One of my first mentors taught me something simple yet profound about the "prophets of old", as he called them. He said that the prophets of the Old Testament rarely ever spoke out their "word" until they had first lived it, or at least, acted it out. It was the "acting out" that caused people to wonder what was going on; it was what caused them to ask "what might the Lord be saying?".
I still remember the night I was first baptised in the Holy Spirit. My pastor at the time spoke to me prophetically and said, "you are a man who will live by his convictions".
Put this two things together and, as a prophetic man, the result is that I have often found myself living out what the Lord has been saying even before I understood it! In fact, this has been the pattern of my life for nearly 20 years now. I would be living life happily and merrily when, through no compulsion of my own, I would find myself in a season of life I did not understand but that had that distinct "scent of God" about it.
When I came to understand what the Lord was saying by, eg, the path He had led me to, or by the season of life I now seemed to be in; that understanding would then cause me to live in a particular way because I was all the more convinced about what the Lord was saying to me and to His church.
This is incredibly helpful when trying to see ahead for both myself and for the church, because you begin to live the "things that are not, as though they were". Of course, the down-side of that is that you have to live everything twice. When your season of "seeing ahead" is done, then you have to walk with the church through their season when the things that "were not", now are!
Does that make sense?
That’s why I found this second article by Dr Thomas Hohstadt to be so helpful and encouraging. I continue to find myself in another of those times of "not understanding", but for the longest time there has been that "God scent" about it. I may not fully understand it, but I just know God is in it.
Enjoy this second article by Dr Thomas Hohstadt of www.futurechurch.net
TALKIN’ THE "TALK" by Dr Thomas Hohstadt
It’s a scandal!
Today’s believers no longer speak today’s language! The Lord of History is doing a "new thing,"(1) yet our linguistic journeymen have missed the journey. And, as a result, God’s "representatives" seldom represent God.
They may "walk the walk," but they can’t "talk the talk."
Lost in the past, some know the language of the seminary, but almost none know the language of the sidewalk. Looking into rearview mirrors, many understand scientific reality, but few understand virtual reality. And, learning from soured skeptics, the majority speak knowingly of grim realities, but few speak convincingly of glorious visions.
The Christian "elite" walk confidently in the grammatical, but not in the mystical. They work tirelessly at the political, but not the poetical. And, they are experts in the literal, but not the metaphorical.
In short, they’re great at "God talk," but they don’t know "God’s talk." They embolden their "modern world," yet they don’t realize their world is no longer modern.
Meanwhile, history moves on: