My heart is full today. I’ve been reading about God’s gifts, particularly the gift of prophecy. I used to think that prophecy was one of those gifts for special people. You know, those with a calling on their lives, those having a direct line to God. Prophecy wasn’t for me because, well, I’m just one of the regular folks who love the Bible and besides, I don’t hear from God all that well.
I’ve been pursuing prophecy for the better part of two years. I wanted to know about it…you know, inquiring minds and all that. This quest turned into something I wasn’t quite prepared for: I discovered I can be prophetic! Not prophetic like I can tell you about your future (not yet anyway), but prophetic in the ways of knowing that I know a truth about God and what that means for myself or others.
So what changed that suddenly I was hearing from God? Nothing. Seems I’ve been hearing Him all along, I just hadn’t discerned that the different ways He talked to me fell into the category of prophecy. To be clear, I am not a prophet, called to the office of. I am simply a lover of Jesus, willing to be used by Him when a need arises.
I recently read a statement by Graham Cooke. In his book, “Approaching the Heart of Prophecy”, he said, “If you do not see it, you cannot become it. Identity must be visualized before it can be realized.” This statement sent me off on a journey recalling my past attitudes about life. So many things I’d wanted to do but quickly discounted. On the other hand there were things I did because I wanted to and couldn’t come up with good enough reasons not to. That crazy tipping scale of life where we want some things and can’t/won’t pursue them and the other side when we experience victory because we tried! It’s truly a conundrum.
Graham Cooke challenged me to look, really look for prophecy and all it holds and this is what I’ve learned:
1) God can use anyone to deliver anything in a moment of need. Be available.
2) God speaks to us all in a variety of ways. Listen.
3) Prophecy is not always about the future events of our lives; it is often nothing more than encouragement. Encourage.
4) Prophecy is often given to me about my life, but more often than not, it’s for others too. Share.
Someone said, “What’s the best gift? The one needed at the moment.” If we are willing, if we will listen, if we will be brave enough to speak, God will use you. Whether the need be prophecy/encouragement, healing, cleansing prayer, words of wisdom, or any of the other gifts of the Holy Spirit, He will use you.
In my adapted words, if I can see it, I can be it! I’ve been looking and I see possibilities. I’ve begun picturing myself differently and astoundingly, I’m aware that my actions are changing as is my mindset. I’ve asked for a new vision of the woman God had in mind when He created me. He’s showing me and I can see her, in ever increasing clarity.
Can you see it? Can you see who He created you to be? Ask Him to show you. You can be it!