Growing In the Prophetic: Developing a Prophetic Voice

Growing In the Prophetic: Developing a Prophetic Voice

by Bill Vincent

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Growing In the Prophetic: Developing a Prophetic Voice by Bill Vincent

Bill Vincent combines a biblical balance and practical teaching to draw readers into new spiritual levels of relationship with God. Bill has been a prophetic leader for over 20 years. Learn how to integrate prophetic ministry into the life of your church. What is prophecy? Who is to prophesy? How do the prophetic gifts and ministries function in the local church? How can we recognize counterfeit gifts of the Spirit? This book will answer your questions and challenge you to know God and hear from Him as you never have before!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781365754715
Publisher: Revival Waves of Glory Books & Publishing
Publication date: 02/13/2017
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author



Bill Vincent is no stranger to understanding the power of God. Not only has he spent over twenty years as a Minister with a strong prophetic anointing, he is now also an Apostle and Author with Revival Waves of Glory Ministries in Litchfield, IL. Along with his wife, Tabitha, he, leads a team providing apostolic oversight in all aspects of ministry, including service, personal ministry and Godly character. Bill offers a wide range of writings and teachings from deliverance, to experiencing presence of God and developing Apostolic cutting edge Church structure. Drawing on the power of the Holy Spirit through years of experience in Revival, Spiritual Sensitivity, and deliverance ministry, Bill now focuses mainly on pursuing the Presence of God and breaking the power of the devil off of people's lives. His books 48 and counting has since helped many people to overcome the spirits and curses of Satan.

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Increasing the Anointing

Intimacy! Although the talk about intimacy seems to be on the tip of almost everyone’s tongue lately, nevertheless, I don’t want that to stop me today from discussing this important subject with you. Since intimacy with God is the connection between us and anything characterizing the kingdom of God manifesting through us that has eternal weight and glory! The fact is when we’re connected to God by intimate relationship, when we’re His friend, not only does God’s anointing naturally flow through us, it increases. And that’s what I want to discuss with you in this Chapter; how to walk in the increase of the anointing. Walking in the anointing and the increase is meant for everyone to experience.

It should be natural or normal. So let’s begin, first, by discovering the true state of our hearts because that will lead us to a key building block that will help us walk in the anointing and the increase of the anointing.

Intimate With God

Did you know that sometimes there’s a conflict between our hearts what we think, and our actions? Often our hearts seem to say one thing, while our actions indicate something quite different. Take the Shulamite Bride in Song of Songs, for instance. Surprisingly, when the love of her life came knocking it was actually very inconvenient for her to welcome him by getting up and out of bed to open the door! Her excuse was that she was falling asleep after getting all ready for bed “I have taken off my robe; how can I put it on again? I have washed my feet; how can I defile them?”

Song of Songs 5:3 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?

After all, he was her beloved! On the surface, her attitude was,

Song of Songs 5:2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.

But there was something deeper that needed to be revealed. So the bride’s heart was tested! And in that testing process she actually ended up grieving the one she loved by not responding to him the way an on fire lover would. Her lack of insight and attention drove him away immediately. Now, let’s consider her unresponsiveness and also take a look at ourselves. Even though we don’t like to think about it, the bride’s apathy towards her beloved is like a mirror that reflects how we behave sometimes! So let’s be honest; are we really intimate with God? Is He truly our friend? Are we only hungry for Him? I ask because true intimacy with God is a key building block, like a corner stone, for walking in the anointing and the increase.

Friendship with the Holy Spirit

Many of you know already that the key to anything that God has given me has come out of hunger for Him and hunger for the anointing (because I want to receive and reflect all that He has for me so that I’m fully equipped to serve Him). Therefore, I can’t help but talk about the importance of having a hunger for God and for the things of God in almost every teaching I do. I hope you never get sick of hearing this message! Now having said all that, how many of you are saying, “I want more of the anointing?” That’s good because we need the anointing and we need to trust and depend on the presence and power of the Holy Spirit for everything. We don’t want to do anything of our own self. So get a desperate hunger for God, His person and His presence because that’s the key to the power of God and the anointing. Hunger is a major building block, too! When the Holy Spirit comes and visits me and speaks to me, it’s like a living person; the presence of a living person in the room, as I pray. He’s become very intimate. He has become very close to me. We have an intimate bond together. Our friendship is priceless.

