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Spotting the Amateur Prophet

Looking around, we will see many amateurs thriving in the marketplace. In contrast, mature prophets are scarce. What separates the amateurs from the mature ones? We see mature people like, Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Barrack Obama, and ask the question, “What makes them stand out from the rest of the adult population?” They may not be in ministry, but they exhibit the way of being of a mature minister in the way they influence their respective marketplaces.

Usually, amateur prophets merely respond or concede to offers from others. They are easily swayed to compromise (recall the example set by Gehazi). Amateur prophets actually rely on offers from others instead of making offers themselves. Back in the story of Elisha, we see that he was the one offering to the Shunamite woman and Naaman how he could make their lives better. Gehazi took offers that were not even directed to him; in effect, he was stricken with leprosy.

Moreover, amateur prophets tend to wait to respond to offers. They only react to invitations, requests, and offers, and they do so to satisfy immediate needs. If they feel like their happiness or their comfort is threatened, then they react.

Moreover, the level and quality of his contribution to the marketplace and to the world where he belongs is so great that it cannot be compared to that of an amateur prophet.   The Bible shows the state of mind of the mature prophet. The Apostle James tells us, “If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you” (James 1:5 NRSV). In life, you can always grow. The only question is if you will create for yourself an empty space by which God can generously fill with wisdom.

A mature prophet is someone with a higher sense of drive to fulfill the work entrusted to him. He seeks to achieve a degree of happiness and accomplishment that is beyond his current circumstances. The amateur prophet is also driven by his pursuits of fulfillment of his happiness. Moreover, the level and quality of his contribution to the marketplace and to the world where he belongs is so great that it cannot be compared with that of an amateur prophet.

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How do you identify an amateur prophet in your ministry?

MOVING INTO SOCIAL MATURITY

In order to experience social maturity, you must articulate your chief aim in life coherently, logically, and specifically. List your faith goals. Do not just go with the motions of life. Instead, ask God for wisdom for where He wants you to be. Begin by accurately assessing and distinguishing where you are currently in your own life. It may be a painful process to recognize where you are, because it will require you to look into what is missing. Moreover, it will require you to identify areas in your life that lack authenticity and integrity.

Growing in social maturity is a choice you have to make. Times demand making choices, especially on how you are supposed to live your life. Day in and day out you make choices about the unavoidable and inescapable—whether you recognize it or not.  On a similar note, being a prophet in the marketplace is about being highly strategic and purposeful in your choices.

Now, how does an amateur prophet differ from a mature one? An “amateur” prophet differs from a “mature” prophet in the degree by which they pursue the fulfillment of their calling. This pursuit is proven by their ethics, behavior, and the quality, quantity, and value of their invitations, requests, and offers.

Mature prophets seek to transact with other mature ministers. They observe their actions, moods, attitudes, and states of minds to adapt their willingness to make or accept invitations, offers, and requests. They recognize that they have so much more to learn and to grow.

In order to gain access to centers of influence in higher ecologies, one must demonstrate that one can act in similar ways. Therefore, you must have the same level of ethics, ability, capacity, and knowledge in order to fulfill valuable transactions.

The state of mind of the mature prophet is that which allows him to take responsibility and to take care of the needs of others. The mature prophet is not in the marketplace to be served and to be praised; he is there to be a shepherd for the followers of Christ. Mature prophets are distinguished from their amateur counterparts, as  they are able to look beyond their own needs to cover the needs of others, just like adults distinguished from their children. We see that Gehazi and Jonah were amateur prophets because of how they acted and behaved in their ministry. They considered mostly their own needs, hence were unable to cover the needs of others.

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Identifying Limiting Conversations

Of all the limiting conversations, the most pernicious is the victim conversation, and we always address it head on. Every problem you’ve ever had in your life, they’ve all had one thing in common. You were there. Having problems in life is inevitable. We all face problems in life that puts us in a position of being vulnerable. Acceptance is the key in facing problems. When Job went through trials and persecution, he said

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” (Job 1:21).

Job accepted what had happened to him. He still acknowledged God despite the things that bothered him. He continued in his stand in the Lord –remaining faithful – even when his wife and even his very close friends are persecuting him. In this kind of stand, despite the fact that he is being seen as a victim, he chose to stay in his victorious position in God.

As he chose to stay in his victorious position in God, he declared God in his life. When this happened, God blessed him even more. The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. And he also had seven sons and three daughters… Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so he died, old and full of years (Job 42:12-17).

