The life of a prophet is a stripping away process. Everything that is of himself will one day have to face the fiery furnace.
Oftentimes one will see that they are not received in the regular church setting. Their message may not be received, but they are called to give it anyway. They may find that they are not readily received, even in their own household.
“But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house,“ Mark 6:4.
It is a lonely walk, and often you will want to hide from what He has called you to do. And that does not work either, because God wants you to be bold and to be His vessel.
Your strength does not come from yourself or your personality, but from the LORD himself.
One finds soon enough that the life of a prophet is a hard, disciplined one. However, one also finds that their relationship with the LORD Himself is worth more than fine gold or silver.
Your heart must be that of the Father himself. You must weep when He weeps, and have joy over what He has joy in. It is not your joy or sorrow, but you experience the heart of God in and through these things.
God will share His secrets with you. You will intercede for others and then speak it unto the earth. You will learn to live in a fiery furnace. And when you think that the process is over, then once again the heat is turned up, and the dross comes to the surface.
You will spend time in the cave, and you will spend time in the wilderness; each has their purpose. Then you will be called out to speak among the brethren but the time will come when the process will continue yet again.
You may question your life many times of its purpose, but you will find that in knowing Him and being His servant has a purpose that far outweighs what you may have thought your purpose was before.
It may take years and years before you see the development of what He had called you to do. Others are like Jeremiah in that they were called at birth. Then you look back and see that all the hardships, rejections, and trials were for your preparation. They served their purpose in emptying you of yourself.
You may be gifted in speaking, or you may be the type of person that has difficulty in standing up in front of a crowd. You will find that He uses the weak things of this world to shame the wise. And yet if you are weak or seemingly frail in the eyes of the world, He will cause you to rise up and to be strong in Him.
If you are a confident and a bold person, He will strip you of this, and cause you see that it is not of your own flesh, but of His Spirit that He will use you.
You may be brought to the place where you lose your regular source of income that you have had for years. An in spite of this, you will find that He alone will take care of you through various means through the saints, or through some other avenues.
This is a difficult place to be in, especially if you have a family and they need your help and support. They may even wonder why you are doing what you are doing.
God has a perfect plan for each of us. Spend time in prayer so that you will know what that plan is. It may be in delivering His word in a particular church or to a group of people. You may be called to prophetic ministry, or you may be called to prophetic office. Each has their place and purpose, but there is a difference in each of them.
So if you want to be a prophet know that He will strip you of all things. It is not a glamorous position, but it is a face-to-face position with the LORD himself. And this will be the joy of your life in knowing Him, and having this relationship with Him.
Your prayer language will become something of great importance, and you will see that without this, you may dry up and your life will not have the purpose or strength that you will need. Your time spent in prayer will become one of the most important things to you. Be prepared to be molded by His Spirit and one day He will bring you to that place where He can trust you with His words and secrets.
You will realize that your life is one of service to the body of Christ. You will represent the LORD himself through your life, and you will see that your dying to self is an on-going process in enabling you to be the vessel He needs for His people and to His church.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has been prophesying regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are to be reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?