So You Want to be a Prophet?
A few years ago a good friend of mine asked me this question; “Why do people want to become prophets? If everyone knew what all you have been through walking in the office of a Prophet they would not want the job.” This was some years back and I have just now been released to share some the challenges facing anyone who is called to walk in accordance with God’s prophets.
First of all, I must reveal a few things about what the difference between those who prophesy and those who are called to be prophets of God. All prophets prophesy; however, everyone who prophesies is not automatically operating as a prophet. We also know that prophecy is used by God to edify, encourage and to build up the body of Christ. However, when a prophet of God begins to minister it is somewhat different. We always look for the positive in everyone’s life, but there are times when God has had enough.
All prophets prophesy; however, everyone who prophesies is not automatically operating as a prophet.
This is when the word of rebuke comes in and the hearer of the word is captivated. It is as if the Lord caused the recipient to become deaf and blind to His word.
Some time later when the word comes to light, the recipient knows they have been corrected and now have the choice of changing or turning against the word.
It is the word that judges not the messenger.
It is the word that judges not the messenger. Many times the prophet already knows what their decision will be and they will prepare for the hearer’s retaliation. The prophet must stand alone at this point and not allow emotions to enter into their thoughts. Waiting upon the Lord for instructions can be most difficult; nonetheless, a prophet worth their salt will wait upon the Lord for direction. Only when direction is given can the prophet move to safety.