by Elexio Baillou
Founder of PAGA
Author of "The ABC's of Prophecy"
Itinerant Conference Speaker
Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas
Typically whenever the term “prophet” is utilized it stirs up images of radical fanatics speaking in King James English and claiming divine revelations that are in generally judgmental, discouraging, and condemning. This image, though unfortunate, is still rather accurate whenever we consider the activity and administration of men and women within the Old Covenant who claimed and were in fact divinely inspired. Theirs was an administration requiring the articulation to the children of Israel of what was in fact due to them under the Mosaic Law.
However, as believers and members of the Body of Christ, we are in fact recipients of a different covenant and are meant to receive what was and is in fact made available to us as redeemed sons and daughters of the Father. With this understanding, we must now perceive the administration and anointing of the Prophet to be far different from what we were first advised.
Dr. Jonathan Welton once beautifully stated “Prophets are covenant enforcers”. This is because Prophets have and will always be agents designed and empowered by the Father to His people to declare and ensure that the terms of agreement set between He and His people are in fact fully realized. They (including myself) function as divine litigators and intercessors, standing to ensure that God and His people receive what are due to them.
On this side of the cross, Prophets serve to foretell and forth tell what is on the agenda of heaven for God’s people. Therefore, prophets are agents of the Gospel bearing the Good News just as much as the Apostles, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers. Theirs is a message designed to motivate and stimulate God’s people to walk in the fullness of His goodness and freedom.
No longer do Prophets operate in such a way to remind God’s people of their sin and shame, to bring into their remembrance their mistakes and struggles, but rather Prophets are meant to perceive and proclaim the intention of God in and for His people individually and corporately until it is they manifest what it is in fact the Lord has declared regarding them.
Therefore, in a movement of hope we can see how Prophets serve to provide God’s people with an earnest expectation of an amazing future as well as an affirming declaration of who they are now because of Him and the love He has for them.
Additionally, as Prophets are in fact the second most potent and foundational administration within the Church, they are meant to co-labor with God’s apostles in the equipping of the saints to ensure that they live, eat, breathe, and work with a great sense of expectation and a proper view of the Lord Jesus Christ. They serve to clearly articulate His mind in such a degree that those who receive them are enlightened with extraordinary truths and empowered with revelations that supersede their present comprehension and understanding, thus enabling them (the saints) to boldly move forward like Abraham with nothing more than an unshakeable promise to sustain them and given vision for their future.
This is the joy and burden of Prophets under the New Covenant; we are messengers and divine emissaries of heaven, supernaturally empower and graced to mobilize God’s people to manifest the commission of the Apostle, which is designed to bring us into the reality of heaven on earth. Thus, Prophets are meant to do more than simply see and say. We are meant to ascertain what heaven has mandated be ours and contend for the manifestation of such here on earth.
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by Michelle Harding
Founder President of Life by Design Ministries, Hurlock, MD
Assistant Senior Leader at Church of The King, Easton, MD
One of my favorite things in the world is to sit near a camp fire on a chilly night in the mountains listening to owls call out in the darkness and gaze up into a star strewn sky . I get lost in the flames as I watch them dance to and fro and find comfort in its cheery warmth. In those moments everything melts away, peace comes, and I can breathe deeper than I have in months. The thought of those beautiful nights on the Blue Ridge Mountains led to a powerful encounter with Jesus and another revelation on unlocking our prophetic destiny.
A camp fire requires diligence, intentionality, and fuel to keep it going. If a fire is neglected or allowed to just run its natural course, it will go out. A fire requires fuel and oxygen to burn. We have to continually add wood and keep stoking it by stirring the coals and making sure it is getting oxygen. When we add wood we stir the coals underneath to help kindle the new log and we ensure there is plenty of space for oxygen to meet the flame and many times we have to fan or blow on the coals to release the fire hidden below.
In 2 Timothy 1:6 Paul tells his beloved Timothy "For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands." This spiritual father is reminding his spiritual son to keep the fire of his calling burning, to keep the flame alive, keep it stoked. Don't let it go out.
Like Timothy, many of us need to be reminded to stir up the gift of God that is in us. To be reminded to fan the flame of passion, calling, or gifting. Maybe, we need to be reminded to stir up the passion of our first love and to come back to deeper fellowship with Father. Perhaps what once burned with fervor and zeal now lies in the cold dormancy of complacency. And for some, prolonged delay of the promises of God has caused hope to be deferred and are now heart sick with what is not.
In my encounter with the Lord, He began to show me how tending to that camp fire is very much the same as tending to my spiritual life and calling. You see, too enjoy the beauty and warmth of the camp fire, I have to make intentional efforts to keep it burning. This also applies to our spiritual lives and especially in unlocking our prophetic destinies. It will require consistent and intentional effort in our lives to keep the flame burning and the passion to pursue destiny. This isn't about works, but it is about cultivating relationship and stoking that inner flame.
