“If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show unto man his uprightness.” (Job 33:23)
Hearts Burning While He Talked with Us
There is a great need for interpreters in our day. These are the ones Father can trust to share His heart and impart that truth into the lives and circumstances of desperate souls. But they are few and far between—one out of a thousand, according to Scripture, and it’s probably not much more today. The Lord chooses and qualifies these anointed ones to speak His heart into the lives of others.
I like to joke and say I was in church nine months before I was born! I was born and raised in the church, and for the last forty-seven years, I have heard hundreds of thousands of sermons. But of all those messages, I sensed that only a portion came straight from the very throne room of the Father and set my heart on fire. I’m talking about those I knew were downloaded straight from the heart of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. In those rare few, I could feel the very manifest presence of God as the words were spoken. The anointing dripped like honey from every word.
Luke 24:32-35 — “They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’ They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, ‘It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.”
I love this verse:
“Did not our heart burn within us…?” (Luke 24:32)
Even as the two disciples in this passage felt an inward burning as Jesus spoke and were moved by the power behind the truth of His words, we also need to seek after the secrets of an anointed heart.
May the power of God come with fires set ablaze within us and others sense that we have been with Jesus!
The heartbreaking certainty is that it is rare to find those tapped into the Spirit where they have genuinely heard whispers from the throne room—whispers from the Father’s heart. It’s quickly apparent that they carry something special and unique. They are interpreters who help people understand His ways without embellishing or taking away from what God desires to say. They use God’s Word to relate on a practical level to personal problems and struggles so people can walk in peace amid a world in chaos.
Grounded in the Word of God
These interpreters are deeply rooted and grounded in the Word of God. All their revelation and prophetic understanding are backed up by Scripture and sound doctrine. They are humble, accountable vessels who live holy before the Lord. They never hold themselves in higher esteem than the rest of the body of Christ, but instead, they speak with a deep dependence on the Lord. They know that in themselves they are nothing, but rather their hearts are filled with a deep yearning to better know and share Christ.
“Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.” (Daniel 5:12)
Scripture tells us that Daniel had a ministry of dissolving doubts. This fact was recorded in Aramaic. The literal translation reads, “Daniel had the dissolving of knots.” What a ministry he had! How many people do you know who are knotted up inside and can find no solutions to their own difficulties? The stress of their struggles robs them not only of restful sleep but also of peace and joy.
These same people sit in our churches every week crying out, “Oh God, please let the preacher say something that will minister to me!” They search high and low all over the internet searching for a word from the Lord that will bring them true comfort. When the winds and storms of life blow and they don’t know which way to turn, they will go from pillar to post, confused and desperate to know the Father’s will. I firmly believe the Lord is raising up those who are so close to His heart that they will be able to deliver a word in season, a word that will untangle the knots, addressing the issues in simple language, allowing these precious lambs to say, “Thank you, Holy Spirit. Now I see!”
Daniel had just such an ability to untangle knots—to interpret for the Father. What’s needed in our day is not only moving oratory but a voice who can interpret God to those who seek Him. And while my heart has been moved by many wonderful intellectual sermons, most did little to transform my inner man. On the other hand, the “voice of one crying” in the wilderness is so in harmony with the Father that transformation cannot be stopped because the Holy Spirit does the work.
And while there is a great need for interpreters in our day, they are rare—one in a thousand. The Lord is searching for those who will carry His words—His vision—in their hearts. With a holy fire on their lips, they will speak His heart to a spiritually-famished generation. Hungry lovers of God are desperate for their inner knots to be untangled, for a revelation of the manifest presence of the living God. They are crying to hear His heart.
Knots Are Untangled, and Lives Are Transformed!
“…the heavens were opened to me, and I saw visions of God… The LORD gave a message to me…and I felt the hand of the LORD take hold of me.” (Ezekiel 1:1-3, NLT)
It is my prayer that the Father would again impart a message of life to the Church, the body of Christ; that His heart would be communicated, and the heavens would be opened as He takes hold of a vessel so deeply yielded that His heart is communicated, that knots are untangled, and lives are transformed!
We must not confuse mere intellectual information with the deep, presence-filled spiritual revelation that comes from the throne. The message is not confusing or complicated when the revelation comes straight from the Father’s heart.
Often, in an attempt to impress others with our intellect, we speak over the heads of the average man, a tragedy indeed when God’s anointing can take a deep spiritual truth and make it a simple, personal revelation to the listener. The point isn’t to impress anyone but rather to allow God to change hearts.
To be an interpreter for God, to be that one in a thousand, we must be sold out to His agenda, setting aside our own. We must yearn to speak His heart rather than anything of our own making. As we soak in the secret place, He will reveal secrets we can get nowhere else to bring forth a message of hope and transformation that will forever change the landscape of peoples’ lives, to untangle the inner knots of humanity. Will you be that interpreter for God?
Rochester, New York
Steve and his wife Diane founded “Refuge Ministries.” Steve is a regular contributor to many prophetic publications including the Elijah List, Spirit Fuel, and the Identity Network. His writings have been read worldwide by hundreds of thousands of people. He also has been interviewed by the Trinity Broadcasting Network and a few other TV programs. Steve’s books, articles, and videos have touched countless lives around the world. The Porters reside near Rochester, NY.