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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)

Seeing and Hearing

The Mysteries of the Kingdom

Reading the Bible is a challenge in our busy lifestyles. There’s no guarantee that we will understand what we have been reading, because Truth is revealed by the Holy Spirit. But as disciples, we are invited into a search for revelation! Hearing and seeing are active in nature… they require something beyond our casual observation. I would encourage every student of the Word of God to become a student of the heart of God! Wait in the moments that follow your reading and hear what the Holy Spirit will whisper into your spiritual ears. Good revelation fills the understanding and allows the Kingdom of God to find a place to rule in our mind and renew our thinking. The “heart” is the seedbed for spiritual understanding, so until Truth gets embedded to that level, it will never produce the fruit we are after… wait for it!

(Mt 13:1-18)

“On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the seaAnd great multitudes were gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat down; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: Behold, a sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.  Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.  But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.  And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.  But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.  He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

“ And the disciples came and said to Him, Why do you speak to them in parables? He answered and said to them, Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; for the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.”

“But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; or assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

Asking – “Why?” …just feels better sometimes, because it requires no responsibility! But the Blessing of God emerges in our spiritual seeing and hearing!

Then Jesus makes this statement: (Verse 18) “Therefore, hear the parable of the sower!”

Bring the Gifts

“For a day in Your Courts is better than a thousand (elsewhere). I would rather be a doorkeeper in the House of My God than dwell in the tents of wickedness” (Ps. 84:10)

“How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.” (1 Cor. 14:26)

What are you bringing into ”the courts” with you? I know the results of valuing a day in “God’s House”! When all of God’s Children are freely and publicly exercising their spiritual gifts in supernatural ways, the House flourishes with the goodness of the Lord! Its amazing what God will do when He is allowed to release freedom in His House!  

Edification:

The Apostle Paul describes it as the kind of excitement that fills the heart and builds up the fellowship. Notice the phrases, “each of you has” – a psalm, a teaching, a tongue, a revelation, an interpretation. These are Holy Spirit inspired contributions that make the times of gathering carry impact and power. These are manifestations of the Holy Spirit!

Coming to Contribute:

Generally speaking, when Christians come together today, they come with the primary purpose of receiving, not contributing. They come to get a blessing, to receive healing, to hear a preacher. This is okay, but incomplete!This was not the way of the New Testament Church. There, the members came not primarily to receive, but to contribute. Paul mentions various possible forms of contribution.

  • A psalm would denote some form of musical contribution. This might be the product either of natural talent or of the supernatural enabling of the Holy Spirit.
  • A teaching would denote the ability to impart some truth from the teaching of God’s Word.
  • A tongue or an interpretation of tongues are inspiring manifestations of the Holy Spirit that have the same impact as a prophecy which encourage, direct and strengthen the Body.
  • A revelation would cover any one of the three main revelatory gifts: a word of wisdom, a word of knowledge, and discerning of spirits.

Full Participation!

Bringing something means, we are “all” to participate in the fellowship. In this way, every member has something spiritual to contribute towards the worship and edification of God’s family. They are able to fulfill the words given by the Apostle Peter: “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another” (1 Pet. 4:10).

The ability of the members to minister to one another is a powerful reality we do not see in most congregational settings. Ministry to others often depends merely on a few naturally talented or educated leaders with a degree or a license. The problem is that many of God’s Children become second class citizens, remaining passive or inactive, without any real opportunities for spiritual expression or development. Opportunities give people experiences with God that prove He is real. If we wait for Him, He will manifest His love everytime (Jn. 14:21).

Fruitfulness:

Breakthroughs come when the supernatural ministry of the Holy Spirit is allowed to freely flow. In this way, the members are delivered from their own natural limitations into a corporate atmosphere where they can all operate freely and share together in the ministry of the House. Its the Father’s desire that all of His kids be effective and active in the household of faith, not just spectators. Thus the Body of Christ, as a whole, is able to fulfill its appointed function… built up and encouraged.

Mountain Top Experience

Seeing the Extreme

   As Ron was eating his breakfast this morning one of the servers mentioned to him that on Sunday evening there were many people waiting at the Malaha Market for the crusade services to continue.  After 4 days of experiencing the incredible power and glory of God… they  wanted MORE! No one had shared with them the crusades were ending and honestly it made Ron want to extend them on. Yet other churches were waiting.

Seeing the mountain top

top of Mt. Elgon

It was suppose to take an hour to reach the top of the mountain today, but the car began to overheat.  As the Pastors began to look for water, Ron greeted the children that lined the road shouting, “Muzungu, muzungu, hi muzungu!” Soon they got the car going again.  They were able to make the trip to the top of the mountain where people were waiting in great expectation for the Word of God.  There were people everywhere.  The building itself could hold about 50 people, but now had at least 100 packed in, with another 200 or more outside peaking in to hear what God was speaking today.  After a few hours, they drove half-way down the mountain to share a couple of teaching sessions with the churches from yesterday. The hunger level is almost beyond the imagination.  Ron’s message was on “Using Joy to draw Water from the Wells of Salvation(Isa 12:3). 

