In post 1 we saw that, ‘Prophecy imparts the express purpose of God in our current situations.’ Here’s an example from 2 Chronicles 20, where Jehoshaphat and the people came together to seek the Lord. They were doing what they knew to do: assemble and pray in the face of overwhelming circumstances. In a time immense fear, facing extinction and exile as a race, they stood and recounted the history (literally, the scripture) of their past dealings with the Almighty God. They had the biblical strategy of prayer and fasting. However, it was the entrance of the prophetic that caused a massive increase in faith and confidence. Prophecy made them tactically aware of God’s plan for the situation. It was prophecy that pinpointed the exact whereabouts of the enemy, showed them how to fight, and what to expect next. After the entrance of the prophetic, there was a confidence and a determination to do the will of God. You need to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, both by Scripture (His past written Word: logos) and by His Spirit (His current spoken Word: rhema). Scripture gives strategy, while prophecy reveals tactics.
John 16:12-13 – I (Jesus) still have much to tell you, but you cannot yet bear to hear it. 13However, when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak what He hears
Jesus has more to say to us through the Holy Spirit. Just as Jesus spoke only what He heard from the Father, the Holy Spirit will say only what He hears from Jesus.
If Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future:
You will judge Satan and determine his fate. You will have the honor of dashing him to pieces.
– Rev. 2:26-28 – To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’ —just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give that one the morning star.
– Is. 14:12-16 – How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens;I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit. Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate:
You will get to ponder his fate and determine what should be done to him. He has a brief moment of trickery, but we have an eternal reign with Christ.
– Rev. 3:21 – To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.