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Prophetic Training II: Operation

Posted by Joshua-777 , 25 January 2013 · 82,248 views

Prophecy Training II By Joshua Shaw

II. Operation

God speaks in many different ways. Many times He will speak to us through symbolism or parables. God usually speaks in ways that we have to humble ourselves to receive what He is saying. This prevents the prideful from being powerful.

  • GROUP QUESTION: What are some different ways God speaks to us?

The still small voice of God

Tongues with interpretation

Impressions - physical and spiritual

Prophetic acts, dances, songs, etc.

Signs and wonders

  • Growing in Hearing Him

God is always speaking and we, as believers, are blessed with being able to hear Him. As we grow in relationship with the Lord, we become more sensitive to the ways He speaks to us. Some ways we can grow in hearing His voice: Soaking in His presence, diligent prayer, worship, meditation, knowing the word, worship, praising Him, etc.

John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

1 Corinthians 14:31 For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.

  • In Proportion to Our Faith

We prophesy in proportion to our faith, as we grow in our faith, so will our ability to prophesy.

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;

  • Giving a Word

When you are praying over someone and waiting for the Holy Spirit to give you something, He will give you a revelation about the person through many different ways. Sometimes you will get a vision or just an impression on your heart, other times you will have things about the person’s life downloaded into your knowledge base etc. Whenever you receive a revelation from the Lord, it’s important that you don’t try to make up an interpretation for it if you don’t have one.

There are three parts to a prophetic word spoken.

  • The revelation
  • The interpretation
  • The application

Each part belongs to the Lord and is a different grace of operation. Often times, someone will get a revelation and the Lord will give someone else in the room the interpretation, then someone else will have the wisdom to help the person apply the word.

  • Judging prophetic words

When we prophesy, we receive an impression of what the Lord is saying and communicate it with our own words. Our own words are not God’s words and sometimes we can miscommunicate what the Lord is saying. We have the Holy Spirit though, so we have a means to discern what is from Him and what is not. It is important we properly judge prophetic words.

1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.

1 Corinthians 14:29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.

I. The scriptures as well as the heart of the Father must agree with the word.

Galatians 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.

II. It must bear witness with the spirit of the one receiving it

Romans 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

III.The word must bear good fruit. The person receiving it must be brought closer to God and to the Church.

1 Corinthians 14:12 Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.

IV.The leadership should agree with the word, its interpretation, and its application.

Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you. NASB

V. The interpretation belongs to the Lord and not to man. We need Holy Spirit’s anointing to properly discern the word.

2 Peter 1:20-21 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
  • Negative corrective words

Sometimes when we prophecy we can get negative words over people. For example, say you are praying over someone and you get the word “pornography” over them. It can be extremely damaging to the person if you embarrass him or prophesy the problem and not the solution. Prophecy is forth telling as well as foretelling, so say something like, I feel the Lord is calling you into a deeper holiness and purity. That leaves the person focused on the answer rather than the problem.

1 Corinthians 14:3 But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.

  • Receiving a word

If the Lord gives you a word or a revelation through someone, how much faith you put towards that word will play a huge factor in how much you receive from that word.

  • Confirmation

When a word is spoken over you, the Lord will always confirm it. Many times, when someone gets a word, others will receive similar words or words that build on to the word spoken. Other times, the Lord will randomly send someone to confirm it.

2 Corinthians 13:1 …. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.”

  • Not receiving off words

If you receive a word and it is off, it’s ok to say I don’t think that one is for me. The only power an off word spoken over you can have is through the power of agreement. If you receive it in your heart and it is off, or a damaging word, it can have a negative effect. If you believe a lie, you empower the liar. I’ve had words spoken over me that was off and the next day I didn’t feel right about it. After praying and rejecting the word, I was filled with the Lord’s peace again.

If it was a word that was damaging, take it to someone in leadership and talk with them about it in private.

It’s important we are sensitive not to discourage a believer from stepping out. As we grow in the prophetic, we will make mistakes. When we correct someone, we must be gentle and allow room for them to make mistakes.

1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.

  • It is all about love

When you give a prophetic word, make sure it is out of love. If you are prophesying not in love, don’t prophesy. Prophecy can only profit if it’s done out of love.

