I regularly hear from people who are struggling with some aspect of personal weakness. With all their hearts, they long to respond fully to God and be used by Him in their prophetic calling, but something is tripping them up.
Today, I believe God is bringing hope and healing to those who are struggling with private brokenness, sin or other issues in their personal life.
The Parable of the Pipe
One day, I turned on my tap (faucet) and instead of the clear, pure water I was expecting, brown dirty water flowed out. I phoned my local water supplier, who let me know that a pipe had been repaired down the road.
During the repair, mud had entered the pipeline. They told me to turn on my outside tap for 10 minutes to give the water time to clear.
Later when I was preparing for some prophetic training, the Holy Spirit brought this illustration to mind.
A prophetic insight or other spiritual gift may be pure and of the Holy Spirit at its source. But if our ability to love has been damaged, our brokenness can affect the way we share that gift with others.
Sin that is not acknowledged and dealt with, will taint the flow of our ministry—whether that ministry is prophecy, healing, discernment, prayer, or another calling.
Just Because Something is Hidden, Does not Mean it Isn’t Affecting our Gift
A weakness or issue in our lives may be hidden. It may not seem to directly involve or impact others. However, that does not mean that our ministry is not being affected by it.
Fear can cause us to hold back from fully releasing our gift, or to modify the way we share an insight from God. Intimidation may hold us back from sharing, giving or praying at all.
Hurt that has not been healed can result in wounding, bitterness, judgment or a negative attitude. These things taint a prophetic ministry, affecting the way we interpret or share a prophetic insight.
Jealousy and insecurity affect our ability to reach our full potential and be authentic—others miss out on God’s best through us.
Just because lust or pornography is ‘secret’, does not mean that it is not affecting a person’s ministry.
- It hinders the pure impartation of the Holy Spirit.
- It breaks trust with those being ministered to, who have opened up their hearts to the person ministering (believing them to have integrity) and to God in that moment of receiving.
- It affects one’s mind and imagination, directly affecting the ability to see in the Spirit and operate in visions and dreams
‘I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. I will not look with approval on anything that is vile.’ (Ps 101:2b-3a)
Cracks can only be Healed as they are Exposed to the Light
‘And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.’ (Eph 5:11-13, NKJV)
Just as the dirt and earth needs to be dug out from around a break or crack in a pipe in order for the pipe to be fixed, brokenness in our lives is healed when it is exposed and brought to the light.
This firstly means opening up to God, receiving His healing and forgiveness.
Know that your Heavenly Father delights to release forgiveness and freedom to you. As His Word says, ‘He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.’ (Ps 147:3)
Finding a Safe Person to Share with
‘Bringing into the light’ also means that there is power in confessing to another person: ‘Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.’ (James 5:16, NIV)
There are times when we need someone to trust our pain or brokenness with, or to be accountable to. That may be a friend, prayer partner, mentor, leader or even a counselor. 
A ‘safe person’ is not someone who is emotionally involved, may be biased, or who could be negatively impacted by what we are sharing. We need to use wisdom and discretion about whom we choose to share any problems with.
Certain issues need greater expertise and care.
It took a plumber—someone who was skilled and equipped, to fix the problem with our local water pipe. There are times when we need to approach those who are especially gifted and equipped for help with a struggle we are facing.
‘Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.’ (Gal 6:2)
Being Honest About Issues of Sin
In the matter of sin and the Christian, there is a Scriptural tension of two contrasting truths. We become imbalanced when we focus only on one aspect of truth and neglect the other.
On one hand, it is true that God has dealt with sin and our old sin nature once and for all on the cross. We are a ‘new creation’ made righteous in Jesus Christ. This is the reality we live by: ‘For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.’ (2 Cor 5:21)
The revelation of your righteousness in Christ may be the very thing needed to set you free today.
On the other hand, the New Testament also makes clear that we should be honest before God and others about the times we trip up, make mistakes, ‘miss the mark’ and sin. The following passage was addressed to Christians: ‘… let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…’ (Heb 12:1 NKJV)
The Greek word translated, ‘lay aside’, means to lay aside, cast off, to put away.  This speaks of awareness, intention and action.
Keeping a struggle with temptation secret, gives it power—especially when the issue is an ongoing or repeated one.
Finding an accountability partner—sharing with someone whenever an issue arises—provides an opportunity to affirm God’s grace and forgiveness. The act of ‘always’ being accountable when a line is crossed (such as viewing pornography), is not only a healthy discipline, it disarms the power of temptation and helps break the cycle of sin and shame.
As Paul wrote to Timothy, ‘Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.’ (2 Tim 2:22) ‘Fleeing’ is active. Joseph fled from Potiphar’s wife when she attempted to seduce him. (Gen 39)
Fleeing temptation caused Joseph short term pain and persecution, but his long term prophetic calling was assured by the action he took.
A Weakness may call for Strengthening
Many times, a weakness is not sin, or something that is broken that needs to be fixed. The weakness may be something that was broken in the past and healed—but a scar or ‘limp’ remains. God may be speaking to you today about a weakness that does not require healing, but His desire is to further strengthen you in that area. I will share more about this in a follow-up article.
 I have been asked, ‘Why suggest counseling, when God’s Word and prayer in Jesus’ Name should be enough?’ This is a great question. Following is my answer:
When someone has a serious disease or illness, we should always pray for healing in Jesus’ Name. We believe in the truth of Scripture concerning healing. We pray and release the Spirit’s power to heal. We also believe that God has given to us gifts of medicine, doctors, surgeons and so forth, to participate in His work of healing. We honour God when we value the expertise He has given to us through people and medical care in the earth today.
Likewise, when there is severe damage to the souls of people through abuse or trauma, we also turn to the truth of God’s Word and apply the ministry of the Spirit through prayer. In addition to this, God has also given gifts of people to us—those in the church body who apply the ministry of pastoral care, gifts of wisdom, discernment, mercy and help us heal. (1 Cor 12)
The more serious the trauma, the more care is needed. For example, someone who is severely injured physically needs the care of a surgeon. Some people have taken their God-given gifts of wisdom and counsel, and been equipped, so that they can give expert care and help to those in need.
If you are stuck and believe that counseling, medical assistance or prayer ministry* (deliverance) may help, don’t ever allow anyone to make you feel bad or condemned for seeking the help you need, and that your Heavenly Father has provided.
*See my notes on prayer ministry here: Prayer Ministry Ideas and Guidelines
 Strongs ref G659: apotithemi
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