e saw in our
study on Understanding the Anointing that there are essentially two aspects, or
two kinds of anointing an external anointing and an internal anointing. We
saw that there is basically one difference between the two. The internal
anointing is something that is permanently within. If you like, it is the
anointing on tap. The external anointing is something that comes under Gods
timing at Gods choice, spontaneously and sovereignly as the Spirit of God
moves upon us. It is not under our control until God moves upon us.
We saw that the two flow together. I would like to look at
that more here as we consider using the prophetic anointing. We have spoken in
the Prophetic School concerning prophetic gifts; concerning prophetic listening;
concerning prophetic utterance. There are a lot of different subjects that we
have covered concerning the use of the prophetic ministry. Now I want to see how
we can apply this concept of the external and the internal anointing
specifically to the ministry of the prophet, to see how it functions and how it
Old and New Testament Anointings
In the Old Testament
We see that the internal and external anointings on the
prophet flow together. In the Old Testament the prophet did not have the
internal anointing. They only had the external anointing. So they were totally
reliant on God moving upon them and giving them a word. If the word did not come
they could not do anything. The prophet had to sit and wait. The Scriptures say,
"And the Word of the Lord came to the prophet (so and so)," and
We read at times of prophets like Elijah and Elisha who make
statements like, "The Lord has hidden this thing from me, that I do not
know what is happening." If God did not give the revelation they would
not know what was going on. They were totally reliant on the Spirit of God
coming upon them spontaneously at the right time for a specific season and for a
In the New Testament
Now in the New Testament it still works the same. The
external anointing still functions the same way that it always does. The
external anointing comes spontaneously upon the prophet in Gods sovereign
will, in His timing, in the right place, at the right time. It is a ministry of
God. It is produced by the Spirit of God. It is not something that comes from
the spirit of man. It is not something we produce ourselves. It is gift ministry
and the Holy Spirit is in control of that ministry.
External Anointing Like a Rainstorm
But the external anointing, when it comes in a New Testament
prophet - not only a prophet, but a New Testament believer when the external
anointing comes it creates something else. It causes a surge to take place in
the internal anointing. It is like a rainstorm suddenly coming upon a river that
has a slow flowing stream or even a dry riverbed. And there comes this sudden
rainstorm and it produces what they call a flash flood. Suddenly out of nowhere
this dry riverbed becomes a gushing, fast flowing river. The water pours down
and causes the river to gush forth.
So you are walking down this dry riverbed minding your own
business, and suddenly you see a wall of water coming towards you. It is a flash
flood. There has come a build up further down the river of all the waters that
were collected from the rain, and suddenly the river gushes back to life and it
pours forth. It travels all the
way down the channel that it has cut, down to the sea.
It pours its water forth.
Now that is what happens with the anointing. When the
external anointing comes upon a person it causes a surge to take place within.
That is why usually when the anointing comes upon you, you can feel it tangibly.
You can feel it physically. But what you feel more than anything else, is
something coming out of your gut. Jesus said, "Out of your belly shall
flow rivers of living water."
When the anointing comes upon you, you feel your river
starting to fill up. It wants to pour out and your stomach wants to burst. Well,
it is not really in your tummy. It just feels like it is coming from there. It
is coming from the deep recesses of your heart and your spirit. It is coming
from deep within. There is a gush taking place within, and it is going to pour
When I first moved into the prophetic anointing and the
prophetic ministry the Lord taught me some things about how to use the
anointing; about how to bring myself to a place where the anointing could flow.
You see, it is not good enough to have a rainstorm come down
and the water to gush forth if there is not a river bed, a channel for the river
to flow in. The river must have a place to flow to, otherwise you have floods
taking place in the community. You have homes being destroyed. You have cars
being washed away. There needs to be a place for the water to go to when it
The Underground Stream
The Lord began to teach me how to go down to that underground
stream that flows within our spirits, which is where the inner anointing is. It
is like an underground stream. You do not see it from the outside, but people
know who know about these things, that if you dig in the right place and you go
down deep enough into the earth, you are going to hit a gusher. There is water
If you know the right place to dig, you can get down there
and tap an underground stream, and tap into the water that is flowing under
there, continuously all the time. You can reach in and draw out from that
underground stream. And you can obtain water in the midst of what may be a
desert, where there is no water anywhere; where there is no municipal water
supply. You may be able to sink down into the ground and tap water out of an
The Lord showed me that the Spirit of God within us, the
inner anointing, is like an underground stream. We need to learn to tap into
that. I am going to be dealing with that a little bit in this study, and I am
going to show you how to tap down into that underground stream and how to set it
Questions on Using the Anointing
As God taught me how to tap down into that underground stream
and to have it come gushing up, I began to wonder how I was going to use this
when ministering to others. I knew what it was like to flow in the anointing. I
knew how it felt. I knew the effects that it had on me. I knew that if I was in
the Spirit and there was somebody here right now, I could minister to them
because the anointing was on me, and it was great. If I could stand up and
preach, the anointing was on me, and I could call people forward for ministry
while the anointing was flowing; while the wind was blowing; while the Spirit
But I began to say to myself and to the Lord, "Lord,
what happens if Im going out there into the world in my day to day life and
experience? What happens if I am rubbing shoulders with people? What happens if
somebody is visiting me or I am visiting them and there is a need for the
anointing. How am I going to go about getting in the Spirit; getting into the
anointing; getting the flow to take place like You did when You walked down the
streets and healed people? Like Peter and John did at the Beautiful Gate with
the lame man and they reached out, and just lifted him up and spoke life into
Set Up Your Windmill
The Lord gave me a very simple picture. I have shared it
before, and I want to go into more detail here. He said, "All you need to
do is sink a pipe down into your underground stream and set up a channel for the
water to flow. Then put a windmill on top."
What does a windmill do? All a windmill is, is a mechanically
operated pump that pumps when the wind blows. And as the wind blows upon the
blades and the blades turn, it causes the pump to move and suck the water out of
the pipe. No wind blows, no water is sucked. That was my problem. I could see me
there with my pipe sunk down all great. And I would be standing there and
somebody would be coming and saying, "Okay, I want some water."
I would be saying, "Well, theres plenty down there.
If we just knew how to take it out I could let you have some."
The Lord Provides the Wind
The Lord said, "You set up your windmill and Ill
provide the wind. All you need to do is set up the windmill, and when it is time
for the water to come out, I will provide the wind. And when I blow My wind on
your windmill and it begins to turn, the water will come out, provided the pipe
is there; provided the pump is attached to the pipe. The water will come
Well, I knew what the wind was. The wind is a picture of the
Spirit isnt it? You see, what the Lord was saying is, "If you set up the
internal anointing correctly, when the time is right Ill blow the external
anointing on you. And when I blow the external anointing on you, the internal
anointing will come gushing forth and the power will be there."
Example The Day of Pentecost
We saw it on the Day of Pentecost, how the Spirit came down
on them the cloven tongues of fire and it says, "And they were
all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in tongues." As the
anointing came on it gushed forth and they spoke in tongues. And you see it
again and again in the Scriptures. As the anointing comes upon people, it rises
up and pours out. People are filled with the Spirit.
I would like to have a look in this message firstly at how we
can set up our windmill, and once we have looked at that we are going to find
out what to do with our windmill. And we are going to find out how to go about
getting water up, and what we are going to do with the water when it comes out.
Because it is no good having the windmill set up and the wind is blowing, the
windmill is turning and the water is gushing and it is flowing everywhere and
making mud. It doesnt help anybody!
Sink Your Pipe In
Well, if you are going to put up a windmill, the first thing
you are going to have to do is you are going to have to sink a pipe into that
underground stream. The Scripture says, "First comes the natural and
then the spiritual," so lets look at what happens in the natural if
you do that, and give it a spiritual application.
Effort is Needed
When is the last time you took out your shovel, went into
your back yard and dug yourself a borehole? It takes effort. It takes a lot of
effort to drill down into an underground stream. If you are going to dig a big
hole then you are going to make a well. And it is going to take a lot of effort
to dig a well. It is easier to sink a pipe.
Well, depending on how big a pipe you are going to sink down
it is going to determine what type of water supply you are going to have. We are
going to look at that shortly. But you are going to have to sink a pipe down
into the underground, and that is going to take a bit of digging. It is going to
take a bit of removal of the dirt. It is going to take building a channel from
ground floor to basement.
How are we going to do that in the Spirit? We spoke about how
what we call the baptism of the Spirit is when the Spirit comes upon a person
and what takes place is a link is produced between the spirit within, the Holy
Spirit dwelling in your human spirit. Now that the external anointing of the
Holy Spirit comes upon the body, there needs to come a breakthrough in between.
When a channel is created between the spirit and the body the spirit begins to
Pray in Tongues
How does the Spirit begin to pray? In other tongues. Paul
said, "When I speak in tongues my spirit prays, but my understanding is
unfruitful." It is your spirit linking directly with your body. It
comes when you reach that point of breakthrough.
Now there are a lot of people who do not understand this.
