LESSON 04: The Prophetic Mandate
In our Prophetic Training School we teach our students how to hear the voice of the Lord and also how to begin walking out their prophetic calling. Yet greater than all of these lessons is teaching them their primary mandate as a prophet! I would like to share one of the portions of the lesson that we give our students, so that you can begin to get a much clearer picture of what a prophet is called to do in the church.
If you are prophetic then we pray that it motivates you to step out and fulfill the mandate that has been given to you by Jesus Christ!
The Lord has given us a very special mandate as prophets. Now it does not mean that just because you are a prophet in training that you cannot begin immediately to fulfill that mandate.
What is that mandate you may ask? It is simple: To present a Bride to Jesus that hears the voice of her Groom!
Do you know what the number one function is of the prophet in the local church? No, it is not to prophesy and tell everyone what their future holds. No, it is not to point out the sin and the wrong doings of the pastor. And no, it is not to lead the intercessors team.
Now all of these things can also be a part of a prophet's function in the Church, but it is not the MAIN function. Your main function in the local church is to teach the people of God how to hear the voice of the Lord!
I invite you to imagine with me for a moment. Imagine for a moment that every single believer can hear the voice of Jesus for themselves. Imagine for a moment that everyone has an intimate relationship with the Lord. Imagine for a moment that you bring a prophetic word and that prophesy is confirmed by all the church and the pastor, because they all heard the Lord on it also?
Can you begin to see in those pictures a perfect bride rising up without any spot and wrinkle? Now in the course we are teaching you how to hear the Lord for yourself and how to enter into that love relationship with Jesus, but it does not end here. You have a very important job to do! Are you seeking God for the New Move? Are you seeking God to move in your church and ministry? Then you need to start with your primary mandate as one in prophetic ministry: You need to introduce the Bride to the Groom!
You need to let the Bride know of the Groom's affections. You need to describe to them what the groom is like until they know Him. You need to teach them how to hear His voice until they fall in love with them. Are you doing this? If you do not prophesy and you do not lead the intercessors group and you do not stand up and share visions, that is fine. But are you sharing the heart of the Christ with His Bride?
Are you a living example of that relationship? The church has been whipped enough by prophets of judgment and condemnation to the point that they fear to enter into the throne room of God, just in case He gives them the same harsh words. Jesus has sent you and me into the church to heal her, to give her good news. To let her know that Jesus loves her. THIS is the main function of the prophet.
Now you might give that message through prophesy or the sharing of visions or through prophetic song. But as you should know by now, the gifts are a means to the end. The gifts are simply the vehicle that you use to carry out your real function. So how about it? Are you ready to face this challenge? Are you ready to give out all that you have to others? It will mean entering into that secret place for yourself and then it will mean letting others flow like you flow.
It will mean that you will outdo yourself out of a job! Because that is the point - to teach others to do what you do. Your church should come to the place where they do not need you anymore. Only when that comes to pass, will you know that your job there is done and that you have truly represented to Jesus a Bride that loves and adores Him. A Bride that can hear the voice of her Groom.