– by André Bronkhorst
Ministry doesn’t flow from gifting but from relationship!
1 Samuel 3:19 says that: “The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and He let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.”
The reason why the Lord was with Samuel was because Samuel was with the Lord, he walked with God – relationship. We live in extremely busy times today and hear of many people burning out – but if you maintain your relationship with God, it is impossible to burn out! If someone burns out, it means there’s a connection that has been lost with God. That is why intimacy and spending time with The Lord is so vitally important.
Being in prophetic ministry for over 16 years, it’s important to look at the position of a prophet today. How does a New Testament prophet function, compared to an Old Testament prophet like Samuel? The main purpose of a New Testament prophet is to strengthen your relationship with the Lord – not to give you direction, guidance, or to call a bear to eat your child.
“He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys.” – 2 Kings 2:24
Prophets are there to support what God has placed in you. Part of my purpose in writing this is to spark something in your spirit to say: “Lord, speak to me. I want to hear from You!” You may receive prophetic words over and over but there comes a time when God might be silent as if to say to: “If you want to hear more, you have to come to Me.” We’re living in the New Testament and God is not looking for another mediator, the only Mediator we have right now is the Holy Spirit. Our focus should be God, not a person. We must have a hunger and a desire for the Lord. If we would listen and seek Him, He would speak.