They say, "Well, I have the Spirit of God when I was saved. Why must I
receive the baptism of the Spirit?" There are others who say, "You dont
get the Spirit until the anointing has come upon you." We have these two
extremes. But you have the Spirit. You had the inner anointing from the moment
you were born again. You had your underground stream. But there needs to come a
channel that is created. That channel that is created is the ability to speak
with other tongues.
If you want to be a prophet and you do not want to speak in
other tongues, then you might as well go home. I mean it. You can have a degree
of revelation, but if you want the anointing to gush forth; if you want to enter
into New Testament prophetic power that goes beyond what the Old Testament guys
had, you are going to have to learn to cause the flow to take place, so that
when the anointing comes upon you there comes a gushing forth from within that
you can speak forth the power of God.
Create a Channel
That is all that speaking in tongues is. It is a channel. It
is when you have your pipe sunk down. And until your pipe is sunk down, you do
not have the ability to tap into that internal resource that is sitting in your
spirit. It comes out through speech. And yes, you can get a degree out through
speech in English. But God has given tongues so that the mind does not stand in
the way, because tongues transcends the mind.
It is amazing, but when I started this prophetic series I
ended up harping on tongues, and I am doing it again. Could it be God is trying
to say something here? Tongues is important. In the very first assignment we
gave in the Prophetic School you were told to go and pray in tongues for an
hour. Some people did this successfully and many complained. Many battled. Many
even argued and said, "It is stupid. I dont like it. Why should we do
it?" Well if you just want to have a trickle out of your windmill it is up
to you. But you need to sink down into the underground stream and you need to
set a firm channel into that underground stream if you want the power to gush
Increase Your Capacity
Then if you want to increase the capacity of water that is
going to come out of that pipe, you are going to have to have a bigger pipe. You
can have a thin little pipe, but there is only a certain volume of water that
can come through a thin pipe, per minute, per hour. It is going to take you a
lot longer to fill a bucket up with a thin pipe than it is going to take with a
broad pipe. That is why the water supplies to our cities are not sent to us in
thin pipes. The thin pipe may supply your house good enough, but if they had
that thin pipe supplying everybody down the road you will have what we have here
in Mexico where the water supply drops right down and just trickles out of the
Use the Word
You need a broader pipe. How do you broaden the pipe? Well,
the pipe is the Word. Why? Because what you receive out of your spirit can only
be interpreted by the Word. It can only be understood by the Word, because your
spirit speaks in impressions and in pictures. We dealt with it in Prophetic
Listening, how to receive the impulses that come up out of your spirit. If you
see a picture coming up into your mind out of your spirit, how do you know what
it means unless you know the Word of God? Unless you know the symbols that are
used in the Scriptures concerning spiritual things, how will you understand?
It is the same as interpreting dreams. It is symbolic; it is
pictures. You can only understand the impressions that come up out of your
spirit by the Word. And because they are impressions that come to your mind,
that do not come out of your spirit but come from the enemy attacking from
without, how can you know what comes from within and what is coming from the
We are going to deal with this in quite a lot of detail when
we look at Prophetic Deception, so I am not going to go into it much here. You
are going to have to be filled with the Word. But prophets dont like to do
"Well, Im not a Teacher, Im a Prophet. We will
leave it to the Teachers to go and study all the doctrines and study all the
Be Filled With the Word
It gets to the point where I hear some Prophets saying,
"What do we need the Bible for? I will just wait on the Lord and Hell
give me a prophetic word?" You are treading on dangerous territory. You are
going to have one thin little clogged pipe that is not going to give out much
water let me tell you. You are going to have to be filled with the Word, Prophet
of God, if you want to function in the anointing, and if you want the prophetic
anointing to pour forth. You are going to have to be filled with the Word.
It is not enough just to learn about the prophetic ministry.
It is not enough just to learn about the gifts of the Spirit. It is not enough
just to learn about the anointing. You had better be filled with the Word,
otherwise the anointing cannot flow, because the Spirit works through the Word.
I will look at it more as we go on.
You Cant Hide It
Well now, you have sunk your pipe down. You have widened your
pipe to increase the flow. Now you had better put your windmill in place. You
had better stick it where the wind is. You do not put it down on the ground
where the wind is blocked by the trees and the buildings. You do not put it
hidden away inside a building, inside a wall somewhere where nobody can see it.
You cannot hide a windmill. If you ride down the countryside
you will see them. You will see them standing proud and high in the sky. You
cannot hide it. If you want to be used by God and minister forth His power, you
cannot do it in hiding. You are going to have to come out into the open and make
yourself available to the Lord. You are going to have to say, "Okay, Lord,
Ill do it. I am prepared to stand firm, to stand bold, to stand out and be
available for You to blow Your wind on me when You choose to use me."
Yes, God trained His prophets in secret, and yes He has
called you to a time of hiding and waiting on Him. That was the time you learned
to sink the pipe down. That was the time you did all your construction work,
widened the pipe and had it all set up. Now you had better put your windmill in
place, and you had better wave it high in the sky for the whole world to see.
You had better be available for God to use otherwise He is
not going to use you. How can He use you if you are hidden away? Nobody knows
you are there. You are going to have to be where God can put you in a situation
where He can bring people across your path that you can minister to. You are
going to have to be available to the Lord. You are going to have to be able to
say, "Father, do with me as You please. Lord, use me as and when You want
to use me."
Keep It Primed and Full
Once you have done that you need to keep your pipe primed and
full of water. You have to keep it that way. Most windmills and boreholes have a
tank. The windmill blows and it fills the tank first, and when you draw water
you draw it from the tank. As soon as the level of the water in the tank begins
to fall the windmill kicks in again. When the tank becomes full the windmill
engages a clutch assembly, which causes the pump to stop turning. Then the wind
can blow but the pump stops turning.
You have to be primed. You have to be filled up. Well you
know that being filled with the Spirit is great, but it does not last. You have
barely arrived home after the meeting and it can be gone. Try it. Just go and
get into a fight with your husband or wife and it is gone. You have lost it. It
is like somebody burst the balloon. Somebody just opened the faucet and let all
the water out. It is gone. You are going to have to keep it filled up.
How are you going to do that? You are going to have to pray
in tongues daily. You are going to have to go in there and maintain that channel
and get the water coming and free, otherwise it goes stagnant in the pipe. Then
when it comes time for the Spirit of God to move on you what comes out is dirty
rotten water for a while before it comes pure. You have some poor thirsty person
coming along for water, and you give them this gungy, horrible, smelly water.
They do not want to come near you again. They do not want to receive your
ministry. You open your mouth to speak the prophetic word and what comes out is
all the junk that is in your mind, instead of what the Spirit of God wants to
You need to spend time in the presence of the Lord praying in
tongues. You need to spend time in the presence of the Lord in praise and
"Oh, Hallelujah, thank you Jesus. Praise you Lord,"
and you just let it flow. You let your pipe get filled up. You let your pump be
primed and ready to go. You are ready now for the wind to blow.
Getting to Where God Can Use You.
Now, how do we come to the place where God is going to use
us? There are a lot of windmills out there. Is God going to blow on yours? When
is He going to blow on yours? And why should He blow on yours? Well, we have
this great big windmill set up here in the desert. There isnt anybody living
within 100 miles. Nobody ever goes that way because it is a horrible place. And
most of the time when you go there that horrible smelly water comes out and you
have to wait days for it to come out because it is never used. Do you reckon
anybody is ever going to come and visit? Is anybody going to try and come and
get water from there? Not unless there are none in another 1000 miles. Not
unless they are really hard up.
Expect God to use you.
Listen, if you want God to use you, you are going to have to
start desiring and expecting Him to use you. You cannot go and arrange the
circumstances. You do not run around with your windmill trying to find a wind.
Can you imagine that?
"Well, I have my windmill in the back of the
"Where are you going?"
"Well, we are going out looking for a wind."
There are a lot of people doing that. They are travelling
thousands of miles to go and find the wind. When you do that you have to connect
your windmill to somebody elses pipe and pump some of their water out. You do
not have your own.
God will arrange the circumstances for ministry. You do not
have to worry about that. You know I have found that as I have desired to be
used by the Lord I have cried out to Him and said, "Lord, I have to be like
Rachel was when she came to Jacob and said, Give me children or I die.
Lord give me people to minister to. Father use me. Lord use me to speak to the
broken hearted, to the down trodden, to the discouraged. Lord use me to speak
forth healing to those that are sick and suffering. Use me to speak forth
deliverance to the captives. Oh Lord, please use me! Lord, there are people out
there that hurting. Oh Lord, I want to minister to them!" It must burn in
Desire to be Used
You say, "But what is the use? Theres nobody for me
to minister to. I am not in ministry. They never give me a chance to preach in
You do not have to go to church to find people in need. They
are all around you. I have found so often as I have cried out to the Lord;
whether it be for the lost; whether it be for Christians with problems; whether
it be for those that are sick; as my heart burns and I cry out, suddenly I find
one day when I least expect it I bump into somebody with a need. Suddenly I find
myself speaking to somebody and the subject switches to salvation, and I end up
sharing the gospel with them. Suddenly I meet somebody, who needs a word of
encouragement. God rises up in me and the wind begins to blow and the water
begins to gush forth, and God gives me an opportunity.
