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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)

Passionate Hope

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Rom 5:5)

Hope does not disappoint, because God loves us passionately. His heart is filled with good thoughts toward us… and beyond the pressing weight of life, there still remains a purpose, a plan, a destiny of significant meaning. Our lives are in His hands. Hope does not fail us when we lean into it. Its more than just a spiritual principle, its a platform that allows passionate love to stir us toward our future. You see, hope is what gives us our faith. Believing is nothing more than stepping out on a hope.

 The Meaning of “Hope”: (1 Cor. 13:13)

Hope is a way of seeing based upon an inner confidence. Even though hope is often connected with faith and love, it helps us to know the difference.

  • Hope Concerns the Future (Rom 8:23-24)
  • Faith Concerns the Past and Present (Heb 11:6)
  • Love Concerns the Present (1 Cor. 13:4-8)

While the modern meaning of the word “hope” implies merely wishing for something which may or may not happen, the Greek word used in the New Testament was a word which implied absolute certainty. There was no vagueness or uncertainty connected with this word.

The New Testament meaning of the word “hope” is: The inner attitude of joyful and confident expectation and anticipation that everything God has promised in His Word will come to pass.

An Inner Attitude:

We all have inner attitudes, right? Some are rather difficult to get past, but hope moves us into faith, because of the inner attitude it releases. It does an amazing work in us by giving us a way of mentally viewing and responding to life. When God’s passionate love is bubbling up on the inside of us, then hope begins to rise. Inner attitudes are created by love’s activity. This is a wonderful work of the Holy Spirit.

Joyful & Confident:

Who doesn’t want to be joyful and confident? We all see positive and visibly victorious people who seem to overflow. They inspire joy and optimism. They shift the atmosphere when they enter a room. Joy is infectious, because it flows from hope. Feeling positive is a fruit of the hopeful believer, knowing they are loved by God and confident in the stability of that passionate relationship. Nehemiah said that the “joy of the Lord was his strength.” (Neh. 8:10)

Expectation & Anticipation:

Hope wells up inside… stirring and seeing from a spiritual place. Passionate love has been poured into our hearts and now we see clearer. In fact, our seeing becomes almost pregnant in hope. It lets go of old and stale perceptions and embraces something undefined. This is expectation and anticipation in full measure. Its the motivation that hope emboldens. When the Holy Spirit begins to release the Father’s passionate love toward us, our plans begin to shift and our hearts lead us into a way of seeing that goes beyond understanding or human reasoning. Hope invites us to expect goodness and anticipate favor as a foretaste of things to follow.

Everything God has Promised in His Word will Come to Pass:

Hope is the platform for faith in God (Heb 11:1). What the Bible says about our future will happen. We can count on it! But counting on something, means getting beyond the past contradictions and difficult experiences of life. When struggles have stolen our ability to hope, God’s love breaks through to heal the brokenness of our wounded spirit. Believing needs an emotional motivation that comes from a spiritual transformation. Love captures our heart. Love is the substance that engages our ability to hope again. God so loved the world that He gave His Son to die. He proved His love and the Holy Spirit pours that passionate resource into our hearts. Like putting fuel in a car, we get filled with the potential to activate faith and believe what has been promised by God. Passionate Hope does not disappoint, because the Holy Spirit activates it by filling us more and more with the love of God.

“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Heb 6:19-20)

Faith Character

Here are just a few of the things that great people of faith have accomplished: They “subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle and turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented- of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth” (Heb. 11:33-38).

Faith in God:

What a powerful reality! What a motivating message! The world has yet to see what we can accomplish through faith in God! You and I are called to trust and access Christ-like character through our faith (Rom. 5:1-2). To develop a “so be it” kind of character that responds to challenges in life… just like Jesus.

  • Temptations require us to know the Word of God and speak, “It is written!” (Mt. 4:4) 
  • Storms and impossibilities require our voice to shift the atmosphere, “Peace be still!” (Mk. 4:39) 
  • Sickness and disease require an anointing that releases heavenly authority, “Arise and walk!” (Lk. 5:24) 

Four times Jesus said, “All things are possible” (Mt. 19:26, Mk. 9:23, Mk. 10:27, Mk. 14:36). With God all things are possible. All things are possible to him that believes. You can go anywhere, be anything, and accomplish anything. It all depends on how much faith you have in God. Remind yourself, ”it is not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts”  (Zech 4:6).

Character of a Spiritual House:

Faith must be seen as the foundation stone of our spiritual house (Mt. 7:24-27)! What a powerful platform from which to operate! The Bible defines faith as: ”…the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen”  (Heb. 11:1). Seeing is often a hindrance to our vision and can leave us lacking the character to endure what we cannot understand. What we must remember is that our journey reaches far beyond our earthly assignment or personal destination. We are following God in order to leave a legacy for the next generation to step into. The character of a spiritual house is all about the fathers and their vision… Can it be written upon the hearts of those who hear our story?

“But what does it say? The Word is close to you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the Word of faith, which we preach; That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” (Rom. 10:8-10)