Wednesday, April 6, 2011

THE VOICE OF GOD: The Prophetic Word

God's Right Now Word to You- The Prophetic Word

2 Peter 1:19:
19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Did you know that God is still speaking today?  He wants to have a relationship with you.  He wants to speak to you just as any other friend, husband, relative or even acquaintance wants to speak.  God is alive and well and is a speaking God.  He'll talk to you to give you light on the path of your journey- through the day and through the night!  The prophetic word, when spoken by the Spirit of God is a sure Word for you today!  Although there have been abuses, we must learn to hear the voice of God for ourselves and we must not throw the baby out with the bath water.  We must learn for ourselves how to be a listener to the voice of God.  Keep in mind, we must also rely on the written Word of God which has been given to us.  In fact, God's prophetic Word oftentimes comes to us through the written Word.  Any prophetic Word should always agree with the written Word because God is not confused and he does not contradict or disagree with himself.   Although this isn't an exhaustive blog on the prophetic word it's a good quick note. Giving credit where credit is due, I was inspired by Kim Clement's email on the same subject today!  Blessings!  Hold fast to what you've heard!

A quick note on the prophetic word:

If You Know Him, You Can Hear His Voice

John 10: 1-5

 1 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice5Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 

We Have It and We Hold It

My opening text says we have the prophetic word confirmed.  This means not only do we hold it but we hold fast.  When a Word truly comes from God, we must hold to it no matter what things look like in the natural.  That's why this passage says, "you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place."  The prophetic Word gives you something to hold onto when everything looks contrary to what was spoken.  You can see what isn't seen yet with natural eyes.  As the passage says, it's light in the darkness until the light comes.

You Can't Make the Prophetic Word Happen

You can't make a prophetic word come to pass- that's the mistake many make in dealing with prophecy.  God brings it to pass.  Isn't that the way the Words of the Old Testament prophets were?  Many took a long time to come to pass.  Some still have yet to come to pass.  Some came to pass 100 years or more after they were spoken.  These prophets could not go out and make what they said would happen come to pass.  It was their job to speak and hold.  In fact, they actually only knew a partial picture so it's important to let God bring about the entire picture.  Trust me!  We'll mess it up if we try to make it happen!  It's our job to speak, hear, have, hold, and believe!  We can't make these words come to pass but they can allow us to see into the future so we know what to look at, to believe, and to hold onto.  They can allow us to see into the future when all of our circumstances look contrary to what was spoken.  Was this only talking about the written Word of God?  No, this was talking about the prophetic Word!  At the time Peter said this, the entire Word of God, the bible had not even been completely given or written.  The prophetic Word if a true Word from God is a very real word.  It is God communicating with you on a personal level and in real time.  

The Sure Word

Peter said it was confirmed.  God may be speaking to you for the very first time on a subject but he will confirm what he says to you.  The bible says he confirms the Word of his servants so if you've heard something for yourself or if someone claims they're speaking to you by the Spirit, God will confirm it!  This confirmation may come by way of fulfillment or by God speaking the same thing to you over and over.  The word confirmed actually means sure.  A sure word in the Greek means a word that forms a base; a stable, secure and firm word.  Be sure, if the Word has come by the Spirit of God and if you have received it when moved upon by the Holy Spirit, it is a sure word and it will come to pass!  Again, we can't make it come to pass but we can be sure it will come to pass.  God's Word, whether written or spoken will come to pass.  To think that God is not speaking today would be like putting tape on a live person's mouth.  God is alive and God is communicating with you today!  His communication to you is his prophetic Word to you!  Amen! Be blessed and tune in today!

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