The Heart of the Prophetic
Pastor Salomon Valdez Sanchez is one of our Pastoral Advisors and resides in Uruapan, Mexico. Click on the Pastoral Advisors link to learn More about Him.
It´s all about Jesus! Revelations 19:10(kjv) says : “ For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of Prophecy”
When the prophet Ezekiel was about to reveal one of the greatest prophetic visions on the Glory, the temple and the healing Waters; an angel of the Lord told him the following words.:
“Son of man, look carefully and listen closely and pay attention to everything I am going to show you, for that is why you have been brought here. Tell the people of Israel everything you see.” Ezekiel 40:4 (NIV)
There are two phrasal verbs I want to emphasize on from this passage. “Look Carefully” and “Listen Closely”
The first is Look Carefully. The angel was encouraging Ezekiel to look closely. I believe that as we understand that the heart of the prophetic is all about Jesus, we must learn to look at him closely, day and night. He must be the center of our focus. Hebrews 12:2 says : “Looking to Jesus the author and consumer of our faith”
If we are called unto the prophetic we must not look at anything or anyone other than Jesus.
How do we look or fix our eyes on Jesus? Through worship. Worship must be constantly on our lips and from our hearts. As we worship we are looking at him high and lifted up seated at the right hand of the Father. In my prophetic process I´ve learned that one of the greatest struggles prophetic people have is to decide whether to complain and whine or Worship constantly. I´ve learned that as my lips are cleansed from complaint and criticism (Isaiah 6:5-7)and I worship, my spiritual ear gets better at hearing His voice. We must decide to look at Jesus daily through our daily worship.
The second phrasal verb I want to share about is “Listening Closely”. A good friend of mine who has a more than a 30 year prophetic learning process has written a book in Spanish called “La Profecía” (Prophecy) His name is Roberto Evans. One of the things that grabbed me the most from his books is that he says that prophesying is not about Speaking words of God first but about listening to God´s Word first. We live in an age and culture where we love to have conversations that share what´s in our hearts to everyone and we struggle with the listening part even as we pray.
How do we listen closely to Jesus? I´ll just share a passage from the góspel of Luke chapter 10 verses 39 to 42.where it says :
39She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a]Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
I believe that as we worship Jesus and sit at his feet daily to listen to what he says is the best we Can do. If we cant do that HOW can we be speaking in His Name?. I encourage you to read and study the Word of God daily and there, with a humble heart, you will hear “What he says”. We must not prophecy if we don´t first learn how to hear his voice through his wonderful and eternal Word.(2 Peter 1:19)
At last the Angel told Ezekiel to share with Israel all the he saw. That reminds me of the apostles when they were threatened not to speak in the name of Jesus.(Acts 4:18-20) Peter´s and John´s response to their threats was
“Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
I really exhort each and every one who reads this short article to fix your eyes on Him through worship and to listen to His words daily through His Word. THen, you´re ready for the adventure of your life!
It´s all about mighty Jesus!
Pastor Salomón Valdez