Make Yourself Available
You do not have to go and look for opportunities for
ministry. The Lord will arrange them. All you need to do is make yourself
available. All you need to do is desire, desire, desire! Grow hungry. Somebody
has said, "Hunger for the Lord and for His power and for His glory and for
His anointing to be upon you."
The Anointing is For Others
Then make yourself available to pour that forth, because He
is not going to give you the anointing so you can fill up your own little tank;
to go and have a look at it every day and say, "Wow, our tank is looking
good. Man our tank is really full. Hey, we have even more water in it. Our tank
is full! In fact, yesterday our tank became so full it started to overflow. We
had water all over the ground, there is so much water there. Were
There are people all around you who are dying of thirst. The
anointing is for us to give out. And unless you have that burning desire in your
heart you are not putting your windmill in place where people can come to draw
Love is the Key
The Scripture says that "love is the key to all
ministry." Why are you wanting the Lord to use you? So that you can be
announced to the community? So that everybody can be talking about you? So they
can be writing in their emails to one another about this wonderful prophet who
has such revelation from the Lord? So they can be inviting you to come and
preach in their churches? Is that your motivation? Then you are missing it.
"For God so loved the world," the Scripture
says, "that He gave His only begotten Son
Why? So that He could show them what a big deal He was? No.
Because He loved them. Love is always the motivation. The Scripture says, "Follow
after love and desire spiritual gifts." If that motivation is not
there, forget it. You are in it for the wrong reason.
Be Sensitive to Others Needs
To put yourself in a position where God can use you, you need
to be sensitive to the needs of others. I see so often, where you begin to chat
with people, you meet people and you share with them in conversation, and people
just want to talk about themselves. Somebody said, quite aptly, "Speak to
somebody about himself and he will listen for hours."Well, if you are a prophet and you want to be used by God,
you are going to have to learn to speak to somebody about himself. You are going
to have to shut your mouth about what a wonderful prophet you are. You are going
to have to shut your mouth about how much Scripture you know; about all your
qualifications and your experiences; and you are going to have to just be
sensitive to the needs of other people. You are going to have to dare to ask
somebody, "So how are you feeling today?" at the risk that they are
going to give you an organ recital.Do you know what an organ recital is?"Well you know (sob, sniff) Im so sick. Please pray
for me." (;-(
You Need to Care
We hate hypochondriacs. Sometimes a hypochondriac is just a
person who suffers a lot because they do not know how to trust God, because
nobody has pointed them in the right direction. Are you sensitive to the needs
of other people? Do you care enough to involve yourself in somebody elses
problems? How can you be used to speak a prophetic word to that person if you do
not care about their situation? How can you speak a word of upliftment and
encouragement if you do not care if they are in trouble? How can you speak a
word of prosperity and provision if you do not care that they are starving?You had better start becoming sensitive to the needs of other
people. That is how you put your windmill up. You are going to have to put it up
there where people can see it; where people are going to come running to you and
saying, "I need
I need." It is horrible isnt it,
when people always need. Nobody ever wants to give back to you again.
Be Other Oriented
Listen, you are getting from your underground stream. Forget
about getting from other people. Forget about going to have ministry from other
people. You are getting it from your underground stream. You are getting it from
the Spirit of God, and He is giving it to you so that you can pour it out to
others. So take your eyes off yourself now, and become sensitive to the needs of
other people, and stop talking about yourself. Talk to somebody else about
himself. Then you will be in a position where your windmill is of some use.
Speak the Word
Then if you want the Lord to use you, you had better learn to
speak the Word. The Scripture says that "the Spirit confirms the Word
with signs following." When Jesus sent His disciples out He told them
to go into all the world and preach the good news, not the bad news. Not the bad
news which says, "Youre going to hell you miserable rotten sinner!"Preach the good news that says, "You do not have to go
to hell anymore. You dont have to be sick anymore. You dont have to battle
in poverty anymore. You do not have to be broken down and loaded down with
mental illness (whatever that is) anymore. You dont have to be plagued by the
guilt of the past anymore."
Preach Under the Anointing
That is good news. That is the Word. Havent you noticed
that after the Word has been preached in church, that is when they begin to pray
for people, and the Spirit of God begins to move? Why? Because the Word has
penetrated. As the Word has gone forth, and as the preacher has spoken forth the
Word, he has poured out the anointing through the words that have been spoken.
The anointing has gone out and has begun to touch the people, and their hearts
are ready and prepared, and the power of God is there. And when people come to
the front they come, and God meets them because the preacher has been pouring
out water all the time that he has been preaching. Man, the place is a lake at
the front. Come and jump in! Do you want the river to flow in your church?
Preach the Word under the anointing.
Respond to the Spirit
You are going to have to learn to respond to the Spirit. When
the wind begins to blow upon you; when you set up your windmill, you are going
to have to learn to respond to that move of the Spirit of God. Because when God
moves upon you, He moves upon you suddenly and unexpectedly at times. The wind
begins to blow. The windmill begins to turn. The water begins to gush.Suddenly panic hits you. It comes unexpectedly. You were
sitting there minding your own business and God gives you a prophetic word, and
your heart begins to go doof, doof, doof. Suddenly a picture comes to your
mind that you did not expect, a prophetic word for somebody that you didnt
expect. And God is saying, "There it is. Give it out. Minister it
forth." Oh dear! You are going to have to learn to respond to that
revelation.I remember when God first began to use me, it was easy when I
was praying by myself. It was easy to get revelations that I knew concerned me
and concerned others in prayer. But now suddenly you are in a meeting, you are
sitting praying and sharing together or you are praying with somebody and
suddenly God gives you a revelation for that person.
A Personal Example
I remember one time we were praying for some people, a
couple, and suddenly I saw a womb with a baby in it. It was full term, getting
ready to be born. I knew it was a little baby boy. I was praying for this sister
and suddenly I saw the baby. Now, what do you do? What do you do when it comes
suddenly? It would be different if I was praying for her to fall pregnant. There
was no talk about babies. Yes, I knew she hadnt had a baby and she had
desired one. But suddenly I saw the picture.I stood there and I waited and the picture just came back. I
stood there and waited some more and said, "Lord, what do I do now?"
And the picture came back. I was waiting for someone else to give confirmation
maybe, waiting for somebody to pray something or say something, maybe a word of
prophecy. There was just dead silence. I was it!The Lord said, "Go and tell her what you saw.""What if I am wrong?""Go and tell her what you saw.""But Lord, it may be my imagination."Have you ever imagined a full term baby in the womb? Try it.
Close your eyes and see if you can see it. The best you can do is try and
remember a picture you saw somewhere in a book or in a movie.So I went to her and I said, "This is what the Lord
shows me."She looked at me and her eyes went big. And she said,
"How did you know, Ive been crying out to the Lord every day about
that?"Well I learned a lesson. You see, I could have sat there and
kept it to myself and told her later, but you see she was not pregnant yet. God
wanted me to give the word to say, "The Lord has heard your prayer and He
is going to answer your prayer and give you your hearts desire." And He
did a baby boy, just like I saw. It was exactly correct.
Faith is Needed
I found this happening a lot when God first began to use me.
I would be praying with people or would be sitting in a group praying, and I
would get an impression or a picture or just a sense that I need to pray for a
certain person. You know what you do? You sit and wait for more. It is like the
first time God gave you a word of prophecy and He gave you a couple of words.
You want Him to give you the whole prophecy before you open your mouth in case
you mess it up. It has to be a step of faith. When the Spirit of God moves upon
you, you have to respond. When the wind begins to blow on your windmill, you had
better engage the clutch, or disengage it as the case may be. Start the pump
turning. You are going to have to take action.So I learned that when God began to do that, usually when He
showed me that I needed to minister to somebody, it did not work until I
actually went to them; sometimes not until I actually put my hand on them. Then
it would gush. Sometimes I would just go so far as putting my hand on them. I
didnt know what I was going to say. The Lord said, "Go and
minister.""But Lord, what do I say?""Go and minister.""What is their need?""Go and minister. I will show you when you get
there.""What am I going to do when I get there?""Go and do it, and Ill show you."Now I do not know what is going to happen when I arrive
there. As I lay my hands on a person and begin to pray I may have a vision. I
may have a discernment in the Spirit. I may get a word of prophecy. It does not
matter. As I move and act on the move of the Spirit of God, something happens.So sometimes I will just go and as I begin, "Thus saith
", off it goes. You just dont know what is going to happen.
Sorry, that is the external anointing type. You have no control over that. All
you have to do is put your windmill in order and ready to pump. And when God
moves you, you just go there and you do what He tells you to do. When you do
what He tells you to do He will give you more. That is the faith part. That is
the part you are going to have to do yourself.Now when the water begins to gush forth, God begins to give
you things in the Spirit. We have looked at it in Prophetic Listening. We have
looked at it in Prophetic Gifts, on how to flow in the gifts and how different
people receive revelation in different ways, so I am not going to duplicate
that. Whether God gives it to you by various different senses by pictures,
by prophecy, by an audible voice however you are receiving from the Lord,
you are beginning to let that water gush forth. There is somebody there in need
that needs to be ministered to.