1 Corinthians 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing

1 Corinthians 16: 14 Let all that you do be done with love

  • Humility

One of the most important things with moving in the prophetic is humility. When you give a word, it is easy add hype to what you received and seek after the praises of man. God gives grace to the humble but resists the proud. It takes a humble heart to be true to the revelation you received and to receive correction when needed.

James 4:6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

“God resists the proud,

But gives grace to the humble

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for

“God resists the proud,

But gives grace to the humble.”

  • Ways to grow in the prophetic.
I. We must have deep intimacy with the Lord. Gifting is a grace and is not dependent on our character. Judas walked in power and betrayed Jesus. I’ve seen many people with intense prophetic abilities and yet lacking in the fruit of the Spirit. Instead of doing a balancing act between the chasm of character and power, intimacy with the Lord will help us grow in both. The truth is, they are not at ends if intimacy with Jesus is the goal and focus.

John 15:4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

II. Ask the Holy Spirit what He’s doing and what He wants to do and wait for him to respond with the intention of acting on it. As we are in continual communication with the Lord, we grow in hearing Him.

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

III. When Holy Spirit prompts your heart, act on it. When we are faithful to the little promptings or basic encouragement led by the Spirit He is faithful to entrust us with more.

Luke 16:10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.

IV. Be available for Him to move through you. We have a river of life flowing through us. We have to position our heart to always let it flow.

Luke 9:62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

1 Thessalonians 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit

John 7:38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

V. We grow through practice. We prophesy according to our faith. As we exercise prophecy, our faith grows and we can receive more.

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;

  • Stepping out in Public

Using the prophetic while witnessing is a very powerful tool to bring people to the Lord. Here are some tips that have helped me grow in the prophetic

  • When we get an impression there is a risk involved where we have to step out on faith and risk looking like a fool if we’re off. God likes to stretch us beyond our natural comfort zone to make the Holy Spirit our comforter.
  • A lot of times, we will get only a small impression and as we act on it, the Lord will reveal more and more causing a snowball effect.
  • One of the most liberating messages with the prophetic is that you have freedom to fail. If you’re witnessing and you feel an impression and act on it and it doesn’t at all register with the person it’s ok. You’re growing in faith. As you grow your accuracy will increase.
  • Keep at it. If you fall, get back up. If you get mocked, go out again. Your persistence pays off.
  • Three Ways to Practice Prophecy
  • Have some close friends that you can pray with and speak words over.
  • Practice by doing a hot seat in a home group setting. That is where someone sits in the center and a group of believers lays hands on them and see what the Lord says. It is also good to have someone or a few people judge the words spoken while doing a hot seat.
  • If you’re in a public place, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to someone or walk up to someone and prophesy.


Vallotton, Kris. Basic Training for the Prophetic Ministry. Destiny Image. 2005
Bickle, Mike. Growing in the Prophetic. Charisma house. 2008
Welton, Jon. School of the Seers. Destiny Image. 2009
Goll, W. James. The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence. Destiny Image 2005
Johnson, Bill. Hosting the Presence. Destiny Image 2012
Scriptures used are taken out of the 1982 NKJV by Thomas Nelson Inc. and NASV

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Aug 21 2013 09:14 AM

Latter Rain is a cult,  it has destroyed the faith of countless Christians, they separate families and practice divination. Seek the Giver and not the Gift, training belongs to the Holy Spirit not man.  In Christ, Debra

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Thank you for this. Very well thought out advice. You have given me something worthy to contemplate.

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I will re-read this again later. as it is excellent and comprehensive


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Dec 03 2013 11:40 PM
God speaks to us through his Son, that is, the word, Holy Scripture.
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it is part of the gift of the spirit

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can any one explain how to live a christ like life

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How do you recognize a false prophet?

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As for me God is often silent and I have so many questions to ask him.

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The difference between a false prophet and an off prophet is motive. Someone can have an honest heart and believe they're hearing from the Lord and be off, that doesn't make him a false prophet. Someone who has twisted motives and using prophecy for personal gain or has intentions of perverting the Gospel is a false prophet.

