Ok so maybe it was a stupid idea. He was, after all a leader in the German church community and probably did not really want to know what I thought. It was a private meeting with some ministry leaders and the intent was a fact-finding mission on their part, to see what "we were all about."
Now as a "politically correct leader" what I should have done was smile, answer their questions and pretend that our message was nicely watered down. Instead I saw a clear vision in the spirit. I saw a loaf of dry bread and the Lord told me clearly that the "manna" that this man had been teaching was old and stale - that it was time for His fresh water to enter the Church.
I could have shut up. I could have smiled, nodded my head and just agree with the stale doctrine he was convincing me was the truth. Just one little catch... I was a prophet. "Shutting up" and "smiling sweetly" was a foreign language in my vocabulary.
I felt the Holy Spirit urging me. I opened my mouth and the words came out effortlessly. "The Lord says that the bread you are feeding His people is old and stale. It was good for a season, but the time has come to pour out rivers of living waters. For a new move is coming in this place that will take the power of the Word and the life of the spirit that will revive His people. He is raising up new teachers with a passion to impart and train His people in righteousness. He is calling you to be such a person, but if you are not prepared to let go of your stale manna, you will not be given the fresh bread that He wants for His people."
It did not go down well. The man's eyes narrowed and he challenged me with questions about my ministry and authority. I did not understand it at first. I felt the anointing. I knew the revelation was of the Lord. I knew God had told me to speak. Then I looked to his right and it all made sense. He had brought along a young disciple to join him for the meeting. His disciple's eyes were clouded over with tears and I could see how clearly the Lord had touched him as I spoke. What his mentor had not received, his disciple had and I could see in that young man's face the birth of a vision and passion for Christ.
The meeting had not been in vain. At the end of the day, we can only speak what God tells us to. I had thought that revelation was meant to change that ministry leader, but God had other plans. Sometimes we do not understand why God has us walk down certain roads, but I promise, when He is put in control, you can be sure that the words you speak will not fall to the ground. They will follow:
If you have a prophetic call or know a prophet, this little story will probably ring true. In fact it was situations like this that inspired me to write a book about it. I wrote "I'm Not Crazy - I'm a Prophet" as a tribute to all the prophets out there.
We cannot control the revelations that God gives us - all we can do is be obedient and speak in the right time. Sure, sometimes you will do stupid things. You might step on a toe or two and say a few things you will regret. It is all part of the process - one that all of us are quite familiar with.
So to raise a hand of "I understand" to those that have walked this journey I have asked my team to share some of their own "crazy moments" that I will be sending out to our lists. I invite you to laugh with us, cry with us... cringe with us. Not all of our craziness was God-led, but somewhere in the middle of it, He always found a way to turn things around for His good purpose.
No matter the calling on your life, I can leave you with this one encouragment - no matter the task God has called you to, cling to Him! Trust Him as you speak out. We do not speak or "do" for the purpose of acclaim and to make ourselves look good. We do it to make Jesus look good. We do it in His service and when your heart is there, you can be sure that He will be there each time to pick you up.
Whether right or wrong, one thing remains constant in the life of a prophet... we are all a little crazy! Thank the Lord for that, because I would not have it any other way!
Love you guys!
P.S. I am sure you have some crazy moments of your own. Why not share them with us on facebook? In fact why not "like us" and share the stories with your friends - the Lord knows we can all use the support and encouragement from one another as we travel this road.
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