The New Life Prophetic Community is a group of people wanting to explore, discuss, learn and practice the prophetic gift in a safe environment.
What is Prophecy?
Prophecy is God communicating a His heartbeat and plans for a person, situation, city, or nation.
The Purpose of Prophecy
Relationship: Prophecy at its heart is relational. Shawn Bolz says that “…Prophecy is the gift where the Holy Spirit searches the deepest thoughts of the Father and He FaceTimes your Spirit with them.”
Reveal God: The Gift of Prophecy brings God into view. According to the Apostle Paul, one of the outcomes of the operation of prophecy is that causes people who were not aware of God to realize that, “God is truly among you” (1 Cor. 14:25).
Reveal identity: The prophetic speaks to a person’s infinite value, which was determined by Jesus’ gift of life for them. In the Bible, Gideon self-identified as the least worthy person from the weakest tribe of Israel (Judges 6:15). The word of the Lord that he was a mighty warrior (6:12) revealed to him how Heaven saw him.
Release Life: Prophetic people are both guardians of life and life bringers. When Jesus raised the widow of Nain’s son from the dead the townsfolk recognized this as the ministry of the prophetic (Luke 7:16). The Apostle Paul spoke of the three rivers of prophetic life, edification(to build up), exhortation (to call up), and comfort (to cheer up) (1 Corinthians 14:3).
Unlock the future: Prophecy is also is a way that God fore-tells and forth-tells people’s lives. Fore-telling predicts future events or things in someone’s future that are going to happen. For example in Acts 11:28 Agabus speaks prophetically about a famine that was to take place all over the world. Forth-telling, on the other hand, causes a future to happen for someone. eg. when God instructs Ezekiel to speak to a pile of dead bones and prophesy to them that they become an army. Ezekiel in this respect didn’t predict a future, he caused the future (Ezekiel 37:1-10).
Fulfill the Cross: “Prophecy has a role in implementing the fulfillment of the cross on Earth to bring Jesus the fullness of His reward,” Shawn Bolz. Prophecy helps a person see and lay hold what Jesus paid for.
Whom Can Prophesy?
According to Paul any believer can prophesy (1 Cor. 14:31). One of the outcomes of the Spirit of God being poured out on the Day of Pentecost was that prophecy became the way of life for the Church.
Whilst all believers can prophesy not everyone is a prophet. A prophet is someone who is called by God to grow the gift of prophecy in the Church (Eph. 4) and to provide strategic insight into understanding the speciﬁcs of what God is actively doing or about to do.
Three Stages in the Prophetic Process
Hearing: We hear what God has said through the channel God has spoken (eg. vision, dream, Scripture).
Understanding: We translate and interpret what we have heard from God.
Application: We deliver (or not) what we have received and understood the Lord has shown us.
Developing our Prophetic Lens
We are all growing in our awareness of who God is and who we are in Him. As we continue on in this discovery process it can be helpful to intentionally put in place foundational Kingdom beliefs that create a lens through which we hear, understand and apply prophecy.
God is Good: This centers on the foundational belief that the fundamental character of God is good. To hear prophetically through this ﬁlter is to call people towards their destiny and purposes as children of God.
Nothing Is Impossible: Jesus deﬁned the full extent of what is possible in His declaration that we were to ask anything in His name with the associated promise that He would do it. This ﬁlter causes us to encourage people towards pursuing the Kingdom of God through their lives, “I see you healing the sick… I see you making courageous choices…”
Jesus’ Blood paid for everything: Believers have been born-again into Christ Jesus. Because they have been raised up with Jesus into His right standing with God, they share His access to His inheritance. To hear through this lens might look like, “I see Jesus having handed you resources for victory and you stepping forwards knowing you have everything you need for what He has called you into.”
I am signiﬁcant: Every single person has an inﬁnite value which was determined by Jesus’ death for them. Their worth is the same as Jesus’ worth. The role of the prophetic is to reveal a person’s ultimate value and call them into living out of this value. “To hear through this lens might look like, “I see God has placed a crown in your head and I see you in your workplace as an atmosphere changer, not through you doing anything, but by His dignity which ﬂows out through you.”
The Kingdom has drawn near: The gospel (good news) which Jesus announced was that the fully realized reign of God belonging to the future was accessible now and could be experienced now. To hear through this lens might look like, “I see God putting a banner over you, you cannot loose and cheer you on as you take a step forward.”
How to Grow in the Prophetic
Just like growing a muscle, hearing God’s voice more clearly and specifically is something that grows as we actively exercise the prophetic. The more we meditate on the Bible (God’s Word) and renew our minds with His truth, the more we can hear what he is saying clearly.
Whilst it is important to incorporate safety and accountability in the exercise of the prophetic, it is ok to make a mistake in the prophetic. That is normal. Even the most gifted prophetic people are not completely accurate all the time. It is important that when we get things wrong to acknowledge this and where possible to grow from this. Feedback from prophetic overseers and also the receivers of prophetic words are helpful in this regards as we learn in community together.