Prophets carry blueprints. The blueprints are the “ways of God” found in His word.
The prophetic voice calls God’s people back to the ancient paths – His blueprint (JEREMIAH 6:16), the blueprints of His presence, loving Him first, walking by faith and being led by the Spirit of God, His ways, not ours.
In this hour, the Prophetic voice is calling God’s people out of a Saul blueprint into a Davidic government blueprint.
A Davidic Government blueprint honors the presence of God as its first priority and fulfills all that’s in the heart and mind of God (Acts 13:22). A Saul government is not interested in the presence of God as priority, but rather, reputation and what looks pleasing in the sight of man. This is a religious blueprint.
1 Chronicles 13:3 “And let us bring again the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it during the days of Saul.”
How do we overcome a religious spirit? We welcome the prophetic voice. We honor the prophetic voice in our community, and we nurture and cultivate a prophetic culture.
The prophetic is the spirit of religion’s arch-enemy. The prophetic voice will address religious mindsets and cultures. It will address hard and rebellious hearts. It will expose foundations and blueprints that are built from self-promotion and a self-righteous motivation deeply rooted in unbelief. Religions’ blueprint says your identity is found in what you do, not in who Jesus is. Therefore its foundation is pride and it is self-serving and self-preserving.
The prophetic voice and prophetic culture nurture, encourage, and continue to challenge the people of God to always love Him first. This then stirs hearts to pursue and remain in intimacy and walk in His ways. The result is a people who are completely in love with Jesus. They know who they are and are able to overcome rather than perishing in a valley of unbelief and becoming dead, dried bones.
It was the prophetic voice of Ezekiel that breathed life into death and called forth a people who forgot who they were into their overcoming identity as a mighty army! Ezekiel 37.
For where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18. This means where there is no prophetic vision, the people lose self-control and do not remain in his ways. They go back to religion. They build with their own insight. Which is the works of the flesh and scripture tells us this profits nothing.
In fact, the Bible actually says that the works of the flesh are witchcraft (Galatians 5), which means that those things done in the flesh are rebellious to God’s ways. Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. (1 Samuel 15:23).
Religion is rebellious to God’s ways because it is built from the motive to promote man, not God. Religion does not require faith (which brings heaven and pleases God) because it relies on one’s own ability and talents. The works of the flesh will war against the ways of the spirit. Therefore the fruit of a religious spirit is death to the move of God’s presence.
Where religion has a voice, it will cause God’s people to be resistant to the paths of His presence. It will kill off the desire for intimacy with the Lord and feed the flesh in entertainment-style worship and social-programs-style community.
Where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 2:17
Religion hinders maturity in the people of God and it keeps them in the realm of carnality. They are people who are emotionally or intellectually driven, relying on their carnal senses rather than discerning by the Spirit of God.
If there is a religious stranglehold in a community, region, or nation, the voice of the prophetic needs to be awakened, received, and honored. That is the antidote to the religious spirit.
Leaders, this is for you. If your church or community lacks a hunger for prayer and TRUE authentic expression of worship (Not showmanship style worship), if there is a resistance and lack of breakthrough in the move of God’s spirit. If it seems spiritually dead, then you need to cultivate and honor the prophetic voice and prophetic anointing within your community and city. You will begin to see resurrection life come as the prophetic is honored through prophetic worship, intercession and through prophetic mouthpieces who release the word of the Lord in warning, correction, foresight, or encouragement. Watch it bring life!
You will begin to receive greater insight and strategy in how to take regions and your local jurisdiction for Christ, how to align with God’s blueprints, and see the outpouring of heaven upon your service for the Lord.
HONOUR THE PROPHETIC VOICE AND LIVE
2 CHRONICLES 20:20
This is an updated edition of a post originally published on Revival Flame Ministries
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