5 Steps to Receiving a Word from God (from the life of Habakkuk)

At times when you, or others around you, are facing life’s challenges, receiving a word from God can bring great comfort.

Here are some thoughts from the story and example of the Prophet Habakkuk, to help you receive your own word from God for yourself and others in times of need.


How to Receive a Word from God

1. Position Yourself to Hear from God

‘I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts’ (Hab 2:1a)

Habakkuk used the imagery of going to a fortress, a place positioned above and apart from the everyday activities of the city, to wait on God in a secure place. This also represented his position as prophet, hearing from God for the nation of Judah.

In times of trial or distress, God Himself is your refuge and your fortress; a safe strong place. (Psalm 91:2)

When you desire to hear from God, then like Habakkuk, be intentional about being positioned in such a way that you can hear His voice.

  • The first place to go is to Scripture—as you read and meditate on God’s Word, allow the Holy Spirit to minister a fresh word to your personally
  • You may have a regular place where you pray and meet with God
  • Be open to the Holy Spirit’s call to take special times apart when you need to hear a word from God

2. Take your Problems and Questions (and those of others) to God

‘I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.’ (Hab 2:1b)

Communication in a relationship is two-way, involving both talking and listening. The book of Habakkuk records the prophet’s discussions with God.

Habakkuk’s conversation with God was raw, honest and authentic. He did not hold back when he had questions and complaints. Sometimes we feel that we can only go to God once we are already uplifted in our faith, forgetting that He longs to do that for us!

God is your help, your strength and your comforter—and He can only be those things to you as you take your pain to Him.

It was only as Habakkuk asked the difficult questions that he could foresee Judah crying out during the future trials, that He was able to hear of God’s plans for the coming redemption.

The name ‘Habakkuk’ means ‘embrace’, or ‘to hold close’ (Strongs 2265), and because the prophet allowed God to fully minister to him, he was in turn able to supply the comfort and encouragement of God to a nation.

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


3. Go on a Journey with God

‘How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save?’ (Hab 1:2)

Your communications with God and your conversations with Him, will be a journey. Hearing from God is not like taking aim and hitting a target or bullseye. The heart of God responds to those who seek Him—and that takes time.

Don’t be content with a small snippet, or piece of revelation, when God desires to speak more to you.

Learn from Habakkuk, who went on a journey, complaining, crying out, conversing, waiting and listening until he reached a place of faith and heard all that God had to say to him.

Habakkuk’s journey throughout this small book is one where he progresses from a viewpoint of desperation, to one of trust and victory. The last chapter of Habakkuk is directed as a Psalm set to music.  It inspires those listening to hope in God despite the circumstances.

‘The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.’ (Hab 3:19)


4. Pay Attention to the Unique Way God Speaks to you

‘I will look to see what he will say to me.’ (Hab 2:1)

Habakkuk used visionary language to describe how he listened to God. For those of us who are seers and visionaries, listening to God also means watching.

God is Spirit, and has many ways to communicate. Take into account your gift and the unique way you connect with God.

Be open to receiving impressions from the Holy Spirit and dig deeply into God’s Word.


5. Record what God is saying

‘Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.”’ (Hab 2:2)

As with Habakkuk, there are times when a message from God is prophetic and concerns His intention and His future outcome. As you record a communication from God—whether it is a prophetic insight, a dream, Scripture or Word, it gives clarity in the journey, both for yourself and others you may minister to.

Having a written or audio record of your word from God gives you something tangible to celebrate.

Glory is given to God when it comes to pass.

Recording what God is saying allows you to pray about it, weigh it up and if it goes beyond general encouragement, to submit the word to oversight for confirmation (1 Cor 14:29, 1 Thess 5:19-21). Accountability gives us security in our journey of learning to hear God’s voice.

Finally, as Habakkuk reminds us, the ultimate test of a word from God is whether or not that word comes true.

‘For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.’ (Hab 2:3)


Notes:
In preparing for this study, I read Habakkuk in different translations and also listened to Habakkuk several times using an audio Bible App. I mention this because I encourage you to do the same as you study God’s Word. Take time to connect fully with what He is saying and also to be further enriched by discovering what is happening in the background culturally and historically.
My favourite websites, used in this Bible study, are www.biblegateway.com and www.blueletterbible.org
I found this commentary on Habakkuk chapter one insightful: https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/guzik_david/StudyGuide_Hab/Hab_1.cfm


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Small Signs Lead to Massive Breakthroughs (Prophetic Insight)

Have you ever been waiting on something from God—an answer to prayer, a Divine intervention, or the next step forward in the fulfilment of His promise—and instead of the large breakthrough you are anticipating, you get one, teeny, small sign?

What is God up to?

