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Young Prophets

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This is the day of the young prophets. God is raising up his prophets to help usher in the next phase of his kingdom. Powerful men and women of God who will speak with heaven’s authority and sensitivity. Prophets who have God’s anointed word in their heart and on their lips, along with a passion for holiness.

The calling of prophet is not an indication of spirituality, nor is it a free pass for someone to avoid certain kinds of discipline from the Lord. Actually, with the call comes the Spirit’s cry for greater consecration, separation, and imitation.

Imitation? Yes. Imitating what’s observed from the older generation of prophets.

Young prophets are not called to boot out of ministry any of the “old timers”. God takes care of all the timing issues. Since he’s the one who gives the words to the prophets, he has something to say about how his new prophets function.

Take Samuel for example. He didn’t kick Eli out of the way. He actually was mentored by Eli. He learned a number things about hearing God’s voice and judging the people. Sure, Eli wasn’t the greatest example but God still used him.

“Now the young man Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and also with man.” (1 Samuel 2:26 ESV)

“Now the young man Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.” (1 Samuel 3:1 ESV)

“And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.” (1 Samuel 3:19 ESV)

It’s of utmost importance that the young prophet remain humble and submissive to God given authority, regardless. It doesn’t matter if it is taking too long to get “their ministry” off the ground. God won’t bless or anoint someone who pushes others out of their way.

Samuel grew into his ministry under the covering of Eli. He would eventually replace Eli, but that was God’s operation, not Samuel’s.

Young prophets, you need your elders. You need to hear what they have to say, watch what they do, and imitate their faith. You need to sit at their feet as a student, not towering above them as a successor. You must honor them, esteeming them highly for their work’s sake.

Your “promotion” does not come through your “contacts” but by your contrite heart.

Eli hadn’t lived exactly the way he was supposed to. Plus, his boys were selfish, greedy, guys. Out of control. God told Eli that a change was coming. Then he told Samuel. But Samuel kept his heart tender to God and loyal to Eli.

That, friends, is a must. The next step follows for the ones who would rather have a “slow start” in ministry than act in an untoward manner.

“And the word of Samuel came to all Israel.” (1 Samuel 4:1 ESV)

Some day, young prophets, should the Lord delay his return, you will be old and gray. Your body may not be what it was when you first began in ministry, but your spirit and mind will be very much alive. You’ll be able to discern the voice of God even better than today.

Remember this along the way. It is the plan of God to raise up your replacements; to pour into them all you can.

Both Eli and Samuel failed in this regard. God used them mightily, especially Samuel, but there was no replacement when it came time for Samuel to move on.

“When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel. The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba. Yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain. They took bribes and perverted justice.

“Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.” (1 Samuel 8:1-9 ESV)

God always works with multiple generations. Are you?

Are you pouring into others? Are you imitating an older person?

A prophet’s ministry has much more to do with God’s anointing, than the actual words he speaks. It has much to do with character, and little to do with contacts and charisma.

And it has everything to do with humility.

Has God called you to a prophetic ministry? Who’s mentoring you? Who do you have as an “understudy”? What’s God speaking to you in regards to these days of shaking and pruning?

This Same Jesus

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It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit. Suddenly, I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet blast. It said, “Write in a book everything you see, and send it to the seven churches in the cities of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”

When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. (Revelation 1:10-17 NLT)

John saw Jesus, and he immediately dropped to the ground, as though he had died. This is the same Jesus the world celebrated a few weeks ago.

Isn’t it kind of odd? Most people don’t have any problem thinking about a cute little baby lying in a horse trough, surrounded by lowing cattle, bleating sheep, a drummer boy, an assortment of angels, shepherds, and wise men; and of course Mary and Joseph.

Problems begin as the cute little kid starts to grow up! Know what I mean?

Run or Walk?

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The pastor counseled, “you need to run after God!”

The evangelist shouted, “God is waiting to be discovered! You must run after God!”

The prophet whispered, “God is calling you; speaking to your heart, through prophetic people, through the Word. Run after God!”

The apostle cried, “the foundation of the Kingdom of God is found through intimacy with the Most High God. Your spiritual life is built as you run after God.”

The teacher explained, “Study the Word, especially the Psalms and the Gospels. Notice that David ran after God through worship and being honest with God. He invited God to search him and know his heart. Jesus taught us by precept and example how to run after God.”

Many people are saying the same thing; run after God.

Worship leaders sing, “Lord, I’m running to Your arms…”

Writers are publishing book after book; all dealing with the subject of running after God.

But I have to wonder…are we running for the exercise or for the prize? The capture?

I don’t believe the Lord is calling us to run, run, run, and never obtain! No, a thousand times, No! Over and over He says, “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” “Seek and you will find…” “Call unto Me and I will answer you…”

But sometimes it’s easier to keep running, to keep praising and singing, reading, teaching and preaching; going through the whole list of spiritual exercises, than it is to stop and be still in the Presence of God.

God only wants you to run after Him if you haven’t been walking with Him! Running gets you back to where you should have been. Of course, every one of us have had times where we’ve stayed a little too long at a certain stage in our life, only to discover the Lord kept right on walking. So, we run to catch up.

But don’t run past God! Keep your heart and spiritual eyes open and stop when you are face to face with Him.

The Church loves to sing praises, loves to worship, loves to keep busy with a number of good things. But please don’t let “good” rob you of “best”, which is walking in step with your Savior and God.

Run to God until you can walk with Him. For walking with God is eternal life.

“And this is the way to have eternal life – to know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one You sent to earth.” (John 17:3 NLT)

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