Thursday, September 24, 2015

Revelation of His Calling - September 20th

September 20, 2015

(To Heaven and Back Again series)

I wake with a head full of questions as our family gets ready for church. I would love nothing more than to stay home and dive into the new direction God has given me, but my family comes first and they need church. Once again we have a guest speaker. Once again, I find some good information mixed with some bad.

Tony has good discernment and often knows when something is “off.” After the service he says, “I was shocked when the preacher said that he loved money.”

“He said that?” I ask. “When did that happen? What else did he say about the topic?”

Tony shrugs, “It was toward the end. He said he loved money but loved God more.” 

My brow furrows with irritation. “We aren’t supposed to ‘love’ money: the Bible says it is the root of all evil. We love God who meets all our needs.”

Tony gives me a look like “Well, duh, even I know that.”  We continue discussing the message and I fill in the missing information the pastor didn’t give as we drive to lunch.

With a kiss on my hubby’s cheek I let him and the kids know that I am retiring downstairs to do “God stuff.” Determined to investigate what exactly a prophet is, I switch on the program by Terri and George. It is an hour and a half long and I had only gotten through the first five to ten minutes so I figure I can start with there.

Several prophets are mentioned in the program: Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joseph, Moses, John the Baptist. Through much research, I discover a few things about prophets:
  • They give and record messages from God
  • Signs and wonders verify that they have been sent by God
  • They explain prophecies and the words of God
  • They are usually sent to speak to heads of nations when a nation needs correction or advice from God

One very important fact jumps out at me. We are supposed to judge people who claim to be prophets:

 “If a prophet arises among you, or a dreamer of dreams, and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder which he spoke (foretold) to you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us follow after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve and worship them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and all your soul [your entire being]..." Deuteronomy 13:1-3 (AMP)
This is very important. From reading the book of Revelation in the Bible I know that the antichrist will appear with signs, wonders, and miracles. He will speak against God and those in Heaven and many will follow him (2 Thessalonians 2:1-10 and Revelations 13:11-13).
Old Testament prophets were also judged by the people for accuracy:
Deuteronomy 18:18-22 (AMP)
I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him [and there will be consequences]. But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods—that prophet shall die.’ If you say in your heart, ‘How will we know and recognize the word which the Lord has not spoken?’ When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord and the thing does not happen or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

Wow, this prophet thing is serious! If you say “God said this” and it doesn’t happen, then you are done!

I turn to the New Testament in the Bible to compare the prophets there with the ones in the Old Testament.
“To him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth on Him shall receive remission of sins.”Acts 10:43 (KJV)
My mind is completely blown as I realize that prophets are called His witnesses. In Angels Believe in You (published in 2014) this is what happened to me when God told me about going to Heaven:
Every time I prayed, it felt as though I should read Jesse’s book. Yet my thoughts were conflicted: “I don’t want to be influenced by what someone else reports, Lord. I want to see Heaven for myself.” 
Over the years I’ve noticed that if God wants you to do something, He doesn’t give up until the opportunity has passed. When the thought persisted for a couple of weeks, I finally realized that God had a purpose in having me read that book. I searched for “Close Encounters of a God Kind." 
I got a little choked up, tears in my eyes threatened to overflow when Jesse described Jesus. It always amazes me when people meet God and Jesus that they see fit to argue with Him in person. I was getting a grip on myself when I read the part where Jesus tells Jesse, “Everyone looks for the signs when they ought to look for My witness.” 
A ball of emotion welled up in my chest and tears ran down my cheeks. The Holy Spirit whispered, “That’s you.”
Jesus told Jesse to look for His witness as a sign of His return. John the Baptist is called the witness of His coming. The quite, yet undeniable voice of His Spirit whispers, "I sent a witness for My Son's first coming, could I not send a witness to His second?" 

All this time, I thought my walk with God was a bit extraordinary, but nothing thousands of other people hadn’t experienced. Until this moment, I had no idea how uniquely blessed I have been. I try to get a hold of my emotions so that I don’t bust into tears when I speak about the honor of being the mouthpiece of God as He speaks through me to the nations.

If you think about it, though, it makes perfect sense. God sent a prophet, who many called a witness, to announce the coming of His son, Jesus – John the Baptist. What Jesus was trying to tell Jesse was that before He came back, He would do the same thing: He was sending a witness to announce that His coming is at hand.

This is so much bigger than I ever imagined. For weeks I was determined not to post this on my blog, only in this book. How could I post it? I will sound like a total nut-bag until God pours out His glory through me to confirm that all this is true. Prophets of God all did signs, wonders, and miracles to back up what they were saying. Now I know why. Eventually, I did post about being His prophet on the blog… but not this part.

Shaking my head, I shut down the computer and put away my books. “I just need a moment,” I tell God. “I’m not saying no, but I just need a moment to process this… not only your prophet, but like John the Baptist for goodness sakes!” For the rest of the day I take a step back, watching secular TV and enjoying my husband.

** More than a year later, I finally gave in to the nagging of the Holy Spirit and posted this on my blog... I have placed it close to the date of when it occurred. Those who are ready to hear will find it, I am sure.

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