Why do we need the prophetic word in the Church today?
2 Peter 1:16-21
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased”— 18 and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
19 So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. 20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
As I read this passage today – I saw something I never saw before – the power of “the word of Knowledge” and then followed up with a “word of Prophecy” in this passage – check it out…
This is a great passage that helps with understanding the need for hearing and delivering the prophetic word in the Church and communities we live in today. As we remember that the Lord is the same today as He was yesterday –meaning in the days of Jesus.
We see in verse 17 that there was a word of Knowledge “This is my Son” – this word on knowledge was to confirm that Jesus was the Son of God and to bring such clarity to the men that question His ministry and integrity. Then the Lord follows up with the prophetic word – “With whom I am well – pleased” Wow – such few words, but so much power.
So many times I have seen the prophetic word given in much deeper lengths – the length of the word is not important – the meaning of the word is the key. The Lord spoke knowledge and then the prophetic word – amazing…
As we move a long – verse 19 is the reason for this blog – “So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.”
What is the importance of the prophetic word? It is a lamp shining in a dark place. I have seen this countless times in ministry. As someone would come up for prayer and I would receive a word for them – and how the light of Jesus just exposed the darkness and brought peace, comfort, direction, stability, hope,correction, love and so forth onto the scene.
It is so important that we minister the prophetic word, it is not for you and I to get another notch in our prophetic belt, but to give light that shines in the darkness for those that cant see their way. Now, I want to make it clear – this doesn’t mean we expose sin that is the job of the Holy Spirit – to convict. We are to hear the heart of the Father and speak that to the one that is seeking the Lord.
Another point I want to make here, per this passage – the prophetic is not to just confirm a “word” already given – but to forth tell the plans the Lord has for an individual. The second part of verse 19 “until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts” – until the day dawns and morning star arises – talking about time lapse.
If we would study the prophetic words all through scripture – most of them are speaking about a later event – we must not get hung up on this – the prophetic does both – confirm and reveal events to come –or it may reveal your calling to help prepare you.
I love the part – you will do well to pay attention – meaning, do not ignore the prophetic word – pray over it. Search the scriptures, ask the Lord for clarity. Share with others, that they may be able to give wisdom in how to walk it out. All prophecy needs to be judged and you are accountable to do so!
I have a passion to see men and women take a stand and begin to hear from heaven and spoke with authority that which the Lord is saying – we must speak with love and humility, but it must be spoken – the power of the word changes lives.
Do not get hung up on the size – its ok if you only have a few words – the prophetic word we have been looking at has only 11words. Don’t make it hard – keep it simple and to the point.
Yesterday as I was ministering – I heard one word as I was praying for a lady – “hospitality” I said to her – this is what I am hearing – she began to cry – One word set her free to move in her gifting –Hospitality wasn’t the prophetic word – that was the word of knowledge – then I began to speak over her that lead to the prophetic word that gave her freedom.
So why do we need the prophetic – for starters; if it’s in the Bible, that’s good enough for me! Secondly – it bring a lamp that shines in the darkness. It brings clarity, purpose, hope, faith,knowledge, wisdom, freedom and assurance to those that you are ministering too. Don’t get discouraged if you “think”the words you getting are not mountain moving words – we don’t know what a word really does to someone as we move on. Speak what you have been given and seek to grow in the gift.
May the Lord release over you today the gift of prophecy; may your eyes and ears be open to see and hear from Heaven. May the spirit of the Lord rest upon you as you open your mouth to speak on His behalf – be a blessing to someone – get a word for them and share it in Love today!