How are you going to give out the water? You do not just turn
it up and let it flow. You are going to have to put it in the right place. You
are going to have to channel it to where the garden is. You are going to have to
move the hose to where the bucket is. You are going to have to apply that
anointing. You are going to have to apply that revelation. You are going to have
to apply that ministry in the Spirit specifically in the right way. To do that
you are going to have to use wisdom. That is another reason why you need to know
Mentoring is Good
It is another reason why you need to be mentored, so that you
can let somebody else learn and make the mistakes and you can learn from theirs,
instead of opening your big mouth and putting both feet in it. It is sometimes
the best way to learn, but it is a lot easier when somebody else has been there.
And as you open your mouth and put your foot in they can say, "Uh uh uh!
Foot out!" It helps. If you want to be stubborn and do it your own way, go
ahead and do it yourself. It is much easier to learn from somebody else who has
been there. It took them twenty years of toenail biting. Hey, you could learn it
in months. It is up to you. That is by the by.You need to use wisdom when God gives you a revelation. You
need to know what to do with that revelation. Sometimes it will come at an
inopportune time. It will come in a way that you are just not quite sure what to
do with it.
When I Met Daphne
I want to share this one. When I found myself divorced and
without a wife I sought God for a new one and He gave me Daphne. Our meeting was
miraculous and we have told our story in other places. The night that Daphne and
I met I knew that I was going to minister to her. Whether she was the right one
for me or not I did not know. But I knew God had put us together that night and
I made myself available. I put my windmill up. I said, "Okay, Lord, Im
going to minister to this woman, whether she is my wife or not. I am not going
to waste this evening. If she is my wife, thats going to be wonderful. If she
is not, she is going to have prophetic ministry even if she hasnt had it
before.So, after we had been out to a church service and wed come
home we began to wait on the Lord and we began to pray. And as we began to pray
God began to show me things. He gave me a word of prophecy for her. I knew what
He was saying, but I had to put it in such a way that it didnt sound too
obvious. He was effectively saying, "Okay, this is the guy, this is the
woman, this is it! I have put you together." You do not prophesy that,
"Thus saith the Lord, You shall be my wife and you shall marry me.
" You cannot do that.But the Lord gave me a Scripture from the book of Esther
where Mordecai said to Esther, "How do you know that God has not brought
you to the Kingdom for such a time as this? Esther you are in the right place at
the right time. This is it. Ive put it together." So God gave me a
prophetic word which said just that. Well, I hoped she understood what I was
saying. I knew what I was saying. The Lord gave me wisdom to present it in a way
that was not imposing.She had told me during the evening as we had talked about
ourselves and our lives, that her previous late husband had been unable to have
children so she had never had a child before. They had wanted to adopt a child
and that never came through. That is all that she said. And as we began to pray
I saw her holding a baby in her arms.Well now, the Lord had told me a good time before that, and I
had already shared it with my children, that I knew that my new wife was going
to be young enough to want a child and that we must be prepared and open to
receive another member in the family once I remarried. I knew it. I was ready
for it. I saw her holding a baby. I knew it was going to be my baby. So what do
I tell her? "Thus saith the Lord, This man shall be the father of your
". You cannot do it. You have to use wisdom.In my mind I was saying, "Lord, thats all very well.
I have three daughters that I have custody of. Is this woman going to be able to
handle them? She has never even had kids before." And I saw the Lord giving
her something, as I often see Him doing in the Spirit, giving somebody
something. I dont even remember what it was, but I knew what the Lord was
saying. It was, "I will give her the grace and the ability to do what needs
to be done and to handle the responsibility."
Putting it Together
So I am walking up and down and I do not know what I am going
to do with this knowledge. I said to her, "The Lords showing me things
and I cannot tell you now." I had never had this happen to me before.I said, "Lord, what do I do with this?"He said, "Tell her what you saw."I walked up to her and said, "Tell me, do you still have
a deep desire to have a child?"She took one look at me and she just broke out into tears.
She said, "How did you know?"Well, I did not know, but God knew. I could not tell her it
was going to be my child. I said, "The Lords going to give you the
desires of your heart. You will have a child. I see you holding a baby in your
arms." I could not tell her the other part. It was not the time yet.You are going to have to use wisdom with the knowledge of the
revelation that God has going to give you as a Prophet. Do not just open your
big mouth and dont jump to conclusions. Rather hold back. We will share more
on that as we go on.
How To Deliver a Revelation in The Public Meeting
If God gives you a word in the church in a public meeting,
specially if it is not your church, and even more so if it is your church; if
God gives you a word that perhaps relates to the body, to the church generally,
you had better be careful opening your mouth and giving forth a word without
finding out whether it sits well with the leadership of the church. This is a
difficult one. A lot of prophets have erred on this one, and Pastors as a result
have put the squeeze on them. They have said, "Okay, you dont prophesy
anything without putting it through me first, or putting it through somebody in
the Church who is authorized to check prophesies out before they are
spoken."It is not the Scriptural pattern. The Scriptural pattern is
that a person will stand up to speak and the others shall judge publicly. It is
because of abuse; because of the fact that these days there are more Prophets
than others we have more Chiefs than Indians sometimes because people
have not learned to use wisdom. A lot of the time it is because people have not
been trained how to use the prophetic ministry. That is why we have this
Prophetic School, to teach you how to do these things right. That is why we are
speaking about this.
Prophesy at right time
You need to use wisdom. It has nothing to do with the fact
that the Pastor lords it over you and that you have to be under his authority.
It does not give him the right to reject a word that God has given you, that is
a genuine word from Him. But there could be a time and a place to speak that
word, and you need to give the leadership the right to reject the word before
you speak it forth. If they do choose to reject the word they take the
consequences of rejecting it. I have had that very thing happen to me very early
in my experience. I perhaps did not use wisdom at that time either. I tried to
stand up and speak a word in a public meeting and I was told to sit down and
Use wisdom. If God gives you a revelation He intends you to
do something about it, but He does not necessarily intend you to do it now! If
God gives you a prophetic word in the middle of the preachers sermon you do
not interrupt him."Just hold it, I have a word from the Lord. Shut up,
please! Thus saith the Lord
" You dont do that. I would not try and
do that.Sometimes people break out in a message in tongues in the
middle of a sermon. No. "God is not the God of disorder," Paul
says. Use wisdom, Prophet. And if you are an emotionally expressive Prophet as
most Prophets are, you had better learn to control your emotions.
Dont Force Your Ministry
Make sure that when you are going to minister to somebody
that the person wants to be ministered to. I have seen people in meetings,
especially when you have small meetings like home meetings. You have the
prophetic types. They have itchy fingers."Who can I lay my hands on tonight? Who can I prophesy
over? Oh, yes, we have that new guy sitting there," and you eye him the
whole night."Lord, give me a word for him."You just cannot wait to get your hands on him. You just cant
wait to go over and say, "Thus saith the Lord
" and if you do not
have the guts or opportunity to go over to him personally, then you are going to
give a public prophecy to speak it to him.The Holy Spirit is pictured in various symbols, and the Lord
is pictured in various symbols. The Holy Spirit came down on Jesus as a dove,
and a dove is often the symbol of the Holy Spirit. A dove is a very tender,
gentle, and easily frightened bird. It is not aggressive. It is not a vulture.
If you want to be anointed by the Spirit of God, the anointing is not the
anointing of a vulture.He is as meek as a lamb, gentle as a dove. He leads as the
Shepherd. He is not the butcher that drives the sheep to the slaughterhouse. As
the Shepherd, He goes before the sheep and He woos in love. He does not hammer
in condemnation. Dont you dare take the prophetic ministry and use it as a
whip against others, especially to cover the sin in your own life. It is so easy
to speak judgement and condemnation on others and make yourself look good. You
are going to have to use wisdom with the prophetic anointing when it comes upon
Dont Act Under Pressure
You must not act impulsively, and you must never act under
pressure. The Holy Spirit will never pressure you to do anything. He will tug at
you. He will woo you. He will gently tug at you. The Spirit of God will move
upon you, and He will nudge you gently again and again and again. It is a gentle
nudge that says, "Speak it forth, speak it forth. Do this. Do that."I have heard prophets say, "But God told me to say it. I
had to do it! I knew the Pastor was going to oppose me. I knew the people wouldnt
like it. I knew they would hate me for it. But I had to do it. I would have
disobeyed the Lord if I didnt do it."
Nonsense. The Lord never forces you to do anything. The
Scripture says in 1 Corinthians 14:32:
"And the spirits of the Prophets are subject to the
Prophets, for God is not the author of confusion, but of peace."
Yes, you need to obey what God has given you to speak. You
need to obey in a spirit of gentleness and meekness, and love and wisdom. And
you need to know how to minister forth what God has given you. Do not take your
own aggression and your own impulsiveness and use the Holy Spirit as an excuse
to do what you wanted to do. You just could not wait for the Lord to give you
that word for this miserable, rotten church.You see, that is why Pastors have to put the squeeze on
Prophets. I am afraid it is true. You are going to have to learn wisdom before
God is going to trust you to pour forth His water.
