Prophetic ministry is different from the gift of prophecy because the former reflects an increase in the gift and the service. When a believer moves into the prophetic ministry, there is an increase in grace. God gives different grace to believers. There is a greater portion of grace that the believer will find sufficient for service in the ministry.
The believer also experiences his faith increase. There is nothing more special than being used by God to declare a prophetic word, and seeing it come to pass. Your faith will truly be built up. The more you use a gift, the more it grows. In the same way, the more you speak with a person, the more you’ll be familiar with his voice. In the prophetic ministry, you will be called upon because of this gift regularly. Thus, the revelation you will receive from the Holy Spirit will also grow. You will be more familiar with the voice of God.
The prophet is also given more responsibility in the ministry, compared to when he is just a person with a prophetic gift. There is greater accountability for the validity of the prophetic word. In the process, there is also growth in the character. The prophet’s humility and reliance on God must grow, otherwise, pride and self-dependency would be stumbling blocks. Moreover, there will be greater submission to church leadership and greater intimacy with the Holy Spirit.
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Saturday: 29 June
Title: The Prophetic Ministry and the Local Church
The prophetic ministry is concerned with the church. It brings God’s perspective into your prophetic word for the church. You receive a specific calling to serve your local church. Moreover, the prophetic ministry allows you to release vision into situations that your spiritual family is in. Your job as a prophetic minister is to help undermine the work of the enemy against your church and community.
The prophet extends one hand in the past, and the other in the future. However, the prophet is also able to bring together both elements into the present in a wise prophetic instruction for what must be done. The knowledge the prophet gains from the Holy Spirit regarding both the past and the future can offer a radically different perspective from what is currently going on in the church. The main sphere of influence in the church comes from the prophetic ministry. The direction the church can take comes from this ministry. Moreover, the prophetic ministry helps discern who must be the next leader, and what must be the next move. This ministry is also concerned with checking if the church is fulfilling its specific call. The prophet would always direct everyone’s focus on God’s majesty and sovereignty in times of trouble. The perspective of the prophet edifies the church; it gives the church faith, hope, and energy to wait for the breakthrough.
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What do you understand about the work of the prophetic ministry in your local church?