Small signs can be powerful when you know what to expect and how your Heavenly Father uses them as He brings about your breakthrough.


Pray in Anticipation of God’s Action

Elijah announced to King Ahab, at God’s instruction, that an abundance of rain was on its way to break three years of drought (1 Kings 18:41).

The Hebrew word translated ‘abundance’, hamown (Strongs H1995) means tumult, noise, sound, multitude.

Not just a trickle. Not a light shower. Elijah committed by the word of his mouth that God was sending a heavy rain.

It was time to pray—for God’s prophetic promises are birthed through prayer.


PUSH: Pray Until Something Happens

Take Elijah for example.

Elijah went into the birthing position to pray for rain. Six times he prayed and in anticipation, each time sent his servant to the horizon to seek the answer.

On the seventh time, his servant returned saying, ‘I see a small cloud, the size of a man’s hand.’

It was far from the heavy rain that Elijah was waiting for, but the small sign was enough. Elijah told his servant to go meet the king—and himself ran on ahead in the power of God. As they went, the heavy clouds started to gather and the first drops began to fall. (1 Kings 18)


Small Signs both Test and Strengthen your Faith

Small signs test your faith because they are small in size—the large breakthrough you need is still ahead.

However, that small sign is an indicator sent from the throne of God. It is a message that the breakthrough is on its way.

A small sign will build your faith because it is something tangible. It is a signal that the fullness of what God has is imminent.


Signs can be a Signal for us to Act in Faith

The small cloud was the sign Elijah needed to move. It was time to move from waiting to action, from praying to running.

When God gives you the sign, it is time to rejoice. Lift up your voice and praise Him. Get on your feet and celebrate.

Now, let the Holy Spirit guide your next steps. That sign may be the time to act and take the next step by faith.


Your God is the Master of Breakthroughs

David named one of the places God enabled him to overcome his enemies ‘Baal Perazim’, meaning ‘The Lord who breaks out.’ (1 Chron 14:11)

In that place named Baal Perazim, David had a fresh revelation of the nature of God: ‘Master of Breakthroughs’.

Shortly afterwards God gave David a new set of instructions regarding his enemies, the Philistines.

“Do not go directly after them, but circle around them and attack them in front of the poplar trees. As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move out to battle, because that will mean God has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.” (1 Chron 14:14b-15)

The sound of marching in the tops of the trees—it was a small sign from God, that signaled it was time to move.

Has God given you a small sign? It may be a word or prophetic insight. It may be a trickle—but it has the touch of the supernatural on it. You know that sign is from God.

That sign is a trigger. It is an opportunity.

So raise your hands, lift up your feet, and march. Your God, the ‘Master of Breakthroughs’ is working on your behalf.


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Why Does the Holy Spirit Speak in Mysteries?

Have you ever wondered why the Holy Spirit rarely speaks in plain language?

He communicates to us in dreams, visions and prophecy (Acts 2:17), in unknown tongues (1 Cor 14:2), and in light, spontaneous impressions. His messages—especially in dreams and visions—are often symbolic in nature. And many times, His communications are brief and fragmented, as though He is leaving us a clue to follow.

Why does God communicate to us in this way? After all, wouldn’t it be easier if He spoke in clear, easy to understand speech?


6 Biblical Insights on Why the Holy Spirit Speaks in Mysteries

1. Mysteries are a Sign of the Kingdom

It is not surprising that the Holy Spirit speaks in mysteries, given that Jesus also taught in parables, stories and metaphors (symbolic pictures) that needed interpretation in order to be understood.

Unlock the parable, and profound Kingdom truths are broken open.

When Jesus’ disciples asked why He spoke to the crowds in parables, His response was: “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” (Matt 13:11-12) Jesus also said, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables” (Mark 4:11)


2. Mysteries create Seekers

When God communicates in mysteries, it separates the seekers from the skeptics. A mystery has a meaning to uncover, one that is available to those who pursue it. Those who are being drawn by the Holy Spirit have a thirst to discover that meaning.

When the Holy Spirit speaks in a picture, a fragment or a mystery, He is inviting you to go on a journey with Him. The heart of God longs for those who will seek after and pursue Him.

‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’ (Jer 29:13)

Humanity has always been fascinated with mysteries, dreams and symbols. It is something God has placed deep in the DNA of people, to cause us to hunger for Him.

Interpreting dreams is one significant way that we can reach those who do not know God.

Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar that ‘there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.’ (Dan 2:28) After Daniel gave the interpretation of the King’s prophetic dream, King Nebuchadnezzar reflected back to him, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.” (Dan 2:47)


3. Mysteries Require Intimacy with God to Understand

God longs for relationship with His sons and daughters.

Mysteries invite us into relationship and intimacy with God, as we seek Him for further revelation.

