7 Ways to Division-Proof Your Prophetic Ministry

Division-Proof Your Prophetic Ministry‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ (Proverbs 4:23 NIV)

During the late 90’s I went through a crisis in my prophetic ministry. God allowed me to fail so that contradictions in my heart could be brought to the surface and addressed.

The context of this failure was division in our local church.

During a season of repentance and realignment, God did a deep work in my heart. A new foundation was laid so that His prophetic call upon my life could be fulfilled. [1]

The Danger of Division in a Changing Church

How is it possible that division can take place in church life amongst prophetic people who love God, love their leaders and who earnestly serve God in the church?

We live in an era when change is occurring at a fast pace—and this is frequently true of church life. During times of transition in a church or church movement, division is more likely to occur.

Perhaps we find it difficult to move on when our oversight leads us through change. This is especially true if the previous direction of our church has been meaningful to us, or we are being called upon to release a ministry responsibility that we hold dear.

Having a struggle with change is not a problem in itself, as long as we acknowledge our pain, concerns and questions, and process these with humility in the right place—which is directly with leadership.

The trouble begins if we persist in resisting the change. Potentially, two visions are now operating in the church—the vision for change, and the vision for ‘un-change.’

A third person has a different idea of how the change should be implemented. Now there are three visions!

Division and Prophetic Ministry

Think about the impact on the unity of a church or ministry if:

  • Someone who is a leader or influencer holds an opposing viewpoint to a change being led by oversight
  • If a prophetic person believes God has spoken to him or her that an opposing viewpoint (either ‘un-change’ or an alternative change) is the right one.

Division can be most damaging when someone standing on a particular viewpoint adds a ‘Thus saith the Lord’ to what he or she believes. Immature, impressionable Christians—or simply those that the person is in relationship with—may be led into division, mistakenly believing they are following a vision from God, when in fact, they are being led into deception.

7 Ways to Division-Proof Your Prophetic Ministry

1. Deal Quickly with Discouragement

Frustration and discouragement can easily arise during times of change in church life. We need to recognise and deal with these quickly—and not just for our own sakes. When we are discouraged, those we are in relationship with will pick it up, along with the reasons for our discouragement. [2]

‘For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.’ (Luke 6:45, NIV)

2. Take Struggles Directly to Leadership

As I mentioned above, the right place to process concerns we are having about the prophetic direction of our church, or our personal feelings and opinions, is directly to our oversight. Not to our friends in the church and not to our small group, prayer group or fellow team members.

3. Embrace Accountability

In the New Testament (NT), our oversight and pastors hear personally from God in their capacity as leaders and have their own accountability in place. Prophecy should be a confirmation of what God has already spoken to them—and the two should line up. [3]

The greatest test to our prophetic ministry and our character will take place if we believe we have heard something different from God than our leaders have. God may well allow a divergence to take place in order to purify our hearts.

Every prophetic insight is subject to being weighed up. (1 Cor 14:29, 1 Thess 5:19-21) When we allow our prophetic insights to be considered and weighed up, we have an attitude of being teachable. As a result, we have room to move and grow and there is no ceiling on our gift or ministry.

4. Have an Attitude of Building the Church

According to the Apostle Paul, the purpose of prophecy in the church is to ‘edify (build) the church.’ (1 Cor 14:3) The Greek word means to be a ‘house-builder.’

The fruit of prophetic ministry should be to build the church. If a prophetic viewpoint we are holding onto is having the effect of causing disunity—or tearing down (criticising) the church or its leadership—something is wrong. (Prov 14:1)

An attitude of honouring our leaders is not about feelings and emotions, but a choice that we make. Prophetic people in the local church should be the greatest cheerleaders of the leadership-led vision of the church.

5. Recognise God speaks to Your Oversight

In the OT, Kings and leaders did not hear directly from God. They relied on the word of God spoken through His mouthpiece—the prophets.

However, in the NT church, all believers have a relationship with God and can hear Him speak to them. And those in leadership not only have a personal relationship with God, they receive specific guidance from the Holy Spirit in relation to their sphere of leadership.

The way God speaks to our oversight may be different to the way He speaks to us. However, even when God speaks through practical wisdom or ideas initiated by His Spirit, these ways are not inferior to guidance received by a prophetic vision, word or dream. It is the same Holy Spirit communicating.

