A letter to a reluctant Prophet

“God is more concerned about the purity of his Prophets, than the accuracy of their prophecies: He values the men and women themselves and their motives as much as their message and ministry” 1kings13;20-22

Now there was a certain old prophet living in Bethel, whose sons came and told him all that the man of God had done there that day. They also told their father what he had said to the king. Their father asked them, “Which way did he go?” And his sons showed him which road the man of God from Judah had taken. So he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” And when they had saddled the donkey for him, he mounted it and rode after the man of God. He found him sitting under an oak tree and asked, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?”

“I am,” he replied.

So the prophet said to him, “Come home with me and eat.”

The man of God said, “I cannot turn back and go with you, nor can I eat bread or drink water with you in this place. I have been told by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water there or return by the way you came.’ ”

The old prophet answered, “I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the Lord: ‘Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.’ ” (But he was lying to him.) So the man of God returned with him and ate and drank in his house.

While they were sitting at the table, the word of the Lord came to the old prophet who had brought him back. He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, “This is what the Lord says: ‘You have defied the word of the Lord and have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. You came back and ate bread and drank water in the place where he told you not to eat or drink. Therefore your body will not be buried in the tomb of your ancestors.’ ”

When the man of God had finished eating and drinking, the prophet who had brought him back saddled his donkey for him. As he went on his way, a lion met him on the road and killed him, and his body was left lying on the road, with both the donkey and the lion standing beside it. Some people who passed by saw the body lying there, with the lion standing beside the body, and they went and reported it in the city where the old prophet lived.

When the prophet who had brought him back from his journey heard of it, he said, “It is the man of God who defied the word of the Lord. The Lord has given him over to the lion, which has mauled him and killed him, as the word of the Lord had warned him.” 1kings13;11-26.

Dear brethren like I wrote recently regarding the prophets and intercessors concerning serving the Lord, I wrote to you pointing out the differences between the prophets and intercessors and how they relate in the ministry. So I said that the difference between the prophets and intercessors is that;

“Prophets are supposed to carry the burdens of the Lord” and they are spokesmen for God where as intercessors are supposed to carry the burdens of the church and the people since they are to stand before God to build the ruined and plundered body of Christ, intercessors instead are to seek mercy than Judgement(Isaiah59;15-16) where as prophets are spokesmen for God, they are supposed to carry judgements, instructions of God and commandments, this is seen in the Jeremiah’s call against the Babylonia confrontation against the false prophets. Jeremiah was to carry God’s instructions and judgements to the people of Israel and the priests, the false prophets.

Therefore the true prophets of God are raised in the days of apostasy. Jeremiah1;7-8. But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

Meanwhile in the above context of the young prophet in 1kings 13:1-126 was raised to carry the burdens and go by the commandments of God as he was instructed by God.  This young prophet went to bethel to prophesy what God had instructed him to do. He have gave him the commands alongside the instructions, he was told not eat any where in the place where God was to show his power, even he was told not to go by the way he came to the altar in bethel. Indeed this young Prophet performed what had been told him to do by the Lord, he even performed a miracle of restoring a Kings hand which had withered but that could not save him . As he was going back, the King tried to entice him to the eats and drinks but the prophet rejected the offer of the King and stuck to the instruction and command the Lord had given him.

 

When this young prophet had travelled and decided to rest under the oak tree because of the long journey, there came an Old Prophet who was not false but instructed by the Lord to go and test the young prophet whether he could carry the instructions till the end… The Old prophet invited him to dine with him and lied to him that the Angel of the Lord had appeared to him and told how they could eat together.

At first the young Prophet resisted the invitation of the Old Prophet, and told him how God had commanded him not to eat or drink in any place where he had been sent. But the Old prophet deceived him that God had sent an angel to instruct him to invite him and they eat. In the end the young prophet accepted the lies of the Old Prophet not knowing this was a big Test from God. His ministry ended at the Oak tree where he accepted the lie and Moved by it minus confirming whether the word was from God. “ Warning to the young Prophets”

 

This is what happens in the prophetic Ministry, the prophets are raised by God himself and trained by the Holy Spirit in the desert in order to be perfected. A prophet will always face humiliation, scourging, a bruise, opposition, deception, manipulation, rejection, and must pass through the mill to be accredited by God to serve him in holiness and righteousness. If a prophet passes the above and knows how to master rejection, humiliation, opposition will gradually be established to serve before God. The will be cultivated in depth to obtain the humility of God, as he also harvests obedience before God.  The primary goal of why God deals with the prophets with a Mighty hand is that they are so stubborn and they may be deceived to carry their own instructions and others instruction which is the opposite why they are being raised “ Reluctant Prophets” .