Be Sure of What Youve Seen
And if you are not sure what the Lord has shown you, dont
wing it. If you are not sure of what God showed you; if you have a picture and
you are not sure what the picture means, do not go and do an impromptu
interpretation on the run and hope it is right. You might get away with that in
dream interpretation, but you are not going to get away with it in a prophetic
word.I am sure you have heard cases of Prophets who saw a picture
as they looked on somebody and misinterpreted the picture. They gave a prophetic
word and said, "The Lord says this and that
" and it was wrong. If
you are not sure what the picture means rather share the picture. Maybe the
person understands what the picture means even though you dont. Receive
confirmation first if you are not sure. Just share."Brother as Ive been standing here I see this bag
hanging over your head. Now I am not sure what it means. Perhaps you know what
it means, but I just want to share that with you. God wants to minister to you,
and He wants to meet your need. And if you need special ministry I will pray
with you afterwards, or you can come forward now
" whatever you want to
do. But if you are not sure, do not open your mouth and put your foot in it
again, because you could destroy somebodys life.
Apart from using wisdom in what to do with this water, you
need to use boldness. There are a lot of Gideons out there. The Lord tells them
what to do and their knees start to shake."Oh Lord, I will do it if you give me confirmation.
Lord, make the fleece wet and the ground dry and Ill do it Lord.""Okay, make the fleece wet and the ground dry.""Well, that could have been a coincidence, Lord. Um,
make the ground wet and the fleece dry.""Okay, give it to the guy!""Um, well Lord, cant you give me one more?"Do you know people like that? They are too scared to make
decisions. They are too scared to speak out. They are sitting with the
revelation and God said, "Go," and they sit there the whole night
trying to pluck up enough courage. They go home that night and feel depressed
and discouraged and know they have disobeyed God, because they did not speak
what God wanted them to speak because they were afraid of what people would
think. Hey, you are going to have to be bold."But what if they throw stones at me?"Then you are stoned."What if they say nasty things about me?"Then you are criticized. Hey, you should have made that
choice before you started on this thing.
Every Ministry Operates By Faith
You need to take a step of faith. You are going to have to
faith this thing, because every gift and every ministry that God has given
operates by faith. And if you have not learned faith as a Prophet you are not
going to excel in your prophetic ministry. That is why part of the prophetic
preparation and part of the prophetic training often will mean that God will
lead you into situations where things that always just panned out nicely before
do not work anymore. Where finances just flowed easily before, suddenly they are
blocked. Where everything fell into place and you never had problems, suddenly
your whole life goes wrong."Oh, what is going on? Lord what are you trying to do?
Are you punishing me because I was a sinner?"No, He is teaching you faith. He is teaching you to exercise
and to develop the faith that is within you. He is teaching you to learn to use
your faith, because it is going to take faith to stand up and say, "Thus
saith the Lord
" Maybe you are going to stand and prophesy over somebody
and God is going to say, "Thus saith the Lord, I have called you from
when you were a child. I have prepared you and I have raised you up. And you
will do signs and wonders, and you will heal the sick, and you will raise the
dead, and you will go to places you have never gone to before. ""What if Im wrong?"Well you had better learn. You had better learn to step out
in faith and give weaker prophecies than that first before you can give stronger
ones. You had better learn to give the nicer ones that just say, "Thus
saith the Lord, I have seen your heart, and I care. " If you do not
have the faith to give those ones you are not going to have the big ones."Oh but its not fair. The Lord gives that person such
wonderful prophecies. I would love to prophesy like Sister So-and-So."You can. She has just more guts. She doesnt care what
anybody thinks. She is like a child that learns to walk, and stumbles and falls
and gets bruises, but stands up and goes again. You are going to have to be bold
if you want God to use you. You are going to have to have the audacity to
believe that the water that is pouring forth from you, somebody else is going to
need and want, and it is going to help them and quench their thirst. You are
going to have to be bold enough to actually believe that.
Believe in Yourself
You are going to have to bold enough to believe that when you
preach somebody is going to want to borrow the tape or even buy it, and pay
money for it to listen to it."Who would buy something that I preached?"You had better be bold enough to believe that somebody will.
You had better be bold enough to offer it for sale. I know that one. It is going
to take boldness. You are going to have to believe in what God has put in you.
You are going to have to believe in the anointing of God that is in you, because
if you do not believe in it, do you think the other people are going to? If you
do not believe that God is using you, do you think you are going to fool anybody
else?"I dont want what you have if you dont even have
confidence in yourself. You can keep it. Hey, if you dont even want to drink
your own water, do not come and palm it off on me."
Dont Apologize for Yourself
Dont apologize for your presence or for the revelation
that you receive. Do not ever apologize for being Gods spokesman. Dont
ever stand up and say, "Well, Im so useless, but I will just give this
forth."Everybody is going to say, "We agree, you are useless.
Shut up!"Be bold. I stand here in humility, but I speak for the King
of Kings, "Thus saith the Lord God Jehovah Himself
" It is His
word. You are speaking for the King of Kings. You do not have to apologize for
Him, because you carry the insignia of His authority. He chose you and He called
you, and He trained you and prepared you to set you up as a windmill. He is not
afraid to stick you out there for the whole world to ride by and say,
"There is a water source. I am going to go get some water there." You
had better be confident enough and bold enough to lift up high and show yourself
to the world and say, "I may just be an ugly old windmill, but we have some
Handling Negative Responses
Now here is a difficult one. What happens when you try and
pour forth the water and people wont drink it? What happens when somebody
responds negatively to your revelation? That is a tough one. Has it ever
happened to you? You are praying with somebody and God gives you a picture. He
gives you a revelation and you are sure of it. You know that this is of God and
you share it with the person. You say, "God shows me this. Can you identify
with that?" and they say, "No, I dont think so. No, I do not know
what youre talking about. No that has never happened to me."You could have been wrong, yes. You have to be prepared for
that possibility. And if you are wrong you can retract gently and apologize and
say, "Well I saw this. Perhaps I misinterpreted it. Im sorry, but this
is what God showed me. Can you make anything of it?" It could be that what
you really touched on is a sore point in the persons life.I remember once praying for somebody. He was supposed to be
sick. I did not know what was wrong with him. I began to pray and I saw this
blood vessel and it was blocked. There was a clot in a vein, and it was quite
clear. I stopped and I said, "What is wrong with you, brother?""Oh," he said, "Yes Ive had trouble at
times with my heart and whatever, and
"I looked at him and I thought, "Wow, I must have missed
that one. I never saw his heart."Then his daughter said to me, "What did you see?"I said, "I saw a blocked blood vessel."She said, "Youre perfectly correct!"He had a blocked blood vessel in his leg or something. Now I
do not know why he did not want to talk about it. Maybe he had been trusting God
for healing and he did not want some prophet coming, I dont know. But it
threw me for a moment. I thought I had missed it, but I had not missed it. I had
seen correctly. And only as I shared that picture of what I had seen did it come
out.Listen, do not be swayed by negative responses to
revelations. But by the same token, dont be so arrogant as to say,
"Well, I know I was right. You had better acknowledge it." Be bold and
confident enough to stick with it if you know that God gave it to you, and
confident enough to withdraw and give the person a bit of breathing room if they
dont want to acknowledge it. But dont let it knock you off to the point
where you begin to lose confidence or you are afraid to open your mouth next
time you have a revelation in case you are wrong again. You are going to have
those kinds of responses if you have not had them already. It is going to be
part of your training, you will see.
Sometimes you have outright rejection. You want to start
ministering inner healing to somebody and they do not believe in inner healing.
Hey, I used to preach against inner healing. I guess if somebody had come to try
and minister inner healing to me and said, "I see you have some hurts there
and God wants to minister inner healing to you," I would have said,
"Baloney, thats psychological garbage!"So the Lord used guile on me. He sent some guy to me who did
not even know what inner healing was. He just knew how to flow in the Spirit,
and he said, "I dont know what is going on, but I have this glowing heat
in my hand here, and I want to pray for you."I said, "Well, okay, go pray for me."He prayed for me and the power of God hit me. Something
happened and I started laughing. I did not understand what had happened and he
didnt understand what had happened. None of us knew what had happened, but
something had happened.He said, "I dont know what happened, but God said He
has taken a weakness out of you and He has put a strength back in its
place."I said, "What are you talking about?"He said, "I havent a clue."Well, we both learned what inner healing was because it
happened. You know what it is like when you have to go tearing all the pages out
of your notes; you know all the ones that are wrong? It really messes your
theology up, I tell you, it really does. You are going to have people like that.
They are not going to believe in what you have to minister, and yet God has
given you revelation.Again, use wisdom and be bold and just go ahead. Just share
the pictures that God gives you. Just speak the word; touch the person at the
point of their need. Stay away from doctrines they are going to stumble over.
Just offer somebody a ministry in love. They will receive it, and they will be
ministered to. And when the Spirit of God comes upon them and the anointing hits
them they will change their tune. They will start to rethink and they will start
to click, "Now hold it. Maybe what I believe isnt right after all. Maybe
what I believed all my life was wrong." Let God do that. Do not try and do
it in one little ministry session.
