God is using the prophetic dimension in these last days to edify, affirm and strengthen the Church in its work of ministry. However the old serpent, the devil is trying to make a circus out of the prophetic so as to divert the Church from operating in its prophetic mandate. Nevertheless I would like to urge the Christian community to focus on the season rather the circus which the enemy is trying to imitate. This is the season for those anointed to serve in the five-fold ministry of Ephesians 4:11-13 to equip the saints for the work of prophetic ministry. It is their duty to initiate, instruct, mentor and properly induct believers into the prophetic dimension. Its about teaching the ways of the Lord. The following six steps are critical in the Prophetic initiation discourse.
1. ACTIVATE IT BY TUNING INTO THE WAVELENGTH OF THE SPIRIT
The prophetic dimension is both a Spirit thing and a hidden thing hence deep calls unto deep. The prophetic dimension is not hidden away from us but its hidden for us hence the need to activate it by tuning into the wavelength of the Spirit. This is a call to tune in through worship, silence, meditation and prayer. Our Lord Jesus Christ would often withdraw himself from the mudding crowd in order to tune into the wavelength of the Spirit. Moses had a habit of going to the back side of Mount Horeb to pray. Prophet Elijah on Mount Carmel put his head between his legs as a posture of tuning into Spirit. Another time we see him making a forty day journey to Mount Horeb to tune into the Spirit. Prophet Elisha before making any prophetic utterance, he would always tune into the Spirit with the assistance of a harpist. The above only serves to show the power of praise and worship in order to activate the prophetic dimension.
2. CATCH IT UNDER THE TUTELAGE OF A MENTOR
The prophetic dimension demands that its initiates be properly mentored in the things of the spirit. The circus we see on the religious arena only testifies to the need for the mentoring process. In as much as how someone is birthed determines what they become in life, it is also true that the mentoring process of a prophet determines what they do in ministry. Bad birthing process has damaging effects over a child. In the spiritual, bad mentoring process has damaging effects over the prophet and all the people he shall minister to. While mystical experience is crucial to the spirituality of a prophet, so is the mentoring process he goes through. It is suicidal to send out half-baked prophets. In the Old Testament there were Schools of the Prophets in Bethel, Jericho, Ramah and Gilgal. Senior Prophets were responsible for grilling junior prophets in the ways of the Lord. In those days the curriculum included: The Law of the Lord, Sacred History, Sacred Music and Poetry. It goes without saying that Eli mentored Samuel, Jethro mentored his son-in-law Moses, Moses mentored Joshua, Elijah mentored Elisha, Elisha mentored Gehazi, Samuel mentored sons of the Prophet, Naomi mentored Ruth, Jesus mentored the twelve disciples and Paul mentored Timothy.
3. RECEIVE IT THROUGH SPIRITUAL ENCOUNTERS
One of the most overused word in Christian jargon is I RECEIVE. Truth be told, to receive things from the Spirit is not like a walk in the park. Receiving the prophetic dimension comes through multiple encounters with the living God. Just for the record the majority of the prophets whom God called through spiritual encounters, they either objected to enter into the prophetic dimension or were reluctant to do so. Moses after the burning bush experience was reluctant to go and confront Pharaoh. Gideon after encountering God at the Winepress, objected to go and fight the Medianites. Isaiah after the Temple encounter discovered that he was a man of unclean lips hence unqualified to take the prophetic mantra. It is through prophetic encounters that the Lord tends to speak to us in dreams, visions, voices, trances, pictures and scriptures. It is also through prophetic encounters that we are commissioned to serve him.
4. DISCERN IT VIA CONFORMITY TO THE BIBLICAL STANDARD
Spiritual issues by right deserve to be discerned. The gift of discernment should feature highly in a world full of prophetic games, gimmicks and gambles. Any prophetic activity which departs from the biblical standard must not be entertained. In a world with too many voices, it is imperative to clearly discern the voice of God. In a world characterised by demonic presence, it is important to discern the true presence of God. In a world characterised by mass hysteria, it is crucial to discern the power of God. Christians who are well rooted in the word like the biblical Bereans should be able to discern what is of God and what is not of God.
5. RELEASE IT THROUGH THE PROTOCOLS OF THE CHURCH
The ability to respect protocol is the greatest missing link in the prophetic dimension. The bible is loud and clear about the importance of doing spiritual things decently and in order. Common sense should tell you that God put Church leaders in each Church for a reason i.e. to preside over the order of worship. It would be unfortunate if order is viewed by the one endowed with a word from the Lord to be a hindrance. Any word from the Lord needs wisdom to present it hence the need for Church Protocol to guide those with such a word to present it. Little Samuel had to get guidance from Eli on the protocol of hearing the voice of God. Even Prophet Nathan understood protocol when presenting the prophetic word to a king. You have to learn to understand protocol in your local Church. Breaking protocol is being reckless with the things of God. Learn to weigh what you say and how to say it. Remember that it is the cycle of disobedience in Israel which caused the word of the Lord to be a rare commodity.
6. REINFORCE IT BY LIVING A LIFESTYLE THAT IS ABOVE REPROACH
The prophetic dimension demands of its proponents to have a lifestyle that is above reproach. A holy lifestyle is the only spiritual gravitas which can reinforce what what God has endowed in us. Spiritual gravitas is earned by staying in the place of learning and intentionally creating accountability circles. Every leader must be accountable to someone. Claiming to be only accountable to God is a clear confirmation of disregarding protocol and God’s ordained order of accountability. Most independent ministries which have failed to impact society are those which do not value accountability.
I rest my case.