The prophetic lifestyle opens opportunities, timing, and connections. Opportunities: having the ears to hear to be at the right place at the right time for yourself and others. Timing: none of us understand the timing of God because He is working on so many levels. It takes a prophetic lifestyle to see beyond the limited vision of our normal dimensions. It can keep you sane where timing is concerned. Connection: Brings lives together for God team-ups, projects, events, etc. We were never meant to do life alone (1 Corinthians 12:20-21). In this day and age, this way of life is a total necessity for the body of Christ. (Fourth excerpt from Melissa’s article “Prophetic Lifestyle”.)
What is a prophetic lifestyle? It is hearing and seeing God’s intention about the here and now, and what is to come on a regular basis. Or as my Mom puts it, “PROPHETIC” is God revealing Himself, His thoughts, His will, His insights, His plans, His wisdom or instructions or warnings or the plans of hell. Why is a prophetic lifestyle important? A prophetic lifestyle starts with a hearing ear. The statement “He who has ears to hear let him hear” is made in all of the following passages: Matthew 11:15; 13:9; Mark 4:9; Luke 8:8; Revelation 2:7; 3:6. To be said this many times must mean it’s rather important. This lifestyle lives in agreement with the intentions of God and stops enemy assignments from manifesting on the earth. (Second excerpt from Melissa’s article “Prophetic Lifestyle”.)
It’s our time to be who God intended us to be. First things first, however. Let me clarify. A prophetic lifestyle does not mean you have to be a prophet. The office of prophet is designated by God and recognized by the 5 fold ministry. We are all capable of living a prophetic lifestyle without being a prophet. (First excerpt from Melissa’s article “Prophetic Lifestyle”.)
In 2017 worship will become lifestyle. (Kid’s Declaration: 7. We will live to worship everywhere, everyday.) Worship, living for God and fear of God will become more than just a Sunday, church activity. It will become the lifestyle of families. Families will take Communion together. Parents and children will not only attempt worship activity at church, acting righteously at church, fearing God in His presence at church but in the home, in family activities, conversations and celebrations. “trying to learn [by experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [and letting your lifestyles be examples of what is most acceptable to Him—your behavior expressing gratitude to God for your salvation].” (Eph.5:10, Amp)
(Declaration #7 from the 2017 Declarations. The Kid’s version was written by Brian and Hannah Sherman.)
Jesus was a Tree who brought forth fruit (Jn.12:28; 17:1). Jesus was the Kingdom exposed to mankind. In Jesus, the Kingdom was observed; in His lifestyle, His character, His actions (Matt.12:28). The fact that He brought forth fruit is the fact that He was the glory of His Father in the earth. “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Jn.1:14, NASB) In his new book, The Orphan Heart, Larry Burden gives an interesting definition of “glory” from the Greek word “doxa”: “the appearance, form or aspect of a person which catches our attention and commands our recognition”. The Message puts it like this: “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” (Jn.1:14, Msg) Though the Father was sitting upon a throne in heaven, He could be seen in the earth in Jesus as He interacted with His environment.
(This is the ninth excerpt from Marty’s article “Don’t Stop Short” which was published in SEEC Magazine. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
I have heard a lot of talk about going on a diet for the New Year. What I believe the Lord has been wanting to get across to me is not so much the concept of “diet” but rather the concept of “lifestyle.” We don’t need to change meals so much as we need to change our lifestyle. The meals don’t determine the lifestyle, the lifestyle determines the meals and all the other things that accompany healthy living (including exercise). In order to be effective in our Kingdom purpose, we must live a lifestyle that serves that purpose.
“They will eat the fruit of their lifestyle. . .” (Prov.1:31, GW)