You must be bold as a Prophet, but you must also be humble.
Do not ever claim to be infallible. I have seen Prophets that want to stick with
their revelations and they are so full of obvious deception that it is so
glaringly obvious and is sticking out like a sore thumb. But they will stick to
the revelation."God showed me that. I know it was God. I heard this
voice booming out of the sky. It was the Lord, I knew it was. I was driving
along in my car and the Lord said, Go to the Mall. When I arrived at the
Mall God said, Go buy a new TV. I knew it was God. I dont know why He
wanted me to buy a TV. I didnt need one. I already had one. It was expensive,
but I knew it was God. I had to obey."
Old and New Testament Prophets Different
Have you heard those before? I have. No, you are not
infallible as a Prophet. We have looked at that in deception. Realize that you
are going to make mistakes. There is a difference here, between the Old
Testament Prophet and the New Testament Prophet. The Old Testament Prophet did
not make mistakes, except deliberately. The reason being that the Old Testament
Prophet only operated under the external anointing. And when the external
anointing came it was controlled by God and by God alone. All the Prophet was,
was the delivery boy. He just spoke forth what God gave him.
So, when you had false Prophets in the Old Testament they
were Prophets who spoke deliberate prophetic words that they knew would tickle
the ears of the hearer, and they knew that the anointing of God was not on them.
But when the anointing of God came on them they would speak by the Spirit of
God, and what they spoke was of God. And if what they spoke did not come to pass
and was not true, you could tell straight away it was not of God, and therefore
that person was classed as a false Prophet.
People are mixing up Old and New Testament Prophets. I still
want to get to dealing with that subject, and God has prevented me from dealing
with it until right at the end. I have had to lay so much groundwork for all you
Prophets out there who think you are called to be an Elijah; who think that you
are called to be an Old Testament Prophet; to speak judgment; to try and act
like an Old Testament Prophet. You know about the external anointing, but you do
not know anything about the internal anointing. You have never learned to tap
what is in your spirit, to pour out love and grace as Jesus intends the New
Testament Prophet to do. We will deal with that later.
When you come to minister as a Prophet do not try and exalt
yourself. Exalt the Lord that is in you. You are not there to make a name for
yourself. That is true humility. True humility is not the opposite of boldness.
You need to understand that true boldness can only come from true humility. True
humility is a total confidence in yourself in the Lord; a total confidence to
the point where if you make a mistake it is very easy to say, "Im sorry.
I was wrong." Total confidence to the point where if you do not make a
mistake you can say, "Im sorry. I was right." But it does not
affect you, you see, because it is not you. It is the Lord in you. You are
simply His spokesman. You are simply speaking forth His words.
Ministering the Anointing
Now I want to look at how we minister forth the anointing. We
have looked at general principles. You can minister forth the anointing to a
crowd or to a group, or you can minister forth the prophetic anointing to an
individual. Unfortunately todays churches have been built up in such a way
that the emphasis has always been on the public meeting. So the idea and the
aspirations we all have, is to stand up there behind the pulpit.
"I am tired of sitting in the pews. Im tired of being
a little nobody in church. Every now and then God gives me a prophetic word then
I have to go and write it out and give it to somebody else to approve. And if Im
lucky and they like the word, maybe I will be able to read it out."
Ministering in Public
There has been too much emphasis on the public meeting, and
it is only the big names who make it to the pulpit. It is only the big names who
can travel around and preach to the crowds that are considered true Prophets of
God and moving in the ministry. Let me tell you, the majority of your ministry
as a Prophet is not going to be in the public meeting, it is going to be to
individuals. I am going to look at both of those before we finish this message.
In fact I am going to look more at the individual than I am at the crowd, but
lets look at the crowd ministry very quickly.
Perhaps many of you reading this cannot identify this because
you have not stood behind a pulpit yet to preach. Maybe you have hardly even had
any opportunity to speak publicly. Perhaps if you are a lady you have spoken at
some ladies meetings. If you are a guy perhaps you have spoken at a youth
meeting or at a home meeting or something like that. Perhaps you cannot fully
identify, so I am just giving you a couple of principles to identify with when
you have the opportunity, because you are going to have it if you want it.
If you are going to move into the prophetic office that God
has called you to, you are going to have the opportunity to stand up and speak
to a group. And you need to picture it and visualize it and desire it until God
fulfills it in your life. You need to use the anointing in preaching.
What is preaching? That is when somebody stands up and gives
a sermon, right; reads it off their notes? Did you know that preaching can be
prophetic? The Lord taught me this very early in my experience. I started out my
ministry as a Teacher. I was a very successful Teacher. Wherever I went my
ministry was successful and people invited me back. I prepared my messages all
nicely and homiletically. I need to teach some of you Prophets a bit of
homiletics because you need to have a track to run on if you are going to teach
in any way. But there are times that God will say, "I want you to preach
prophetically tonight." That is one of those times that are like when the
Lord says, "Go and speak a word of prophecy. Go and pray for that person.
Open your mouth and speak and I will fill it."
You say, "Well, what must I speak on," and He says,
"Ill tell you when you open your mouth." Or He will tell you what
to speak on and He will not tell you what to say about it until you open your
mouth. Well, sometimes that is going to happen when you preach.
You say, "Well, I can go about five minutes in
prophecy." If you are an expressive you can talk. You can talk your way
round. You can flower it, paint the pictures, add Scriptures. You can stretch it
out. You can give a good long prophecy there. Try standing up behind the pulpit
and doing that. Hey, how do you think I manage to go for an hour or two at a
time? It does not come from my notes, let me tell you. Why? Because you need to
speak by the Spirit. You need to speak out what rises up out of your spirit as a
I remember the first time that God began to do this to me. It
was in fact the last church that I pastored, or propheted. It turned out I was
not really much of a Pastor because I was already flowing right in the prophetic
ministry. God gave me the opportunity to minister as a Prophet. So when it came
to Sunday meetings and I had to preach, I just wanted to prepare those good old
homoletical teaching messages. And I said, "Lord, give me a word and He
said, "Okay," and He gave me a Scripture reference.
I said, "Lord, I want a word."
He said, "Thats your word. Take that Scripture and
preach on it."
"But Lord, what do I preach on it?"
He said, "You will know when you stand up."
Well you know, people are used to you preaching for at least
thirty minutes. Have you ever tried preaching for thirty minutes on one verse?
You have to do a lot of talking. You tend to be a bit repetitive and say the
same things over and over again in different words to make the time stretch. But
I learned to stand up and open my mouth and He fulfilled that Scripture that
says, "Open your mouth wide and I will fill it."
Why? I will tell you why. Because I had already been in the
ministry for many years. I had already studied the Word. I was already full of
the Word. I was already full of the knowledge of the Spirit and of the things of
the Lord and the spiritual life. How long does it take you to prepare a message?
Not ten minutes, but ten years. Not twenty minutes, but twenty years. That is
why I can preach for so long now. I have lots of years. You are having all of
them loaded out on you now.
I learned to open my mouth, taking the track. All He gave me
was a Scripture or a principle or a topic and He said, "Theres your
road. Go and walk on it." And as I would walk He would give me the next
step. It would be like walking down a road where you can only see a couple of
feet in front of you. Now you just walk towards how far you can see, and as you
get there you see the next few feet that are in front of you. You keep walking
until you hit a wall and you stop. It is that simple, really.
That is how you prophesy isnt it? It is the way I
prophesy. I start speaking, "Thus saith the Lord
" and here we go,
and off we go, and then (stop). Thats it. Shut up. Some people try and smash
through the wall at the end and start talking nonsense, and you hear that their
prophecy has gone beyond what God intended. They start climbing the wall, man.
And you feel like climbing the wall because they are talking rubbish. You had
better learn to step out when God tells you to step out and shut up when He
says, "Its over."
Follow the Rabbit
Well, that is how you are going to have to learn to preach as
a Prophet. You are going to have to learn to speak. And if you are going to be
tied to your notes what is going to happen is while you are preaching, while you
are walking down this road, you are just going to see this rabbit running across
the road and the Lord is going to say, "Chase it." And you are going
to dash off after the rabbit, and the rabbit is going to here and he is going to
go there, and you are going to follow the rabbit. Suddenly you are going to
wonder where the road is and try and go back to it. Forget it, the Lord told you
to follow the rabbit.
This goes against homoletics. They tell you not to follow the
rabbits. If you are going to be a Prophet, the homoletics do not work. Follow
the rabbit. He is leading you to the burrow where the Lord wanted you to be,
because there is somebody sitting in the meeting now that has a problem; that
has a need, that was not in your sermon.
Meeting Potential Needs
That is how you minister as a prophet when you are preaching.
And if you are going to minister to people publicly, if you have a hundred
people out there you are ministering to, you have a hundred potential needs you
are going to minister to. You are not going to have time to deal in detail with
every single need. So God is going to bring needs to your mind, to your spirit
and to your heart as you are ministering. And it is possible that God will give
you revelation. You are probably not going to have time to call everybody
Have you ever tried praying for a healing line of a hundred
people? I have never prayed for that many people, but I have dealt with at least
twenty or thirty at a time and it takes a while, and it drains you and you are
exhausted if you minister prophetically that is. It is easy to do the
evangelistic thing. Just (pop, pop, pop) and see them all fall. Then you can
walk out and think you have done your job.
