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LIFE CHANGERS MINISTRIES “ Changing the World, One Life at a Time…” Pastor Warren G. Curry, Jr. Life Changers Ministries Bible Study Thursday Evenings 7:00PM “ Hearing The Voice of God” “ In all your getting, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7
Overview The objective of this study is to educate and expose each person to the various ways the Lord chooses to speak and express Himself to His people.  He does this in order for His will for each of our lives to be known therefore empowering us to do our part in advancing His Kingdom and for us to know Him in a more personal and intimate manner.
Foundational Text “ Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” -3  John 2
HEARING THE VOICE OF THE LORD “ My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”  – John 10:27
You Have A Right To Hear!!  You Have A Better Covenant!! “ But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a  better covenant , which was established on  better promises .” –Hebrews 8:6
Is That You Lord?? Discerning the Voices You Hear (Soulish, Demonic and Divine) Remember that Man is a Tri-Part being  (1 Thess. 5:23) Spirit Soul Body
Discerning the Voices You Hear You: Voice of Reason/Carnal Mind (soulish) Demonic: Spoken to Your Mind (soulish) Bathed in fear, doubt, etc. Twisted Scriptures Divine (God): Spoken to your spirit and understood as “illumination” or “light” is given  to your renewed mind
Discerning the Voices You Hear Knowing the difference between what’s spoken to your soul and spirit can at times be hard to differentiate or discern…the only way to truly know the difference is to allow the Word of God to divide the line between the two. (Hebrews 4:12)
Discerning the Voices You Hear God’s Voice… Will  NOT  violate scripture… EVER! Will  ALWAYS  require faith (Heb. 11:6) Will be accompanied by peace   (Col. 3:15, James 3:17, Is. 55:12) Will be more authoritative than every other voice  What He speaks He will also establish/confirm out of the mouth of 2-3 witnesses (Deut. 19:15)
DIVINE COMMUNICATION Understanding The Various Ways That The Lord Speaks
Divine Communication God communicated with His people in different ways and various means. Listed below are some of the ways that God’s Spirit communicated with His people: “ The Word of the Lord came unto me…” “ Thus saith the Lord..” “ Hear the Word of the Lord…” “ And the Spirit entered unto me when He spake unto me…” “ The Spirit lifting him up and conveying him by vision to Jerusalem…” “ The hand of the Lord was upon me…” “ What do you see?”
Divine Communication The Word of God Dreams Visions Trances Angelic Encounters Unexplainable Supernatural Experiences Words of Wisdom & Knowledge Discernment of Spirits Unctions Appearances of the Lord Burdens Futuristic Predictions
Divine Communication  cont. Impressions Audible Voice Audible Only To Your Ears Internal Audible Voice Sentence Fragments Knowings The Natural World (God’s Order of Creation) Physical Manifestations in Our Bodies Spiritual Senses Signs & Wonders Dreams & Interpretations Tongues & Interpretations
Fruit of The Holy Spirit “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”-Galatians 5:22
UNDERSTANDING DREAMS AND VISIONS “ And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.”  –  Acts 2:17-18
What is a Dream? A dream can be defined as the thoughts, or series of thoughts, or imaginary transactions, which occupy the mind during sleep. To have ideas or images in the mind while in the state of sleep. A vision while sleep.
Why Are Dreams Important? He reveals your calling: Numbers 12:6 Only way to get message to us at times: Job 33:14-16 He leads us through dreams: Matt. 1:20 Warnings of impending danger: Matt 2:12 He tells us of our future in dreams: Gen. 37:5-7 He reveals His plan for others: Gen. 40:12 Reveals plans for nations/kingdoms: Dan. 2:19 They anchor you in weary times!
I Had A Dream, Now What Should I Do? Write it down  tell the main facts !-Daniel 7:1 Remember it!-Gen. 37:11 PRAY! Revealed things are for you!-Deut. 29:29 Be selective who you share it with-Gen. 37:11 Seek the interpretation-Gen. 40:8
Dream Interpretations And they said to him, “We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.” So Joseph said to them, “ Do not interpretations belong to God?”  -Genesis 40:8
Steps To Interpreting Dreams Go to the Word of God: Psalm 36:9 PRAY, PRAY, PRAY If you still don’t have the answer, go back and do #1 and #2 all over again If you still cannot seem to receive the answer it is okay to seek out the wisdom of a prophet or one who has the gift to interpret dreams
What is a Vision? A vision could be defined as that which is seen; an object of sight; especially, that which is seen otherwise than by the ordinary sight, or the rational eye; a supernatural, prophetic, or imaginary sight.
