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Preparing, Delivering, Training Us

Melissa—God has been preparing us, adding to us, delivering us, and training us for this moment.  We start by being aware of that so that we don’t skip ahead unarmed.  That awareness I’m talking about is a state to live in for the last half of this year.  Simply put, we can’t allow ourselves to shut down and just get focused on getting past this middle section of the year so we can finish the year on autopilot.  This awareness is something we can remind ourselves of when we get out of bed in the morning, “God is working something in me today that is propelling me victoriously into this decade I was born to affect.” Something along these lines would be a good verbal reminder each day.


Coming Prepared for a Fight

Giants won’t stay in the valley. They intend to go far beyond their threats and use their intimidation and bulk to conquer. Goliath had not come all the way from FightingHandsBattle.jpegPhilistia to intimidate a few Hebrews. He was of a mind to march right through the middle of Saul’s army, right through Jesse’s farm and straight into Jerusalem. He came prepared for a fight. Israel had only confronted the giant and didn’t seem to even have a plan for contradicting him. The best time to deal with giants is while they are still in the valley. There must be plans, commitment and action. 1Sam.14:6, Amp — “Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come on now, let’s go across to these uncircumcised pagans. Maybe God will work for us. There’s no rule that says God can only deliver by using a big army. No one can stop God from saving when he sets his mind to it.”


Hearing and Training

The following list is not only how the prophetic lifestyle is lived out, it is also ways in which He trains us for a prophetic lifestyle.  This is not a comprehensive list.  There are so many ways to hear from the Alpha and Omega.  We don’t all have the same exact experiences because we each have a personal relationship with God.  The way you hear has to do with this most important relationship of your life! But, as you’ll see, there are similarities in ways we all hear. 
1.)  Coincidences: the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection. (Webster’s Dictionary)  Coincidences can easily be put in the I don’t want to be weird category, so they can easily be ignored.  Pay attention! Remember, God is working on many levels, so why would we not experience coincidences?
2.) DeJa-Vu: a feeling that one has seen or heard something before. (Webster’s Dictionary) Nope, not spooky at all, rather a fantastic training experience! If you have one simply ask what you need to see.  If you don’t get an answer, perhaps you were being trained to pay attention.
3.) Dreams: of course God speaks to us in dreams.  Our conscious mind is out of the way.
4.) Visions: are like a movie in your head or right before your eyes.
5.) Double-take: is that thing which makes you look again because you thought you saw something and it ends up not being there.    
6.) Feelings: are about a knowing in your gut, excitement out of nowhere, uneasiness out of nowhere.
7.) Urges: to pray, do something, call someone, go somewhere.
8.) Hearing: still small voice or loud and clear.
9.) Thoughts: came out of nowhere.  You weren’t even thinking about that subject and the thought won’t go away.  It just sits in your mind.
10.) The place between awake and asleep: the mind is not in the way here.  From my experience these moments have been very clear.
11.) In conversation: something strikes a chord, confirms something you heard, or an idea comes “out of nowhere”.  An inspirational conversation, if you will.
(Sixth excerpt from Melissa’s article “Prophetic Lifestyle”.)

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