If you’ve ever taken a Spiritual Gifts test more than once over the years you can probably attest to the fact that the results may be different this time than last.
The Lord gives us specific gifts for different seasons. As we grow and walk with the Lord through difficult things our faith, trust, or other attribute of Jesus is further developed.
Did you know? Every Spirit-filled Christian can develop a prophetic gifting!
1 Corinthians 14:1, 31 NIV “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy…For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged”.
So, here are three ways you and I can partner with Holy Spirit in growing and flexing our prophetic muscles:
Seek The Lord To Open Up The Prophetic In Your Life
Jeremiah 33:3 NIV says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know”.
The Lord wants us to come to Him, to desire to grow in Him, to seek His plans for us.
He is pleased when we ask Him to search our hearts and burn away any impure motive for why we want to develop prophetic gifting.
God delights in blessing and developing us. He wants us to look more and more like His Son. Edifying the Church, building up the Body of His Bride, is one way He chooses to do this.
So lay it out with the Lord. Let Him know your heart. Seek Him to understand His will in your situation.
His Will May Not Line Up With Your Desire To Open Your Eyes
I can sense and feel things in the Spirit, like Holy Spirit, angels, demons, and spiritual atmosphere.
However, if you read the sister post, Spiritual Realm: Three Reasons You Can’t See, you’ll remember that when I sought the Lord to open my eyes to the Spirit Realm He told me no.
He said that I would focus too much on what I was seeing and not enough on Him.
Therefore, if you’re on track with Holy Spirit in opening your eyes to the Spirit Realm the Lord will let you know. If this is not the season, He will also let you know.
After you’ve taken some good time to seek the Lord and meditate on His Word, if Holy Spirit starts moving you in the developmental direction than let’s move on to the second stage.
Practice Discerning God’s Promptings & Prophetically Hearing His Voice
I liken God’s prompting to Spiderman’s Spider Sense. For me, this is going about my business when I suddenly get a strong feeling, like a heaviness mixed with butterflies feeling comes over me.
This has happened enough times that I know right then to stop and say as Samuel did in 1 Samuel 3:7-11 NIV, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening”.
Holy Spirit used to give me what felt like floating pieces of information that would come down to connect into a full message. Do this or say that.
Now I can usually discern the full message like Holy Spirit and I are having a normal conversation.
The more you practice listening for God throughout your day the more you’ll hear Him.
I laughingly warn you, though, that if Holy Spirit is prompting you to do something and you don’t do it He will pester you until you do.
My Frantic Christmas Dinner Invitation
God told me while I was just getting into the shower to go invite my new neighbors to Christmas dinner. I said, “Ok, Lord, I will after my shower”.
Holy Spirit kept prompting me. Then He fell on me so strongly that the rest of the shower was done in a frenzy with soap flying everywhere!
I felt like I had to get over there, like now!
My first interaction with my new neighbors was me nearly out of breath, in sweats, no shoes, without combed hair, practically begging them to come for Christmas dinner!
I’m sitting here chuckling at the memory, so feel free to laugh with me.
Thankfully they said yes. Later the wife confided that she’d been praying and crying that day about just moving into the neighborhood and having no friends or family with Christmas around the corner.
Then I came knocking on her door! I told her how Holy Spirit pestered me to ask them so much that I didn’t even have time to get properly dressed, and we had a good laugh with the Lord!
Learn More About Partnering With Holy Spirit To Open Your Spiritual Eyes
Also, I learned that I can partner with Holy Spirit on a more personal level than I ever have, and that He can teach me to “see” into the Spirit Realm using my imagination. Now stay with me.
A painter “sees” the masterpiece in the blank canvas, a sculptor “sees” every detail of a statue, a child “sees” a pirate ship in a cardboard box.
Why should we not be able to practice “seeing” ourselves kneeling in prayer or dancing in worship in the throne room of God and have it actually be real?
My Imagination Came To Life Right Before My Eyes
Hear me out. I was a bit skeptical when I first started imagining these types of things until I saw what was inside my head on the internet!
As I said in the sister post, Spiritual Realm: Three Reasons You Can’t See, This prophetic painting is almost exactly what I see in God’s throne room in my mind’s eye.
I don’t see floating flowers, but I’m always in a white dress very similar to this one, the colors there are these same colors, and are fluid all around me just like this painting.
How could someone else have painted something from inside my mind? The only explanation I can see is that this really is what His throne room looks like.
Practice “seeing” the scenes as you read your bible. There are definitely stories with some pretty powerful imagery!
As you meditate on His Word ask Holy Spirit to show you things to understand. When you kneel in prayer visualize yourself actually kneeling before the throne.
Find out how to enter God’s throne room through His Word here!
So there you have it! Now you understand three stages you need to develop in order to open your spiritual eyes.
I pray this post blesses and encourages you in your race with the Lord.
Keep Roaring with the King!