Differences & Similarities  Between Dreams and Visions Dreams Given while sleeping Highly symbolic mostly Normally  ALWAYS  need an interpretation Needs to be written down, understanding sometimes comes WAY later Visions Can be given while sleeping or awake Normally not symbolic at all Interpretation normally not needed; sometimes you know the meaning instantly after seeing the vision
Unit Review & Activation Name five ways that the Lord speaks. What is the best way to discern the things going on between your soul and spirit? True or False : When God speaks to you it will always line up with scripture?
GIFTS FROM THE GODHEAD
1 Corinthians 12:1 “ Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren,  I would not have you ignorant.”
Gifts from The Father: Romans 12:3-8 Prophecy Ministry Teaching Exhortation Giving Leadership Mercy GIFTS FROM THE GODHEAD
Gifts from The Son: Ephesians 4:11-13 Apostles Prophets Evangelists Pastors Teachers GIFTS FROM THE GODHEAD-cont.
Gifts from The Holy Spirit: 1 Cor. 12:8-10 Word of Wisdom Word of Knowledge Faith Gifts of Healings Working of Miracles Prophecy Discerning of Spirits Different Kinds of Tongues Interpretation of Tongues GIFTS FROM THE GODHEAD-cont.
A Look at Spiritual Gifts from The Holy Spirit Gift Groupings Gifts of Revelation: Gifts that Reveal Something Word of Wisdom Word of Knowledge Discerning of Spirits Gifts of Power: Gifts that Do Something Gift of Faith Gifts of Healings Working of Miracles Gifts of Speech/Utterance: Gifts that Say Something Different Kinds of Tongues Interpretation of Tongues Prophecy
Gift Definitions Gifts of Revelation: Word of Wisdom :  A supernatural revelation by the Spirit of God concerning certain the divine purpose and plan pertaining to the mind, will, and counsels of God.  Foretelling; To predict or foreshow an event/events at an undisclosed time in the future. Of or pertaining to future events. A word (literally a word or few words) revealed by the Holy Spirit before it actually occurs.
Gift Definitions Gifts of Revelation: Word of Knowledge :  A supernatural revelation by the Spirit of God concerning certain facts in the mind of God- facts about people, places, or things in the past or present.  These facts are things that COULD NOT be known by natural knowledge.
Gift Definitions Gifts of Revelation: Discerning of Spirits :   A God-given ability to see by supernatural means into the realm of the spirit. It is the divine ability to see insightfully into the spirit realm and deals with the entire class of spirits: angelic, demonic, as well as human.  A person manifesting this gifting will be able to discern the presence and activities of the divine, demonic, or human nature; will be able to know (supernaturally) what forces are influencing a particular type of behavior.
Gift Definitions Gifts of Power: Gift of Faith :  A supernatural ability to believe and/or trust God without succumbing to reason, doubt, fear, etc. This Faith given by the Holy Spirit causes the miraculous and supernatural to occur each time it is manifested.
Gift Definitions Gifts of Power: Gifts of Healings :  A supernatural ability given by the Holy Spirit that releases/ministers healing in innumerable ways to those afflicted/sick/smitten by disease that  ALWAYS  brings about healing/restoration without modern medical intervention.
Gift Definitions Gifts of Power: Working of Miracles :  Supernatural or divine intervention by  the Spirit of God through the use of a human vessel that interrupts/disturbs the ordinary course of nature or order.
Gift Definitions Gifts of Utterance: Different Kinds of Tongues :  A supernatural utterance by the Holy Spirit in languages spoken through a human instrument never learned by the speaker, nor understood by the speaker, nor necessarily always understood by the hearer. An utterance in an  unknown  tongue.
Gift Definitions Gifts of Utterance: Interpretation of Tongues :  The supernatural showing forth by the Spirit of God the meaning of an utterance in other tongues. It is not a translation (word for word) of tongues, rather an interpretation (meaning of the message) of tongues.  Note:  A tongue uttered in a corporate/public meeting, then interpreted is equivalent to prophecy.  (Tongue + Interpretation=Prophecy)
Gift Definitions Gifts of Utterance: Prophecy :  A supernatural utterance not known to the speaker prior to speaking that is said in a  known  tongue.  Spirit inspired speech that has a threefold purpose:  1) Edification, 2) Exhortation, and 3) Comfort.
MOVING IN THE SPIRIT Developing The Prophetic Ministry “ For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.”  Romans 8:14
“ You All May Prophesy” 1 Corinthians 14:1, 3-5 “ Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts,  but especially that you may prophesy .”  … but he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.  He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.”  I wish you all spoke with tongues,  but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues , unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.”
