How to add Words of Knowledge to Prophecy (and Sharpen Your Gift)

Today I have a suggestion for those of you who are keen to grow past the beginning stage of prophecy. This tip about adding words of knowledge to prophecy will be especially helpful if you:
Add words of knowledge to prophecy

  • Have mainly given prophetic insights and words of encouragement or exhortation up until now, and would like to have a greater clarity in hearing from the Holy Spirit
  • Would like to add words of knowledge to your prophetic ministry
  • Are a leader who is looking for ways to activate others in prophetic ministry in a safe environment

How to Add Words of Knowledge to Prophecy

1. Be open to receive knowledge from the Holy Spirit concerning someone’s past or present situation.

A ‘word of knowledge’, is information given to you by the Holy Spirit about a person or situation that could not be known by natural means.

There are many ways the Holy Spirit may share an insight with you, such as through an impression, thought, feeling, physical sensation, vision or picture.

By beginning with knowledge that relates to the past or present, you can have immediate feedback as to whether you are hearing the Holy Spirit clearly (or not). This helps sharpen your prophetic gift.

2. Always seek to add encouragement, comfort, or exhortation to the knowledge, to complete the word. This is an important key.

‘But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.’ (1 Cor 14:3, NIV)

For example, you may have an insight that someone is concerned about an issue right now with family/work/health/finances. What is Father’s encouragement for them? What is He up to? If the insight relates to something from the past, how does Father see that, what is He doing in relation to that—if it is about a difficult situation, how is He redeeming that?

Step into the heart of the Father and speak from the perspective of His love for the person.

3. When delivering the prophetic insight, you can ask questions to check you are hearing from the Spirit, such as, ‘Does ___ mean anything to you?’

Be honest, if you are practicing or praying for someone you know or have journeyed a little with, about what information you know ‘in the natural.’

4. A safe environment for the prophetic gift to operate is one in which there is prophetic accountability and also, appropriate guidelines and protocols in place. [1] There are important points about how to create a safe environment for personal prophecy here.

More Important Considerations and Guidelines

  • Be wise about what you share, and how you share it. If the knowledge is sensitive, privacy may be needed. If a word of knowledge relates to an area that may be painful to the person, take a gentle approach.
  • Do not share the insight unless you can share God’s encouragement alongside it.
  • If you recognise that you carry a judgment (a negative or critical opinion) in relation to the knowledge you perceive, step back and pray. Let the Holy Spirit minister freedom to you, before you minister prophetically to the other person.
  • Having an insight of knowledge (just as with discernment) does not always mean that you must immediately share what you perceive. Take the way of wisdom and love—if you are not sure, take it to a leader/pastor first rather than the person. An important part of growing in prophetic ministry is to learn the discipline of holding back when you have an insight from God, but the timing is not right.


[1] See the articles The Power of Prophetic Accountability and Prophetic Ministry in Church Life: Why Have Guidelines?

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3 Ways Leaders (Who May Not Have A Prophetic Gift) Hear God’s Voice

Do you lack confidence in your prophetic ability when you compare yourself to those who are stronger in the prophetic gift or ministry? Today I want to encourage you. If you are not in ministry leadership, remember that you are a leader in your own life as well as in roles such as your family, work and relationships.

Word from God MiracleOne surprising outcome of my prophetic training sessions has been that leaders and pastors who do not consider they have a prophetic gift come away greatly encouraged. This is because they:

  • Are affirmed in their ability to hear from God personally and as a leader
  • Realise that the role of prophecy is primarily to confirm and support what God is already speaking to them as leaders (or what He will speak to them about in the future)
  • Are empowered to oversee and pastor prophetic team members
  • Gain insights to help them weigh up prophetic words, gifts and ministries

‘Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.’ (Acts 20:28a)

On the other hand, those attendees who do have a strong prophetic gift understand that their pastors and leaders have a God-given mandate, both to lead them and to weigh up their prophetic insights. They are encouraged to honour their leaders’ ability to hear the voice of God in the context of their leadership role.

So—how do leaders and pastors who do not have a strong prophetic gift, hear from God? Here are 3 ways that leaders hear from God in the course of their ministry:

1. Personal Relationship

‘For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.’ (Rom 8:14)

In our personal relationship with God, we are being led by the Holy Spirit as He speaks to us about the Father’s intentions and what is on His heart.

Leaders have the capacity to hear from God regarding their personal lives as well as for the group, organisation or ministry they are leading.

