From the early half of this year God has been speaking to me about the prophetic ministry. It is becoming quite the common occurrence for me to move in the spiritual gifts of Prophecy, Words of Knowledge and Discernment of Spirits. I have noticed the Lord using me strongly in these giftings to minister to his people.
Recognizing this, I have been asking the Lord to provide someone who would be able to groom me in the Prophets Office. Recently there is that intense desire for God to take me up to another level. However, the challenge is in finding that person to bring me there.
Make no mistake, I have mentors; and all of them are really sensitive to the Lord, moving strongly in their respective gifting. However no one can really give me practical handles on how to be, and remain, sensitive to the Lord. Most of them just tell me to watch them as they minister. I suppose that this is how most of them grew in their gifting – Watch and (somehow) Learn – but no, I want practical handles. If this is walking on water, I don’t want to learn by falling into the water. I want someone to teach me how not to fall.
Over the past week, the Lord answered my prayer. I was told to accompany JR to HCMC, to a pastor’s conference that he was invited to speak at. I know that he has a reputation of moving strongly in the Word of Knowledge and Prophecy so I was quite excited to travel with him. This was supposed to be a missions trip. However traveling with JR is more T&D (training and development) to me than it was a missions trip. I was even given the chance to sense and prepare for messages on the spot, to exhort the pastors over three days. When JR was praying over the people (prophesying) I would be standing beside him comparing what I sensed with what he prayed. This really sharpened my sensitivity to the voice of God. I really enjoyed all of that and came out of it having learnt so much.
I think ultimately this whole thing regarding the prophetic preparation would really make sense when we compare this with how God called prophet Samuel in the Old Testament. God only reveals more to Samuel when he understands who is speaking to him. God is speaking, When you recognize him, he reveals more. Obedience to what God has already revealed is crucial and pivotal to getting God to reveal more.
Below are some of what I have learnt from private conversations over meals and rest times, as well as observations I have made about how JR prepares himself for God to use him. Mostly the small things, but it is the small things that most people miss out and together they add up to a lot.
THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE PROPHETIC ANOINTING
The anointing is borne out a relationship with God.
Relationship means to seek God in the important things, and to seek him even in the smallest of things.
The strength of the relationship is based on the level of obedience (how much we ask, listen and obey God) and trust (how much God trusts us to handle what he says).
God is looking for men and women he can trust with secrets.
To say or not to say becomes lesser an issue of wisdom, but more of an obedience to God. Constantly check with God if he wants you to say what he has revealed to you.
Repent when you did not inquire of the Lord, and when you did not follow what God wants you to do at that point of time.
ON PROTECTING THE ANOINTING
God takes the anointing very seriously and he wants us to treat it seriously as well.
Treasure the anointing. Do not trade the anointing for anything. Money, Sex, Power, Position. People will want to buy (or pay) you because of your gifting. Do not give in to them. God will provide.
People will start to treat you like a ‘fortune teller’. When this happens, do not give in to them. When you do not give in to them, they will try to hurt you by saying that you do not have the gift. Do not believe them.
Do not be under pressure to say something. Minister only when directed from the Lord. It is his power and he will use you when he wills. When you flow as directed by God, the ministry will be powerful. When you try to minister apart from God’s direction. Your efforts will be a flop.
With anointing comes popularity. Be ready. If not God will take it away from you.
Diet helps a lot.
Fasting helps. Forces you to swap your desire for food with the desire for God. Drink lots of water, avoid coffee and unnatural stimulant, eat healthy. This will give you fresh breath and it makes your heart very tender before God.
When fasting do not a total fast as this makes your daily activity very difficult. Fast enough food not to give in to the body’s craving. Like eat only 40% of every meal.
The more you know the Word of God the sharper you can be. Our thoughts often gets in the way of living the spirit-led life. Jesus is combating this with Scripture in his temptation in the wilderness.
God decides when he wants us to move in the gifting. The key is to be a ready vessel. Be ready to operate in the gifts. Like if you are always upset and quarreling or if there is anger, strife and division, God cannot come in because you are not ready. You are dominated by your flesh and emotions. Stay clam, stay sensitive, stay ‘stirred up’ by speaking in tongues always.
Practice looking on the inside (of yourself). Many times we look so much for the spectacular but we miss the supernatural happening on the inside.
ON GROOMING THE NEXT GENERATION
We are who we are now because other people invested into our lives. Therefore spend time to invest in others, and allow people to share your stage.