True Stories of God Speaking Into, Through, and to Everyday People
a blog on receiving and delivering prophetic messages
by Raimer Rojas
"But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort." - 1 Corinthians 14:3
In this blog I intend to share stories of how God speaks through every day people to everyday people. God reveals His heart and love for people - how He thinks and feels about them - to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see.
Initially, this blog will include my personal stories of God speaking to others through me. My desire is to also share other stories of people who have experienced this receiving and delivering of prophetic messages to people, conveyed in love.
But ultimately, the main purpose of this blog is to demystify the mysterious nature of "Hearing God." The truth is God wants to speak to people inside and outside the four walls of the church, is willing to use everyday people to communicate His heart and thoughts, and has timely messages to give for their strengthening, encouragement, and comfort. May this blog also demystify how God speaks, through the sharing of the many and varied ways in which He speaks, and how the message first gets delivered to the messenger. Finally, I also want people to understand that in these intimate encounters we get a glimpse into the heart of God for people. Yes, we say we believe that God "so loved the world," but we don't always live in that reality because we tend to be very busy and tend to stick with our own clan.
I have begun to pray in this way for people daily, some at church, some at PIHOP (a house of prayer in Pasadena), and some outside the walls of the church - in the streets and gathering places of the marketplace. It is because of these experiences and encounters that I have seen a side I have not really known before, and not heard too much about, in the past. This blog will communicate a few of the many and ongoing stories of God at work, revealing Himself to people, so that they may come to know Him, worship Him, and enter into the fullness of all that God has for them.
One last thing: The Western-style of evangelism has tended to become very uptight about the encounter with non-Christians needing to lead to salvation each time. I believe that God is a gentleman and meets people where they are at. He woos and draws them closer to Himself as they allow, often step-by-step. My attempt is not to rush or force the process but instead to provide an encounter with a living God that will always point them to the feet of Jesus - even if it might need to take an extended period of time and ensuing encounters. Don't get me wrong, I do share the Gospel with people but I especially trust the Holy Spirit more than my persuasive presentation (avoiding manipulation of any kind on my part), to meet people in their place of need and to awaken them to the heart and call of God.
In a sense, my take is similar to Patch Adams's approach as a doctor, "You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you'll win, no matter what the outcome." I want to have encounters with people that leaves them desiring more of God. Encounters that also honors and humanizes them as a person who is loved by God and created in His image - may they never feel they are part of a pet project or of a personal salvations-quota tally of mine.
Just a day ago, before I wrote this blog cover article, a group of us from church prayed for two college women at a local Pasadena park. We talked, heard them share about their course of study and their dreams associated with it, and then we offered to pray for them. We also shared for each some prophetic words that we felt from God for them. When we finished praying for the last girl, she said in a very thankful and joy-filled tone, "We feel so known by you guys!" It was her way of saying to us, "you guys hit it right on the nail with the prophetic words." And my reply was, "Actually we didn't know you before this but God did. We felt He was speaking to us about you girls, because He knows you and loves you."
This is what the prophetic can do, even on the streets. People feel known and loved (when the prophetic is done in love, flowing from God's heart) and it opens up in them a desire to get to know this loving, Living God!