Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Monday, July 6, 2015
"How to Grow in Divine Revelation"
"How to Grow in
By Guest James W.
Goll, Franklin, TN
God desires that everyone
comes to the knowledge of the truth (see 1 Timothy 2:4). So, let's look at 12 powerful principles that will help you continue
to grow in the spirit of revelation (see Ephesians 1:17-19) as
a prophetic lifestyle. These concepts can also apply to families,
congregations, denominations, cities, and nations.
Research Your Foundations
questions leads to finding great answers. Probe into the roots of your heritage with
questions like: What is my family's history, ethnic background, religious
heritage, and so on? Who were the founders of my city, nation, or church? What
were their goals, visions, purposes, and origins? (Photo via James Goll)
foundations can help you know how to build properly and what potential
opportunities may exist for personal growth and development. Study to show
Research the question:
What does my name mean? Then redemptively turn your name into a promise as a
tool of discovering your prophetic destiny. Claim your generational inheritance
and call forth blessing. Remember, the power of a blessing is greater than the
power of a curse.
Pick Up the Baton
Not all promises have to
be received directly by you or by your generation. Receive the inheritance of
those who have gone before. Daniel 9:2 shows an example of receiving the baton
of promise from a previous generation – given in Jeremiah
29:10: "When seventy years have been
completed for Babylon,
I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this
place." What are the unfulfilled promises that have gone before
you? Research them, pick them up, and seize them for your life and generation.
Gain Insight from Others
Particular gifts of the
Spirit such as the discerning of spirits, the word of knowledge, and the gift
of prophecy are very valuable here. They will assist you in determining
specific points the Lord wants you to know as you seek to grow in revelation.
Reach out to trusted intercessors and find out what they are discerning. What
are the current-day revelatory promises? What are trusted prophetic voices
Walk in Unity and Accountability
Each person needs to walk
in a committed relationship with a local expression of the Body of Christ. This
will greatly assist you as you grow in your specific destiny. What are your
authorities saying? Are you walking in unity and counsel with others? We must
each find confirmation, wisdom, and counsel through the safety net of walking
circumspectly with others.
Kneel on the Promises
Take the confirmed,
authentic promises of God in Scripture and remind Him of His Word:
"On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have
appointed watchmen; all day and all night they will never keep silent. You who
remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves; and give Him no rest until He
establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth"
Pray these precious promises into being. Humbly yet boldly lay hold of God, and
do not let Him go until you see His Kingdom come, His will be done on earth
(and in your life) as it is in Heaven. Give birth to these promises, for Jesus'
sake. (Photo via James Goll)
Proclaim the Promises
We are NOT called just to
discern darkness; we are called to turn on the light. One of the powerful ways
of doing this is through the power of proclamation. We can join praise with
prayer and pronounce "to the rulers and the
authorities in the heavenly places" (Ephesians
3:10) that the power of the blessing is greater than the power of the
curse. By announcing God's word, we release individual and corporate
declarations of the will of God. Watch faith ignite and destinies unfold.
Act in the Opposite Spirit
There is nothing that
stops growth more quickly than the poison of bitterness, resentment, and
unforgiveness. When hurt or wronged in any way, forgive. Forgiveness is letting
your desire for justice go because you trust the God of justice to make things
right in His way and His time. One way to respond when this happens is to act
in the opposite spirit. What does this mean? If the enemy tempts you to hate,
then sow deeds of love, forgiveness, and kindness. Turn the tables on the enemy by doing the servant
works of a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Write it Down
Habakkuk 2:2 gives us the details and reason for doing this: "Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the
one who reads it may run."Writing
down God's promise ensures that it will be kept before your eyes and properly
passed on to the next generation.
Nothing takes the place
of stepping out of your comfort zone and onto the end of your personal limb.
Remember that faith is always spelled r-i-s-k. We must formulate practical
plans of implementation, wait on God, get His mind and timing on the matter –
and then get up and go, obey, and step out.
Some people need to hear
words like wait, listen, pray, and slow down. Others need words like get up,
get going, rise up and do something. Eventually we must add works, or
corresponding actions, to our faith (see James 2:14-26). So in order to grow
and seize your prophetic destiny, step out.
Growth takes time and
patience. We are programmed in our culture to expect instant results, so we
must set our minds and hearts toward persistence and perseverance. Our
prophetic destinies lie in knowing the God who designed them. Give yourself
wholeheartedly to the pursuit of knowing Him in all His fullness; then He will
surely reveal who He has created you to be in the midst of your pursuit. Our goal is not the plan, but the Man, Christ
Understand the Nature of the Prophetic
Knowledge is not our
primary goal; prophetic revelations are signposts pointing the way to the One
who is the answer. We want more than information; we want intimacy with God!
Here are some related guidelines.
• Few words are
declarations that something will automatically come into being. Most words are
invitations to respond to God with conditions that must first be met.
• Few prophetic words are
immediate "now" words. Most help us in the process of growth and
• Few prophetic words get
us out of a dilemma. They are used to shed light, comfort, and encourage us to
continue on. There are no shortcuts with God!
• Focus not on the
promise but on the God who promised. Direct your faith onto the God of the
Word. When our faith is misplaced, it produces fantasy and unreal expectations.
• Realize the clarity and
cost equation. What God counts as significant will often arouse great
opposition from the enemy. Paul was warned repeatedly of how much he would
suffer for Christ's sake. Every promise contains a cost.
• Give room for
"time lapse." As most words are invitations toward an end, there is a
duration of time in between while the person is being prepared for the promise
that is on the way.
Hold Fast to What is Good
Moving in the spirit of
revelation and the prophetic is well worth the journey, even though there are
valleys along the way. Great benefit will come as we cultivate the character we
need to carry the revelatory gifts. "I, the
prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling
with which you have been called" (Ephesians
4:1). First Thessalonians 5:21 urges us to
"examine everything carefully; hold fast to that
which is good."(Photo via
Prayer for Increase
Father God, thank You
for the revelatory grace on my life. What a wonderful gift. You are the gift!
In any areas where I have stopped growing, I ask that You would initiate new
growth again. Lord Jesus, I want to continue to grow in genuine prophetic
ministry representing Your glorious image and the testimony of Jesus. Empower
me to walk worthy of the calling with which I've been called. I choose to
forget what lies behind, reaching forward to what lies ahead, and pressing on
toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. I'm
holding fast to what is good, Jesus – You! Amen.
James W. Goll Founder of Encounters Network • Prayer
Storm • God Encounters Training e-School
Dr. James W. Goll is the president of Encounters Network, director
of Prayer Storm, and coordinates Encounters Alliance, a coalition of leaders.
He is director of God Encounters Training – an e-school of the heart, and is a
member of the Harvest International Ministries apostolic team. He has shared
Jesus in more than 50 nations worldwide, teaching and imparting the power of
intercession, prophetic ministry, and life in the Spirit. James is the prolific
author of numerous books and has also produced multiple study guides and
hundreds of audio and video messages. James was married to Michal Ann for 32
years before her graduation to Heaven in the fall of 2008. James has four adult
children who all love Jesus, and continues to make his home in Franklin, Tennessee.