Do You Believe What God Believes About You?
Graham joyfully tossed this question into the crowd at Making a Prophetic Impact the very first night—and you could hear the ripple effect as people paused for a moment and asked themselves:
Do I believe what God believes about me?
It’s a question that is at the very heart of New Testament prophetic ministry. Our glorious job as a prophetic people is to be a voice for God’s heart: to put words to His goodness, kindness and hope for people so that they can experience what He is really, really like. We get the immense privilege of listening to what God believes about a person or community—and then encouraging them with those words—offering focus and empowerment for their journey.
But sharing those words is not our starting point in the prophetic. We can’t dive into giving away what we’ve yet to experience. Our first role in the Kingdom is to be excellent receivers of the love of God for us. Just as Jesus said in Matthew 10:8, “Freely you have received. Freely give.” Most of us love to “freely give,” but just how free have we been in our receiving?
I realize that the context for this verse is about God giving to us without strings attached, and for us to do the same. However, I believe there’s another layer to explore: the freedom to receive. How free are we in our receiving? Do we place qualifications on abundance that God doesn’t have?
What does God believe about you when He hears your prayers, sees your tears or knows that your heart has been broken?
Often, we know the “right” answers, but is it your current reality that…
- God believes nothing can separate you from His love. (Romans 8:39)
- God believes that He is totally able to complete the good work He began in your life. (Philippians 1:6)
- God believes that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all you could ask Him or even think of. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
- God believes you are more than a conqueror through Jesus who loves you. (Romans 8:37)
Our ability to freely, abundantly and lavishly believe what God believes about us is the key that unlocks the door of the prophetic, to have words of encouragement, exhortation and comfort to freely give away (I Corinthians 14:3). I used to think that Paul was describing the very basic gift of prophecy in that verse; the garden-variety type that was a distant second to the “real” prophetic words about future events or social security numbers.
But words of encouragement from the Father’s heart or exhortation that declares, “This is who God sees you to be…” empowers people to leave a low place of discouragement or limitation and rise to be able to see the passion God has for them. It can root them deeply into the high places of His affection and allow them to believe what He believes about them. I understand now that these are essential words at every level of prophetic expression, whether it’s with the gift, as a ministry or in the office of a prophet.
When we can declare—or whisper—or better yet, write words that create a bridge for someone to see themselves as God does, we’re an active part of Jesus’ prayer for it to be on Earth as it is in Heaven. But to be a powerful, glorious prophetic people on the Earth, we must begin with that central question:
Do I believe what God believes about me?
Begin by making a list or perhaps starting a new “God believes…” journal and writing statements of what God believes about you. Delightfully plan to write down one statement during your times with the Lord and the scripture that goes with it. The list I started with in this article could easily have filled pages. Imagine how your confidence and joy will rise as you watch your list growing, meditating on each of God’s beliefs about your life. Enjoy reading them out loud to the Lord. I’m sure He will be glad to hear them!
Are you interested in leading a powerfully prophetic life? I think this is a good way to begin. You’ll soon find yourself overflowing with Truth and thinking more with the Mind of Christ; continually renewed by all that you’ve received—ready to be an impactful voice that expresses His heart to people who are longing to hear Good News.