Today hundreds of prophetic voices are declaring “the word of the Lord for this crucial hour.” Some messages are God inspired and may help to open a peephole into the heart of the Father. Some are predicting coming judgment while others are announcing peace where there is no peace. Too many are merely converting their personal agenda into “prophecy.” Yet many Christians remain desperate to know what God is saying to them. They long to know his manifest presence in their lives.
Truly, the wind of the Spirit is blowing among God’s people in every corner of the earth where hearts are hungry for him alone. It’s vital that we discern the way he’s moving, understand what he is doing and hear what he is saying. But if we are looking to men to hear God for us we may miss the stirring of the Spirit within and the quiet voice of God whispering to our heart.
The movement of the Spirit among us can only be rightly discerned if we’re responding to his moving within us. Yet too often Christians tend to expect the kingdom of God to manifest anyplace other than their own lives. They hear that a “move of God” is happening here or there and that this great man or woman of God is being used in a powerful way. They line up with eager anticipation for a word when a visiting or resident prophet ministers at their church. If that fails, they wait until they can speak to their pastor or another esteemed spiritual leader.
The way God is moving today cannot be compared with “movements” we’ve seen in the past that have been identified with certain people, places and manifestations. What Father is doing in the hearts of his people cannot be “caught” transferred or stewarded by a leadership structure. Although the equipping gifts Christ has given to his church are needed to help his people grow up into the fullness of all that he is, they have not been called to speak in his place.
Father is jealous for the undivided attention of all his children. In some cases he may even silence authentic prophetic gifts until those who have been dependent on others learn to discern his voice for themselves. He’s longing to share his joys, sorrows and secrets with his friends. He wants his bride to fix her eyes on him alone and lay her head on his chest so she can recognize the beat of his heart and learn to discern his voice.