You All May Prophesy Desire To Prophesy I must  desire it-1 Corinthians 14:1, 39 Desire (greek),  Zeloo : To be zealous for, to burn with desire, to pursue ardently, to desire eagerly or intensely.
You All May Prophesy Purpose of Prophecy: “ But he who prophesies speaks  edification  and  exhortation  and  comfort  to men.”-1 Cor. 14:3 Edification:  To build up, establish, strengthen, to make effective. Exhortation:  Comforting encouragement provided in times of disappointment & affliction resulting in strengthening the resolve of the believer; consolation. Comfort:  To cheer and encourage; dispelling of grief while imparting strength.
Four Realms/Levels of Prophetic Ministry Prophecy of Scripture “ no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation.”-2 Peter 1:20-2 Spirit of Prophecy “… for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”-Rev. 19:10 Gift of Prophecy “… to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy.”-1 Cor. 12:10 Office of the Prophet  “ And He gave some apostles, and some prophets…”-Eph. 4:11
Moving In The Spirit Keys To Developing Your Gifting Through prayer and study of the Word of God Intimacy with God is key Know Your “Gift Mix” Release Your Faith ( In Speaking What You Hear )  In Proportion To Your Measure of Faith  (Heb. 5:14; Rom. 12:6) Learn to Move in  YOUR  Own Anointing  (1 Cor. 14:31) Revelation, Interpretation and Application Learn How To Receive A Word from The Lord i.e.-single word, a sentence/sentence fragment, picture, etc.
Moving In The Spirit Keys To Developing Your Gifting-cont. Timing is Everything  Sharing the word at the right time in the meeting Learn to Discern Your Own Thoughts & Feelings From The Holy Spirits Stir Up Your Gift Cultivate A Hunger For Spiritual Gifts Sensitivity to the Spirit is Key Has the anointing “lifted” to prophesy?
Moving In The Spirit Keys To Developing Your Gifting-cont. Be Bold! Learn How To Speak Prophetically Cultivate Self-Control and Temperance In Your Gift  (1 Cor. 14:32)
ACTIVATION
PROPHETS & PROPHECY
Gift of Prophecy “… to another the working of miracles,  to another prophecy…”-1 Corinthians 12:10 Prophecy : A supernatural utterance not known to the speaker prior to speaking that is said in a  known  tongue.  Spirit inspired speech that has a threefold purpose: 1) Edification, 2) Exhortation, and 3) Comfort.
Gift of Prophecy Interesting Facts About The Gift of Prophecy To prophesy means to flow forth or to “bubble up” like a fountain and to speak. Gift can be given in a number of ways: By the Holy Spirit Himself-1 Cor. 12: 11 Through Impartation-Romans 1:11 By prophecy & laying on of hands-1 Timothy 4:14 This gift can be stirred up-2 Timothy 1:6 Gift of Tongues + Interpretation of Tongues=Gift of Prophecy Always prophesy in proportion to your level of faith-Romans 12:6-8
You All May Prophesy Two Types of Prophecy Forthtelling : An inspired declaration of the divine will of and purpose of God. It is spirit inspired speech but not predictive in nature. Its primary use is for edification, exhortation, and comfort. Foretelling : To predict or indicate beforehand; to make predictions; to make inspired declarations of what is to come. To foretell future events before they  actually occur.
Differences Between Gift of Prophecy &  The Office of the Prophet Gift of Prophecy Brings Word of the Lord to Congregation Not a “foretelling” gift, rather “forthtells” (God’s will) Realm=Exhortation, edification, and comfort In some cases also has gift of tongues & interpretation Mostly has strong passionate prayer life (loves to pray) Office of Prophet Same, plus to individuals Ministry Confirmation Prediction of Future Dreams (lots of them) & Interpretation/Visions Correction  Direction Words of Wisdom/Knowledge Discernment of Spirits Wide Range of Authority  Words spoken  MUST  to come to pass Gives guidance Have gift of Leadership
Common Misconceptions I prophesy a lot, that makes me a prophet The word of wisdom/knowledge, discerning of spirits operates through my ministry, that makes me a prophet. I always see things wrong with people, churches, ministries, etc.; doesn’t that make me a prophet? ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
Unit Review & Activation What are two types of prophecy? What two gifts are equivalent to prophecy? Name the three most significant purposes of prophecy.  Name two ways that this gift can be received. What category is the gift of prophecy found in?
PROPHETS
What is a Prophet? Prophet:   A person who speaks on behalf of a deity.  A spokesperson or mouthpiece for God Prophets are special vessels whom Christ chooses to  constantly ,  consistently , and  accurately  function in the realm of the Word of Wisdom, word of knowledge, discernment of spirits, ministry confirmations, revelations, illumination, prophetic utterances, prediction of futuristic events, dreams, visions, corrections and the like. All who prophesy are  NOT  prophets.
