8 Characteristics of a Prophet

Eight Characteristics of a Prophet

  1. A prophet has a close relationship with God who reveals to them the desires of his heart. Amos 3:7. The prophet sees events and people from God’s perspective, not from a human point of view.
  2. Being in such a close relationship and close communication with God, the prophet often feels God’s grief over his peoples rebellion and sin. The prophet understands God’s purpose, plans and desires many times better than anyone else, which means that he or she also experience God’s emotions and responses. The prophet not only hears God’s voice but also feels God’s heart. Jeremiah 6:11, 15:16-17; 20:9.
  3. Like God, the prophet deeply loves God’s people. When the people hurt, the prophet feels deep pain (See the book of Lamentations.) A true prophet wants God’s best for them -Ezekiel 18:23, which means faithfully delivering messages that offer warnings and correction as well as words of hope, comfort and encouragement.
  4. The prophet knows that it is always best for the people to have complete trust and loyalty to God. For this reason, this servant warns them not to depend on human wisdom, wealth, power or false gods -Jeremiah 8:9-10; Hosea 10:13-14; Amos 6:8.. The prophets continually urge the people to live by God’s standards and covenant requirements in order to enjoy God’s freedom and benefits.
  5. The prophet is extremely sensitive to sin and evil -Jeremiah 2:12–13, 19; 25:3–7; Amos 8:4–7; Micah 3:8, which means that he or she is impatient with cruelty, crime, immorality and injustice. What might appear to most people as just a slight deviation from God‘s law is seen as a disaster by the prophet. He has little tolerance for moral and spiritual compromise, complacency, hypocrisy and excuses -Isaiah 32:11; Jeremiah 6:20; 7:8–15, 21-23; Amos 4:1; 6:1. Many times better than anyone else, the prophet shares God’s love of righteousness and goodness and God’s hatred of wickedness and evil -Hebrew 1:9.
  6. The prophet constantly challenges people for their lack of spirituality and tries desperately to encourage true obedience to God’s law. The prophet is dedicated totally to God, hating half-hearted commitments and demanding complete faithfulness to God.
  7. The prophet has a vision for the future. Sometimes it is expressed in predictions of disaster and destruction -Isaiah 63:1-6; Jeremiah 11:22-23; 13:15–21; Ezekiel 14:12-21; Amos 5:16-20, 27.
  8. Finally, the prophet is often a person of loneliness and sorrow Jeremiah 14:17-18; 20:14-18; Amos 7:10-13; Jonah 3-4.. Prophets are often persecuted by godly leaders and mistreated by false prophets who are predicting peace, prosperity and security for rebellious people -Jeremiah 15:15; 20:1-6; 26:8-11; Amos 5:10; Matthew 23:29–30 36; Acts 7:51-53.

These are some of the main characteristics of a prophet or prophetess.

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Sheep vs. Goat: Division

Much fear is being posted about division.

In the book of Matthew, we read about sheep and goats.

The core message of the Parable of the Sheep and Goats is that God’s people will love others. Good works will result from our relationship to the Shepherd. Followers of Christ will treat others with kindness, serving them as if they were serving Christ Himself. The unregenerate live in the opposite manner. While “goats” can indeed perform acts of kindness and charity, their hearts are not right with God, and their actions are not for the right purpose – to honor and worship God.

I submit to you, the division we are seeing is the result of these two groups being diametrically opposed to one another. The current crises have drawn a line in the sand and are showing who are His and who are not.

Jesus said in Matthew 10:34:

“Do not assume that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

There should NEVER be ‘peace’ with darkness. There SHOULD BE DIVISION of light and dark.

“What fellowship does light have with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14

Rather than focusing on this ‘division’ and saying it’s ‘bad,’ we need to FOCUS on the people who do not know Christ and who need us to show THEM the love of God.

There are so many opportunities to do this in so many ways.

Read the rest of Mathew to see the many ways we can reach people for God:

“34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

The book of James says:

“Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” 1:27

Don’t worry about the false anxiety of division. True unity is also happening. Praise God for it. He keeps us on track. Give people to God when you have to, but don’t feel obligated to try and ‘fix’ them. The Holy Spirit can work on peoples’ hearts. Keep praying for them while asking Him to send you those you CAN minister to. Let’s keep about our Father’s business and don’t waste precious time on ‘divisions.’

hurting_people_need_you #start_simple

Called?

Think about it…

God has not called you to trust MAN. He has called you to trust HIM. Say no to ANYTHING that does not agree with scripture. It’s ok. You have that right. NEVER put ANY ‘words’ BEFORE the words of Jesus. No matter who says what!!! #Holy_Spirit_is_the_Teacher #back_to_basics #back_to_the_bible #test_the_spirits #Bible_is_a_guide

In Fear?

Many are saying: “Don’t live in fear! And, “We don’t live in fear!” Are you so sure of that?

But then they go out in public, waving around flags. Flags of America. Flags of the Confederacy. Even Swastikas.

Then, when interviewed as to why they aren’t wearing a mask, why they are grouped together by the hundreds, why they are demanding the economy to be opened up, they begin to yell and scream.

ANGER is a mask for FEAR my friends.

They are ALL afraid.

So just WHO is “living in fear?”

Staying home and being cautious is Proverbs 14:16 in action:

“The wise are CAUTIOUS and avoid danger;
fools plunge ahead with RECKLESS confidence..”

