I saw a bride, beautiful and spotless, standing in a white room. The brightness of the white struck me, as if she could not have been any more spotless. She was radiant with life and joy. The idea the Spirit raised in me was that she was lacking nothing.
We are called to be such a bride—unified, spotless, and radiant.
We are coming into a season in which unity will produce purity in the church. We will help each other, in our community—our common unity—and through that connection, our purity as a church will be restored.
On February 17, I was resting in the afternoon and suddenly I noticed the smell of mint. I looked around and saw no source for the smell, but when I laid my head back down, the smell of mint returned. I knew it was a prophetic word.
Mint represents freshness, like a fresh breath, and also refreshing. The Lord was showing me that He is about to breathe His fresh breath sending His refreshing life. Times of refreshing are being released into the world. The refreshing mint came twice, which means it is certain and will not be denied. I asked the Lord to reveal more about this refreshing, and I perceived He was showing me that He was about to blow wind in our sails and breathe life back into our dreams and cause those promises that have appeared dead to come to life.
After the Lord showed me this, I saw the eye of an eagle. I was impressed with the thought that the church is going to be given Eagle vision. I looked up information about eagles and found out that eagles have 20/4 vision, which means that they can see the details of an ant crawling on the ground when they are as high up as a ten-story building. This eagle vision symbolizes a greater ability to see in the spirit and perceive all matters at a much greater level of detail and accuracy. An anointing for stronger discernment and accuracy in prophetic ministry is being released.
In the hours of sleepless dark, my mind turns to the days ahead and my spirit awakens. Why is it God so often visits us in the night? When all is calm, we can more easily hear God.
For some it is the silence of the morning, but for me, God is merciful and understands the best way I dwell with Him in the morning, or anybody else for that matter, is through a slow stillness. Stillness is different than silence. To me, stillness is active acute observation of the environment and my place in it while stepping back from any given moment in time. Whatever time of day it comes, stillness gives us opportunity to notice what unseen things are passing by and what unseen things we are part of. By this mechanism, we are able to connect any given moment to the eternal. From this place of calm, peace and deep joy flow.
So perhaps there is a bit of truth in the “Keep Calm and ….” t-shirt and bumpersticker craze that is reflected in Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” We must first get still or calm to enter into the big messages of life.
Have you ever given a prophetic word? Prophetic words can be life-changing events. I remember the first prophetic word I received. I was 13, and a group of people we called ‘prophets’ visited my youth group. To this day I do not know where they came from, but I remember being afraid of them. I imagined that they would sit us down, reveal our greatest sins, fears, and shortcomings and that it would be the worst day of my life. Instead, I count that day as one of the best of my life.
They told me that God loved me, and they told me that I had a future and a destiny that was beyond my wildest expectations. They told me I was precious to God. It lifted my little 13-year old heart, turning me toward the Father in a powerful and lasting way; I discovered that God wanted me to know Him. That prophetic word is one of the reasons I teach prophetic ministry today.
We can all prophesy; it is an amazing gift. I encourage you, if you have not yet developed this gift, to begin discovering how the Lord speaks to you, and then ask for messages to lift up those around you. You could change a life forever.
God is faithful to speak. When someone asks God for a word, He gives one. I teach this to new prophetic people, because during my first year working on prophetic teams, I did not believe it.
When I was still learning how to hear God speak, I was on a prophetic team at the Harvest Conference. After a frustrating hour of ministering to person after person with little prophetic flow, I told the leader of my team that I was not getting words—God was just not speaking. My team leader asked me to not get frustrated, and instead to try something new. He said for the next person who comes to our team, start speaking a prophetic word and see what God gives you. He said to start with five words: ‘God is saying to you…’ and then see what happens.
Terrified to start a sentence without having the whole prophetic word, I told him I would try. A young girl came to our team, and I prayed for a word but did not get one. I knew the time had come to speak in faith. My voice was a bit shaky, but I started saying ‘God is saying to you….’ I had no idea what I was going to say next, but at the same time that I released those five words, I had a sudden vision of a butterfly breaking out of a cocoon, spreading its wings, and flying. It happened fast—faster than it takes to explain. I finished the sentence I had started and told the young girl the vision; I told her it meant she was in a time of dramatic transformation and new beginnings. She smiled as she told me God speaks to her through butterflies all the time.
I gave God five words in faith and He met that faith with exactly what I needed. God is faithful.
Receiving a prophetic word is more active than it looks. It’s different from receiving a compliment. When I receive a compliment, I say ‘why, thank you’ and go on with my day. Receiving a prophetic word often requires actively agreeing with the word so that it can be fully released.
In 2002 I received a prophetic word that God has called me to be a Voice. I am not a naturally gifted speaker, but I knew it was a word from God. It would have been easy for me to do nothing and to hope the word would come true on its own, but it was a prophetic word that I needed to pursue if I wanted it. Continue reading