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Prophetic Storytelling: Fall 2022-2023, Prophets of the Blank Page

Today I want to tell a story from this past week that illustrates what I believe God will do in his prophets from now until fall 2023.

Last Sunday 9/25, I aspired to start the Hebrew new year as blamelessly as possible. Just days before, I had confessed some lingering pain to a safe friend about what felt like an un-win-able situation. Focusing on my own responsibility to keep short accounts, I cleared debts in forgiveness and asked God to illuminate my own blind spots. I told God to spend me like a blank check, and do what he wants with my life. I prayed that he would make me truly innocent.

That Sunday, I dressed in white as an aspiration and prayer.

I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.

Revelation 3:18

And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming.

Luke 9:29

His garments became radiant and exceedingly white, as no launderer on earth can whiten them.

Mark 9:3

That morning as I found myself unexpectedly standing beside an established prophet during church, I found out what God does with people who have washed themselves.

He writes on them!

As I stood there in white, my hand slipped as I tried to record the stream of revelation in my notebook. A faint black line a few inches long appeared over my middle, and I realized that I had become God’s notebook. The stain came out the next day in the wash, but not before catching my attention. Another prophet staying with us also found herself surprised when ink changed her clothes unexpectedly.

Surrender Your Rights

There with my friends, I remembered a dream that takes this example to the extreme. In the dream, I saw a character with protest words written all over his clothes. It wasn’t entirely clear how they had gotten there. Could he have written the words? Was it other people? From head to toe, grimy complaints and curse words covered him in black sharpie marker. In the dream, it became clear that the words were a waste.

Why?

Believe it or not, the words were only a distraction from the real problem. Realistically, the boy needed to speak the words he had written on himself instead of trying to undo others’ labels. He needed God’s help to refine his words and give him courage to embody who he was called to be instead of being marked wrongly. And he needed God to wash every accusation and false word off of him.

Have you ever hidden your words in order to avoid risking confrontation?

I believe that in this dream, the Lord chose to expose the internal frustration of the main character had so that he could go through a greater healing and reconciliation process with the Lord.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

God knows our hearts. He esteems the areas where we are truly blameless.

Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy.

Revelation 3:4

“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

John 7:24

When we let God be our defense and simply speak the words he’s given us to say, he finds occasions to make wrong things right. Sadly, fearing other people’s condemnation can cause us to waste valuable time in self-defense.

“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Exodus 14:14

He will vindicate you in broad daylight,
and publicly defend your just cause.[a]
Wait patiently for the Lord![b]
Wait confidently[c] for him!

Psalm 37:6-7

O Lord, You have pleaded my soul’s cause;
You have redeemed my life.

Lamentations 3:58

This Year, God is Re-Writing the Story

Do you trust God to defend you? Do you believe he will really make every wrong thing right?

Have you hidden your words instead of standing in your God-given identity?

Have you put false responsibility on yourself to measure up to others’ expectations?

For those who have chosen surrender, God is turning the page to write an entirely new story.

For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love 5He predestined us for adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the Beloved One.

Ephesians 1:4-6

This year, God is vindicating those who have sacrificed tremendously to keep short accounts.

As individuals surrender their unresolved pain, he will redeem it.

In order to enter into the new story he is writing, you must take your hands off the past and let the Holy Spirit re-write it.

Receive his invitation to become the blank page!

Prayer

Father,

I am in awe of how you are re-writing my story,

Forgive me for every time I have tried to self-defend this past year,

Come meet me in my unresolved grief.

Lord, I choose surrender! I have emptied myself and will let you spend me. This year, give me away as a reward!

Would you wash me from every false word that has been wrongly spoken over me this year?

I believe that you will make all things new, and will make every wrong thing right.

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September 2022 Monthly Summary

This September, God has been pouring out grace upon grace for inner healing. I’m tremendously grateful, even though it’s been a grind. One of my favorite parts of September has been spending Fridays with my sister, going thrift shopping, adventuring outdoors, watching movies, and getting dinner. Even though I’ve had to be really careful with my budget lately, spending time with her has been well worth it.

Watchman Intercession for Young Prophets

This month, I’ve spent the majority of my time in Intercession for God to establish young prophets on the Earth. While I’ve written watchman prophesy on this topic before, in the more glamorous moments, intercession gave me the capacity to write about teaching the gift of prophesy within schools and churches and instructions for apostolic centers to establish training on the office of the Prophet among youth.

In the less glamorous moments, intercession has looked like allowing God to pull me into the depth of his emotions. On a practical level, this has meant:

  1. Confessing my own personal sorrow over hope deferred , receiving healing from honesty, and being equipped by God to steward the depth of his lament. Meeting God in travail for the many children the Church has lost by poor stewardship and robbery (ie, tears) and riding the waves as they come and go.
  2. Confessing my own personal anger over communication problems, releasing forgiveness and growing more humility so that I can be trusted to carry the depth of God’s purified anger.
  3. Lots of early morning/middle of the night wake ups where I’m woken up with holy discontent that turns into a prophetic word, a song, or part of an assignment to pray. To be fair, God has allowed me to wake up fully rested at 4am plenty of times, and is equipping me to ride the wave well.
  4. Lots of intercessory assignments for people and organizations in my dreams.
  5. Embodied physical symptoms that are related to the church’s stewardship of youth (ie, reproductive system). Commanding my body into wellness as a sign of what God is doing in the Church.

