– by André Bronkhorst
When you are called to be an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, or teacher, it will be evident in your life. Remember that ministry is not appointed, but recognised. It might be difficult to discern or recognise a true prophet, but one thing to keep in mind is the following: a true prophet is someone who, in the midst of a storm, could give you a word of hope.
“The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.” – Isaiah 50:4.
With that in mind, it is easy to realise that a critical spirit is not in line with the gift of prophecy. Those who are prophetic too often believe that they know what is right and what is wrong. But if you want to prophesy a critical word that will hurt someone, it is probably not a prophecy, but very likely simply criticism.
Finding it easy to speak and share negative words, shows a lack of understanding of the grace and goodness of God. Prophets are also not meant to be God’s mediators. So many new testament prophets are still functioning with old testament mindsets, trying to play the role of mediator. However, we have been given one mediator in these times – the Holy Spirit – and in Him we will live, move, and have our being. He has been sent to counsel us – something many people need, in stead of another prophetic word.
“When the Counselor has come, whom I will send to you from the Father, the spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will testify about me.” – John 15:26.
Taken from Joy Magazine