Yet God raises prophetwho can carry his instructions well not in part.  The prophetic ministry seems simple but it’s the hardest ministry you can assume to take on, the reason is that people like to deliver messages and want to be used by God which is opposed to God’s plan, actually God raises Prophets and prophets never look for God but God looks for them to raise them and give them instructions. This happens especially when the church is astray, the nation is astray and these may be days of much apostasy. God will always someone who can carry his instructions to the end.

 

The young prophet in 1Kings13, was raised for the same purpose because the Nation of Israel had gone astray, on being raised as a prophet normally God prepares the prophets before they can deliver his word. His first Test came at altars in bethel challenge. God was planning to raise a new King whose name was Josiah because other Kings had been defiled and departed from God including the priests.

Most prophets in the modern church today are like the young prophet 1Kings13, they do not know what to do and how to contain the instructions of the Lord within themselves, they will state for the Lord had told me not to do that but in the end Satan traps manipulates such thoughts and so they end up carrying their own and other people’s instructions and forget the instructions and the commands of God when he raised them . The young prophets make one mistake they always want to be like Old the prophets or those whom they have been seeing before they were raised, they want to emulate them and to be like them, and this kills their ministry because when God is raising prophets, he gives them different abilities and they can never be the same.  Prophets of the Lord Jesus Christ are the eyes of the Body and they are supposed to carry the vision of the Lord Jesus Christ and carry instructions  and his instructions alone otherwise they will be deceived like the young prophet and be compromised once compromise sets in, that is the end of the prophet.

 

Another mistake prophets make is to go by every word said by the mature prophets, minus testing them to see whether they are true. Its not that the mature prophets don’t meander and prophesy their own hearts, they are also human, prone to deception and in most cases they cease to listen from the Lord and prophesy their own because they might want to be depend on the experience they have cultivated during their life time as prophets, so for that matter every prophet must be tested per message he brings whether it is from God not because of their experience with Lord Jesus .  The young prophet failed to do that, he failed at testing which killed his ministry he trusted in the words of the Old than carrying fully what God has commanded him, the Old prophet deceived him by the virtue of his experience in the ministry of Prophetic so the young Prophet presumed that since he is a mature prophet he cannot lie and that was wrong, the Old prophet remember had said that, he the got the message from the Angel and that is why the young prophet accepted the invitation. The problem is that the young prophet relaxed under the Oak tree and forgot the instructions of the Lord.

It is a warning to all the prophets, we should not just accept every prophesy just because it comes from mature prophets, they also error. Prophets must depend on God and cultivate deep relationship with God. But that does not mean we cannot listen to them, testing a prophet is not bad or a sin, its also an instruction in the word of God. We must discern every Spirit and Test them. 1 john4;1-2.

The church is failing at her commission  because some of the prophets are resting under the Oak Tree, like the young prophet and they are forgetting to instruct the church to do the will of God. And once prophets relax under the Oak tree, the devil will come with manipulation and deceive them and they will start carrying the instructions of the people and become people pleasing just like the Young Prophet in 1Kings13. He carried instructions of the lord in part.

 

God is concerned for the character of the prophet as he is for the truth of his word.

God is more concerned about the purity of his Prophets, than the accuracy of their prophecies: He values the men and women themselves and their motives as much as their message and ministry (Dr. Bill Harmon, Prophets Pitfalls and Principles). The young prophet did not understand that if you accept other people’s wishes you are affected and they affect your prophetic ministry.

 

The most prophets I have seen fall today are those who accepted the wishes of the people and left the instructions of the Lord. The Test is coming for all the prophets to see whether they can still stand in these days of apostasy or they will be like the young prophet who listened to the lying old  prophet the Angel brought the message.

 

The prophets who will not stand on God’s counsel and instructions will eventually be eaten by the Lions alongside the Road. They will never finish the journey to which they were called to move by. And this is what has happened in this era of the church and in the body of Christ, may be prophets are resting under the Oak tree instead of moving ahead with what has been instructed them to do.