Personal Ministry Needed
If you are going to minister as a Prophet you are going to
have to spend a few minutes with that person to get revelation for them; to
speak healing; to speak revelation; to speak a word of direction; to give them
something specific from the Lord. You cannot do that in a public meeting. That
is why the public meeting cannot be the main thrust of your ministry, because
you are not going to give the right amount of attention to a person.
Call Out the Pictures
The easiest thing to do if you are ministering publicly is to
learn to identify the pictures that God gives you and to call them out. A lot of
the great healing evangelists like Kathryn Kuhlman started that kind of thing,
where they would just stand up in the meeting and say, "God is healing
somebody of cancer over there. Somebody over there, a blind eye is
opening," and she would just call it forth.
Well, the Lord can do the same for you as a Prophet. It is
possible for you to call out the people that God is ministering to. It is
possible for you to speak out prophetic words over individuals while they are
out there. Just a word of warning do not ever embarrass somebody in a public
Individual Ministry in a Public Meeting
I remember the first time I went into a public meeting and
saw a Prophet calling people out. I had a mixture of emotions. On the one hand
there was the kind of feeling that said, "Ooh, I wish he would call me out
and tell me that Gods called me." Nobody ever did. I used to fight with
the Lord about this one. I said, "Lord if you have called me to such a big
ministry, surely you can get this Prophet to call me out?"
The Lord said, "What do I have to make the Prophet call
you out for? I have already told you. Are you deaf?"
Dont Reveal Peoples Sins
I was trying to be like a Gideon, you see. If you are going
to call somebody out, you had better call them out to minister to them, not to
condemn them or to embarrass them or humiliate them in a public meeting. When
God starts to reveal to you the sins of people and some of the secrets in their
lives, God has entrusted you with somebody elses secrets. You had better not
be a gossip. If you are a gossiping kind of person, you had better deal with
that before God is going to tell you His secrets as a Prophet. You had better
not try and use those revelations to make yourself look good in a public meeting
by exposing other peoples sins.
If God reveals to you something that needs to come out, call
the person forward and speak to them by themselves, or generalize it and say,
"God shows me there is somebody here tonight. You are involved in an
adulterous affair and God says you must break it off." By all means speak
that word, but dont point out and say, "You there, lady with the hat on.
You are involved in an affair with a guy at work and youd better sort it
out." I dont care if God showed you that. Do not do it!
An Example from Jesus
You use wisdom in a public meeting. The Lord Jesus never did
that to people. He condemned those self-righteous hypocritical Pharisees who
were standing up and trying to do that; the ones who threw the woman in adultery
at His feet in the public place and said, "Shes an adulteress. She needs
to be stoned." And instead of humiliating her, the Lord humiliated them by
writing in the sand and saying, "Okay wise guys. You super-spiritual
heroes. The first one of you that is without sin, come on, throw the
You know what, He publicly revealed their sin, and even then
how did He do it? Well I heard somebody suggest this once. I thought it was a
good idea. When Jesus sat down and He wrote in the sand, what did He write?
Somebody suggested that Jesus actually wrote in the sand and He wrote,
"Adultery November 25th 1954." And the guy who did it
took one look and said, "I am out of here." It is just a fancy
Jesus did not publicly reveal their sin, but yet He did. You
see, God wants you to expose sin. God has revealed it to you for a purpose, and
the purpose is to minister to that person to bring them to a point of
repentance. Again it is a matter of using wisdom, especially in the public
Private Exposure of Sin
Now, if you are dealing with a person in private, that is
different, but the Lord may actually want you to say that. You know what the
Lord is usually going to say? He is going to say, "Youre caught in this
adulterous relationship and I understand, and I care, and I love you both. But
it is going to destroy you. I want you to be free."
It is going to minister in grace and in love and He is going
to bring the person out of that sin. I know because I have dealt with that kind
of situation. I have dealt with that exact kind of situation. And when I have
shared with the person the love of the Lord and said, "The Lord
understands. He doesnt condemn you," the persons eyes nearly popped
out of his head.
He said, "How can you say that?"
I said, "Because Jesus says so."
It had an effect, let me tell you. He was waiting for me to
slap him. "You miserable, rotten sinner! How can you do that to your
Use wisdom and love, and especially in a public meeting, be
very careful about exposing other peoples sins.
Lets go on to the individual before we end. You can use
the prophetic ministry to minister to unbelievers and you can use it to minister
to Christians. You can minister prophetically to an unbeliever. The prophetic
ministry is not for the world. It is not for unbelievers. The prophetic ministry
is not meant to predict who is going to be the next president. It is not going
to predict which country is going to invade which country and what war there is
going to be. I am not saying God cannot reveal that. If God reveals that He
reveals it so that the Prophet can tell the church to pray, not so they can
publicize it in the latest newspaper and be known as this great Prophet who
predicted the downfall of the Government.
Ministry to Unbelievers
But God can use you, through the prophetic ministry, to
minister to unbelievers. And God can reveal to you a persons sin and their
involvement with Satan, either to bring about a conviction of that sin or to
show the person, "God knows about your sin and He still loves you and He
still cares. He died for you on the cross of Calvary to purge you of that sin
and to forgive you." It is so easy to condemn.
I remember reading recently about a famous convicted murderer
that was in prison, who came to know the Lord. Now he preaches and says,
"If God can forgive me, whos a murderer, He can forgive you." It is
easy to condemn. If God gives you revelation of a persons life it is to
minister His grace, not condemnation. There is a whole world out there ready to
condemn and stab you in the back. You do not need to add to that. People have
seen enough of that. They have had it wherever they have gone. They want
somebody who says, "I can see your sin. I can see what a miserable rotten
sinner you are. But I love you." There is nobody else out there that is
telling them that.
Ministering to Sickness in Unbelievers
God can give you a revelation of sickness and disease in that
person to show that He cares. I remember fairly recently speaking to a man who
had been suffering with his heart. He kept having tests and they could not find
out what was wrong. He kept having problems with his heart. And my heart burned.
I said, "Lord, I want to minister to this guy."
The next time He came around the Lord said, "I want you
to pray for him. I want you to pray for his heart." Well, I was not sure if
he was going to be open to that or not. I had made it clear to him what I was
and what I believed. I said to him, "Id like to do something with you
before you go today. I would like to pray for you that God would touch your
He said, "Sure."
So we bowed our heads and I just put my hand on him and man
the anointing came. The wind blew. I began to pray and the Lord showed me his
heart. I could see it so clearly. I could see that the one main blood vessel
coming out of the heart was kind of crimped and semi-blocked so that the blood
would not flow out clearly.
I said to him, "I can tell you whats wrong with your
heart." I said, "One of the main blood vessels coming out of your
heart is constricted and blocked. I am going to pray for you that God is going
to sort that out."
I saw him a while later and he said to me, "You know
what? You were right." He said, "They went and gave me some more tests
and they discovered one of the blood vessels in my heart has been clogged."
Well I do not know what effect I had on him spiritually or
his commitment to the Lord. But I ministered forth and reached out and touched
him with the love of the Lord. God can use you to minister to unbelievers as
well as to Christians as a Prophet.
Revelation of the Future
God can give you revelation concerning the future for an
unbeliever. As you are beginning to minister to them God can give a revelation.
He can give a promise to show that they are on a path to destruction. He can
give a revelation that says, "If you will turn from that path of
destruction, this is what God has for you. You can be blessed and you can make
it through." God can do that for an unbeliever because He cares for every
single person, believers and unbelievers alike. So as a Prophet you can minister
even in evangelism. Use the prophetic anointing and bring people to the Lord.
Ministering in Counseling
But of course the main part of your ministry is going to be
to the believer. One of the most effective ministries of the Prophet to the
believer is in counseling.
You say, "But yes, for me to counsel surely I am going
to have to go to University and earn a degree in Psychology. Im going to have
to get a Doctorate, surely in Psychiatry, before I can mess with peoples
lives and try and counsel them on their severe problems with mental
Well I am going to bite my tongue here because I am going to
deal with this in a lot of detail in our Counseling School, so I am going to
skim through very quickly here. And I am going to show you that as a Prophet you
can minister to any problem; to any need; to any situation; to any so-called
mental illness; to any kind of psychological problem. The Psychiatrist and the
Psychologist will spend months digging to find a problem that the person does
not know and the Psychiatrist does not know, and nobody knows, but God alone.
If you want to counsel that way you will spend the same time
digging, digging, digging; looking for you do not know what. But when something
comes out you say, "Well maybe this is what we are looking for. Maybe its
not. Keep digging in case." When you come as a Prophet to minister and to
counsel somebody with a need you do not need the shovel. You just stop and say,
"Okay, Lord, you know where the problem is. Father we give it to you. Lord,
Im putting my windmill up. Blow the wind."
The Lord says, "Take your water hose and beam it right
God reaches in and He puts His finger exactly on where the
problem is. If you take your water hose and you beam the water right there, the
problem can be solved in minutes and it takes Psychiatry years. But the Spirit
of God will do what man cannot do.
