Episode 7: Guidelines for Prophesying

Episode 7: Guidelines for Prophesying

Episode Description:

Prophesying is hearing God’s heart for others. It is exciting, rewarding, and a privilege, but it also carries the weight of responsibility. In this episode of Hearing God, we unpack guidelines for prophesying safely. We also cover important principles for prophesying over children.  The outcome is that we can release the Father’s heart in a way that keeps everyone safe and reflects God accurately. As usual, Gary and Jane share numerous practical examples.

Episode Notes:

  1. A Prophetic word is encouraging, comforting & strengthening. 1 Corinthians 14:3
  • HEART protocol – God’s heart for the person. Encouraging / comforting / strengthening. Appropriate permission / touch / language / tone / timing. Record the prophetic word. Together in community.
  • What to do with a negative prophetic word.
  1. Communicate God’s heart for the person.
  • 1 Corinthians 13:2
  • Prophecy is both the impartation of God’s Spirit and His message.
  • Accurately re-present God.
  • Chase healing for myself.
  • Ask, “why am I wanting to give a prophetic word to that person?”
  • We want to make God look great, not ourselves.
  • Prophecy is an invitation, so avoid putting demands on the person by using ‘should’.
  • Everyone has the ability to hear from God and to prophesy. Joel 2:28-29.
  • Prophesying identity – Judges 6 – the angel with Gideon.
  1. Keep people safe.
  • Accountability is important.
  • Always record the prophetic word.
  • It is important for the receiver to judge the prophecy – 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21.
  • Never presume.
  • Always ask permission.
  • Use ‘clean’ language, not ‘God says’. 1 Corinthians 13:9.
  • If you make a mess, clean it up and apologise.
  • Guidelines/principles for prophesying over children.

Important points:

  • A prophetic word should not take the place of hearing God for yourself. Rather, it often confirms what God has already revealed to you.
  • Just because we have a prophetic word, it doesn’t mean it will come true. We need to partner with God to see it come to fruition.
  • Prophecy always agrees with the Bible. It never contradicts Scripture.

Prophetic Activation:

Ask God, “Jesus, what mode of transport do you see me as, and why?” Ask God more questions eg fuel, colour, size, what it carries, the purpose etc.

Time Stamps:

[0:53] – First Principle – 1 Corinthians 14:3 – encouraging, comforting, strengthening.

[1:48] – HEART protocol.

[4:13] – Second Principle – communicating God’s heart for the person.

[4:56] – We want to make God look great, not ourselves.

[6:07] – Everyone can communicate with God – Joel 2:28-29.

[6:41] – Prophesying clear identity statements eg The angel to Gideon from Judges 6.

[8:44] – Jane shares a time when she was becoming judgemental.

[10:01] – Third Principle – keep everyone safe.

[16:50] – Jane shares guidelines for prophesying over children.

[21:22] – Prophetic Activation.

[22:08] – Prophetic word for a listener.

[23:59] – Gary prays for you.

Resources / Links Mentioned:

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • 1 Corinthians 14:3
  • 1 Corinthians 13:9
  • 1 Corinthians 13:2
  • Joel 2:28-29
  • Judges 6
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21
  • Romans 12:6

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Episode 6: What if I hear something negative about someone?

Episode 6: What if I hear something negative about someone?

Episode Description:

1 Corinthians 14:3 states that a prophetic word should encourage, strengthen, and comfort. But what happens if you hear/sense/see/feel something negative about someone? This episode contains practical strategies you can implement if you are prophesying and hear something negative. Attention to cleansing your life in preparation for hearing God is also covered. As usual, Gary and Jane share personal examples.
 

Episode Notes:

  1. Look at what you are focussing on.
  • We become what we behold.
  • What are we feeding ourselves spiritually, physically, emotionally, intellectually & relationally?
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image (or likeness) with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” If we expose ourselves to the glory of God, we will be transformed.
  • Guard your kids’ minds so they see the angelic sphere from God’s perspective, not a movie producer’s influence.
  • Actions to take to ‘clear the lens’.
  • It may even be that we are concentrating on the wrong things.
  • Second heaven – what we can see with our spiritual eyes – and where Satan is ruling – Ephesians 2:2 “the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” Our view might be on the second heaven.
  1. Look at the purpose or why God has shown you
  • Is it to pray or say? Know when to keep your mouth shut.
  • Ask Questions of God – why has God shown me this? What am I meant to do with it, God? If I’m to share it, how would you like me to share it, Lord?
  • Can God trust me with His secrets? God is likely to show you more if He can trust you.
  • We need to ask God for His timing. Is it a word for now, or do I keep it between God and me?
  1. Is it a negative word or our perception?
  • Take a moment to ask God – how can I bring out the best in this?
  • 1 Corinthians 14:3 “But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.”
  1. Turn it 180°
  • 1 Corinthians 13:9 “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.”
  1. Important points:
  • God can redeem negative things.
  • Prayer to close the psychic door.