Some of the ways that the Holy Spirit communicates to us as individuals include:

  • Insights through Scripture—verses, stories, principles—that prove to be a ‘now’ word of encouragement, exhortation or instruction
  • Thoughts and ideas that come to mind and are sourced in the Holy Spirit
  • Words spoken by others (for example, sermons listened to, thoughts that come up in conversation)
  • Conversation with God (prayer)
  • Other prophetic means such as impressions, feelings, pictures and visions

This is one of the key distinctions between Old and New Testament prophetic ministry. Insights and prophecies given from those who have a prophetic gift or office are now confirmation of what a leader is already hearing through relationship with God.

In addition to this, there are at least two further ways that leaders hear from God—and this is in the context of their particular spiritual gift as leaders and administrators:

2. The Gift of Leadership

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. (Rom 12:6-8)

The Holy Spirit speaks and leads through the anointed gift of leadership. Some of the ways this manifests include:

  • An intuitive (Spirit-given) sense of the right direction to lead the group
  • The Spirit-anointed ability to see the big picture and how everything fits together
  • Leadership decisions and directives that are sourced in the Spirit’s anointing for leadership

An example of a leader’s capacity and authority to speak God’s purposes in the Spirit’s anointing is found in Acts 15. The Apostle James (Gal 1:9) is not one of the original twelve disciples, nor is he recognised as a prophet. And yet James’ judgment and clear directive is sourced in the Holy Spirit’s anointing for governing leadership on his life. Consequently, every other leader honoured his pronouncement.

This ability to lead under the directorship of the Holy Spirit’s anointing is what Samuel spoke about to Saul:

‘Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you.’(1 Sam 10:6-7, NKJV)

3. Spirit-Empowered Wisdom

‘But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit… But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.’ (1 Cor 12:7,8,11)

Some of the ways that the Holy Spirit speaks and leads through the gift of wisdom include:

  • Practical (but Spirit-sourced) wisdom to know the best timing and way to implement something
  • An Spirit-inspired solution to a problem
  • Anointed logic and reasoning that results in something being done well and in a way that glorifies God
  • Spontaneous wisdom that is clearly from the Holy Spirit

In addition to wisdom, the Holy Spirit can also use other gifts such as discernment, to communicate and bring direction or adjustment.

The Miracle of Hearing God Speak

There is no hierarchy of the ways that God speaks. In God’s Kingdom, a practical, but God-breathed, word of wisdom is just as significant as an open vision.

Every word from God and all the ways that He directs are significant and have power for transformation, advancement and breakthrough. What matters is that the Holy Spirit is the source. Every time He communicates, regardless of how He chooses to manifest, it is a miracle.

‘There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. ‘ (1 Cor 12:4-6)

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5 Questions to Help Leaders Weigh Up Prophecy

Differences Between Old and New Testament Prophetic Ministry

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The Storehouse for Your Spiritual Gift of Prophecy or Discernment

Have you ever noticed the Holy Spirit recalling to your mind Bible verses, stories, or illustrations from Scripture when you are praying or ministering?

Prophetic_StorehouseJesus said, ‘…the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.’ (John 14:26)

If you desire to grow in your revelatory gift of prophecy, discernment, wisdom, or prophetic encouragement, it is vital that you are aware of this. 

The Holy Spirit reminds you of what Jesus has said and made available to you. He will not only give you fresh revelation; He will also draw on:

  • Things God has spoken to you in the past
  • What you have learned through encounters with Him
  • Wisdom and insights you have been taught
  • Scriptures, Bible stories, Bible symbols and Scriptural principles.

You partner with the Holy Spirit in your ministry. You provide the storehouse He draws from, by positioning for encounters with God, choosing wisely who to learn from, and by studying the Bible.

Your Bible Study is a Storehouse the Holy Spirit Draws From

Here are 3 reasons why study of Scripture is vital to your ministry of prophecy, wisdom or discernment:

  1. The Bible is the most significant source of revelation from the Holy Spirit. It is the primary way God speaks to us.
  2. Scripture is also the primary means by which we weigh up every prophetic insight or discernment.
  3. Studying and meditating upon God’s Word helps us to grow personally and in our gifts and ministries.
  4. The Bible is a significant source of prophetic symbolism. It aids our comprehension of symbols and is the first place we turn to for interpretation of prophetic words, visions or dreams.

Let your heart’s desire be to provide the Holy Spirit with a rich storehouse of the knowledge of His Word for Him to draw from.

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The Power of Your Prophetic Decree

‘You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways.’ (Job 22:28, NASB)

Are you in need of a breakthrough? A prophetic decree is an authoritative ‘now’ word that unlocks the supernatural and causes a shift to take place.

What is Prophetic Decree?