 

The only prophets I see are those who failed to carry the instructions of God and guard them carefully so they ended up being eaten by the lions alongside the road and marked the end of their Journey. “Stubborn prophets.”

 

There are several pitfalls, which prophets, young and old, must be careful to avoid.

A Critical and Harsh Spirit

Prophets have high standards. They see things in black and white. This can sometimes result in the prophet being over critical, which makes their words seem harsh, even if they are true. If we enjoy giving hard words we may have a critical spirit.

If we find it easy to give negative words, then we have no understanding of the grace and goodness of God (Graham Cooke – Developing Your Prophetic Gifting p.76).

Kiwis have a preponderance of the prophetic gifting. But the downside of that is our propensity to judge others. Moreover we tend to judge others in the areas of our own weaknesses.

Sin produces in our heart a critical, negative spirit, which makes us despise whole categories of people. But the sin we hate the most in others, we are sensitized to by our own guilt. We are measured by our own value judgements of others, and our criticisms of them reveal what we really do not know about ourselves (The Sin of Unrighteous Judgement).

 

 

 

Frustration and bitterness

All prophets experience rejection, if their words are not always accepted and obeyed. If this happens frequently, the prophet can become frustrated, and frustration can lead to bitterness. Words spoken out of frustration and bitterness will be contaminated by these things and will not come out pure. This is one of the most serious problems faced by prophets. They must learn to deal with rejection without going into frustration and bitterness. And this was faced by Jesus Christ as he traced in his words at his homeland” No prophet is accepted at his hometown. Luke4;24.

Frustration is an enemy to the prophetic ministry. It will always colour our thinking, infect the word we have, and give us a jaundiced perspective on the life of the church. If we are to represent God’s heart and be good servants, we must learn to master our frustration (Graham Cooke – Developing Your Prophetic Gifting p.78).

Dwelling on past rejections will keep us self-centred instead of Christ centred, which will obviously cause a distortion in our vision (Rick Joyner – The Prophetic Ministry).

The Prophetic Ministry often places the prophet in extreme situations with high stakes: success or failure, acceptance or rejection, vindication or humiliation, life or death. When great success results, victories are won and great revival takes place, the prophet usually expects leadership to appreciate his or her prophetic words and powerful performances. Yet often such leadership reacts instead as Queen Jezebel did – not only with rejection, but with threats of destruction. Consequently the prophet may grow discouraged.

Prophets reach the bottom of this pit of despair by descending steps, beginning with disappointment. If the situation is not immediately adjusted with a proper attitude, such disappointment will lead next to discouragement, then resentment, self pity, a persecution complex, and anger. The final step for prophets who climb down into this pit is a bitter and hard critical spirit that causes them to be a law unto themselves, with such a spirit of rejection that no one can reach them in their self delusion . ( The Elijah task) Elijah vs the false prophets.

 

If, as the prophetic person involved, we move out of a sense of frustration with events, or rejection in the ministry, then it is easier to prophesy our own opinions. Also we must ensure that we are not living with any negative influences over our own lives that can infect the prophetic word Leaders too can be at fault in this area. There is a need to care for our prophetic people, to give them love, accurate feedback, loving kindness and a framework of discipleship (Graham Cooke – Developing Your Prophetic Gifting p.97).

I have seen a phenomena among God’s people. I have seen that the prophets with the clearest vision and highest call are those that the enemy isolates and desires to overcome with bitterness, rejection and a critical spirit. The travesty is that many of these people have been ridiculed and driven from the very church to which they were called to be a voice and watchman (Bitter Prophets).

 

Prophetic people are especially susceptible to rejection. This rejection can lead to bitterness, negativism, and self-pity – all things that make prophetic people useless for the ministry of the Holy Spirit ( Surprised – By the Voice of God p.205).

Prophetic ministers seem to have more disappointment with God than the average person. They often see clearly how things should be or how God plans for them to be. But they have to wait in faith for a longer time because they have seen further ahead. They are much more prone to the Proverbs 13:12 difficulty: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” Because their expectations are typically higher, they are more deeply disappointed. Every time Jeremiah opened his mouth he got in trouble. He was perplexed, he was ridiculed, and he wanted to quit. Nevertheless, the word of the Lord was like a fire burning within him, and he could not hold it back (Jeremiah 20:9). Some of that pain comes with the calling (Mike Bickle – Growing in the Prophetic p.130).

