Welcome to the very first Enliven Blog!
I am looking forward to providing a forum in which we, as prophetic people in churches can chew over our needs, issues and ideas, joys and struggles, problems and suggested solutions, and discover what the Bible teaches about our gifts.
In this blog, I will be covering a range of topics related to prayer, prophetic people and prophetic gifts and ministry in the church today.
Over the years, the spiritual gifts of prophecy, discernment and intercession have caused me about as much trouble as they have joy. The joy has come from getting close to God, from seeing real change for good happen in people’s lives and from seeing miracles take place. Trouble, on the other hand, comes from weaknesses on the inside, misunderstanding on the outside, having to wait for the good things God has promised, trials in my church life, spiritual warfare—and a host of other things.
As prophetic people, it can be a lonely journey. We often feel as though we are ‘marching off the map.’ We spend our lives with a foot in two camps—the natural realm and the spiritual realm—and often find it very difficult to relate to people who don’t (and vice versa).
The context for my writing is always life in the local church. Not only is participation in church life a core value of mine, but also I believe that based on what the Bible teaches, a person’s prayer and prophetic ministry will flourish and grow to fullest potential when it is based in and out of a local church.
I have learned a lot about this along the way, but most of it was through trial and error. I observed to somebody once that as a prophetic person in the church, I had made every mistake in the book. Then I realised there wasn’t a book—so I set about writing one. My first book, ‘Prophetic People in a Changing Church’ was the result. I certainly don’t claim to have all the answers, however, and am really looking forward to your input.
Before I go, here are some questions for you to consider:
What things have caused you joy in your prophetic journey?
What things have caused you trouble?
(PS. Please leave a response—I’m looking forward to hearing from you)