The Greek word translated ‘mysteries’ in the New Testament is ‘musterion’ (Strongs G3466). It also means ‘secret.’ The Vines Concordance has this to say about it: ‘In the NT [mystery] denotes…that which, being outside the range of unassisted natural apprehension, can be made known only by divine revelation, and is made known in a manner and at a time appointed by God, and to those only who are illumined by His Spirit’ [1].

A mystery cannot be understood by natural means. But we can discover the meaning of a mystery with the help of the Holy Spirit, in our intimate relationship with God.


4. Mysteries are Comprehended as we Study God’s Word

Mysteries from the Holy Spirit send us to the Scriptures for further insight. The Bible should be the first place we go to understand dreams, visions, words and stories from the Holy Spirit.

Mysteries of the Kingdom are grasped as we study God’s Word. Jesus said to the Sadducees, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” (Matt 22:29)

It is not enough to be acquainted with God’s power, we must also be full of God’s Word.

Your knowledge of the Bible is a storehouse that the Holy Spirit draws from as He leads you towards the meaning of a vision, dream or prophetic insight.


5. Mysteries Foster Humility

‘For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.’ (1 Cor 1:25)

Being a recipient of a mystery fosters humility and perseverance in us.

Many people do not understand, and skeptics may scorn. But in spite of the opinions of others, you determine to pursue God and His revelation.

‘For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.’ (1 Cor 14:2) When we pray in the Spirit using the gift of tongues, we are praying heaven’s secrets—things that haven’t been revealed in the earth realm yet. ‘We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.’ (Rom 8:27)

It takes humility to enter that place of fellowship with the Holy Spirit where the mysteries of God are birthed into reality through prayer. And it takes humility to bring prophetic insights received in that secret place into the light of community, where they can be weighed up and tested.


6. Mysteries are Unfolded in Community

How can we be sure we have interpreted a mystery from the Holy Spirit accurately? Mysteries are best understood in the place of community. (1 Cor 12-14) It is in the church body that the gifts needed to steward a word from God are present. For example:

  • Discernment, to ensure that the mystery (revelation / prophetic insight) is truly from the Holy Spirit
  • Wisdom, to know what to do, how and when as we respond to a prophetic insight
  • Pastoral oversight to bring godly direction
  • Others with prophetic gifts to help weigh up what God is saying

And, it is in community that Jesus’ command to love one another is obeyed.

‘If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.’ (1 Cor 13:2-3)


Notes:

[1] Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, (c)1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.


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Prophetic Insight: Run as His Beloved in 2017

It’s now mid January and New Years resolutions have come and gone. Like me, you may have been setting goals for the year ahead.

Run as His BelovedStaying on track is important, and that means effort and focus. But there is one thing on God’s heart above all else.

It is not the track itself.

It is that you run as His beloved.

Beloved means: much loved, treasured, dear, favorite, prized and esteemed.

This is the heart of your identity. You are beloved to Him. And when you run as His beloved one; when ‘Beloved’ is emblazoned upon your forehead, it changes the way you run.

You are completely secure in His love. You are not striving. You are not running for the approval of others.

If you trip up, you can get up. You run without fear of reprisal.

Your focus is on the One Who loves you.

Jesus is the One you look towards and fix your gaze upon. He is also your running Companion. He takes pleasure in your company, and that motivates you to keep in step with Him.

You are running as His beloved.

‘…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.’ (Heb 12:1-2)


6 Benefits of ‘Running as His Beloved’

Here is a short Biblical devotion on what happens when you run as His beloved. You might like to take time to meditate on these scriptures, journal and pray about what the Holy Spirit is showing you:

1. Running as His Beloved Removes Fear

No matter what is happening, you know that your Father loves you and is taking care of you. You receive His assurance and comfort.

David (whose name meant ‘beloved’) wrote: ‘Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.’ (Psalm 23:4)

2. Running as His Beloved Gives You Rest

‘About Benjamin [Moses] said: “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.”’ (Deut 33:12)

The blessing of being God’s beloved is that you can find a place of rest in Him. You can let down your guard, lay down your burdens, relax and lean into Him. His arms and His comfort surround you.

3. Running as His Beloved Gives You Intimacy with God

In John 13, the ‘beloved disciple’ is reclining against Jesus’ chest, close to His heart, privy to His secrets. (John 13:23-26) Knowing you are beloved empowers you to draw close to God. You are wooed to that place of intimacy where you can hear His voice.

4. Running as His Beloved gives you Courage to Emerge

‘Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.’ (Song of Songs 2:13b-14)

When you know that you are beloved, you have courage to emerge from your comfort zones and your hiding places. You have boldness to speak because you know that to Him, your voice is wonderful.