This intercession assignment started in August when Jesus brought me to Psalm 36 as an invitation to meet him in the depth of his emotions. To know God in his full range of justice, we must let him take us to the depths.

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
    You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
    you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light.

Psalm 36:5-9

Relentless

With my friends, I’ve needed to be much more honest about the real cost of being in intercession in this season and in the past. I’ve had to explicitly tell people what I need (solidarity in the grief, prayer. And I’ve needed to simply stop giving, flattering responses when people dismiss the intensity of my experience and God’s intensity over this. In choosing to not roll myself off the altar of intercession too soon, I’ve seen God start to gather others who have the same heart to see this movement established. In the Spirit realm, I am digging in my heels and absolutely wont stop until I see young prophets established in their offices in the flesh.

I’ve inspired by Hannah and Tamar’s unrelenting pursuit of breakthrough.

12 As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.”

15 “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. 16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”

17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”

18 She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.

1 Samuel 1:12-18

25 As she was being brought out, she sent a message to her father-in-law. “I am pregnant by the man who owns these,” she said. And she added, “See if you recognize whose seal and cord and staff these are.”

26 Judah recognized them and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn’t give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not sleep with her again.

Genesis 38:25-26, Methods are extreme but relatable (meant to be a story about an audacious woman. Seems to have resulted in favor though, because she was a foremother of Christ.)

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Luke 18:1-8

In order to steward the intensity, I’ve needed to start learning new patterns of balance to not take on heaviness or rawness, but see the big picture. Normally when I’ve experienced intercession like this, it has been short term (1-2 day) assignments for specific people or organizations. This episode has been closer to 6 weeks, and is directly related to my calling and identity. Beyond just calling, I talk about how my experiences have contributed to this intercessory burden in the article I just wrote on the office of a Prophet and Apostolic centers, in the section called “Responsibility of Prophetic Youth Leaders.Personally, my calling towards this issue started with receiving a motherhood mantle at about 12-13 years old (much earlier than I really knew what to do with it). To this day, children’s wellbeing is the only thing that can drive me to tears in under thirty seconds. It is the only issue that will cause me to dig in my heels in protest and where I am most likely to turn into a terrifying mama bear. In an apostolic sense and in terms of risk, children’s wellbeing is the only thing I’d be willing to give my life for.

While I don’t need this movement to be established immediately, it is so very personal that I am committed regardless of how long it takes. I will see the movement not just breakthrough into the earth, but will spend my life raising it into maturity, so help me God.

Within a social group of about 20 prophet friends I’ve gathered, leaning into this intercessory calling has helped my friends have language for what they are experiencing. At least 3-4 other prophet friends have been open and honest about the travail they are facing for their nations and spheres of influence.

We’ve been honest about things like:

  • Times you prophesy something more extreme than you expected, the shock and even horror of that.
  • Times you are in deep travail and have to ride the wave of mourning.
  • Times you are in holy anger and absolutely cannot relent of addressing something that roils God.
  • Times you are extravagant in worship and extreme, and you can’t hold it in. Or where you indignantly feel that Jesus requires/is worthy of such a more dramatic response, but no one is brave enough to extravagantly worship him.
  • Times where you are more free than everyone else in the room, flitting around like a bird, and they have no grid for you. Times when your freedom is offensive.

As others have expressed similar grief for the state of youth, the prophetic, and rising degrees of witchcraft on the earth, we’ve set a date this week to prophesy and intercede together.

Apart from shared grief or righteous indignation, “Hang in there, God hears it” has been the most helpful response from friends so far. Even so, I’m looking forward to and declaring the day when this ministry repopulates the desolate places of the earth.

1“Shout for joy, O barren woman,

who bears no children;

break forth in song and cry aloud,

you who have never travailed;

because more are the children of the desolate woman

than of her who has a husband,”a

says the LORD.

2“Enlarge the site of your tent,

stretch out the curtains of your dwellings,

do not hold back.

Lengthen your ropes

and drive your stakes in deep.b

3For you will spread out to the right and left;

your descendants will dispossess the nations

and inhabit the desolate cities.

Isaiah 54:1-3

Remembering How His Grace Has Been Sufficient, Perfect Pacing

Once again, I cannot help but to be grateful for God’s pacing this month. In the slow time, Jesus is showing me just how robustly he wants to set me up for the future.

Even as I wait and aspire towards patience for the next door to open (lol), I cant help but think about God’s strategic timing. He wooed me so strategically in the Spring, getting me on my own so that he could show me that what I want actually matters. The trust we built there was the foundation of all the inner healing, adjustment, travail I’ve done since then. The work isn’t done, but he has been beyond faithful in every season.

“Therefore I am now going to allure her;
    I will lead her into the wilderness
    and speak tenderly to her.
15 There I will give her back her vineyards,
    and will make the Valley of Achor[a] a door of hope.
There she will respond[b] as in the days of her youth,
    as in the day she came up out of Egypt.

Hosea 2:14-15

He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.

Job 36:16

He brought me out into the open;

He rescued me because He delighted in me.

20The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness;

He has repaid me according to the cleanness of my hands.

21For I have kept the ways of the LORD

and have not wickedly departed from my God.

