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Prophetic Preaching

Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the One who sent Me.” (John 7:16)

Jesus consistently preached under the anointing of God, as we see in the above verse. Yet the key to being prophetic is that Jesus’ message carried the weight of supernatural creativity, breakthrough and fulfillment.  A prophetic preacher may use the gifts of teaching, exhortation and prophecy in a variety of ways; but the power of the message itself, will shift the atmosphere (Rom. 1:16-17). That is what makes it prophetic!

“And take the … sword of the Spirit, which is the word [rhema] of God” (Eph 6:17)

Prophetic Preaching contains a ‘Now’ Word:

The prophetic gift is employed to make known the thoughts, purpose and intent of God. Prophetic preaching has a sense of immediacy. In the New Testament, the Greek word ‘rhema’ primarily refers to the spoken word that carries power in its ‘utterance’, whereas ‘logos’ primarily refers to the written word, the logic of God or His thought process. Prophetic teaching and preaching releases the rhema of God’s “Spirit-breathed”, current Word. It is designed to reveal the Father’s “Now Word”, making known something that if believed would come forth. It answers the question, ‘What is God’s Word to us in this season?’

Example: The Apostle Paul said, “the word is near you even in your mouth and in your heart, that is the word of faith that we preach” (Rom. 10:8). He goes on to say that if you act on it by confessing and believing, you will be saved… You will be transformed!

What happens in prophetic preaching is that we are drawn into an experience by the conviction of the Holy Spirit as well as the will to believe and step into its power. It sets a Kairos moment… the opportune time for change and transformation. Prophetic preaching opens doorways into heavenly blessing, revelation and assignments.

“This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.” (1 Cor 2:13)

Based on Spiritual Revelation:

Prophetic preaching is inspired by the Holy Spirit through the means of revelation. The word ‘revelation’ in the New Testament Greek, apokalupsis, means an ‘uncovering’ or ‘disclosure’. In other words, God is revealing something by His Spirit that is not known by natural means… its a mystery. There is often a call to action or a need to respond and activate the Word received by the hearer. This is why we place a high priority on seasons of prayer or altar times, to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts when the atmosphere has been shifted in a room or auditorium. This may be to align one’s heart or actions, to pay attention to a timely warning or submit to guidance. When we do not position ourselves for God’s present or future plans, we often miss our opportunity. The consistent results of the prophetic instructions of God are for transformation and breakthrough.

Notice these two examples:

  1. “The children of Issachar, who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel should do… and all their brethren were at their command” (1 Chron. 12:32)
  2. “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching, because He taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.” (Mt. 7:28-29)

Prophetic Preaching Carries Authority:

This authority is not based upon the preacher’s gift, but on the basis of being entrusted with a message from God Himself. Throughout Scripture, the instruction given through a prophet brought breakthrough for God’s people. This included strategic guidance in a time of warfare (2 Chron. 20:14-17), a word of action in crisis (Gen 41:25-46) or a specific declaration of breakthrough (2 Kings 7:1-2). Prophetic preaching is of great value when a shift is needed to bring the Kingdom of God and push back against the darkness that floods our vision.

Empowering the Church:

“Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.”  (Acts 15:32)

The outcome of prophetic preaching, just as with all prophetic ministry, is that the Church and its leadership is built up, strengthened and empowered. (1 Cor 14:3-4)

At His Footstool

Ominous Sunset

Let the Heavens Open Wide

Psalm 110 is the most frequently quoted Old Testament passage in the New Testament. In this Psalm we get a picture of God as the Authoritative Father (Jehovah) speaking to His Son Jesus with crisp prophetic resolve…

“Come have a seat My Son, while the plans We worked out together before the creation of the world, reach their fulfillment”.

You might ask… why, out of all the ancient promises, did the first disciples turn to this text time and time again? The answer comes out of the fact that this Scripture gave them their purpose. This one text spoke more clearly than any other about how they understood themselves. They saw God at work in them… His Church – “Zion”. They embraced their assignment as God’s “rod of strength”; sent with a task and an anointing of power… “till I make Your (Jesus’) enemies Your footstool”.

Psalm 110 pinpoints the single greatest reality unfolding around us today…

the Kingdom of Heaven is forcefully advancing and men of violence are laying hold of its treasure (Mt 11:12).

Its drama helps us interpret both the front page of our newspapers as well as the frontlines of our battle. It reinforces the idea that people and events everywhere are being woven into the Kingdom plans for planet Earth… whether they know it or not. No matter how far from the center of God’s heart we may seem to be, Christ’s influence has its grip on every human domain. History is not moving in a vacuum; because God has a purpose in these last days to release an army of Saints to call out in the streets.

At “His footstool” we can watch history pursuing one increasing priority; not to have more church buildings or religious meetings… but to see God’s Son “rule in the midst of His enemies!” The enemies of Christ will fall, they will become the footstool beneath His feet and life upon this planet will change.

The Apostle John wrote, “…the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever” (Rev 11:15).

God Remembers!

“Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.” (Gen. 8:1)

Are you feeling like your promise is always just around the corner and never in your hand? You have received words upon words, promises upon promises from the Lord and you know that fulfillment is just around the corner, yet it seems like your corner never comes. If so, I pray this word is a blessing to you.

The first time we see the phrase “then God remembered” in the Bible is in this very passage, as Noah and the crew were enclosed in the ark for the duration of the flood. As the waters prevailed on the earth, the ark was tossed to and fro in the storm. Day after day they waited for the land to be dry again. Talk about something that seems to be just around the corner.

This does not imply that God forgot; rather, it announces that the fulfillment of His promise is finally at hand. In Hebrew, the word for remembered is zakar (a verb) meaning: to recall something, to remember, to call it to mind. God remembers Noah! He remembered the promise He had given to Noah and the time for action was clicking in! God was about to act on His Word!