6. Trust God to Fulfil His Intended Outcome

Realise that God is sovereign and His purpose for your life and your church will be accomplished, as you keep your heart right before Him. His plans for your ministry cannot be derailed by another person, even if that person is a leader. Like a river, His will for your life, ministry and church flows around obstacles and reaches His planned destination.

7. Guard against Judgments

Stay free of judgments—these will manifest as negative opinions. A heart free of judgments is a heart free to hear the Holy Spirit. One sign that we are harbouring judgments against a leader is that we are finding it difficult to receive from God through his or her ministry. Once we break free of the judgments, we are able to receive God’s intended blessing through their ministry again.


Notes:

Prophetic People in a Changing Church

[1] Have you struggled with change in church life? Would you like to know more about the antidote to discouragement and division in church life? The theme of this article, along with the above cartoon, is from my book, ‘Prophetic People In A Changing Church.’
You can find out more on the Enliven Blog e-books page.

[2] For more on the topic of discouragement and how to deal with it, see 6 Doorways To Discouragement In Church Life

[3] See Differences Between Old and New Testament Prophetic Ministry


Related Posts:

Set Yourself Free From Judging Others

6 Doorways To Discouragement In Church Life

Break Free Of Hurts That Are Blocking Your Prophetic Gift


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Is Your Church Prophetic? Surprising Insights from the NT Church

Prophetic ChurchProphetically gifted people tend to have specific ideas of how a church that embraces prophetic ministry should operate.

At one time, I had my own list of ‘ideals.’ These included:

  • Making room for individuals to bring prophecy in the services
  • Unstructured worship that leaves room for the Holy Spirit to move in a prophetic way
  • And so on (probably prophetic painting if we had it back then!)

These days, I have thrown away my list, along with my personal preferences of what a prophetic church looks like. [1]

Some of the most prophetic churches in relationship with our ministry do not have any of the things I have mentioned above. And yet they are highly prophetic, making room for the direction and ministry of the Holy Spirit and honouring prophetic ministry.

Here is the bottom line. A prophetic church is one that:

  • Honours the ministry of the Holy Spirit and follows His leading and direction
  • Fosters a culture that encourages every individual to hear from God personally

A prophetic church will also make room for prophetic ministry—however the expression and operation of ‘prophetic ministry’ will be unique to that local church and the leaders and people, DNA, calling and gifts that make up that church.

Prophetic Ministry in New Testament Local Churches

This uniqueness of prophetic expression can be seen in churches of the New Testament. Consider the different applications of prophecy and prophetic ministry in the following list:

  • The Jerusalem church had a company of prophets, some of whom travelled, ministering prophetically. (Acts 11:27, 15:32, 21:10) The Prophet Agabus was one of this company (Acts 11:27-28)
  • In Acts 9, God gives Ananias, who is from the church in Damascus, prophetic insight into the calling on Saul (later Paul). Ananias is not a Prophet, simply a ‘disciple.’
  • In Acts 4, the Jerusalem church gathers to pray. They are united, praying the purposes of God—a prophetic prayer that God answers.
  • The church in Phillipi was birthed through prophetic guidance. God gave Paul a prophetic dream concerning his team’s immediate call to Macedonia.
  • Prophetic guidance was used of God in evangelism, missionary endeavours, and the establishment of new churches. (Acts 8:26, 10:9-23, 13:1-3, 16:9-10)
  • Prophets were included in the leadership team of the church in Antioch. (Acts 13:1)
  • Antioch church leaders received revelation from the Holy Spirit that it was time to release Paul and Barnabas into their apostolic calling. This prophetic guidance launched Paul’s Apostolic church-planting ministry. (Acts 13)
  • When Paul visited the church at Ephesus, the believers received the Holy Spirit. Each one of them prophesied as they were filled. (Acts 19:6)
  • Paul exhorts the church in Thessalonica not to quench the Spirit, and not to despise prophecy. (1 Thess 5:19-20 – check)
  • Paul encouraged the church in Colossae to include spiritual songs, or ‘songs from the Spirit’ in their gatherings. (Col 3:16)
  • Paul advises the Roman Christians to embrace and use the gifts given by God to serve the body, including the gift of prophecy (Rom 12:5-8)
  • Paul writes to the church in Corinth and instructs them in the use of spiritual gifts in their gatherings, with particular emphasis on the gift of prophecy. He encourages every member to eagerly seek the gift of prophecy. (1 Cor 14:1)
  • Paul reminds Timothy of personal prophecies received during his commissioning from the church elders. (1 Tim 4:14) This may have been at his sending church in Lystra. (Acts 16:1-2)

No ‘One Size Fits All’ Approach to Being a Prophetic Church

Some churches sent itinerant prophetic ministers; others received them. Some churches, such as in Corinth, prophetic gifts and ministry had a high profile. However, there does not seem to be a standard or uniform approach to prophetic ministry in the early church.