Psalm 18:19-21

One of the songs that has been most frequently rattling around my Spirit this month is “Thank you for the No” by Rebekah Dawn (out of Kenya). In typical African parenting fashion, the theme is mostly about God’s kindness in tells us “no” or “wait” firmly. While Western culture doesn’t generally like having limits, God loves us enough to reel us in and do things in the right progression.

God is right in his timings, he is right in his placements, he causes us to be fruitful regardless of the season and circumstances. At this point, I’m believing that even if I hang out in the Pacific Northwest longer than I want to, God knows exactly what he’s dong and it will be the best for me.

While patience is not my natural strength, when I let God frame the waiting process through the lens of forbearance, it changes everything. While patience feels depersonalized, forbearance is patience as it applies to people’s growth and development. From what I can tell, “Not giving up on people” has been my natural bent since even before exiting the womb. When the waiting process starts to involve people I care about, I can wait.

Her stuff in Swahili is just as amazing. God, do I love Swahili as a unity language. Learning phrases feels like learning a person.

Worship

This month, I finally had more courageous to start experimenting with the beginnings of prophetic worship on my guitar!

Back in February, I packed up my guitar in February in preparation for travel. A friend kept it safe for me for several months, and I picked it up again when I passed through DC in July. I waited until I was done with final papers for seminary summer courses, then started trying to pray in the confidence to be a novice at something entirely new.

Ultimately, I found freedom to come out of a performance mindset when I gave myself permission to “play” guitar. For me, that meant just experiment with the instrument, the fretboard, informally exploring. From that exploration mindset, I was able to remember what it feels like to improvise from my high school days playing jazz bari sax (a much more enjoyable experience than the high pressure of performance clarinet, lol). Ultimately, I’ve started to remember what muscle memory feels like, when you just let your fingers play the instrument and take your eyes off your hands to enjoy the process. What a metaphor, eh?

I am beyond thrilled to get to pick up a new instrument. It feels like that kind of season. While I sang in choirs, gospel choir, and on church worship teams for years, I want more. For a season, I had to give singing in a church choir because the small house church I attended (20-30 people) didn’t have one. In that space where I could hear everyone’s voices, God sneakily taught me to identify what he was trying to do in the space and just release the harmonies and singing in the spirit that needed to come forth. It was a charismatic church that didn’t really believe in deliverance, so normally my contribution to worship was mostly singing over people in that room (haha).

I originally bought my acoustic guitar as a way to have more to talk about with my earthly/biological Father, since he plays. At the time, I was hoping that in worship, it would be a way of communing with my Heavenly Father too. Hallelujah Jesus, that is what is starting to happen.

From having fun, these are some questions that have emerged:

  • Prophetic Worship over Individuals, Forthtelling
    • What notes symbolize my friends in the seasons that they are in? What do I need to declaratively sing over them, about what God is doing their lives now and in the future?
    • What needs unseated and how can I sing in the Spirit to establish the new thing?
  • Apostolic Worship, Forthtelling
    • Could a prophesy for calendar year/season of a nation intentionally be a worship album?
    • What sound needs released over this region to put it alignment to the sound of Heaven?
    • It is already true that certain songs that form the culture of worship internationally/nationally for a season. What if we were more intentional to go after the sound in advance and steward the airwaves? What could equipping prophetic worshippers to steward their nations’ airwaves look like?
    • What could this look like if done on a regional level, and not just focused on the needs of the house?
  • The Composition of Sung Prophesies over nations
    • How can the cadence of notes, rhythms, and other composition elements mirror 1) God’s emotions 2) memorable details forth-telling the chronological nature of events in a nation? How can prophetic worship over nations become more specific, as embodied through music?
    • How can prophet musicians build on one another’s sung, specific national prophetic words in a team setting?
  • Mass Healing/Deliverance Worship and Song Composition
    • What would happen if we intentionally wrote songs as deliverance, to target particular strongholds? Beyond just the lyrics, how can the entire worship experience [from beginning to end, the physical composition of the space, participation of the people, etc] create a deliverance atmosphere?
    • What could it look like to use prophetic worship to not just for sung prophesy, but as a tool in a sung personal deliverance session? Full disclosure, this came out of a time where I saw a demon in a room and the Lord told me, “Sing at it!” Wild. And do you know what? It worked (ie, the thing left).

Focusing on the Intangibles

To keep my sanity this month, the Lord had me focus on intangibles instead of concrete details as he helps me cast vision for the type of community I want and want to establish. When it comes to the future, I’ve been coming alive more by being led by qualitative measurement (among of life giving power) of prophetic words rather than just factual details.  My discomfort feels linked in irritation to a pre-COVID over-focus in the prophetic movement towards facts/figures rather than the deeper significance of events and God’s heart towards them. Instead of specific details, I’m focusing again on the quality of life that is in Christ.

Quote by Henry Cloud and John Townsend, p96

Hearing God in More Playful Ways

Off the back of greater playfulness with guitar, I’m just moving through my life and inviting God to use some of my favorite means to talk to me. This month, that has meant reclaiming pets, kids’ books, sci-fi, and silly videos as a legitimate means of hearing the Lord. When I’m having a good time, the Lord inevitably wants to join me.

