May 28-30, 2015, I was exhilarated to attend a Graham Cooke conference, Making a Prophetic Impact. It was the best ever! Graham, my favorite author and speaker, explored how prophecy edifies, exhorts, and comforts others as they’re recalibrated in the true nature of God.
Here are a few choice sound bytes from Graham’s messages:
- In prophecy, ask, “What is the end result of this message?” Then work your way backwards.
- The entry point into fulfilled prophecy is agreement with God in your current circumstances.
- Take advantage of this chapter of your life story. Get out of this chapter without having to reread it.
- Jesus speaks to the Father about what is good and true about you.
- Prophecy produces sound, both in the sense of “sound” resonating as you represent who God is, and a “sound” boat with no leaks: clear, healthy, and unimpaired.
- You need to have dozens of upgrades this year. Write them out.
- God cannot be sin-conscious toward you. That would mean He isn’t considering Jesus’ redemption.
- Never underestimate the compassion God has for you.
- Exhortation leads people up and out to a place of exhilaration.
- When we hear God’s voice, we receive His personality. We become aware of His nature. We discover His words unite us with His heart.
- Prophecy gives us the opportunity to recalibrate people in the spirit. We have a grace to break through when we represent God’s nature.
- When we are struggling, failing, and being defeated by life and circumstances, His intention is still to form Christ in us. When our failures are more deliberate and intentional, His heart never changes toward us. (From Prophetic Wisdom, page 232).
- Provoke people to rise up! That’s the whole point of the prophetic.
- Prophecy is for edifying, exhorting, and comforting.
- Prophecy is a catalyst. It gives you an outcome; something to aim at. A new prayer to attack a situation above and below. It’s fresh empowerment.
- With prophecy, you’ll find out just how much God wants to be with you.
- We need to quit pursuing the presence of God, and instead host His presence.
- Who God is for you must govern you.
- Stand up on the inside. Say, “I can’t fail. I’m of good courage!”
- Strength is at the core of all warfare.
- Write out prophetic words for people. The discipline of writing them out will develop a good discipline in you. Written words often have more power than the spoken word, and provide a conversation opener.
- Permission granted to walk away from that which cannot be fixed.
- The Father says, “I have robbed you of fear.”
- In the middle of battle, speak out: “Papa, you said, . . .” Remind Him of His promises.
Friend, which of these resonates with you?
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