God's Truth In Love

The Pesty Moralist – The Prophet / Part 8

In Biblical Principles, Exhortation, God, God's Voice, Godliness, Godly Counsel, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Persecution, Prophecy, Prophet, Prophetess, Remnant, Revival, Rhema Words, Spiritual Activism, Spiritual Activists, Spiritual Remnant, Truth, Uncategorized on August 2, 2014 at 5:15 am

Throughout this series if the solitary word prophet is used it is meant to include both the male prophet and the female prophetess whose roles as mouthpieces for God are interchangeable.

Although the prophets and prophetess have revelation about the future along with insight and understanding of the past, they also have a responsibly to the present. The prophets have a responsibility to the period in history in which they live. For that matter, the prophets have a responsibility to be open to God in every moment, to what He is revealing to him or her in every moment, within every encounter.

There have been in biblical times and there are today what one might call ‘prophets of wrath’ who express the anger of God against injustice, evil, sin, and ungodliness. These individuals house a passion within their spirits that requires, if not demands, release because trying to contain it for them is like carrying around a fireball in the center of their being that scorches their hearts, spirits, mind, and souls. They feel this Divine wrath spring up from deep inside their spirits. In a society, that values vanilla, no opinion, politically correct, empty people their passion can both inflame and inspire those around them.

The prophet’s Divine wrath is an inner condition of sympathy with the Divine anger of God. This fire of anger against ungodliness that burns within them is something that must be expressed by the prophet. For a REAL godly prophet that inner prophetic sympathy with God is stronger than their will and that inner passion much more powerful than their personal disposition.

Just examine the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah, it is safe to say, hated his prophetic assignment. For a person filled with love, it is horrible to be a prophet of correction, discipline, restraint, penance or wrath. They love the people so much they do not desire any harm or hurt to come to them and they certainly do not desire personally to injure them yet, it is because of that same love they cannot stay silent. Ungodly people’s responses to and views of the prophets today are much the same as it was for Jeremiah in his day; prophets are considered a laughingstock by some, mocked by others, publically rejected by most and suffer from inner misery often. Reference Jeremiah chapter twenty especially verses seven and eight.

Despite their inner struggle with their calling, despite the misery they often feel the real prophet is unable to disengage from God’s Words and/or revelations and is unable to discard the Divine burden they carry. The root of the prophet’s aguish is that those he or she loves dearly he or she is also called upon to correct, exhort, or rebuke. As God Wills, the prophet must bring about Words of correction to the person or peoples actions.

Those individuals that long for or desire a prophetic prophet calling are most likely not really true called prophetic people or prophets; for the true prophets have typically wrestled against accepting their calling, at least in the early stages. Those individuals who seek after a prophetic call are usually immature and do not understand the prophetic call for what it is, if they did they would have the same type of response we find in the true prophet. Some individual seek to find a means by which they can feel seen and valued within the world and Body of Christ thus they seek a prophetic calling or the prophetic gifts. They too are most likely not truly called of God or not truly prophetically gifted. Still other individuals are simply confused and do not understand the difference between a prophetic call, a prophetic call as a prophet or prophetess, and flowing in the occasional act of prophesying. These individuals believe that if they have prophesied on occasion, that equals a prophetic call and gifting or a prophetic call as a prophet and it does not.

Back to the response of people to the true prophet. When a prophet is sent by God to approach a person regarding sin or ungodly behavior, it is almost always because the individual failed to search their own lives for the sin and ungodliness or refused to respond to God’s previous promptings on a matter. The result of their own failure to do what they should have done is transferred to the prophet in the form of resentment toward the prophet for accusing them of ill-will – as though their behavior or lack of response to God was the prophet’s fault. In this situation if the prophet is not a seasoned prophet their love for the person can lead them to be deeply hurt by the person’s response and they may even protest to God because after all it was God who sent them, who told them to open their mouths – the Word was not born in their own hearts but in the heart of God.

I wish to remind the readers that these are not simply my own beliefs this series is a collection of agreed upon beliefs by many respected servants of God, highly versed in this topic.

 

Spiritual/Political Disclaimer:

This blog will not be for the faint of heart or the easily offended. It will not be in any way politically correct. It will make every effort to share the truth in love, [Ephesians 4:11-16], to a decaying and dying society and church. I share what I share not to hurt, harm, or offend any person[s] or group; I do it because Christ’s Standard and Truth is not being represented by enough of His Followers and I do it out of love. I love enough to tell His Truth.

Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV

11And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

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