Teddy

My dog Teddy [Bear] is also in the middle of a transition in his life. He’s been in Seattle about a year, but is still adjusting to taking greater risk in navigating our house. For the first 10 years of Teddy’s life, he was with our dog Eloise, a black and white Pomeranian. Ella was demanding, playful, and had a great sense of humor. She also would come find Teddy when he’d accidentally get trapped in the garage, barking until someone came to help him. Yet, Teddy was never helpless. In former times, he could rely on his cuteness for things like treats and extra attention, playing the victim sometimes to get what he wanted. Even though she pretty much set the tone for the their dynamic, she helped him navigate the early stages of blindness and glaucoma by nudging him in the directions he would need to go and embodying a kind of walking trellis when he was lost.

The photo is blurry because even though Teddy is blind, he still can perceive my motives and does not enjoy getting his picture taken.

But Ella isn’t here any more. And as Teddy has gone fully blind, he has needed to learn how to use his voice. Left to his own devices, he spends a bit too much of his time disengaged on the couch. He forgets that he was created to be a dog, and neglects to spend time outdoors. He also lurks in the kitchen at all hours, looking to scavenge food when he feels lonely. At long last, he has learned to bark to ask for help! But he still needs help feeling fully confident and free to take risks.

In spite of being blind, I’m forcing Teddy to step up (literally). When Teddy is done going to the bathroom, he waits religiously, patiently perched with his front paws on the first stair step. Yet even when he barks for us to open the door, even we open the door and call to him, he is still scared to step forward and come through the open door.

This is not because Teddy doesn’t know how to walk up the stairs. He learned how to do that (in spite of his blindness) a long time ago. This is not because Teddy doesn’t recognize that we are there to help. Or because he doesn’t want the reward treat waiting for him on the other side of the doorway.

Sometimes Teddy wants to be carried like a baby, scooped up and held tightly against my shoulder. He would rather me walk down the steps, scoop him up, and do all the work for him. Don’t get me wrong, I love it that he still lets me hold him, and if I see him legitimately struggling, I’m poised to rescue. But I really want Teddy to know what it is like to walk forward unafraid, even when he can’t see where he’s going.

And so I go to him. I hold open the door, and I call. But when he lingers for minutes on end, too afraid to step forward, do you know what I do? I close the door. I come back 30 minutes to an hour later, when he finally barks for me to come. And do you know what happens then? Finally, Teddy is ready to walk through the door. He has decided that staying in the same place is miserable. And predictably, he receives the reward on the other side.

I’ll be real with you, sometimes I leave him out there a little longer (when I am sitting in the sun beside him) because being outdoors (in the wilderness) reminds him that he is still a dog. He wasn’t created to sit still and gradually decay on the couch all day. He needs to be outside because it’s good for him, even though he’d rather pass into the house earlier. Because I want to preserve his life, I would rather train him to receive what he really needs than to make it too easy.

Kids’ Books

Wandering around the Goodwill with my sister, I was flowing with Jesus when I encountered this book, and it made me smile. The book is in Spanish. Essentially, it’s all about a boy who plants carrots that no one believes will grow. He takes criticism from his family, community, and others, but just keeps patiently watering them. Eventually, what grows under the surface shocks everyone’s expectations. It’s just heartwarming, and reminds me of the war over hope. As a teacher, I remember a similar book that we would read to the class to give confidence and solidarity to kids who were frustrated that they were still struggling to read. God knows the process we all need.

This book is equally wonderful, silly nonsense. It’s written as a welcome guide to a new baby, upon their entry into the world. The art is all based on the kind of illustrations you’d see on aircrafts “in case of turbulence” videos/pamphlets. In particular, these pages stuck out to me because I know how many people are struggling with the churning, wildness of the season many of us are on with God. It was subtle, pretty wisdom.

Sci-Fi

To my utter glee, my sister suggested we do a book club together reading “The Book of Strange New Things” by Michel Faber.

I love sci-fi. Directly before historical fiction and Latin American magic realism, it is my favorite genre. In it’s expansiveness, Sci-fi invariably reminds me of the unlimited creativity of God. I love how it allows potentially critical, analytical people a chance to re-imagine their worlds by thinking about why things are the way they are, yearning after better.

The main premise of this book is that a man is sent as a lone missionary to a foreign planet, because of their intense hunger to hear the gospel. The book is ultimately about estrangement and romance in ministry relationships, as he has to leave his wife behind. Watching them struggle to connect and stay connected feels like a modern parable.

The book has allowed me to respond to my sisters’ subtle questions about God. It’s also helped me think about loss and the meaning behind serving Jesus when the price feels tremendously high.

Animal Best Friend Videos

God sure knows our hearts. Earlier this month, I had a Watchman dream and prophetic word that uses imagery from one of my guilty pleasures: videos of cross-species animal best friends.

I love these sentimental videos. While I sometimes watch kitten videos for the cuteness and rescue animal videos for the resilience/underdog story/animal welfare piece, the “animal best friends” videos reassure me that peace is really possible. And that Jesus’ commitment to diversity and solidarity is what heals the world.

For our families, for our nations, for our relationships, we need one another. We need people who think very differently than us. Commitment that is multigenerational, across dramatic differences, and in spite of difficult seasons is like Heaven.

