In the second part of this article. Our focus would be “When to say, God, says”. But let’s start by highlighting the things we said about WHEN NOT TO SAY, GOD, SAYS:
“`1. When you require counsel from your spiritual father.
- When speaking to the elderly
- When you are not sure
- When details are required
- When lying
- When presiding
- When it’s too much
- When spitting others.“`
Let’s move on to ” WHEN TO SAY, GOD SAYS”.
- When giving prophecy:
Talking about prophecy, I’m talking about forth-telling not foretelling or what have you. When you are giving prophecy in 1st person singular, you’re expected to start with ” thus saith the Lord”.
- When Necessary:
Like I explained in the first part, certain things require you to tell certain people emphatically that it was as God says. For instance, in choosing a life partner or being called into the ministry. Meanwhile, it is not everyone you need to tell “God says” in those cases thus, the reason I wrote “certain” people.
- When Commanded:
There are times when God particularly commands people to emphasize that He is the sole source of the information or statement. Jonah for instance, emphatically told the people that “God said” and it led to genuine repentance.
- When it’s an instruction.
Sounds like the preceding point but it’s not the same. There are times God gives instructions that you must always say, “God says” every time you talk about certain things. This helps to stir the faith of people. Kenneth Hagin said that God told him to always tell people that he saw Jesus and that Jesus touched his palm with the unction to heal. For as long as he said that, God assured him that healing would occur. Many must have heard me read the story of the woman with the issue of blood with the notion that God said that anytime I read from that story to the people, healing is certain. God instructed me to always say it to people. Such instructions are not to be joked with but you are required to stay within the scope.
- When it’s exceptionally critical.
This appeals to our discretion. God may not have commanded or instructed you but you know that unless you tell them that it was God God that told you, the information will not achieve its aim then, wisdom requires you inject “God says”. Meanwhile, take note not to over-emphasize it. At times, It is just good to say “God says” in the first line only and not repeatedly during the speech. Also, when adding details from your thought, do not add “God says”. Learn from Agabus . He knew when to say God said and when to keep shut. When God showed him something about Paul, he only said and demonstrated what he saw with the prefix- “thus saith the Lord”. He didn’t make the mistake of insinuating that God asked him to warn Paul against travelling. 6. When it is prophetic
When God showed you a revelation or spoke to you prophetically, it may require that you acknowledge Him as the source. However, this is very dicey and delicate thus, wisdom is highly required in delivering prophetic messages.
If you don’t mind, we can have part 3 to address “how to relate visions & revelations” to people.