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On rare occasions, the Holy Spirit will speak loud enough that you know the thought didn’t come from you. It can be a strong mental voice, sometimes close to a shout. Here are a few of the most common reasons why He speaks this way:
- When the issue is critical
- When He expects you to act upon it
- As a warning
God loves variety: just look at how many different types of flowers He created. Yet there is a purpose for everything little thing He creates. In the language of the people God used to reveal Him to the world, there is no word for coincidence. Everything is a sign or message and it is up to us to figure out whom it is from and what it means. The ways in which He speaks to us are too numerous to count. Some of the most common ones are:
- Word of knowledge
- Word of wisdom
- Prophetic word
Word of KnowledgeThis is a gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). Often it is about your life or your relationships. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will tell someone else something they can’t possibly know about you. It may be a single word, or a sentence.
A word of knowledge should always confirm something that God is already placing in your heart. If someone gives you a word from God that does not connect with something in your life, it could be that the person is
- speaking from his or her own spirit
- is listening to a demonic spirit
- they has missed who it is the word was meant for
Think of the gift of a word of knowledge like a satellite dish. It is a gift of being a receiver of information. The person with the gift can tune it in to God and receive information from Him, or they can tune it in to the enemy forces and hear from them.
Satan doesn’t know everything, but he is leading a rebellion against God and one-third of the angels are following him (Revelations 12:4). Since he is a spiritual being, he and his forces can speak directly to our mind. There are demons assigned to each and every one of us; they listen and report. If one was standing by when you said something or your father said something, they can use this information to try and draw you away from God. People who are using this gift to talk to spirit guides are just speaking to demons that can imitate or repeat things they have seen or heard. This gift can be used for tarot cards, palm reading, or any other type of divining that doesn’t give glory to God or Jesus.
Word of WisdomAnother type of gift of the Spirit is a word of wisdom. God will speak about a future situation and show you how to deal with it. The Holy Spirit may tell you to say something to someone else about a future situation so that they will know what to do when the time comes.
Satan does not know the future, but he does have a good network. If there is talk of something being complete at a certain date, or if something has been put in the mail and is on the way, he may use this information to imitate this gift.
The bottom line is: does what you receive line up with what you know is true about God from the Bible? Does it encourage, help, correct, and lift up?
But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit [the spiritual illumination and the enabling of the Holy Spirit] for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:7 AMP)
but I would rather have you prophesy... so that the church may be edified. (1 Corinthians 14:5)This is why the gifts should be used. They are used for the common good of the body of Christ and so the body may be edified, or built up. Does a message or word condemn you, making you feel worthless or like you aren’t good enough? These aren’t messages of God. If there is any question about where it has come from, put it before the Lord and ask Him for wisdom concerning it.
Prophetic WordThe Bible is filled with prophecies. There are three types of prophetic words found in the Word of God:
- Prophecies from the Bible
- Prophecies given by prophets
- Spiritual Gift of prophecy
Prophecies from The BibleDespite the hundreds of prophecies about Jesus in the Torah (Old Testament), the spiritual leaders of the day failed to recognize the Messiah they were waiting for. There are several prophecies in the Old Testament that have yet to be fulfilled. The New Testament talks about the “Second Coming” of the Lord when He will return to rule and reign. Could history repeat itself?
The prophecies in the Bible are judged and are true. The difficulty comes in interpreting them accurately. This topic will have to be address at a later date. Suffice to say, God isn’t done with prophecy.
Prophecies Given by ProphetsWhen Paul speaks of the offices which will edify or build up the Church (worldwide body of believers), he mentions five specific offices:
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ… (Ephesians 4:11-12)In the middle of these are “prophets,” so God is still using prophets in the Church today. There are three things listed that prophets do: perfecting the saints, ministry, and edifying the body. This is different from the operation of the gift of prophecy which is only for edifying and lifting up. The first thing you must do is determine if the person is a prophet or someone operating in the gift of prophecy. This can help you judge what is given.
Any member of the church may operate in the gift of prophecy, but a prophet is a calling from God. Did the person have a meeting with God where He said, "You are my prophet?" Or has the person been labeled a prophet because the are operating in the gift of prophecy.
