SEVERAL PROPHETIC DIRECTIVES

Beloved, I have several things to share that the Lord has shown me:

IMMERSION IN THE SPIRIT

 “Let these holidays be “holy”-days – immersed in Me with the sound of My “now”- Word ringing in your spirit.” 

This immersion in the Spirit will cause us to be deeply grounded and rooted in God’s love and security – so that nothing will “move” us. 

Deep commitment to put God first in your day – making it a priority to spend time with Him, seeking His face, asking God “SHOW ME YOUR GLORY, LORD” – ascending into the spirit to see and to hear what He is saying – to live from every Word that comes from His mouth – walking with the SOUND OF THE LIVING WORD reverberating in you and through you – especially for Prophets. 

This IMMERSION (in the Word, in Worship and in Prayer), practicing His Presence – staying in the secret place as a life style, will be our provision for the times that are coming. “ASCEND TO BE SENT” : As we ascend in the spirit, we receive our assignments to manifest the power of the Spirit – for salvation, for healing, for miracles – to be God’s willing ambassadors. 

SHAKINGS AND SHIFTINGS

 Shakings and shiftings are going to increase, so will persecution. We need to be tuned to God to know what to do, where to go, what to say.  July is full of signs in the sky: It is a “marker” month and there is a lot of angelic activity all around us. Many are going to be shifted into new assignments and new directions – even new geographical places.

“Be watchful and alert for “peace-stealers”. Do not connect with other people’s stresses or dramas. Hold your peace and jealously guard it as you stay focused on Me – making time with Me – denying yourself.” 

HUMILITY 

I had a dream where I was teaching on humility. People started coming into the meeting from all directions and everyone had his reason why he had the right to have his stand and his “say”.

·      We need to humble ourselves by taking up our cross and follow Jesus.

·      Be quick to say you are sorry.

·      Take the lower place.

·      Let go of your rights and rather zip your mouth.

·      Be easily yielded (wisdom).

·      Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and He will exalt you. 

MIRACLE INTERVENTIONS 

“I am going to pour out my lightnings with shifting effect in the nations. You will stand astounded at the sudden interventions that will cause things to turn in the opposite direction, like Saul who was turned from persecuting Christians to become a follower of Jesus Christ. 

This will happen by the prayers of the saints.”

People will know the power of prayer and see the effects thereof as miracle interventions of the Lord. 

This is what we need to pray now for  “seemingly” impossible situations: Pray for God’s miracle interventions.

·      Those who have been bedridden are suddenly going “take up their beds and walk”.

·      Physical miracles and “heart” miracles

·      Financial provision from unexpected sources.

·      Restoration in relationships.

·      Prodigal children will come home to the Father – ready to take up their call to fulfill their destiny.


 PRAYING LIKE NEVER BEFORE:

 . Pray that you will be found faithful to the Lord.   

 .    Pray for your family and friends.                                   

.    Pray for your city and region.              

 .    Pray for your leaders and your country like never before.                       .  

. Pray for those persecuted for their faith that they will not deny the Lord.                                         

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Blessings

Elsabe

9 Characteristics of a Real New Testament Prophet

9 Characteristics of a Real New Testament Prophet – Dr. Steve Crosby

 

Stereotypes regarding prophetic ministry have existed for centuries. For some, prophets have been dispensationally deleted from church existence, allegedly “passing away” with the death of the last apostle or the closing of the canon.

 

Others may not be dispensationally inclined in their thinking and beliefs, but they have had either no experience, or some very bad experiences, with those who claim to be modern era prophets. Yet others have had full-on, cultic experiences with those who have claimed to be prophets. Can any path out of this mess be found?  I’d like offer a suggested road map.

Like virtually everything . . . it’s all in the definition of terms.

Prophets, “prophetic people,” or people labelled by others as “being prophetic”  are often erroneously characterized as being severe, ungovernable, frenetic, specially gifted, loners, emotional, mystic, unpredictable, weird, flaky, spooky, confrontational, impractical, intuitive not rational, “spirit” over “mind” people, and more generalizations along this line, all of which are very unfortunate and inaccurate stereotypes.

