One reality that the young prophetic minister must accept is that that people are people. Your pastor, bishop, fellow church member, friend, enemy, etc. is just a human being. They will make mistakes, have problems, shortcomings, character flaws, and the like. However, you still have to work on you, and it will often occur that their imperfections, foibles, and misconduct may very well be used by God to work out your own character issues. During all this you’ll need to continually forgive and let go of the little (and big) resentments that can easily defile you.

In my own experience, there were times that it seemed I’d been passed up, overlooked, underestimated and ignored, and that those in leadership were determined to never put me to any better use than cleaning the church and singing on the worship team. I’ll admit it was frustrating, and it didn’t help that the worship team members could be pretty nasty when they wanted to be. Though it wasn’t their intent, in time I came to see them and their behavior as part of the process of separating me from pride and the emotionally entangling aspects of the peer-bonding dynamics of human social interaction that are often detrimental to a prophet’s focus. Essentially, one of the dangers relationships pose for the prophet is that he can allow his emotional attachments to prejudice his insight. I’m not saying we can’t have friends or relationships, but rather that the prophet will usually have few friends.

In those younger days I was less discreet than I am now, and on one particular day, I had just about had it with the petty behavior of some of the worship leaders. Some of their ways really got under my skin, especially since there was often sin in the camp, so to speak. In one of these instances I responded to their rotten behavior by telling them something to the effect that they ought not to be giving me a hard time when all of them were in sexual sin. I wasn’t guessing, and they knew it.

It didn’t take long for the pastor of the church to call me into his office, where we had a conversation I’ll never forget. He agreed that I had discerned correctly concerning the other worship leaders. and then said to me, “Just because you see it, don’t mean you have to say it. You don’t tell everything you know.” In all honesty, it was obvious that he was motivated primarily by the fact that he was trying to grow his church and didn’t want anyone rocking the boat by exposing sin. However, there was some valuable truth to his words.

Whether you have the gift of prophecy or you are called to the office of the prophet, it is rarely constructive to release what you’ve seen or otherwise perceived spiritually simply because someone angered you. Indeed, human anger never works the righteousness of God (James 1:20). I wish I could say that I never again had a similar outburst, but it was probably another year or two before I learned to bite my tongue when being provoked, and I believe that part of why the Lord began to give me more prophetic words and visions after this season was that I had developed the character to be trusted with more and greater secrets.

Thus, your relational circumstances, especially when difficult or frustrating, can actually present a significant opportunity for growth that will lead you inexorably toward becoming who you need to be to fulfill your purpose.

God bless you, and God keep you.