A New Beginning:

Notice the Scripture reference, 8:1… “eight” is the number of new beginnings. Noah and the crew were on the threshold of a new beginning. The rains have ceased and the storm is over. The ark has come to rest and the waters are beginning to subside and it looks as though the corner is finally here and their promise is at hand.

When Waiting Becomes Exciting:

Even at the point of fulfillment, there is still more waiting… but this waiting is being done in the kyros moments of the activity of God. This is when the wait gets exciting. We are waiting for these clicked in moments where all that we see is now influenced by grace. Notice the wind that passed upon the earth to dry the ground and cause the waters to subside. This is what we are waiting for… the winds of change. Winds that signify that we are remembered by God! Seasons drag on without a sense of divine purpose, until the breath of heaven is released upon our lives. That is worth waiting for… and worth waiting in.

“Be still and know that I am God!” (Ps. 46:10) …the God who remembers!

The Declaration of God

“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

If you are a Christian, God speaks these amazing words over you: “You are My beloved Child, in whom I am well pleased!” He doesn’t speak these words over you, because you’ve earned them. You could never do enough to earn these words of love. God speaks these words over you, because of who Jesus is - for you.

A Father’s Love:

When God the Father spoke these powerful words over His Son (Mt 3:17), it was a day of affirmation that set the tone for His public ministry as the Messiah. It was more than significant, it was supernatural. I would like to propose that what was true of the Messiah, is true today of His people. God loves… immensely. 

A Faithful Son:

Jesus was the faithful Son who always did the will of His Father. Never once did He disobey or disappoint Him. All of Jesus’ activity, from the birth in the manger to His death on the cross were a fulfillment of the Father’s love in purpose, pattern and passion. As our Savior, Jesus obeyed the Father for us… so that the same words that were spoken over Him on that wonderful day, could be spoken over us in our daily routine, everyday. Living as a Christian involves learning that everyday, God our loving Father thinks of each one of us as His beloved Child in whom He is well pleased.

Enabling & Empowering:

Recognizing the spiritual impact of the Father’s declaration, enables and empowers the heart to dream and reach for the impossible. Those things that once caused us to stumble, begin to position themselves as stepping stones. We must learn to live in the reality of God’s loving pleasure and find a sense of freedom where troubles no longer control. Its the Father’s affirmation that encourages us to deal with the difficulties of life with confidence and humility. Mountains bow down and storms no longer threaten our progress. Clearly, one of the most wonderful priorities of the Holy Spirit is to place within the heart of every Child of God a responsive cry… “Abba, Father”! (Rom 8:15)

Feeling Desperate

God will meet you there

Feeling desperate and alone

Desperation is one of the most confusing and dangerous feelings a person can have. It’s dangerous because anxious, despairing people often do things without thinking about the long-term consequences. This sense of panic can cause you to make bad decisions. It can trick you into thinking that if you don’t act in the immediate, you’ll never have another chance.

We don’t want to focus our attention on Satan, but desperation must be one of his most effective tools. This feeling of hopelessness can detour people off God’s path and intimidate them into taking paths of fear and destruction. By the time the truth is realized, we’ve lost months, maybe years of our lives that we can never get back. So how do you defend yourself against this problem of desperation? What can you do as a Christian, to conquer the feelings and the desperate state of mind?

The Great Exchange:

Let me begin by reminding you that God loves you and has a plan for your life that He invested in about 2000 years ago. When the Heavenly Father sent His Only Son to die on the cross, it was in order to demonstrate His love and passion for you and I to become His children. It may sound odd, but His ability to know the end from the beginning, enables Him to creatively connect His love to us and our fulfillment of His purposes. Every day of our lives are written in the prophetic books of Heaven and His hope is that we will step into that prophetic flow, move in sync with His heart and find a faith empowered life… abundant and free. When we lay aside all that hinders us from hearing God, He opens up a pathway that makes following His will a joyful experience. Jesus said, “Come unto Me all who are weary and heavy laden… learn from Me, by becoming yoked with Me and I will give you rest for your souls” (Mt 11:28-29). In essence we can lay aside our desperation and exchange it for the peace that passes our understanding. Yea God!

Its that Simple?

Realize that desperation is a spirit and must be resisted. What the Bible tells us is that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us and as we then resist the Devil, from this secure position he will flee from us (Jms 4:7-8). This really does work, in that you and God together are a mighty force that totally intimidates the Devil. Recently I spoke to our fellowship about the Devil’s fall from Heaven at a speed of 182,000 miles/second. Imagine that fall! How do I know this, well Jesus said He personally witnessed the fall of the Devil and described it as… “like lightening”. Then in the next verse we read that Jesus has given us authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy (Lk 10:18-19). He has delegated authority to us for a life of fruitful abundance and has no plan of our delay, defeat or distractions. We must find the strength that comes from His Spirit and walk in victory over all fear based hindrances.

More than Conquerors!

The greatest hope of all is the knowledge that we are more than conquerors in Christ. Because His lives we also are alive in Him. Because He has conquered sin for us we overcome sin in this life. Because He has defeated death in His mortal body, we are fully equipped to face death every day and arise in the strength of His resurrection power. Yes, we are more than conquerors, because He has conquered the things that come against us, to cause feelings of desperation. Therefore, we rejoice in tribulation and bless those who curse us, we love and do not hate, forgive and believe the best. And we recognize more than anything that we cannot fail, for we have not come to represent ourselves. We are His Ambassadors, citizens of Heaven and friends of the King of Kings. He is and always will be Lord of All, which means there is no place remaining for feelings of desperation.