Leaders were open to prophetic revelation, but did not rely on it all the time. It was sovereign (initiated by God) and resulted from their relationship with the Holy Spirit.

So what does this mean for us today?

  • For those of us who are gifted in prophecy, it means not placing expectations on our local church leaders on what particular expressions of prophetic ministry should be operating in our church or meetings. Being prophetic is not about performance, but following the Holy Spirit’s unique direction for our church.
  • For those who lead ministries and churches, it encourages us to have the freedom to explore our own unique expression of prophetic ministry.

Notes:

[1] I share about my own journey of struggling with changes in church life, and repentance and restoration in my book, ‘Prophetic People in a Changing Church.’ For more information visit Enliven Blog’s e-Books page.


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4 Ways to Safeguard A Prophetic Culture

6 Doorways to Discouragement in Church Life

Growing in Prophecy When No One is Cheering you on


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4 Ways to Safeguard a Prophetic Culture

Safeguarding_Prophetic_Culture Over the next few weeks, I will be exploring what it means to have a prophetic culture in church life, and what this means for every Christian, including those who do not have a spiritual gift of prophecy.


What is a Prophetic Culture?

A prophetic culture is an environment in which prophetic gifts, expressions and abilities are encouraged and released in a healthy way. It may also be one in which itinerant prophetic ministries are received to speak into the life of the church. However, it is much more than that.

A prophetic culture is one in which all Christians are encouraged to hear from God and respond to what He is saying.

Benefits of a Prophetic Culture

A prophetic environment can positively impact every ministry in the church, as well as the daily life of every believer. Some benefits include:

  • Guidance and confirmation
  • Breakthrough
  • Miracles and healing
  • Intimacy and encounter with God
  • Cutting edge in evangelism

But in spite of these advantages, many church leaders today are reluctant to openly encourage prophecy.

Why? Because of the propensity for things to go wrong.

Prophetic Abuses in Church Life

Many of us have heard of damage taking place, or experienced it ourselves, where the leadership or vision of the church has been hijacked (or attempted to be hijacked) in the guise of a so-called ‘prophetic word from God’ that is different (or even opposed) to leadership led vision or values.

However, there is another danger. And that is, that in our attempts to shut out potential abuses, true prophetic ministry can also be stifled.

Prophetic abuse does not occur because we are fostering a prophetic culture, or because we have a community of strong-minded prophetic people.

It is not ‘the prophetic’ that can hijack a church. It is ungodly control, taking advantage of:

  • Weaknesses in prophetic people
  • Lack of protection in our church structure and philosophy, and
  • Misbeliefs that individuals or groups may have about prophetic ministry and receiving revelation from God.

What is the answer?


4 Ways to Safeguard a Prophetic Culture in Church Life

Because of the power of prophetic ministry, the enemy will continually seek to discredit or disempower it.

It will not always be possible to avoid problems or conflict. However, we can provide a strong foundation upon which prophetic ministry can thrive—and any problems that occur become fuel to further sharpen and develop our prophetic ministry.

1. Provide a Foundation of Instruction

Many abuses in prophetic ministry today, are fuelled by a misguided, Old Testament approach to prophecy and hearing from God. So it is vital that people clearly understand the difference between Old and New Testament Prophetic Ministry.

Having a clear doctrine and understanding about prophetic ministry (and a prophetic lifestyle) keeps everyone ‘on the same page’. It also provides something to point to when difficulties occur. [1]

2. Foster a Culture of Honour and Blessing

Prophetic ministry is about conveying the heart and intent of the Father towards people. Prophetic ministry builds and edifies the church. (1 Cor 14:4,5)

Do we desire to have a prophetic mindset and ministry that encourages, comforts and builds up? (1 Cor 14:3) The best way to do this is to feed (teach and impart into) our culture and environment an attitude of honour (each other and leadership), blessing, and grace-giving.

