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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)

Forgiveness #4: Triumphant

“Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” (Rom. 6:11-14)

You cannot fight sin successfully until you know your sin is forgiven!

Forgiveness is the first step in your battle over the power of sin! The only sin that you can triumph over in practice is the sin that Christ has died for. If He had not died to take away your condemnation, then you could make no progress at all in sanctification. You don’t make yourself holy in order to be justified. You are justified by faith in order to become holy.

Notice the Progress:

  1. A righteousness revealed by faith… (Rom. 1:16-17)
  2. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God… (Rom. 3:20-26)
  3. Christ died for your sin… (Rom. 5:8-9)
  4. You died and rose with Christ… (Rom. 6:1-6)
  5. God united you with Christ by faith… (Rom. 6:5)
  6. God justifies you… (2 Cor. 5:21)
  7. You can have peace with God and triumph over sin… (Rom. 5:1-5)

Your triumph over sin in the body follows Christ’s triumph over sin on the cross. Satan wants to defeat you with the hopeless reality of a guilty conscience. But rather than a guilty conscience… you are given a clean slate to begin again – Praise God! What is your hope? Forgiveness! How do you rise triumphant over sin? Faith in Christ… Its the reality of looking by faith on all that He has done – who He is and what He promises to do in you. Your righteousness, is Christ on the inside of you; revealed by faith and received as a free gift… to become the triumphant King in your life.

“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,  in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1:13-14)

“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,  having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.  Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” (Col. 2:13-15)

The Gospel of Power

Free to Dance!

Preaching in Kenya Africa

The Apostle Paul wrote: “Our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.” (1 Thess. 1:5)

We are to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom like Jesus did; not just with words, but with the dynamic power it carries. God’s message is not dependent on the speaking skills of men, but the anointing of the Holy Spirit. To preach the Gospel of the Kingdom is to release more that just eloquent sermons, but to experience the power of God that transforms the world around us. The concern is that we would allow our preaching to rest upon the wisdom of man rather than the power of God (1 Cor. 2:1-5).

This is how the Apostle Paul describes his ministry: “I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done, by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.” (Rom 15:18-19)

Evangelistic strategies must not rest on gimmics or elequence. This is not just the suggestion of the Apostle Paul. It was what changed the atmosphere of unbelief throughout all of the culture of Jesus’ day. He came to bring a Kingdom that would crush darkness as it advanced in the Earth.

  • Jesus went about proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom and healing every sickness and every disease among the people (Mt. 9:35).
  • God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power and He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him (Acts 10:38).
  • This was the purpose for which the Son of God was manifest, that He might destroy the works of the devil (1 Jn. 3:8).

We must lead people to Christ through the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit. Our need is to preach the Gospel as Heaven’s Message to mankind and welcome God’s intervention as the One who confirms His Word through signs and wonders. He will do it as He said He would (Ps. 107:20)(Zech. 4:6).

“This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard Him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.” (Heb. 2:3-4)

This is what God does! He uses miracles to testify about salvation. A message that only speaks to the intellect is an incomplete message, because the call is to set the captives free from sin and the works of the devil. A Kingdom message offers power that brings good news to the poor and advances freedom and healing to the sick. Miracles become tools for evaangelism and explosive advancement against the strongholds in a region. People are longing for breakthroughs in their daily lives. They are looking for the answers and solutions to their problems. We can demonstrate the heart of God in the power of the Gospel. But we must stop being ashamed and begin to believe what God has clearly promised. Righteousness and the evidence that salvation has come is revealed by faith (Rom. 1:16-17).

Boldness Includes Miracles:

Miracles are so important to evangelism that when the apostles were dealing with opposition, they prayed for more signs and wonders. ”Enable Your servants to speak Your Word with great boldness. Stretch out Your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” (Acts 4:28-31) Immediately the Lord answered their prayer. The building shook violently and they were once again filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God with fresh boldness.

Filled with the Holy Spirit:

Notice, the evidence came when they were filled with the Holy Spirit. A powerful message included a powerful experience with the Holy Spirit. When we wait for the Holy Spirit to anoint us, God will respond by stretching forth His hand to heal and perform signs and wonders.

Don’t Settle for Fluff!

My point really comes down to this, signs and wonders do not belong in the margins. They are plainly part of the Gospel of the Kingdom. They were a part of how Jesus preached and told His disciples to preach. It is what He pointed to when He communicated the Great Commission and told the apostles to go make disciples and teach those who would follow their message, to observe all the things He had commanded them. The signs and wonders challenge our comfortable preaching styles when they rely on fluffy content and fancy illustrations, but they make the Gospel truly relevant.

In order to effectively preach the Gospel of the Kingdom, it must carry power… the kind of power that sets people free from the works of the devil!

Preach the Word

“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His Kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke and exhort with all longsuffering and teaching.” (2 Tim. 4:1-2)

A Sobering Demand:

These words, “I charge you” are used daily in our courts of law to speak to the heart of a witness and remind them of the serious nature of their testimony. That sobering moment when a witness stands with their right hand raised is designed to place a demand upon the person’s conscience and hold them accountable, so that what they will say will be “the truth and nothing but the truth”. We see then, that the Apostle Paul places a demand upon his “son”, Timothy. He is to preach the Word with the same urgency, when circumstances are favorable and when they are not. Paul is speaking to the heart of Timothy’s leadership, before the Presence of the Judge.  

The charge is… Preach the Word. The responsibility is not just preaching, but what is being preached. He will give an account for the content of the message, not the style, form or delivery. In the Apostle Paul’s instruction comes a warning, not to preach what the listeners want to hear, but instead to preach the truth in love.

The Apostle Paul’s Rich Example:

“I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house.” (Acts 20:20)

“And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the Kingdom of God. But when some were hardened and did not believe but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyranus. And this continued for two years so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the Word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.” (Acts 19:8-10)

Paul did intensive, continual teaching of the Word, because it is so important for releasing breakthrough. He preached everyday for two years in order to “convince, rebuke and exhort with longsuffering and teaching” as he also charged Timothy to do. He did not preach the Word haphazardly or get distracted by the social themes of the day. It was extensive in the sense that his teaching reached the entire province of Asia and his teaching was able to shift the culture by using its gods as a backdrop to clarify Kingdom realities (Acts 17:22-23). His goal was to influence more than just the educational class, it was to bring heaven’s government into earthly spheres. His message never strayed from the Word of God and he relied upon its wisdom and power (Rom. 1:16-17)(1 Cor. 2:1-5).

The Word Brings Results:

The first result was conflict. Yet by consistently pressing forward with truth and Kingdom authority, darkness was penetrated and spiritual breakthroughs were experienced. Supernatural manifestations, miracles, healings and the removal of darkness did not come over night, but they did come. The Apostle Paul was seeing breakthrough released by the Word being preached with clarity. The Scripture says that God will confirm His Word (Jer. 1:10-12). He does not confirm human theories, but God will confirm what He has said in His Word (Isa. 55:10-11)(Mk. 16:15-20). 

“God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.”  (Acts 19:11-12)

I love the idea of “Unusual Miracles”… results that are the fruit of the transformational power of Preaching the Word of God. Its what we are after in our Christian Leadership Model.

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