Let’s not make believe and act like your giftedness is an easy path. It is challenging in various ways. You operate among others, and they seem so free from the deep inner-workings you have to operate with. They get to hold conversations without knowing things beyond the words being spoken, but you, you are hearing from two realms at once. You hear with your ears, and also your spirit. Your world is challenging because few people can seem to understand you. You don’t get a free day away from this giftedness. You have been smeared (anointed) with oil of Christ, and given a gift of Christ, [Ephesians 4:7], and yours is prophetic.
Before you go nuts and drive yourself mad, understand, your make-up, your gift, your purpose, your function, and your strengths, were tailor-made by the Lord. You were designed with grace, and unique design. There are some things which will help for you to know. God wants to use you powerfully. There could be some parts of your interaction with the Lord, you may not fully understand yet. Who does? Lol!
It is important to understand the only scriptural design by the Lord as being the local church. This is crucial, because as a prophetic vessel, this is important for you to understand, this as being your area of protection and intended architecture for your development – the local church. It is with leadership, nurturing, and care that you were created to function in.
I am a pastor of a church. My wife, Brandi, and I have the privilege of leading a church together. It’s a church full of prophetically gifted people. These, we have led to the Lord, Jesus Christ, and some we inherited as a 36 year old church with the history of revival, prayer, deliverance, and signs and wonders.
I am simply sharing this as a pastor. This is not the “whole” story, just a simple writing to get you to think and consider.
We have many people on our deliverance teams, close to 100 people, to be exact. They work with people on getting set free on each week. We have close to 90 people on our healing teams. They are trained and continuing to get trained on ministering life in healing, giving words of knowledge, rebuking sickness and disease. We do, see miracles on a weekly, sometimes daily basis.
We are about to spark up our prophetic teams again. These are the ones I have most concern about. These are the ones I see carry more weight in the area of emotional struggle and wrestling. They are the ones who have antennas with no “off” buttons. They are the ones who God doesn’t seem to let up on, lol. You prophetic(s) know what I mean by that.
There’s just too much to give you concerning Christ in prophets. There’s just too much to write about regarding who Christ is in you. There’s not enough space in this article to write concerning the fact that Christ is everything to you. I want to keep it simple – so the word is – Christ is EVERYTHING to you. Christ is the One gifted in you. He is the One Who sees. He is the One Who knows. He is the One Who has revelation. He is the One Whose heart your carry. He is the Living One inside you. He is the One with Eyes. He’s the One with Hearing. He’s the One Whose heart breaks. He’s the One Who receives tugs towards others. He’s the One Who has an issue with sin. Christ is everything to you, in you, for you, through you. Jesus is everything.
One of the biggest natures of the prophetic gift in you, is that it is actually a grace on you. You don’t function in a gift alone, you function in a grace which manifests in a gift. You are endowed with grace which empowers you and gives your access to function with the Lord as a prophet. That same grace enables you to undergo revelatory encounters and not freak out…. Well, sometimes, you freak out, but you don’t get messed up and ruined.
The grace on you in the prophetic is first and foremost a grace which makes you one whom the Lord has chosen to represent Him on the earth. So you have been “graced” to stand before men and represent the Lord; to be more exact, to “stand in the gap.” To stand in the gap means to “intercede.” Your fundamental function is to intercede.
Your call is designed to stand in the gap, in spirit and through prayer.
Intercession is the job, revelation is the tool box. Revelation comes to you more than just to give you words to share with others. Revelation is given to you to make you a WORLD CHANGER. Yes, you are a World Changer. You are called to change your world, via revelation.
Prophesying is one of the easiest things prophetic people do. It’s praying and interceding and learning how to interpret revelation, which is the challenging part.
I’m always training our prophetic people that you are like a baker. You have to “bake” raw ingredients (revelation) into something which is eatable for others.
Revelation is the food, interpretation is the digestion.
Revelation comes in feelings, emotions, or all sorts of weird dimensions sometimes. Why? Simply because they are hard to miss. LOL!!!
How many times have you walked into a room and “felt” miserable? How many times have you walked down a street and “sensed” some things? How many times have you spoken with someone and downloaded some intense emotions which could easily be confused as your own?
