Prophesy truth not facts

The difference between prophesying facts and truth is so important. Sometimes those with a prophetic gifting can see so clearly into the facts of a situation that this can seem like revelation. However, if the Angel of the Lord had come into the wine press and said “Gideon you are acting like a coward, pull yourself together, act like a man and go out there and fight!”
How would Gideon have responded to these words, after all they were the facts? Gideon would either have left the wine press feeling guilty, depressed and even more defeated, or, he could have gone and tried to fight in his own strength and because of that he would have been defeated.

Instead the truth that “God was with him and because of this he was a mighty warrior” set him free to be the true person that he was destined to be in God.

We cannot categorise and judge a person by what we see in them. We must look beyond that image to what God has called them to be and prophesy that truth to them. Jesus looked beyond the fiery, impetuous Peter and declared him to be a rock. Like most prophetic words this took a while to work through into his life. Jesus said “You will know the truth and the truth will make you free” John 8:32 The facts behind a situation do not set people free, so always ask of God “What is your truth behind these facts?” By prophesying that truth it will truly set people free.

The following picture is a good example of seeing potential in a situation!

An oak sapling casts the shadow of a mighty oak with the words "Building for the future"

 

Ezekiel was taught this precious lesson when he came across the valley of dry bones (Joyner 1997) and was asked by God “Son of man, can these bones live?” Ezekiel 37:3
The facts said “You are a valley of dry bones; you are unable to move, you cannot get up and walk. In fact you are useless, all you can do is lie there, be bleached by the sun and eventually rot.”
Faith says
“Dry bones hear the word of the Lord.” Even though in the natural, bones do not have ears to hear the word of the Lord! “Behold I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 37:5-6
Some people like the dry bones will not have ears to hear. A prophetic utterance however can cause a resonance to resound inside them. The watering of the word will enable a better conduction of the sound and enable sinews to be attached to bare bones. These sinews will allow muscles which will allow the potential of movement to come and skin to cover.

Even when the bodies were fully formed there was still something missing. The bodies had not come alive as “There was no breath in them.” Ezekiel 37:8 Ezekiel therefore was told to “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.” ’ ”
Just as in the original creation of mankind, the Holy Spirit had to be asked to breath life into the situation with a decree. Sometimes these are needed in order to truly bring God’s breath of life into a body.
When we examine a situation in the light of what scripture says about the Kingdom of God coming
“on earth as it is in heaven” and realise that it falls short of that, by faith we can release God’s sovereign will, by proclaiming what he wants to happen into a situation. That faith pleases God Heb 11:6, and releases the Holy Spirit to move breathing His life into the situation, and truly cause bodies to come alive.

God explains the vision to Ezekiel saying “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’” Ezekiel 37:11

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1. Introduction - friendship with God.
2. Friendship is higher than service.
3. OT prophet. The Spirit came upon them.
4. God wanted prophecy for all in the OT.
5. The wrath of God.
6. God is a merciful judge.
7. John the Baptist - the prophet between the OT and NT
8. NT prophet. The Spirit within we can all prophesy!
9. The spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus.
10. Spiritual gifts are for building not destroying.
11. What you speak to rises up.
12. Prophesy truth not facts.
13. The primary purpose of prophecy in the NT.
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