How To Prophesy
There are two thoughts of how this is done. If you think that faith is something you do, then this would fit. You would think up something you want to believe for someone and then you prophesy it believing in your head (soul) it will come to pass. This is the most familiar teaching in the faith movement. If all we have to do is believe for something to happen that we have spoken then we would not need to ask in prayer to God what He wanted to be said to the person to whom we are prophesying over.
So, let us look at FAITH. I know that most Bible scholars would say that the definition of faith is found in Hebrews 11:1, “For faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” This is what it is. Now, how do you get it?
We find in Romans 10:17, "That faith comes by hearing, and by hearing the WORD (rhema) of God." Rhema is the spoken word. This word must be of the spirit, meaning that it had to come to us by the inspired word of God. This word can come through preaching, reading of the Bible or by hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Some say that preaching is prophesying. If that were the case, then we would have to change a lot of the Bible. For prophecy is the telling of things to come by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In 2 Peter, we find that all scripture is given by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit as He spoke into men. Obviously, the Holy Spirit is still with us today. The last time I checked the Holy Spirit still had a voice, and had not been muzzled. Therefore, the Holy Spirit still speaks today inspired words (rhema).
We need to understand what faith is and is not, in order to be able to begin prophesying. First the definition in the Greek for faith is pistis: persuasion, a conviction based upon hearing revelation of truth. Faith and the word, belief, in the Greek language are the same. Faith comes by hearing the word of God! In other words, you must first have faith (hear the word of God) before you can prophesy. If we just spent time looking at the prophets of the Old Testament, we would see where all of them start their prophecy with, “Thus saith the Lord”, or “the Lord said unto me” so on and etc. My point is that they all first heard the voice of God. When the prophets of old said “the hand of the Lord came upon me”, is to say that the unction of the Holy Spirit came upon them.
There are those who teach that we are not to be lead by our feelings. I would choose to re-word that statement to say, we should not be lead by our emotions. The unction of the Holy Spirit and our fleshly emotions are difficult to discern at times. It is always easier to prophesy over someone you have never seen before, than it is to prophesy over someone you know well.
The reason is your emotions and soul (mind, will and emotions) will get in the way. You will not be able to tell what your hearing is from God or yourself.
So, who can prophesy? Anyone who has heard the voice of the Lord or knew within themselves by the unction, what is that the Holy Spirit desires you to say or do. Bottom-line: true prophecy always comes from the Lord. Not what we will but His Will. Apostle Paul, said in 1 Corinthians 14:1 that we should all desire to receive the gift of prophecy. In fact, Apostle Paul said, desire earnestly the gift of prophecy. Also, in Thessalonians, that we should not despise prophecy. How do you suppose we could despise prophecy? I would think that it would mean we should not take it lightly.
I have received a number of prophesies. Most of them were right on. I could tell where most of the people did not trust what they were hearing in the spirit. Therefore, they were not very strong in delivering the message. I have found that is best to go for broke, keeping in mind that your head should be left out of the thinking process. The best way to receive the true word of prophecy is to put your mind in neutral. That is much easier said than done. Faith is one of the nine spiritual gifts, found in 1 Corinthians 12. If faith is a gift, then how do you do it. How can you make a gift? You can't!
To prophesy, you must first hear from the Holy Spirit. To hear the Holy Spirit, you must know that Jesus is alive and speaks if you have an ear to hear the Spirit. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. If the Holy Spirit spoke in the Bible, in the past, then He can speak today. The Lord is looking for vessel who will do His will, those who will do what He commands.
Are you one of His vessels? Will you obey what He commands you to do today? If so, then you are one of His sheep who knows His voice. We may not all be prophets of God but we can all hear Him and obey if we have an ear to hear the Spirit.
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