A believer cannot call himself or herself into a 5-fold Office! Neither can a person with the gift of prophecy call or set you into the apostolic and prophetic office.
Jesus is the Head of the Church, and He alone appoints and gives the gifts to mankind. (Eph 4:11-12)
The gifts and callings are without repentance (meaning they are irrevocable, Rom 11:29). God gives them and He doesn’t change His mind and take them back.
By the sovereignty of God, the call and gifts are already placed within you. He works in you and through you– from the inside out. Not from the outside in. This will show significant evidence and fruit in your life.
Childhood encounters with God
It is common for the characteristics of the prophetic personality to start budding and evidencing in a child who is prophetic, at a very young age. The OT prophet Samuel had childhood encounters with God when he was growing up in the Temple. His ears where opened and he heard the voice of the Lord calling him when he was under the mentorship of Eli the priest. (1 Sam 3:1-10) There may also be the occurrence of sleeping disturbances, because the calling has marked a child for God. Or there may be seeing into the realm of the spirit in childhood. I personally experienced both, infrequently, at three years of age.
God is faithful. HE will order your steps according to your calling. HE will mature you in your God-ordained gift set.
The Gift of Prophesy begins the Process
When I was a babe in Christ, I began evidencing by the Spirit, a strong gift of prophesy in the local church. So I started serving my local church then, as prophetic person.
As I grew and matured in the spiritual gifts and fruit, the Holy Spirit led my spiritual life into intercessory prayer and working together in a strong gift of discernment.
Prophetic callings always are accompanied with a prayer ministry! Prophets are gifted with the power to pray with the gift of faith as HE wills. The ‘prayer closet ‘ is where spiritual ‘muscle’ and strength and discipline are developed and built up.
The Calling doesn’t usually come as Surprise to you
In the local church I had a several encounters with the revealing of my calling from three prophetic women in the church. (Mind you, they were not presuming to prophesy me into this office, but merely to announce it.) My spiritual mother in the faith was one of them. Another prophetic mother in the faith handed me a written prophecy that would serve as the foundation. This precedent was the major seed planted in my heart and life concerning the ministry. Last but not least was the pastor’s wife who was prophetic and was a seer and had miracles follow her ministry. According to my spiritual mom, the pastor’s wife who was close to her said she could see the ministry that God was calling me to.
From your first days in Christ you know the call “from the inside out,” because He puts the “knowing” of the calling there. It came with such peace and actuality. As I grew in Christ, I would just close my eyes and automatically see myself in my prophetic calling. Ironically, I would forget about it most of the time, because I was never preoccupied with it and I never mentioned it to anyone.
It wasn’t until I saw the Lord causing leadership and people in the church to confirm what I already know in my ‘inner man.’ That’s why the call didn’t surprise me, because it was there inside me all the time. I just knew God was moving me towards it.
My prophetic call was confirmed through my local church ordination, as a minister of the Gospel.
I was led seven months later to a prophetic conference hosted by apostolic prophetess Patricia King of XP Ministries.
My call was again confirmed and activated on Sunday, the last day of the conference. I was in the back standing next to my husband who was seated on the aisle seat. As I was caught up in the praise and worship I heard a women’s voice and I opened my eyes and there in the aisle was a woman of God (whom I knew as a prophetic intercessor from another ministry) declaring to me, “prophetess of God…prophetess of God…” She had no prior knowledge of how God had dealt with me during that prophetic conference! The Holy Spirit sent this prophetic intercessor at the right time and in the right circumstances to confirm my call.
When I arrived home, little did I know that I was “called, appointed and anointed” for an encounter with His Presence. HIS Visitation was so unexpected. I was just resting and then I sensed His presence in an unusual way, enter the room. At that time I had been experiencing difficulty in letting go of a former season of ministry. I became very still, waiting for HIM. Then HE spoke. I heard HIM say, “Why are you fighting for the lesser, when I AM giving you the greater? ”
In that very moment, I knew that my time had come. I perceived that I was being given the greater. This was all attributed to a priceless process of a significant work of Grace of preparation — I had finished the process of being prophetically set in the Church!
Thorns and Fire
Being refined in the Refiner’s fire is to die to yourself, and to have your faith come forth as pure gold so that Christ can live in and through you. It is a never-ending process of learning to submit to God’s ways.
Daniel is a perfect example of being molded in extreme adversity, and being a candidate for both the thorns of Babylon and the fiery furnace of persecution. He became a witness of the Living God to the pagan king. Daniel was an incredible OT prophet and prophetic intercessor, being pressed toward the high purpose of his life in serving in the Babylonian kingdom.
Joseph the dreamer was a prophet, and he knew what God had called him to be through a visitation in a dream. His life is an OT example of showing the thorns and the fire.
There was betrayal, temptation, wrongful and lying accusations, isolation, etc., that Joseph had to go through before he could reign in his calling. For both Daniel and Joseph, it was in the thorns and fire in their testing, that God of the Hebrews was their Father, their Mentor, their Covering, their Deliverer, their Favor and Open Door. God was in control of every detail of their lives.
The key that Joseph shows us is how to endure the process of affliction by trusting God and letting go of the thorns of offense. This led Joseph from his training to his reigning in Egypt as the second in command to Pharaoh!
Joseph the dreamer never dreamed that his “training for reigning” would be the hardest test he would ever go through. But God was with Him and he made it through victoriously.
God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours. And one can be greatly surprised with something that is part of the Plan that one never could have anticipated. Joseph, the Hebrew, never anticipated being sold into Egypt as a slave and to even land wrongfully in jail!
Jesus the Messiah has one goal mind: and that is in building your character so that it reflects and bears the fruits of Christlikeness —in and through adversity. What is meant for evil through your journey, God will turn for your good. HIS faithfulness and His abundant goodness will cause you to forget the affliction.
HIS favor will make room for your call and prophetic gifting.
Promotion is from the Lord. Remember that while there are only SOME prophets set by Jesus the Head, in the Church, there are many amazing “prophetic believers” who serve through the gift of prophesy to show the Beauty and Glory of the Lord through creative talents! These gifts and talents are to reveal His heart to His people!