Have you ever had a life changing word that someone spoke over you? Maybe the person didn’t know anything about your personal struggles, but the power of the Word gave you hope and renewed your faith. If you can relate, someone was actually prophesying over you. Prophecy means to “speak forth” the heart and mind of God or declare His divine will under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Any person can become God’s messenger and share a personal word that will meet a need, build faith, and restore hope.
Think about someone you know. What are they experiencing now? What hasn’t been settled? What is hurting? God’s heart is to speak to their potential and release hope for their future. Gideon was at his lowest point. God had to shift his thinking. God sent a word that changed Gideon’s trajectory, Judges 6:12, states “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valor”. Even though Gideon defined his future as “my family is poor and I am the least in my father’s house.” God only saw potential, and His “Spoken Word” shifted him from an attitude of hopeless to one of purpose.
The Bible says we may ALL prophesy: “… I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens, I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.” Acts 2:17,18
You too can prophesy and encourage others. I Corinthians 12:7, says: “The manifestation of the spirit is given to everyone.” There’s no one left out – this is for you! There isn’t anything greater than to be able to receive a direct, clear, prophetic Word from the Lord. A prophetic Word when received edifies, exhorts, and encourages someone to build faith. You can be the messenger to deliver the word. Below are the steps that will release the prophetic gift:
- Ask for the Gift: “Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, but rather you may prophesy.” I Corinthians 14:1
- Understand the Purpose: “He that prophesies speaks to edification, exhortation and comfort.” I Corinthians 14:3
- Determine to Love: I Corinthians 13; and 12:4-11, “Spiritual gifts are given so we can serve one another.”
- Study the Gifts: “We are zealous, eagerly desire spiritual gifts, seek that you may excel to the edifying of the church.” I Corinthians14:12
- Develop Your Faith: “…let us prophesy in proportion to our faith,” Romans 12:6
- Build Yourself Up: “Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.” I Corinthians 14:4; Jude 20
- Rely on the Holy Spirit: “Prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”. 2 Peter 1:21
When Paul said to “desire earnestly to prophesy” and to “desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy,” this is something the Lord would like you to do. Go to Him in prayer and tell Him that you have a desire for Him to release this prophetic gift through you. Be available. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. He will start manifesting this gift through you so that you can bring comfort, joy, peace, or direction into the lives of others. The benefit is…3 John 4, “I have no greater joy…” It’s an honor and a joy to receive the gift and to know you can be the messenger of God’s “Spoken Word” that will restore someone’s hope for success.
By: Pastor Susan Dyer