I empathize with prophets speaking an unpopular word that comes from God’s own heart, and being rejected. What a devastating experience for a prophet. We feel God’s grief personally, because that is the way God has made us. Rejection for a prophet is like torture! Jeremiah’s countenance. Jeremiah12:5-6. Jeremiah was betrayed by his own family, Jeremiah was filled pain with that the land of Israel was doing even after giving them true judgements of God, he was rejected and this God had to tell Jeremiah not to focus on the rejection and it would affect his ministry, God wanted Jeremiah to master rejection, For He said If you have raced with Men and have won you, how will it be if you run with the horses? Jeremiah had welcomed the Spirit of self Pity and was pained in his heart could have not been open that is he was affected to avoid rejection we must open our hearts so that the love of God can flow in. Most prophetic people feel rejected because they do not have any relationships of worth and value” (Graham Cooke – Developing Your Prophetic Gifting p.78).

Bitterness is presented in the Bible as a kind of sharp, pungent poison. It’s like bitter bile. This is why avoiding offense and an offended nature are so important. These traps often inject the bile of bitterness into whomever they capture and leave them tainted and defiled. When someone’s spirit is tainted, everything that flows from their spirit is tainted. Prophets are particularly susceptible to his both because of the hard path they have usually had to walk and because the anointing on them is often so strong. The power of the anointing can often amplify what is in their hearts, making a bitter heart a putrefying experience for all who hear them (Stephen L Mansfield – Pastoring the Prophetic).

Given the path that most prophets have had to walk, both as Christians and before, there is usually an exceptional need for attending to issues of wounding and bitterness. If these aren’t addressed, the prophet will likely gravitate to an isolated, critical, and hardened condition of heart that can quench the prophetic fire. If these issues are addressed successfully, however, there can be a greater love and wholeness and thus a clearer prophetic flow than ever (Stephen L Mansfield – Pastoring the Prophetic).

A cave seems to be a safe place, but it is not a dwelling place. The Body of Christ is full of wounded prophets who went into a cave and dwelt there. (Janet Chambers – Cave Dweller or Tower Dweller)

 

Anger

The most Prophetic people often get angry with those who do not receive their words, when the real problem is that the message was not spoken clearly. The prophetic person may have been given a truth to share, but if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, no one will respond. The hard truth for prophetic people to swallow is that an unclear word is a dead word.

Praise from friends and people who have already received the word does not mean much. We are all receptive to words that confirm our own views. The real test of a word is whether it is clear to those challenged by it.

Taking rejection as a sign that a word was true is dangerous, because this is not always the case. Rejection often occurs because the word was not clear, and sometimes because it was not true or may be the people were not ready for the word because their hearts were not prepared for the word.

Prophets must be constantly looking at the way they presented their message. They should hone their words, so they can present a clearer warning. Speaking loudly is not what makes the message true, rather speaking the word with carefulness is what makes the message true and it will be welcome by the people it was intended. It’s a pitfall that prophets can deliver message in anger it kills what God has intended to do. “ Careful Prophets” In most cases want to show they have authority and mis use the authority like just Elijah did, some times we want to prove ourselves as prophets that we can roll things around and bring the fear in people which might not be the Holy fear of God, if we continue to do that we might not be differentiated from what the devil does, he wants a show off out of pride. “Immature Prophets” the prophets I see in this error who have presumed that God was angry yet he was not, God’s messages must be spoken with harshness but in love and with Love.

 

Pride

Prophets usually lead lives that are extremely righteous. They can easily take on the spirit of the Pharisees, who felt good, because they could see the sins of other people. Pride is very destructive of prophetic ministry.

The arrogant cannot stand in your presence (Psalm 5:5).

Another trap into which I commonly see prophetic people fall is the desire to be awesome in ministry, to be “a prophet to the nations.” This is exactly opposite of the true Spirit of prophecy (Rev 19:10). Prophecy is meant to testify to the awesomeness of Jesus, not to the prophetic ministry (Jack Deere Surprised by the Voice of God p.207).

Why does God have to deal so strongly with those who are prophetic? For one thing, they are so stubborn! For another, they are more prone to pride (Cindy Jacobs – The Voice of God p.59).