In fact, friendship with God is another essential building block to walking in the anointing and the increase. But years ago, although I was baptized in the Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues, and moving in the gifts of the Spirit, I never knew the Holy Spirit as a personal friend. I never knew the presence of the Holy Spirit and He was never real to me like He is now. I was hungry and I was on a journey to know Him and the power of His resurrection; to be transformed or conformed into His image. “Jesus, I want to be more like you!” I had a passion in my heart for His presence and the power of God. The Lord spoke to me specifically in the beginning and He said, “Bill I can give you any anointing that I have ever given to any man or woman or ministry if you can do what they did to get what they got.” So I started to study what they did to get what they got! Every saint was a friend of the Holy Spirit and what blew me away too, was that in each of their lives there was a thriving prayer life. Here are two more significant building blocks study and prayer. Take Evan Roberts for instance. Before God used him to spark the Welsh Revival and turn a nation and literally hundreds of thousands of youth to Jesus, God touched him to pray. Look at this.

Prior to that revival, prior to God using that great revivalist, the Holy Spirit began to visit him and wake him up at 1 a.m. The Spirit of grace and supplication and the Spirit of prayer would come upon him and he would pray until 4 or 5 a.m. Later he would get up about 9 in the morning and pray until 3 p.m. This went on for three months, eight hours a day visitation in the night season prior to God releasing that mighty revival. Also as I studied the lives of other men and women that God anointed for ministry, I noticed that an anointing called increase was upon them. There was something of God’s power upon those men and women that I didn’t see upon a whole lot of men and women today, so I began to hunger for an increase. I wanted more of the anointing.

Holy Jealousy

God began to shape my mindset and I thought: If Evan Roberts prayed eight hours a day, I’ll pray for hours. I purposed within my heart whatever it was going to cost me I was going to pay, in order to get the anointing of God’s Spirit on my life. “Whatever the cost! Whatever the price! I will give my life for the power of God!

Holy Spirit will fill me! Holy Spirit will anoint me! Holy Spirit, whatever it costs me!” So there was a journey whereby I began to press in and pursue the increase of the anointing. I remember in the beginning as I prayed for that anointing that I’d be checking my watch and after only minutes I was running out of things to pray about. However, I purposed that the next day I was going to press in to have fellowship and communion with the Holy Spirit; just love Him, embrace Him and His presence, for 45 minutes. But it felt like it was more like six hours. So I purposed in my heart that the next day I was going to take a little bit more ground in the Spirit and that I was going to get a breakthrough. Then communion with the Holy Spirit went to an hour and a half. On a daily basis I set aside time and I purposed in my heart to have an encounter that I would pursue, I would seek; I would search for the Lord with all my heart. I wanted an increase of the anointing. I wanted the power of God upon my life and ministry. What mattered was I had become jealous with a holy jealousy for the kind of anointing of God’s Spirit that rested upon other men and women that God anointed to shake nations throughout history.

Holy jealousy is a vital building block, as well, if you long to walk in the anointing and the increase. So I purposed in my heart to set aside everything else but to have an encounter with the Holy Spirit. We need a lifestyle of maintaining relationship and devotions. But we also need the increase!

We’re not actually, maintaining, sustaining and increasing the level of what God is doing in our life and ministry. We are not hitting that next level. Every once in a while we need to get at the motor and give it a complete overhaul! Deal with the heart. An overhaul isn’t like the usual ‘just keeping running.’ After an overhaul we say, “This feels like the way I was when it was running at my best. In other words, “I don’t know; I’m still praying one or two hours a day but I’ve lost what sparked it all. I’ve lost what birthed it; that extended time in God’s presence.” Yet, it’s not just about the hours (that extended time). It’s more about the heart. It’s about the hunger. It’s about the pursuit of His presence. It’s as if God wants to give us an ‘overhaul.’ He wants us to maintain well, but at the same time increase the level of the anointing.

So in this teaching series let’s press in and get into more of the radiating journey that God takes us through so that we can walk in the anointing and the increase. I believe that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that the disciples received on the day of Pentecost is for us too, if we’re going to walk in the power of God and the increase of the anointing. We need to radiate with the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire a huge building block!

