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Are You in the Season of Testing TEST

Put a check in all the items that apply.

€ Feeling that you have been shut down in your God-given abilities.

€ You might have voluntarily or involuntarily released ministry responsibility and feel displaced as a result.

€ You long for the honeymoon period when you first discovered your spiritual gift.

€ You might have made mistakes and wonder whether you will ever recover.

€ You experience doubts about your ability and wonder if God really called you.

€ You find yourself going through character-testing

circumstances and coming up short on the character side.

€ You wonder whether the prophecies once made about you will ever be fulfilled.

€ You feel as though you are being criticized, blocked, or resisted.

€ You feel battle-worn and weary.

€ You feel displaced, separated, or hidden in relation to your gift and ministry. The opposite of God’s call and the destiny you believed in seems to be happening to you.

* If you checked any of these items listed above, it is already a sign that you may be going through a season of testing in this period of your life.

A testing season can be specific to a single gift. There has been people in the prophetic ministry who shared with me how they felt as though their prophetic flow or ministry is being blocked or resisted. However, they are experiencing fruitfulness in other areas of their lives. This occurrence is common, and it only means there is testing in the prophetic ministry. At this point, it’s important to ask what God is specifically doing in this season in your ministry.

 

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What is God doing?

 

What do you think God is doing in this particular season? In order to remain in faith, you must keep in mind that God is good, and He desires to bless you. God will not allow anything to harm you.

God is also in control and He is wise. He knows what He is doing, and He sees the bigger picture. If you find yourself in a season of testing, then ask God what He wants you to learn or to develop in this particular season.

 

Developing the skills you will need in the future

 

One of the most common reasons why we undergo a season of testing is so that we develop our characters. Joseph knew that his destiny was to be a ruler. When he was sold into slavery and thrown into prison, it was a far-fetched reality. However, it was during this time of slavery and unjust imprisonment when he developed skills that would be invaluable to his future. He learned the Egyptian language and customs. He also learned principles of stewardship, leadership, and resource management, things he would not learn in his father’s household. During a season of trials, God may be laboring gifts and skills into your life that you will need to fulfill His destiny in the long run.

 

Refining your character

 

There are seasons when we find ourselves in the wilderness. People and circumstances that try us are instruments that God uses to develop our character and point us towards our destiny. Like Joseph the dreamer, God intended whatever traumatic situation he went through for good to accomplish what has been done to save many lives (Gen. 50:20).

 

Repositioning you

 

There are times of testing when God is actually repositioning you for a new season of fruitfulness. Remember how Elijah went on the run from Jezebel, overnight going from success to mess (1 Kgs. 19). He experienced some kind of hopelessness, because when sat under a tree in the desert, he actually prayed that he would die. However, the Lord visited Him and gave him directions for a new season of his ministry. He was to call Elisha as his successor and to anoint a new king who would bring Jezebel’s reign to an end.

 

Elijah receive the appointment from God in the wilderness, the same way Moses did. It can also be the same with us. It is during the time of testing when God realigns your life into something new. During a time of difficulty, God can speak to you about going into a new direction for your life, which would not even be considered if you were not in the wilderness.

 

 

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How Can You Tell if You are in the Season of Testing?

There are some signs that you can watch out for, for you to know that you are experiencing a season of testing in relation to your spiritual gifts. One of these signs include feeling shut down in your God-given abilities. You know you received a calling. When you were baptized by the Holy Spirit, these spiritual gifts manifested. However, you feel that these abilities have disappeared or weakened

somehow. The first tendency is to believe this lie, but you have to consider that God is allowing you to be tested. Another sign is when you experience being voluntarily or involuntarily released from ministry responsibility. As a result, you

feel displaced. This experience can hurt. It can also be offensive if you were removed. However, ask God His purpose for being humbled. There is also a time when you feel like you were in the“honeymoon period,” when you were so on fire for God and you had so much passion to practice your spiritual gifts. You know this time is over and done with. As a result, you long to be in this kind of season again.

 

Another sign is when you know you’ve made mistakes in the past, and you wonder if you’ll recover from them. Some people experience doubts in their spiritual gifts and abilities and wonder if they are in the right ministry.

 

A season of testing is upon you when you find yourself going through character-testing circumstances and coming up short on the character side. It’s so easy for God to anoint you with double or triple portions of prophetic ability. However, God is not interested in what you can do, He is interested in what you become. God is interested in molding you more into like Jesus.

 

You also begin to doubt prophetic words you’ve received in the past. You wonder if they would ever be fulfilled. Another thing is you feel like you are always being criticized, blocked, or resisted in this season. You see a pattern unfold, and it has been a discouraging experience for you.

