by Wade E Taylor
There is an urgent need for those who hear from the Lord and then speak only that which they have heard. Thus, each one of us who sincerely desires to be used by the Lord should earnestly seek to become “prophetic (the voice of one, crying).”
“He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaiah.” John 1:23
Our being prophetic is more than being able to prophesy. Rather, our being prophetic has to do with an abiding prophetic enabling. This abiding prophetic enabling relates to our having the ability to hear the revelatory word of the Lord, and then respond as the Lord directs.
Along with this abiding prophetic enabling is the “gift of prophecy,” which we should both desire and diligently seek.
“For you may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.” I Corinthians 14:31
Some say that we should not seek the gifts, but rather the Giver. However, the Word says differently, as we are to seek both:
“But covet earnestly the best gifts, and yet show I to you a more excellent way.” I Corinthians 12:31
The Old Testament tells us that “you shall not covet” (Exodus 20:17), but concerning gifts, the New Testament instructs us to “earnestly covet” the gifts. Thus, with intense desire and zeal, we are to seek, or “covet earnestly” to be used in the gifts.
The “more excellent way” is not that there is something better than the gifts. This would be a more excellent “thing.” Rather, the “more excellent way” is the manner in which we use the gifts. The prophetic gift is to be used in love, not seeking any personal recognition or gain. Those who “seek” an offering in return for a prophetic word grieve the Lord, as this is totally unscriptural.
Along with our “coveting” to become prophetic, we also should make ourselves available to the Lord as being His voice. We are living in the time of the closing out of the Church Age and the birthing of the Kingdom Age, in which all that Jesus did in a single body during His first coming, will again be done through a corporate body.
At this present time, there is an urgent need for a present day corporate John the Baptist. Therefore, there are those who are becoming “pregnant” with the desire to enter into an abiding cooperative, prophetic relationship with the Lord.
Those who are responding to the outworking of this abiding prophetic enabling will have a part with the Lord in the closing out of the Church Age, the coming judgments upon the nations, and the birthing of the Kingdom Age.
In each area of ministry, we must be anointed in order to be effective. This “anointing” is the ability to communicate and be productive concerning the realm of the Spirit. If we are anointed, then whatever we do, we will do it better. But for us to be anointed does not just happen. Rather, it must be earnestly coveted, as it is a gifting from the Lord.
Our being prophetic relates to the talents that the Lord gives, which vary, as we differ in our makeup and abilities. Whether we have five, two, or one (Matthew 25:14-30), these talents are the spiritual “tools” that are given to help us accomplish the purpose of the Lord. These gifts will increase in quality and effectiveness as we “spend,” or use them.
This includes the anointing that we have been given for the operation of these gifts. Those who spent, or used these giftings (talents) that they received, were rewarded. Only the one who withheld his talent through fear was judged.
“Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew You that You are an hard man, reaping where You have not sown, and gathering where You have not scattered: And I was afraid, and went and hid Your talent in the earth: lo, there You have all that is Yours. His lord answered and said to him, You wicked and slothful servant, you knew that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not scattered.” Matthew 25:24-26
There is an active warfare against those who have become prophetic because of their effectiveness. The enemy is quick to tell us that it is selfish to seek for ourselves, and that instead, we should be busy doing for others. However, we must consider that we cannot give what we do not have. Thus, we must withstand the enemy, and also spend quality time in the presence of the Lord.
There were ten virgins who received “giftings” from the Lord. Each of these took their lamp (their gifting) and went forth. But only five sought to maintain and increase this gifting (oil –the abiding prophetic enabling).
We have a part in the quality of that which we share or minister. We are “His workmanship, created to good works” (Ephesians 2:10). These “good works” are those things which will equip us to properly function in all that the Lord seeks to accomplish through us.
Because the Lord delayed His coming, the foolish did not maintain their supply of oil and were found wanting. When the time came to be lifted into the place of spiritual authority (Revelation 19:5), the foolish were not ready. The Word tells us that we are to “covet earnestly” the gifts. That is, we are to “go after more.”
To do this, we must set apart time to wait upon the Lord. As we spend quality time in His presence, the level of our oil (gifting and anointing) will substantially increase.
Many are called, but few will pay the price of spending quality time, waiting on the Lord, in order to be chosen. Therefore, we must guard our spirits in order to maintain an openness, or a sensitivity to the Lord’s voice and presence.
The intention of the Lord is that we will be properly equipped (our becoming prophetic) to be effective in the outworking of His purposes.
Therefore, we must seek after, and greatly value our being in the place where we are available to be used by the Lord.