Beware any ‘prophetic’ movement which encourages you to ‘try’ to prophesy, or to ‘exercise the prophetic muscle.’ There was NEVER any prophet in scripture who was in right standing with God who ever needed to TRY or exercise in prophecy. Either the Word of the Lord came to them, or it did not.The basis for all REAL prophecy is not only that GOD has revealed something to someone, but that he has directed them to disclose what he revealed. (Deut 18:20). Nowhere in Scripture does any holy prophet of God draw on any source other than God for inspiration.Some will say God told Jeremiah ‘What do you see?’ God said that because he was showing Jeremiah something. When Daniel interpreted dreams or the writing on the wall, he interpreted messages which came from God, and relied ONLY on God for inspiration.When a priest would inquire of the Lord and the Urim and Thummim were used, they were never a source of inspiration, but merely a means by which God answered ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ They inquired of the LORD. The only incidents in scripture in which people used objects or images to inspire them with regard to their spiritual life are ALWAYS incidents involving idolatry, witchcraft, and false prophetic utterance.Call this ‘book smarts’ if you want, there are no idle details in the word of God, and the Holy Spirit inspired its authorship. Therefore, any patterns and paradigms therein are present with a purpose, and not to be disregarded. If it was the Holy Spirit who inspired these very specific things to be written, the Holy Spirit would not be ‘leading’ people into ‘prophetic’ practices which are contrary to the proclamations, prohibitions,prescriptions, patterns, and paradigms of HIS book.Many are being drawn into this deception, and are inevitably snared by the new age witchcraft which has become so common in charismatic circles today. Brethren, please pray for eyes to be opened… this deception runs far deeper in the church world than you may suspect.
As I prepare to sell my house and move on with my life, I’ve been making plans. Plans for life, business, and ministry have all been on my mind, and the Lord had me thinking of the details necessary to achieve my mission.
As I pondered all of this, another thought crossed my mind: many of us want to prosper financially but have no real vision for what we’d do if we did.
Yes, God blessed Israel when He brought them into what preachers like to call the land of more than enough, but did you notice that what He blessed them with was production capacity? That’s right, they still had to put that land to work. They still had to decide what they were going to do with all that capacity.
Before God brought them there, He walked them through a long season of preparation for it, and when they got there, they had to fight for it. We are walking through a very difficult time.
- What are you doing with it to ensure you are surrendering to God’s process?
- What are you doing with what God has already given you?
- What are your plans for when He does give you what you’re asking for, and are those plans right in His sight?
The answers to those questions will reveal a great deal.
Judges 1 tells us alot about God’s relationship with His people and the pursuit of His calling for your life.
‘Why do you seek the living among the dead?’
Some of you lack direction because you keep trying to find your destiny in things God appointed to die in your life, while you keep mistaking the dream he resurrected for something common, like a gardener.
“An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning will not be blessed in the end.”
In a very real sense, part of the function of a prophet is often as a steward of destiny. We are often entrusted by God with revelation concerning the purpose, plan and promise for His people’s future, and as such, we must take care in how we administer the disclosure of what God has revealed.
One of the most critical errors a prophet can make is to deliver a prophetic word at the wrong time. In fact, a real word from God given at the wrong time can do more damage than a word from the devil. Why? A genuine word will witness to the spirit of the person receiving it, and it can easily result in their acting on that word prematurely, or other errors and sins of presumption that can in turn harm their faith when acting on that word fails to produce the expected results.
God is only ever required to finish what HE started, and so even when dealing with a real word of the Lord, we must be certain that its disclosure occurs as God has directed.
“And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” (Isaiah 58:11)
The flesh craves gratification, while the spirit seeks satisfaction. The difference between the two can be hard to tell when we’re caught up in the day-to-day struggles of life. We get the car, the house, or the spouse we were after, but after a while, when the novelty wears off, many of us find ourselves yearning for more. Why?
Some will say that the ‘Old Testament’ prophet was more predictive, or that New Testament Prophet is really just in place to confirm things God has already told you. However, the NT prophet isn’t always just in place to confirm. I’ve often told people things they had no clue were going to happen, usually with them insisting I was wrong until it came to pass. John, the writer of Revelation, wrote a whole book of predicting prophecies. The prophecy of Agabus in Acts 21 wasn’t a confirmation to the disciples; the narrative makes it clear that they didn’t know until then that Paul was headed for more trouble than usual at Jerusalem.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” -Jeremiah 29:11
Not everyone will understand your assignment, and not everyone will appreciate or value what God has placed in you. This should never affect your thinking. As Seneca once said, ‘A giant will retain his stature even though he will have stood in a well.’
Your present circumstance does not indicate your intended end, nor does it define the limits of your ability and purpose. Press on until you encounter those who can receive what you have to offer.
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. – James 2:26
Your daily commitment to the pursuit of what God gave you to do is the work that evidences your faith. Likewise, in both life and business, a genuine belief that you can accomplish your goals is never absent of clear, decisive effort in the direction of those objectives.
Okay, so you’ve found what you really want to do or be in life. How close are you to it?
Patience is not the ability to wait a long time; it is the ability to wait until the Appointed Time, and the wisdom to be productive until then.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
–Hebrews 12: 2
Faith is not the ability to believe that God will do some particular thing or answer some particular request, but rather it is the ability to believe that God will always do what is best.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
–Revelation 20: 12-13
And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty ; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’ children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
–Exodus 34: 5-7
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
The written Word of God was established as a witness to mankind of God’s purpose, plan, and design, and as such, there is no part of it that is unimportant, trivial, or meaningless. Some may challenge this by reciting some passage or other that may not be readily understood by this or that person, or even passages which seem to merely record lineage, names, and seemingly minor events. However, passages containing family histories can contain some interesting, as well as revealing, facts.
And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
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.
Go to the ant, sluggard; consider her ways and be wise; who having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provides her food in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest. (Proverbs 6:6-8)
Financial tip of the day:
It’s good to remember that ants don’t just plan for their provision, but they are also not wasteful or irresponsible with their resources.
Now if you walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.’ (1 Kings 9:4-5)
David had some problems, most notably in regard to the matter of Uriah the Hittite (2 Samuel 11). However, aside from that very notable and consequently destructive misconduct, David had walked in integrity. For the purpose of this writing, it is this we shall focus on. However, before we delve into the matter of personal and ministerial integrity, let us more carefully examine the above passage.
Someone asked me recently for some advice on how to develop in their prophetic gifting, and though I’ve never liked referring to gifts as being ‘developed,’ so much as being revealed, I understood what he meant.
God called you, but your life is on speaker-phone. You answered the call, but you have had so many other things going on that you may have not given it your full attention. Leaders, it is time to end the spiritual multitasking and return to that first love in which God so had your attention that your call was not only revealed, but clarified to the extent that you chose to answer it. So much of what happened in those early years of ministry were in fact only a foretaste, a glimpse of who he intended you to be, and once more the Lord calls, “RETURN TO ME.” It’s time to come higher, to dig deeper, and to at last refuse to settle for anything less than the full extent of the manifestation of your sonship in him.
Rejection in your call does not invalidate it, but surrendering to rejection will undermine your purpose.