The role of the Bible

The Bible must form the basis of everything we receive from God. Everything that we get/give prophetically must not go against his word. However, could you imagine a man about to marry his wife, giving her a book and saying to her “This contains everything that I need to say to you!” He then never speaks to her again? (Joyner 1999)
Further imagine that the wife promises to love, honour and obey, and then says “Even though you say in your book you will give me gifts such as jewellery and clothes for birthdays and wedding anniversaries, I won’t actually expect you to fulfil this as I am content with just the book you gave me. I will not expect you to show me any form of affection and oh, by the way don’t expect an intimate relationship with me because I am not into that sort of thing!”
Obviously this is not our idea of human marriage, neither is it Jesus’ idea of his relationship with His bride!
Duncan Campbell writing about the Hebridean revival, states that its outstanding characteristic was the “Felt presence of God.” (Campbell 1956)

It is important to make sure that our experiences in the prophetic line up with the word of God, but it is also important that we allow and desire all the spiritual experiences related in the bible.
In Hebrew it states “Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Heb 13:7+8 Not only is Jesus Christ the same, so are his gifts that he gave the early church and it is those that we should seek to walk in.

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It is important to desire the gift of prophecy

The church at Corinth were "Not lacking in any gift" (1 Cor 1:7) and yet Paul still encouraged them toearnestly desire the greater gifts.” 1 Corinthians 12:31

In 1 Corinthians 14:1 Paul tells them to “Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.”

The Greek for “earnestly desire” is zeloo (2206) and could be translated as zealously / jealously lust after!

Why was it important for a group who were not lacking in any gift and if anything, had trouble stewarding the use of the gifts, to zealously lust after prophecy?

The reason is contained in the nature of God expressed through one of his names El (410) Shaddai (7706b). El Shaddai is normally translated God almighty and holds the meaning of 'The almighty God who can do for you what you cannot do for yourself.' The root of Shaddai which is Shad (7669a) explains how. Shad (7669a) means female breast and as we come to Him as a child (Mt 18:3) and draw on his supply it will increase. My wife has worked as a breastfeeding counsellor and can verify that the amount of milk a mother produces depends mainly on how much the child draws from the breast. The more it draws, the more milk is made. If the child stops drawing, the supply dries up.

"For the God (El 410) of your father who helps you, and by the Almighty (Shaddai 7706b) who blesses you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts (Shad 7669a) and of the womb." Gen 49:25

Deuteronomy 4:29 states that we are to: "Seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.”

“You do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2

These passages make it clear that we have to seek God earnestly and ask if we wish to move in the prophetic and his other spiritual gifts.

1. Introduction.
2. God's nature as creator and communicator.
3. The role of the Bible.
4. Turn aside when you notice something.
5. Be careful what you worship.
6. The Holy Spirit quickens things.
7. Hide and seek using parables.
8. Ask the Holy Spirit.
9. The inner room is where we meet with God.
10. The importance of peace and stillness.
11. Don't hurry God will speak.
12. Waiting and longing takes us higher to a place where God acts.
13. What price do we have to pay?
14. Holding a word for a time and part of the whole picture.
15. How do we know it's from God/Act in faith?
16. Jesus is open to persuasion!
17. The Language God uses to communicate.
18. God communicates through our sensory organs.
19. God communicates primarily to the heart.
20. God offends our mind to change our heart.
21. Listening depends on your heart attitude.
22. Circumcision is the cure to a hard heart!
23. Listen to your heart
24. Eyes.
25. Lift up your eyes.
26. Make sure your vision is clear.
27. Ears/hearing the voice of the Lord.
28. Reach for higher levels.
29. How God communicates - impressions.
30. Seeing with the eyes of your heart.
31. Visions.
32. Open visions.
33. Trances.
34. Signs.
35. Dreams.
36. Conclusion.
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