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Being the Voice of God: Guidance for Prophets

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This post is speaking to souls who have received the prophetic calling from God. 

So, God has called you to be one of His prophets. How do you know? Real prophets don’t have to ask this question. To ask “Am I a prophet?” is like asking, “Am I dead yet?” If you’re asking, then the answer is no.  God’s prophetic calling is exceptionally clear, and until you are 100% sure that you have His Authorization to represent Him, then you had better stay out of His way.

Now since a lot of non-prophets are going to be reading this post, let’s talk more about what a real prophet’s calling is like. When God singles you out to be His mouthpiece to people, your spirit receives a clear and unmistakable command from the Holy Spirit. Toss those spiritual gift surveys into the wastebasket: no one qualifies as a prophet because of how they scored on some manmade assessment test. You don’t step into this role without specific authorization from the Holy Spirit.  If the thought of misspeaking for God doesn’t terrify you, then you have not been called, which means you’d better keep your mouth shut. Prophesying isn’t a game. All of these idiots you see running around the Church today who flash the prophet title and declare that they’ve received another “word” from Above—you don’t want to be anything like them. God’s wrath is real, and there are serious consequences involved with misusing His Name and His Authority. If the thought of misrepresenting the God who created Hell doesn’t make your soul tremble, then you are reading the wrong post. We are talking to legitimate prophets here, not posers. Most of the people who claim to be prophets in the Church today are nothing more than pompous, blaspheming morons. Legitimate prophets are a rare breed in this world, but they do exist, and they are hard pressed to find any useful instruction because the rebellious Bride of Christ has made an absolute mockery out of the prophetic calling. But if you know that God has called you to speak for Him, then there are some important things you could use to understand right from the start. These are the things we will discuss in this post. We want to see you soar, not crash and burn.

No one with an ounce of wisdom thinks it would be fun to be a prophet for God. This is a very intimidating calling, and if you’re feeling nervous about it, that’s a good thing. To serve God well in this area, you need to embrace your total dependency on Him for all things.  There’s no way you can carry this burden by yourself.

So then, what exactly has He gotten you into? Look around at all those blabbermouths in the Church—the ones who are always speaking in His Name and strutting around like proud peacocks. Their lives look pretty sweet, don’t they? A lot of them are wealthy, popular, and well-received. They’ve erected shrines to themselves on the internet where their doting fans constantly write in to schmooze over them. Take a good look: those guys are everything you’re not going to be. Real prophets aren’t popular. We aren’t rich, and we are not well-received. We’re the ones who make everyone uncomfortable. We are the ones they call rude, blunt, and merciless. We’re the ones that get mocked and harassed and driven out of Christian communities. We’re the ones carnal Christians hate and nice Christians avoid. Welcome to the world of real prophecy.

OUR FUNCTION

So then, what exactly is a prophet? We are God’s mouthpieces. We are amplifiers for the Holy Spirit. Most of the messages we speak are not new to our audiences: they’ve been hearing the same messages in their hearts for a long time, but they’re not listening. That’s when God calls us in. We are His Plan B.

So why does God haul us in to get in people’s faces and repeat the same thing He’s already been telling them in their hearts? To glorify Himself by demonstrating how gracious and patient He is towards defiant rebels. After all, He doesn’t owe anyone a million chances. He has every right to start throwing down the lightning bolts the first time souls dare to defy Him. But because He is so gracious, He repeats Himself…a lot. We are some of that repetition. Very little of what we say is going to be news to the ones who hear it. Most of what we say they have already heard countless times in their souls and they detest hearing it again, which is why they react to us with such hostility.

God sends us in to step on minefields. We convict rebels who hate the sound of God’s Voice. Of course since God is invisible, the most they can do to Him is pretend they can’t hear Him. But we are flesh and blood. There’s a lot more they can do to us, and we end up catching it for God. We become the targets for physical forms of rebellion. They can’t hit God, but they can hit us, so they do. Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, John the Baptist—we are part of a long and not-so-glorious tradition of people who have been assaulted simply because they spoke the words of God. There’s no glamor in this job for us, and there’s nothing fun about getting attacked for being the messenger. So take a good look at all those popular “prophets” in the Church, because you are not going to be anything like them.

