The Creative Word
Wade E Taylor
“And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing
words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit
and of power.” I Corinthians 2:4.
The Words I speak for the Lord must be anointed and contain
spiritual substance and purpose, which is beyond mere intellectual
comprehension. These words should have the “ring”
of spiritual quality, and convey life, healing, and deliverance.
“But the natural man receives not the things of the
Spirit of God ... neither can he know them, because
they are spiritually discerned.” I Corinthians 2:14.
The Lord seeks those who are willing to exchange their reliance
on intellectual ability for a complete dependence on the operation
of the Holy Spirit through them. Speaking the right word,
at the right time - a penetrating, anointed word that will
accomplish the purpose for which it is spoken, becomes a “witness”
for the Lord.
“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even
hidden wisdom, ...” I Corinthians 2:7.
For us to speak this “hidden wisdom,” or, the
“creative word,” we must become “prophetic.”
The key to the ministry of Jesus was His prophetic anointing,
as expressed in Isaiah 50:4. Notice the progression.
“The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned,
that I should know how to speak a word in season to him
that is weary: He wakens morning by morning, He wakens
My ear to hear as the learned.” Isaiah 50:4.
This ability to speak with “the tongue of the learned”
is a “prophetic” gifting - “The Lord God
has given...” We will then have the ability to speak
the right word (that I should know how), at the right time
(a word in season), to the right person (to him that is weary).
The preparation for this prophetic enabling requires that
we spend quality time “waiting on the Lord" –
in His presence. Each morning, we should set apart time (He
wakens morning by morning) in which to “cultivate”
this prophetic quality in our lives, and then throughout the
day, “maintain” our sensitivity to hear and willingness
to turn aside, should the Lord desire to speak to us.
To be “awakened” means to be “lifted”
above the limitations of our natural sense perception and
understanding, into the realm of the supernatural - as we
are quickened by the Lord. When we seem to come short of this,
or are distracted, we must not become discouraged, but continue
to hold our “spirit” before the Lord in expectancy,
that we might become more sensitive and available to Him.
The Lord greatly desires a prophetic people. When we also
greatly desire, and ask Him for this abiding prophetic anointing,
He will respond and bring us into an increasing degree of
prophetic sensitivity and ability.
“Would God that all the Lord’s people were prophets,
the Lord would put His Spirit upon them.” Numbers 11:29b.
In Amos 2:12-13, the Lord also expresses this desire.
“But you gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded
prophets, saying, prophesy not. Behold, I am pressed under
you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.”
Because the prophetic word was restricted, the Lord expressed
Himself, as being a “voice” that desired to speak,
but was suppressed. Thus, He felt as if He were pressed under
the weight of a cart full of sheaves. This pictures the intense
desire of the Lord to speak to His people.
John the Baptist said, “I am the voice of one crying
…” (John 1:23). He did not merely speak a prophetic
word: he gave expression to the feelings of the Lord in relation
to the word spoken. John did more than prophesy; he “became”
There is a place of “prophetic identity” into
which we are called to grow.
“That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection,
and the fellowship of His sufferings.” Philippians 3:10.
The “fellowship of His sufferings” speaks of
our coming into a “prophetic identity” with the
heart intent and feelings of the Lord. We are to become vessels
through which the Lord may express Himself, as He desires.
This involves our knowing the Lord beyond the realms of knowledge,
ministries, and gifts, and coming into a personal, experiential,
identity with Him, that His thoughts and desires might find
expression through us (the voice of one crying).
There are five levels of prophetic development in our spiritual
lives and walk.
I. Inner Revelation.
“My soul cleaves to the dust: quicken You me according
to Your Word.” Psalm 119:25.
We were formed from dust. As “dust,” there is
no order or structure within us, to enable us to function
in spiritual things. We must be “quickened,” or
lifted above the earthly - “Quicken … me according
to Your Word.” This word, “quicken,” means
“life empowering.” To be “quickened”
is the first level of inner revelation, which comes through
the lifting power of the Holy Spirit. He “wakens”
our spirit - morning by morning, and lifts us into this dimension
of prophetic vision. We become spiritually sensitive, and
our spiritual capacity is enlarged.
II. Our Testimony.
“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of
God; if any man
minister, let him do it as of the ability which God gives
...” I Peter 4:11a.
An “oracle” is a Divine communication. This means
that the Word we speak in behalf of the Lord must be a “quickened”
word, not our own word or thought. It is not through the “letter”
of the Word, but rather, through the “anointing”
of the Holy Spirit that life is conveyed. Words are understood
by the “image” they convey. A true prophetic word
goes beyond this mental image, and imparts “spirit and
III. The Gift of Prophecy.
“For you may all prophesy one by one, that all may
all may be comforted.” I Corinthians 14:31.
The “gift” of prophecy is available to all, but
is limited in its purpose and use - "for we know in part,
and we prophesy in part” (I Corinthians 13:9). It is
given for “edification, and exhortation, and comfort”
(I Corinthians 14:3). The gifts should operate through a life
of holiness, that Jesus, not the vessel being used, will be
seen, and should edify the Body of Christ in an attitude of
“Desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy.”
I Corinthians 14:1b.
The word "gifts" is in Italics, which means it
was not in the original text, and should read, “desire
spirituals.” Or, “desire the prophetic realm”
in which we are enabled to both see and speak prophetically.
To do this, we must first edify ourselves by “waiting
on the Lord,” and by “speaking in tongues,”
as we are quickened by the Holy Spirit.
IV. The Office of the Prophet.
“And God has set some in the church, first apostles,
secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers …” I Corinthians
The Lord needs prophets in our day. A “prophet”
is one who speaks a specific word, in a specific place, at
a specific time. He speaks for God, as His mouthpiece. The
prophetic office is a limited ministry (“are all prophets”?
I Corinthians 12:29b), and is distinctly different from the
gift of prophecy. This is a very costly ministry, as those
called to this ministry must submit themselves to a life of
discipline and guidance.
V. The Spirit of Prophecy.
“For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.”
This is the highest realm of the prophetic, and functions
through “relationship,” rather than as a “gift.”
The “gift” of prophecy requires only being yielded
to the Holy Spirit in order to function, but is not necessarily
an indication of right living, as is the “Spirit of
prophecy." As we mature spiritually, our lives reflect
a greater quality of spirit, with its resultant expression
transcending the gift realm of ministry.
The Spirit of Prophecy expresses a life that has become a
“witness of” the Lord, not merely a “witness
for” Him. It goes beyond words, as our life becomes
the expression of His thoughts and feelings, as if we were
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass
the glory of the Lord,
are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even
as by the
Spirit of the Lord.” II Corinthians 3:18.
As we become one in union with Him, our lives will become
as a “mirror,” which reflects the person and the
presence of the Lord Jesus. Now, “the testimony of Jesus,
which is the Spirit of prophecy,” will be both seen
and heard, as we “mirror” Him.
This “demonstration of the Spirit and of power”
will become a creative force that will greatly affect the
world, in outworking of the end-time purposes of the Lord.
The Lord desires to bring “overcomers” - those
who have such a quality relationship with Him, that His life
and intent will be reflected through them, into this ministry,
“the Spirit of Prophecy.”