Much has been said to us by the Lord in the past years. One of the things that excite me most is that we are to be a ‘prophetic people’. What does this mean?
Does it mean that we are all prophets? Just because we have visions and dreams, or say things that happen does not make us so! The prophetic mantle is an office. But we together can be used by God to encourage, strengthen and comfort those who come in contact with us.
Here are some few pointers I sense you need to know for sure, if you have that calling in your hearts.
Firstly, a prophetic people must be able to express the heart and intention of God to the world. This simply means that we first must understand God’s heart and intention or we will not be able to express Him properly to others. If we can grasp this then we can understand that God has a timeline for completing His purposes and that the times and seasons are expressions of the Father’s will.
A great example is in Gen 15: 13-14.
Then the LORD said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions”.
It was in God’s timeline that Abraham’s descendants would be in bondage for 400 years and then God Himself would bring them out by sending Moses as a deliverer. A prophetic people must stand in the stream of His purposes just as others did before them. Those who don’t understand this become ‘prophetic loose cannons’ and hinder or even divert the purpose of God.
Secondly, prophetic people are naturally supernatural. Their walk in the Spirit is a peaceful, natural expression of the Life of the Lord and as different situations are encountered, the power of the Spirit is shown in a most natural way. The Holy Spirit may be manifested in a simple manner or in a dramatic powerful display of the magnificence of the Lord. Also, many prophetic people carry within them certain personality characteristics that are inherent in one called prophetically. These are challenging to others, and at times usually sound rough to those around. Prophetic people tend to speak in absolutes without any apparent mercy or compromise. So be careful how you function, and be mindful of people. Let me tell you, many who feel rejected eventually can become false in their functioning and speaking. That is why we need each other because God did not design any of us to be loners.
Thirdly, prophetic people always show growth and maturity in their calling. The Holy Spirit works in us to cause us to desire to be with other believers in order to give and receive of the life of the Lord and the fellowship of the Spirit. I believe we receive our prophetic gifting in seed form. Seeds have very little resemblance to the full-grown plant. Anyone looking at a two-week-old foetus would never be able to describe what the full-grown person would look like. So it is with the prophetic—there must be a growth and maturity process, which takes time. There is no such thing as ‘instant spirituality’, even for one who is gifted by the Holy Spirit.
Let us grow together into becoming the people that God desires here in this city at this moment of time!