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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)

Praise Positions Us

Jesus has made the only perfect sacrifice for our freedom from sin’s residue. His blood, shed on the cross, has made us acceptable to God. Through faith in Him we are reconciled to our Heavenly Father and made heirs to all the promises and blessings found in our relationship with Him.

Praise is a powerful tool that helps us take pocession of that freedom.

“Therefore by Him, let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks unto His name” (Heb 13:15).

The Old Testament spoke of the “sacrifice of thanksgiving” (Lev 7:12). This was a form of peace offering. The peace offering brought an individual into a wonderful experience by ushering them into the Hebrew concept of “shalome”… wholeness and well-being. It was presented when someone was seeking blessing from the Lord or desired to give thanks for blessing received. It was bigger than just a religious ritual, because it renewed a fellowship with God and brought real joyful expression to the covenant made with Him. The Hebrew word for “thanksgiving” in Leviticus 7 is “towdah” and expresses adoration and commitment. Literally, it refers to the extension of the hand, as in fellowship or communicating an embrace.

The author of Hebrews picked up on this term when he referred to “the fruit of our lips giving thanks”. The Greek word for “giving thanks” is homologeo meaning to say the same word… it is commonly translated as “confess”.

This is how the New International Version says it, “the fruit of lips that confess His name”. To confess something is to acknowledge and get into agreement with it… to embrace it completely. With our sacrifice of praise, we are coming into transformation as we confess the name of the Lord. We are getting into agreement with, who God is and what He has done. Through this refocus we begin to understand our true identity and experience what we have in Him.

Praise brings agreement and stabilizes our hearts in God’s Will and purposes for life.

The author of Hebrews is actually saying that from our mouths, we can position ourselves in His strength… in His peace and in the Blessing. So lets Praise Him all the more!

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