Crystal balls have a certain allure. There is within us a desire to see the future, to know what might happen today, tomorrow or in November.
Astrologers and palm readers make a living as impromptu fiction writers. But they are imposters with a developed skill, not a gift, to write fast fiction on demand.
The Old Testament prophets heard the voice of God in their time. Their prophetic warnings often changed the course of events or provided clear guidance. When they cried out, "Thus sayeth the Lord," pushback rarely came from the hearers.
Sure, there were false prophets who bellowed their personal agendas, but most were easily discerned and dispatched. There was one true litmus test to the prophetic, and the test still applies today. In a recent Greenelines podcast, Jennifer Eivaz spoke about the prophetic and her book Prophetic Secrets.
"After the Holy Spirit fell in Acts Chapter 2, we began to see elements of the prophetic instantly emerge. And so, we've had prophecy ever since. And I think it's an amazing fact that we all can hear God's voice; we can all step into that. We can actually say what He's saying," Jennifer says.
"The prophetic is not like a horoscope. You see those fluffy, positive words that kind of sound a bit spiritual with a spiritual edge to it ... [But with true prophecy] there's a resonance on it, there's a felt resonance. There's an anointing on it, there's a sword edge on it. And when those words are released, they begin to do what God intended to do," she said.
The anointing breaks the yoke. When God anoints His servants, they speak as led by the Holy Spirit. They hear His voice first, then flow in the release of the prophetic. Eivaz spoke of the importance of submission by the prophet.
"There are people who need to hear what God is saying because they need hope," Eivaz said. "I've been in situations where I have known that if a person did not get intervention, they might have not made it through the night. And you're the person who gets to hear the voice of God and intervene."
As we seek answers from God, we need only to press in to the one true God. He will direct our paths.
For the rest of the interview with Jennifer Eivaz, listen to the entire podcast.
Dr. Steve Greene is the publisher and executive vice president of the multimedia group at Charisma Media and executive producer of the Charisma Podcast Network. His Charisma House book, Love Leads, shows that without love, you cannot be an effective leader. Download his Greenelines podcast at cpnshows.com
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