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In Conversation with Loren Sandford

The prophetic word flows not from the heart of man but from God and holds the power to release God’s purposes.

Finally, in Jeremiah 23:30 God warns, “‘Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,’ declares the Lord, ‘who steal My words from each other.’” In this dynamic, which is unfortunately common, one so-called prophetic person hears a word spoken or written by another prophetic person. That word, then, whether positive or negative, excites the emotions of the one who heard it. Emotions form a magnifying lens that distorts perceptions. So the next prophet builds upon the words spoken by the first until the final word in its extremity does not represent the original word or the heart of God. This emotional magnification can happen even within the heart of the prophetic person by him/herself without external input. We need to learn the meaning of Paul’s exhortation to “keep sober in all things.” This means sorting human emotion, fear, excitement etc. from the true word of God. The true word comes from the peace and rest that are in the heart of God, not from the turmoil of the human heart.



More from Loren Sandford:

Read Lisa Ward’s review of R. Loren Sandford’s book The Prophetic Church: Wielding the Power to Change the World (Baker, 2009) in this issue.

Watch R. Loren Sandford teach on prophetic ministry: An excerpt from a teaching given at the Hearing Heaven conference at Fusion Church, Auckland, New Zealand in August, 2010.


Special thanks to John P. Lathrop for his coordination of this interview.

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Category: Spirit, Summer 2011

About the Author: R. Loren Sandford is the eldest son of John and Paula Sandford, widely recognized as pioneers in the charismatic renewal, prophetic ministry and inner healing. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, Loren has been in ministry full time since 1976 and is the founding pastor of New Song Church and Ministries in Denver, Colorado. As well as traveling internationally as a conference and seminar speaker, he is the author of numerous books, including: Burnout: Renewal in the Wilderness (1998), Purifying the Prophetic: Breaking Free from the Spirit of Self-fulfillment (Chosen, 2005), Understanding Prophetic People: Blessings and Problems with the Prophetic Gift (Chosen, 2007), The Prophetic Church: Wielding the Power to Change the World (Chosen, 2009), Renewal for the Wounded Warrior: A Burnout Survival Guide for Believers (Chosen, 2010), Visions of the Coming Days: What to Look for and How to Prepare (Chosen, 2012), and Yes, There’s More: A Return to Childlike Faith and a Deeper Experience of God (Charisma House, 2015). Married since 1972, he and Beth have two daughters and one son who have collectively given them nine grandchildren. Loren is also a member of the Osage Nation, a Native American heritage he deeply treasures. Twitter: @pastorrls

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