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We have a conversation about the seasons of the prophetic. Greg shares about some things he has learned personally and things we can learn from the Word of God and from those that have gone before us. It is important for us to learn more about the prophetic because there is a misconception that the prophetic is something, we can’t come close to, but the Lord says He will pour out His Spirit on all people!
“‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.’” Acts 2:16-18
We are not speaking of personal prophets who give personal words constantly at request or offer to give a word, which is important, but those who God burns on their hearts a word they are to carry for a season.
“Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7
It is a word that won’t let them rest, and they carry like it is the most important thing on the earth because, in truth, every word from God is the most important thing! When we see a prophet in a season of declaring a word, it can be inspiring as they speak with boldness, authority, and passion that can only come from God. Upon God’s call, things shift, yet every season does not last. Seasons come to an end.
We see seasons happen in the natural like weather and sports. Each season has its moment then it changes to the next. For example, if we are in a new season, it would be confusing to talk about a past season like it was still happening.
Another season of the prophetic is a season of redefining. For a new season to take place, you will need to make a clean break from the past season and not allow the past season to creep into your new one. The season of redefining often include deep wounding’s that humble us. A.W. Tozer said, “It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.” This is how God prepares us because we must walk humbly, completely dependent on God, through each season. Paul wrote about how God gave him a thorn in his flesh to keep him humble. How was Paul used at a greater level? He had to go through some hard things.
In our season of redefining, we may ask, why did something so bad and difficult happen? It is a reshaping! Pastor John Kilpatrick, with Church of His Presence, said: “Our biggest breakthroughs often come right after our deepest betrayals.” You may think things are over because you have been hurt deeply, but God is setting you up to use you in the next season at a greater level.
Delivering a prophetic word is not about us, but since humans can lean towards being prideful, God will allow things to happen in our life that humbles us to keep us in a place of total dependence on Him. Even Jesus, who is the Son of God, said, “Not My will, but Your will be done!” Jesus set the example for us. We need to pay attention to what God is doing in every season that we are in.