THE WORD SIROCCO
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Theme: The Great Shepherd
Topic: Prophetic Purpose – Run Fast; Climb Up
And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
Zacchaeus encountered Jesus Christ and fulfilled a prophetic purpose. Zacchaeus portrayed qualities that are identified with the prophetic office. The first indicator that Zacchaeus was prophetic in fulfilling his purpose was that “he sought to see Jesus who he was”. Two other indicators of Zacchaeus’ prophetic role are that he ran, and was spiritually elevated.
Zacchaeus ran ahead of the people and climbed up into the tree to see Jesus. Prophets are not slow in keeping pace with revelations. The prophetic realm is very fast. As a prophetic person, you cannot move at the same pace as other people around you. You should be ahead of your family members and business partners. Prophetic people also dwell in spiritual heights and therefore see what others do not see. You must always be a step ahead. Joseph saved Egypt by going more than 14 years ahead in the interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams (Genesis 41:1-7, 25-35, 47-57).
To be fast and to climb to spiritual heights, holiness will be a requirement. You ascend into the hill of the Lord with clean hands and a pure heart (Psalm 24:3). “Worship” is another virtue you need to ascend the hill of the Lord. Lucifer the worshipper was set on the mountain of God (Ezekiel 28:14). Lastly you will need to be prayerful.
1. Pray that you will see opportunities others do not see.
2. Declare upon yourself that you will run and not be weary.
“Zacchaeus – Encounter with Jesus Christ” by Eastwood Anaba
(e-books available at www.amazon.com)