We must sharpen our awareness and be alert — not just for ourselves but for our loved ones who might otherwise be drawn to a false prophet. Have you noticed that apostasy and immorality go hand in hand? We hear news reports of a cult under the spell of a leader who, it is revealed, has been engaging in shocking immorality with members of his flock.
High-profile evangelists preaching easy-believe-ism or a health-and-wealth gospel have sometimes been exposed as leading double lives. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Jude, verse 4. Note their methods, manner, and way of life. Are they above reproach? I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none of them doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants therefore as Gomorrah.
Jeremiah Some people love the sensual rather than the spiritual.
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Many people lead double lives. They are counterfeits. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you…. They want to use and manipulate you. Because they themselves are covetous.
For their own motivation and wicked heart, Peter says, they make merchandise of the Gospel. With great swelling words they exploit the ignorant. Lastly, in verses Peter gets very serious. He says God will surely judge and not spare them. God is saying: Here is My solemn warning to every counterfeiter. When the angels fell, I judged them. When Sodom and Gomorrah became perverted, I judged them. God will not spare sin or the sinner, for He did not spare His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus, so that you and I might have eternal life. God's written Word is prophetic in its core and powerful when used in the prophetic ministry.
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It draws people into His Word and makes specific verses dear to them. To me — and many others — a prophecy is often much more valuable when it involves His Word. Prophesy to the measure of your faith — When Paul talked about the prophetic, he said that each should use this gift according to the measure of their faith Rom God will most likely not use a young still inexperienced believer to give prophecies of national importance.
There are also areas in the lives of other people that may be out of limit for us as long as we don't have the maturity in our gifting and a specific calling to prophesy over these areas. A general rule: If you heard a similar prophetic word for yourself and you would have a hard time believing it then don't give it to someone else.
No mates, dates, babies and offices — This is a practical application of the previous piece of advice. These are very intimate topics where a lot of harm can be done and a lot of pain is inflicted if they turn out to not be true. But it's one of the rules that many prophetic ministries seem to have and to me it seems wise to do it too.
Because most of the time we will not be in a place of closeness, accountability and authority to really give direction in these areas. If at all, it might be more appropriate in a close friendship situation, but even then I would really stress the vagueness of the word and exhort the friend to carefully check the word.
When speaking into those emotional areas, we should understand the potential damage that a wrong prophetic word or even just a wrong interpretation can cause. This is one of the established rules for prophetic ministry. We are to create an atmosphere that gives the person the freedom to test and discard a prophetic word we give. The Bible makes it clear that it's the receiver, not the person ministering, who eventually has to decide whether a word is from God or not.
The question it also comes down to is: Are you really that certain that this word is fully and genuinely from God? And if it later becomes apparent that it wasn't, will you take full responsibility to set things right and to unmake all damage caused by it? It's a very dangerous place to claim this level of certainty and infallibility. And it's absolutely unnecessary to do so. If it was from God, the recipient will know.
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Create a warm, safe and honoring atmosphere — Receiving prophetic ministry is a very vulnerable place to be. Many people don't know what to expect. Some may have a history of negative experiences, others may be very critical about the prophetic in general. We have to take all this into account when ministering to others. Our goal should therefore be to create an atmosphere where people from all these backgrounds feel safe, appreciated and handled with care and honor.
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Watch your gestures and facial expressions — One way to create a safe atmosphere is to use your gestures and facial expressions appropriately. Be yourself but try not to be overwhelming or intimidating. Some people tend to have quite an intense and penetrating look in their eyes when ministering prophetically. Others can be overwhelming with their enthusiasm and overly expressive gestures. The perfect measure is to use your hands and face as tools to convey the message God wants to give in a way that all sorts of people can feel safe, welcome and appreciated. Smile every once in a while, be open, friendly, approaching and kind.
Refrain from physical contact unless you specifically asked for permission — Not everyone appreciates physical contact, and not everyone experiences it the same way. Don't lay on hands, hug or do anything else unless it's appropriate and you specifically asked for permission to do so.
As a general rule: Do only what's appropriate for the level of familiarity to the person you are ministering to. If it's a person you have never met before, a hug may not be the way to go. When ministering to people you don't know, you should also take into account that there are many people who associate body contact with traumatic experiences of physical abuse. Even a hand on the shoulder can hurt them more than you expect. So ask for permission first. Also, prophetic ministry just like healing ministry is generally not the place to be touchy-feely.
The purpose of the prophetic is edification, exhortation and consolation 1 Cor We don't want to sow accusation, condemnation, fear or discouragement because that's not the character of God Rom Someone once said, you don't need a gift to see the rubbish in someone's life but to see the treasure amidst the rubbish. If you think God showed you a specific sin of someone else, think of God's activity as having two sides: to decrease sin and increase holiness.
They are basically the same thing and it's best to focus on the latter one. Instead of exposing the sin, call forth the opposite. For instance, instead of telling someone he has a problem with lying, tell them that God wants to make him a bold speaker of truth. Surprisingly, the person will understand naturally which sin God puts His finger on, but also gets a sense of purpose and hope.
Also you don't expose the person in front of your team members. And another advantage it has for you: in case you misheard, you don't falsely accuse someone of a sin that he hasn't committed.
All in all, it doesn't mean we never call sin by name, but we have to realize that prophetic ministry is not an inner healing session. Don't judge your prophecy by the existence or absence of a sense of anointing — A sense of anointing on a prophetic word or lack thereof is no evidence for its validity. Personally I can only recount a few occasions over the course of my life where I felt a really strong, distinct sense of anointing prior to or during giving the prophetic word.
But these three words haven't really been the most significant and important words I've given. I'm often reminded of John Wimber, known for his miraculous healing ministry, who said that he never ever feels anything when operating in his gift. It's good if you do, but don't depend on it. Because God doesn't. Don't compare yourself — Comparing yourself will make you self-conscious and cloud your senses for the voice of God.
Don't compare yourself, neither on good days nor on bad days. Don't even compare yourself with how you did in the past. Everyone has ups and downs but you can only work with what you have at the moment.