Words that are prophetically sounding out in the shallow waters travel quickly and often penetrate the individual in the emotions, whereby they quickly react to the word but it does not go deep. Words that are prophetically sounding out in the deep waters travel slowly down, down, down into the spirit where truth impacts and causes inner transformation of the individual. The deep waters – that’s our focus. Here’s the first post in this journey – Prophets in the Deep.
Here’s a bit of science? In the natural, sound travels faster in water than air because the atoms are closer together so it can jump from atom to atom quicker. The distance that sound waves travel through water is dependent on ocean temperature and pressure. The speed of sound decreases with increasing depth. At some point, they reach the bottom and the speed of sound increases and the waves refract back up.
Spiritually speaking, prophetic words spoken in the shallows travel fast. Prophetic words in the deep travel much slower until they reach a point of deep contact within an individual and then are refracted back up. Those words resounding in the depths of a person impact at a much greater level but they take time to meditate on in times of intimacy with the Lord.
It’s a great analogy for us who are called to speak through prophetic call on our lives. We desire to see life change not just a constant stream of words going out. It’s important to sound out from the deep, to raise up a mature prophetic people. Remember, the deep is our union with and in Christ Jesus. We speak from that depth of our living, moving and having our being in Christ to those whom God sends to us – words of spirit, life, and truth.
But, look around. There are not many people out here with us but there should be. What should that tell us? It’s time for the prophetic to rise up and mature. In our maturity, we speak out to others from our abiding place of union in Christ. This imparts words of the spirit to change people from within the depths of their being.
I am tired and weary of hearing the same remix of words over and over and over. I looked online to see how prophetic words have evolved over the past few years. Well, they really haven’t. The same things were being said one year ago, two years ago that are being said today. God is looking for quality and depth today. This is a sound of maturity flowing from within a prophetic community.
It seems that the current stream of prophetic words keep many anchored to the shallow waters rather than calling them out deeper. Why? There could be a lot of various reasons. Many seem to want to make a name for themselves and the quickest way to do that is to post a prophetic word that promises everything but the kitchen sink, capturing the emotions but doing little in the way of Holy Spirit. Others want to play it safe to keep the people dependent on their word or ministry, not Jesus, the living Word. There are a lot of reasons but anything that takes our focus off of Christ is idolatry.
Jesus was a man of enigma, mystery and truth. He spoke to the spirit not the mind of the individual. He did not appeal to the emotions. He spoke within the resonance of heaven’s directional call. As the words sounded out, He called a people into deep union with Him. He did not aim for shallow understanding but inner transformation. He spoke from His own union with the Father. Without a revelation of our union in Christ, we speak from the shallows, not the depths of our being. There are no short cuts to this. It is about intimacy with Christ.
I and My Father are one. (John 10:30 NKJV)
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63 NKJV)