I wish you could all speak in tongues, but even more I wish you could all prophesy. (1 Corinthians 14:4 NLT)This chapter in Corinthians speaks about edifying or building up the Body of Christ. This is what a prophecy should do. It is one of the nine gifts of the Spirit:
- message of wisdom
- message of knowledge
- gifts of healing
- miraculous powers
- distinguishing between spirits
- speaking in different kinds of tongues
- the interpretation of tongues
These gifts are available to any Christian. We should desire to prophesy over others, not to criticize or condemn, but to lift up. It doesn’t mean that God won’t occasionally use you to deliver a word of wisdom that isn’t all positive and helpful, but it shouldn’t be the main focus of your gift.
Judging Prophetic WordsIf we accept a wrong prophecy or prophetic word, we accept the spirit that urged the person to give it. This can bring consequences. How should we respond to a word or prophecy given to us?
When the Holy Spirit brings a word from another person it can do several things:
- Convict us - we know we have been doing wrong
- Irritate us - another spirit is in danger of being removed so it stirs up pride.
- Motivate us - It urges us towards our destiny, sending us seeking God more.
- Edify us - The Holy Spirit inside us leaps for joy upon hearing it.
If there is a spirit in our lives other than the Holy Spirit, when we receive a prophetic word, the other spirit may react, pushing us to become offended or irritated. This is pride poking its nose out of hiding.
A false word may “tickle our ears,” boosting our egos because they know what we want to hear, but the leaping of the true Spirit is different. It touches a part deep inside and we KNOW it is God and it is DONE. It will motivate us to pursue God and even build up our spirit (edify us). If a “prophetic word” doesn’t cause the Spirit to rise up in you, the proper response may be to say, “I will keep this in an open hand before the Lord.” This means you neither accept or reject the word but will take it to the Lord in prayer and give it to Him.
The Holy Spirit may rise up in great force if the word may hamper your destiny, He may have you rebuke it. You don’t want to grieve the Spirit if it is a word from Him, so this should only be done when the Holy Spirit says so in a very strong voice.
- The Word of God
- Past Prophecies
- Coming true
You should also look at the past success rate of prophecies from that prophet. Remember there is a difference between “Thus sayeth the Lord,” and teaching. A teaching can be off and that is not good but a whole lot better than being presumptuous in declaring something the Lord hasn’t really said. If a prophet did that in the Old Testament, all their writings were burned and they were stoned.
Many prophecies contain a series of events. If the prophecy says, America will be in a depression in 2018 and that didn’t happen, then throw out the whole thing! Don’t look at part of the prophecy when some of it has already been shown to be false. Throw the whole thing out!
With this type of prophecy, often the Holy Spirit will move strongly to testify that it is from Him. It is helpful if our spirits are strong so we can receive easier. Look for our event page on our website to find many things that will help strengthen your spirit!
Receiving These GiftsWe have a team that helps the body of Christ take their rightful place before the throne of God and come before Him as the Judge of Heaven and Earth. These gifts are vital because they allow us to see and hear what the enemy has against you. Once you know where the enemy has access, you rightly use the blood of Jesus as payment for that sin as you confess and repent before the Judge. This makes us free to move forward in your destiny and walk closer with God. After thousands of visits, one thing is clear, when we step up to help the Body of Christ, God supplies all we need.
Many of our team members were not moving in these gifts before they volunteered to help others, in prayer sessions to visit the Courts. However after attending prayer sessions for a few months, every single one of them began to receive words of knowledge and words of wisdom. To simplify matters, we refer to those operating in these gifts as “seers” because they see and hear things from the spirit.
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Believers' Boot Camp series
Many people think of boot camp as a place you train for combat. Any veteran will tell you that basic training is about three things:
- Knowing what weapons are available
- Learning how to use those weapons
- Receiving orders and following them
Believer’s Boot Camp series is a collection of books which teach us how to hear more clearly from God with the goal to ready ourselves for a face-to-face meeting with our Lord, Jesus. The series reveals the “weapons and tools” God has given us and how to use them, so we can bring God’s kingdom to Earth. Each book in the series focuses on a single topic to clearly define one tool or weapon from our Heavenly Father.
The series uses the Word of God to reveal all that He has given us through Jesus. The Bible is our instruction manual and the Holy Spirit is our guide to understanding it.