What Makes A Prophet A Prophet? Divine Calling: Jeremiah 1:4-5 Propensity for visions and dreams Sensitivity to spiritual things Comprehension of prophetic matters Peculiar interpretive skills Extraordinary wisdom and instinctual insight Heightened spiritual discernment Inordinate grasp of Scripture
What Makes A Prophet A Prophet? Pt. 2 Deep hunger for the knowledge of God Potential for inspired utterance Remarkable accuracy of divine communication Strong literary skill Impressive elocution and oration ability Unusual judicial aptitude  Notable organization ability Outstanding leadership abilities Influential governmental ability
Role of The Prophet Prophets should be submitted to the leader (pastor) of the local church. Guard the church from heresy and demonic assignments such as: witchcraft, demonic doctrine, sin, false accusations, etc. Prayers & Intercessions Spiritual Climates & Environments Deliverance & Spiritual Warfare Watchman’s Ministry Gaps & Hedges Understanding of Times & Seasons Decrees & Announcements Prophetic Strategies Warnings Impartation of Gifts Teaching & Preaching
Prophetic Definitions Nabi -The official Hebrew word for the official prophet. It appears 309 times in its noun form and almost 600 times in its verb form in the OT. This term when traced through the OT referred primarily to one who speaks on the behalf of someone else.
Prophetic Definitions Chozeh -An ancient word for a prophet.  This type of prophet is one who receives communications from God more from visions and dreams than audible words. Prophets who say they “saw” the word of the Lord more than heard it are examples of this type of prophet.
Prophetic Definitions Ra’ah  or  Roeh -The ra’ah prophet is the seer. The seer focuses on the way in which the prophet receives God’s messages. It is said that this type of prophet also has a strong shepherding element attached to their mantle for ministry.
The Seer (Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he spoke thus: “Come, let us go to the seer”;  for he who is now   called a prophet was formerly called a seer .)-1 Samuel 9:9
The Seer  cont. A seer focuses on the way in which the prophet receives his messages from the Lord. There are a couple of words in the OT that are translated prophet or seer. They come from words that basically mean to see, look at or behold. The prophet or seer is one who can see things that others cannot. This type/kind of prophet is one to whom God directly and uniquely reveals His word and His will usually through revelatory dreams and visions Remember this :  “ Every seer is a prophet, but every prophet  IS NOT  a seer.”
Different Types of Prophets Governmental Judicial Literary Musically & Poetically Inclined Shepherding Watchman
KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD  “ Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” –Ephesians 5:17
KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD There are two types of “wills” General Will of God (Applies to All) Specific Will of God (Applies to You) They both tie in to the fulfillment of His Kingdom Don’t judge someone else’s life because you don’t know the plan of God for their lives, only God does.
KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD General Will: Logos Denotes an expression of thought (God’s thought); it is the revealed will of God (in Scripture) Specific Will: Rhema Denotes that which is spoken, what is uttered in speech or writing.  “A word from the Word…” Could also be defined as not a reference to the whole Bible as such, but to the individual scripture which the Spirit brings to our remembrance for use in a time of need, a prerequisite being the regular storing of the mind/heart with Scripture. (The Sword of the Spirit)
KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD Guidelines to Follow While Seeking God’s Will Don’t seek a word, a person, etc.; SEEK GOD and allow Him to speak How He chooses. Remain sensitive to the Spirit of God  (walk in the Spirit) When you get a word,  WRITE IT DOWN!!   (1 Tim. 1:18) Be patient, don’t jump to conclusions; wait on the Lord; remember we only know in part …(1 Cor. 13:9) There is safety in a multitude of counselors (Pr. 24:6) Ask God for confirmation; no fleecing!!
KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF Does God’s will for my life require faith? Do I have peace? (Colossians 3:15) Have I received confirmation from 2-3 parties? Word of God Spirit of God (in You!) Someone else???
OBEDIENCE BETTER THAN SACRIFICE:  OBEY WHAT YOU HEAR “ Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.”  – Mark 4:24
OBEDIENCE BETTER THAN SACRIFICE Then He said to them,  “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.” Mark 4:24
OBEDIENCE BETTER THAN SACRIFICE “ If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.” Isaiah 1:19 You learn how to obey, through your capacity to suffer. (Philippians 2:8) Remember, many are called, but only a few are chosen. You ever wondered why? (Matt. 20:16)
CONCLUSION

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Hearing The Voice Of God

  • 1. LIFE CHANGERS MINISTRIES “ Changing the World, One Life at a Time…” Pastor Warren G. Curry, Jr. Life Changers Ministries Bible Study Thursday Evenings 7:00PM “ Hearing The Voice of God” “ In all your getting, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7
  • 2. Overview The objective of this study is to educate and expose each person to the various ways the Lord chooses to speak and express Himself to His people. He does this in order for His will for each of our lives to be known therefore empowering us to do our part in advancing His Kingdom and for us to know Him in a more personal and intimate manner.
