2 Words in 1
A Prophetic Word
“And David came to Saul and entered his service. And Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer,”1 Samuel 16:21.
The greatest challenge and tragedy we may sometimes face is when friendships becomes threatening.
Saul loved David, so long as he saw him as an asset to his throne. David understood this – his heart was to serve his beloved king. (He came to help the king and to strengthen his throne, not to take anything away from him!)
Sadly, Saul never recognized David’s serving heart and neither did he recognise that David loved him equally, as he did David.
All Saul saw was a threat, a man threatening to steal away HIS opportunity and what was most precious to him!
Over the years, I have experienced this reality quite a number of times. Sadly, it comes as a part of the territory when you walk in the Anointing.
If you are challenged by a similar situation, here’s my encouragement to you –
Realize that one of the most challenging things to do is to convince others of your pure motives and heart.
Recognition that the threat may not be personal. They may like you very much – but that it is merely a case of the Hand of the LORD being upon your life, which they dislike.
Most people who are truly pure in heart, have the unfortunate tendency to open their hearts to others in complete trust and to easily draw others in.
The sad result is, many times the walk away with a bleeding heart, having an undeserved dagger plunged into their heart of innocence.
Here is what I have learned.
LOVE all men from the bottom of your heart…..
(Remember that David never hardened his heart towards Saul, but loved Saul amidst his persecution up to the very end when mourning Saul’s death.)
But commit your heart to God only!
Walk with others as far as they are willing to walk with you.
Meet all people from where you are, and never compromise or draw back from your position in Christ.
Let them decide to meet you where you are, or to leave you where they have found you, at Jesus’ feet.
“But Jesus, on his part, did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people,” John 2:24.
Who Are the “Prophets” of His Presence?
Prophetic Living requires a sell out to God before a true and genuine prophetic experience (expressing, living, and sharing the heart of the Father) can ever be born.
We do not wait for others to make us of no reputation. As Christ, we make ourselves of no reputation before our journey ever begins.
We choose God and covet His opinion over us, renouncing all others.
We walk with Him into uncharted territories in the Spirit from where we are led – pioneering Visions, Dreams and Prophecy and walking in fresh Revelations from the Secret Place of His heart.
Does this sound “important” or lofty? If so, allow the Holy Spirit to give you perspective, for It spells death to self, to personal ambition and to personal reputation.
Prophets die before they can live, and before God’s Life can live in them and shine through them.
What was God’s promise through the prophet Joel again?
What would happen when the Holy Spirit came to reconcile us to God (restore, revive and reconnect us with our original purpose and God’s intended destined design for us)?
Ordinary people would walk in “Visions, Dreams and Prophecy” – in other words, in open Revelation and living experience of The Living God – in personal experience of all He is, being communicated by His Spirit in them!
They would hear Him, see Him, encounter Him and live in living experience of Him.
To whom was the Promise made, according to brother Peter in Acts 2 …?
“The Promise is to you, and to your children and to whomsoever would receive Him…”Acts 2:39.
God destined and designed you to walk in the spirit – to be indifferent to the world and their opinion, to follow where he leads and to live, move and have your being in his ever unveiling reality.
You were called to live a prophetic life (ever changing, ever learning), a life sojourning in Christ.
~ Johann van der Hoven
Johann van der Hoven is in South Africa. He has been serving the Lord in ministry since 1991 and has hosted numerous apostolic revival meetings in South Africa and in South America. He also currently pioneers a organic church planting movement across South Africa. For more information about him and his ministry visit www.sonsofsovereignty.com or Revival.