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I've noticed when God is silent, He's  often preparing a progressive answer. I'll ask him questions then random people will be talking about it or preaching on it, then verses will start being highlighted until it comes to understanding. God often gives answers in seed form, as we water them, they grow and then become fruitful.

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The difference between a false prophet and an off prophet is motive. Someone can have an honest heart and believe they're hearing from the Lord and be off, that doesn't make him a false prophet. Someone who has twisted motives and using prophecy for personal gain or has intentions of perverting the Gospel is a false prophet.



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Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. John 14:12
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The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, Luke 4:18

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Joshua-777, Feb 02 2014 07:02 PM
I've noticed when God is silent, He's often preparing a progressive answer. I'll ask him questions then random people will be talking about it or preaching on it, then verses will start being highlighted until it comes to understanding. God often gives answers in seed form, as we water them, they grow and then become fruitful.

Thank you father message received...
Joshua thanks for being that random person for me today. May God bless and keep you.
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How do you recognize a false prophet?

Always an excellent question. My opinion, it is not determined by us, by examining the heart or intent, since we can see neither.


As far as that goes, I would say that if a person has the intent to attract attention to himself, and not to bring glory to God, he/she is likely a false prophet, even if what he/she 'prophesies' is true. In such a case, they are a false prophet by virtue of the fact that they are not a true prophet - a true prophet being one who speaks God's words on God's behalf at God's instruction.


Being that a prophecy comes from God, prophesying is not something we can learn, or teach others to do. Prophets are moved and inspired by God, not by our will, desire, or determination, or intent.


At the same time, since prophecy comes from God, it is always true, since God cannot lie. Prophecy is speaking God's words, that could mean something in the form of a message to an individual, it could be doctrinal, it could be predictive of some future event. As long as it is from God, and expressed by a human agent, I think that should qualify broadly under the definition of prophecy.


So, since we cannot examine the heart/intent of the person we are examining as a possible prophet, we can only look at the fruit, the prophecy itself.


As we have noted, a true prophecy will always be true. Some prophecies can not be examined for truth accuracy, some can. When a prophecy expresses doctrine, it can be compared with scripture, if scripture addresses the topic. If a person gives forth a doctrine, which he.she claims is from God, and it contradicts what God has said through the scripture, then that person is speaking a false doctrine. Since he/she is claiming it's origin is God Himself, that makes the person a false prophet.


Similarly, if a person predicts an event, and that event does not come to pass, this also reveals the person to be a false prophet. I was just looking at a website where the author wrote:


"God has seen fit to reveal the truth to me, His chosen prophet, of the exact day that Jesus will return! "


Now notice we have a prediction, with a date alleged, and the source of the information is claimed to be God Himself, and that the person even claims to be a prophet.


He later goes on to say:


"Jesus will return on March 5, 2014"


Well, 3/5/2014 has come, but Jesus has not. Therefore, this person ( Jeremy Myers ), has proven to be a false prophet, except for one thing. At the end of his post, he admits it is a prank, just a joke. Now, I cannot tell if his admission that it was a joke, was always in His post or added later - I will have to take him at his word. However, to my mind, if a person says/writes things like this, and then after the time passes, then admits that it was only a joke, I still think that would make him a false prophet.


Deut 18
 21“You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’ 22“When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.


I do not see anything in the passage that says: "unless he later claims it was only a joke". This sort of behavior fails to take God seriously, and can dangerously deceive people.


One of the ways we can spot false prophets, is to be familiar with our bibles. This way a false doctrine can be more easily spotted, we can know more about the character of God, and recognize when a prophecy is outside of that character. Know God, know the bible, and you will not be easily taken in by false prophets.

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Feb 17 2015 12:15 AM

I pray that God blesses you in doing work in His mighty Ministry.


God Bless you all.

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Thanks for those wonderful words!

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Thank you for the learning and encouragement I received reading this. Our God truly works in many mysterious ways! This is just what we needed to be doing for our 'Feeding and Prayer' Ministry with Persons With Disability this coming Sunday, May 10th. Our group was just discussing yesterday in how we can truly help especially in imparting God's Word to them. Praying for them or yes, prophesy, and point them to Jesus..

I sure have to apply what I just learned and reminded of, yes, I have some kneeling to do before the Lord, I need to be soaking in His presence more than ever!

God bless you too!
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