Before heading into his sermon, Pastor Dan shared with us a word that Elaine Kvamme had shared during the fast. Moses was told by God to strike a rock with his staff as the Israelites traveled in the desert. They were without water and were in great need so God told Moses to strike a rock and out of it would come water. Moses did and a RIVER poured forth with enough water to satisfy the thirst of hundreds of thousands. Pastor Dan shared that the river was already there. The power wasn't in hitting the rock but it was in the conviction and faith in the One who had the power to truly bring forth the needed water out of the rock. Open doors for our personal lives and our congregation, that allow God to do wondrous things, will come when we fight together as a community for breakthrough under the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 29:18 || Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.||
This verse is a preface to what we will be diving into in the coming weeks, months and maybe years. As a church we will be going through the book of Acts.
The Book of Acts is really a chronicle of the early church following Jesus' commands to share His Gospel unto the ends of the earth. The book of Acts is an excellent book but it brings up questions in the heart of the believer in today's world. Why am I not experiencing what they were now? What is on the disciples hearts that unifies them in doing all of these recorded acts? Families were contending as one for the Holy Spirit to empower them in the upper room. This is challenging to our microwave Christianity of today. There truly was something about the early church that is so different from the rest of church history up to the present. The early church had prophetic vision oozing from their pores. They were overflowing with revelation, vision, and direction. It was no doubt messy, but God was moving in power and the conviction on the souls of many was thick. It allowed Stephen to stand with utter resolve and share the Truth of the Gospel with hostility all around Him. He could see Jesus at the right hand of the Father. We need this vision and revelation today. We need the conviction from God to move us into what God has for us individually and as a church.
What is prophetic vision?
We must start off first by saying what it is not.
Prophetic vision is not just a business plan. It's not just an organization of tasks that we thought up in a conference room. Prophetic vision is not a mission statement that we use to define what we want as a church.
Prophetic vision is not the written word. We need fresh declaration from God to convict us and bring us back to a path of righteousness. The written word guides and validates(or invalidates) our prophetic vision. But it still stands that we need God to speak directly to our hearts and where we are to move and direct us. (John 5:39-40) We need to have God speak directly into our hearts. His written Word will stand forever and will not be contradicted but we need Him to breathe life over the pages we read and the lives we lead.
What is prophetic vision? It is a disclosing of the thoughts of God prompted by the Holy Spirit. It is seeing what God is doing/saying (John 5:19, John 8:28.) We need God's fresh leading. We need his Manna for today.
What does this look like in our community?
One Clear element is that prophets are given a place to speak (1 Corinthians 14.) We need an atmosphere where prophets can grow and rise up.
When a prophetic word is given it breathes fresh life and conviction into our hearts and lungs. We want to move for God. O God, release your prophetic Spirit to give us wisdom and conviction to draw closer to You.
The Church needs prophets to step up and walk in their calling. God can and will use you! You may not know your gifting but God has bestowed on you gifts. When we walk in these giftings the atmosphere in our church and community changes. God opens our hearts individually and collectively. He even brings conviction on the hearts of unbelievers and they turn to God and give Him praise(1 Corinthians 14:24-25.)
Pastor Dan continued with what God had shown him during the last 21 days of fasting. He was put at a fork intersection and the church was there and there was an option to go one way or another. One was an easier way but led to a place we don't want to go. It was the business as usual path. The other path is fighting for God's vision to be made realized and not just settling for what we have now. It is the ones who have faith in what God says to do and they go and do that thing he commands that receive the rewards. We want more people to come to know Jesus in our community. We need to contend for God's Prophetic vision.
Pastor Dan then called our church to step forward if they needed a prophetic word for their life or they felt like God was raising them up in the prophetic gift.
Do you need a Word from God for your life, right now!? Are you gifted in the prophetic or feel like God is opening you up to speak prophetically? Please let us know. We would love to pray for God to release these things over our church and community.