5. Running as His Beloved Leads you to Restoration.

‘This is what the Lord says: “The people who survive the sword will find favor in the wilderness; I will come to give rest to Israel.” The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”’ (Jer 31:2-3)

Knowing you are beloved opens your heart to the experience of God’s kindness. You follow Him, and He leads you to restoration. Hear Him say, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love! My love for you never fails!’

6. Running as His Beloved Enables You to Shine

Joseph wore the ornamental coat of his father’s love and favour. (Gen 37:3) When you are beloved, you have the security to be yourself: to stand out, to wear your unique colours, and to shine as the unique person God has created you to be.


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Prophetic Word for 2017: Captivation, Focus and Miracles

As I have been praying about a prophetic word for 2017, the Holy Spirit reminded me of a vision I had a few months ago.

Prophetic Word for 2017I saw an arrow head descend with a bolt of lightning from Heaven. The arrow head went deep into the earth, where it struck and exposed a foundation. That foundation was glowing red hot, as iron does in a fire.

As we enter the New Year, I believe God is speaking about a move of the Holy Spirit in which He is pointing us back to the foundation of our ‘first love’ for Jesus.[1]

Get ready for things to heat up.


Prophetic word for 2017: From Captive to Captivated

The word that the Holy Spirit has brought to my attention as we lean into this New Year is ‘captivated.’ [2]

To captivate means, ‘to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence…’

The Bible is full of examples of people who were captivated by God. Those whose attention was caught and held by a Person they saw, knew and loved.

Zacchaeus was captivated by Jesus. His desire to see Jesus was so great, that he ran ahead of the crowd to climb a tree, because he was short in stature. (Luke 19)

His actions drew the attention of the Saviour. Jesus said, ‘I am coming to your house.’

Hear Jesus say, ‘I am coming to your home, your neighborhood, your workplace. Get ready to receive Me.’

Sin no longer held an attraction for Zacchaeus, because he discovered God’s grace. He was captivated by a Saviour.

Has some area of fear or temptation been holding you captive? Take another look at Jesus. When your attention is caught and held by your King, sin and fear will fall away.

Your whole life is about to move from being captive to living a captivated life.


From Distraction to Attraction

Mary was captivated by Jesus. Her attention was fixed upon Him, as she sat listening to what he had to say.

In the meantime, her sister Martha was distracted by all the serving that needed to be done. Jesus said to Martha, ‘you are worried and upset by many things, but only one thing is needed.’ (see Luke 10:38-42)

That Martha was serving, was not the problem—the trouble was that she had lost her joy of hosting Jesus.

Have you ever tried to overcome your distraction by trying to focus? You focus dutifully for a short period of time, before becoming distracted again.

As this year begins, the answer to all your distraction is not a New Year’s resolution. The Holy Spirit wants to overcome your distraction by replacing it with a glorious attraction towards Jesus.

This is freedom!

Not live captive to religious rules or expectations, but to live CAPTIVATED by the One who is truly amazing.

You will see your Healer.

You will see your Deliverer.

You will see your Provider.

You will be amazed as you discover where God leads you, into new initiatives, new areas of creativity.

Your pursuit of Jesus will bring clarity to work and relationships. The lives of many people will be touched by the Presence of God on your life.


Prophetic word for 2017: Captivated by God’s Word

On the road to Emmaus, two weary, grieving disciples were captivated as Jesus revealed the Messiah (Himself) in the Scriptures. They later said, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us?’ (Luke 24:32)

Are you captive to a sense of duty or obligation to God’s Word? Is Bible study something you know you should get to, but rarely do?

This year, you can be one whose heart is burning as you captivated by God’s Word. Expect your attention to be caught and held as the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to you in the Scriptures.

It is time to be captivated.


Miracles are Being Unleashed

History is made by those who are captivated. Their attention is riveted—caught and held—by a vision that is one of greatness and change. They move towards that captivating vision and take others with them.

Be captivated by Jesus, and as your attention is transfixed upon Him, the Father will give you His dreams for your life. Others will follow you.

Miracles are about to break open. There are things that God has had in storage for you and the lids are about to come off. It’s time.

Problems are going to be solved by supernatural revelation from the Holy Spirit.

You will experience great fruitfulness, because you are living focused. You are focused on where God’s Presence is, what His favour is upon, and what He is doing.

In 2017 you will see things shift and move, new things will be birthed and the impossible will be made possible.

Say ‘yes’ to the move of the Holy Spirit and live captivated.


Notes:

[1] ‘First love’ is an expression taken from Revelation 2:4. The church at Ephesus was still doing great things for God, but they had left their foundation of first love for Jesus. God is more concerned about our intimate relationship with Him, and that we are motivated by love for Him, than what we do. (See also Matt 7:21-23)

[2] Dictionary definition. See for example, http://www.yourdictionary.com/captivate


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