Beyond prophesying, prophets also have an important responsibility of training up the Body of Christ in how to hear God for themselves, but that is not all....
Prophets, just like pastors and teachers, need to use the revelation they receive to train the Body in how to walk out the salvation they have.
Read below from one of my favorite prophetic writers on one major issue...dealing with the spirit of rejection. You will find this VERY helpful. I know I sure did! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
During an overseas trip, I noticed a common theme of deliverance in both countries that I ministered in. It was deliverance from a "spirit of rejection." Strangely, I wasn't teaching on the subject of rejection nor did I call it out during the prayer and altar times. Still, many who came forward for ministry would manifest much in the same way. They would begin to choke, cough, and then vomit out a spirit of rejection.
The Holy Spirit was swift to give me and my team discernment as we encountered the same manifestation again and again. When we encountered it, we would say something like, "In the name of Jesus, I command the spirit of rejection to leave you! Come out now!" And sure enough, the person would typically choke, cough, and then vomit.
Usually we had to lead such persons in a prayer of repentance to forgive those who've rejected them in the past or for rejecting themselves. One person kept shaking their head "no" when I commanded that spirit to leave, but I just kept after it until the person finally coughed the spirit out. (Photo via Needpix.com)
To be very real and honest, I HATE it when people vomit during deliverance. I wish there was another way. It seems that this spirit can hide deep, deep down on the inside. I also realized that some people will choose to hold on to rejection because they would rather hold on to their dignity and just not "go there" when it's time to get delivered.
Why am I bringing this up in connection with prophets? It's because prophets seem to have an acute struggle with rejection. Rejection is always speaking to them, bullying them, intimidating them, and basically trying to shut them down so they won't speak what God says to speak.
I believe that most prophets need deliverance from rejection at certain points in their lives. It's more than just an attitude. It's a spirit that has to go if your prophetic word is going to go forth from a pure place. We also need to come out of agreement with rejection so this spirit no longer has access to us in the first place.
Things to Watch Out For
1. Don't take things personally.
We often measure our worth through our unrealistic perceptions of being accepted or not accepted by others. In doing so, we take things personally that were never meant to be personal. Our identity is in Christ. And remember, nobody owes you anything.
2. Stop comparing yourself to others.
There is no comparison because you are uniquely you. Let people inspire you by what they do, but you don't need to do what they do. You have your own assignment. (Photo via Unsplash)
3. Avoid rejection rhetoric.
I've been guilty of this in the past and I'm still working on it. It's when you feel all alone and you begin to make prophetic sounding statements that are actually statements birthed from your own woundedness.
These are statements like, "Get ready for people to leave you when God promotes you!" Or, "In order to go up, you have to leave some people behind." Although there is an element of truth to this, do you really need to make an official, prophetic-like statement about it? No.
What is happening is that you are slipping into rejection rhetoric and possibly coming into agreement with the spirit of rejection itself.
4. Get this down: MISTAKES ARE OPPORTUNITIES.
Because prophets seem to be more serious in their demeanor, when they make mistakes it's almost like the end of the world has happened. They slip into self-condemnation, self-loathing, and practically hang up their calling when they miss a word, make a blunder, or have a personal failure.
If there is one thing I've learned more than anything else, it's that your mistake is your opportunity. God can and will turn everything around for good (Romans 8:28). Yes, you might need to work on your character or your reaction to your errors and missteps, but at the end of the day, God can make it work for you instead of against you. Don't self-reject over mistakes. Grow from them.
Identity in the Power of the Word
A prophet intimately knows the power of the Word of God, and it's the Word of God that will deliver you from rejection! (Photo via Unsplash)
A prophet, then, is to receive their identity from God's Word and not from the acceptance or rejection of men. How you walk in Christ's identity is by holding firm to His truths and promises for your life. The more attentive you are to studying and meditating on the Word, the better equipped you are to be able to steward your God-given identity, as well as teach others how to do the same.
When you know His Word then you know His will and heart.
Here are some Scriptures that will help you to walk out your true identity in Christ:
1. Lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
2. You have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
3. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).
4. If God is for you, who can be against you? (Romans 8:31).
5. God loves you (Zephaniah 3:17).
6. You are accepted in the Beloved (Psalm 27:10, Romans 15:7).
Bill Hamon said in his book, Prophets and Personal Prophecy, "God is very sensitive about His prophets. To touch one of His prophets is to touch the apple of His eye. To reject God's prophets is to reject God. To fail to recognize the prophets, or to keep them from speaking, is to refuse God permission to speak." (Photo of Bill Hamon via The Elijah List)
Even God knows you will face a unique struggle with rejection because of what you carry. Let it draw you in to the heart of the Father. It's your vertical relationship with God that is to overshadow every other relationship you have in life, and not the other way around.
If the spirit of rejection has taken over your life, my prayer and decree for you is this:
"In the name of Jesus, I command the spirit of rejection to leave you. Be free!"
I am also praying that you would be filled with the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him and know His deep, anchoring love in your life more than before. Remember, you are an amazing gift to the Body of Christ and we need you. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Jennifer Eivaz, Executive Pastor
Harvest Christian Center, Turlock, CA
Jennifer Eivaz is the bestselling author of Glory Carriers, Seeing the Supernatural andÂ The Intercessors Handbook. She is also a featured writer for several online publications including the Elijah List and Charisma Magazine. Jennifer is a vibrant minister and conference speaker who carries the wisdom and fire of the Holy Spirit. She is passionate to equip the Body of Christ for effectual prayer, to hear the voice of God accurately, and to experience genuine encounters with His glory. Jennifer loves the presence of God and is a prophetic voice to her church and to many others.Â Jennifer is the founder of Harvest Ministries International and an Executive Pastor with Harvest Church in Turlock, California. Jennifer is married to Senior Pastor of Harvest Church, Ron Eivaz, and they have two wonderful children.
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