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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)

A Believing People

Becoming “A Believing People” means we are called to agree with Heaven all the time! We must train our minds to consider that the heavens are open… Jesus opened them (Jn. 1:51). Believers are to live in unique ways… at the “spiritual gates” (places of entry) of Heaven where angels ascend and descend freely on assignment from God. As Kingdom Agents we are called to advance the supernatural ministry of Jesus in all the Earth; doing His will and obeying His voice. Our willingness to flow in the Spirit and train our minds for the administration of God’s increasing Glory connects Heaven (God’s resource) to Earth (the world of need). This principle could not be more clearly understood than when miracles are seen or healing occurs by the work of God in our midst. We must move in faith and we must move swiftly!

When we have minds set against the supernatural work of God and cannot embrace the impossible, then we will host no invasion of Heaven.

The Supernatural is Released through Agreement!

We had a marvelous example of this recently when a man had a heart attack and died in our Sunday morning worship service. Clyde lost his strength and slumped into his seat, while many around him leaped into emergency mode. His breathing was checked and pulse was undetectable… in this moment all of us were aware that this man had just died in our midst. Three men placed Clyde into his car and as the door was about to shut… God spoke…

“Call life back into this limp body.”

As I declared the Words of Heaven my mind was nowhere else but in agreement with the intent of God to raise this man from the dead! This was in no way something I could do in the natural; but agreement with the intent of Heaven gave influence at the gate between Heaven and Earth. Access – was all we needed! The power of God rushed into this impossible situation. Immediately the man came back from death and asked how he got to the car. With an enormous collective gasp of relief from the small group of believers… our hearts were forever positioned with a new perspective!

Clyde testified to the fact that he left his body and then heard someone calling him back. Within the next few moments his strength returned better than before. He re-entered the worship service as if he had been given new energy and a completely new heart. Needless to say – the congregation was amazed and rejoicing to see what God had done in their midst!

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!” – Matthew 6:10

As “A Believing People” our task is to see what is happening in Heaven and begin to pull it into the Earth realm. The only way to know how to function as gatekeepers is to walk in revelation. We must see through the mind of Christ and respond out of the Father’s heart toward the realities of Earth. Jesus said (Jn 3:12) “…how will you believe if I tell you Heavenly things?” It must come by way of revelation through the spiritual realm. Dwelling at the gates of Heaven means we embrace supernatural encounters as normal experience. As these opportunities arise they become an invitation to exercise faith, speak life and enjoy the favor of God’s touch. As Believing People, its revelation knowledge that helps us carry out our assignments from God (Psalm 84). I would rather be a doorkeeper in the House of My God than dwell in the tents of wickedness… for the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord will give grace and glory… no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly (Ps. 84:10-11). He is speaking here of the believing heart!

God is looking for those with loyal hearts – believing hearts – that He can show forth His goodness and release His favor…
All for His Glory!

Gateway People

An Open Heaven

The Time for Breakthrough

Becoming a “Gateway People” means we are called to agree with Heaven all the time… to train our minds to be “at the gates” (those places of entry) of Heaven where angels ascend and descend freely on assignment from God.

 As Kindom Agents we are called to advance the supernatural  ministry of Jesus in all the Earth; doing His will and obeying His voice. 

Our willingness to flow in the Spirit and train our minds for the administration of God’s increasing glory connects Heaven (God’s resource) to Earth (the world of need). This principle could not be more clearly understood than when miracles are seen or healings occur by the work of God in our midst. When we have minds set against the supernatural work of God and cannot embrace the impossible, then we will host no invasion of Heaven.

 The supernatural is released through our agreement.

 We had a marvelous example of this recently when a man had a heart attack and died in our Sunday morning worship service. Clyde lost his strength and slumped into his seat, while many around him leaped into emergency mode. His breathing was checked and pulse was undetectable… in this moment all of us were aware that this man had died. Three men placed Clyde into his car and as the door was about to shut…

 God spoke… “call life back into his limp body.”

 As I declared the Words of Heaven my mind was nowhere else but in agreement with the intent of God to raise this man from the dead. This was in no way something I could do in the natural; but agreement with the intent of Heaven gave influence at the gate between Heaven and Earth. The power of God rushed  into this impossible situation. Immediately the man came back from death and asked how he got to the car.

 He testified to the fact that he left his body and then heard someone calling him back.

 Within the next few moments his strength returned better than before… he re-entered the worship service as if he had been given new energy and a completely new heart.

 As Gateway People our task is to see what is happening in Heaven and begin to pull it into the Earth realm.

 The only way to know how to function as gatekeepers is to walk in revelation. We must see through the mind of Christ and respond out of the Father’s heart toward the realities of Earth.

 Jesus said (Jn 3:12) “…how will you believe if I tell you Heavenly things?” It must come by way of revelation through the spiritual realm. Dwelling at the gates of Heaven means we embrace supernatural encounters as normal experience. As these opportunities arise they become an invitaion to excersize faith, speak life and enjoy the favor of God’s touch. As Gateway People, its revelation knowledge that helps us carry out our assignments from God (Psalm 84). God is looking for those with loyal hearts, that He can show forth His goodness and release His favor upon us. All for His Glory!

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