"It's not just human ability, human talent, it really is hearing the heart of God for people and declaring it because His word releases His presence," he said.
Johnson concluded by praying that God would open our eyes to see the needs of people around us and to see Him clearly: "We've got to hear Your promise, we've got to know what You say about that situation," he prayed. "Let us be a people that are really possessed by promises, possessed by Your promises not just for us, but for the people around us, that we could step into their life in an intercessory way and speak Your words of hope, Your words of promise that changes their awareness of Your nature, Your heart, Your promise to them."
He added, "I pray this that people's lives will be changed because they, sometimes for the first time see You're a perfect father. Help us to release that reality through decree."
Johnson's message was "liked" by over 2,000 people, with many commenting words of encouragement for the popular pastor.
"The words that we speak are so powerful for the good and bad," wrote one commenter. "We must be careful to choose our words wisely! Do you remember times when you spoke something out loud and it became reality whether good or bad things? There's truth to what Pastor is describing."
The pastor's message was part of an 8-week e-course entitled "Hosting the Presence".
Reads the course description: "You are significant. God chose you before the beginning of time to carry His presence everywhere you go, partnering with Him to bring His Kingdom to Earth. In this series of teachings by Pastor Bill Johnson, you will discover your authority in Jesus and how to wield the power He's given you to restore His creation. Let's partner with Heaven's agenda for our lives and take hold of our inheritance in Him!"
- by LEAH MARIEANN KLETT, for the Gospel Herald Ministries