The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the yearling together, and a little child shall lead them. 7The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. 9They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Isaiah 11:6-9

Logistical Updates about Being in Seattle

New Church: The Pursuit Northwest, Seattle (new branch)
  • I’ve started helping my friend Helen as she gathers prophets for Washington State
    • Within the last week, my friend Helen hosted a first meeting to gather prophets for Washington State over Zoom. As I’ve spent time with her over the past few months, it’s been really powerful to watch her lead and get a sense of what that is like from behind the scenes (armor-bearing). She has 7 years in the prophet compared to my 3, and is excellent at giving just right challenges or assignments.
    • Last week, Rebecca King came through to visit us, and it was cool to have her anoint us for the capacity to gather emotionally healthy community locally.
    • Even though I’m supporting her ministry, she heartily believes in my vision for youth and honors the remit God has given me in that sphere. As long as I’m here, she will find ways to help me put my skills to good use. Already when we were in a gathering of prophets and one parent brought their Seer child, I got so much effortless revelation about prophetic youth ministry. Regardless of God’s timings, I finally feel like I have a place in the region.
    • I have a friend who is functioning as an armor bearer for a prophet in another nation, and it feels cool to start being able to compare notes and share the intercessory burden for the two ministries.
  • I joined a biweekly local Women’s bible study on the book of Job While I’m still trying to get to know the people in the group, I love the opportunity for discussion. It’s also been a good place for me to learn conversational balance.
  • I found a new church! Once I finally had enough energy to admit that I needed something more local, God helped me nearly immediately find a new church. It’s just a ~30 minute public transportation commute, has a range of ages and ministries, believes in the power of God, and is nearly finished with the process of buying a local building. I’m excited to see what the church will turn into. When I attended, it was so packed that it felt like Jesus’ life was spilling onto to the street!
  • I figured out how to structure my time better so it honors the order of my callings
    • Instead of focusing on Teaching, this month I focused on Apostolic and then Prophetic writing. This pivot has given me more joy and a deeper sense of purpose. This was the internal adjustment that has led to dramatic changes in content on this site.
    • I’m really excited to write about blueprints for youth ministry, even if I cant immediately see the fruit of them yet. Last March, an established prophet gave me a word about apostolic ministry with youth that was wilder than anything I had a grid for. She talked about decades, regions, relationships, and remit. It shook me to my core. I remember thinking, “I thought that I dream big, but that was WiLd”. Her word held me for the better part of this year.
    • After giving my all to God every day since then to see the vision stablished, I’m so grateful that just 6 months and 10 days later, I have a sense of how to actually start actioning that word (both with regions and youth ministry). I have a sense of the years of progression it will take to build rapport with people and ministries to see these things birthed. It’s amazing to have a timeline and vision for the future when before, I was so shaken. Just beautiful. Who can say what God will do next?
  • I’ve been settling into regular collaboration with 3 other prophets for national prophetic words While I love to socialize with all my prophet friends, I picked several close friends who were both interested and emotionally qualified to develop national prophetic words. So far, I’ve gotten their support to add layers to words on Japan, Philippines, Brazil, and Scotland. Among the people available, I chose these 3 people specifically for their humility, forbearing hope, and practice of unconditional love. Beyond just being good friends, God can trust them with his heart for the nations. The nations are precious and deserve this level of care.
  • Still haven’t found a job, but it’s been a good conversation piece with the Lord. Based on dreams, I don’t think one will come through until November/December at the earliest. Talking to God about, “What is it that I need in a workplace?” has been interesting after so many years in the classroom. I think ultimately I want room to be valued and be myself, and something connected to ministry.

Prayer Requests

  • Grace to navigate the intensity of the prophetic intercession and come in and out of it, remaining fully human. Grace for healthy boundaries in general.
  • Patience, wisdom, and alignment to God’s timings
  • Freedom to keep exploring different callings, letting it be fun
  • The capacity to keep going deeper in community, breadth and depth
  • The right next job
  • Grace over my Scotland Trip in November

Other Worship I’ve been Listening to this Month

Here are some other worship tracks I’ve needed to abide in this month, in chronological order from the beginning to end of September.

Japan: Set Free by Truth in Your Innermost Parts

Co-written with Chris Henstone, Tania Angel + London Prophetic Roundtable

The Spirit of the Lord says,

“Japan, these are the words of the one who is Trustworthy, the One True God. I know you as a nation who values the truth about who I am. While other nations have not been able to bear substantial teaching, you are hungry to learn more about me and unwilling to compromise. Yet in your desire to learn, you remain humble. You value the realistic work of ministry and care about making my word accessible to others. Your value for the practical outworking of the gospel has created a shared vision for family and social life that will still define your future. Your hunger and relatability has been a light, drawing others to know me as the God who loves truth.

But I, the Lord, desire truth in your inmost parts (Psalm 51:6). I have come to honor your love of truth by removing some of the lies, shame, and escapism that make it difficult for you to embrace truth in your emotions. You will be a people who is unafraid of rightly stewarded, truthful emotion! 

I am coming to remove the national shame that has caused you to retreat into fantasy, performance, and sexual impurity. I am coming to medicate your sense of individual unworthiness so that you will know what it is to be fully known and fully loved. I am coming to remove the self-rejection that causes you to call the Church small, valuing the number of disciples instead of the purity I have formed in you. I am coming to remove the performance orientation that strains relationships with co-workers and alienates parents from their children. I am coming to remove the culture of false honor that has become flattery and control, straining business partnerships. I am coming to remove the performance culture that remains from your traditional ties to ancestor worship. I am even coming to remove generational shame from the violent actions of your military within Asia. While bloodguilt shame has lived like a dagger in the heart of generation after generation, I, the Lord will remove it. The enemy told you that your shame is unmovable. You have tried anything and everything to numb the sense of pain and pressure. But I, the Lord, have come to set you free from weights that you cannot lift on your own. 