Seeing Blessing

   During lunch the women would bring pails of water for the pastors to wash their hands before the meal.

Washing the Pastor’s hands

  They would always begin with Ron, meeting almost every need he had without asking.  If he was drinking coffee and they thought it was too cold, they would dump out the coffee and get fresh.  Today Ron took the pail from the women and said, “It’s my turn.”  He began to wash those Pastors’ hands, blessing them as he went. The leaders were visibly moved by the gesture of service shown to them.  They began to experience love, poured out like the Holy Spirit… not just over their hands, but over their hearts.

Raining -vs- Reigning: 

This is the rainy season in Kenya, yet it has been the most unusual for Webuye. When Ron arrived in Eldoret the first day; the rain, which seemed to be held back began to come. The rains would stop for the outdoor Crusade meetings and then begin again as soon as they were inside. We needed two days without rain in order to ascend the treacherous Mt. Elgon roads. God Reigns! He gave the clear skies they needed for Ron to make it up the mountain and preach to a packed house, where many had never seen a white man. 

To God be the Glory great things He has done.

  This was Ron’s last day in Webuye, and Mt. Elgon regions.  Tomorrow he will travel to Eldoret, a city of 200,000 and begin another Pastor’s Conference.  There have been so many awesome things God has confirmed and accomplished during this time… we can’t wait to see what is to come!

Seeing Expectation

   From 5am -7am every morning for at least a month there has been a group of pastors, leaders, and prayer warriors meeting together at Pastor Allan’s church building to pray for the Pastor’s Conference the next two days.  Each  morning around 7:30 am Pastor Allan calls to tell Ron of their time before the Lord and the expectations of what God is about to do.  The testimonies of what has happened at Webuye stirs them up to pray harder for their own city. Nothing seems impossible and they are expecting God to do amazing things among them!!  Let’s join them!

Increasing Glory

Seeing Healing

    On day 2 of the Pastors conference, the 1st session of the day Ron spoke on “Getting your needs met in the Glory”.    He told them that only through the power of the Holy Spirit and being thoroughly filled by Him can we truly get our needs met. 

Ron eating lunch with the Pastors

  Ron’s greatest desire was to spend quality time with the Pastors and meet with them a few at once, or one on one.  His goal was to do this during  lunch time.  Yesterday he opened that up and not many Pastors took him up on it.  Today they realized he really did want to meet them, get to know their hearts, and love them through whatever they were going through.  Ron said several spoke with him during lunch about issues of purity, holiness, and morality.  Ron wept with them, and prayed with them for the Holy Spirit to meet all of their needs and heal their hurts. 

Seeing Multiplication

     By the time the 4th session began, the small building (the size of a 4 car garage) was filled to capacity with over 200 people.  Word had gotten out, and by the end of the day there were more than just Pastors being ministered to.  People from all ages were crowded in the standing room only building (with no bathrooms, or indoor plumbing) hungry for whatever Word God would give them. The children would sit on the floor for hours and listen.   And God showed up!!!! 

   Once again it rained all day, so at the end of the 4th session the people again prayed for the rain to stop for the crusade meeting in the evening.

Open Heaven

  They watched as the sky opened up and light began shining through.  Ron said, “Do you want to see an Open Heaven?  Look up here it is, prophecy into this Open Heaven what your needs are”.  The people began praying, shouting, and praising God for hearing their voice, and answering their prayers.  This was the beginning of the Glory showing up, and it stayed for the evening crusade.

Seeing Miracles!!

   Again, at least 1000 people or more showed up, 50-75%  were children.  They came out of the shop buildings, from the side streets, and sat, in the mud to hear the Word of the Lord for that day.  Ron’s message was “He Knows Your Name”.  He told them how much God loved them and how He knew them before they were born.  That God not only knew their names,  but He loved them, and He didn’t just love them,  He liked them.  Ron asked who wanted to “know the God who knows your name” come forward Now!  Over 200 people ran to the stage area weeping and crying and giving their hearts to God.  Following that Ron called out for “anyone needing healing”, and 4 people ran foward and were healed immediately.  Next they brought forward someone who had been tormented by demons for years.  They were instantly delivered!  After that Ron called out, “I think we need to celebrate, Let’s Dance!!”  So, the Mazunga (white man) who can’t dance, led them in the dance!!!  The dance began with the 200 in the front (mostly children ages 7-teens) and soon it went  everywhere, along the streets, on the sidewalks, through the courtyard until Ron jumped off the stage and began placing his hands on the crowd of children up front and saying, “I Bless you, I Bless you, I Bless you” over each one.   Then he ran further through the crowd proclaiming blessings on the rest of the people.  He stopped for a moment and looked up and realized the children had formed a line, for the blessing.  That they would each come up to be blessed, and as he watched them leave, they would run to the back of the line to be blessed again!!!  This was just day 2!!

 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”      Exodus 33: 17-18

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