 

You feel battle-worn and weary in this season. You feel as though you have nothing left to give. Or maybe, you are feeling displaced, separated, or hidden in relation to your gift and ministry. You also feel that the opposite of God’s call and destiny in your life. You believed something, but you’re seeing something completely different happening.

 

 

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The Bonsai Tree

A bonsai has the capability to grow into a magnificent tree. In the Japanese art of bonsai, the plant is placed in a small container to restrict its growth. It is a miniature of what it can be. The potential and the DNA of a bonsai exists for growth, but enlargement does not take place because it is restricted. This concept can be related to the prophetic ministry. There is tremendous capacity hidden within us, however, for some reason, our gift is not growing in the way we would like to. There can be several reasons, such as our church environment, our pastor or leader, a spouse or a family member, the lack of opportunities, or the lack of available mentors.

We can give a lot of reasons why we are limited. However, in reality, is it possible that the real limitation is actually in our own thinking? The mindset—that someone or something external to you is holding back your gift and ministry—can actually disempower you. Whatever it is, no one can truly hold you back.

External environment cannot truly hold you back. Your spouse, family member, leader, or pastor cannot hold you back. God is faithful and sovereign over your prophetic gift.

 

 

Here are the words of Jesus, who is holy and true.

He holds the key of David. No one can shut what

he opens. And no one can open what he shuts.

(Revelations 3:7)

 

You are not a victim, and you don’t need to be. You do not need to remain in a stuck cycle. The only one who can neglect or limit your gift is you.

 

 

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Declaration for the Week!

Strongman assigned to limit my life, die in the name of Jesus.

Owners of limitations, carry your load in the name of Jesus.

I shall not be detained in the name of Jesus.

Wall of Jericho, blocking my promise land, break in the name of Jesus.

FAN INTO FLAME THE GIFT OF GOD

Choose to take ownership for the growth and development of your prophetic gift and you will be amazed at what takes place.

Don’t fail to use the gift the Holy Spirit gave you.

He gave it to you through a prophecy from God.

It was given when the elders placed their hands on you.

Keep on doing these things. Give them your complete

attention. Then everyone will see how you are coming along.

(1 Timothy 4:14-15)

 

This is why I remind you to help God’s gift grow, just as a small spark grows into a fire.

God put his gift in you when I placed my hands on you.

God gave us his Spirit. And the Spirit doesn’t make us weak and fearful.

Instead, the Spirit gives us power and love. He helps us control ourselves. (2 Timothy 1:6-7)

 

God is giving me a prophetic vision. It’s time to remove the things that obstruct your view of who God is, and all that He has made available to you by the blood of Jesus Christ. It is time to experience enlargement in the Kingdom of God. It’s time for blessings to be released.

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Face Limitations

Limitations will not just disappear. You have to deal with them. If you do not work to remove them, they can remain. You must be intentional about removing them in your life. Unfortunately, limitations are powerful because they can be as personal and internal, as they are external. Limitations have no respect for any person; this means everyone has a limitation he must face.

It’s a matter of how the person deals with limitations that would determine how he is affected by it. As a prophet of God, as His mouthpiece, the enemy will not simply allow you to do your job.

He will oppose you every step of the way. But the power of the name of Jesus is more powerful. Intermediate School of Prophets Secret # 236 The power of God will break the power of limitation in your life. Limitation limits one’s effectiveness. They hinder you from becoming fruitful. They also bring retrogression. Unfortunately, limitations have frustrating powers. They wage war against advancements. Remember, as a believer in general, you are already in a spiritual warfare. However, as a prophet of God, as His mouthpiece, the enemy will not simply allow you to do your job. He will oppose you every step of the way. But the power of the name of Jesus is more powerful.

 

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Declare the limitation to be powerless in the Name of Jesus.

Name the limitation, because you cannot master what you

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Breaking Out of Your Prophetic Limitations

In order to overcome a limitation, we must first define it. A limitation is an area of weakness or an area of insufficiency. It is also an area for obstacles. Limitations are the things that keeps you

down. A limitation can also be a line beyond which one cannot pass. It is the boundary surrounding a specific area. When you put something inside a cage, it becomes your limitation. A limitation is anything or anyone that hinders you to reach your maximum potential, or something that makes your life difficult.

Limitations are also satanically arranged to limit a person. They are wicked boundaries set by the enemy in the realm of the spirit manifesting in the physical. They are anything that suppresses you. They are anything that says “no” to the promotion God has for you. Any yoke that is keeping you down and in bondage. It is something that scatters anything you arranged. It is any power that battles you at the edge of the breakthrough. A limitation detains you. They are barriers; they are barricades on your way to progress. A limitation is an invisible rope tied around your waist to control and regulate you.