Baptism of Fire

John the Baptist had revelation. He spent lots of time in God’s presence and he knew what was coming, the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire! John said,

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: By studying the first few chapters in the Book of Acts you’ll see that before revival hit Jerusalem, Pentecost happened; that great day when God poured out the Holy Spirit on about 120 believers who pressed in for their breakthrough in the Upper Room. The Holy Spirit filled that Upper Room and one Bible translation likened it to a sudden “rushing of a violent tempest blast.” Then fire, resembling tongues, settled on each person! Right away they were filled with the Holy Spirit and power, just like Jesus said would happen,

Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

After the Promise came upon them, revival hit the city of Jerusalem when Peter began to boldly declare God’s message,

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

All those who received Peter’s word in their hearts got saved and they probably returned to their respective cities on fire for God. If we want to see revival and if we want to walk in the anointing and see the increase of that anointing, then we need to press in just like the disciples did in that Upper Room.

We need to do what they did to get what they got!

I can’t help but talk about the importance of doing what those disciples did, just like I can’t help but talk about the importance of having a hunger for God! In the Book of Acts you will see how they maintained and sustained the revival by continually pressing into the things of God.

They said, “God we are not going to let up!”

Because they didn’t let up God gave them another level, and then they didn’t let up again and God gave them another level, and they didn’t let up and God gave them another level. More and more! There was an increase of the momentum of the revival that was taking place in the New Testament Church.

But first they pressed in to receive the Promise of the Father the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room.

Now watch this.

Then they had favor and angelic help; they overcame intimidation and persecution; demonstrated miracles, signs and wonders; walked in great power and great grace; sparked tremendous fear of the Lord; and they saw thousands through to salvation!

We need to be set on fire in the Holy Ghost and to burn continually just like the disciples and those New Testament believers!

A Shining Lamp

Luke 12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;

How many of you want to be a burning, shining lamp?

Exodus 27:20, 21 And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always. In the tabernacle of the congregation without the vail, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the LORD: it shall be a statute for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel.

I’m talking about the Holy Ghost here, the anointing; and the key here is the oil. And where did Aaron and his sons tend the oil? It was in the tabernacle of meeting which is a prophetic picture of being in the presence of God from evening until morning; not letting up.

Exodus 30:8 And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.

Here we see Aaron at the tabernacle of the meeting in the presence of God in prayer burning incense.

What does the incense represent? It symbolizes prayer and the incense was perpetual incense. Perpetual means lasting forever or for a long time; continuing without interruption; constant

[Webster’s New World Dictionary].

In the context of this definition, the anointing of God’s Spirit comes as you take care of your lamp and as you pray continually. Without taking care in prayer, your lamp will go out. Continual prayer will keep the oil and the fire! That’s what’s going to keep the light of the Holy Ghost and revelation. Starting the fire by prayer is yet another big building block! So we need to purpose in our hearts, now, to tend to the lamp stand because then we’ll never lose our fire and we never lose our blaze. The increase will come!

Get ready for your faith and your determination to be strengthened. The victory is yours!

"You WILL experience new beginnings and a new level in the anointing and the increase of the anointing as you take steps to incorporate building blocks into your foundation."

Multiplication

You know, when we're thinking about the increase of the anointing we need to remember that God is a God of multiplication. Jesus multiplied the loaves and the fish to feed 5,000 and there were 12 baskets left over.

Matthew 14:20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.

That's only one prime example of just the way God has always been so generous! Every time God restores biblically, He relents and leaves a blessing and He always brings the situation back to the way that it was and then increases it. He always adds another level.

Proverbs 6:31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.

Table of Contents

Section 1 Increase Your Prophetic Ministry 5

A Contrite Heart 7

Restoring the Prophetic 17

Prophetic Etiquette 21

Sensing the Spirit of God 25

Prophetic Healing Released 33

Prophetic Standard 37

A Prophetic Generation 39

Determining True Ministers 43

To Be an Encourager 49

Building a Prophetic Ministry 55

Dunamis Power 63

Increasing the Anointing 79

Anointed Eyes & Ears 105

Revelation and Prophetic Mantles 133

Prophetic Activation 147

Section 2 Personal Prophecy 171

War For Your Words 173

God is Speaking 175

Holy Prophecy 185

Why We Need Prophetic Ministry 187

The Heart of the Prophetic Person 189

Rejection and Pride Issues 191

True and Counterfeit Prophets 193

Common Stumbling Blocks 195

God Speaks to Us Through His Word 199

Doing What We Hear God Say 201

Defining Prophecy 205

Responding To Prophecy 209

Prophetic Language 215

Gifts and Calling 219

Our Response 223

Prophetic Personality 227

Prophetic Mouthpiece 231

Relationships 239

God's Way 241

Careful Decisions 249

Understanding Prophetic 251

Keep Record 253

Removing Hindrances 257

Final Word 263

About the Author 267

Recommended Books 269

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