Everyone Hears God’s voice



 


 
 
Session 3 – Hearing God’s Voice
 
1. Every believer can Prophesy.
 
 Numbers 11:29 “But Moses replied, ‘Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put His spirit on them!”
 Acts 2: 17 – 18 “In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons an daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out My Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”
 I Corinthians 14:31 “You may all prophesy.”
 I Corinthians 14:1 “…Eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.”
 I Corinthians 14:39 “Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy…”
 Because God is always speaking, I can get a prophetic word for anyone at anytime. I don’t need to wait until God prompts me. I can initiate it!
 
2. True Prophecy strengthens, encourages, and comforts.
 
 I Corinthians 14:3 “But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for strengthening, encouragement and comfort.”
 Prophecy strengthens by building people up in God.
 Prophecy encourages by calling people to draw closer to God.
 Prophecy comforts people by telling them God knows and loves them in a personal way.
 
3. True Prophecy calls out the gold in People
 
 John 3:17 “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
 God wants to save people, not condemn them! In the same way, God wants us to bring His words of love (gold) to people. God loves His people (His treasures). Condemning is Satan’s strategy while true prophecy brings people closer to God rather than calling down fire and brimstone upon them.
 Jeremiah 29:11 “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
 The Woman at the Well – Jesus could have condemned her, but instead gave her hope for her future. (John 4: 4 – 42)
 Peter – Jesus called him a rock even though his name meant a pebble (Matt. 16:18). That prophetic insight propelled Peter into his destiny as a leader of revival and as a world-changer.
 
4. Prophecy requires practice.
 
 I Timothy 4:15 “Practice these things; immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.” (English Standard Version)
 Paul expected Timothy to practice the spiritual gifts, including prophecy, because he knew that was the only way Timothy would become more experienced.
 I Samuel 3 – It took Samuel three times before he could discern God’s voice. Eli had to help him become aware that God was, indeed, speaking to him.
 I Thessalonians 5: 20 – 21 “Do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good.”
 If we get or give a prophetic word that is wrong, it’s okay! We need to test the prophetic word to see if it’s really from God. We’re expected to make some mistakes as we practice and learn the gift of prophecy. Paul says to “Hold on to the good.” He’s basically saying, “Eat the meat, spit out the bones.”
 I Corinthians 14:29 “Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.”
 Others should weigh carefully what is said because it is expected that a prophetic person may be accidentally wrong! God has given us room to make mistakes because he knows we are imperfect, even as we are being perfected. It is okay to practice prophecy and be wrong.
 
Questions
 
 Protocols for Prophecy
 
 Try the word out on yourself before giving it.
 
 Don’t give directional words, negative or judgemental words, scary words, or correctional words.
 
 Don’t prophecy mates (husbands/wives), dates (new job on Thursday), or babies (two boys and a girl).
 
 Always ask the person if they feel encouraged, built up, and/or comforted by your prophetic word. Feedback is important while you’re learning!
 
 
How to get a Prophetic Word
 
 God’s first language is not English. He speaks in many different ways. It is our responsibility to listen for and learn to hear His voice.
 
 God could be speaking to us in any of the following ways:
 
 Imagination  Feelings / Impressions
 Memory / Recollection  Audible Voice
 Bible  Angelic Visitation
 Dream  Sound
 Vision  Smell / Aroma
 Colours  Physical Feelings or Sensations
 Numbers
 
 REVELATION
 
 The easiest way to get a prophetic word is to ask God, “What are you saying about this person?” If you feel an emotion or sensation that wasn’t there before (and it’s positive), it’s prophetic. If you remember something or see an image in your mind (your sanctified imagination), it’s prophetic. Tell the person what you see or feel, as long as it fits within the Protocols for Prophecy (see above).
 
 INTERPRETATION
 
 If necessary, ask the Holy Spirit to tell you what it means. Then tell the person what He says. If the Holy Spirit doesn’t tell you want it means, that’s okay. Sometimes He won’t do it because the person may already know what it means or maybe God will reveal the interpretation to the person later.
 
 Practice, Practice, Practice!
 
 Try it out now! Either partner up with another person at your table or the coach will nominate one person to receive prophetic words from everyone else. Your coach will help you during this process. Every person must give a prophetic word, even if you think it’s wrong or you don’t know what it means! If you have questions, ask your coach.
 
 Try it at home. Prophesying is not just for professionals. Take risk and bless the people around you!
 
ACTIVATION ACTIVITY
 
 Prophesy over yourself. Write down what God says about you.
 
 Prophesy over a friend or family member.
 
 Now take your prophetic gift out in the community. Prophesy to a stranger! But remember, you don’t need to call it prophecy; this is a Christian term that they may not be familiar with. Instead, ask them, “Can I give you an encouraging word from God?” Nobody will turn that down!
 
 After prophesying over someone in the community, put a check in the checkbox of your Revival Activation Checklist.