I was recently being interviewed on a national television show and was asked the question, “Why would we need prophets to speak to us today?” My answer was simple and to the point. As Christians, we are to be “fed and led” to become His voice–fed by the Word and led by the Spirit, because unless the Spirit alights (settles) on the Word, there is no voice.
Let me tell you why I believe this. There are many lazy people in the Church and, for them, the easiest way to hear God is to be fed by someone who is “close” to God. Psychics are extremely popular in the world because people don’t know how to hear for themselves, and so they hope the psychics will deliver a message about their present state or their future. Unfortunately, this mindset has crept into the Church and, actually, the prophet has been demoted to a spiritual psychic. The fact is, the only reason that it is important that you hear God speaking to you is so that you can become a voice yourself–an expression, NOT an opinion.
Don’t be hasty to speak on God’s behalf, for there is always time to utter a word but never time to take it back. Secrecy has the feel of divinity. There are times when silence is deafening and speaks more than a thousand words. We often waste time giving words and truth to the ignorant. Even our Lord taught us that there were times to share parables with the masses, and then there were times to share deeper truths with the few that had an ear to hear.
Luis de Gongora, Spain’s great Baroque poet, defended his “Solitudes” with these words: “It has been a matter of honor to me to make myself obscure to the ignorant, for that is what distinguishes the learned; to speak in a style that seems Greek to the ignorant, for precious pearls should not be cast before swine.”
How many times have I been asked, “So what is God telling you about me?” and I’ve answered, “I don’t know, but I know what He’s telling me about me.” The Word, as we know, is Jesus Christ. John the Baptist was doing his work as a prophet and, while baptizing many, Jesus approached him and told him that it was time for him to baptize Jesus. When John baptized Jesus (the Word), the Spirit lightened upon Him like a dove, and once this happened there was a Voice that came from Heaven that they heard clearly. This gives us a clear lesson about God’s expression under the reign of Christ. The only way that you can be fed and then led is to feed on God’s Word. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” It doesn’t say “proceeded,” but “proceeds,” which is ongoing or present.
The Three Steps of Truth
Having the Word in you is not enough. Only when the Spirit lightened upon the Word (Christ), did the Voice come from Heaven. The Spirit has to connect with the Word inside of you in order to become a voice, and depending on how much of the Word you have inside of you determines the depth of expression. Let’s talk about truth. The Bible states, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” Truth requires three steps: 1. Revelation, 2. Illumination, 3. Inspiration