Prophesying in the church is a part of Christian ministry. It is just as important as the uplifting of the Church. However, if you prophesy, it doesn’t mean you’re a Prophet. God can use us all in the gift of prophecy. God will use any Christian who is open and available to the Holy Spirit.
You can give a Prophetic word to an individual or the Body of Christ. Have you ever been speaking to someone and felt the Holy Spirit gave you a specific message for them? This may be a word, the Word of Knowledge, the Word of Wisdom, or the Gift of Prophecy in action. This does not necessarily mean you are a Prophet, as ally spirit-filled believers can be used in any of the spirit’s 9 gifts.
Make your Call and Election Sure
When God has called you, it is natural to seek confirmation from others. However, you must first know that God calls you. Why did I say this is there will come others who will challenge your call? Hath God said? When you know your Father has directly called you, no one can tell you differently!
If you are truly called and willing to endure the challenges that lay ahead, you will fulfill your call. This is true for everyone, whether Sunday school teacher, youth minister or Prophet. Your call may not be recognized by your Pastor, especially if he or she is insecure. Don’t be discouraged. Eventually, your call will be recognized and confirmed by others.
Your call may not be recognized by your Pastor, especially if he or she is insecure. Don’t be discouraged. Eventually, your call will be recognized and confirmed by others.
2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall
I started as a young Christian giving words of prophecy to my congregation. This was only the beginning of my Christian ministry. My call began to manifest as God gave me visions, dreams, and words of knowledge to people and discerning of spirits.
From time to time, when I went to a special service, I was given a prophetic word that I was called a Prophet. As I continued in the Lord, I became an ordained minister. Later I was consecrated to the Office Prophet and consecrated.
I never called myself a Prophetess. I never put a title on a business card. However, when I finished preaching and ministering, the church pastor said I was God’s Prophet.
You don’t have to go around telling everyone you are Apostle, Prophet, or Evangelist so and so. When you have finished ministering, everyone will know who you are in God! So, you see, eventually, someone in leadership will recognize your call.
You’re not Weird. You’re a Prophet
Have you ever wondered if you are called to be a Prophet? Know this, and you can not choose to be a prophet. You have been ordained from the beginning of time. Before time and eternity, you were called, predestined to become a prophet!
Every life experience, every path walked, was your preparation for the time you outlined in Ministry. You may have one who has walked alone or has always seemed to be different than others or picked on by others. You are used to walking alone. Great…that is just where the Lord wants you!
I was always a little different, lonely even though I had a mother, father, and siblings. I battled depression as a child and teen. I often wondered what was wrong with me. I often felt broken or a misfit.
Even as a minister, I didn’t have many close friends. Little did I know, many called to Christian ministry, particularly the Prophet, experienced these things. If you are a believer and feel like this, know that you’re not weird. You might be a Prophet!
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
Born to be Different
You may wonder, “why don’t I seem to fit in? Why is it that I seem different than others in my church? Why do people’s eyes seem to glaze over when I share a revelation that the Lord has given me?”
Do you get angry when you see sin in the world? Do you get so burdened when God reveals to me what is going on in the Church? Do you feel like you wish God didn’t show you what is going on around you?
You may minister words of prophecy and encouragement to others, yet often can’t get a word for yourself. You are sometimes discouraged and depressed. You love God and serve Him with your whole heart. You pray and cry and cry, and I pray. People think I’m weird. What is wrong with me? People may not understand you but be encouraged, my brother, my sister. You’re not weird; you just might a Prophet!
Isaiah53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
If any of this seems familiar to you, know that you are not alone. Jeremiah cried all the time. He cried for the sins of Israel day and night. He said, “If my eyes were a fountain, I would weep day and night for the children of Israel day and night.” In his discouraged state, he refused to preach or Prophesy again.
Isaiah experienced the fear of not being received by others. Samuel had to tell Eli that God would wipe out his generation because he refused to discipline his sons. If Jesus endured rejection, so will we.
It was said about Jesus in Isaiah 53. ‘He was despised and rejected by man, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and we hid our faces from Him.’ Knowing that you are not weird, you are not being picked on, it is that you might be a prophet!
He was despised and rejected by man, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and we hid our faces from Him. If Jesus endured rejection, so will we. Knowing that you are not weird, you are not being picked on, it is that you might be a prophet!