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Prophetic Song -Gateway to Glory By Stan Smith. Book Review

What is Prophetic Song?

I can think of many people who would answer that question like this: Prophetic Song is a song that is prophetic, right? How would you define Prophetic Song?

In his subtitle, Prophetic Song author Stan Smith seems to define prophetic song to be a gateway to glory.

Gateway to glory?……think about those words for a moment. gateway. gate. in and out. open and shut.

Gateway to Glory. prophetic song. stan smith. Jay Bryan Sandifer.
Gateway to Glory. prophetic song. stan smith. Jay Bryan Sandifer.

Gateway

gateway.
gate.
in and out.
open and shut.

Glory

glory.
hmmmmm.
victory?
smoke and clouds?
happiness?
what is glory?

My thoughts on Prophetic Song

This book is a complete educational meal when it comes to the prophetic song. It reminded me of a textbook. It took me longer to read than some of the other recent books. There were several things I really appreciated about this book, but first, let me share my favorite quotes:

Worship Leading quotes by Stan Smith, author of Prophetic Song

Here are a few thought-provoking quotes from this worship leading book:

  1. There is a friendship with God so intimate that he tells us what he is doing.
  2. If you want more of the Holy Spirit, center your attention on Jesus, His favorite subject matter.
  3. We don’t have to be afraid to make mistakes because our audience is God, not man.
  4. The song that matches the sound of nature is singing in the Spirit.
  5. Living water is given not for theologians to discuss but to revive the parched souls who have lived in the desert of sin and death.
  6. Open your Bible and sing a line of scripture.
  7. Don’t try to outplay the people around you, but try to make them sound good.
  8. The things of God can’t be reduced to a formula.
  9. Take the anointing off me and put it on the song.
  10. Sometimes there is a richer anointing on worship practice than on the service itself.
  11. Spirit led worship never grows old and stale, it is always fresh.
  12. The best investment we can make is to do everything we can to make room for the presence of God.
  13. Sometimes God does not entrust a higher anointing on us until we respect Hid anointing on others.
  14. We can’t buy the anointing with money.
  15. I can choose to sing and play something spontaneous, God still has the freedom to decide whether to make it prophetic.

My Take-Aways from Prophetic Song

There are two things that really stuck out to me as I read Prophetic Song. These two ideas intrigued me because I had never heard or thought things this way before. Find out what they are…

I really think it is an exciting moment when what I  have knowledge of is expanded to new borders and insights. I guess some people call this revelation. I heard a great definition of Revelation once: revealed knowledge.

Idea #1

In the book of revelation, it was brought to my attention that Jesus  has two prophetic voices. Both sounds are the voice of the same God. Perhaps He has more, but these are the two prophetic voices I learned about:

  1. One of Jesus’ voices is the sound of many waters.  This is said to almost always be our prophetically anointed voice speaking to God thru worship in spirit and truth in a corporate setting.
  2. The other prophetic voice is the sound of the trumpet. It’s the prophetic voice of God addressing to an assembled people.

I am trying to defend or promote any doctrine about the two prophetic voices of Jesus. I simply wanted to share something that intrigued me.

Idea #2

There are two rivers flowing out from the throne of God. One is a river of living water clear as crystal. The other is a river of fire. Without going into any explanations, this idea also peaked my curiosity. This river of fire can be found in Daniel 7:9-10

“….His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.  A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him…..”

I think Stan Smith takes this idea of two rivers and develops quite an interesting idea of Gods Glory. Get the book and find out more.

Action Step

Finally, This prophetic song textbook closes each chapter with two assignments.  One for non-musicians and singers. one for musicians.

Prophetic Song by Stan Smith
Prophetic Song by Stan Smith

 

 

for more worship leading book reviews from Jay Sandifer:

Following the River by Bob Sorge

There’s Dynamite in Praise by Don Gossett

Growing as a Prophetic Singer by Anna Blanc

Envy: The Enemy Within by Bob Sorge

 

 

 

The Time has Come For You to Lead-Joshua 1:2

There are many times I have experienced the fear, dread, and anxiety that often intercepts a particular task or assignment I know is important.

Often, I have felt the heavy, choking personal weight and loneliness of defeat even before having even begun.

Have you ever wrestled with such insecurities and darkness?

How silly …to *think* you can not do something you actually can.

I absolutely love and value how the Lord speaks encouraging words to Joshua concerning these feelings.

The Lord reminds Joshua of his assignment….the thing Joshua is supposed to do AND tells him to do it with confidence, encouraging him in his spirit, soul, and body with repeated words of assurance. Be Strong and brave …as I was with your forefathers, I will be with you. Don’t be afraid because I (the Lord) will be with you everywhere you go. I will not leave. I will not fail you.

In 2002, after engaging in a powerful workbook and devotional by John Bevere entitled Driven by Eternity, I realized I was going to stand before the creator and give an account of my life including the gifts, talents, and dreams he had placed within me.

Was I doing anything about these awesome things, or was I turning my back on them? Has I dropped them to the ground because of fear and uncertainty? My excuse bag was full.

Stopping to reflect on my individual responsibility to follow thru with a higher demand and eternal calling, I realized I need to make some inner personal changes, which I will go into further detail later.

A very clear voice spoke to me about my assignment drawing it from the depths of my spirit.

In 1993, God gave me a vision of a mountain. I climbed half way up the mountain which was easy and comfortable for the most part. I found some level ground and a whole bunch of people who had decided camp out. An entire community seemed to have been established half way up the mountain. …lots of fun and rest.

However, as comfortable and welcoming as that camp was. I knew I was to go to the top and as I looked at everyone who had climbed half way it seemed no one was interested in coming with me. I knew I had to climb alone.

What has God told you to do?

What do you believe God has promised you?

If you haven’t already started, begin your plans for accomplishment immediately.

Learn a simple strategy to help you get started with your plans for accomplishment.

the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them
the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them