a) Never heard of it.
b) Heard about it, know about it, but never practised it.
c) Fully knowledgeable and practise it as the Holy Spirit guides/prompts.
For me, my answer would be C. On my spiritual journey with Jesus, since coming back to Church back in September 2008, God slowly revealed this gifting as I grew in maturity as a Christian. And I was/am very blessed that the prophetic is a big thing in my Church! But it's not all about me. We are living in end times, which, to a lot of people, might mean 'apocalypse'! But actually, how our friend, Holy Spirit is moving in these times is so exciting! There was a time when the prophetic seemed unobtainable to those without a natural gifting in it. Now, it is available to all, should you choose to say yes to God and hold out those hands, open up those minds and hearts to receive it.
At my Church, Southend Christian Fellowship, I started a 'Prophetic Activation' course Thursday just gone. Being a mature Christian, sometimes I can feel a bit blasé and have the wrong attitude. I do get restless if I feel I've heard it all before. So I made sure I went in with the right heart and prayed that I would learn something new. God didn't disappoint and I found the first part interesting and encouraging, as it should be.
I wanted to write this blog to keep a record of this first week's homework. We were asked to pray each morning and seek God to tell us/impart 3 things about our coming day ahead. I wanted to write about how I got on with this.
Even though I feel I am gifted in this, I know if I am not making an effort with God, not talking to Him, reading my Bible, taking time to worship, then I will not hear anything! My walk with God is first and foremost about my relationship with Him. For example, if I didn't spend any time with my husband, how would I know him, know his heart, his desires? The same with God. Unless I am doing those things that keep me aware of His presence, (for He never lets go of me), those repeated patterns I've just mentioned, then I know I'm going to struggle with this exercise! Whilst searching for some appropriate images to break up my waffle, I found this cartoon which illustrates my point perfectly!
1. A surprise or unexpected blessing.
2. Being cheered up/consoled.
3. A prophetic word for someone at my work.
The results were as follows. The surprise was that my son threw up about 5 times in the afternoon. It certainly wasn't an unexpected blessing but was definitely a surprise. He's known to throw up due to his reflux, but 5 times in a row was not expected! We think he may've had heatstroke, I very much hope it's not another bug!
Being cheered up/consoled, it turned out I had a little accident whilst at work to do with 'lady things' that was rather embarrassing! Bearing in mind it's only my first week on the job and I'm still getting to know my colleagues. As open as I am, I won't share what happened! Suffice to say, from this incident I needed cheering up and one member of staff did console me. 'Don't worry', she said, 'we're all women'.
The third, a song came on the radio that morning that confirmed what I'd already heard from God for this person. The next thing is allowing Him to prompt me on the right timing to deliver it!
1. I had a song in my head pretty much as soon as I woke up. A really soppy, oldie. Having looked it up, it's by Whitesnake, 'Is this love?'. With the lyrics of:
'Is this love that I'm feeling
Is this the love that I've been searching for
Is this love or am I dreaming
This must be love
Cos it's really got a hold on me
A hold on me'
I listen to the radio a lot, I have no control over what the set list is for that day and I find it's a great way to hear from God by listening and interpreting the lyrics. Before I even became a Christian, my brother, Phillip, whom is also the only other Christian in my family, taught me to really listen to song lyrics. He'd come out with things such as, 'well, it's deceptive, it's a bubbly, catchy tune. Yet, when you listen to the lyrics, they're actually really depressing!'. (The song in questions was 'You've got a lot to answer for' by Catatonia. One of their earlier songs). I've always remembered that conversation and have carried it forward. I love how God does that, the two siblings He knew would choose Him and He lays the foundations before we even knew Him!
So this Whitesnake song could easily apply to God's love. We often talk about people having a 'God shaped hole' in their lives. 'Is the the love that I've been searching for?'. And the same brother, when he came to Christ, described it as being 'kidnapped' by God. Well, that's certainly one way to describe God's love getting a hold on us as in these lyrics! Again, I love how this all comes together!
2. Being Tender.
3. A happy discovery.
So number 1 may have already played out but you will definitely have to wait to find out about 2 and 3. This has already been a long one and if you're still reading, well done for getting this far!
My plan is to post on my Facebook page every day what God gives me that morning. Then write an update blog next Saturday (or later, time and inclination dependant!). You can find us at: www.facebook.com/justcreativejulia. So, watch this space!
Title photo with the eye is my own.
Cartoon and caption: