These days when prophets are so prevalent in the nation we must also understand their role in our lives, church, nationally, and internationally.
Prophets communicate by God, these go through such breakings and hardness that they cannot compromise the messages they carry.
There are false prophets, whom you can see clearly over cultic churches. I am not speaking of these today.
There are others who are so very dangerous to the Church. These false prophets are not as clear, because they are very deceptive and religious.
The spirit of religion is a deadly spirit — as they claim to represent God themselves and deceive with false words, signs, and lying wonders.
There are immature prophets who prophesy in the flesh, who need more breaking of self and God is able to break them.
Then there are those who prophesy out of their own heart or soul. Both false prophets and immature prophets seek to please their flesh as they think being a prophet brings them fame, glory, and honor.
Hollywood type thinking is NOT the life of a true prophet! God is the only one who deserves all the fame, glory, and honor!
God himself calls and equips the true prophet to that office.
Then there are those who can cause extreme damage — as Balaam — who prophesied for hire.
There are those who speak in Churches, who only say ‘soft words’ and are controlled by the leader(s).
But when a true prophet comes on the scene to bring godly correction and change, when the people cannot control the prophet, these will seek to destroy the prophet’s reputation, character, nature, or even try to kill their body.
Prophets are extremely sensitive to God’s heart. These represent God’s mind and voice.
God must train these prophets to never fear man or man’s opinions. The Fear of The LORD burns within them along with Godly Wisdom.
Many may think prophets seem harsh and unforgiving. But on the contrary, to know a true prophet you learn that they are very human, yet they have a hard outer shell and they love to come aside and prefer spending time with The LORD in prayer, than to be in social gatherings.
True prophets are very human, but these become so strong outwardly in the face of man, and inwardly, they are strong concerning who they are in Christ and what God wants them to do.
However, it isn’t easy for any prophet. The cost isn’t something you would want if you could see into their lives. True prophets cannot fear or impress man.
True prophets seem hard and unmovable, because of the messages they face and carry.
In many cases, they had to learn to say NO to many things that others may have the liberty to say yes to!
Prophets don’t wake up strong, they go through pressure to tenderize them in humility and obedience, so they can be choice vessels God can use. These are deeply rooted, planted by The River of God.
When prophets stand against sin in the Church, or with kings and nations, these may look proud, but it isn’t pride or arrogance that you see; it is actually a high level of confidence and assurance in whom they serve and speak for.
Prophets cannot be moved by man’s opinion or persecution — even if they stand alone. They have God and all of heaven’s resources backing them up, even if they are put into prison for their message.
In this small article, my objective in teaching is not an exhaustive manual on prophets. I am only acknowledging that true prophets are on the scene.
God has raised them up for such a time as this and it is important that you thank God for them.
If you know, meet, or hear of a prophet pray for them and bless them for they stand in the gap for you, your Church, nation, and the nations of the world.
More to come beloved…….
“Surely The LORD GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets,” Amos 3:7 KJV.
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,” Ephesians 4:11-12 KJV.
“But he that prophesies speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort,” 1 Corinthians 14:3 KJV.
“And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I The LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream,” Numbers 12:6 KJV.
“Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core,” Jude 1:11 KJV.
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey