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Day 12 – The Making of A Prophet

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Are You Called as a Prophet? Here Are 2 Ways to Know

The Making of a Prophet

In Genesis Chapter 37, we are introduced to a seventeen year old boy named Joseph.  The sojourn of Joseph is by far one of my favorite stories in the Bible.  The life of Joseph teaches us that great leaders are not born.  Great leaders are made! 

In the Body of Messiah, we talk very loosely about having theanointing.”  Everybody wants an anointing.  However, the olive must first be crushed in the olive press before it can produce its sweet oil. 

If you ask any leader, they will tell you, the anointing will always cost us something.  You show me a man or woman used by God; I will show you an individual who has been misunderstood, rejected, wounded, and, in Joseph’s case, betrayed, abandoned, and almost left for dead. 

Take a look at Ezekiel. As a prophetic act, God told Ezekiel to shave his head, strip naked, bake bread over coals of dung, and prophecy to Israel that just as he was a reproach to look upon, so had Israel become a reproach to God!   How would we like that kind of anointing? 

How about Hosea?  God used Hosea’s private humiliation as a public display of His unconditional love towards His unfaithful people Israel.  Ezekiel, Hosea, and Joseph are just three examples of those whose lives were emptied until the only thing that was left within them was OBEDIENCE.  Do I still have any takers for the anointing?

It is evident in (Genesis 37:5-7) that God endowed Joseph with a prophetic mantle upon his life. As a prophet, Joseph understood the heart of God and was sent as a gatekeeper and a guardian for the children of Israel. Joseph had the ability to interpret the word of God in season. Joseph understood the plan of God (to store up wheat). Joseph warned Pharaoh of certain danger and gave Pharaoh the solution to avoid calamity. Joseph was indeed a prophet.

“Joseph’s prophetic ability to interpret Pharaoh’s dream was vital not only to the survival of the children of Israel, but for the nations.”

In (Genesis 41:57), we read that the whole world came to Egypt to purchase grain. Through Joseph, the nations would all come to depend on the word of God for SURVIVAL. Had there not been a prophet, the famine would have devoured the nations (Psalms 105:16-19).

There is a great debate among believers as to whether or not God still uses prophets in our times. According to (Amos 3:7) “God reveals His counsel to His servants the prophets.” As an end-time believer, it is my opinion that God continues to reveal His counsel to His servants, because God still has work to do in our time.

Also, I am of the opinion that the five offices listed in (Ephesians 4:11-16) are valid today. If we can agree that pastors and teachers are vital to the equipping of the the Body, we can also agree that the office of the prophet is equally vital and is essential in equipping a community to discern the will of God.

Our scripture text is an example of how essential a prophetic voice is for the survival of nations. As end-time believers, it is essential that we hear from God for our nation and our communities. God still uses men and women to speak on His behalf.

The Prophetic Call

When God’s Spirit moves upon a believer we can be endowed with the gift of prophecy. In fact, Apostle Paul encourages that we all prophesy (1 Corinthians 14:31). However, the gift of prophecy does not quantify that a person walks in the office of a prophet.

The individual who walks in the office of the prophet is an individual who has been called by God to speak on His behalf. The prophet is an individual who has given themselves to hear from God. Their primary ministry is to reveal the heart of God and equip the Body.

A prophet does not solely demonstrate the prophetic through utterance. Many prophets prophesy through their creative abilities, such as, musicians, writers, and artists (1 Samuel 10:5). Also, the prophets Ezekiel and Agabus often demonstrated their prophetic ability through prophetic acts. (Acts 21:10-11)

The Spectrum of Humility

From our previous Torah readings, it is clear that Joseph embraced his prophetic dream and his potential in becoming a leader, which is a good thing. However, Joseph should have considered his brothers’ feelings and prayerfully held the dream in his heart.

“Musar, the 19th century Jewish study of virtue based ethics, teaches that one should not take up more than his space, and no less than his place. We all have our place to serve humanity. No matter how significant our role, we must humble ourselves and bloom with all the other roses. “

Indeed, Joseph’s role was vital and significant. However, Joseph’s brothers’ were equally important. These were the twelve tribes of Israel. God valued these brothers so much, that He sent Joseph ahead of them, to spare their lives from famine.

In time, Joseph would eventually learn that serving God’s people was not about him – nor because of him. Likewise, our service to others, should always point the way to God. The greater the call – the more humble the servant. We must get low and stay low.”

In our recent Torah readings, we learn that Joseph’s wilderness experiences prepared him for God’s great purpose. This is why God takes such care to shape His “investment” in us. Joseph’s trials… Your trials… My trials… all work together to shape us and propel us into density!

Our scripture text concludes with the providence of God unfolding as the twelve tribes of Israel kneel before Joseph, in whom Israel’s hope depended (Genesis 42:7). God in his sovereignty used the conflict between these brothers and their personal struggles to accomplish His will.

Understanding Your Prophetic Call

Our prophetic gifting is not about notoriety or acclaim. It is not about recognition, flashy manifestations, or how profound our prophetic word sounds. Instead, the prophetic office is about maintaining an attuned ear to heaven. It’s about loving God’s presence more than the acclaim of men. The prophetic call is about modeling Yeshua in both purity and power. It is about setting up appropriate boundaries around our lives, because we prize His presence and cherish His voice above all else. Holiness protects; as well as restrains.

Our prophetic gifting is not about notoriety or acclaim. It is not about recognition, flashy manifestations, or how profound our prophetic word sounds. Instead, the prophetic office is about maintaining an attuned ear to heaven. It’s about loving God’s presence more than the acclaim of men. The prophetic call is about modeling Yeshua in both purity and power. It is about setting up appropriate boundaries around our lives, because we prize His presence and cherish His voice above all else. Holiness protects; as well as restrains.

Scripture Meditations:

Assignment:

GIVE THANKS – Spend quality time giving God thanks and praise.  Praise God for successfully bringing you into a New Year – New Beginning – New Glory. PRAY –  Pray without ceasing.

JOURNAL –   Wait in the presence of the Lord.  Hear what God is saying to you about the plans that He has for you.  We are training our ear to hear from God.  Speak out in prayer concerning that which Abba has shown you.  You are strengthening your prophetic voice.  Today and every day, let us open our hearts to hear what the Spirit has to say to our nation, our community, our congregation, our families, and in our individual lives. Listen! God speaks!

REST – During this season of prayer, let us enter into God’s rest. God commands us to rest. We must rest with intention.

COMMAND PEACE – You cannot enter into rest without having peace.  During this time of prayer, command peace all around you.  Command peace within yourself.  Settle the issues of your heart in the presence of the Lord.   Let us lay down our worries before God in honor and adoration. Be at peace.  Let God arise and our enemies be scattered.

The Making of A Prophet by Jennifer LeClaire: In this book, leading prophetic voice, Jennifer LeClaire guides readers along the journey of the prophetic call. LeClaire offers honest, accessible counsel and spiritual insights that will help the reader overcome the fear of man. This book helps the reader identify and eliminate wrong motives and, above all, encourages the reader to pursue intimacy with God.   CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE.

 

Prayer:

Father, You gave gifts unto men, for the equipping of Believers.  Father, there is no better teacher than You.  Please teach me how to walk in grace and wisdom as I grow in my prophetic gifting, so that You will always be glorified.  In Yeshua’s name – Amen.  

Worship Experience:

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