  • 3. Foundational Text “ Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” -3 John 2
  • 4. HEARING THE VOICE OF THE LORD “ My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” – John 10:27
  • 5. You Have A Right To Hear!! You Have A Better Covenant!! “ But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant , which was established on better promises .” –Hebrews 8:6
  • 6. Is That You Lord?? Discerning the Voices You Hear (Soulish, Demonic and Divine) Remember that Man is a Tri-Part being (1 Thess. 5:23) Spirit Soul Body
  • 7. Discerning the Voices You Hear You: Voice of Reason/Carnal Mind (soulish) Demonic: Spoken to Your Mind (soulish) Bathed in fear, doubt, etc. Twisted Scriptures Divine (God): Spoken to your spirit and understood as “illumination” or “light” is given to your renewed mind
  • 8. Discerning the Voices You Hear Knowing the difference between what’s spoken to your soul and spirit can at times be hard to differentiate or discern…the only way to truly know the difference is to allow the Word of God to divide the line between the two. (Hebrews 4:12)
  • 9. Discerning the Voices You Hear God’s Voice… Will NOT violate scripture… EVER! Will ALWAYS require faith (Heb. 11:6) Will be accompanied by peace (Col. 3:15, James 3:17, Is. 55:12) Will be more authoritative than every other voice What He speaks He will also establish/confirm out of the mouth of 2-3 witnesses (Deut. 19:15)
  • 10. DIVINE COMMUNICATION Understanding The Various Ways That The Lord Speaks
  • 11. Divine Communication God communicated with His people in different ways and various means. Listed below are some of the ways that God’s Spirit communicated with His people: “ The Word of the Lord came unto me…” “ Thus saith the Lord..” “ Hear the Word of the Lord…” “ And the Spirit entered unto me when He spake unto me…” “ The Spirit lifting him up and conveying him by vision to Jerusalem…” “ The hand of the Lord was upon me…” “ What do you see?”
  • 12. Divine Communication The Word of God Dreams Visions Trances Angelic Encounters Unexplainable Supernatural Experiences Words of Wisdom & Knowledge Discernment of Spirits Unctions Appearances of the Lord Burdens Futuristic Predictions
  • 13. Divine Communication cont. Impressions Audible Voice Audible Only To Your Ears Internal Audible Voice Sentence Fragments Knowings The Natural World (God’s Order of Creation) Physical Manifestations in Our Bodies Spiritual Senses Signs & Wonders Dreams & Interpretations Tongues & Interpretations
  • 14. Fruit of The Holy Spirit “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”-Galatians 5:22
  • 15. UNDERSTANDING DREAMS AND VISIONS “ And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.” – Acts 2:17-18
  • 16. What is a Dream? A dream can be defined as the thoughts, or series of thoughts, or imaginary transactions, which occupy the mind during sleep. To have ideas or images in the mind while in the state of sleep. A vision while sleep.
  • 17. Why Are Dreams Important? He reveals your calling: Numbers 12:6 Only way to get message to us at times: Job 33:14-16 He leads us through dreams: Matt. 1:20 Warnings of impending danger: Matt 2:12 He tells us of our future in dreams: Gen. 37:5-7 He reveals His plan for others: Gen. 40:12 Reveals plans for nations/kingdoms: Dan. 2:19 They anchor you in weary times!
  • 18. I Had A Dream, Now What Should I Do? Write it down tell the main facts !-Daniel 7:1 Remember it!-Gen. 37:11 PRAY! Revealed things are for you!-Deut. 29:29 Be selective who you share it with-Gen. 37:11 Seek the interpretation-Gen. 40:8
  • 19. Dream Interpretations And they said to him, “We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.” So Joseph said to them, “ Do not interpretations belong to God?” -Genesis 40:8
  • 20. Steps To Interpreting Dreams Go to the Word of God: Psalm 36:9 PRAY, PRAY, PRAY If you still don’t have the answer, go back and do #1 and #2 all over again If you still cannot seem to receive the answer it is okay to seek out the wisdom of a prophet or one who has the gift to interpret dreams
  • 21. What is a Vision? A vision could be defined as that which is seen; an object of sight; especially, that which is seen otherwise than by the ordinary sight, or the rational eye; a supernatural, prophetic, or imaginary sight.
