4 “The Lord God has given Me
The tongue of the learned,
That I should know how to speak
A word in season to him who is weary.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear
To hear as the learned.
5 The Lord God has opened My ear;
And I was not rebellious,
Nor did I turn away. (NKJV)
The Tongue of the Learned is a very insightful phrase the Prophet Isaiah uses to convey how we are to speak as prophetic ministers. Many times prophetic people have a reputation for being theological light-weights. However, if you read the book of Isaiah and the rest of the prophets, we see that God wants his prophets to be well versed in Holy Scripture, the issues of the day, and how to minister effectively by applying the Word of God to our lives.
In other translations, the Bible reads, “the tongue of a disciple.” A disciple is a life long learner in the truth of Holy Scripture and the ways of God. A disciple or learner must seek the Lord for understanding and wisdom. In Proverbs 4:7, the Bible tells us to get wisdom and understanding. When we humbly come to the Lord seeking His wisdom and seeking to understand His Holy Word, the book of James says that He will give liberally to those who asks. It is in this humble seeking that a disciple of the Lord receives the Tongue of the Learned.
It is not the tongue of the intellectually elite. The Father purposefully hid the treasures of the Scriptures and His Heavenly Wisdom from the prideful and arrogant. Jesus rejoiced that the Father had hidden the Truth and given it to babes, which are those who have humbled themselves and became child-like. The Pharisees and Scribes, who did not receive Jesus, were experts at the law and the text of the Word of God. However, they were devoid of understanding the truth of Holy Scripture. They could not accept Jesus coming as a lamb to be slain and the suffering servant. They wanted their political purposes fulfilled and to be ushered into power at the highest levels of Israel. They missed the reason for His coming. Jesus came in peace as the Lamb of God riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. The Messiah the Pharisees were looking for would surely keep them lifted up above the common people that they condemned every time they took to the streets to pray.
The Father would not accommodate their desire for power and prestige. He instead wrapped His precious Son in a body that had no handsome appearance. He sent His royal Son to a stable to be born to common folks. Wow, what a God we serve that uses the foolish things of this world and the humble surroundings to hide His precious Treasure named Jesus. This causes you to be humble when you come to God seeking. The fact that the Lord hides His Treasure will cause you to be a treasure hunter.
The Bible says God has placed this treasure in earthen vessels. It is our job as prophetic ministers is to find the treasure in people who are broken. We must be constantly in tune with the Spirit to let Him lead us to those that He wants to touch through a prophetic word or act of love. Unassuming disciples will be led by the Spirit of God on the Father’s adventurous Treasure Hunt to find the lost sheep of Israel, the broken and hurting, the weary and the wandering.
We as prophetic ministers must be in daily communion with the Lord to be taught the ways of the Lord. We must be in daily communion with the Lord through His Holy Word and to be discipled by the Holy Spirit, our Teacher. This allows us to be instructed with Heavenly Wisdom that comes from no one else but God Himself. The disciple must willingly and consistently enter into this Holy communion with God to receive the the Bread of Life needed for hungry souls. In the daily communion with the Living God, we are given the Tongue of the Learned.
In the daily communion with God, we are taught how to speak a word in season. The season of a Word is the next most important component of the prophecy. The weary cannot be restored if the word they receive is not in it’s proper season.
Next week, we will discuss the importance of speaking a word in season to the weary.
Morning by morning…….Seek the Lord as a disciple ……..
4 The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
5 The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears;
I have not been rebellious,
I have not turned away.
The Awakened Ear of Isaiah is something all of us that desire to hear from the Lord should cry out to God for. The Awakened Ear is the spiritual quality that separates a lukewarm Christian from a Christian who is on fire for Jesus. Let us look at what the prophet Isaiah records for us in Holy Scripture regarding the prophetic dynamic of the Awakened Ear.
The Awakened Ear is awakened morning by morning. This is a key to living in close relationship with Jesus. Many people try to act like they are close to God, but when it comes down to it, they do not read His Holy Word, and they do not pray and commune with Him.
Daily Prayer is vital to a prophetic lifestyle. The Awakened Ear is awakened by the Spirit of the Lord, but it is kept awake by the recipient who willingly submits to the calling of the Spirit in prayer.
The Awakened Ear is awakened every morning through worship. We come alive when we lift out souls up to the Living God in sincere and exuberant worship. Daily Worship of the Lord is a vital key to awakening your ear even further to hear the things of the Spirit.
The Awakened Ear is awakened by the Holy Word of God. There is nothing more prophetic than the Bible. Let me say that again. There is nothing more prophetic than the Bible. If we think that we can just catch what is on the prophetic winds every day, we are fooling ourselves. We must have the Bread of Heaven in the Holy Scriptures. Jesus told the Pharisees that they erred not knowing the Scriptures, or the power of God. We cannot truly know the power of God, until we read about it and learn about it from the Bible. Then, we can understand how the power of God comes and how it works and the fact that God wants to release His mighty power. Let us read the Word, and be awakened by it’s fiery message. Let us be awakened by the fire of the Holy Spirit as we drink in the Spirit and eat the Bread and Meat of the Word of God.
