In this posting we discuss teh anatomy of a word from God.Hearing God’s voice involves three aspects namely:
- the voice itself which is the revelation. What God actually said. If it’s a dream, it’s the dream itself that is the revelation, that’s what God has said. If it’s an audible voice its hearing what God has said, if it’s a whisper its hearing what God has said.
- It’s the interpretation of that revelation. What does it mean?
- The application of the interpretation. How do I apply what I have heard as the voice of God?
For example if you hear a prophetic word, that your child is going to die. That’s what God said. Number two is the interpretation, what does it mean. Does it mean it has been determined that my child is going to die?. If I interpret it to mean that it has been determined then I begin to prepare for a funeral which is the application. But if I interpret it to say God is warning me that there is an attack on my child I begin to pray stop the spirit of death. In other words, my application is different depending on my interpretation of what God has said. But if I miss the interpretation, the application will be wrong and therefore God’s voice will misfire.
Many people say when God speaks it is very clear. Tell me, when Pharaoh had a dream of the fat cows coming up and the lean cows coming up to eat the fat cows how do you interpret that dream? Does that tell you there is going to be a famine? So that was the word of God, that was the revelation, you now needed the interpretation; what does it mean? Now God gives an inspiration to Joseph who interprets the dream and says there is going to be seven years of plenty and then there is going to be seven years of famine – that’s the interpretation. Then he moves on to application and says save up food so that you pass through the difficult times.
I heard this testimony years ago on Christian television which illustrates the point. God spoke to Prophet Kim Clement around 2000 and said there would be trouble in the colleges in Florida, and he and his team started going to every university in Florida urging students and people to pray against this uprising. And universities came to a point where they closed and there was no trouble. They had interpreted the revelation. Then those who remember in November 2000, there were elections in the United States and the destiny of the US hung in the balance between George Bush who was a Christian and Al Gore who was not. The elections failed to give a conclusive result. And then they had what are called electoral colleges, and they went through the electoral colleges and there was an indecisive result until there had to be a decision by the court. So that is what God was speaking about, he was speaking about electoral colleges and not university colleges. So by failing to interpret the revelation they applied it wrongly and probably wasted their effort. Where in your life are you wasting your effort? Where are you applying a wrong interpretation of what God has said?
In understanding the voice of God, you need to make a distinction between revelation, interpretation and application. If anybody ever gives you a prophetic word and says thus says the Lord, ask them, what exactly did God say, what does it mean, what did you see. Because you know a lot of prophetic people sometimes begin to put in words what they are feeling. Sometimes the words you use are not exactly what God wanted to say. So unless you interrogate the prophetic word, you may be working on a wrong word.