  • 22. Differences & Similarities Between Dreams and Visions Dreams Given while sleeping Highly symbolic mostly Normally ALWAYS need an interpretation Needs to be written down, understanding sometimes comes WAY later Visions Can be given while sleeping or awake Normally not symbolic at all Interpretation normally not needed; sometimes you know the meaning instantly after seeing the vision
  • 23. Unit Review & Activation Name five ways that the Lord speaks. What is the best way to discern the things going on between your soul and spirit? True or False : When God speaks to you it will always line up with scripture?
  • 24. GIFTS FROM THE GODHEAD
  • 25. 1 Corinthians 12:1 “ Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”
  • 26. Gifts from The Father: Romans 12:3-8 Prophecy Ministry Teaching Exhortation Giving Leadership Mercy GIFTS FROM THE GODHEAD
  • 27. Gifts from The Son: Ephesians 4:11-13 Apostles Prophets Evangelists Pastors Teachers GIFTS FROM THE GODHEAD-cont.
  • 28. Gifts from The Holy Spirit: 1 Cor. 12:8-10 Word of Wisdom Word of Knowledge Faith Gifts of Healings Working of Miracles Prophecy Discerning of Spirits Different Kinds of Tongues Interpretation of Tongues GIFTS FROM THE GODHEAD-cont.
  • 29. A Look at Spiritual Gifts from The Holy Spirit Gift Groupings Gifts of Revelation: Gifts that Reveal Something Word of Wisdom Word of Knowledge Discerning of Spirits Gifts of Power: Gifts that Do Something Gift of Faith Gifts of Healings Working of Miracles Gifts of Speech/Utterance: Gifts that Say Something Different Kinds of Tongues Interpretation of Tongues Prophecy
  • 30. Gift Definitions Gifts of Revelation: Word of Wisdom : A supernatural revelation by the Spirit of God concerning certain the divine purpose and plan pertaining to the mind, will, and counsels of God. Foretelling; To predict or foreshow an event/events at an undisclosed time in the future. Of or pertaining to future events. A word (literally a word or few words) revealed by the Holy Spirit before it actually occurs.
  • 31. Gift Definitions Gifts of Revelation: Word of Knowledge : A supernatural revelation by the Spirit of God concerning certain facts in the mind of God- facts about people, places, or things in the past or present. These facts are things that COULD NOT be known by natural knowledge.
  • 32. Gift Definitions Gifts of Revelation: Discerning of Spirits : A God-given ability to see by supernatural means into the realm of the spirit. It is the divine ability to see insightfully into the spirit realm and deals with the entire class of spirits: angelic, demonic, as well as human. A person manifesting this gifting will be able to discern the presence and activities of the divine, demonic, or human nature; will be able to know (supernaturally) what forces are influencing a particular type of behavior.
  • 33. Gift Definitions Gifts of Power: Gift of Faith : A supernatural ability to believe and/or trust God without succumbing to reason, doubt, fear, etc. This Faith given by the Holy Spirit causes the miraculous and supernatural to occur each time it is manifested.
  • 34. Gift Definitions Gifts of Power: Gifts of Healings : A supernatural ability given by the Holy Spirit that releases/ministers healing in innumerable ways to those afflicted/sick/smitten by disease that ALWAYS brings about healing/restoration without modern medical intervention.
  • 35. Gift Definitions Gifts of Power: Working of Miracles : Supernatural or divine intervention by the Spirit of God through the use of a human vessel that interrupts/disturbs the ordinary course of nature or order.
  • 36. Gift Definitions Gifts of Utterance: Different Kinds of Tongues : A supernatural utterance by the Holy Spirit in languages spoken through a human instrument never learned by the speaker, nor understood by the speaker, nor necessarily always understood by the hearer. An utterance in an unknown tongue.
  • 37. Gift Definitions Gifts of Utterance: Interpretation of Tongues : The supernatural showing forth by the Spirit of God the meaning of an utterance in other tongues. It is not a translation (word for word) of tongues, rather an interpretation (meaning of the message) of tongues. Note: A tongue uttered in a corporate/public meeting, then interpreted is equivalent to prophecy. (Tongue + Interpretation=Prophecy)
  • 38. Gift Definitions Gifts of Utterance: Prophecy : A supernatural utterance not known to the speaker prior to speaking that is said in a known tongue. Spirit inspired speech that has a threefold purpose: 1) Edification, 2) Exhortation, and 3) Comfort.
  • 39. MOVING IN THE SPIRIT Developing The Prophetic Ministry “ For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14
  • 40. “ You All May Prophesy” 1 Corinthians 14:1, 3-5 “ Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy .” … but he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.” I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues , unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.”