Prophetic Activation:

Ask God, “Jesus, if I was an animal, which animal would I be and why?” Ask God further questions – the purpose of the animal, its role, how it moves, the colour, etc.

 

Time Stamps:

[0.46] – Importance of 1 Corinthians 14:3 – encouraging, comforting, strengthening.

[2:50] – First Principle – look at what you are focussing on.

[3:54] – Jane shares several examples from her life.

[6:25] – Gary shares practical strategies to ‘clear your lens’.

[7:53] – Jane shares about the three heavens.

[10:25] – Second Principle – Look at the purpose or why God has shown you.

[13:38] – Third Principle – Is it a negative word, or is it our perception?

[16:40] – Turn it 180°. Jane shares several examples.

[18:34] – Jane shares about the psychic door and prays for listeners.

[21:33] – Prophetic Activation.

[22.33] – Gary & Jane share a comforting word for listeners.

[24:37] – Gary shares about receiving a negative prophetic word and prays to break it.

[25:12] – Gary prays for you.

 

Resources / Links Mentioned:

 

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • 1 Corinthians 14:3
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18
  • Song of Solomon 2:15
  • 2 Corinthians 12:2
  • Ephesians 2:2
  • John 10:10
  • Ephesians 6:12
  • 1 Corinthians 13:9

 

Connect with Gary & Jane:

 

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Episode 5: What Should a Prophetic Word Do?

Episode 5: What Should a Prophetic Word Do?

Episode Description:

A prophetic word is hearing or receiving something from God for someone else and then communicating it to them. It is hearing God’s heart for them. We emphasize that a prophetic word should not replace hearing God for yourself but often confirms what God has already revealed to you. This episode unpacks 1 Corinthians 14:3 – that a prophetic word is strengthening, encouraging, and comforting. An important outcome from this is that it will bear good fruit. We briefly address what to do if we hear something negative for someone. As usual, Gary and Jane share personal examples.

 

Episode Notes:

1 Corinthians 14:3 says,

  • NIV: “But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.”
  • RSV: “he who prophesies speaks to men for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.”
  • The Message: “But when you proclaim his truth in everyday speech, you’re letting others in on the truth so that they can grow and be strong and experience his presence with you.”
  1. A prophetic word is encouraging.
  • A prophetic word encourages or exhorts.
  • It calls us up to be the person God created us to be. It can awaken potential.
  • It can encourage us to step into the things of God we haven’t encountered before.
  • It encourages us to rise to the challenge and embrace what is only possible in God.
  1. A prophetic word is strengthening.
  • A prophetic word can strengthen or edify.
  • It strengthens us through instruction and improvement.
  • God uses prophecy to shed light in all areas of our life and show us the way we are to go.
  1. A prophetic word is comforting.
  • A prophetic word can bring comfort and consolation. Comfort means relief in affliction.
  • Prophecy reassures us that God sees our pain, distress, anger, etc and in fact, He feels it too.
  • A prophetic word can remind us that God will carry us through the hard times and see us safely out the other side.

Cautions:

  • If a prophetic word is not encouraging, comforting, or strengthening, you don’t say it. In our next episode (episode 6) we give you great tools for what to do with a prophetic word when what we hear is negative.
  • A prophetic word doesn’t automatically mean it will become true. You need to partner with God to see it realised.
  • Don’t add to what we feel God’s saying when giving prophetic words.

 

Time Stamps:

[0.38] – Jane talks about what a prophetic word should do from 1 Corinthians 14:3.

[1:50] – Gary unpacks encouraging, strengthening, and comforting.

[3:23] – Gary shares about a time when a prophetic word encouraged him.

[5:00] – Jane shares a few significant times when prophetic words were strengthening.

[7:11] – An example of everyday prophetic words.

[9:17] – What to do if we sense a negative prophetic word.

[10:03] – Jane shares several significant times when prophetic words were comforting.

[15:46] – Gary emphasizes that an important outcome is that it will bear good fruit.

