Seven Ways to Hear God Prophetically
Lesson 08: The Gift of Prophecy
Lecturer: Apostle Colette Toach
When the Lord first begins letting you know that you are called to the prophetic ministry, it is a very exciting time. You cannot wait to begin speaking forth His word and to share in some of His secrets. But it does not take long to realize that speaking for the Lord and getting revelation is not as easy as you thought!
So what is it going to take for you to begin operating in the gifts? How do you actually get to the place where you can prophecy? Well, the first step you are going to need to take is by earnestly desiring the gift of prophecy. The scriptures say:
1 Corinthians 14:1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. (NKJV)
In other words if you desire to operate in the gift of prophecy then it is available to you according to God's word! If you can take the Lord at His word and you earnestly desire to speak for Him then that is all you need to begin operating in the gift of prophecy.
The next step will be to actually put that faith into action and speak out. You might be in a meeting or you might be speaking to someone when you will feel that nudging. You might feel like you have huge butterflies in your stomach! Perhaps a few words will come to your mind; maybe you will get a vision. Sometimes all you get is an emotion or a sense of knowing.
Operating in the prophetic ministry is taking that nudging and acting upon it!
Speak out those few words, begin describing that vision or share the emotion you are sensing. Give the Lord something to work with. The minute you do that something is going to happen! The Holy Spirit is going to take over and will begin using you to speak His words and His will for that person.
There is nothing more exhilarating than speaking for the Lord and it is available to you right now. I challenge you to step out this week. Listen for His nudging and act on it. Your life will never be the same again!
Book: The Prophetic Ministry (From The Way of the Prophet series)
Chapter: Signs of the Prophetic Calling
Prophetic Ministry - God gave it to me at a time when I least expected it. We were having a prayer time, a little family get-together, and my mother needed a word of prayer at that time. I do not know if she was feeling down or whatever it was, but I came to lay hands on her, and as I did so suddenly I began to feel this nervous feeling inside my stomach. A few words came into my mind, "You shall go forth in My name and..." And what?
"You shall go forth in My name and..."
I said, "Lord, and what?"
He said, "Speak those, and I will give you the rest!"
I had never prophesied before, but I opened my mouth and I began to speak. And as I did so the words came out and I found myself saying things that staggered me. I thought, "I must be making this up. This is just too good to be true. This can't be."
I spoke and I spoke and it just poured and bubbled. Then it was over, and I thought, "What did I say?" I spoke in the name of the Lord. I spoke His words over somebody! And there was a prediction that went with it. The reality hit me and I sat there dazed, thinking, "Wow! I actually spoke for God. I spoke a prophetic word.