I love God’s prophetic people. Yes they have their idiosyncrasies and can be very unusual at times, but they are a primary connection the earth has with the heavenly realm. We need the prophets. I have already written about how I feel prophetic people don’t need to feel a sense of rejection in the church any longer, as the gift is becoming more recognized and is being positioned by God as a foundational segment of the church. This truth however, does not change the fact that many prophetic believers have been rejected in the past, in church and non-church settings, and this can radically affect how they do things.
Self promotion is a dangerous force. As we become more aware of the gifts of God on our life, prophetic people will at times take extra measure to make sure others are aware of the gift as well. Emerging prophets, if they are not trained well, will try to position themselves before the right people at the right time to have their gift noticed. The whole purpose is to establish themselves, or to receive the recognition of men.
In my article on Emerging Prophets I cite the proverb that states, “A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.” Proverbs 18:16. The question at hand is who is making the room for you? If it is the God-given gift then so be it; that is scriptural. People are recognizing God’s hand on your life, and their spirits are hungry for that which is in your spirit. This is healthy, and the way God intended it. Eventually that good gift will bring you before great men, or the level of influence you are currently operating will increase. If, however, you are attempting to make room for yourself, let me guarantee you that you do not have the character or anointing to stand in the places you think you are ready for.
It is a process. I am walking into territory today that I saw for myself 20 years ago. I received prophetic words 20 years ago for the season I am in now. The process is important, and the grace or gift on your life will increase to the level required to sustain you in the next phase of your life, but your character must increase to that level as well. Striving for something is always dangerous, because sometimes you get the thing hoped for long before God had intended, and you don’t have the inner strength to maintain it. This causes the people of God to get discouraged and give up way too quickly.
God is really reminding the church today about the importance of assignments. In the past many of us saw the call of God as this tremendous undertaking and I believe some saw the gigantic task and failed to even start. If we begin to look at the call as a series of divine assignments that can be fulfilled in cooperation with God, one phase at a time, we can fulfill His call in it’s entirety. Assignments come in all sizes. Small, short or larger and long term. I know there were times of my life where the assignment God had me on was shorter than expected, so I wondered if I had failed. I was assured by brothers around me that it was either a shorter assignment for an unseen purpose, or a test. I did not fail, because I was obedient to God to the best of my ability.
The process of God is to prepare, anoint and send us on divine assignment. When we seek something different than what He has assigned to us in our current season, we begin to move in self-promotion. Self-promotion has to be sustained by self; God won’t support it. When you are walking in self-promotion you get tired, stressed and frustrated. When you are walking in your assignment and are on God’s time table you are flowing in His Spirit. It’s not difficult. It is easy to flow in the anointing, and the anointing is that needed ingredient to change people’s lives.