OUR MESSAGES & OUR AUDIENCE

What kinds of things is God going to say through you? There are three main types of messages that we receive from the Holy Spirit. The first is wisdom. We prophets get a lot of special insights from the Holy Spirit about the way things really are. These things translate into messages which illuminate minds about the deeper wisdom of God. Sincere souls gobble it up, while rebellious souls accuse us of speaking for Satan, label us as heretics, and go badmouthing us to other Christians. But regardless of how others respond, the more God shows us, the better we know Him, and that is critical because there will be many times when God is the only One on our side. We need the bond to be strong.

The second type of message we receive is that of conviction. Being God’s Voice of conviction is one of our main functions and, well, it sucks. Real prophets don’t enjoy convicting people. We don’t love getting in people’s faces and wagging our tongues at them. We do it because God says to do it, and we expect our message to be rejected, because this is what will happen 90% of the time. Remember that we are God’s Plan B. For the most part, we are just repeating things the Holy Spirit has already been saying, only we’re doing it in public, and that really gets human pride in a huff. People don’t like having their sins dragged into the light. Well, God doesn’t like being ignored, and often part of how He steps up the pressure to make people return to obedience is by using us to publicly humiliate them. One round of this kind of assignment, and you can expect to be told you are no longer welcome on the premises. Most Christians don’t like real prophets because most Christians are rebelling, and unfortunately for us, rebels are our main audience.

The third kind of message God gives us is future predictions. This is when He shows us something that He’s planning to do and then He sends us to go warn people about it. Notice the word “warn”. Our messages aren’t a bunch of guff about how brighter days and bigger blessings are just around the corner. We don’t get to predict smiles and sunshine for people. When God shows us the future, it is usually a very grim and disturbing download. Again, it comes back to remembering our function: God uses us to drive people back to Him. Who needs to be driven back? Not the obedient souls. Just the rebels and the prodigals—you know, the ones with all the attitude. Those are the main people we will interface with. We don’t get to just sit around and chill with the souls who love God. We get sent over to where the really snarky guys hang out. Joy for us.

OUR FOCUS

Souls who are obeying God can already hear the Holy Spirit, so they don’t need human interpreters. As for all those posers in the Church who go around declaring, “I have a word!”—you’ll notice that their “words” are almost always what their audience wants to hear. False prophets make a career out of ego-stroking, which is why they end up so well paid and pampered. When they “see the future”, it’s always a bunch of health, wealth, and material blessings. But when God shows us the future, it’s usually a bunch of anguish, violence, and sorrow. God shows us His rage. He fills our beings with His jealous fury until we feel like we’re going to be torn apart by it–then we understand the dark passions that accompany many of His messages. We are called to function as God’s instruments of conviction, and that means we spend a lot of time addressing rebellion. Real prophets often come across as very negative and pessimistic, but this is because of the focus God gives us. We are called to address rebellion. The Holy Spirit is often very angry when He speaks through us.  That doesn’t leave a lot of room for cheer.

OUR CODE

Every calling has its own code of conduct. We prophets have ours. If you want to represent the Master well, then you need to abide by the following rules.

1. Purity of the message.
We are God’s mouthpieces. We speak for the One who holds the universe together. The message must be delivered with His words, His tone, and His emphasis. Timing is critical, so stay aligned. We can’t be early and we can’t be late. We have to move when He tells us to move, and stop when He tells us to stop. When you are talking for God, His Voice has to be the only One that you’re focused on. We don’t add filler. We don’t adjust the content, and we don’t skip the tough parts. If He’s furious, then we need to be furious.  If He’s harsh, we must be harsh.  We must reflect Him as accurately as possible when we speak.  No modifications, and no apologies. It can be utterly exhausting speaking for God. But if you can look back and know that you didn’t compromise the message, that’s what matters.

2. No titles.
You know you’re a prophet. God knows you’re a prophet. That’s where it stops. We don’t join the posers in their egotistical title flashing. We don’t try to work the p-word into conversations. We don’t try to convince people that we are speaking with God’s Authority, for when God speaks through us, His Authority speaks for itself. Real prophets don’t draw attention to themselves when they deliver a message. We exist to exalt God. We never encourage people to trust in us or our credentials and we certainly don’t go around saying we’re “anointed.” Such behavior is utterly carnal.

We only speak for God when He has something to say and we don’t try and pressure Him for messages. We also don’t try to jump into the role of intercessor. The more God speaks through you, the more people will start flocking to you, and that’s when new problems arise, for people are prone to idolatry. They’re always trying to worship the channel instead of God Himself. God detests it when people try to use His Name to exalt themselves. We prophets know this better than anyone because we have unique insights into God’s wrath. So we don’t mess. We stay away from people who try to butter us up and we correct those who try to give us glory that we don’t deserve. We are nothing, God is everything. We don’t build shrines to ourselves on the internet. We don’t go posting our bios and our faces, because what does it matter who we are? Our job is to relay the messages of God and we want to do so with as little distraction as possible. He is the One that we exalt. He is the only One that we exalt.

