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  1. 1. ==== ====The Truth About The Last Days, Antichrist, The Rapture, More.http://www.teachingfaith.com/content.cfm?id=304==== ====First and foremost, I know there are many scholars, theologians and charismatic leaders who havedelved into the subject of the prophetic with great understanding and insight. They have probablyforgotten more than I will ever know.With that said, I will endeavor to bring the prophetic down to simple every day terms and hopefullyhelp the average Joe like me reading this translate the prophetic into everyday life. After all, theeveryday trials and joys of life is where we interact with family, co-workers and friends and it is inthese places we need the prophetic the most.The prophetic has garnered a lot of attention over the years; some good and some bad. It seemsthe bad is more often remembered and causes fear in the body of Christ. I hope to help eliminatethis fear by first discussing what prophecy is.Breaking It DownIf you look it up in the dictionary prophecy can mean to tell of a future event in order to reveal thewill of a deity or be seen as a prediction, a foretelling, foresight or insight. The act of predicting orforetelling is most often what scares or at the very least concerns many believers. Either theydiscard the value and legitimacy of prophecy or leave it up to someone more qualified or gifted.Prophecy is often looked at as something the so called "national or local church leaders" engagein and can be seen as something reserved for a select gifted few. It can be seen as somethingoperating on a grand scale in regard to nations and/or governments with little relation to everydaylife and experiences. Prophecy is also seen as something a Prophet visiting a local church orconference might engage in. This is indeed true, but prophecy is much more than that.Now if we break down the word prophecy to a more acceptable term like "hearing God" which wewill discuss in detail, it becomes more palatable...it becomes less mysterious.Expectations & ExamplesThere is an expectation for our pastors, worship leaders, Sunday school teachers and so on tohear God. Yet for the most part we do not see this as prophetic. I beg to differ. Understanding thiswill enable you to move more freely in the prophetic than you might have previously thought.Every time a pastor preaches a message, a worship leader leads the congregation in worship, or aSunday school teacher teaches a lesson they are hearing God. The preacher may study butthoughts of other scriptures pop into his mind...his spirit and gives clarification to the subject athand. Things he has learned over the years come to his remembrance as the Holy Spirit speaks to
  2. 2. him or her.The worship leader may have a program but sometimes other songs begin to ring in his heart andthings change. The Sunday school teacher gets ideas about how to bring a lesson down to apractical level while studying. They can then help others to understand through example or byusing visual aids.In all these examples the testimony of Jesus is proclaimed and I guarantee you someone onelistening receives the Word in such a way they are changed. According to the Word the testimonyof Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10).How simple is that? Though simple, it is just the beginning of an exciting adventure consisting ofthe grand to the sublime and all in between. We must become aware of our Spirit inspired ideas,thoughts or insights and not go on idly unaware of Gods still small voice urging us, speaking to usor encouraging us according to what is on His heart.A Gift To The BodyProphecy is a gift to the body of Christ at every level and for every situation and circumstance.One level is no more important than any other. In fact the Word is clear when Paul says all shoulddesire to prophesy, all should hear God (1 Corinthians 14:5, 14:24, and 14:31). The key word is allnot some or a select few. The result of such obedience in speaking out what you hear will causeall to benefit (1 Corinthians 14:31).Prophecy or hearing God is to be a lifestyle available to all whoare born again...a lifestyle of living, moving and having ones being in Him...a lifestyle of being ahearer and then a doer.Its Just That SimpleLets simplify prophecy a bit, and for the moment, ignore the dictionary definitions I mentionedearlier. I will define prophecy according to the Word and explore its purposes in daily life. Not onlywill we define and explore, we will use a new way to simplify prophecy all together; Hearing God.In other words; prophecy is simply hearing God and doing as He says.Hearing God? Yes! It is just that simple. For the most part, hearing God is something we believersdo every day. The sad part is how many people I have encountered as I have taught on thissubject who believe they do not hear God. I believe many times they are unaware and therebymiss out on the Good Shepherds voice and the fruit thereof.As soon as I define hearing God in more simplistic terms many are often astonished at how manytimes they have actually heard and how many times they have prophesied without even knowingit. They are pleased to find prophesying is not some mystical or grand thing they cannot attain orsomething they should fear. Instead, it is a byproduct of relationship with the Lover of ones soul.Real ExperiencesThe very real experiences others have had such as feeling led to call a person and share ascripture or pray with them, feeling compelled to share a testimony with someone, the desire tosing a song of praise in tough circumstances, or how sharing their insight into a Scripture with
  3. 3. someone releases the testimony the Lords love and grace changes their whole perspective andopens their hearts.Once they realize how all these encounters are results of hearing the still small voice of God theprophetic is demystified. In turn, faith to step out on behalf of the Lord grows. Many times thesimple release of telling someone the Lord wants them to know He loves them has the power tobreak down barriers and change their life. In releasing the simple things we hear God promptingour hearts with will enable us to grow in faith and courage to share on a broader and grander scalewhen the time comes. Experiencing the release of such a simple spoken faith extinguishes fearand releases the heart of prophecy; to edify, exhort and console (1 Corinthians 14:3).You see, using the word "hearing God" is much friendlier and is indeed more approachable to theChurch at large. Hopefully, it is more acceptable to all reading this and not too basic of anapproach to the more seasoned in this area. It never hurts to be reminded of basic principles inany area and prophecy is no exception.Just Like UsRemember, pastors and such are just like us in respect to being created in the image of God. We,like them, are temples of the Holy Spirit, and according to 1 Corinthians 2:16, we hold the thoughtsand intents of the Lords heart. Since we hold His thoughts and intents then we are capable ofhaving those thoughts become real to us in a way that can bring life to those around us.Hearing God or the testimony of Jesus is not meant for an exclusive few. In fact the body will beedified and walk in the light according to the Lords fullest desire if all of His children participate.This way the earth can be filled with His glory. Know this, God shows no partiality. But He is partialto all His sons and daughters, including you. He is a "whom so ever will kind" of God. Are you a"whom so ever will" person? I hope so.The Testimony Of JesusAccording to Revelation 19:10, the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. What is thetestimony of Jesus? Too big of a subject for this article but lets confine the testimony of Jesus to"hearing God" for now and how said testimony relates to the Word. Simply put, Jesus only didwhat He heard and saw the Father saying and doing. Therefore, everything He did was atestimony. Everything He did was prophetic. We must follow in His footsteps. We must hear andsee what He is doing and then share it until all are edified, exhorted and consoled.We, who are born again, are like Jesus and we are all prophetic beings or ones who hear God.Therefore, we must spend time with Him in all possible ways and choose to agree with Him thatwe hear His voice and do not follow another. In doing this, His abundant life is released and manyare saved, healed and delivered.ConclusionNow that we have established the simplicity of what prophecy is and who can prophesy, I pray youwill open your heart to hearing His voice on a more consistent basis...journaling what He speaks toyou. You could be like me and find yourself writing a book filled with a collection of thoughts from
  4. 4. the Fathers heart.Take some time to contemplate all the times you have ministered to someone...how you did it andwhat benefit resulted from your obedience. Be sure to join me in my next article as we discuss thebeautiful gift of prophecy or hearing God in more detail.Brendas writings are designed to provide prophetic insight and encourage others to develop atwo-way relationship with the Lord. Brenda is the author of Carvings In His Palm, What GodThinks When He Whispers Your Name.You can read more of Brendas inspirational works online at http://www.journalsoftheheart.comArticle Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Brenda_Craig==== ====The Truth About The Last Days, Antichrist, The Rapture, More.http://www.teachingfaith.com/content.cfm?id=304==== ====

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