In this way, a condemning, divisive or judgmental approach will be alien in our culture and stand out for what it is.

3. Provide the Safety of Guidelines

In 1 Cor 14, the Apostle Paul gave some guidelines to help the Corinthian church include prophecy in their gatherings in a healthy way. This shows us the principle of accepting protocols, responding to leadership and having accountability in the use of our gifts.

Far from controlling or stifling prophetic ministry, protocols and prophetic guidelines provide an environment in which prophetic gifts can be released.

Protocols are unique to every church and situation—adapted according to factors such as size of the church and culture. [2]

4. Model and Encourage Accountability

Accountability is a vital safeguard to prophetic ministry in the church. It fosters an attitude of humility, empowers community, sharpens our ability to hear from God, and helps prevent deception.

Through accountability to leadership, we weigh up what God is saying and gain wisdom on how to respond to Him. This is not only helpful for the church as a whole, it can be particularly important for personal guidance, where timing is involved.

Accountability does not just apply to prophetic individuals; it is also a safeguard for prophetic leadership, who should themselves have a clear process of accountability in place.


Notes:

[1] One way in which churches can do this is through hosting prophetic training on a regular basis. It can be helpful to have resources at hand such as articles and books to point people to. For information about our church-based training, see the David McCracken Ministries’ Prophetic Training Page.

[2] For more on this subject, see Prophetic Ministry in Church Life: Why Have Guidelines?


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Differences Between Old and New Testament Prophetic Ministry

The Power of Prophetic Accountability

Prophetic Ministry in Church Life: Why Have Guidelines?


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Tips for Sharing Prophetic Warnings In Church Life

Prophetic_WarningsWhen anointed by the Spirit and used with wisdom, the issue of a timely prophetic warning can be a great blessing to a church, leader or individual.

A prophetic warning can be used by God:

  • As a means of protection—e.g. to avert danger
  • Help us prepare for an incident beforehand
  • To direct or redirect our actions in accordance with His purpose, or
  • To empower us to pray when there is danger or spiritual warfare is occurring.

However, a prophetic warning also has the potential to cause damage, and either the giver or receiver of a warning can be hurt when it is handled unwisely.

Due to the sensitivity of this ministry, it is vital that we learn how to respond when the Holy Spirit alerts us to something—and how to use wisdom and share something at the appropriate time and to the right person.

5 Tips for Giving a Prophetic Warning

Do you believe that the Holy Spirit has alerted you about a danger or potential negative outcome regarding your church or an individual? [1] Here are some tips to help you process and share it:

1. Pray Further about the Warning

If you receive a prophetic warning, pray and ask, ‘Father, what is Your purpose in sharing this warning?’ A prophetic warning will reflect the heart of the Father and His good purposes for His Church and His children. [2]

Remember that warnings in the Bible were, for the most part, timely and specific.[3] So if the insight is general or vague, wait on the Holy Spirit further, to receive more clarity.

2.Weigh up the Warning before Sharing

Consider, ‘What is the likely fruit (outcome) of sharing this warning?’ (Gal 5:22-25)

We need to take extra care if a warning relates to a situation or person close to the heart of the one we have received the warning about and could produce an emotional response. In addition to weighing up the insight itself, we should also weigh up the means by which we deliver the word.

3. Use Wisdom in Sharing the Prophetic Warning

Due to the sensitive nature of a prophetic warning, extra care should be taken in communicating it.  For example, if it relates to an individual regarding themselves or their family, the appropriate course of action may be to firstly share the word with a leader or spiritual oversight, rather than approach that person directly. [4]

There may be times of urgency when the Spirit directs a mature intercessor to share a warning quickly—however we still need to be open to having our actions come under scrutiny and weighed up. We do not always perceive 100% correctly, nor do we know the big picture of what God is doing in someone’s life. (1 Cor 13:9)

If your oversight prays about it, weighs it up, and decides not to pass the insight on—let it go. Trust God to speak to your leaders and give them wisdom in their leadership capacity.

In a public meeting, a warning (or issue of discernment) relating to the church, or a ministry of the church, should not be shared to all present, but privately to the leader. This helps create a safe environment and ensures that the word is weighed up and empowers the leader with the opportunity to share or withhold it at that time. Even if you are a leader with a high level of trust, remember that you are providing an example to those who are less mature to follow.