The enemy stands mocking at the gate. He has told Western nations that at the core, you are a mannequin: numb, broken, and only fit for display. The rest of Asia has joined the West in mis-identifying you. He has enticed them to exploit your vulnerable women and youth through pornography. In exchange for acceptance, he has fed you with materialism. He has misdirected your creativity in Media, and enticed you to construct fractured worlds where you and others can escape. He has sewn fear, self-rejection, emotional distance, and loneliness in marriages. He wants to corrupt your senses so that you can no longer discern truth from lies. 

I am making you well in your emotions! Yet you say, “How can these bonds be broken?”

Truth and Beauty

Beloved, I am meeting you in your place of need. I am inviting you to crave after the pure spiritual milk that will gradually bring your heart into maturity (1 Peter 2:2-3). Look at how your mind gradually grew to love sinking its teeth into my word. I took you from ignorance to adulthood as I revealed more and more of my character. Will I not do the same thing for your heart?

I am calling out to whoever will receive my invitation to truth telling (Proverbs 1:20-33). Who among you is tired of pretending? In secret, come to me. Begin to confess the areas of your heart that feel tired. Speak honestly to me, I can handle it. Be my conversation partner and learn what it feels like to not just know, but feel the truth. Can you sense the purity in speaking openly? Let me water the seeds of truth that are growing on your insides. Before long, you will have the boldness to speak and exemplify emotional courage. I will show you how to abandon your false image of how things should be, and elegantly talk about how things really are. You have worried that emotional courage will put you out of control and that you will be ashamed in public. Beloved, there could be nothing further from the truth. You will be called Deliverers in your nation because of your courage to speak openly. The same practicality that you have been known for will shine even brighter as you speak with your emotions fully engaged.

Oh beautiful nation, I will use your love of truth to show you the depth of my beauty. You have been so afraid of losing control, of coming out of your safety seeking traditions and structures. Today, I am coming to captivate you so much that you no longer fear looking undignified! Look at me and my beauty. I will give you the courage to enter in while the fear of exposure unravels off you.

Preserved During Disruption

Come with me into a season of internal truth telling. I will remove your hunger for food, for sex, for materialism as you find yourself already satisfied in me. Linger with me a little longer; I will make your friendships bear new fruit and your relationships come alive. If you do not come to me so that I can purify you, the outside world will only increasingly relate to you in pantomime. They will expect you to be perfect and composed, even as I send increased shaking on the Earth. Let me come to medicate your heart before it is exposed through Earthquakes and Storms! I already call you worthy. 

I am coming to wash you in simplicity again. Do you remember when life was so simple that you could savor each part, like sensing the taste of each ingredient in a recipe? Coming alive will feel like retraining your senses. Come to me, I will make it easy. As I bring you into the light, I am with you to overcome. To the one whose heart receives my love for truth, I will give a silent noble strength; you will be unshakable in days of shaking.

Your willingness to emote truthfully will prepare you for international shaking that God will send within the decade. Combined with your sense of responsibility, cooperation, and uprightness, this capacity to bear the depth of God’s emotions elegantly will breathe new life into government, family, church

If you receive a deeper revelation of truth in your emotions, I will empower you to keep your tongue from divisive words as the enemy sows division. You will have a pure heart to honor your neighbor, to honor your friends, to reject evil and fear the Lord (Psalm 15). Like Psalm 15, you will overflow with the life of Christ and be generous in your thoughts, words, and actions. 

Psalm 15

1O LORD, who may abide in Your tent?

Who may dwell on Your holy mountain?

2He who walks with integrity

and practices righteousness,

who speaks the truth from his heart,

3who has no slander on his tongue,

who does no harm to his neighbor,

who casts no scorn on his friend,

4who despises the vile

but honors those who fear the LORD,

who does not revise a costly oath,

5who lends his money without interest

and refuses a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things

will never be shaken.

Psalm 15

Shepherds During Shaking

Because you have withheld yourself from evil, I will give you a greater capacity to minister to the vulnerable. I will make up for the times in the past where you have seen the people’s need but felt so utterly unable to meet it. I will be the one empowering you to empathize with people’s great needs. The change in how you communicate and are received will feel like I have given you an entirely new language. Vulnerable people will see you as noble because of the gentle, delicate way you have spoken to them. Just as I patiently seek out the lamb who is lost and carry it gently around my neck, the light yoke I am giving you will restore those who even you yourself previously said were unsave-able. I will teach you how to carry them and lead them beside still waters. You will be a nation whose love of truth compels you to shepherd with an upright heart. 

I will refresh you by a fresh revelation of my grace and acceptance. Chosen nation, even the blood of Christian martyrs is already crying out with my Spirit from the ground on your behalf. You have never been alone, and you can put away your striving! I am reforming families on mutual acceptance, sending grace for this acceptance to transform social attitudes on interracial marriage. You will make me known among Asia as a God of gentleness and solidarity. Japanese Church, from the eldest to  the youngest, I call you my “Strategists”. I have listened to the intercession of women crying out for not just their families, but their nation. My Japanese Bride, I have so loved your purity that I am sending a fresh grace upon you for evangelism strategy. Their intercession has shaken loose the remaining religious restrictions and loosed innovative creative apostolic strategies, many of which will model my radical acceptance. Because of the way you radically accept others, I will send an organic multiplication effort with signs and wonders, where individuals who have never even picked up a bible will have a spontaneous awareness of the character and mystery of Jesus. Their courage in public preaching will so shock outsiders that many will come into the Kingdom because of their boldness. 

