Prophetic Rhema – BT6
God is talking, but are we listening?
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The problem isn’t that God’s isn’t speaking directly to Christians His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words, but that most of us aren’t listening or haven’t tuned into the right ‘frequency’ on the dial to akouo hear-to-understand Him. A powerful prophetess from Alaska found out about a Holy Spirit class that just started at Grace for the Nations in Tucson where I live, and she prophesied over the class – you could hear a pin drop as I was sitting on my hands shaking under the holiness of God in that room! The Lord said through her to “Keep the clear channel open.” Afterwards, we asked her what this meant. Evidently in Alaska many people communicate via Hamm radio and the “Clear channel” is a special frequency nobody is supposed to broadcast on unless there is an Emergency Broadcast. You wouldn’t even get any important information unless you knew about this channel and how to tune into it, or you would be getting the information second-hand from someone who did, which then opens you up to re-telling error. What reporter hasn’t embellished the story? That is exactly the issue of prophetic-rhema versus retelling of that came much later in gramma writings. You either take the trouble of learning how to listen yourself or you hope you find out most of it through someone else, but God’s intention in the New Covenant is for the former because the latter is very untimely and unreliable, because much will likely be lost in translation.
I think most Christians and churches are more like Martha, busy running around trying to serve Jesus with their “might and power!” I actually heard a preacher at Vineyard Connections in Tucson say that Martha was more mature in her trusting-relying-faith than Mary, and that mature Christians are busy doing for Jesus. But that’s not what Jesus said: “Mary sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to His teaching, but Martha was distracted with much serving . . . The Lord answered Martha’s grumbling why Mary wasn’t helping: ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better (a) portion, which will not be taken away from her” (b). I’d say that preacher was a false teacher, but the problem with the modern-Church format is that nobody is allowed to “weigh in on what was said” as in 1 Corinthians 14:29. They would throw you out because you were “disorderly and disrespectful of authority.” <Notes> a) comparatively good, beneficial, useful, excellent, b) Luke 10:41-42.
Certainly, supernatural results will occur when you are actually in God’s presence akouo listening to the Lord speak His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words to and through you! One of the best books I’ve read on this subject is 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice by Mark & Patti Virkler. It has worked tremendously for my dad, wife, and myself. We all have many journals full of God’s direct words to us. Kathryn Kuhlman said that we will have as much difficulty hearing God if our mind it too busy as is an ocean reflecting the image of the moon if it is not still! Psalms 46:10 says: “[Definitively] be still (a) and/coupled (b) experientially, relationally know (c) that I AM the Supreme God Elohim.” These are coupled/related ideas, or very likely one “thusly” leading to the other. If we stop moving and stop talking and draw near (c), wait, watch, and listen in proseuche conversational-prayer for God, then He will “show up” and “draw near alongside us” (d) and we will be connected to the Vine of Christ for zoe genuine-life and fruitfulness (e). So I was again reminded to “Come near to Me, all you who labor and are heavily-weighed down (burdened), and I will give you rest. Take My yoke (f) upon you and/coupled learn from Me . . . and you will find rest for your souls (g). For My yoke [of teaching] is well-fitted to you (h) and My burden is light to carry (i)” (j). <Notes> a) raphah, scholazo: take a vacation, cease motions, be quiet, b) kai can also be cumulative meaning ‘and/thus,’ c) yada, ginosko mean “to experientially, relationally know,” d) James 4:8, Proserchomai: a Hebraism for “seeking an audience with, approaching, inquiring of, calling on to visit, or be heard by” God, thus closely akin in spelling and meaning to proseuche conversational-prayer and proskuneo worship e) John 15:1-8, f) a harness between experienced animals and novices to train them, g) chrestos: comfortable, useful, beneficial, h) elaphros: easy to carry or move with, i) mind, emotions, will, j) Matthew 11:28-30.
The subject of akouo hearing/listening to understand will be covered at length in the Knowledge page and in the proseuche Conversational-Prayer page, because that’s what makes this dialogue unique from the monologue of deesis supplication!
As Christian musicians, we especially need to “tune into God’s frequency” and receive directly from Him what He wants to play through us. Otherwise, we are just playing from our own flesh’s “might and power” for God, which is the essence of all religion. Staying busy for God isn’t as important is waiting for the Lord to speak and move through us.