Prophetic_DecreeA decree is ‘an official order that has the force of law.’ [1]

When we decree something, we are making a declaration that has the weight of Kingdom authority behind it.

‘Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’ (Matt 6:10)

Our decree is prophetic when it is sourced in our Heavenly Father’s intention. The Holy Spirit has revealed God’s will to us. [2] We then have authority on earth to enforce the Father’s plans through the agreement of our own words.

Prophetic Decree Unlocks Kingdom Resources

In the book of Ezra, King Cyrus issued a royal decree to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem. (Ezra 5:13) That decree was backed up with royal resources—and the proclamation of that decree unlocked the generous giving and volunteering of those who heard it. (Ezra 1)

King Hezekiah issued a decree inviting Israel and Judah to repent and come to Jerusalem for the Passover. That decree resulted in a national revival as multitudes turned to God, celebrating the Passover for the first time in generations. This was followed by a mass destruction of altars and ‘high places’ dedicated to false gods. (2 Chron 30-31)

In the book of Esther, Mordecai wrote a decree in the King’s name. (Esther 8) That decree mobilised the Jews to overturn the plans of their enemies and brought victory to God’s people.

A decree is a royal command. The Aramaic and Hebrew words translated ‘decree’ in these passages could also be translated law, regulation, (royal) edict, judgment, commandment or commission. [3]

Your prophetic decree unlocks the resources of the Kingdom! Your words will change atmospheres, touch hearts, break through opposition and shift situations into alignment with God’s purposes.

Let your faith be inspired as you meditate on the examples above. The result of a king’s decree was that:

  • God’s people were positioned to fulfil God’s purposes
  • The king’s treasury was unlocked to resource the decree
  • People responded with generous giving
  • National revival took place, with multitudes turning to God
  • The enemy’s plans were overturned and the enemy was defeated
  • God’s people gained victory
  • God’s will was accomplished

Prophetic Decree is an Expression of Kingdom Authority

“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18)

When a king speaks, his subjects must pay attention and obey instantly. As you declare your Father’s will through prophetic decree, the spiritual realm must pay attention and come into alignment. Miracles then break out in the natural (physical) realm.

Prophetic decree flows from the recognition that we are the Father’s royal sons and daughters and carry His Kingly authority in Jesus’ Name. (Rev 1:6) However, it is important to remember that:

  • This authority is not independent—we do not exercise it in our own name, but in the Name of Jesus. (John 14:13) [4]
  • We cannot expect to operate in Kingdom authority if we are unwilling to come under authority and leadership ourselves [5]
  • A prophetic decree is not our own will or wish; it is not the personal desire of what we would like to see happen. We are making a confident declaration of our Father’s revealed intention.

God speaks His Divine command. You are His agent, submitted on earth, declaring on earth what your Father has established in Heaven. That prophetic decree becomes a powerful, creative, ‘let there be’ word.

Prophetic Decree is not a Formula—it is a Standpoint

The power of prophetic decree does not come from using the word ‘decree’. It is not about using the words as a formula.

A decree may be in the form of an announcement, declaration or command. A prophetic decree may be a declaration made in faith that causes the impossible to happen.

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” (Mark 11:22-23)

Prophetic decree flows naturally when we comprehend and speak from our heavenly position. (Eph 2:6) The power is not in the words we use, but in the revelation of our authority in Christ.

Prophetic Decree and Prophetic Proclamation are Powerful when Teamed Together

In the Bible, royal decrees were followed by the proclamation of those decrees. It was not enough that a king or governor made a decree—that decree had to then be publicised and conveyed throughout the kingdom.

Decree and proclamation were part of a two-step process. Proclamation—the announcement of the decree—was vital. It allowed people to respond and position to obey the decree.

There is power in decree, even when it takes place in private prayer and intercession. However leaders understand the power of public prophetic proclamation. This is one reason why prophetic preaching is powerful.

Prophetic proclamation enables God’s people to position for and respond to the Father’s purposes.


[1] Google search ‘define decree’ accessed 16/11/15

[2] All prophetic revelation is subject to being tested. See ‘How to Check Your Prophetic Insight is from God’

[3] See Strongs H2942 and H1881

[4] For more on the topic of Kingdom authority, see ABC’s of the Kingdom of God

[5] See The Power of Prophetic Accountability

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3 Reasons Why Some People Reject Your Spiritual Gift (And How To Respond)

Prophetic InsightsHave you ever tried to reach out with a spiritual insight, such as a prophecy or discernment to someone, only to be rebuffed or criticised?

