Faith must find it’s true measure; it has to be unlocked, unhitched from the wagon of healing, goodies & money and given a wider and deeper application to our time & our lives, faith is bigger than the few issues mentioned above. Unfortunately any one looking in on the church will think there are only a few things that are impacted by what we call faith, don’t get me wrong these issues, money, healing and provision will be reorder by our faith but there is so much more to unlock in our understanding when we consider faith. So many themes, life factors are hijack to a narrow view of our understanding when there is much more to take hold of in Gods promises. For example healing, when your sick it’s a blessing but when the promise of God to us is full health then healing for the world around us let’s believe for health as a covenant people, prosperity finance only when prosperity is a fullness of life in peace, even blessing for me when we are to be blessed to be a blessing. Rediscovering the truth of “living by faith” is a call for our hour, it is a call to live beyond the immediate, beyond my need, it is a way of life, living by faith is not when I look for income its a way of live continuity not just to get my need we are to live by faith not by events of faith only.
Faith must enrich us in every way and not simply adjust the material realm. Indeed to be in the worst kind of poverty is to have all the material wealth you could ever wish for and yet be empty, unfulfilled, frustrated, and miserable, then, you are really poor. Poverty is not a lack of resource but a people who are dependent on others for basic resources, our dependency should be on God not on resources.
In the same way that faith has to be unhinged so too Prophecy. Prophecy must be seen bigger that just used in the realm of signs and authenticating a man or woman and their ministry, its time to find it’s true message to our time. Prophecy does have a predictive aspect to it but much more we are to be a people who interoperate God to our world in our daily life, this is prophecy. Prophecy gives the people of God a voice to interpret God’s onward creative acts in society and our world telling and interpreting. Prophecy is to confront us with a plumb line of truth, enabling us, asking us, to build in the light of it, the prophecy that is, building according to a divine pattern and foundation, this requires our faith to be applied in our daily living.
Prophecy must be elevated in the ministry, to deliver us into our world, and the Kingdom of God into us. Prophecy takes the taste of the age to come and increases the taste, allowing the breaking in of the Kingdom of God to enfold further in this world.
Faith and Prophecy are twinned, for many prophecy is shouting out things that come to mind, but our faith is tied to that which we utter and live. Prophecy must be a life style as well as an utterance, the people of God, the church, will become the direct manifestation of prophecy just as the prophets of old, their lives, the way in which they lived was a gift, you could see the life’s message in their life style choice and the way they lived.
Faith and prophecy twinned, Romans 12:6 says “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith” as we are told to prophecy to the measure of our faith it becomes necessary to re-asses our place, that is, what we are involved with or what we are doing, checking that it is in line, not only with the prophecy but also with my faith, living by faith every moment of every day.
Two basic questions:
Do we feel content to continue as we are?
Do we desperately want to break through into different realms?
These twins are necessary in order that the twins of mercy and goodness can follow us all the days of our lives…There is no release from the lower sphere of this material realm, of content existence, unless we have experienced the liberating prospect of the Spirit freeing us to rise as an eagle, to climb the air to the high altitudes of living.
Faith and Prophecy unlocks us to soar free, to live out our potential in the Grace of the Father.