 

Prophetic Pushiness and self promotion;

Prophets must avoid the trap of pushing their name forward. This pushiness often comes from frequent rejection, but must be rejected. Prophets must be servants of God’s word. Their only concern should be that God’s word is heard. If the word is heard, it does not matter if the prophet is forgotten. Prophets are human, so this is easier to say than to live. When a prophet hears a word he brought being quoted with the vague words, “I think this came through a young man who lived in the south”, his heart will often scream for his nameto be mentioned. This feeling is human, but is dangerous for the prophet, because it is rooted in pride, and pride kills prophecy. Prophets must struggle to quiet their hearts and be content if the word they spoke is being heard.

Many prophetic people get in touch with their gifting’s long before they cultivate the corresponding wisdom, humility and character that is necessary to succeed in prophetic ministry. In the beginning, they may appear arrogant or pushy because of their zeal. As years go by, their pushiness usually increases because of fear, hurt and rejection.

 

The average person who has been in prophetic ministry for 10 years is pretty beat up and bruised. Self promotion is very dangerous to prophetic ministry because it will attract pride which will come in and destroy the prophets ministry . this must be avoided by the Prophets in the church. Some people are attempting to build enough credibility to insure they won’t be rejected. Since building clout is so important to many prophets, there is the temptation to push hard to get credit for having accurately heard from God figures . this was seen in the Jeremiah’s challenge against the False prophets, for they Loved promoting themselves and their ministry. Indeed they ended up in the drain. Jeremiah23:21-22. In the end the false prophets will be known to be false by their own pushiness and self promotion. One thing I have noticed with God is that if he has called you in the prophetic ministry he will make sure he promotes you as long as you remain humble and your words will not fall to the ground and your ministry shall be approved by him still. Call is confirmed by preparation. Those whom God calls are also prepared by God. There is often a long time gap between God’s calling and entry into ministry. This calls for patience. Preparation may take a lot longer than we expect, but God’s standards are high.

Prophets must take on the ministry attitude of the Spirit of Christ, which does not demand the right of self-promotion and self-preservation .

 

Rebellion

Pride often leads to rebellion. Rebellion is terribly crippling for a prophet. It is the moral equivalent of witchcraft (1 Sam 15:23).

I believe that many prophetic people (like myself) do have problems with “rebellion”. They seem to rub leaders the wrong way almost by design sometimes. And then they develop a “persecution complex” or slink off wallowing in self-pity. I have done all of this and more. In times past I have found myself sitting in the “gate” like rebellious Absalom, subtly speaking words against the leadership and growing my own reputation thereby. Rebellion is the most insidious sin, and when you begin to see how much it dominates our world, and how ingrained it is in us, it is a real eye-opener.

I have found that it is only when you have dealt with Rebellion that you can trust yourself to speak only God’s word to a leader. Rebellion can greatly affect the words we bring to leaders, and yet many prophets seem to hardly know they have a problem in this area. I can look back now and I wince at the influence of Rebellion over my words and actions in the past. But God does cleanse and heal. Often now I see the Pastor’s point of view – that of a leader and responsible shepherd, when unwise prophets arrive looking for something or someone to ‘target’. So-called “prophets” like this are a curse, not a blessing.

God is dealing with Rebellion inside that you may have now. If you can’t sit under authority today, you will be a pain in the neck to tomorrow’s leaders too. Deal with your rebellion now, or miss out. It’s that simple. I believe a lot of problems could be caused by roaming “lone ranger prophets” in the coming move of God – even worse than today. Tell me friend, do you have the makings of being just such a “lone ranger”?? (Andrew Strom).

Our democratic society is a breeding ground for insubordination. Because of this we have lost sight of what it means to submit to authority. True submission never wavers. Yet today we only submit when we agree. If authority goes against our will or direction, we disobey or grudgingly go along with it until a better option presents itself. This makes us especially vulnerable to deception and the counterfeit prophetic ministry. Else rebellion is defensive and never sees the leadership of a pastor or anyone in leadership, it colors prophets character and this prophet may assume he has a calling more than the Pastor, normally this prophet will hardly take the words of the Pastors . this rebellion was seen in King Saul who despised Samuel who was supposed to guide as king and later he was destroyed by the same rebellion, I have noticed and experienced this that when the sin of rebellion gets hold of you, it creates defensive even when you do wrong you might not know and cant accept direction by anyone…” The sin of Rebellion” therefore its mandate that the prophets should avoid this sin of rebellion because it kills ministry of the prophets. 1Samuel15;23.

