S4-8 PROPHETICPICTURES FM13USING PICTURES FOR PROPHESYING
QUICK REVIEW.WHAT IS PROPHECY? Prophecy is simply: Encouraging, exhorting and comforting people. Restoring the image of God in people. Showing people what God has for them. Telling people how God sees them. Waking up in people passion for God. Setting the captives free. Removing ashes and covering people with the mantle of joy.
PROPHECY IS SIMPLY: Bringing healing to people. Is a communication of Spirit to spirit. Prophecy comes from the desire to love people; From the desire to encourage and to bless them. Prophecy comes in a spontaneous way, because you are becoming more and more Christ centered. Prophecy is about restoring dignity, confidence and self respect in people.
IN ORDER TO RESTORE PEOPLE,WE NEED TO BE RESTORED. Now days we are constantly bombarded by different Social and Communication media. The devil is using this industry to bring auto- rejection, condemnation, low self esteem and all kind of negative things into the mind of people.
CHANGING OUR WAY TO LOOK AT THINGS. We need to look at things through the eyes of the Spirit and not the eyes of the flesh We cannot pick up “clues” from the looks or conditions of a person and prophesy on, that will take us to a wrong level. God is the one that will give us revelation of the things to speak to a person. The great prophets did this mistake as well, they learned from their mistakes.
1 SAMUEL 16:6-13 (NKJV) 6 So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the LORD‟s anointed is before Him!” 7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
DON’T LOOK AT CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS. In Israel‟s culture, the elder son was the one who would have all the rights and benefits. However the Lord is looking far more than just external appearances or traditions. He doesn‟t look the external, but the interior. He looks the heart disposition
1 SAMUEL 16:8-11 (NKJV) 8 So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” 9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” 10 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen these.” 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.”
FROM REJECTION TO SELECTION. David was forgotten by his father, he clearly was being rejected and despised. Age is not an impediment for a higher call. God does not want our abilities or talents. He can give them to anyone He wants. He wants my disponibility, my acceptance to be molded so I can do His will. His agenda and not my agenda.
1 SAMUEL 16:12-13 (NKJV) 12 Sohe sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good- looking. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.
FROM REJECTION TO EXALTATION. The prophet stood up in from of the lad, obeying the word of the Lord. He poured oil of anointing on him. The rejected one was suddenly exalted in front of every one. God knows what you do in secret. The time you spend with Him will dictate your intimacy, anointing, virtue and power.
2 SAMUEL 7: 1-7NEW CENTURY VERSION (NCV) David Wants to Build a Temple 7 King David was living in his palace, and the LORD had given him peace from all his enemies around him.2 Then David said to Nathan the prophet, “Look, I am living in a palace made of cedar wood, but the Ark of God is in a tent!” 3 Nathan said to the king, “Go and do what you really want to do, because the LORD is with you.”
2 SAMUEL 7: 1-7NEW CENTURY VERSION (NCV) 4 But that night the LORD spoke his word to Nathan, 5 “Go and tell my servant David, „This is what the LORD says: Will you build a house for me to live in? 6 From the time I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until now I have not lived in a house. I have been moving around all this time with a tent as my home. 7 As I have moved with the Israelites, I have never said to the tribes, whom I commanded to take care of my people Israel, “Why haven‟t you built me a house of cedar?”‟
ALLOW GOT TO DO THINGS HIS WAY. Sometimes we may try to predict what the Lord will do, based in the ways he has done before. But we cannot set Got with a procedure. He is doing new things all the time, so are His dealings with people. We humble need to wait for Him to dictate us what to do, how to express His feelings and ideas, allowing His love flow out of our hearts.
THE CASE OF KING SAUL How Saul looked at himself Fear of men Disobedience Lack of patience Pleasing his troop and people. Legalist with his son (honey)
2 SAMUEL 9:6-9 (NKJV) MEPHIBOSHETH 6 Now when Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had come to David, he fell on his face and prostrated himself. Then David said, “Mephibosheth?” And he answered, “Here is your servant!” 7 So David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father‟s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.” 8 Then he bowed himself, and said, “What is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I?” 9 And the king called to Ziba, Saul‟s servant, and said to him, “I have given to your master‟s son all that belonged to Saul and to all his house.
FAVOR OF A KING CHANGES EVERYTHING Mephibosheth had a very poor image of himself. He was leaving in fear, he couldn‟t believe the generous offer of the King. He look at himself as a dog; to worsen it, it was a dead dog. The king didn‟t pay attention to his negative statement and faithful to his promis cover him with unmerited favor
LOOK AT YOU THROUGH HIS EYES. We don‟t need to live in a pity-party always looking or remembering our wrong past. The KING of all kings has bestowed His favor upon us. We just need to accept it, take away our old self image and come into His banquet table. There is a seat for each one of as at His table. Look at you with spiritual eyes.
WHY SO MANY SCRIPTURES? You may think that the scriptures that I share with you have nothing to do with learning to prophesy, but let me tell you again that the condition of our hearts will eventually pop out when we are prophesying. That is why we need to become more centered in God and be transformed in our minds, in our hearts and in our actions and reactions, to be comformed in the image of His Son Jesus Christ.
MAKE ROOM FOR THE LORD! So I strongly encourage you to read the scriptures that we share, meditate them and examine yourself before the Lord. Empty out yourself of anything that can belong to the old man so you‟ll make room for the Lord to fill you up. You will become more of Him and less of you, thus making every time more room for Him.