Not an Enemy, but a Friend

While your neighbors have known you as a self-pleasing, violent nation, my gentleness will cause you to relationally invest in the nations who you have alienated. As you look to honor and serve the nations who have only known you through conflict, I will open your eyes to their value and unique gifts. Out of recognition for these nations’ strengths, I will give you the grace to develop alliances with like-minded locals. I will create a relational network through the Church and the Business sector that will displace your nationalism and put the oneness of the Body of Christ on display in Asia. I am coming to create a spirit of truth and adoption within symbiotic business alliances. Through the outworking of the humble attitude I develop in you, some Asians will be inspired to imagine the flag of the Kingdom of God in greater detail. The outworking of this revelation will influence partnerships in the Media and Communications industry from Japan and throughout Asia.”

Raising Young Prophets: Apostolic Responsibility, Ages, and Stages

Last week, I wrote about families, schools, and churches that are called to teach and train adults and youth in the gift of prophesy.

Today, I am writing about regional Apostolic Centers who have a mandate to train youth (ages 12-13+) in the Ephesians 4:11 leadership office of a Prophet.

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Ephesians 4:11-13

For those unfamiliar with the term, the office of a Prophet is a leadership role that carries more weight, detail, and authority for direction in prophesying to nations and organizations. In this article, I will refer to youth who are called to the office of a Prophet as “prophets”, and youth who practice the gift of prophesy as “prophetic”.

I am writing about regional Apostolic Centers rather than individual churches because I believe that they are uniquely designed to steward the weight of additional responsibility and authority that raising and protecting young prophets will require.

My goal in writing this article is to offer an outline of leadership and administrative elements that must be in place to ensure that youth can be trained in the gift of prophesy and office of a Prophet.

I will address questions like:

  • How soon should youth who are demonstrating a call to the office of a Prophet receive training?
  • How much training should younger prophets receive prior to reaching an age where they can be taught the office of a Prophet?
  • How can training be developmentally appropriate (ie, not just throwing them in with adults)?
  • How Apostolic leaders create developmentally healthy, emotionally balanced cultures so that children can emerge in their mantles as healthily as possible?

Apostolic centers with a mandate to raise young prophets should make it their primary goal to provide the resources and support network to help youth emerge in their mantles as holistically and fluidly as possible. In this article, I will talk about how imagery of family and having an emotionally balanced prophetic culture is crucial to that vision.

I am sharing this information fully aware that my experience is very limited. However, since these are conversations that the Lord is initiating a lot with me and information that others seem to be hungry for, I am sharing what I have learned so that it can be useful to the Body in preparing healthy places to host young prophets.

Remembering the Reason

Spiritual gifts and leadership roles are designed to bring us into more vibrant partnership with Jesus Christ. Jesus loves us enough that he gives us meaningful work to do, so that we will come alive in pursuing co-ministry with him.

Prophesy is precious in that it allows prophets and prophetic people to hear Jesus’ voice, see his face, and enjoy him. From a place of deep intimacy with Jesus and genuine enjoyment of who he is, prophets develop the mutual trust with God for them to be useful in ministry. No matter how old or young a person is, the only good reason to prophesy is more of Jesus. More of Jesus in our hearts, more of Jesus in our world, more of Jesus reflected in and through people for eternity. Christo-centric prophesy is an act of worship of a God who wants to draw all people closer.

The effect of Jesus’ words in and through prophets causes the abundance of his life to restore and redirect nations, organizations, and individuals for the glory of God. Good prophesy results in change, producing the fruit of God’s wholeness, beauty, and majesty in groups or individuals, even when the circumstances and methods of prophesy may be necessarily disruptive.

Teaching youth the gift of prophesy and the office of a Prophet enlists them in being part of God’s eternal, multigenerational love story to mankind. It allows them to come alive in the fullness of their calling and purpose, and uses weak vessels to magnify Christ. In a world that markets age as the only measurement of authority and devalues the spiritual experiences of the young, multigenerational prophetic ministry demonstrates that there is no junior Holy Spirit and that all human authority is delegated authority from God.

The more people love God, the more they surrender to his ways out of obedience.

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

John 14:15

Knowing Jesus organically → Gifts → Offices

When it comes to operating in the gifts and offices of God, Jesus is the source. Individuals learn how to navigate spiritual gifts by watching Jesus in real time. We do what he does and say what he says. In obedience, the power of God starts to come on a person like a wave, and their responsibility is just to ride the wave with the Lord. In that way, the gifts organically flow from knowing Jesus and focusing on who he is. Since the process of operating in the gifts is a direct result of relationship with Christ, training in the gifts should both be an invitation for novices to know him and a way to equip those who have already started surfing. Over time, individuals who are called to leadership offices (like the office of a Prophet) will demonstrate increased depth, accuracy, and remit in their prophesies. Apostolic Centers are designed to be able to give greater training and support to individuals who are navigating the more intense waves of Holy Spirit prophetic utterance and vision. The more intense the waves, the more individuals need a healthy community of prophets and apostles, to drawn upon their insight and experience.

