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Unlocking the Glory in the Church #4: The Power in Prophesying
June 03, 2017      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons

The scriptures reveal that prophesying not only delivers revelation but that it also manifests power as shown in Ezekiel 37:1-14.  Sam discusses one of the primary ways the Lord partners with all of us is by calling and inspiring us to prophesy. 

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The scriptures reveal that prophesying not only delivers revelation but that it also manifests power.

Ezekiel 37:1-14
1 The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.
2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry.
3 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”
4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!
5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.
6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.”’”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone.
8 Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.
9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’”
10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’
12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
13 Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves.
14 I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it,” says the Lord.’”

This passage reveals not only what God was going to “do” among his covenant people but also reveals “how” He is going to do it.

His partnership with the prophet Ezekiel shows the scriptural design of the Lord for accomplishing His plans and designs upon planet earth.

Partnership, or agreement, is an essential component in producing the life and will of God on planet earth because the Godhead is a glorious trinitarian partnership.

Quick Reminder About the Law of Partnership
1. Creation is accomplished by the Father willing, the Son speaking, and the Spirit executing.
2. Genesis 1:28 reveals that God will fill the earth through the partnership of image bearing men and women.
3. Genesis 11 testifies to the Lord’s concern about the power of unified man - tower of Babel.
4. The whole of the Old Testament is God seeking out men and women who will partner to obey and agree with His purpose to accomplish His will on earth.
5. Jesus testifies to the powerful dynamic of agreement in His ministry and teaching - “where two agree they shall have what they ask”.

One of the primary ways the the Lord partners with us is by calling and inspiring us to prophesy.

This is clear in the Old Testament but expanded greatly in the New Testament.

Acts 2:17-21 reveals that the the church that Jesus is building is a Presence filled Prophesying family of God.

And as we stated at the beginning the ministry of prophesying not only delivers revelation but also manifest POWER.

Examples of Prophesied Word Producing Power:
1. Ezekiel prophesies and dead bones come into order and are filled with life.
2. Isaiah is told that the word from the mouth of the Lord will not return void but will accomplish is chapter 55.
3. Jeremiah is called to prophesy and told that the word of the Lord is like a hammer and like fire in chapter 23.
4. Jesus speaks to a fig tree making it wither and teaches about the power of our words in the gospels: Mark 11:20-24

Mark 11:20-24
20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.
23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

5. The miracles of Jesus and the Apostles include the dimensions of speaking the word that manifested in power.

We can be sure that we are all called to prophesy the mind and will of the Lord.

But we also need to be confident in and believe that our prophesying releases power into the spiritual and natural realms.

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