Prophecy is in great need of transformation. As the reality of Christ in us, the hope of glory, unfolds within our lives, we will prophecy with words of truth and life in the Spirit. These words will carry a weight of glory that will impact, change, reveal, and more. Right now, it seems that many just speak to speak. I am hearing the same standard phrases along with many clichés that I have heard for years now. Our language must shift but before that happens revelation of Christ in us must become central as the reality of our prophetic voice. This reality is clear: Christ in me, the hope of glory. It is all about Jesus.
The prophetic needs to mature in grace and glory. Some, at the risk of being out of the mix, continually seem to have a word or something to say. Others parrot and remix what they have heard that is out there, packaging it in a different format for their own ministry. Have we considered that to flow into a language upgrade, it may be best just to be still? Be still to know Him. Be still to allow Him time and space to reveal Himself to us in greater measure and with greater clarity.
Flowing through the tension of a prophetic upgrade requires that as we are still without presumption, as we gaze upon His face and spend time in His glory, we will come forth with words of great power and impact. The mystery of Christ in us will flow forth as we wait. Right now, we simply don’t have the appropriate language to know what God is doing. That is my personal opinion. Here is why I say this.
I have always been able to prophesy – over people, situations, nations, circumstances. One day, as I began to pray, I realized that I was bored with hearing my own voice. Over and over I was unmoved by the same old words of breakthrough, revival, anointing, mantles, fire……….I am unmoved by it all yet I cannot deny that I am prophetic. How do I change these words to resound in the revelation of grace and the finished work of the cross? What is that on the horizon that I am seeing, yet I am unable to sound forth its reality? It starts in me, not external to me. I speak what I know, what I see, what I experience. I speak forth Christ Jesus in me.
At this point, I subjected myself to some internal scrutiny. I realized that to change this sound flowing forth from me requires taking some time to be still to see again and hear again. That is where I am right now. I do not presume to know all God is saying but I do know that for me and for many of you out there right now, it is time to just process slowly the revelation that God is giving to us. We are seeing at a distance. When seeing something at a distance, we cannot prophecy as if it is already clear right before us. That is presumptuous and lacks wisdom.
I am confounded and disturbed by words that I read that indicate we need the fire of Elijah, the mantle of Elisha, the anointing of Deborah or Shiloh, or any number of external sources that we have picked up from the Old Testament. Do we not see or truly know that Christ is in us? Do we not realize that most of our prophetic language reflects an external focus rather than the revelation of our union in Christ? I am praying. I am worshiping. From those times I wait and then I write. This is one of those times. I am not downplaying the need for the prophetic. It is a vital area of ministry. Yet, it is in need of change and internal transformation in the lives of prophets and prophetic ministries. I am but one voice but in my own small way, I am slowly moving into a language of grace and glory.
Rivers of Eden Ministry is called to challenge people to live a prophetic life of creativity, revelation and intimacy in Christ. Marvin and I look forward to hearing from you, allowing us the opportunity to minister in the grace and love of Christ in your gathering, church, home group or conference. Currently we are planning a trip to Kenya in August in which we are looking forward to establishing new relationships with leaders for a Kingdom purpose. Contact us on Facebook or Twitter for more information if you would like us to minister in grace and glory.