  • 41. You All May Prophesy Desire To Prophesy I must desire it-1 Corinthians 14:1, 39 Desire (greek), Zeloo : To be zealous for, to burn with desire, to pursue ardently, to desire eagerly or intensely.
  • 42. You All May Prophesy Purpose of Prophecy: “ But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.”-1 Cor. 14:3 Edification: To build up, establish, strengthen, to make effective. Exhortation: Comforting encouragement provided in times of disappointment & affliction resulting in strengthening the resolve of the believer; consolation. Comfort: To cheer and encourage; dispelling of grief while imparting strength.
  • 43. Four Realms/Levels of Prophetic Ministry Prophecy of Scripture “ no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation.”-2 Peter 1:20-2 Spirit of Prophecy “… for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”-Rev. 19:10 Gift of Prophecy “… to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy.”-1 Cor. 12:10 Office of the Prophet “ And He gave some apostles, and some prophets…”-Eph. 4:11
  • 44. Moving In The Spirit Keys To Developing Your Gifting Through prayer and study of the Word of God Intimacy with God is key Know Your “Gift Mix” Release Your Faith ( In Speaking What You Hear ) In Proportion To Your Measure of Faith (Heb. 5:14; Rom. 12:6) Learn to Move in YOUR Own Anointing (1 Cor. 14:31) Revelation, Interpretation and Application Learn How To Receive A Word from The Lord i.e.-single word, a sentence/sentence fragment, picture, etc.
  • 45. Moving In The Spirit Keys To Developing Your Gifting-cont. Timing is Everything Sharing the word at the right time in the meeting Learn to Discern Your Own Thoughts & Feelings From The Holy Spirits Stir Up Your Gift Cultivate A Hunger For Spiritual Gifts Sensitivity to the Spirit is Key Has the anointing “lifted” to prophesy?
  • 46. Moving In The Spirit Keys To Developing Your Gifting-cont. Be Bold! Learn How To Speak Prophetically Cultivate Self-Control and Temperance In Your Gift (1 Cor. 14:32)
  • 49. Gift of Prophecy “… to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy…”-1 Corinthians 12:10 Prophecy : A supernatural utterance not known to the speaker prior to speaking that is said in a known tongue. Spirit inspired speech that has a threefold purpose: 1) Edification, 2) Exhortation, and 3) Comfort.
  • 50. Gift of Prophecy Interesting Facts About The Gift of Prophecy To prophesy means to flow forth or to “bubble up” like a fountain and to speak. Gift can be given in a number of ways: By the Holy Spirit Himself-1 Cor. 12: 11 Through Impartation-Romans 1:11 By prophecy & laying on of hands-1 Timothy 4:14 This gift can be stirred up-2 Timothy 1:6 Gift of Tongues + Interpretation of Tongues=Gift of Prophecy Always prophesy in proportion to your level of faith-Romans 12:6-8
  • 51. You All May Prophesy Two Types of Prophecy Forthtelling : An inspired declaration of the divine will of and purpose of God. It is spirit inspired speech but not predictive in nature. Its primary use is for edification, exhortation, and comfort. Foretelling : To predict or indicate beforehand; to make predictions; to make inspired declarations of what is to come. To foretell future events before they actually occur.
  • 52. Differences Between Gift of Prophecy & The Office of the Prophet Gift of Prophecy Brings Word of the Lord to Congregation Not a “foretelling” gift, rather “forthtells” (God’s will) Realm=Exhortation, edification, and comfort In some cases also has gift of tongues & interpretation Mostly has strong passionate prayer life (loves to pray) Office of Prophet Same, plus to individuals Ministry Confirmation Prediction of Future Dreams (lots of them) & Interpretation/Visions Correction Direction Words of Wisdom/Knowledge Discernment of Spirits Wide Range of Authority Words spoken MUST to come to pass Gives guidance Have gift of Leadership
  • 53. Common Misconceptions I prophesy a lot, that makes me a prophet The word of wisdom/knowledge, discerning of spirits operates through my ministry, that makes me a prophet. I always see things wrong with people, churches, ministries, etc.; doesn’t that make me a prophet? ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
  • 54. Unit Review & Activation What are two types of prophecy? What two gifts are equivalent to prophecy? Name the three most significant purposes of prophecy. Name two ways that this gift can be received. What category is the gift of prophecy found in?
  • 56. What is a Prophet? Prophet: A person who speaks on behalf of a deity. A spokesperson or mouthpiece for God Prophets are special vessels whom Christ chooses to constantly , consistently , and accurately function in the realm of the Word of Wisdom, word of knowledge, discernment of spirits, ministry confirmations, revelations, illumination, prophetic utterances, prediction of futuristic events, dreams, visions, corrections and the like. All who prophesy are NOT prophets.