Every church has unique prophetic protocols, so if you are unsure, check with your church’s oversight.

4. Don’t Share a Warning with Third Parties

It is never appropriate to share a warning or negative discernment to someone who is not in oversight, about another person. (this could be called prophetic gossip) Inappropriate sharing can cause suspicion or fear.

If you are concerned about something that you perceive spiritually, share it with the senior leader of your church, or to an appropriate leader. Trust them to have the leadership and wisdom to handle what you have shared.

5. Check your Motivation

Humility is critical to delivering a word of warning. This means we are open to the word being assessed by others—and deliver it on that basis. (1 Cor 14:29) If the prophetic warning concerns your church, check that your attitude is one of love and honour for the church, its vision and leadership.

Judgments (negative opinions) and hurts will cloud our ability to hear from God. In this case, it is vital that you deal with what is in your heart before you do anything with a warning that you receive— this includes praying about it.

An intercessor or prophetically gifted person in the life of the church should be primarily sharing encouragement, and messages from God’s heart that build up the church and individuals. (1 Cor 14:3) A primary focus on warnings or negative discernment could be an indication that there is an imbalance in our ministry.

Warnings from Personal Intercessors

I asked a group of pastors and leaders about what they would prefer their personal intercessors to do with any warnings they received. Without hesitation they each said they would prefer to know immediately. If you have the role of personal intercessor to a ministry leader or minister by appointment or invitation, you already have the mandate to share any revelation you receive concerning those you are praying for.

Once you have shared the warning, offer to continue interceding about it. Sometimes a warning is given by God to an intercessor solely to prompt him or her to pray—either spontaneously, or over a longer period.

Note: I believe it is important that those with an intercessory gift (especially if leading others) submit the nature and direction of their prayers to oversight. When praying by the means of prophetic revelation especially, accountability is very important for the safety of the one praying and those being prayed for. Prayer has power, and we need to ensure that we are praying according to God’s purposes. (Matt 6:10)


Notes:

[1] I am not discussing warnings in relation to the consequences of sin in this article, but do recommend that anything along these lines be submitted directly to oversight.

[2] I always encourage intercessors who have a gift of discernment to pray further about a warning they receive. See my article, ‘6 Tips for Exercising the Gift of Discernment in Church Life’ for more information about this.

[3] See the article, ‘Prophetic Warnings: What Should We Do with Them?’ for examples and more information.

[4] In church life, we should not assume that just because God has spoken to us about an individual, or the church, we are responsible to immediately deliver the word. As with all prophetic revelation, warnings are subject to being weighed up, to check that they are truly of the Holy Spirit.


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Prophetic Warnings: What Should We Do With Them?
6 Tips For Exercising The Gift of Discernment In Church Life


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Prophesying About The Future Of Your Church

Prophetic words for a church and its leadership do not always come from an outside prophetic ministry. Prophetic insights can also be given from within the local church—often from intercessors and those with prophetic gifts.

These have the potential to be a great blessing and encouragement, and if recorded and stored by the church leadership, can be of benefit in years to come.

As a prophetic intercessor, and then later as a prayer department leader and prophetic trainer, I have both given and reviewed many prophetic words throughout the years.

Here is the bottom line of everything I have learned: when the attitude of my heart is right, and the following Biblical outcomes are my genuine desire, then my prophetic ministry will be a great blessing to the local church. [1]

 ‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ (Prov 4:23)

Biblical Outcomes for Operating in Prophecy in the Church Environment

In the New Testament church, we have a Biblical mandate to use our gifts to:

  • Strengthen and build the Church (1 Cor 14:4-5)
  • Promote unity (1 Cor 1:10, Eph 4:3)
  • Honour the leaders God has given to us (Heb 13:17)
  • Prophesy out of love (1 Cor 13:2)

5 Things I’ve Learned to Consider When Prophesying about the Future of my Church.

What does it look like to give a prophecy for our church in a way that honours God and our leaders, and helps build the church? Following are some things that I have learned along the way:

1. Weigh up my Prophetic Insight before Sharing

Prophecy consists of a process—this can take moments in a meeting or situation, or it can take place over a longer period of time.[2]

