By Jennifer Eivaz
WEEK 1: Discover the Gift of Prophecy
Prophetic ministry, which began first with the Old Testament prophets, has always been sourced to the supernatural working of the Holy Spirit. Old Testament prophets were hand selected by God to be His ambassadors and spokespersons to the people by communicating His word to them as they received it from Him. True Old Testament prophets were careful to deliver the message that God gave them and to not speak out their own opinions or on their own authority.
Even though the Lord had established highly governmental prophets throughout the Old Testament to speak on His behalf, we also see His heartfelt desire to speak directly to His people without a middleman. New Testament prophetic words are weighted differently than those in the Old Testament. They are no longer being added to the biblical canon as “new revelation.”
To prophesy in truth, we would first need to be given the supernatural ability to do so from the Holy Spirit. There are different ways to receive this gift, too. You can ask the Holy Spirit for it yourself, or you can have someone with this gift lay their hands on you to receive it. The apostle Paul exhorted us to “pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy” (1 Corinthians 14:1). When he said to desire spiritual gifts, the specific gifts most often referred to in chapter 12 are words of wisdom, words of knowledge, the gift of faith, “gifts of healings,” the working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues and the interpretation of tongues (verses 7–10). Some people entertain the false belief that they are being prideful or self-serving for wanting such supernatural abilities in the first place.
Pursuing the gifts of the Holy Spirit, however, especially the anointing to prophesy, means you are pursuing the heart of God toward others. These powerful manifestations of the Spirit serve as God’s kiss and embrace to those who are hopeless, those who are estranged from God and those who have little to no knowledge of God at all.
WEEK 2: Learn to Perceive the Prophetic Word
A prophetic word is a type of revelatory communication from the Holy Spirit—either directly to a person, or to a person through another person—that reveals what is concealed or declares the future. A prophetic word will emerge supernaturally when the gift of prophecy is in operation, and this gift is one of the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit that we see listed in 1 Corinthians 12:7–10. Keep in mind that the Holy Spirit likes to speak in many different ways and might communicate a prophetic word through a vision, a dream, in the form of phrases or words to your heart, or in some other interesting way. We are strongly encouraged to desire spiritual gifts, especially the ability to prophesy.
Paul’s exhortation to desire the gift of prophecy more than the other supernatural gifts infers the high value that heaven places on genuine prophetic words. A prophetic word, then, is not the mere wish or desire conjured from the heart of another human being. It is a word that flows from the treasury of God’s own heart, a word that becomes a bridge between heaven and earth with the supernatural power to create into our natural realm whatever He has spoken. With that in mind, have you ever received a prophetic word that you knew without a doubt was from God? And then after you received it, did the opposite happen instead? Or nothing at all? The apostle Paul provides us with clear, firm instruction in 1 Timothy 1:18. Namely, he connected Timothy’s ability to wage good warfare through the effective use of his prophecies.
You can have a prophetic word—a crystal clear communication from the Holy Spirit about something in the future—but still, lose what God intended for you to gain if you do not make use of your prophecies. When we receive a genuine prophetic word, we should ask the Holy Spirit for prophetic wisdom. Prophetic wisdom will escort us through the process that accompanies a prophetic word. And this kind of wisdom is clearly not of human origin, but a wisdom that comes from the Holy Spirit.
WEEK 3: Receive the Anointing to See
Seeing in the spiritual realm is a supernatural ability to see past your natural sight and to see and encounter spiritual realities that exist within the invisible realm that is all around us. Here are three main keys to help you to see spiritually:
1: Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit
2: Through prayer
3: Through the doorway of the Word
You might also see spiritually by being aligned to a seer prophet. Seeing the spiritual realm is another form of having visions. You will see angels, demons, the future, the present and past, and a whole lot more. People and families steeped in Freemasonry and other occult practices might have the supernatural ability to see spiritually, but it could be a demonic source. You can repent of this possibility and give your spiritual eyes over to the Holy Spirit for sanctified use. The Holy Spirit might train you to see in the spiritual realm much as He did with prophets of old, asking you, What do you see? He is referring to what you see in the spiritual realm and not the natural.