  • 57. What Makes A Prophet A Prophet? Divine Calling: Jeremiah 1:4-5 Propensity for visions and dreams Sensitivity to spiritual things Comprehension of prophetic matters Peculiar interpretive skills Extraordinary wisdom and instinctual insight Heightened spiritual discernment Inordinate grasp of Scripture
  • 58. What Makes A Prophet A Prophet? Pt. 2 Deep hunger for the knowledge of God Potential for inspired utterance Remarkable accuracy of divine communication Strong literary skill Impressive elocution and oration ability Unusual judicial aptitude Notable organization ability Outstanding leadership abilities Influential governmental ability
  • 59. Role of The Prophet Prophets should be submitted to the leader (pastor) of the local church. Guard the church from heresy and demonic assignments such as: witchcraft, demonic doctrine, sin, false accusations, etc. Prayers & Intercessions Spiritual Climates & Environments Deliverance & Spiritual Warfare Watchman’s Ministry Gaps & Hedges Understanding of Times & Seasons Decrees & Announcements Prophetic Strategies Warnings Impartation of Gifts Teaching & Preaching
  • 60. Prophetic Definitions Nabi -The official Hebrew word for the official prophet. It appears 309 times in its noun form and almost 600 times in its verb form in the OT. This term when traced through the OT referred primarily to one who speaks on the behalf of someone else.
  • 61. Prophetic Definitions Chozeh -An ancient word for a prophet. This type of prophet is one who receives communications from God more from visions and dreams than audible words. Prophets who say they “saw” the word of the Lord more than heard it are examples of this type of prophet.
  • 62. Prophetic Definitions Ra’ah or Roeh -The ra’ah prophet is the seer. The seer focuses on the way in which the prophet receives God’s messages. It is said that this type of prophet also has a strong shepherding element attached to their mantle for ministry.
  • 63. The Seer (Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he spoke thus: “Come, let us go to the seer”; for he who is now called a prophet was formerly called a seer .)-1 Samuel 9:9
  • 64. The Seer cont. A seer focuses on the way in which the prophet receives his messages from the Lord. There are a couple of words in the OT that are translated prophet or seer. They come from words that basically mean to see, look at or behold. The prophet or seer is one who can see things that others cannot. This type/kind of prophet is one to whom God directly and uniquely reveals His word and His will usually through revelatory dreams and visions Remember this : “ Every seer is a prophet, but every prophet IS NOT a seer.”
  • 65. Different Types of Prophets Governmental Judicial Literary Musically & Poetically Inclined Shepherding Watchman
  • 66. KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD “ Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” –Ephesians 5:17
  • 67. KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD There are two types of “wills” General Will of God (Applies to All) Specific Will of God (Applies to You) They both tie in to the fulfillment of His Kingdom Don’t judge someone else’s life because you don’t know the plan of God for their lives, only God does.
  • 68. KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD General Will: Logos Denotes an expression of thought (God’s thought); it is the revealed will of God (in Scripture) Specific Will: Rhema Denotes that which is spoken, what is uttered in speech or writing. “A word from the Word…” Could also be defined as not a reference to the whole Bible as such, but to the individual scripture which the Spirit brings to our remembrance for use in a time of need, a prerequisite being the regular storing of the mind/heart with Scripture. (The Sword of the Spirit)
  • 69. KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD Guidelines to Follow While Seeking God’s Will Don’t seek a word, a person, etc.; SEEK GOD and allow Him to speak How He chooses. Remain sensitive to the Spirit of God (walk in the Spirit) When you get a word, WRITE IT DOWN!! (1 Tim. 1:18) Be patient, don’t jump to conclusions; wait on the Lord; remember we only know in part …(1 Cor. 13:9) There is safety in a multitude of counselors (Pr. 24:6) Ask God for confirmation; no fleecing!!
  • 70. KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF Does God’s will for my life require faith? Do I have peace? (Colossians 3:15) Have I received confirmation from 2-3 parties? Word of God Spirit of God (in You!) Someone else???
  • 71. OBEDIENCE BETTER THAN SACRIFICE: OBEY WHAT YOU HEAR “ Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.” – Mark 4:24
  • 72. OBEDIENCE BETTER THAN SACRIFICE Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.” Mark 4:24
  • 73. OBEDIENCE BETTER THAN SACRIFICE “ If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.” Isaiah 1:19 You learn how to obey, through your capacity to suffer. (Philippians 2:8) Remember, many are called, but only a few are chosen. You ever wondered why? (Matt. 20:16)