Payer, worship, and meditation on the Word of God – These are the keys of the Awakened Ear that is awakened morning by morning. It is these three holy disciplines that causes us to be awakened to the voice of the Lord and stay sharp prophetically.
I challenge you to respond to the Spirit of God when He comes to you in the night seasons and early in the morning when you rise. Pay attention to divine questions. I have had the Lord ask me questions upon rising from sleep. These questions caused me to jump out of bed and run to get my Bible to see what my awesome and amazing God had to say to me.
He once asked me, “What is the significance of the four living creatures?”
Then, on another morning, “Why did Jeremiah see the branch of an almond tree?”
The Spirit of the Lord will come to you. Respond when He does and begin engaging with the Spirit of God in prayer and worship and the Word.
Let Jesus and His amazing love be your meditation.
Morning by morning…….Listen to the Spirit of God…….
In the summer of 2003, I saw my first significant prophetic vision from the Lord. It was a Sunday morning in July and I arose early to get ready for praise and worship team practice. Nothing was out of the ordinary that morning. I felt very tired and groggy and to be honest I was stuck in a spiritual rut. I was not excited and not feeling very spiritual. It was drudgery to get up go through the motions yet again. I was getting ready to start my shower, when I started seeing an extremely vivid mental picture of my church. The setting of the vision was at night and it was very dark outside. The only light came from the stage lights at the front of the church.
I had never seen anything in such clear and distinct colors with my own thoughts. It was like looking at a large movie screen in high definition color. I knew it was a vision from the Lord as soon as it started. The mental pictures began to move like a movie. Another way I knew I was watching a vision as opposed to my own thoughts was that I had to wait to find out what happened next. I had no idea what was coming next. I would describe the vision as suspenseful.
I saw the chairs were all gone. In the center of the sanctuary, I saw six dark robed figures with hoods standing in a circle. In the vision, I was taken around the circle of the dark figures until finally I could see in between them. To my horror, I saw my pastor and his wife lying on the floor unconscious and in the center of these dark robed figures. They looked as if they had been beaten and were bleeding from their mouths. When I saw them on the floor in this condition, there came out of me a wail from deep within my spirit. I was so overtaken by what I saw that I impulsively covered my mouth and started to lose my balance. I honestly came close to falling out of my shower due to the shock of what I saw. To understand why I was so affected by this horrible sight, you must know that this man and his wife were like a second mom and dad to me. They had taken my wife and I under their wings when we were just newlyweds. We were very young and we had just moved away from our parents.
I grabbed the shower curtain to keep from falling. I composed myself and stood straight up to tune in so that I could receive from the Lord. I began to see myself enter the side door of the sanctuary. I took up a shofar trumpet and began to release a sound. As I sounded the trumpet, I saw bright white light shoot out of both ends of the shofar. It was as if the characteristic sound of the shofar trumpet created a blast of pure white light. This was the light of God. When I sounded the shofar trumpet and released a powerful blast, the dark robed figures were noticeably startled. They looked around as if they were intimidated.
Then, I saw a line of faithful members of the church coming into the side door of the sanctuary. Each faithful member took the shofar trumpet and released a powerful blast of sound and light. The dark robed figures broke their circle around my pastors. One by one, they were driven out of the sanctuary until they were all gone.
The vision transitioned into a new scene where I saw the sun rising gloriously as if it were the morning of a sunrise service. I was seeing from an aerial perspective in between my church’s sanctuary and Sunday school buildings. I saw the door and the threshold of my church. Then, the vision panned out and I saw the morning sky with beautiful red and blue colors. I heard the birds singing their joyful songs. I was drawn up high above my church and the vision panned out wide where I could see the surrounding rolling hills. I continued to rise higher into the heavens until the vision ended. It was the dawning of a new day.
The door and threshold spoke of entering a new season for the church. The aerial perspective speaks of seeing things with prophetic vision or from heaven’s perspective. During this time, I was going to the church during my lunch breaks to pray and seek the Lord. I was purposely developing my prayer life with the Lord. It was out of this place of prayer, that the Lord shared with me the hidden spiritual condition of my pastors. I had no idea of the level of wounding they had experienced. The Lord showed me His strategy to overcome the darkness that our church was walking through. The shofar trumpets spoke of releasing the prophetic word of the Lord. The release of the Word of the Lord would drive out the darkness and bring the dawning of a new day and a new season for our church.
I kept the vision secret as I did not feel released to tell anyone about it. I only prayed over it and waited on the Lord. About eighteen months later, the Lord told me it was time for me to share the vision with the church. The church had a Yemenite shofar and I held it up when I shared the vision. I led various members of the church to blow the shofar as a prophetic act in obedience to the vision the Lord had given me. Truly, the church experienced a new day when this vision was released.
This is the prophetic lifestyle. The Lord is inviting you to a deeper walk with Him. Respond to His voice today.
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Let’s seek to prophesy and release God’s heart to hurting people. I Corinthians 14:3
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