The Calling of a Prophet!

The office of a prophet is a life calling. Most prophets are called at birth or when they are born again (salvation). It is primarily the Lords choosing, not something you seek to become, however if called, you have a responsibility to develop your gift. Some notable prophetic ministries have identified that it can take as long as 14-15 years for a person to develop into a prophet after being called.

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men… And he gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry.” (Eph 4:7, 11)

The five fold ministry is outlined in the above passage and the office of the prophet is one of the ministries that God has established for the governmental leadership of the church. To be a prophet is a calling. To minister in prophecy is a gift. When a person ministers in the gift of prophecy, the gift is the ability to prophesy. The words themselves are the gift. When a person is a prophet, they themselves are the gift. A prophet is a gift to the church.

Apart from a foundation of character, there are actually 3 components to any mature and fruitful ministry. These are:

  1. CallingCalling gives identity. Paul was called as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God (1 Cor 1:1).
  2. GiftingGifting gives ability. ‘As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God’ (1 Pet 4:10).
  3. AnointingAnointing gives purpose. It was prophesied of Jesus, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to prisoners’ (Is 61:1).

The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable but the anointing of the Lord ebbs and flows according to the relationship we have with the Holy Spirit. The calling on your life describes who you are. The anointing of God provides you with your purpose in life and the gifts that God has given to you becomes the ability in which you accomplish his purposes.

The Oracle!

The Iceberg Principle!

The iceberg principle states that it’s not what’s above the surface that will sink you but what’s under the surface.

What you generally see of an iceberg is only 10% of it. 90% of it is under the surface. The Titanic sunk because it hit the part of the iceberg that couldn’t be seen. 10% of who you are is what people see. Your gifting, charisma and appearance. These qualities won’t make or break you but the 90% of who you are in your character is what will sustain you or sink you.

Your gifting will always make more room for you than your character has capacity for. Your gifting will take you places but it’s your character that will sustain you, once you get there. The great thing about God is that he is already committed to developing the 90% that no one else can see. He knows you already have a gift. He gave it to you of his own free will. He expects you to develop that gift but inherent within the seed of the gift is the necessary ingredients to be effective in your calling. What you need to grow is your character and your internal capacity. The Holy Spirit is your sanctifier and helper who perseveres with you through your morphing process to become more like Jesus.

Pay attention to what’s under the surface. Your emotions, psychology, attitudes, heart and spirit are foundational to undergirding everything you express in your external environment.

The Oracle!

What’s Your Life Mission?

Psalm 139:14 I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Lots of people journey through life without a clear sense of purpose and personal mission. Truth is, every single one of us can and should connect with our reason for being alive. While the ultimate reason God created us is for relationship with Him, He has wired us up with some unique strengths for a specific purpose on planet earth.

Discovering your life mission takes time and is a life long journey. The longer I live the more I discover about my purpose and reason for being wired up the way I am. If you are unclear about your life purpose, don’t fret but begin the journey today to discovering more about God and then he will help you discover more about you. If you have some clarity, then go deeper in the journey by asking some further questions of God and yourself. Engage in a closer self-examination.

Begin with God. If I want to know the purpose for a particular product, I would go to the original manufacturer and ask the all important question, ‘what on earth does this product exist for?’ The original creator of your life is God. If you don’t believe this fundamental truth,  then your first step towards your life mission is to re-examine your belief system and be open to going on a faith journey with God. God created you fearfully and wonderfully. Your destiny is not your decision, its your discovery. God is sovereign and he has a plan and purpose for creating you. Connect to your calling by connecting to God and he will give you inside information on who you are, what your wiring is and how best to utilize your strengths to fulfil your mission.

Understand your Past. Your destiny is hidden in your history. God has already been at work revealing, shaping and moulding you for your life mission. Even the painful experiences God can and will use for his glory and your testimony. Reflect and remember where God has already been active in your past.

