Have You Lost Your Voice?Dawn and I had the opportunity to pray for a man in a personal one-on-one session. His name is "Jack," and is probably in his sixties. We had met him a few times in the past, and quickly noticed he rarely spoke. It is not that he is unintelligent, but it was clear something was not right. When Dawn and I began to ask the Lord about his spiritual gifts and ministry call on his life, we were amazed at what God revealed. We discovered he has a very strong spiritual gift of prophecy. (See 1 Corinthians 12:7-11.)
A person who operates in the spiritual gift of prophecy usually has a lot of authority in the spirit realm when they speak. Think of Elijah the Prophet in the Bible. In 1 Kings 17:1 the scriptures say, "Elijah... said to Ahab, 'As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.'" So, what was the problem with Jack?
As we continued to pray for him, he revealed that in 1973 he had a conflict with his church. He shared something publicly to the congregation, and it was not received. After that moment, he made an inner vow not to speak to groups again. As a result, he rarely talked to anybody. It became clear the enemy was successful at keeping this man's spiritual gift of prophecy silent for over four decades. As soon as we broke this off in the spirit, he began to speak to Dawn and I like a new person. If the enemy has "stolen your voice," repent of sins, be washed in the blood of Jesus, and get your voice back in Jesus' name.
By Dawn R. Pietsch
Speak Forth TruthIt's such an amazing time of the year! With all the trees showing their fall colors, we are reminded of how we too can show signs of a changing season in our lives. By choosing too, "Lay aside those things that weigh us down, things that easily entangle us into sin," as in (Hebrews 12:1). Releasing forgiveness, and uprooting the bitterness. Showing kindness in replace of meanness, generosity instead of selfishness, and love... it replaces all things. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:16, "Look to no man unto the flesh." Meaning, that when we see unbecoming things in people, we are to look past them, and see the gold in people, the things that God says are amazing in them.
We can take it even farther, into the intercessors realm by praying for them as well. Not in a powerless, "poor me, can you help them God" prayers, but in powerful declarations, speaking forth truth! In Romans 4:17, the Bible says, "to speak to the things that are not as though they were!" Calling forth destiny and purpose in people, means to look at the situation, hear from God what He says, and declare it! Like speaking the opposite of a negative behavior! This can change lives for the better! By declaring things, it will be established for you (Job 22:28). Therefore, what's this there for... to make sure what your speaking is edifying, and of a good reputation. This world would be a much better place for all of us, if we just followed these amazing principles and practiced them daily.