Whether you have always seen in the spiritual realm, you never have, or you used to but no longer do, you can have your spiritual eyes activated to see more than you have before. This is not presumption or wishful thinking, but one of the promises and benefits of partnership with the Holy Spirit. Coming under the outpouring of the Spirit is something you can seek Him for personally, or you can attend an anointed church or conference and experience an outpouring of the Spirit that way. When He pours out on you, you will feel His presence and most likely exhibit some kind of manifestation that you did. Either way, know that your eyes will be opened to the spiritual realm and you will see with the eyes of the Spirit of God.
WEEK 4: Learn the Language of Prophetic Revelation
Do you have dreams at night? If so, I want to tell you without a doubt that you, too, are having dreams from God. More dreams than not are spiritually sourced, which is a truth that we dismiss because our dreams are often nonsensical to our rational minds. And a dream from the Lord is always a beautiful invitation from Him for dialogue. Dream language, by the way, is a higher language and requires some level of working out in order to lay hold of its interpretation. That is why your dreams are commonly steeped in metaphors and symbols that are not readily understood rather than in plain language. How, then, can you extract a genuine spiritual interpretation from the hodgepodge of scenes and images that play out on the screen of your mind in the night? If you are going to minister or operate effectively out of a dream, a vision, or some other kind of spiritual happening, there is a process attached to it.
When communicating prophetic revelation, even if it came to you in an extraordinary way, be sure to make the message plain and understandable to others. We should not speak so mystically or metaphorically that it goes above the heads of most people. We are all going to make mistakes when it comes to prophetic revelation from time to time. We might interpret something incorrectly, prophesy before we have processed the revelation thoroughly enough, or flat-out get it wrong. If you want to have grace for your mistakes, then have a teachable spirit and maintain a posture of humility at all times. Be quick to apologize for your errors, but in this manner: If you said it privately and in error, correct it privately. If you said it publicly and in error, correct it publicly.
Finally, make sure you put in place a mechanism for feedback and theological pushback if needed if you plan to grow in communicating prophetic revelation with impact.
WEEK 5: Stir Up the Gift of Prophecy
The young Timothy was exhorted by Paul, his apostle, and spiritual father, to “stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands” (2 Timothy 1:6). Apparently you can have a supernatural gift, and for the purposes of this book the gift of prophecy, but your gift can go dormant unless you keep it alive and activated. Here are some simple activation exercises to support you as you stir up the gift of prophecy. These are creative ideas that you can bring to the Holy Spirit at any time and ask Him to breathe on for the purposes of personal prophecy.
1. Prophecy to body parts.
2. Prophecy using objects.
3. Prophesy based on the color that you see.
4. Prophesy back all the things that are lost.
You can also fan the gift into flame by joining with like-minded Christians and engaging in intentional prophetic activation exercises with them. The author challenged one of her online mentoring groups to give a Scripture-based prophetic word to someone within a week’s time and to tell the group their results. They did a great job overcoming fear and stepping out in this prophetic activation, some for the first time. She also challenged them to give one another prophetic word in her Facebook group, which was very powerful and encouraging.
For centuries, the Holy Spirit hinted prophetically that this day would come. You have now emerged in fulfillment of the prophecy, “Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy” (Joel 2:28). What about you? Now that you have learned the language of heaven and received the Spirit’s anointing, it is time to begin prophesying. You will be amazed at the words and images that will emerge from heaven’s throne. Demonstrating to others what God sees and knows about them—that He loves them blissfully and has unique plans for their abundant future—will prove to be an incredible experience. And I know that I know He will meet you as you step out in faith. Are you ready to heed His call?
Make me a prophetic conduit for those all around me who need to know that You see them and know them personally. Draw me near to You, that I may know Your heart more intimately. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Jennifer Eivaz is a minister and international conference speaker with a heart to equip the church in the supernatural and for raising up passionate and effective prayer. She is a content contributor for many online Christian publications, has been featured on several Christian television shows, hosts the popular podcast Take Ten With Jenn, and authored several bestselling books. Jennifer and her husband, Ron, co-pastor Harvest Church, now meeting in several locations – in addition to hosting a thriving online campus. They also have two wonderful children.
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