It is sad when people resist the ministry of the Holy Spirit. They miss out on an encounter with God and the gift He has for them.

This can be difficult, especially when we have done our best to be obedient to what the Holy Spirit is telling us.

3 Reasons Some People May Reject Your Spiritual Gift—and What to do about it

Here are three reasons why using your spiritual gift, such as prophecy or discernment, may upset some people—and some ideas to help you respond appropriately when each occurs.

1. It Happened to Jesus—and it will Happen to us

The power of the Holy Spirit was continually manifesting through Jesus’ ministry, and not everyone liked it. Instead of rejoicing that people were being set free from demons, the religious leaders of His day accused Him of being possessed by a demon Himself!

Jesus told His disciples that they would experience the same persecution that He did. He said, ‘If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul [prince of demons], how much more the members of his household!’ (Matt 10:25) [1]

Jesus warned His disciples that being like Him was going to get them into trouble. (see Matt 10:24-25)

The Apostle Paul gives instructions on how to respond to persecution:

  • ‘Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.’ (Rom 14:14)
  • ‘Do not repay anyone evil for evil’ (Rom 14:17a)
  • ‘Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’ (Rom 14:21)

Our natural human response to persecution is to be defensive, to get offended and leave the situation hurt, or even to lash back.

However, persecution is a signal that the Holy Spirit has a special gift for you. He gives you power to forgive, to speak well of your accusers, to be gracious, and to move in the opposite spirit of goodness, acceptance and love.

2. Spiritual Warfare is Taking Place

‘The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.’ (2 Cor 10:4)

Spiritual warfare can impact the way people perceive your ministry and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

We need to be especially aware of this when sharing with non-Christians, and pray accordingly. ‘The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.’ (2 Cor 4:4)

Spiritual warfare can also come against us personally—for an example, consider the way Jezebel responded to Elijah when he had a powerful victory over the prophets of Baal. (1 Kings 19)

One sign of spiritual warfare is confusion. The enemy attempts to twist or distort what people hear. There is a negative or resistant atmosphere.

There are many ways that you can combat spiritual warfare. [2] These include:

The enemy hates your gift and wants to shut you down. But God has a plan and purpose for your gift. He has fruitfulness and influence for you to step into.

3. Your Approach to Using the Gift Needs to be Adjusted

When people take offense at our spiritual gift of prophecy or discernment, it is easier to look to something outside of us for the source of the problem—such as demonic attack, or the other person. But what if there is something that we are doing that is causing the problem? This is something I learned the hard way! [3]

Some signs the issue may be with us personally include:

  • There is a regular pattern of people getting offended or upset when we use our spiritual gift of prophecy or discernment
  • The offense happens between us and a leader in the church—especially if it happens more than once, or in repeating situations
  • Non-Christians often resist receiving a prophetic insight from us

What can we do when we see these signs taking place? Here are 4 things we should always check when we are ministering in prophecy or discernment, especially if people are responding negatively to what we are sharing:

A. The Love Check (1 Cor 13:1-2)

  • Am I genuinely tuned in to God’s love for this person?
  • Am I expressing the insight from God in a loving way?

B. The Attitude Check

  • Am I free of judgments (negative opinions or criticism) towards the person (or group) I am ministering to? (Rom 14:4, Matt 7:1-2)

C. The Culture Check (1 Cor 13:1-2)

  • Am I sharing my insight in a natural and relaxed way?
  • Am I refraining from using Christian or prophetic language the receiver may not relate to or understand?
  • Am I ministering in a way that is in harmony with the environment? (This includes the culture of my local church)

D. The Accountability and Accuracy Check

  • Am I sharing the insight in a way that gives the recipient room to weigh it up? [4]
  • Do I honour the leadership of my church?
  • Have I followed existing protocols and guidelines relating to using prophetic gifts?
  • Do I personally have accountability in my prophetic gift? [5] Have I discussed this situation with my oversight and been open to adjustment?

Don’t let one person with a problem stop the flow of the Holy Spirit through you.

Resist the temptation to respond to offense by becoming hurt or discouraged, or being afraid to step out again. Instead, use the opportunity to grow—in humility, in character, and in your gift of prophecy or discernment.


[1] See Mark 3:22 where this accusation took place. Beelzebul, or Beelzebub, is another name for Satan. Info also here:

[2] See the article 11 Ways to Respond During Spiritual Warfare

[3] I wrote about my journey, mistakes and restoration in the book, ‘Prophetic People in a Changing Church.’

[4] This is important. See How to Create a Safe Environment to Deliver Your Prophecy

[5] See The Power of Prophetic Accountability

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