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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)

The Cesspool

There are people that we have all met who are chronic complainers. Those who thrive on negative thoughts and aim to pull us into their “feelings world”. This feeling oriented world is a cesspool of unresolved issues that cannot be escaped unless we have some clear understanding of how our feelings work.

 Feelings are designed to help us grow and develop ideas about life, rather than push us into a corner. They point toward other things… like a smile might express a response to an act of kindness or anger might be a response to being poked in the eye. Feelings are God given signs to help us process experience in a way that protects us and aids in our safe progress through life. When we do not understand our feelings properly and they become our “identity” rather than our “helpers”, it is called addiction.

The key to our freedom as followers of Christ, is to note that feelings are not who we are. They are no more than a response to what we have experienced.

 One important way to see how we are processing our feelings is by looking at how we speak.

 Complaining is our way of denying our personal responsibility and the “blame game” is the way we shift the burden on to somebody else’s shoulders… at least in our hearts and minds. 

 Jesus said “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Mt 12:34). I encourage people to take serious inventory of the way they speak.

 Most negative people have very few friends… they identify with their feelings more than they should and are addicted to the energy released when others agree with them about their cesspool. 

Key Verse: “ Consider it all joy when you face various trials because the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (Jms 1:2-3).

 That which would allow us to accurately progress through the trial is often missed, because we are to quick to complain and shift the blame. To break the tendency takes three spiritually important activities:

  1.   Consider… stop and recognize the thought process making sure that you identify with the real issue at hand. 
  2.  With joy… use the correct emotion in the process of dealing with the trial. Notice this is a choice not a learned response or some reaction to trial.
  3.  Produce… the fruit of your life is the measure of your emotional balance. Anyone lacking fruit is in need of the Holy Spirit’s direction, because when we set our hearts on the Spirit we produce, but when we set our hearts on the flesh we produce nothing more than dead stuff (Rom 8:13).

 So we can hear in the statement made by James that focusing on how the fruit is produced makes the trial significant. It does not diminish the difficulty of the trial, but it does remove us from the cesspool that Satan would like us to sit around in.