3. Focused loyalty.
Our loyalty must lie with God, not with His enemies. We should not be pleading with Him to show mercy on those who hate Him. Don’t lose focus. We can find some good examples of what not to do in the Book. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Moses: in the heat of the moment, all four of these men forgot where their priorities were supposed to be and they started accusing Yahweh of being unfair and unreasonable in His discipline. Did Yahweh commend them for being more merciful than He was? No, He did not. When God shows us how upset He is that His own people are betraying Him, He expects us to side with Him, not with rebellious Christians, and certainly not with those who are rejecting His Son. It’s all fine to have compassion and to want everyone to be saved. But we know that in reality, most will not be saved, and we also know that the world hates God. So when God tells us He’s fed up, we must immediately get on His page. No whining for more time. When God says He’s done, He’s done. When He’s ready to dole out the discipline, we should be the first ones to say, “Amen, Lord, You have been more merciful than we deserve.” God should be able to count on the devotion of His prophets. We work up close to Him, and He gives us special glimpses into His heart. Seeing Him satisfied should be our greatest desire.

The time your loyalty will be tested the most is when you’re getting persecuted for God’s sake. It is our brothers in the Lord who are the most aggressive with us, not the unsaved, and this adds a bitter edge to things. But we must remember that we are symbols of God to these people, and they are really attacking Him when they attack us. In such times, we have to rely on God as our Source of strength. Of course Satan wants us to compromise God’s messages or pretend we heard wrong or do anything that would be the equivalent of kissing up to those who hate God. But this is a line we cannot cross. We stand with God and we are not ashamed to be associated with Him. We refuse to join the ranks of rebellious Christians who think half-hearted obedience should be good enough for the Holy Spirit. People resent being convicted of their sins. Well, we resent God being dishonored, and we must remember that God is on our side.

SERVING A WILD GOD

You have to go into this calling with your eyes wide open. Sometimes God lies. Sometimes He gives false prophecies. We find examples of Him doing this in the Book, and He is still doing it today. If you’ve got your pride all wrapped up in how legitimate you look to others, you’re going to be easy for Satan to trip up. Our job is to relay God’s messages exactly as He gives them to us. If He wants to speak lying words through us and make us look like fools, then so be it. You know whether you heard from God or not. You know what He told you to say. Stand on that, no matter what He does. Your job is just to relay the message.

God has a long history of putting His prophets in humiliating and life-threatening situations. You should be well-acquainted with all the prophets in the Bible and with the kinds of assignments God gave them. There is a lot we can learn from our predecessors.

Being selected by God to be one of His full-time prophets is one of the greatest privileges there is. When God picks you out of billions of souls to speak His messages for Him, He is giving you both a great opportunity and a great responsibility. The more God gives us, the more He will demand of us, and He gives His prophets insights that very few receive. We must step into the calling with reverence, humility, and total submission. We are God’s property. Our mouths are His, our bodies are His, and our lives are His. We are on call 24/7, and we must always be listening and ready to speak any words that the Holy Spirit places on our tongues.

If God has called you to be His prophet, you can expect a wild ride ahead. Your road will not be easy, but if you remain loyal to the Holy Spirit, you will go places that others can’t even comprehend, and you will experience a communion with God that makes even the most torturous assignments worthwhile. Ezekiel had to lay in the dirt on his side for over a year. Hosea had to marry a prostitute, and then take her back after she left him. Isaiah had to walk around naked for three years in public. Moses had to wander in a desert for forty years with a million complainers. Jeremiah was beaten, imprisoned, and locked in stocks. John the Baptist was beheaded. Ours is not a glamorous calling, but it can’t be—not in a world that is so hostile to God. If they won’t welcome Him, then they will certainly not welcome us. But the whole time we are down here, God is with us: strengthening us, encouraging us, and empowering us to be His mouthpieces. We are called to speak for the Creator of all things. He uses our voices to draw souls closer to Him. If we were not prophets, what else would we be?  There is no higher honor than being chosen to speak for our glorious King.

FURTHER READING:
Lessons Learned When Isaiah Pleads for Leniency
The Snarky Prophet (Lessons Learned from Jeremiah)
Prophets in Action: Ezekiel & the Siege of Jerusalem

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