Out of the various callings in the life of a believer, the one of prophecy and even perhaps more so the one of the prophetic intercessor requires much humility, to even not be bothered when people treat you as a fool let alone label you as ‘unspiritual’.
I think of Joseph (yes him yet again), he declared the vision and I’m sure his brothers ridiculed him to be the fool, the dreamer! He wasn’t the ‘chosen first born’ even if the opportunity did present itself for one of them to rule.. Besides how likely was it for that to take place? It took Joseph to remain humble for THIRTEEN years from the time of the dream to the time of it happening.. and being made a fool initially cost him rejection and loneliness. Yes, he declared it in faith and later on at the time of fulfillment, the brothers couldn’t say it was a fluke, or by chance but they jolly well knew that it was God’s plan and divine appointment..
I think of Jonah running away in disobedience to God’s calling! His concern was that he would be made a fool if he was to declare the prophecy of warning – if the people repented they wouldn’t see the prophecy taking place and thus it would be perceived as a false prophecy, hence he would seem like the fool. So he ran the opposite direction from where God wanted him to head in! Well, God caught up and God had His way with a humbled Jonah.
I think of all the prophets in the Bible, most them if not all, walked the lonely path… They drew strength on God through the rejection, the trials just like the lone eagle uses the friction of the storm to rise above it.
There are many times I have been made fun of for ‘false’ prophecies. Yes, I admit that there are a few times where I have heard ‘wrong’ from God or misinterpreted what He said – there is always human error possible especially in the early stages of our stepping into our callings. There are times the fulfilment seems to be delaying and how often did prophecies get fulfilled over night in the Bible?
However, there have been many times, when a prophecy seems ‘false’ to others yet I vividly remember what God showed me in the vision. While I was chatting with God about that recently He gently pointed out to me that this is an EXPECTED misunderstanding! “Humm.. I was obviously wrong! How can this be a misunderstanding?” was my response!
God began to explain… “When I alerted you that a certain couple were not meant to be, you began to intercede for them. They seem happy now but that was because you took the time in obedience to stand in the gap for them, so I was able to turn it around within the permissible will. It doesn’t mean it was the ‘perfect’ will that I would have chosen for them, but it’s working for them.” He went on to explain a few other situations, showing that often it’s not a false prophesy but rather disobedience on the part of the person the word is for. He reminded me of another scenario and I believe through all of this He is encouraging many of you too:
“There are times you see an ‘opening’ and you begin to pray and surrender it to Me for His leading. You believe it was Me opening the door and you walk through it with great expectation and excitement. However, you suddenly lack the peace and realise it isn’t for you to stay on. You walk out wondering where you went wrong. I want you to remember you didn’t go wrong.. you were in the centre of My will at all times. You did the right thing in walking in for a time as short as it was, you observed and discerned all that I showed you, what I revealed to you, and you spoke up to what I wanted you to say giving My word to those who had to hear that, your mere presence made certain others uncomfortable as the Holy Spirit was convicting them.. Your work on the outside was done and I led you out again. This was your role in it but nonetheless continue to intercede for the people concerned about whom I gave you revelations, that they will be set right and back close to God not by words but in actions and from the bottom of their heart with their all“.
Recently I saw a vision of one person who had refused to listen to the ‘prophetic words’ in the past and is now doing his own thing. I saw Jesus speaking to this guy and this guy’s body language was clearly defensive… His face was red, body turned away from Jesus while face was partly turned towards Him, and the reluctance in listening to His Words was obvious.
There are times when God burdens prophetic intercessors to pray for people. Most of the time the person will acknowledge feeling low at the time. However there are a few who wouldn’t (and perhaps even block you when you share the word given). Sometimes we may have gotten certain details wrong or we may have contacted them when the point wasn’t about that but to simply intercede or it could have been that the intercession is what prevented them from facing what they could have otherwise faced especially in spiritual realms. Interceding in the language of the Spirit is always the best way to intercede to pray in accordance with His perfect plan, and we don’t even need to know the details.
Yes, operating in the prophetic or standing in the gap as prophetic intercessors needs much humility, to be able to continue to please God not man, even when we have stumbled or been in the wrong.. Such people often face much trials and loneliness and negative responses from others as preparation for what God has called them to do! Humility and loving others, seeking the best for others are criteria with heavy weighting for these roles!
For God it’s not about our pride or name or reputation, but it’s about drawing people into a surrendered intimate relationship with Him, to the way it was before the Fall! We need to realign our PRIORITIES so that we too desire that none may perish.
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God?
Or am I trying to please man?
If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ
– Galatians 1:10