EZEKIEL 37:1-7

>> Prophecy is a gift, but prophesying is a command.

>> Not everyone is gifted with the gift of prophecy, but everyone has a mandate to prophesy.

>> (1 Samuel 10:6).. Nothing turns captivity like prophesying.

>> Prophecy rest on the platform of knowledge.

>> (Amos 3:8).. Our strength and capacity to prophesy is on the platform on what the Lord has spoken.

>> What gives you strength to prophesy is what God has said.>> You lack result because you’re bankrupt of encounter.

>> Luke 4:32,36.. Job 15:6.. Luke 19:22.. Isaiah 50:4.. Daniel 10:12..

>> In the midst of a fast, what God hears is not abstinence from food, but the declaration of your mouth.

>> Gentility & timidity – brutality & ruggedity = nonentity in captivity.

>> When you’re too gentle and timid and you’re not brutal and not rugged, you’ll become a nonentity in captivity.

WHAT IS PROPHECY?

Prophecy is a supernatural enabling by the Spirit of God to hear His voice and then deliver the message of what that voice is saying. I believe that you cannot prophesy without the unction of the Spirit. If you are prophesying without God then you’re not prophesying from the correct source. The difference between psychics and prophets in the Kingdom of God is the source of their revelation. We get our source directly from the Holy Spirit. Biblical prophecy is speaking the words of God by the unction of the Holy Spirit.

WHO CAN PROPHESY?

If you can not prophesy by God through gifting, you can prophesy through the word by revelation

1 Corinthians 12 talks about the list of spiritual gifts that are available to us when we have the Holy Spirit, so I believe that everybody has the ability to prophesy but not all people will choose to prophesy. Because it’s the Holy Spirit that gives us revelation in the first place, all believers can do it. Even if it’s a simple picture that is coming directly from God, that can be a profound moment in someone’s life.

The scripture also says that there is grace given by the Holy Spirit as He wills (1 Corinthians 12:11). You get a measure of grace upon your life to operate in that gift. So for some people, it comes really naturally and other people have to work at it.

SO, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOMEONE WHO CAN PROPHESY AND SOMEONE WHO’S A PROPHET?

We can all operate in the gift of prophecy like we can operate in the gift of healing and wisdom and discernment. If someone is called as a prophet then you’re looking at a different function. The prophet function in Ephesians 4 is more of a life call. Which is God-given. It’s part of who you are, you kind of can’t escape it.

I believe true prophets who are walking in the fullness of their call have angelic encounters, they have visions or dreams or both. I’m more of a visions person, I’ve got a woman on our team, who has more of a dream gift. Prophets will have angelic encounters and the supernatural will be flowing through their life. Not everyone who prophesies accurately is a Prophet.

Prophets should be positioned in the body of Christ, in the local church and operate from being part of a family. I don’t believe they should be functioning outside of the local church. It’s really good to be commissioned into your call by leadership who recognize the call and anointing in your life.

The other thing to consider is the prophet’s realm of influence. Is it a local church influence, or is it a city-wide influence, or is it a global influence? Prophets like Cindy Jacobs, Sharon Stone, Rick Joyner and Bobby Conner are all global influence. That level of influence is definitely decided by God, not by us.

HOW CAN A CHRISTIAN LEARN TO PROPHESY?

If you can not prophesy by God through gifting, you can prophesy through the word by revelation

I would first say, “Holy Spirit, this is a gift that you’ve given me. I believe in faith that you have given me this gift, so would you teach me how to do this? Would you start to give me pictures or words or scriptures for the people around me?” You’ve got to start with those that are around you. You don’t go from zero to prophesying over the nations in five minutes. Scripture says to prophesy in proportion to your faith, so when you start off, you’ve got a little bit of faith to prophesy and that faith can grow. You also have to build trust in the Holy Spirit that He will speak to you, and you also have to build your trust in yourself that you hear correctly.

THE BEAUTY OF PROPHECY IS NOT IN THE ACCURACY
BUT IN THE FULFILLMENT