Our perception of God affects the way we view everything in life. It affects the way we respond in relationships and situations. It also affects the way we handle prophecy (as well as the other gifts of the Spirit.).
When we really know Him, we would know what He's like and therefore what He's saying to us. When we really know Him then we will know us because in Him, we are found.
Here is an excerpt from the second manual of my Prophetic Thinking, Living & Ministry School.
Recognising the Voice of God
What do you think God sounds like and why?
What kind of things do you think He wants to talk to you about and why?
The most important thought we could ever have is, WHO IS GOD TO ME?
What is He really like?
John 14: 6-7
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Jesus said that when we see Him we have seen the Father. We have to be able to say to others that when they see us, they have seen Jesus. Jesus is the face of the Father and we are the face of Jesus.
This means we must know the Father. We must know how He thinks. We must know His NATURE.
What did Jesus come to say and do?
Jesus’ ID is found in Isaiah 61: 1-7. This is how He is known in heaven.
Isaiah 61: 1-7
The Year of the Lord’s Favour
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
5 Strangers will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
6 And you will be called priests of the Lord; you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. 7 Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.
What is God like?
How does God describe Himself?
When we know who God really is then we get a feel for how He wants to speak to us or you get a feel of how He wants to speak to you.
We find Him talking about Himself in:
Exodus 34: 6-7a
6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.
When we know God and what He’s like, our testimony then becomes a prophetic demonstration of how God speaks to us.
How we know God, how we perceive God becomes a part of the way we actually HEAR Him and ENCOUTNER Him.
God speaks to us out of His nature and not in accordance with our behaviour or performance. He is unchanging and faithful. This means He is a constant. He never changes even though we have our ups and downs. He thinks of us with lots of kindness and love constantly. He is constantly kind and gracious.
God speaks to us out of who He is.
Therefore anything that is opposite to His nature is NOT His voice.
What attributes are contrary to the nature of God?
Which of these do you struggle with?
What should we do with these thoughts?
2 Corinthians 10: 5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
We make the thought obedient to Christ’s thoughts. We can’t do this if we don’t know how He thinks.
1. On a piece of paper write a major thought you struggle with that is contrary to God’s nature., in the centre of the paper.
2. Now ask the Holy Spirit to show you where that thought came from. Write down everything the Holy Spirit is showing you or what you “think” He is showing you.
3. Now ask yourself: “What would Jesus say to you about your thought?”
4. Write the answer to number 3 down and meditate on it. Every time the negative thought enters your mind, speak out the answer to number 3.
Feel free to share your thought with me so I can pray for you.
God bless you.