 

The power of the limitation is one of the greatest enemies of a man’s destiny. As a child of God, you have a great destiny. Your ability as a child of God is also God’s ability, but there is a power that limits one’s destiny. Remember, Saul was limited. Samson was limited. Abraham was limited. Blind Bartimaeus was limited. Any power assigned to limit your potential destiny in the name of Jesus Christ is a limitation.

 

 

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Being Hurt in the Prophetic Ministry: Disappointment

Disappointment

Disappointment happens when our prophetic ministry has not been listened to, encouraged, or appreciated. Moreover, leaders who have not recognized our gift or have not made room for us to exercise or grow can also make us feel disappointment. We tend to make it personal.

 

What other ways can we experience disappointment in the ministry? Sometimes, mentors or people we look up to in the ministry let us down. There are also times when ministry opportunities have been taken from us. If you have experienced these disappoints over the years you have been in ministry or if you are only experiencing this now, do not worry. You are not alone. Imagine how Joseph went through a lot of challenges with regard to his gift of prophetic dreams and interpretation. He was also criticized, rejected, misunderstood, and passed over for many years before God raised him up and released him in his call.  Joseph was not bitter. He took each time as an opportunity to see God’s favor and faithfulness. God may allow us to go through tests as part of our development and growth in the Lord, but as we overcome, God can use us in greater ways.

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Being Hurt in the Prophetic Ministry: Criticism

There are different ways a person can be hurt or wounded in connection to the prophetic gift or ministry. The two most common ways that this can happen is criticism and disappointed. Have you ever been criticized or disappointed in your gift or ministry?

 

Criticism

 

Criticism can occur in several ways. The most common one is from genuine mistakes in the use of our gift. However, the leadership in the situation handled it badly. Maybe you were publicly shamed or maybe you were not guided or restored as you should have been. Criticism can sometimes be aimed at the level of maturity a person has in his gift. We do not criticize or judge babies who are

learning to crawl or walk. We don’t hold it against toddlers if they cannot control their emotions or if they cannot do complicated math problems. However, it’s amazing how quickly believers are judged because they are still stumbling through the learning stages in their spiritual gifts. In the School of Prophets I have established, I respect the level of maturity where a person is at, but I also help them to grow into the next level of maturity. The balance between respect and guidance must be present so as to avoid causing unnecessary pain in the ministry.

 

Accusation and judgment are also related to criticism. People have been accused of being like Jezebel. This accusation causes a deep wound in someone with a prophetic gift. Whatever we do, we must do it out of love. People can be hurt in the process of such careless words.

 

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Hurt: A Common Blockage for the Prophetic Flow

An unforgiven hurt or disappointment will not only affect your ability to prophesy or to grow your gift of prophecy, it will hold you back in different areas of your life as well. When you can trace the blockage of a prophetic ministry to a hurtful even that took place in your past, then you are sustaining an old wound.

 

You can also see this in how you hold back because you are afraid of being criticized, hurt, or rejected. You may find it difficult to trust leaders or other people in the church to recognize or to release you in your gift. You are going through cycles, and you might move from one church or ministry to another, and yet you never get recognized or released to the degree you desire to be. You may also experience the same pattern of stepping out in the prophetic ministry, and then getting hurt or disappointed. It may seem to happen repeatedly.

 

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The Power of Identifying Limitations

Identifying a potential barrier to the growth of your gift is good news—for it is the first step to overcoming these limitations. If you can identify these limitations, then there is hope and the Holy Spirit is truly at work in your life, even in this prophetic “dry spell” you’re going through. As much as possible, the enemy does not want you to know about this barrier, and so that you’ll end up in frustration and self-doubt. Being courageous to identify this barrier is an empowering step towards breaking free and entering into more of God’s presence, as well as claiming His abundance for your life. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, you can turn whatever obstacle or hindrance you are facing into a stepping stone to greater growth and faithfulness in the prophetic ministry.

 

 

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Is Your Prophetic Gift Being Held Back?

Believers would share with us that they believe they possess the gift of prophecy, but they are unsure of how to use it or to develop it further. The modern-day school of prophets I’ve set in motion over the years is intended to help individuals in this situation. Let us focus specifically on identifying if your prophetic gift is being held back. How do you know if you are gifted and being held back, versus not being gifted in this area after all?

 

I’ve encountered believers who expressed fear and embarrassment about stepping out in faith with a prophetic word. Most of these prophets lacked the confidence for their word, their gifting, and unfortunately, sometimes even for the Holy Spirit. Prophetic people can flow in the gift of prophecy, but feel blocked or closed down in the current, compared to how it used to be. What do you think blocks the flow over time? These Christians reminisce about the better days in the prophetic ministry, when they newly received their gifts and saw miracles as a result. How come these prophetic occurrences slowed or ceased?

 

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