“The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out. Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?” “O Sovereign Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.” Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again!”
Ezekiel 37:1-5 NLT
What is prophecy? The simple answer; God is giving you information or a message to relay to someone or many. Prophecy is heaven's secrets funneled through a willing vessel, for the purpose of building up an individual or community.. It is for speaking life, love, direction, sometimes correction, but never shame, condemnation or uncovering. But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them. 1 Corinthians 14:3
Prophecy is seeing His vision. His viewpoint and His plans and boldly agreeing with them.
Prophecy is aligning ourselves and declaring the word of God out loud. It is speaking things into existence. Romans 4:17 Declaring those things that are not as though they are. Prophecy is dreaming with Jesus and agreeing with His far fetched plan. It’s hearing what our King wants us to proclaim; And then BOLDY speaking His message. “Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.”
2 Peter 1:20-21
Prophecy is a message for preparation. The way Joseph predicted the dream for Pharaoh of seven years of feast and seven years of famine. Prophecy can be a word of correction. The way Nathan went to David to rebuke his sin against Uriah. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 NIV
When God speaks to me, many times, it is an interrupted thought. But when He wants to say something to someone, sometimes He will give me a picture, a phrase, or Scripture. Sometimes it’s an impression. One profound moment I recall was when I prophesied over a young woman at a youth camp. I saw over her head a nurse’s hat. It was like a hologram. But it wasn’t just any nurse's hat; it was an old fashion nurse's hat. I felt nervous about sharing it, so I started with “I see a nurse’s hat on you,” my clue that I got it right; the young woman crumbled and began to weep. I then ventured further, explaining the hat, explaining to her it was the kind you see in war times or old movies. Once again, she gasped. She explained she wanted to become a nurse, not just any nurse, a missionary nurse. And when she heard me say the style of hat, she was sure that it was a path she was meant to pursue because that was the type of hat she related to what a missionary would wear.
When God gives you information about another to share, you need to pray yourself up and trust, He will provide you with the exact words. God never gives you information to shame or expose! You may discern a sin or a stronghold on someone. You may discern the spiritual atmosphere good or bad. But prophecy is for edification. Building. Repairing. It is filled with love, and it is loaded with grace!
We know in part, and we prophesy in part. “Now, our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!” 1 Corinthians 13:9 NLT
We trust the first part of the word the Lord gives us and obey His prompting to speak. And in our obedience, He will fill our mouth with his words. We will not always know what we are going to say or how we will exactly say it. However, when the receiver hears the word, it should confirm, stir, or plant a seed. “When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.”Matthew 10:19 ESV
We are His mouthpiece, His hands, and feet. We are His messengers. The biggest struggle in declaring His word is surrendering our mouth! We must be a people who went for it. Pray yourself up, lean in and listen, then be the girl who boldly spoke! Declaring His Whispers, displaying His heart, and delivering His message of Hope.
For more of this message, watch the videos on our Grit, Grace, and Girlfriends Facebook page, titled, The Prophetic Whispers of God.