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Ego: The Enemy of Powerful Conversations

In our conversations, we can be overcome by fear because of many reasons. It could be the person we are talking to, the topic of the conversation, etc. Fear can be viewed as an obstacle to the enrollment process. When there is fear in the enrollment process, there is no sense of concern or care to the person being enrolled. Fear inhibits a person from being his best. It is a poor motivational tool because it makes one lose sight of the passion inside him.

Bad changes happen when fear is instilled. This makes a successful enrollment process a bit difficult to attain. If there is fear in the enrollment process, it should be dealt with right away. Fear should be eliminated because it will lead a wrong or negative kind of mindset.

The ego may most of the time pose a bad image. However, it still has its uses. After all, it cannot be fully eliminated – but can be controlled. You must have a big ego, because you have to ignore all the negative conversations – especially from negative people. Critics may have valid concerns, but you have to be careful not to allow yourself be derailed trying to be everything to people. The bread of success is buttered on the side of those being criticized, not those criticizing.

People will always have something good and bad to say to us. We cannot keep them from doing so. However, we can filter whatever negativity we are getting from them – and having a big ego is something that can help you filter them. Aside from that, being Christians who are Spirit-driven, we are to let the Spirit lead us and remind us about the Truth.

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Be a Space of Inspiration

Enrollment begins with being authentic to your being. Jesus was authentic, and the people saw this. They were inspired by his authenticity to His true nature, as the Son of God.

When you are free of constrains from yourself and from others, a wide range of possibilities will begin to open up for you. You will no longer be confined by the limits of what you “should be”, but become inspired by the things that your freedom can make possible. Knowing that you can choose to do, be and say whatever you see fit and true to your nature, will make it easy for you to look ahead at what you can make of your life.

When you find something that you are truly inspired by, which follows that it is in accordance with your nature, you must enroll in this possibility. Enroll in it by giving it everything and committing to it. Do not doubt yourself or your abilities. If you can become truly inspired by a possibility, you can surely achieve it. Accomplishing this possibility is something that should come as naturally to you as becoming inspired by it in the first place.

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What inspires you? List five specific things that bring you inspiration to do something.

Blame Game

What are the reasons you are mostly blaming on others? What is wrong in your life that you cannot take responsibility for? Assigning blame on others significantly impacts your power to transform your life.

No single generation has the answers or the responsibility for the future. But, we all have something to contribute. We cannot solely put all of the blame on one person. We always have something to contribute to a group, a family, a community or a society.

What we can offer may seem quite insignificant compared to what others can but it does not take away the fact that whatever the outcome is, we had contributed something to it. It is also a poor practice to put the blame on others without even looking at ourselves.

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Simon Peter: Commitment to Action

Prophetic commitment is something that exists in language, and it is only by speaking and listening that you can have access to it. We all make commitments. Even self-confessed procrastinators at some point will realize that they are committed to avoid decisions.

One account in the Bible that depicts prophetic commitment to action which resulted in a new possibility is the conversation between Jesus and Simon Peter while in a boat when he walked on water (Mt. 14:22-33).

It happened again after Jesus died and resurrected from the dead.

Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off. (John 21:3-8)

Everything seemed ironic. It was a time when the odds were against Simon Peter. They had all night to catch fish, but not a single one was caught. Then Jesus, a carpenter’s son, instructed him, a seasoned fisherman, to let down the nets. It was just like a kindergarten teacher coaching a rocket scientist about his job. Despite the unreasonableness and the fact that it was against any fisherman’s professional judgment, Peter committed to do as the Lord said. He faithfully let down the net as told.

Because of that faith and commitment, the result was spectacular. The nets were overflowing with too much fish that they were already about to tear. Even the boat, because of too much weight it was carrying, was almost to the point of sinking. This is what prophetic commitment does.

When we are committed to that possibility of change, we will do it despite the unreasonableness. And once we do, that possibility is realized.

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Commitment – BIG Word!

Commitment is connected to the possibility of change. Breakthrough results are only made possible when there is a committed action. A lot of us live in an atmosphere that we agree needs a little change in one way or the other. However, we don’t even notice how our conversations DO NOT create change. They’re mostly commentaries, as if we’re watching our lives played back to us as a movie, and we’re just making comments:

“What a horrible day at work!”

“You’re treating me so badly.”

“My life is a mess.”

All of these statements are comments that describe your life. What you are saying that is creating actual change for your situation? When you shift the way you speak into the direction of making commitments, your conversations would definitely transform — so would your life:

“Lord, I am believing you for a promotion this month.”

“God, can you help me be a better spouse?”