Identify your Passion. What’s your holy discontent? What stirs your affections and passion. What makes you leap to your feet and moves you to action? Too many of us are content to stay in roles and environments that don’t really reflect the passion beating in our hearts. Connect to what it is that you love doing and love resolving and go after it.

Discover your Ability. What comes easily to you? Where do you seem to excel? What have others said to you, you are good at? What do you find pleasure in doing or being apart of? Don’t believe the lie, that you’re not good at anything. It’s rubbish. Everyone of us are good at something. Start engaging in life and see what comes to the surface of what you do well.

See your Opportunity. What doors are open to you? It could be no doors are open in your area of interest currently but if you knocked on a door, what could open up to you? Opportunities to engage in life are all around us. Discern what opportunities lie before you, even if disguised in hard work and start to take some steps in that direction.

Open your Ears. What is God saying to you? What is His still small voice impressing upon you? What are others around you saying? Chew the meat and spit out the bones of people’s comments. Listen with a discerning heart and embrace what resonates with your spirit and throw out the rest, unless God is trying to speak to you about an area of your life you need to pay attention to and grow in.

Record your research. Don’t just let important details you’ve discovered to float around in cyberspace or brain space, get it down on paper and exact your thinking with writing. Your life mission is too important to be vague and fuzzy about. Get clear, get specific and get focused.

God created you for a specific purpose. You have a life mission and God wants you and expects you to connect to it. Your life is a gift from God, what you do with your life is your gift back to him. Don’t waste another day, swimming in a sea of doubt and disillusionment. Begin the journey today to living on purpose and connecting with your life mission.

The Oracle!

Honouring the Anointing!

Matthew 13:57 ‘And they took offence at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour, except in his hometown and in his own household.” And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.’

Jesus arrived at his hometown, Nazareth, to minister to them but they didn’t receive his ministry or honour the anointing on Jesus’ life because they couldn’t get past the fact that he was raised amongst them and yet possessed such a powerful anointing.

The result was offence and hardly any effective ministry took place in Jesus’ hometown. What a tragedy! Jesus marvelled at their lack of honour and unbelief. You know it’s serious when Jesus starts to marvel at your unbelief.

A lack of honour for the anointing of the Spirit on Jesus restricted the power of God from moving freely in Nazareth. There was not only a lack of honour for Jesus but also for the message he came to declare and the anointing he carried to the people (Isaiah 61:1-4).

If a lack of honour hampered Jesus flow in the anointing while he walked the earth, why do we get amazed to find that a similar lack of honour restricts the anointing in our present day ministries and churches? It’s never been about just honouring people for their sake alone but honouring the Spirit of God’s grace, call and anointing upon people’s lives.

What we honour determines the reward we will receive. Matthew 10:41 ‘The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.’

I’ve observed the reality of this revelation in action when I preach in different church atmospheres. Where I am received as a prophetic ministry, I find great freedom to flow in the anointing of the Holy Spirit through preaching, prophecy, words of knowledge and miracles. But where I’m not received, its like chewing concrete, painful to say the least.

It takes real security in one’s self, humility and discernment to honour the anointing upon someone’s ministry. In other words, it takes spiritual maturity. When you open your heart to honour the anointing, you will receive a mighty reward from that ministry. Let’s not be hard-hearted like Jesus’ hometown but lets appreciate the different grace God extends to individuals and when they come to minister to us, honour the anointing upon their lives. It will be well worth it.

The Oracle!

Importance of Spiritual Authority

Hebrews 13:17 ‘Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.’

I think many of us in the church take the issue of spiritual authority far too lightly. There’s no doubt spiritual authority has been abused in the past and because of the brokenness of people, still will be but that doesn’t mean we throw it out the window and deem it unnecessary or irrelevant.

I’m coming to understand so much more the importance and significance of coming under Godly spiritual authority no matter what stage of life or ministry we are at. We imbibe of the spiritual authority we are under. The grace and authority God gives to the people who oversee us is critical to our spiritual vitality and ministry influence.

