So….You Want To Be A Prophet!
God looks down on those called to be His prophets with such great joy. How He loves us. When one knows that they are called to be a prophet of the Lord such joy fills their heart. Then all too quickly for the prophet the crushing begins. Little by little the Lord continues to press in to remove all that is not of Him. Many times the prophet will say ouch and often moan and complain until they realize that it really does no good but just takes more energy than it is worth. We are told to be good soldiers and endure hardness. The prophet needs to be softened to have the heart of the Father and yet toughened so they will not give in to pressure.
At the same time he or she needs to come to death in their need of approval and have it stripped from their lives. This needs to be to be removed from the prophets life. Dying daily is the way of the prophet. Paul said, I die daily. If you want to be a prophet get ready to die!!! Get ready to lay all on the altar before Him and move when He says move. You will learn to die quickly!
There will be times that you will move to an unknown place. Little by little one realizes that their life is not their own and Father is looking for a heart that obeys out of love. Some of us are more obedient than others. Then there are those that are full of rebellion that He has called and it all has to be dealt with. The process is not easy. You will go through a lot of rejection at the hands of others especially in the church. Some will not understand your calling. Even those of your own household will not always understand the high standard God has called you to!
You will be mocked and ridiculed because you will not enter into the things that they do. It is a lonely walk and often you will want to hide you head in the sand. Alas, that does not work either. Sometimes going to bed and pulling the covers up over your head seems like the answer but that too is short lived.
Plainly one comes to see that the life of the prophet is a hard, disciplined life. Yet one would not change it for the world. The true prophet loves the Lord with all their heart and has a heart for His people. It is out of this that the prophet is born.
The Heart of the Father must be your heart beat. You must love His church and not be critical of her but see her has the Father sees her. You will be that intercessor with His heart and you will also love His chosen people. You will hate sin but learn to love the sinner.
You will be become one with whom He shares His secrets and learn that you must keep confidences. You will learn to intercede and pray the Word of God and declare it into the earth. You will be His watchman. You will learn to die to your flesh and get up at night when He calls you. There will be little approval in this life for you. You will go through life in the cave, live in a cocoon, in the wilderness for a time and then one day you will be that beautiful butterfly that God wants you to be! So…you want to be a prophet! Be prepared to live in the fiery furnace. Just when you think you got out of it, in you go again for more refining. The Lord will lovingly refine you till you are
Do you feel that the Lord is calling you? Decide if you are willing to pay the price! Spend time with Him and you will know in your heart your calling as you wait on Him and hear His voice. He will over time confirm it to you. This will be done through others also who will recognize the gift that is in you. A mans gift makes room for him.
Sometimes it takes years and yet others are told very young that they are called the be a prophet. Jeremiah heard early that he was called to be a prophet. There are others who did not have it all revealed to them till midlife. They look back and understand all the rejection and hardship they have gone through and see that the Lord was preparing them.
God has a perfect plan. There is the prophetic gift, the prophetic ministry and the prophetic office. Find out where you are called. Take time Beloved to seek Him and know for sure that He is calling you to be one of His prophets. When you know this press in with all His might and be all He has called you to be. Realize that you will be in His school of learning for a long time and that it can take even fifteen, twenty or thirty years to form one who will one day walk in the office of the prophet and be that gift to the body of Christ.
So…you want to be a prophet…be read to die to all that you are so that you can be all for Him. You will become His mouthpiece, speak when He says speak and will learn through the things you suffer. You will put your foot in your mouth along the way, but He will put the horses bit in your mouth and you will learn to bridle your tongue.
Speaking in tongues is a good solution to this and being filled with the Holy Ghost daily is a must for God’s prophet.
Be prepared to be groomed by the Lord Himself and He will work in your heart and life and one day you will be separated by the Lord for this office. Then in His timing He will ordain you usually through an apostle into the office of the prophet.
You will do what you have done all along and serve His body and you will now be that gift to the body of Christ which will require a much greater dying to all that you are so that His church can be all that they will be.