Fuel: It is important we are fueling the flame. Regularly take in the Word of God, listen to great teaching, and surround yourself with people that pour into your life and calling. Read books, blogs, magazines, by those doing what you are called to an allow them to inspire your passion and calling.
Oxygen: In tending a fire you must be sure the fire is getting oxygen or it suffocates. It is the same in our spiritual lives and with our destinies. If we don't make room for God to breathe life into our dreams and passions they'll suffocate under the weight of life. Be sure to make room throughout the day for just a few moments of Father time. They can be seconds long to hours. Just do them. In that moment, check in with heaven, acknowledge you are loved and tell Father how much you love Him. Take a few moments and just see Jesus, breathe in His presence. Check in with Holy Spirit, asking for His leading and wisdom. Let these moments, whether organized and scheduled or spontaneous; be moments that breathe pure life into you.
Also, allow prayer to breathe upon your heart and to awaken dreams that have fallen silent. Repeatedly scripture encourages us to pray without ceasing, to pray fervently, and to be anxious for nothing, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving to make our requests to God. In Jeremiah, God tells us if we come to Him, He will listen to us. Romans 8:26 tells us, "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans." Prayer is life to our spirit.
Stir the coals: Ask yourself, are there areas "that once burned bright and clear" that are now cloudy and dim? Are there things you once did to keep the fire burning, that you no longer do? If there are any, stir those things back up in your life by simply returning to them.
One of the most powerful ways I have learned to stir the coals in my life, the thing that releases the inner flame in the greatest measure, is to pray in the Spirit. Yes, I mean to pray in tongues. I have found this to be the most powerful thing I can do to stir my spirit and bring clarity and focus.
Fueling the fire nourishes, inspires, and enriches our inner man. Making room for the Lord to breathe into our lives, quickens what was dormant and releases power to be effective for His Kingdom. Stirring the coals awakens the fire that is hidden inside even the smallest embers. So let us set in our hearts as were stepping into unlocking the fullness of destiny, to continue to stoke the fires of passion and purpose. Let us endeavor to keep our spirit fed, tended to, and stirred up. When we let a fire run its course naturally, it will burn out and grow cold. If we are not careful, and are not intentional with the life in the Spirit, our spirit along with our callings and destiny, will also burn out and grow cold. Let us tend to the fire of our life so we don't find ourselves ministering and living out of the ash that once burned with holy passion.
by Chad Waller
Lead Pastor of Vc2 Tennille, GA
Author of "Ash Sculpting" and "Synergize"
Owner of Waller-Hill Publishing
There is a connection between hope and creativity. In fact, I believe hope stirs up creativity. We don't create because we don't like what we see, but rather because we simply see something different in our hearts. We see how things can be better. We don't have to worry or waste time focusing on what is wrong, we just find what is right and focus on that. What do you feel to create that will make a difference? Focus on that! Too many people seem gifted in cretic but the world doesn't really need anymore cretics but rather needs people who can rise up to make a difference!
The strong connection between hope and creativity can be clearly seen in the fact that when people misplace their hope they loose their creativity. One influences the other. It seems to me they go hand in hand. When hope is suppressed or deferred, the heart seems to give up believing that things can change or get better. Proverbs 13:12 even tells us that hope deferred makes the heart sick. When we stop believing that God's goodness prevails, we begin to give up trying to make a difference. Thusly, we stop living in the incredible power of creativity!
Think of McGiver, one of my childhood heroes, who always found a way out of any situation. (I have been notified by people much hipper than I that not everyone knows who McGiver is. This alone caused me to morn for this generation. Really, you should go find an episode of this old show and watch it.) He could always see that there was something to be done to change the situation. He never gave up. He knew there was something to be created that could change the present circumstance. And he always gave it a try to see if he could find a way to change things. He had hope that things could be different and it produced or released creativity in him. When one gives up and refuses to try, creativity is not present. Why would any creative idea come to the one who thinks things cannot change?
2 Corinthians 3:12 "Since we have such a hope, we are very bold..."
This scripture is big for those of us focused on the hope-filled gospel. This rich salvation that has filled us with hope causes us to be very bold in believing that Father's goodness will prevail no matter what happens in this world. We believe that the Great Creator can still use us, His creation, to accomplish His will on the earth. We have a hope that is based on what He has done, what He can do, and what He desires to do and not based on us or our abilities. This hope produces in us a boldness that some may confuse as arrogance. It is not.
As we dare to trust in the goodness of God, we are filled with hope that He has good plans and that He wants to do things through His people to bring change on earth that will bless and draw others to His glory and goodness. In this hope, we find inspiration to create. Things are birthed into our spirits as we commune with God and as we release this creativity on earth, God is glorified.
Hope produces in us a bold confidence, that as we create, things can get better!
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