 

Control and Manipulation

The Jezebel spirit uses manipulation and control to achieve results. It is the opposite and the enemy of the prophetic ministry. Prophets must avoid all temptation to “help” the fulfilment of their words by manipulating people.

Steer clear of the “Three C’s” Condemnation, Control, and Criticism. These have to stay out of our prophecy. We need to root out the three C’s ruthlessly in our words, in our thought life, in our actions. Don’t give them a place. Don’t pray them, don’t think them, and don’t speak them. Then they won’t get into the prophecy.

 

Every church that embraces a prophetic ministry will have to contend with the Jezebel spirit because it mimics the prophetic gifts and callings of God. This spirit comes to destroy the prophetic gift. Consequently, since it works covertly, its activities are extremely. This was seen in the ministry of Elijah against jezebel the prophetess and her prophets of Baal . 1st Kings18:40, And Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape.” And they seized them. And Elijah brought them down tothe brook Kishon and slaughtered them there.Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 1Kings19;-13. Any prophet raised must unmask the spirit jezebel before its too late, you will have to contend with the Spirit of Jezebel. The Spirit most often attacks the prophets, the reason is that they reveal her motive in the church by choking her prophets of Baal.

A church without a true prophet will be crippled like King Ahab under manipulation of jezebel and disobey God and his commands, they will only seek women and forget about the holiness of God. It will be a nuisance church no one will see like the wrong prophets until they have been unmasked for slaughter by the true Prophet. “The Elijah task” until Elijah unmasked the prophets that they were wrong the people of Israel were believing them and King Ahab was under control. When the spirit enters the prophetic ministry it comes with control, manipulation, and deception. The church will prophesy lives of people than the life of God and the promises of God for his people.  If we want to stand in prophetic ministry we must understand the Spirit of Jezebel and be ready to fight and kill her prophets otherwise Jezebel will raise her own Baal prophets in the church that will try emulate true prophets. { unmasking Jezebel).

 

The prophetic spirit is not worried about the timing of the prophetic word. It links with the heart of God and declares his heart. Be patient, stay with God, stay with his heart (Wesley Chambers).

 

Misuse of Power

God gifts are irrevocable (Rom 11:29). This means that prophets can misuse their gift. Elisha and the rude children is an example. He went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!” And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys. 2kings2;23-25

From there he went on to Mount Carmel, and from there he returned to Samaria.The scriptures do not say that Elisha’sbehavior as correct. They just record the incident. Elisha was not perfect, he just did his best with the knowledge that he had. With knowledge of Jesus and his teaching, Elisha misused his gifting. The boys who mocked him were irrelevant. He should have just turned the other cheek and ignored them.

 

James and John acted in the same way when they wanted to call down fire from heaven on those who opposed them. Jesus warned that they were acting in the wrong spirit. And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.Luke9:52-55. I think he would have said the same to Elisha.

 

Prophets must not use their gifting to protect their role or their reputation. And this was an error in old testament with some of incidents that Jesus Christ was putting right because it was not from his Spirit. The children could have been ignored by Elisha, most prophets today would want use scaring words in order to protect their roles or to show their relevance and this is not the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Spirit of the prophets must take things out of God’s heart and know his will. So mis use power and authority is one of the pitfalls in the prophetic that should be avoided.

 

 

 

Jealousy

Prophets can often become jealous of other ministries that seem to receive much more honour and acceptance. Jealousy can prevent us from hearing clearly.

Men who have not mastered glory get easily offended at others. We get “this stinging bitterness” inside of us when we have not died to glory. We will only have menial success in life and ministry with this hindering spirit still raging on the inside. It will cause a jealousy to build on the inside of you. It will make you feel good when others “ministry does not work.” It will make you feel the “I am the one who can do this”. “I am the one”! “I am the one”! Dying to Glory is the hardest death to die (Elijah list – Dying To Glory 12/2/01).

Prophetic people need to have the fear of the Lord operating in their lives much more than others (Cindy Jacobs – The Voice of God p.68).

 

Sexual Immorality

Any ministry can fall prey to any sin, but prophetic people seem to be especially prone to sexual sin. Perhaps one reason is because of the heightened sensitivity that comes with the prophetic gift. While prophetic individuals can “feel” the movement of the Holy Spirit, but they can also feel the torment of demonic spirits that attack them through others.

