Finding the voice of a new prophet….in 6 Easy Hints
We sat at the kitchen counter, cookies cooling and I told her what it was like when I was going to flip the switches to off for the last time. This prophetic thing seemed so useless. I could see her feeling the same thing. So I told her my story… I told her how He showed me His heart so I could agree with the gift and give it voice….
A few years back I told Him I didn’t see the worth in this gift anymore…it seemed I was seeing most people were jerks and if I allowed myself to be vulnerable with anyone long enough to explain what I was seeing I would be quickly labeled jaded or cynical… I mean there was more to it than that but the long and short was we were all jerks…so what? What was the point of the prophetic if that was all I could see. She nodded at me and connected with what I was saying. I went on…”But that is a rookie mistake…all rookie prophets can see the reasons for fire and brimstone…all hacks can see the filth…and if that is what you are seeing…you are not doing it right. I had to ask Him ‘Show me what You want me to tell people…not just what I can see….tell me.'” It’s the tough wilderness of being a prophet. There seems to be no one around to guide you…and it was exhausting me. I explained how He began to show me His heart for His people…and then things started to change ,and rapidly. I went on to tell her about the few point I use to help guide and filter the prophetic in me….
Six Ingredients to becoming the next thing past a rookie prophet…or how to use your voice:
- Expect to be wrong… everyone is wrong sometimes…don’t carry the burden of perfection. That said, sometimes what you said just hasn’t happened immediately…have some faith.
- If you are just seeing the jerk in everyone…that isn’t His Heart…ask for a deeper ability…it’s like when the Texts says to ask for understanding to go with wisdom.
- Find a mentor. I get the church is a tricky place for the prophetic…it’s not like the worshippers who can be handed a guitar and sheet music.
- Don’t isolate yourself…It’s natural to feel like you need to pull away from the crowd…we see things different and it makes us feel weird and vulnerable sometimes, plus it is easy for us to pick up on other peoples emotions so you naturally don’t feel safe…. Find safe people… Or be the first safe person to stand up and reach out to others you see with the same tendencies.
- Forgiveness needs to become your first response to judgement… After you give anyone a word it is really their responsibility to judge it for themselves…so that judgement needs to roll off you. It’s strap set for rookies to fall into bitterness concerning the judgement of others…it truly can make you jaded and cynical if you don’t forgive.
- Pray that He is Glorified above all else…above yourself, above your community…above it all….and then pray some more!
Hanging out with the Real Deal prophet Stacey Campbell:
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