  • Firstly, we receive a revelation, or insight, from the Holy Spirit
  • We consider what God is saying through that insight and how and when to share it
  • From there, we share the prophecy—usually with spoken or written words. [3]

Some helpful checks I take before sharing a word that concerns the future of my local church include:

  • The Bible Test: is my word in harmony with Biblical principles?
  • The Fruit Test: what outcome may my word result in? Does it strengthen, encourage, or comfort? (1 Cor 14:3) Will it help edify and build the church? (1 Cor 14:4) Does it promote unity?
  • The Leadership Test: would my leaders be comfortable with this word, and am I willing for my word to be weighed up? (1 Cor 14:29, 1 Thess 5:19-21)

2. Take into Account my own Passion, Vision and Values

As prophetic people, we need to be aware of:

  • Our own dreams and call of God and how we see this being outworked in church life
  • Our personal ministry, gifts, passion and vision

This self-awareness is important because even when we have a pure revelation from the Holy Spirit, our personal values can affect the way we share the prophetic insight.

I have learned to be aware of my own natural tendency to see and communicate what God is saying through the narrow lens of my personal vision and values. When I love my church and honour my leaders, I will perceive and communicate my prophetic insights through the wide lens of what God has called my church to be and do.

For this reason, I encourage prophetic people to make a point of learning as much as they can about the leadership-led vision of their church and to embrace it as their own.

3. Protect the Unity of my Church

As prophetic people in the life of our local church, we can have a general understanding of the vision of our church leadership—in other words, the picture of the church’s future that our leaders have shared with us.

An important question I’ve learned to ask before bringing a word about the future of my church is, ‘Does this line up with the revealed will of God for my church as expressed through our church leaders?’

If the answer is no, or I am unsure, it does not mean that I cannot share it. In fact, it could be a powerful confirmation of something my leadership is currently considering—or it may relate to a future change of direction.

However it does change the way that I share it and the process that I take it through.

  • Firstly, a word that differs from the current direction of the church should never be given publicly or shared around with other church members. I have known of situations where a so-called ‘prophetic’ vision that was different to that of the God-given vision of the pastors resulted in disunity and division.
  • Instead, it is best to share the prophetic insight privately with our pastor (or if it relates to a ministry area, directly to that leader). If our leader gives the green light to share it in a public setting, we can go for it.

4. Communicate in the Appropriate Way

Every church has a unique culture, and this also applies to sharing prophetic insights. We need to be aware of any protocols in our church and graciously adhere to them. [4] Some settings in which it can be appropriate include prayer meetings, email, writing, sharing privately with a leader, etc.

When we are growing in our prophetic ministry, it can be helpful to have a safe place to share prophetic insights and discernment. In church life, a safe place is not to a friend (if inappropriate, this can be ‘prophetic gossip’) but to a designated leader or the pastor.

5. Release the Prophetic Insight Once Shared

I have learned that once I have brought a prophetic word about the future of my church, it is up to my leaders to weigh it up and respond to what God is saying. Even if the word is true, the timing of its fulfilment may be in the future.

So once the word has been shared, I can release my prophetic insights completely, remembering that the outworking of that word is not my responsibility. [5]

Do you have a prophetic word for your Church? Don’t hold back—the insight you bring may be timely and strategic, a great blessing for years to come and a tribute to God’s faithfulness and power to bring His promises to fulfillment.


Notes:

[1] We need to keep our hearts clean from disappointments and frustrations. These if left unchecked will invariably taint—if not our prophetic insights, then certainly our delivery of them. See the following articles:

Set Yourself Free From Judging Others
Dealing with Prophetic Disappointment
6 Doorways to Discouragement in Church Life

[2] See ‘How to Exercise Your Prophetic Gift Pt 1: Understand the Process of Prophecy’

[3] Ways to bring prophetic insight without words include dance, drama, art and multimedia.

[4] Prophetic Ministry in Church Life: Why Have Guidelines?

[5] We especially need to guard our hearts against discouragement, or pride (‘I am right and they are wrong’) when leaders do not respond to our prophetic insight in the way we believe they should. For help in this area, see my e-book, ‘Prophetic People In A Changing Church.’


Related Posts:

Differences Between Old and New Testament Prophetic Ministry

3 Non-Negotiables of Prophetic Ministry in Church Life


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© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church

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