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Practical Prophetic Ministry

Ben Armstrong and Jenn Johnson

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Growing in the prophetic gifting is not nearly as scary as it sounds. There are some very practical steps you can take to hear God's voice and speak what He is saying. Learning to hear the Lord for others and for yourself is one of the first steps of leading a group into the prophetic journey.

Introduction

  • “If you wanna be good at the prophetic, you have to have fun.” Ben A.
  • The prophetic is all about calling out people’s identity and inspiring them in who they are, not telling them what to do.
  • Ben explains it like getting a phone call, and the person on the other end wants Ben to pass on a message to Jenn. It’s being a messenger. 
  • Ben references in the bible how fig leaves and fig trees are used as a way of people hiding themselves. But God has always seen people through the fig leaves and branches. Nothing can hide you from His love.

Why Do We Prophesy?

  • A word of knowledge causes belief. God knows about your past and about your presence. It’s something that’s already happened. It then gives us faith to believe that he knows about our future - that’s what a prophetic word is. 
  • Sometimes we confuse what the Lord’s stirring up in us to tell as a mother or a father, as a prophetic word from God Himself, because there’s a difference. Ben shares how sometimes he’ll feel a word of encouragement for someone, but to deliver it as a father, rather than it being “a prophetic word”.
  • “We prophesy over people because we love people. Love has to be the motivation”. 
  • When prophesying over people, we’re helping them walk into who they really are.
  • Ben references 1 Corinthians 12, concerning spiritual gifts.
  • “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.” 1 Corinthians 14:1
  • Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:4
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4 wasn’t written in the context of marriage, but it was written in the context of spiritual administrations with the gifts.
  • Being known by God and being abided with God doesn’t look like just holding a bunch of gifts, but it looks like growing a bunch of fruit.
  • Look at the gifts of the spirit on someone’s life, like self control, patience, love, kindness, do they clean their house. These things have everything to do with fruit and your connection with God. 
  • “Gifts are representation of Gods character, not my character.”
  • You can take any one of the gifts of your life, (the prophetic, leadership, words of knowledge, healing, etc.) and they should all look like 1 Corinthians 13:4. 
  • The prophetic is patient. If you get a word about the future and become impatient to make it happen, you need to hand that to the Father and become re-grounded. 
  • Giving a word to someone without the right timing can possibly interrupt their process, because they’re not ready to sustain it. 
  • The prophetic is not easily angered, rude, and it does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth. This means the prophetic doesn’t call out people’s sin. 
  • If you’re not sure how you did while ministering, relate your worship or gift to 1 Corinthians 13:1. 
  • God made you glorious, He’s okay with you having some glory. But if people only see you when you sing, then there’s too much of you in it. “If people only see Ben when he prophecies, there’s too much Ben in it. You want to be able to see the Father through someone's gift.” The point is inviting people into a big family and inspiring people to know a kind Father. 
  • When the church starts to walk in this and stops competing with one another and starts celebrating each other in their gifts, it’s recognizing that he’s infinite. And that no matter what someone’s received from God, it doesn’t steal from what you get to receive from God. God has enough to go around. 
  • If your God can run out of revelation and ideas, than He’s too small. This should kill competition in our lives. 

The Prophetic Can Be Simple 

  • “The prophetic doesn’t have to be super profound or a lot of words.” 
  • Children have no Jr. Holy Spirit. 
  • Ben shares the story of the time his son gave a simple prophetic word to a pastor. And how that one word ended up delivering the man from insomnia. The man slept every night after that day. 
  • You don’t have to wait for something huge to minister to someone. The whole point is ministering to someone out of love. 
  • If you’re looking at people by their title, then you’re missing out on what else God has to say about them. 
  • You don’t have to have a big title to be seen by God, to walk in power and walk with authority. 
  • It’s important to find out what your God given gift is, amongst the five fold ministry: a teacher, pastor, prophet, apostle or evangelist. It’s important that you learn and discover that with leaders. The second a prophet tries to be an apostle, it’s a huge mess. But apostles and prophets need each other. Learn about who you are, what you carry, and then walk it out with confidence. Also acknowledge that you only have a limited view. You can’t see the full picture by yourself. All the gifts are to be submitted to the person at the helm.
  • Oftentimes, prophets will come into churches, without knowing what’s going on or being connected to the rest of the people on the boat, and it starts a mess. Be connected with who else in on the boat, and know what their role is. 
  • There’s a difference between an office anointing and a gifting. God’s given us every gift to walk in, but an office is the grace for leadership in that area. 
  • There’s a place for every single one of us in God, that no matter what your past or circumstances may be, you are made whole and completely fulfilled in Him. 
  • If it’s illegal to prophesy in your environment, then don’t prophesy, just speak life into people. Change the strategy. 
  • It’s possible to change your environment without using the name Jesus.
  • How do you get good at the guitar? How do you get good at anything? You have to practice. Give yourself a break, stay in submitted community and don’t be afraid to get some things wrong. A great approach is “I’m practicing hearing God, can I tell you what I feel like I’m hearing?” It helps take the pressure off. 
  • You can practice on people in the grocery store and in the church, while using a humble approach. Don’t be afraid or offended by the word “no.” 
  • Questions are beautiful because it can help facilitate what God’s doing. An example: “Does the name Sally mean anything to you?” 
  • People know if it’s God, and not you. Take the pressure off yourself to try and get the perfect word. 
  • All of our prophetic motivations should be coming only out of relationship with God. God is not forcing you to give someone a word, or expecting you to minister. 
  • “If you want to start prophesying over people, get yourself amped up on love for people”. 
  • Have you ever had that moment where you see someone and think “I wonder if she knows how amazing she is?” “I wonder if she knows that she’s a good mom?” Put down your phone and be willing to not only tell people simple things, but be willing to hear what God has to say about people. 
  • If you have a kind thing to say about someone, be faithful and just say it. 

Your Gift Looks Like You

  • “The prophetic looks like you. Evangelism looks like you. It doesn’t have to look a certain way, let it look like the expression of your gift.” 
  • “If you wanna become prophetic, just start becoming the most positive person you can be”. 
  • “When you can’t sleep, it’s a great time to connect with God. Why not?”
  • Intercession and the prophetic go hand in hand. It’s making important what’s important to God. 
  • Ben shares a story of one of the times he got a word of knowledge for someone at Heaven Come in Dallas. 
  • When approaching a word of knowledge with timicity, you’re already inviting fear. Be confident. If you’ve received a word randomly during your time with the Lord or while you were sleeping, trust that the Lord spoke to you. 
  • “You can get scared, or you can anchor yourself in your relationship with God.”
  • When asking the Lord for a word, it’s okay to not hear anything. Because we’re not meant to force anything out of us. 
  • “If the church had more of a priority on encouraging people around them, without agenda, then maybe the world wouldn’t be seeing the church as hypocrites”. 
  • “Practicing daring words with safe people is a great idea.”
  • “Physical obedience releases the prophetic.”