JESUS himself showed us the response we should have when Satan told him to jump off the cliff and QUOTED Psalm 91 to Jesus. He took scripture, and dared to quote it back to its author! Really?!

JESUS answered this fool: “DO NOT TEMPT THE LORD YOUR GOD!”

It is ONE thing to trust the Lord with your well being, but it’s another thing to try and take advantage of him.

We CAN and DO stand on HIS word to be safe but we are NEVER to treat him like our magic genie in a lamp who will allow us to run headlong into danger.

If we go into a region where they kill Christians for example, we know we are risking our lives, but we will do that for HIS sake. We trust God in that, but still know we may or may not be martyred.

But we don’t willfully expose ourselves to the elements, we don’t jump into shark infested waters just because, we don’t drink poison, we don’t stop eating food or drinking water. We don’t run wild in the streets late at night where gang land killings are going on. Do we? No! WHY?

Because these things can kill us. We use our COMMON SENSE, and “are CAUTIOUS and avoid danger;
( because) fools plunge ahead with RECKLESS confidence..”

What FRIGHTENS me is that it is very APPARENT you are NOT STUDYING THE BIBLE!

Whatever happened to following what GOD’S OWN WORD says to do and HOW TO ACT in this world!

COME ON! Pick up a bible and read ALL of it! Especially what JESUS said and did! If we say we follow HIM then start with HIS WORDS and ACTIONS. Because, getting in the street, screaming and yelling, and disregarding the LIVES of others is NOT FOLLOWING him but it’s following FEAR.

You can still protest by using social media. Without putting others in danger.

We don’t DARE God! It’s CHILDISH and RECKLESS.

This is a sense of entitlement this needs to be reined in.

The Bible says YOU ARE NOT YOUR OWN!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? YOU ARE NOT YOUR OWN; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

And, the Bible says you are NOT to be a stumbling block. But since you are not apparently reading the Bible maybe that’s the problem?!

1Corinthians 8:9

“But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.”

Never place your RIGHTS above human life. THIS IS NOT LIKE CHRIST. 😞

Trust God with your rights. The leaders are trying to save lives – God will keep you. We don’t have to ‘demand’ our ‘rights’. This virus is real. I’ve seen it first hand. GBU Don’t let ‘fear’ of losing your ‘rights’ guide you!

What is the “Joy of the Lord?”

Joy comes from your focus on him.

Not understanding the “joy of the Lord” can create an imbalance in your life. I’ve seen this when “joy” is put on a pedestal and treated as if it’s a mandate from God. I’ve seen it hurt people in the worst way.

Along will come a fellow Christian dealing with some heavy issues in their life, traumatized, and the one’s around them who are doing “good” will say, “Hey! Don’t let the devil steal your joy!” in a glib and minimizing way implying it’s a ‘sin’ to hurt.

Why? Why do they spout this nonsense that only ends up “shutting people up?” Because the one saying it has put joy on a pedestal in a off balance understanding of true joy that thinks joy makes you a giddy fool with a smile plastered on your face.

The word says, the “joy of the LORD” is your strength. This has nothing to do with a feeling of ‘bubbly effervescent happiness.” While fun to feel this way, the emphasis is on the LORD, that focusing on him WILL strengthen you because he is your defender, your shepherd, your shield, your bulwark, your rock, your protector , and your savior. ALL of those roles signify that they are performed in the context of turmoil, attack, tribulations, and problems of every sort.

One day, we will have no need of those things because we will be with him in perfect peace. But for now, we fight.

In reality, when people say to not the devil steal your joy in response to you telling them your struggles, it’s about THEM and their inability to know what to say to you. It’s about how THEY feel, in a “happy-happy-joy-joy” neurotic way of thinking.

This emphasis on “joy-out-of-balance” makes one self centered. No where in scripture is this supported. Instead, we are admonished to comfort those who need comforting; and, we are admonished to put on the full armor of God, which begs the question of: since when is being a soldier ‘fun’?

I’m not advocating walking around all doom and gloom and depressed all the time like that is “holy.” What I’m saying is we need to stop ignoring the people around us, and especially our brothers and sisters in Christ, who may be dealing with some real painful situations. Stop putting false expectations on them to just be “joyful” when in reality WE are the ones who just can’t handle it-we just don’t want to hear it because we don’t know what to do. Ho sad for us when we ourselves don’t know our true authority we have in Christ. We sell Him short and hurt others with this response.

We are NOT powerless my friends when we hear about hard things. There are many things we can do for those around us. If not practically, then we CAN do something spiritually: by PRAYING. So many times that’s all I had available to help in various life and death scenarios, only to have God turn the tide and miracles were performed. People on the verge of death and complete destruction o have seen God step in time and time again in response to prayer ALONE.

So let’s strengthen ourselves in the LORD, and not shy away from painful things or “pained people” in our lives. Let’s get a hold of PRAYER and INTERCESSION again. It is like a nuclear bomb in the spiritual realm!!

Remember who you are and WHOSE you are! GREATER is HE who is in you than he who is in the world! 💥💥💥💥💥💥

Don’t blame yourself for how someone treated you. It’s not your fault. Even if you trusted them. You are not to blame if someone abuses you. Part of the abuse is to make you feel guilty so they can keep controlling you. #gas_lighting #Sexual_harassment #sexism #put_the_blame_where_it_belongs #its_okay_to_walk_away #do_it

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