I love learning how to hear God, most my books are on the subject of “How to Listen to voice God’s” and now after much researching and studying I have come to the conclusion that God will not speak unless you are prepared to open your mouth and well “just say it”.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe that God speaks today but unless you and I are prepared to count the cost, open our mouths and to be misunderstood it will not happen.
Every preacher that I know knows this well, every prophet in Scriptures understood this, St. Paul knew it and Jesus modelled for us.
If we believe that preaching is the voice of God declared prophetically to encourage, strengthen and comfort God’s people (1 Cor. 12:14), or the purpose of equipping the saints for the work of ministry, building up the Body of Christ (Eph. 4:12) then, we are being prophetic. Logos + Rhema Word = The Word becomes alive.
This same principle applies to the prophetic ministry, both in terms of prophetic gifting and the prophetic office.
But… Am I going to make a fool of myself? What would people say?
Fear of men can cripple you but fearless voices can cast away fear!
I was in the home of a friend, another Rev! He was telling me about his pastoral experiences when suddenly I was so moved by the Holy Spirit to say something, to encouraging to him. My dilemma was that I did not know what it was. I left his home went home and I asked God what was that all about. I remember Him saying “Just say it, open your mouth I will fill it”!! Well, I argued with God saying Are you going to fill it with what? To say what? Where is that in the Bible? (Mark 13:11).
On the Sunday evening of that week, I shared with him the experience I had in his living room. He asked me why was I so moved by the Holy Spirit and I told him. Then he said to me that he had spent that morning with a group of pastors from another denomination and one of them told him word by word what I just to said to him.
He is good and Faithful to his Word.