I do not know anyone who ever really wanted to be called a prophet or planned on walking in the office of a prophet. When God calls you to be one of His prophets you immediately think that He has the wrong number. Especially if you have no idea what a prophet of today is supposed to look like. Most people seem to think of the word “false” when you say prophet, for false prophets are well known in today’s society. Some men have made the two words interconnected by their actions, men like David Koresh 1959-1993 or Jim Jones 1931-1978. Who in their right mind would want to be immediately grouped with these boys? To be called a prophet is to place yourself in one of the lowest categories of mankind, so why would you want to be known as a prophet?
Do not think honor is going to be given to you for calling yourself a prophet. Many have tried to seek honor from others prior to you and have left a shadow of doubt and disbelief behind them. If you are truly called by God to walk through life with this socially disgraceful brand you will experience very little honor. However, if you are faithful to the call and keep pointing to the only Prophet who is truly worthy of the title your reward in heaven will be spectacular forever.
“A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house”
It was March 14, 1979 I remember like it was yesterday; I was standing in my bedroom, looking out the window across the yard and into the trees across the road thinking about the sermon titled “What Does God Want You to Do for Him?” I had heard just hours before. With my hands out in front of me, my eyes closed, I lifted up my hands to God and said, “What do you want me to do for You, oh Lord?” I had been experiencing a lot of conviction about being a banker and the practice of usury by charging interest on borrowed money that violates scripture. Even though my pastor told me that it’s okay now because that was Old Testament law and it did not apply for today, I still felt my heart was not lined up right with God because of my job.
“If he has exacted usury Or taken increase-
Shall he then live? He shall not live! If he has done any of these abominations, He shall surely die; His blood shall be upon him”
At the time my oldest daughter was only a year old, we lived in the country in a modest home I had built for my little family. I was in my seventh year of banking, and on the weekends and holidays I worked on a ranch for my father-in-law who was also my best friend. My life was great in a lot of ways, but something was missing. I was really involved in our little country church and wanted more of God but didn’t know how to get closer to Him. It is for this reason that I was crying out to Him asking what He wanted me to do for Him. While I was in the middle of asking Him, He spoke: “Read Ezekiel 33”. I opened my Bible to the scripture and began to read. The more I read the heavier the burden felt upon me. When I read verse 33 it was as if my hair stood straight up all over my body. Bewildered, I re-read the verse about 3 or 4 times for I was totally perplexed, not understanding what in the world was this all about and what was I to do?
“Indeed you are to them as a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument; for they hear your words, but they do not do them. And when this comes to pass-surely it will come-then they will know that a prophet has been among them” (Ezekiel 33:32-33).
Why Would you Want to be Called a Prophet?
All I could see in my mind’s eye was me with a long beard, honey dripping down it, wearing some kind of camel skin garment and locust legs hanging out of my mouth. Snapping out of these thoughts, I began to focus on a more modern version of what I might look like and that picture did not give me any comfort either. I saw myself standing over an old wooden pulpit wearing an old moth-eaten sport coat speaking dry words. None of the above appealed to me and I stayed on my course as a banker. I asked myself why would you want to be called a prophet anyway?
God is so gracious; even when we turn our backs on Him and go our own way He still continues to bless us along our rebellious path. The fact is He graced me with an anointing for making money for the bank and by the time I was 32 years old I was offered the position as the bank’s president and CEO of the bank’s holding company, which owned a total of four banks and an insurance company. It was practically unheard of for someone my age with no family connections to be placed in such an honorable position in the community. At least once a month my name and picture were in the newspaper, and couple of times I was in the local television news announcing the success of another new business development or community project. Life was good. I was blessed with an expensive executive car furnished by the bank, a new home on acreage with a swimming pool, in partnership with lawyers and mega-millionaires, part owner in a twin engine Beechcraft airplane, hunting and ski lodge, and the list goes on.
Then one Sunday the preacher made a plea with the congregation. The church was in a financial bind and he was asking for help. As I was driving home from church God asked me, “Will you give My church $75,000?” Within myself I said, “Lord you know I don’t have it but if you will show me the way I will sell whatever I have or do whatever you ask and I will give the amount you’ve asked.”
I had been working to put a shopping center on some land that was across the road from the bank but the elderly lady who owned the property had already turned me down, saying the property had been in the family for many years and she wasn’t going to sell it. Well, God put it on my heart to go to her home and ask her again. I really did not want to, for she was very emphatic about not selling the property. However, I had to obey. As soon as I knocked on her door she invited me in and said she was waiting on me to come back. Then the lady proceeded to tell me that she didn’t know why but she wanted me to have the property, that I did not have to pay her the $100,000 up front but offered that I pay $6,000 and make an agreement that once I had the shopping center approved I would pay her the balance.
Three weeks after the contract was signed the State Highway Department made an announcement that they were going to expand the lanes that fronted the property on both sides making it the major intersection in the city. Well, if you know anything about traffic counts and land appraisals the value of the property I had just put under contract went from $100,000 to $300,000 in just three weeks. Needless to say God had blessed me with more than enough to give His church $75,000.
About this time in my life I had a lot of things going my way; however, I was young and thinking more of myself than I should have. As time went by I got busy with all kinds of investments as the economy was taking a turn for the worse and everything was coming apart at the seams. My health also began to suffer. In August of 1986 I had to have back surgery. Just four months later I was back in the hospital with double pneumonia and the doctors thought I might have cancer in my kidneys. As they prepared to get x-rays of my kidneys, they injected a dye into my bloodstream that caused me to have such a severe allergic reaction that I almost died. As I lay awake the doctors and nurses worked feverishly, doing their best to keep me alive. While all this is happening God told me, “You are not going to die,” so I was at peace even though the outcome looked dismal.
How Dare you Call Yourself a Prophet!
At this point you might be asking what happened. Everything was going so great and then everything started falling apart; why was God allowing all this to happen? You remember the $75,000 God asked me to give to His church, well I got so busy with all the things of the world I had forgotten my commitment to Him. It must have all started going downhill as soon as my promise to Him slipped from my mind. I knew the anointing for creating wealth had been stripped from me and that He was sending me back into my first calling found in Ezekiel 33. This is what He said to me:
“If you do not change your ways and give glory to My name, then I will send terrible punishment upon you, and instead of giving you blessings as I would like to I will turn on you with curses. Indeed I have already because you haven’t taken seriously the things that are most important to me.” (ref. Malachi 2:1,2)
This was in March 1987, eight years to the month when He had previously called me to be one of His prophets. I know your theology may not agree with what He said to me, but one thing I have learned is my experiences with Him will always speak louder than man’s theology. Like I have said many times before, I have learned more about God hearing His word for myself and others than all the preaching and teaching I could receive in a lifetime.
A Light to My Path, His Word is a Lamp unto Your Feet from Kent Simpson on Vimeo.
After I got out of the hospital I resigned from the bank, purchased a motor home with the idea that I could outrun the calling. You see I still did not want to be a prophet and I thought I could just get away and maybe everything would change. I was living the life of Job, and I was about experience being swallowed up into the belly of a whale of trouble. Everywhere I went, every friend I called on had turned from me as if to throw me out of the boat. It was just a matter of time and I would be counting the ribs inside that big fish.
Being called of God and not surrendering to His call is not a very smart thing, and I know you would not have taken the path I chose. If I knew then what I know now I too would not have been so foolish. …..to be continued
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