David

California

“Activating the Prophetic” was an excellent exercise for me in both learning the theoretical/doctrinal side of prophetic ministry and getting activated in hearing God’s voice and operating in the spiritual gifts. I leaned several key lessons throughout the course. First, within the teaching, I was encouraged by how prophecy can be done in order and as a natural overflow of being with the Father. I often have had experiences with prophecy in the past as something that we need to “pray down” from God that can become overly-spiritualized and emotional, so I loved the Nutman’s measured and biblical approach to prophesying. I also found a valuable lesson in learning about the timing of prophetic words – it was eye-opening for me to hear that just because you receive a prophetic word for someone doesn’t mean you need to share it immediately, but rather that you should seek God for timing as to when you should deliver the word. This helped me greatly, as there had been several times in the past that I felt I received a prophetic word and shared it immediately, but later regretted it and felt as though I shouldn’t have shared it at that time, which confused me. Discovering the importance of Godly timing helped clear this confusion for me. Within the “activation” side of the class, I also received a lot. In one of the exercises we performed as a class, we were asked to look at pictures on a piece of paper and get words for people in our group based on the images we saw. My group was rather reticent to share during this exercise, so it pushed me to really hear from God for different members of my group and gave me room to hear clearly for different people whom I had no previous contact with, rather than simply receiving words for myself. This was good practice for me in discerning the voice of God. Furthermore, I really enjoyed our “corporate word” exercise – it was so cool to see how God can create such unity in a group of strangers and speak through us as a body. Overall, I felt this course was an excellent learning opportunity for me to step out in my calling, and a wonderful chance to put into practice the teaching I have received from Charis classes.

David