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WHY PROPHECY IS IMPORTANT
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Many of you listening to or reading this message have a select group assigned to you by God. That is, a group of people to whom you are responsible—to God and to them―for supplying the Bread of Life. If you have been called to the office of prophet, this lesson will help you to monitor, minister and manage effectively so as to position yourself for optimum stewardship of God's gift in your life. Does it not stand to reason that the enemyof this select groupdoes not want you communicating lasers of light―missiles of ministry―for their immediate healing and guidance? This select group needs to know:
Where they're at ...
A prophet must monitor what's going on in his or her area of assignment. If the area of assignment is international, then the observation, of course, is international and encompasses geopolitical happenings.
It is not always possible to know such information in the natural―even with the internet and social media―but it can be known supernaturally to those whom God chooses to reveal such happenings. This will include what is happening NOW … and what will happen in the FUTURE.
A prophet must be in a state of readiness at all times: ready to hear … ready to question … ready to speak.
Habakkuk lived in a period when his country had fallen from the heights to the depths with degradation in the legal system of the land. Remind yourself that this happened after Josiah's reforms. How quickly we are to go from boom to panic. Governments―because they are made up of people―can be bipolar as well.
This reminds me of a poem I shared as part of my speech when graduating from engineering college and I was awarded the trophy for being the “Most Worthless Senior.” (Five years later, the Lord Jesus made me worthy―He became my worthiness―when I received Him as my Savior and Lord.)
“Our system is depressive manic. It runs from boom and then to panic.
I'm not sure, but I think that was from J. Sullivan Edwards' book, Ride the Wild Horses.
Habakkuk is overtaken by the circumstances all around him. He thinks God has removed Himself from the affairs of man. Leaders are in control who do not serve God. The prophet says:
“I will stand upon my watch, and position myself upon the tower,
Let me ask you a question: “Are you standing upon YOUR watch?” Are you listening to what the LORD will say? Today―more than ever―people need a word from God. Yes, they need to be IN God's Word (reading and meditating), and they need the Word to be IN them … but they also need to hear specific rhemas―personal messages from God to them―directed by the Spirit of God in the timing of God.
The man I respected most for always having a word from God for people was a man named Dick Mills. He was an humble servant of God. He gave me in the course of his lifetime several messages―verses from the Holy Bible―that were “spot on” and everyone of them came to pass. He prophesied to me and told me that I would have a ministry like his which came to pass.
We must monitor by knowing―keeping in touch―with what's going on around us. But more importantly we must monitor by “standing upon our watch” and waiting upon God to speak―to see what He will say to us―about the nation and for the nation … about people and for the people.
To minister is to serve. Just recently, a lady I have never met, contacted me by email. This lady had read my book, Prophecy, Transition & Miracles. She told me, “The Lord told me to tell you 'Keep your shoes clean.'” Now I know it must have been hard for this lady to say this. As a matter of fact she told me later she was afraid to tell me as it might offend me.
What she did NOT know is that recently I puchased a new pair of inexpensive shoes to wear with khakis or levis. I always try to keep my shoes shined and clean. However, a day or so before this lady sent the message to me I was looking at my new shoes and thinking, “I should clean them.” But … I decided to put it off. Well, when I received the lady's message (and knowing she didn't know anything about me or my new shoes) I decided to clean them. Wouldn't you know … the very next day I was in a very important meeting where the shoes were very visible and it was very important that they be perfectly clean.
That may seem trifle but … it was IMPORTANT. And, it shows the importance of personal prophecy: NOT “kookie” stuff, but exact “laser directed” words from God that many times only the Lord knows what it is about. Personal ministry with “lasers of light” pinpointing in exactness the message from God for the people to whom you minister: those in your watchcare or area of assignment.
Daily, remember to ask God for discernment over people, things and situations. Not all that glitters is gold … and not all prophecies that come to YOU are from God. I have “tons” of prophecies that have been given to me through the years, but I have hung them on the wall “so to speak” until I either knew in my heart―or received valid confirmation―that they were from God.
Just as we want to receive accurate words from God, so we have the responsibility to deliver accurate words to others in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Habakkuk managed his activities so that he had time―he took time―to wait upon God. He positioned himself―by schedule and activity―to watch and see what God would say to Him. The answer he received from God has helped people for over 2,500 years. A prophet must realize that he or she―even if delivering a message to one person―may be influencing nations and future generations.
By God's grace, I have spoken words that launched people into powerful ministries that multiply further because of the right message at the right time. YOU are an instrument of God. Guard this privilege with all your might. Manage your time, your resources and even your recreation so that your assignment from God―the people assigned to your watchcare―do not suffer. A shepherd tends to the flock by feeding, healing, guiding and protecting. But … the shepherd must stay strong himself to be in condition. Your body is NOT your own … you have been bought with a price: with the precious BLOOD of Messiah Jesus. Therefore, glorify God in your body … and that includes the mental part as well.
It's the anointing that breaks the yoke. The Holy Spirit is God's agent on earth to supply the resurrection POWER of Christ. Honor the Holy spirit and He will honor you.
Habakkuk received the message from God that made it possible for him to rise above the circumstances. It was this:
“Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him:
‒ Habakkuk 2:4
One way to invest securely is by working with God, reaching others with the Good News!
A TAX DEDUCTIBLE RECEIPT WILL BE SENT TO YOU
My friend, let me ask you the most imporant question of your life: If you were to die right now, do you know for sure that you would go to Heaven? If not, pray this prayer:
“God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, if Jesus is really my Messiah, please reveal Him to me and I will serve You the rest of my life. Please forgive my sins. Help me to live for you the rest of my time on earth, and take me to Heaven when I die. Amen.”
Baruch haba b’Shem Adonai.
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