”And so we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.” 2 Peter 1:19
Embracing the prophetic call of God is a journey of continually cultivating intimacy, wisdom, revelation, and a personal walk with the Holy Spirit. One thing I learned over the years is that only if I am walking close to the Lord moment by moment can I trust that what I’m hearing is from Him, and what I’m being called to speak or do is really from Him. Another thing I’ve learned is to never run ahead of Him even when I’m sure of what I’m hearing. I can truly say this was difficult for me because I often felt unsure of what I was called to do.
Forerunners can suffer from running too far ahead of the pack at times — though to them, they are right on track.James W. Goll, The Lifestyle of a Prophet, 21 Day Journey to Embracing Your Calling1
In 2020, I wrote several posts on Prophesy, Prophets and the Prophetic Gift to share some insights on my understanding of the prophetic gift. Apostle Paul encouraged the church at Corinth, “Pursue love, yet earnestly desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy” (1 Cor. 14:1). He also emphasizes this in 1 Corinthians 13:2 by saying that even if I have the gift of prophecy and can comprehend all mysteries, but do not have love I’m nothing. Love is key when speaking forth what God is speaking to His people.
There are countless books written on the prophetic and the prophetic seer realms. So much so that it seems to have become a fad. Prophet and author Dr. James Goll stated in The Lifestyle of a Prophet that “The ultimate goal of the prophetic is to reveal Christ. So the lifestyle of a prophet or those who walk in the prophetic should pull back the veil that the god of this age has put on the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Jesus Christ (see 2 Cor. 4:3–4). When these wisdom parameters are in place, they will create a safe atmosphere where we can walk into fruitful prophetic maturation and faith can move freely.”
One of the biggest lessons New Testament prophets today must learn and exhibit is that God is good—period.James W. Goll, The Lifestyle of a Prophet, 21 Day Journey to Embracing Your Calling2
Last year several articles caught my attention that prompted me to write this post. I sensed the Holy Spirit impress upon me that the body of Christ first and foremost should rely on the sure word of the Lord found in the Holy Scriptures (2 Peter 1:19). Knowing sound doctrine and being able to discern truth from error is essential at this time.
The articles involved the prophesy that Donald Trump would win a second term in 2020, and others suggested that the U. S. is headed towards a civil war because the election was stolen from him. Many of the prophets who prophesied that then President Trump would win in 2020 have since apologized and one dismantled his ministry. What concerns me is that people still believe that the election was stolen was without providing proof which led to the insurrection on January 6, 2020.
Sadly, some Christians on the conservative right have focused more on politics and changing laws than the church’s commission to preach the the gospel that will change lives. That is not to say the church should not be concerned about political issues that impact this nation, but we should more focused on the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18). The ministry of reconciliation refers to the work believers have been given to do and the message of restoration with God through Jesus, “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their wrongdoings against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-19).
In 2 Peter 1:20-21, Peter instructs the church that no prophecy found in Scripture is a matter of the prophet’s own interpretation. Prophecy has never been a product of human initiative, but it comes when men and women are moved to speak on behalf of God by the Holy Spirit. This lines up perfectly with what James Goll says in the statement above.
As a prophetic voice I must be sure that what I speak is not mixed with what I want to happen. It must be a sure word based upon the foundation laid by the early apostles with Christ being the chief cornerstone. I can confirm that only if we are walking close to our Lord moment by moment can we trust what we think we are hearing from God, and what we think we are being called to speak, really is from Him.
In His Service,
Notes: All Scripture is taken from the New American Standard Bible unless otherwise noted.
- Goll James. (2013). The Lifestyle of a Prophet. Chosen Books