How are you going to do it? You can do it by identifying
hurts from the past; hurts from the past that the person has forgotten or has so
blocked out from their memory that they cannot even remember it, or do not want
to remember it. But God will reveal to you as a Prophet and He will reach in and
put His hand and His finger right there. And He will go back and show you a
scene. And as you are praying for a person you will have a picture maybe. You
will see the person at a certain age. You may see the clothes they are wearing.
You may see the circumstances they are in. You may see the people that they are
with. But God will show you.
All you need to do is reach in and say, "I see you about
the age of six. You are sitting crying. You have a rag doll in your hand. Youre
wearing a little blue dress. Can you remember that?"
Pow! You will find the person suddenly break down and start
to cry. "Yes, I remember that. This is what happened. It still hurts when I
think about it."
Transforming Hurtful Memories
God reaches in by His Spirit and He goes into that memory and
transforms it and takes the pain out of it. And in minutes the person is set
free of a problem that has plagued them all their lives. Is it that simple? Can
it be that simple? Yes it can be that simple. But there are a lot of problems
perhaps that need to be uncovered. There may be a lot of hurts that need to be
uncovered. And it may take different times of praying with the person to uncover
I am not saying it is all instant. We all like instant
these days. You are going to have to use wisdom, and you are going to have to
again know how to use the revelation that God has given you. That is why we want
to train you in counseling, not just to counsel with counseling methods, but to
learn as Prophets how to take the revelation that God gives you and to use it to
minister to needs by the prophetic gifts and by the prophetic anointing.
You need to identify templates and triggers. We covered it in
this course and in other places. Sometimes God will reveal to you the exact
template in the person that needs to be dealt with, and a trigger that is
causing them to feel the way that they are.
Minister to the Child
You are going to minister to the child within, not to the
adult. The counselors and the Psychologists are trying to minister to the adult.
The adult is grown up and thinks as an adult. This woman is thinking as an adult
woman. She is thinking as a mature woman, but she was abused as a child. It is
not the adult woman that is thinking of abuse. It is the child. It is the
confused little child who was abused that is still hurting as a child. You
cannot reach the adult mind because it is the child that is hurting. It is going
to take the Spirit of God; it is going to take a revelation to go in and touch
that little child and heal it. And when that little child is healed the adult
will be healed too.
You cannot do that with Psychology and Psychiatry. Psychology
says once the character is set it cannot be changed. Psychology says once the
past has taken place and the scar has been left, it cannot be healed. It is with
you forever. The best we can do is help you forget it.
God says, "You can change. I will help you change. Ill
cause you to change." God says, "You can get rid of that memory. You
can get rid of the pain of the memory. Ill take the sting out of it."
You can do that as a Prophet, because God is going to reveal
to you exactly where the problem started and you are going to speak forth a
prophetic anointing, and you are going to speak forth a prophetic word to that
little child. And that little child is going to be healed and set free.
Dealing with Bitterness
You may need to speak healing and forgiveness. Do you know
what is the root cause of most problems in the spiritual life? Bitterness - in
every single one of us. There are actually three roots (we have covered that in
Counseling) but the tap root is bitterness. If you want to start ministering to
a person with spiritual problems, you are going to find bitterness. I have found
very often that I have dealt with people who have problems with lust. Sigmund
Freud goes and digs in the past sexual experiences. When I counsel with a
person, the Spirit of God moves and I say to them, "Have you forgiven your
father yet for what he did?"
"Well what has that got to do with lust?"
"Thats where your problem started. You are bitter
against your father."
"Huh? Where did you suck that from?"
"Out of my spirit."
God knows exactly where the source of the problem is. And
very often you will reach in by the Spirit and you will solve and minister to a
need that will solve other needs and problems, because you do not have to think
in your mind. All you need to do is speak forth what God reveals to you, nothing
more. You do not have to sit down with a person, put them on the couch and let
them go through their whole life of woe. I did that once and it nearly killed
me. I sat listening for hours to a guys woes and it did nothing until the
Lord just went and put His finger right on the problem. He had not even covered
it in his hours of woe. You can do that as a Prophet.
Dealing with Guilt
You need to deal with guilt and condemnation. Condemnation is
the greatest strength that Satan has against us. And if he can keep you in
guilt, usually false guilt, it takes away your faith and prevents you from
entering into all that the Lord has for you.
Dealing with the Law of Judgment
You need to deal with the law of judgment. And God is going
to reveal to you as a Prophet where judgments have been made that are affecting
the life of this person. I am not going to deal with that in detail, because we
have also dealt with it elsewhere.
You are going to have to deal with spiritual imprisonment.
This is a big one. This is something that you are not going to be able to do
with ordinary counseling, because the person, through bad experiences in life,
has built walls around them and have put themselves in a spiritual prison. They
have built gates and walls around themselves to prevent anybody from getting in
and causing further hurts. And they are sitting there in their self-made prison,
afraid to go outside; sitting in the dark; sitting all alone and weeping inside.
They are lonely and crying out.
Only a Prophet is going to be able to go there in that
prison. Only as a Prophet is God going to show you that little child there in
the prison. God is going to show you, as a Prophet, how to walk into that
prison. He is going to show you the light shining in that prison. God is going
to show you the Lord Jesus taking that little child and picking him up in His
arms and holding him close, carrying him out of the prison, and shutting the
door behind so he never needs to go back. He is taking him out into the
sunlight. Only a Prophet can minister to a person that way, because only a
Prophet can have that kind of revelation that can reach in and touch the hurts
that have been in a persons life for so many years.
As a Prophet you are going to minister deliverance to the
captives. How are you going to identify the curses that exist in the life of a
person? Because God is going to reveal it to you. God is going to show you
curses that are caused by their association with other people. God is going to
show you curses that are caused by objects that are in their home. God is going
to show you curses that have come down through family generations.
Curse on My Ministry
I had a problem very early in ministry where it seemed that
every time I tried to do something it went wrong. People would turn against me.
Part of it was prophetic preparation. But as I cried out to the Lord I said,
"Lord, whats going on?" God showed me a man from way back. I could
see by the way he was dressed. He looked like an old time preacher in his suit.
And I heard Him speak the words, "You are cursed with a curse, because you
have disobeyed the Lord your God." He was speaking to some woman. And I saw
through the generations of family and I heard the voice echo through the
generations like an echo and a reverberation taking place in an open canyon. I
heard those words coming down on me. "You are cursed with a curse."
I do not know who he was. I have not been able to find out
much about that far back in my family generations, because it is quite a few.
God showed us. Way back there, there was a man of God who spoke a curse, perhaps
on one of his daughters, I do not know. Whoever she was she was one of my
ancestors. It was a curse that was spoken and was carried down through the
family generations. God revealed it prophetically, and I broke the effect of
those words and disassociated myself with those words, and broke free to walk in
the blessing of the Lord.
Family Generational Curses
You are going to have a lot of that sort of thing. Do I sound
paranoid, way out? Well, perhaps it does to somebody who is not a Prophet. If
you have had prophetic revelation perhaps you will know what I am talking about.
If you havent you are going to get it, because God is going to reveal things
to you. You are going to be ministering to people, and at times as you minister
to them you may see several people standing behind that person as though going
back in generations. At times God will show perhaps this person with their
mother and their father, and you will see it going back behind one parent, and
you will know which of the two parents the family generation bondage or curse
God can show you those things as a Prophet. God will show you
sinful templates that demons have had control over, and you are going to be able
to set people free from demonic bondage.
This has been a long message but I had a lot of ground to
cover. So I just want to end by asking you a couple of simple questions. You are
a Prophet. That is why you are on this course. You have the potential to flow in
the anointing and to minister effectively. You are going to be able to do that
wherever you are, whether you are in church, whether you are at home, whether
you are at work, whether you are at the shops, whether you are walking down the
streets. Your windmill is set up. It is ready to go.
Be Available Always
Be ready. Be available to minister to the Lord wherever you.
You are going to be able to minister to the Lord at any time. If somebody wakes
you up in the middle of the night and you are half asleep you should be able to
wake up and set up your windmill and say, "Okay, Lord, blow. Im
ready." And when the Lord blows on you, the anointing will come forth and
you will be able to minister. You will be able to minister to anyone.
A Personal Experience
I just want to share one final experience of my own in
closing. I found a telephone number in my Bible the one night, and I was not
sure who it was so I phoned it. It turned out it was a Pastor who used to be my
Senior Pastor, a man who I really respected and revered. I felt God wanted me to
make contact with him again, because perhaps God had something to minister for
me from this man of God. I had not seen him in a long time. As I looked to the
Lord He said, "No. I want you to go and minister to him."
Now as a Prophet, you have the ability to minister to anyone.
You need to be open to it. You need to realize that the big name out there in
the public eye, who is so famous, is not exempt from needing ministry. Of course
it is going to be a lot more difficult to write him an email, if he will ever
notice it, if God gave you a word for him. But be open and ready to minister to
anybody, anywhere, at any time. Because as a Prophet of God you have that
ability. Now go do it!