As goes the leader, so goes the ministry. We reproduce who we are. Leaders, your ministry is a reflection of you. This might be the cause of great anxiety for you because we all have things God is taking us through, to help us mature and grow in him but I can’t expect to see fruit in a particular aspect of my ministry if I’m not personally growing in that area myself. My life and leadership is a lid on others and if you want those you lead to excel in life and ministry, then you need to excel as well.

Apostles play a key role in the area of spiritual authority, especially, as it relates to prophets and all the other ministry gifts within the body (Eph 4:11-12). Apostles are sent of God to a region or regions to carry spiritual authority to establish and build the church, as well as, father people in the faith and release people into their ministry. Apostles are especially gifted to carry the weightiness of churches and have exceptional capacity for church expansion. We can learn a lot from the ministry of the apostle and they are integral to the exercising of spiritual authority in the church across entire regions.

Whose spiritual authority are you under? Do you have any oversight speaking into your life?   I have learnt so much and gone far further through the blessing of oversight, than I have on my own. You will too.

Discovering your Call!

Psalm 139:13-16 “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mothers womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, everyone of the them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”

Today is my 33rd birthday. 33 years ago I was born and my journey of purpose began. I am a year older and hopefully more in alignment with my call than ever before. Some people mistake age for maturity but unfortunately some people live the same experience 50 years in a row and never grow from their life experiences.

I encourage you today to not just watch the years come and go but to seize each moment as another opportunity to grow in the call of God on your life. All of us ask ourselves questions around our life purpose. Questions like, why do I exist? What is my purpose for being born? Who am I and where do I fit in the world? These are all important questions that are common to everyone. Even though you might not have the answers to these questions yet, keep pursuing them in partnership with God’s Spirit because he is your creator and the only person who can truly help you uncover the mystery to your life.

Discovering your call is an intersection of a few key things:

  1. Burden – What is it that you have a burden for? Every call of God is accompanied by a burden. A burden is what you are ultimately passionate about. A burden is a holy discontent that you have to do something about. A burden wakes you up and gets you going in the morning and keeps you thinking late into the night. Discovering your burden requires being still long enough to ask some very deep and personal questions of God and your own heart and waiting patiently for the answer.
  2. Gifting – What is that comes easily to you more than anything else? We are all gifted at something and we all have been given a special ability from God to contribute to the world around us. Your gift is a revelation of God to the world. Your gift makes room for you and is a source of provision in your life. Your gift is for the benefit of others and not purely for your own advancement.
  3. God – What has God already revealed to you about your call? God speaks through prophecy, rhema words of inspiration, Scriptures, circumstances, dreams and visions, words of knowledge and an inner witness of the Spirit in your heart. We should never pursue our call separate to a personal relationship with God. As we walk with God, God reveals more and more to us about our identity and value in him.
  4. Opportunities – What have people asked you to do recently? What opportunities have come you way in the past? What opportunities would you like to be available to you? Your hopes, dreams and aspirations are all potential opportunities in your future. The little opportunities before you right now are the stepping stones to the big things on your heart for the future.
  5. Environment – Your current environment is adding value to you or sucking life from you. Everyone of us are called to a place where we can contribute meaningfully to. What is the place of your call? Nehemiah was called to rebuild the broken down walls of Jerusalem and Paul was called to be a witness in Jerusalem thousands of years later. Calling is intended for a specific place. Your church, workplace and home are significant places where your calling is to be expressed.
  6. People – Who has God partnered you up with? Who is in your life right now that is helping you walk in the call and who is in your life that is hindering your call? God has got a dot to dot plan for your relationships. Take responsibility for the relational spaces in your life and look for Kingdom connections.
  7. Timing – God has a divine window of opportunity for all of us. It’s important to know that there is a time for every season and matter under heaven. God makes everything beautiful in its time. Don’t run ahead of God but don’t lag behind either. God’s timing is perfect and as you walk in step with the Holy Spirit, he will prompt your heart to pursue certain things in certain seasons.