I previously shared on the role of personal prophecies to individuals who seek the help of a seer or prophet (God’s pleasure is to Reveal, as we Seek!). I believe giving prophecies to persons is one area of giftings that has been misused, wherein as a result, recipients have been hurt in the church in the process.
Today, this is one area in ministry that is undergoing reformation, to restore its true place and role in the body of Christ. A true prophet is judged by his or her inner motive, yet many have manifested money motives. These are false prophets.
Saul visited a prophet in an attempt to find lost donkeys. When Saul found the prophet, what he was told were God’s plans, and not his plans, for himself and for Israelites.
The scriptures talk about what is good, what is acceptable and what is perfect, Romans 12:1-2. But what Saul was looking for, was not the perfect will of God, but even so, the donkeys had already arrived home by that time.
Before one seeks the help of a prophet, already there is a communication within and between them and God in their spirit. This is the point at which one should pray and surrender to the doing of God. Unfortunately, many rarely recognize the inner voice of God, thus they subject themselves to the impulses of false prophets, who will tell them what they want to hear.
What you want to hear, may not be what will happen. The error that come out from falsehood, makes the prophet to lose his credibility. In the process, God is misrepresented and those who receive such prophecies, will not see any need to trust God in future, or anyone who comes to them in the name of the LORD.
These are the people who become so difficult to pastor in a local church, they are always lusting and itchy in the ears, moving from one false prophet to another.
In another extreme, true prophets have been turned to become false ones, by outside pressure from those who are in need of their services. A good example is Prophet Moses, who almost succumbed to Israel’s demand of such temptation. When Jethro met him, Moses was advised on how to handle this prophetic ministry. Jethro saw a man who was burning out from outside demand. Early in the morning Moses would wake and sit at the gates as a judge over the people, and Jethro suggested this was not good approach, as he would wear out himself and the people. “Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave,” Exodus 19:20.
Moses was thus advised to carry the burdens of the people unto the LORD; but in the process also, to emulate a leadership structure that through his directives, the Israelites, would be instructed, teaching the LORD’s ways in all matters pertaining to their walk with God.
Within that set up, the ways of the LORD would be revealed to them and they will know what otherwise would require the tongue of the prophet. Essentially, God was underscoring the important role of the teaching ministry in the of today’s congregations, that is to say, the ministry of exhortation, directing, correcting and rebuking.
Actually, If the teaching ministry was well established, valued and submitted in the Church today, in its correct focus, then what we see today, Christians moving around for prophetic word to the wrong sources, could be avoided.
~ Prophet Peter Odhiambo
Prophet Peter Odhiambo of Heart Revival Network International, Kenya is a Prophetic End-Time Minister of the Gospel, preaching in Crusades and open air Revival meetings. The LORD continues to show him the apostasy in the Church and the need to prepare the Bride, fit for the Wedding of the Lamb, as in Revelation 19:7-8.