REDEFINING THE PROPHETIC

THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the door to the prophetic. When you are baptized in the Holy Spirit, your tongue is divinely empowered to prophesy. Receive grace to prophesy.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:4

 THE ESSENCE OF THE PROPHETIC
 The essence of the prophetic is the revelation of Jesus. When the prophetic is demonstrated, Jesus becomes the main focus. The prophetic births a desire in people to enter into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Receive grace to prophesy.
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Revelation 19:10

 THE PROPHETIC BIRTHS A GENUINE HUNGER FOR GOD
 The true prophetic births a genuine hunger in the people to hear God for themselves.The prophet and his ministry is to bring the people of God into greater intimacy with God and equip them with eyes to see and ear to hear in the spirit realm.There is a realm of the prophetic that God has hidden for his children, not from them and the prophetic births them into this glorious realm, Receive grace to prophesy.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: John 10:27

 THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE PROPHETIC WORD
 The authenticity of a prophetic word is not determined by how accurate or detailed it is but by the source. There are three sources to every prophetic word: the source of the flesh,the demonic source and the source of God. In Acts 16 a young girl prophesied to Paul and Silas and everything she said was accurate but the source was not from God. She was using the spirit of divination so Paul commended the evil spirit to come out. God is the source of the prophetic and therefore every genuine prophetic word has it root in GOD.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
James 1:17

 PROPHETS DON'T KNOW EVERYTHING
 Prophets don't know everything; they only know what God reveals. The revelatory knowledge of prophets is limited to what divinity makes available to them. The Lord intentionally hides some things from prophets so that they will know they are human. In 2 Kings 4:27 the Shunammite woman run to Elisha after the death of her son and all that the prophet of God knew was that she was in bitter distress. Elisha, the prophet confessed " the Lord had hidden it from me and had not told me". When a prophet behaves as if he knows everything he is lying. We know in part and we prophesy in part.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
1 Corinthians 13:9


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THOMAS


EXPERIENCE GOD FOR YOURSELF
You must not live your life according to reported speech. Thomas needed to see for himself before he could believe that the Lord has truly risen. He was not ready to believe the testimony and report of others, he wanted to have a firsthand experience of that which others have experience. You need to become like Thomas to experience what others are experiencing for yourself.

John 20:24-29
Seeing and Believing
24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas,[c] because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

There comes a level where you don’t just take what other people tell you, but you move beyond reported speech to having the experience for yourself. You say what you say because of what you have experienced. You believe what you believe because of what you have seen. Everybody’s eyes determine what he or she has seen.
There is no way you can say God is good when you have not really experienced the goodness of God. You need to experience the goodness of God for yourself. Don’t just be told. You need to become a Thomas by saying “ Oh God I am not okay with theory,I need to experience the practical. You must be tired of hearing other people share their testimonies. You too you need to have a testimony to share too.


ACT LIKE THOMAS,PLACE A DEMAND ON GOD
Until you get to that dimension where you act like Thomas, you will remain a believer without a testimony. If God can create the world in 6 days, then turning your life around in 2 weeks should not be a too hard for Him to do for you. If silver and gold belongs to God, then turning your financial situation around should not be a huge task for God. If Jesus is the healer, then dealing with your sickness should not be impossible for Him.
Become a Thomas and ask God to give you your own testimony and proofs. If not for anything at all ,just because of what people will say that “where is your God” May God give you a personal testimony.
When you become like Thomas you place a DEMAND on God to prove Himself to you. When you place a demand on God ,He will leave others and attend to you.  Jesus Christ after He was risen came back a second time to the disciples to show Himself to Thomas. Thomas wanted to feel the holes in Jesus hands before he can testify that indeed Christ has risen .  So you also need to experience the goodness of God so that you can be in the position to testify that indeed God is good.

GOD SHALL MAKE A U-TURN FOR YOUR SAKE
The decision of Thomas to see Jesus by himself(not to be told) ,pulled Jesus from divinity to humanity. The Lord will make a U-turn because of your demand. God will make a U-turn not because of everybody but because of you.

Thomas had the privilege to touch the Lord for himself. You need to touch your glory and your testimony by yourself. Your hands need to handle whatever breakthrough you desire before the year come to an end. Divinity will stop everything just to visit you and attend to you. God must turn around for your sake.
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