Sometimes a prophetic person will begin to discern and feel what someone is tormented with. If the prophetic individual is lax in their time spent with the Lord, it will become increasingly difficult to differentiate between their own feelings and those coming from other people.

The second reason stems from various roots of rejection. In many cases, prophetic individuals have experienced rejection so often that they harbour deep feelings of insecurity. Subsequently, they also can harbour pride at doing something others may never have had the opportunity to experience. This pride becomes a driving force that opens the door to deception. Furthermore, they are prone to receive the acceptance of others with open arms, without maintaining an attitude of vigilance. Thus, a prophetic person who has not developed the characteristic of restraint becomes “open prey” for demonic torment and attraction. Some prophets are so worried about their mistakes that they refuse to admit them. No one is right 100 percent of the time.

 

Calling Out Sins Publicly

Prophets should not publicly accuse individuals of sin. The gospel provides guidelines for dealing with Christians who sin. They should first be spoken to in private.

If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector (Matthew 18:15-17)

Many prophetic folks begin to take themselves too seriously, or they love the feeling of having such influence over others. They are tempted to make themselves look and sound more spiritual, holy and sensitive than they really are. I encourage them to throw a cloak over their prophetic mystique and deliberately refuse to utilise it to gain favour, praise, opportunities, sympathy, trust, affection or money. Stay impressed with God and His power without becoming impressed with themselves (Mike Bickle – Growing in the Prophetic p.62).

 

Money

Money can be a cause of blindness. Prophets should be careful about giving favourable words to those who provide them with financial support. Generally, it is better if prophets can be financially independent of the church and the community.

Materialism and money have always been a problem in prophetic ministry. Micah complained in his day, “This is what the Lord says: ‘As for the prophets who lead my people astray, if one feeds them, they proclaim ‘peace”; if he does not, they prepare to wage war against him” (Mic 3:5). When prophets succumb to the temptation to give good prophecies to those who treat them well and bad prophecies to those who don’t show them special deference, then the Lord may cease speaking to any of the prophetic people (Jack Deere Surprised By the Voice of God p.209).

 

People Pleasing

People pleasing is a killer for all ministry, and especially prophetic ministry. Prophetic people who tell people what they want to hear will lose touch with God (Gal 1:10; Ezek 13:2). A true prophet should not expect the praise of men (Luke 6:26), they will seek only the approval of God.

Human love can taint a word. Sometimes love blinds the prophet, causing him or her to give a good prophetic word when the Lord wanted to give a word of correction (Cindy Jacobs – The Voice of God p.186).

I could see the discontentment of the men and women who come to these services. Out of this has arisen the desire for what they think they lack in life. (Most often these are not needs but are nothing more than wants or lusts). This idolatry opens them up to receive words that speak directly to those wants or lusts and strengthens these desires or idols. All that is necessary for them to hear what they want is that they find “ministers” who are lacking in the area of the fear of God. These will be concerned with their reputation, appearance, growth, and agendas. They can be bought or persuaded with the right reward, thus they will speak to them in light of their desires rather by the faithful light of the Word of God (John Bevere Thus Saith the Lord p.76).

Few self proclaimed ‘prophets’ are anything more than teachers. I see too much of the man pleasing spirit everywhere. I have just preached a little on Samuel. Now there was a prophet. Are there any so-called prophets operating in the realm of Samuel? If any, I don’t know of them, and have never heard of them. Are there self-proclaimed prophets around the world? They are more abundant than cent pieces, and yet just about every single one of them are more travelling teachers who couldn’t prophecy themselves out of a paper bag (Ivan Poulter).

One of the greatest problems a young prophet or prophetess can have is an attitude of presumption. Regardless of which ministry we are called to, we must not copy or emulate other people, but rather the One whose image we are called to bear. Schools for prophets may be helpful, but they will be counterproductive if they just bring forth “parrots”, who all prophesy the same things (Rick Joyner – The Prophetic Ministry).

 

Confusing Wisdom and Prophecy

When reading many of the words on prophetic lists on the internet, it is hard to distinguish between human wisdom and true words from God. Many of the words have good applications of the scriptures and others provide good insight into what is happening in the world, but none seem to be very different from what would be heard in many Sunday sermons, of the pastor seeks the Lord about what he should say to his flock. Calling these words prophetic, not only devalues the meaning of the word prophetic, it makes it hard to dig out the genuine word from the Lord.

