Yet he did not waiver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. Romans 4:20, 21 (NIV)Prior to Jesus, God the Father would speak and interact with one man or woman to speak and bring forth His purposes and intentions on earth. We see this operating through people such as Abraham, Jacob, Moses, the prophets and priests of the Old Testament. They lived in a dispensation where God persuaded individuals and tribes by speaking to a select few. In doing so, His voice persuaded Abraham to believe the promise of a son, Joseph to believe in a divine destiny through dreams, Moses to lead a nation out of slavery, and Jeremiah to prophesy 70 years of exile and a remnant returning to Jerusalem.
The Day of Pentecost changed the way God communicates with His people. God released the Holy Spirit to infuse ALL God’s people with multi-dimensional dreams, visions, and prophesies to reveal His will and plan on earth. God implemented a new management system, a new dispensation, to persuade His people to live and move and have their being personally and corporately through prophetic communication grounded in the Truth of His Word. We live in the time of prophetic persuasion; God continually speaking, declaring, demonstrating, communicating His will and way to whosoever has ears to hear and a heart to perceive.
To persuade is to 'cause someone to believe or do something by asking, reasoning or arguing'. That is human persuasion. Humans argue, reason, debate and intellectually attempt to persuade people to a particular belief or action. As I said in my previous post, Godly persuasion is prophetic. Prophetic persuasion can cause someone to believe or do something through the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit undergirded by the Truth of His Word. Prophetic persuasion goes straight past the intellect into the human spirit with penetrating power far greater than arguing, asking, or reasoning. The Holy Spirit persuades us with a piercing power that is greater. Today the church can operate in the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy, quoted by Peter on the Day of Pentecost: "I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy." Many within the sound of the upper room and hearing Peter’s voice were prophetically persuaded to respond to the words released from heaven to earth. They were persuaded, not by wise words and clever arguments, but by the penetrating power of the Spirit of God flowing through Peter. When Peter said, “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah” (Acts 2:36), 3000 people were ‘cut to the heart’ and responded with, “Brothers, what shall we do?” (vs. 37) Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit and under the power of the Holy Spirit, penetrated the spirits and hearts of 3000 people. That is the power of prophetic persuasion.
We live in the information age, inundated with data, social media, instant messaging, and a barrage of information creating clutter in the intellect and confusion in the heart. The prophetic brings a clear, clarion sound that cuts to the heart, penetrating through surface noise and resonates in those who have ears to hear and a heart to perceive what the Father in heaven is releasing.
Abraham, hearing the prophetic clear voice of the Lord, ‘did not waver in unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised’. (Romans 4:20, 21) The church has the Holy Spirit in the fullness and must release the prophetic into the culture. Rise up and be that voice of prophetic persuasion!!! The time is now!
Desire to operate in an anointing of prophetic persuasion? Read Harvey's previous article here.