God gives these types of insights to give us understanding on how things are going on around us. It’s a form of discernment. Discerning of spirits allows you to discern more than demons – also angels, the human spirit, and the Holy Spirit. Just with that alone, you can see how you are picking up on things which can be multifaceted.
Are all feelings God? No way! I can’t give you a blueprint to show you which feelings the Lord is giving you; since the enemy also influences us. The best things I can do is inform you and get you to practice discerning that the Lord is giving you stuff to move with Him on. Practice is how you learn. A basic rule of thumb can be that satan does not move in love or compassion.
It is important for you to see that God can show you atmospheres caused by people’s emotional or spiritual struggle. This is to equip you with the revelation of how to proceed either in speech, action, or prayer. God has graced you with the privilege of sharing His heart with you. He has privileged you with the revelatory ability to pick up on people’s struggles so that you can move in or share with other leaders how people are doing. Bottom line is – you are a powerful gift to the Body.
Most people themselves don’t always see what they are struggling with.
It’s important to understand a basic way the Word of Knowledge functions. God shows us by “sharing” with us what others feel. So God is not necessarily speaking in speech, but in action. That action is – He is allotting insight into the life of another. He is taking you behind walls, fears, insecurities, offenses, struggles, or warfare. God is taking you behind the scene for His benefit.
How it works is like this: God has given you a grace to be able to be sensitive to others. This is really not your choice. This has no “off” button. This really has nothing to do with your will power. This is a gift, which works through a grace, [Romans 12:6]. You can pick up on things in your family, your house, your neighborhood, your city, your region, state, or nation. These are things which happen with His purposes. These allow you to participate in outcomes.
I counsel someone to ask themselves this one simple question to help them discern: “Is this my feeling or am I picking up on something else?”
This will help you begin to hone out what is something which is happening to you outside of your choice. LOL.
What to do: pray.
Learn to pray and intercede through things. You may grow in learning how the Lord shifts “burdens” off of you. But you have to be willing to let it go. You have to be willing to give it back to the Lord. Otherwise, your “sponge” will over-accumulate substance which may be destructive to you. When the Lord shares it with you, it’s an assignment. When you hang on to it over and above His assignment, it’s self-righteousness. There’s only been One effective and eternal Sacrificial Lamb. You don’t need to be one. Christ’s sacrifice was sufficient. He died, but you carry Him. He’s the One Who moves through us.
It helps to learn more and more to discern what is not you and what is the Lord is sharing. The reasons are: the Lord wants you to pray or act or speak, but also so that you know what you are FEELING IS NOT YOU. Some prophetic people look in the mirror and view themselves as crazy. Chances are – they have misunderstood intercession assignments with themselves. Basically – those bad feelings you have by revelation are not to be confused with who you are. You are not your feelings; especially when the Lord is revealing warfare. Learn to separate, and learn to give it back to the Lord. Don’t carry residue around. It can wear you out. It can destroy you. It can affect your family, goals, livelihood, and health.
Here’s a revelation for you – learn to laugh your head off!
Some practical helps and wisdom: share some heavier things with a trusted friend or leader in your life. Journaling with help you differentiate the spirit realm a lot of the times… this is simply because once you write it, it comes out of the intangible world, into the tangible world, where you can see it. This helps you see how much you are actually carrying. Interact with other prophetic people and share your insights with them. They can share how they deal with things. Again, learn to laugh your head off… laugh as much as you can. Listen to your spouse, if you’re married… I don’t care how prophetic you are. God gave you that spouse to help balance you and give you practical wisdom. They get to tell you when you’re being an idiot. They are there to be a calming effect on your high-level intensity. They are there to be practical and down to earth. LOL! You were created to function in “team” with others. Remember that as much as you can. Find someone who is more mature in the prophetic than you are, and yield to their mentorship.
Learn to find some hobbies you can get into. Though you will never escape the Lord’s design for you, you should learn to have fun. You should learn to do things which help your body relax, your nervous system to rejuvenate, and your person to get refreshed. This is the only way you’ll last. Don’t blow a gasket! Watch a fun movie or something! Lol
The main thing is to discover that your prophetic gift is not a punishment on your life. It’s not a curse. Don’t ever call it that, because it’s Christ in you!
I hope more than anything, this helped provoke you to thought.