Most prophetic people have studied the scriptures for most of their lives. They usually have a passion for God’s Kingdom and are keen observers of all that is going on in the world. This puts them in a good place to comment on what is happening in current events or to develop sound applications of the scriptures. Their wisdom is often be really insightful and worth sharing (often more relevant than the editorial writers who dominate the websites of news organizations), but it is not the word of the Lord, so it is misleading to label it prophetic.

A prophet must be able to distinguish between what they receive from the Lord and what comes from their own wisdom. If they are unable to do that, they are on a very slippery slope, which often leads to disaster. Prophets should be very clear about the source of their words. If a word comes from the Lord, the prophet should say so. If it a prophetic of their wisdom and experience, they should label it as wisdom. If they are not sure, it is better to be modest than to exalt their wisdom. “The Spirit of wisdom and revelation”

 

When prophets do not distinguish between their human wisdom and a word from the Lord, the word prophetic confusion follows. The true word from the Lord, which his people need to hear, gets lost in the “prophetic slush”. The biblical prophets used everyday language and context to describe what they saw, but they were also very clear about what was a revelation from God and what was a description of their response or their experience.

Blindness to our Culture

The hardest thing for a prophet is to see the weakness and sins of their own society, culture or denomination. If we are attached to something, we can be blinded by it. A true prophet stands apart from their culture.

The late 20th century release of prophetic spirit into the world has been perhaps the greatest spiritual marvel of our times. Prophecy is an amazing phenomenon for the way it bridges two worlds at the same time. The burden of the prophetic is to bring the things of heaven to bear on the earth, to enforce the authority of the eternal over the temporal with a view to transforming the earthly to become like the heavenly. But with this burden comes a mandate. The mandate is this: before we can transform the earthly into the heavenly, we must first lose our love for the earthly. If we attempt to execute the prophetic burden upon earth’s affairs without first losing our love for and identity in our culture, our spiritual gift and office becomes overpowered and subverted by our culture to reaffirm its own ways. The prophetic becomes a mouthpiece for the very powers behind culture which it has been dispensed to challenge and oppose. We become culture prophets (Chris Anderson, Little Flock – Culture Prophets).

If we attempt to execute the prophetic burden upon earth’s affairs without first losing our love for and identity in our culture, our spiritual gift and office becomes overpowered and subverted by our culture to reaffirm its own ways. The prophetic becomes a mouthpiece for the very powers behind culture which it has been dispensed to challenge and oppose. We become unable to discern between the loves of John 3:16 and I John 2:15, deceived into believing that God’s love for men and our love of culture are the same thing– and their agendas as well. Now, as prophets of the culture, or “culture prophets,” we begin prophesying to the glory of our culture— our nations and our denominations, our government’s policies and our society’s passing fancies, our civic customs and our religious holidays— believing we are indeed prophesying the true mind of the Lord and the true love of the Father to the world. We think we are executing God’s will to transform the earthly into the image of the heavenly, but are only debasing heaven, lowering God to the image of the earthly (Chris Anderson Little Flock – Culture Prophets).

 

This therefore is a Letter to reluctant prophets in the church of God who have been raised to take on mantle of the Lord Jesus Christ to wake up and start doing the work of the Lord as they are supposed to do.  The church of Christ Jesus is crippled all over the world because the prophets have not stood in the word of God to proclaim the will of God, they are no longer possessed about the Kingdom of God, like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, I have not seen much of these prophets in the church, most prophets I see in the church are just parrots who prophesy the same things and from their own hearts, they are possessed with the world and seeking the riches of the world, this is the opposite of why the prophet is raised. ( the sleeping Prophets in the church”}

 

This letter is compilation in the knowledge of God through Christ Jesus by the guidance of the Holy Spirit and incorporates the words of wisdom from the old prophets which should awaken sleeping prophets and guide the church in the right direction to reveal holiness and righteousness of God.

 

I could have written about the prophets but this is already much Spiritual food which needs to be consumed slowly by slowly. I will cover much more of the prophets in the subject of “ the coming of the Prophets and their roles in the Church”.

 

Peace be with you and grace of God be multiplied to you, May God restore your ministry and grow in the knowledge of his Word and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I remain Asher Namanya, the Lord’s servant not by the will of Man but by the will of God who foreknew me before creation of this world, Glory be to him forever more. Amen.

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