromise, then the voice of the prophet must roar like a lion, “RETURN TO THE LORD AND LIVE.”
We are not here to listen to prophetic pats on the back. We are here to become the prophets of the world, that declare to the world:
“RETURN TO THE LORD AND LIVE.”