[15:56] – Just because you receive a prophetic word, it doesn’t mean it will come true.

[16:11] – Prophetic activation.

[16:47] – Gary prays for you.

 

Activation:

Ask God, “Jesus, what tool would you like to place in my hand and why?”

 

Resources / Links Mentioned:

 

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • 1 Corinthians 14:3
  • Proverbs 31:25
  • Jeremiah 29:11

 

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Episode 4: How does God talk to us?

Episode 4: How does God talk to us?

 

Episode Description:

Sometimes we can feel like we are asking God for answers but not getting any. Sometimes it may be because our ‘antenna’ is tuned to the wrong frequency. In this episode, we unpack four different ways we can ‘hear’ God – through hearing, seeing, sensing/feeling, and knowing/perceiving. We cover the internal and external ways for each method. As usual, Gary and Jane share personal examples.

 

Episode Notes:

  1. Auditory or hearing God.
  • Most common
  • When we talk about ‘hearing’ God – we can presume it’s the only way.
  • Still small voice internally – 1 Kings 19:11-12
  • Jeremiah 1. The word of the Lord came to me.
  • Loud voice externally
  1. Visual
  • Habakkuk 2:1 “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me.”
  • See things in the spirit
  • Internal sight eg Amos 7 – plumb line
  • Psalm 139 – my eyes saw your unformed body
  • External eg Jeremiah 1:11-13 seeing almond tree branch
  • Jeremiah 18:1-11 Jeremiah being instructed to go to the potter’s house and God showed him through the potter what he was crafting about Israel.
  • If God draws your attention to something, stop and ask Him what it is He is trying to tell you. Exodus 3:3-4 Moses saw a bush on fire that wasn’t burning up, so he thought “Hmm, I’ll go over and see this strange sight.”
  • Kids seeing demons. Focus on the opposite.
  • Dreams so important. In Matthew 1 & 2, Joseph had three dreams which saved the life of Jesus because Joseph obeyed the dreams he had.
  • Joel 2:28 & repeated in Acts 2:17. Your sons and daughters will prophesy; your young men will see visions and your old men dream dreams.
  1. Sense/feel
  • Using senses – feel, touch, taste.
  • Gut intuition. Impression. Imagination.
  • The Gospels are full of stories where Jesus showed compassion towards people.
  • Changing spiritual atmospheres is briefly addressed.
  1. Perceive or know
  • Luke 5:22 – Jesus knew what they were thinking in their hearts.
  • Idea comes into my head.
  1. Important points:
  • Cultivate intimacy with Father God, Holy Spirit, and Jesus.
  • Important to hear God for ourselves and not go running to prophets.
  • We can intentionally grow in the four various ways.
  • Seeing – people can shut that sense down.
  • Prayer to cleanse people’s imagination.

 

Activation:

Ask God, “Jesus, if you could play a game with me, like a childhood game, what would it be and why?”

 

Time Stamps:

[0.50] – God uses an assortment of ways to communicate with us.

[1.48] – We can feel like we are asking God for answers but don’t get any.

[2.08] – Intimacy with God from Episode 2.

[2.22] – Our antenna can be tuned to the wrong frequency.

[3.28] – Gary introduces four different ways of hearing God.

[3.57] – Jane unpacks the auditory way of hearing from God.

[9.13] – Visual way of hearing from God.

[12.09] – A strategy for kids having nightmares or seeing demons.

[12.52] – Gary shares a strategy for you if you are feeling overwhelmed.

[13.10] – The power of dreams.

[13.59] – Gary shares a dream that influenced our direction.

[14.49] – Jane shares on sensing and feeling as ways of hearing from God.

[15.16] – Changing atmospheres.

[18.01] – Gary shares on perception or ‘knowing’ as a way of hearing God.

[21.23] – Jane prays to cleanse people’s imagination.

[22.39] – Prophetic activation.

{23.22] – Gary prays for you.

 

Resources / Links Mentioned:

 

Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • Numbers 22:21-39
  • Jeremiah 33:3
  • John 10: 3, 14, 27
  • Habakkuk 2:1
  • 1 Samuel 3
  • 1 Kings 19:11-12
  • Jeremiah 1
  • Amos 7
  • Psalm 139
  • Jeremiah 1:11-13
  • Jeremiah 18:1-11
  • Exodus 3:3-4
  • Matthew 1 & 2
  • Joel 2:28
  • Acts 2:17
  • 1 Corinthians 13:9

 

Connect with Gary & Jane:

 

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