“I offer my life to you, Lord Jesus!”

How are these statements more powerful than the ones in the previous set? No matter how much you talk about things that you hate about your life, conversations that simply describe your current situation won’t help you.

Talk about the future. Talk about what you are committed to do. Dedicate it all up to the Lord.

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Is You Altar Empty?

Building an altar is not about being on your knees in prayer. Prayer is a powerful weapon for your spiritual life. However, building an altar is more than about prayer. Spiritual altar-building is about taking your hard-earned money and sacrificing it unto the Lord. Then you go pray. As you offer what the Lord is calling you to sacrifice, the principle of altar-building would be in place and you would yield the fruits of your sacrifice.

Most people think that we open the gates of heaven by talking to God. I’m not saying we should stop praying and speaking with God. Our connection with Him is critical. Without strong communication with God, we would not be able to do anything by faith. Spiritual altar-building is about building structures for our faith. It is about setting up a tangible representation for your faith in your life. The Apostle James tells us, faith without action is dead (James 2:14).

Spiritual altar-building is about building structures for our faith.

When Noah first built an altar, he did not pray all night long in a shut-in. God’s commitment to withhold His curse and to bless Noah and his family was not because he spent days praying and praying. Noah built an altar. Noah sacrificed offerings on that altar. It was because Noah placed his sacrifice on the altar that he was able to express his faith. Without a sacrifice, his faith was not evident.

Isn’t it the same with marriage? You can say you love your spouse so much. However, if you are not willing to sacrifice for the one you married, then you cannot prove your love. If you only look after your self-interests and if you are not willing to give up certain things to serve your spouse, then your spouse would doubt your love. Your love is expressed in the sacrifice you are willing to make.

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Is there an offering on your altar? What is God telling you to sacrifice on your altar of faith?

Your Offering Can Stop the Curse in Your Life

The prophet Samuel interceded for the people of Israel. He did it by making a sacrifice. While the sacrifice was burning with the smoke of it, his prayers ascended into heaven on behalf of Israel.

So Samuel took a sucking lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the Lord; Samuel cried out to the Lord for Israel, and the Lord answered him. 10 As Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to attack Israel; but the Lord thundered with a mighty voice that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion; and they were routed before Israel. (1 Samuel 7:9-10 NRSV)

Samuel offered a burnt-offering — a whole burnt-offering, to the Lord.  Samuel made intercession with a sacrifice. We can only intercede when we are willing to sacrifice. The sacrifice costs us something.

Samuel prayed as he sacrificed. You must do both. 1) You must be in constant communication with the Lord. 2) You must also be willing to back up your talk with your walk. His prayer without the sacrifice would not have been so prevalent. The sacrifice without prayer would not have been an empty shadow. Together, the prayer and the sacrifice teach us how we can expect God to answer those prayers made in faith, in Christ’s name.

How did God respond to the prophet’s sacrifice? God gave him a gracious answer. The Lord heard him. Samuel asked and God granted it. The Israelites had victory in the battle against the Philistines. The power of God was highly magnified because of this incident. When God answers us, when we sacrifice our offerings on our spiritual altars, He is also glorified.

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Question: What is it that God telling you to sacrifice to put a stop to whatever curse or stronghold that is present in your life?

CHOOSE LIFE

A person gets lost in what other people think about him. Operating in the flesh, this person is concerned with image. He allows tasks, rules, standards, and the urgency and scope of being in the realities of this world rule his ways of being. Needless to say, these things take hold of choices for possibilities.

Martin Heidegger calls this invisible pressure from other people to conform the “they.”  The “they” has concealed the way it has silently robbed the individual of the choice between “yes” or “no.” It becomes unclear who is really choosing what.

When you allow the “they” to rob you of your choices, you get caught up with inauthenticity. Therefore, when you have an inauthentic existence, your behavior and everything in your being is out of integrity. This is because who you know yourself to be is different from who you are being. Note that the process to integrity and authenticity can only be experienced once again when you take your existence back from the “they”.

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Who/what are the “they’s” in your life right now that are robbing you of your choices?

THE POWER OF DISTINCTION

God created the world, and everything in it, out of nothing.

“Let there be light,” God commanded and there was light. In the story of creation, we saw the power of distinction. Our ability to distinguish something allows us to bring something into its own existence. In our own lives, we distinguish our experiences as “problems” or “opportunities” or we label people as either “good” or “evil” and so they become according to our word.

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Try this activity right now: DISTINGUISH your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in fulfilling your purpose in the Lord.