How to start using your Gift of Prophecy – Prophetic Series Part 6
This is the 5th and final part to our prophetic series. If you’ve missed the others here they are in order:
In this post I am going to talk about how you start using the gift of prophecy. The bible tells us that we should all desire the prophesy (1 Corinthians 14:1) but of course not all of us will have a calling from God to be a prophet. Simply put prophecy is sharing the word of the Lord. So if you are sharing the scriptures, you are in essence prophesying. That means children can prophesy. What is doesn’t mean is that they have an anointing to be a prophet. Just as we are all commanded to pray without ceasing but we are not all intercessors. Likewise, we are all to evangelize (2 Timothy 4:5) but it doesn’t mean we all have the gift of evangelism.
With that said, even though you may be someone who dreams a lot doesn’t mean that you have the prophetic gift either. Joseph in the bible was a dreamer, but his dreams were about him. They spoke of his future and not that of others. And, who wants to listen to prophet who is only talks about themselves? The Gift of Prophecy (as with any other gift) is to build up the body of Christ and not ourselves. What Joseph did have was the gift of interpreting dreams. That was his real gift. Along with a gift of wisdom, knowledge and understanding because surely he wouldn’t rise to being the Prime Minister of Egypt by just interpreting dreams! You can read the whole story starting at Genesis 37.
Joseph’s gift of dream interpretation made room for him because he was using the gift while in prison (Proverbs 18:16). This shows us that when we don’t use the gift that God gave us, we may be impeding our own destiny.
If you are having a lot of dreams the first thing you need to do is decipher whether or not those dreams are about you, other people you know, the church, nations or world leaders. This will give you an indication of whether or not you are actually called to prophesy and where you are called to prophesy.
Regardless, you need to learn and hone in on the gift of interpreting dreams. Asking others to interpret dreams, is for people who have random dreams. If you are dreaming more than 2 times per week, and you can remember the dreams, you need to ask God to give you the gift of interpreting dreams. Then, you need to start using it, here is our forum and there are many many people who are looking for interpretation. You can start here. If you don’t know what the dream means, don’t attempt to interpret it. Pray before you start your interpretation and ask God for wisdom. This may be the very gift that will make room for you.
The one who says if the interpretation is correct or not is the dreamer so if they tell you your interpretation doesn’t seem to fit, don’t get offended. There are many different interpretations for the same symbol in dreams so it is only when the interpretations bears witness with the spirit of the dreamer that your interpretation is correct. Don’t stop because you got it wrong, try again with someone else.
The dream symbols are all in the bible. Again, without reading the word of God you will be lost! Dream interpretation 101, do a word search for the symbol in the bible, look at the context in which it was used read all occurrences in the word and see which one bears witness to your spirit as the correct interpretation. Keep in mind that while you may not find the word “alligator” in the bible, the word crocodile is there in the Living Bible (LB) translation. So you’ll need to do a Google search for “alligator in the bible” and this is where you will find it.
Yes, this is work and it takes time and you will have to search it out. Unless you have the anointing for dream interpretation, then you won’t need to do all of this and God will give you the interpretation.