I spent three blog posts on how God speaks and making it simple enough to teach them to children and adults as well (I like simple things, too.) We have talked about our prophetic/spiritual senses: impressions, God’s voice, visions, and dreams, and how God speaks to us through them. Now, we must understand the three components of the prophetic word and basic interpretation of prophetic words.
Every word from God contains three important parts:
1) Revelation (What did God say?):
Revelation is what we spent “Does God Speak? Teaching Children to Hear the Voice of God” Parts 1, 2, & 3 talking about. It’s what God initially told you. Simply put, “What did God say?” This is the information you received from God that you could not have known unless God gave it to you. Revelation can come as a vision, a dream, an impression, a knowing, or through our prophetic senses. Up to this point when we have talked about hearing from God, we were talking about receiving revelation from God. This is the part we receive. I love asking the kids in my class, “What did God say to you today?” Sometimes, they didn’t hear anything. But many times at least one child in the room had God speak to them. One time, I asked this same question to the kids in our class, and this is the response I got: “I saw some angels flying around the room waving different colored flags.” Wow, awesome, but what does that mean? That’s where we lead into the second part of how God speaks.
This is the part where we ask, “What does it mean?” “What is God saying?” This is the understanding of the revelation that God has given. God could have shown us something super amazing, but it’s useless if we do not know what it means. Sometimes, it’s obvious. God normally speaks in a way we can fairly easily understand. But there are times when it is not so obvious. What do we do then? Simply pray and ask him. He may tell you directly, use a leader in your life, or show you through the Word of God. Now, you don’t always get this part right away and sometimes someone else or the person the word is for gets the interpretation. When we receive a word from the Lord, always pray it back to Him for an interpretation. So when the child in my class told me about the angels and flags, I asked him, “So what is God saying?” Five minutes later, he came back to me and said, “They are here to pray and worship with us and God wants us to grab flags and worship with the angels.” So now, that awesome word went from something pretty cool to now something I understand and can apply to my life which is the third part of how God speaks.
3) Application (What do I do with it?):
Now, we have a revelation and we know what it means, but still if we leave it at that the prophetic word is still powerless. We have to take it to heart and applied it to our lives. This the third part of a prophetic word. This is taking what has been said and using it in our own lives. In other words, “What do we do with this?” Many times, God gives the application to those who the word is for. So now back to our angel word, we actually have to get up and worship with flags with the angels. If we did not do that, we would have just had a nice word, and that’s it. We have to take the word and the direction therein and apply it to our lives. If not, it’s pointless to receive these words. Some of the things God says are straightforward direction. One time when I asked my class, “What is God saying?” I received this response, “Jesus told me to be like him, so I can reach people around the world!” That’s pretty straightforward in what God said, what it meant, and what he needed to do with it.
So no matter how God speaks and what it means, God is there—ready and excited to speak to His children. And ultimately when He speaks to us, it should be a call to action on our part. WHENEVER you think God is trying to get your attention and speak to you, ASK HIM!!!
Thank you and Be blessed!
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