The tendency to determine what is or is not prophetic, or who is or is not a prophet by the mere presence or absence of a charismatic endowment, rather than inner alignment to kingdom truth, is unfortunate. It often carries tragic results.

The simplest definition of being prophetic is: hearing God and doing what He says!

Here are some qualities of bona fide new testament prophetic ministry from a new covenant and  Christ-centered perspective.

1. BEYOND GIFTEDNESS

Being able to accurately predict the future, deliver an accurate word of knowledge, or personal prophecy does not make someone a prophet. It might make him/her a gifted crook, new age psychic, or occultist. Delivering an accurate personal word (the normal expectation in prophetic-apostolic circles) is a legitimate, but minor facet of what it means to be a prophet.  It’s a wholly inadequate definition. Genuineness and spiritual authenticity from a Christian ministry perspective is determined by: character, message content, and gift operation. All three must be present to validate a ministry. Balaam gave an accurate prophecy, but he was not God’s prophet. John the Baptist did no miracles, predicted nothing, and he was the greatest prophet born of woman of that era. There is more to being God’s prophet than exercise of a gift.

2. SIGHTEDNESS

A prophet has a unique, God-given ability to bring forth a clear unveiling of the Person of Christ, and His current purposes in the cosmos, through the opening of the Word of God, by the Spirit of God. John the Baptist, the greatest prophet of the old order, did not predict future events, nor did he do any miracles. He made Christ known. His message was not “this or that is going to happen,” but “behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.”

3. ICONOCLASTIC

Prophets have the divine ability to tear down inner obstacles and outer systems that prevent the apprehension of Christ. Because of this ability, prophets are often unwelcome in the prevailing Christian culture. They do not preach a feel good, personal enrichment, life enhancement, false gospel. They are a threat to all systems that are not wholly Christ-centered and of kingdom ethos.

4. CONFORMING EMPOWERMENT

A prophet calls God’s people to conformity to those functions of sight through transformation and empowerment. It’s not enough to point out deficiency in individuals, systems, and structures. To do so is not a spiritual function. Critics point out deficiency. Prophets point out what is wrong and provide a path and means for remediation through grace empowerment.

5. MOTIVATION

Grace and a broken heart, not legalities and judgments of surface issues motivate a prophet. God has no dry-eyed prophets. Prophets live in, and minister from, the realities of the New Covenant, not the blessings and curses; fear and dread of the Old Covenant. Prophets build from a platform of internal ethics and accuracy of their lives, not from the exercise of their gift.

6. RELATIONSHIPS

Contrary to stereotypes, a prophet is relational. One of the signs of a dysfunctional prophet is an inability to functionally relate interpersonally and socially.

7. CONSCIOUSNESS

To be prophetic is to nurture, nourish, and evoke a consciousness and perception that is alternative to the consciousness and perception of the dominant culture around us (Robert Wilson, Prophecy and Society in Ancient Israel). NT prophets primarily evoke, or awaken, a Christ-consciousness in believers (Heb. 10:1-10), not awareness of future events.

8. BUILDERS NOT BLESSERS

Prophets are by nature primarily builders, not blessers. They’re concerned with strategic and long-term change–lasting internal configuration to Truth–not short-term emotional charge. Prophets are sent to a church to elicit obedience and conformity to divine Truth, not to bless people by telling them how wonderful they are, how rich they’re going to be, and how they’re going change the world. The notion that as a believer I can hear God, not obey Him, and still be “blessed,” is crazy. Godly understanding, plus conformity to the understanding, is the essence of being prophetic.

9. EQUALIZATION

Part of John the Baptist’s ministry was the filling of valleys and the bringing down of mountains. Prophets are concerned about equalization in all relationships, systems, and structures. In the new covenant era, being prophetic is for everyone (Joel 2, Acts 3, Num. 11), not just a few gifted specialists. True prophets have the ability to bring prophetic equalization to people, not just merely display their gift before people.

 

EDITOR’s Note: How do you feel we have strayed from the above description.

 

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