Responsibility of Apostolic Center Leaders

Before Apostolic Centers are able to receive and train young prophets, Apostles must guarantee that several key infrastructures are in place. Like designing a nursery prior to a receiving newborn, these administrative and community facets ensure that young prophets will come into a safe learning environment.

Some of these facets may include:

  • Child Protection / Safeguarding policies in place
  • Families of prophets, where parents support their kids under the direction of Leaders/Apostles
  • A community atmosphere where there is a relational grace for new members to get connected
  • Youth who are semi-involved in decision-making. All ages of church members are periodically asked, “What do you need from us as your leaders/home base?”
  • The Spirit of Adoption and Adults who hold a righteous standard to stand in the gap for children who don’t come from Christian/prophetic families (Priestly anointing)

Lastly and most importantly, Apostolic leaders must have a robust, emotionally balanced prophetic culture.

Robust, Emotionally Balanced Prophetic Culture

Apostolic Centers with a mandate to raise young prophets must raise them on a foundation of elder’s experiences, within emotionally-safe community. In order to do that well, older prophets in a community must be mature, relationally woven, and comfortable speaking vulnerably about the joys and challenges of the office.

There must be a healthy measure of courage to talk about the suffering that comes with the office of Prophet, without hiding pain. When it comes to youth ministry, this degree of wisely stewarded openness flies in the face of Western culture’s tendency to either rob our children of emotional safety by throwing them into the shock of life’s suffering without extended release, or entirely coddle them. Instead, children should gradually acclimate to the intensity of human suffering in a way that naturally unravels as they age.

So don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow can worry about itself. One day’s trouble at a time is quite enough.’

Matthew 6:34 NTE

A community of wise elders will support children to acknowledge but navigate pain and risk in a way that demonstrates that there is more to life. Elders remind us that eternity is valuable, that life is beautiful, and that the rewards of knowing Jesus start right here, right now. Maturity is a heart posture, so while elders will often be chronologically old (grandparents, parents age), in a healthy prophetic culture, young people (20s, 30s) will also willingly take on the responsibility to nurture and be a role model. Regardless of age, maturity can only be rightly assumed out of woven webs of relationships, where adults are friends with parents and strive to honor their children (within the context of safe and healthy boundaries). Sometimes, the reason that adults in their 20s and 30s have failed to pick up this mantle of maturity is because they have not yet experienced the relational need to grow. Not just the logical, functional need to take responsibility, but the fluent desire to stand in the gap for people who are younger who are looking up to you with innocence and expectation. Experiencing that organic, relational authority is what inspires us to function as parents.

While stories of the joys and pain of prophetic life may be stewarded formally through videos or writing, they will more often cohabitate, quietly filling in the empty spaces between people until the community is robust enough to bear more weight. Apostolic leaders must value sharing these stories so that emerging apostles and prophets have time to grapple with case studies and let God search their hearts. Later on, when emerging leaders confront similar circumstances, having marinated on God’s word and testimonies will allow them to navigate those circumstances with greater wisdom.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Colossians 3:16

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side
    when people rose up against us,
then they would have swallowed us up alive,
    when their anger was kindled against us;
then the flood would have swept us away,
    the torrent would have gone over us;
then over us would have gone
    the raging waters.

Blessed be the Lord,
    who has not given us
    as prey to their teeth!
We have escaped like a bird
    from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken,
    and we have escaped!

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 124:1-8

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Proverbs 19:20

Prior to COVID-19, the Western Prophetic Movement tended to idolize the office of a Prophet, ascribing to it status like the celebrity preacher, where prophets would ride in on a cloud and sometimes be held little accountable for their actions. In a new season of the Prophetic Movement, communities of healthy prophets must master the slogan, “This isn’t the group I wanted, but the group I needed.”

We do need one another. We need people and places where we can talk about the:

  • Times you prophesy something more extreme than you expected, the shock and even horror of that.
  • Times you are in deep travail and have to ride the wave of mourning.
  • Times you are in holy anger and absolutely cannot relent of addressing something that roils God.
  • Times you are extravagant in worship and extreme, and you can’t hold it in. Or where you indignantly feel that Jesus requires/is worthy of such a more dramatic response, but no one is brave enough to extravagantly worship him.
  • Times where you are more free than everyone else in the room, flitting around like a bird, and they have no grid for you. Times when your freedom is offensive.

Quite frankly, being called as a prophet is a lot. Prophetic and Apostolic communities need to be ready to talk about the full emotional experience of prophesy in order to appropriate model a God who invites us to know him in the depth and breadth of his emotions.

And yet, Jesus. And Joy. As one memorable Apostle recently said, “We must retain the joy of the narrow road.” The intimacy and level of partnership that God calls prophets into. The feeling of his words in your mouth, his images before your eyes, going on assignments with him during the day and night, being overwhelmed and overtaken by his never-ending story. For each time prophets lives are not their own, and they are cast as actors in God’s great stage (ex: the life of Hosea), God shares gems from his own lived experience. It is like living two lives in one: our joys and trials overlaid with God’s.

Now and forever, our standard of wholeness remains Christ. Jesus, we need you! He will bring our communities into maturity and wholeness. He will use the least likely people to do it.

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.

Romans 15:1

Showing honor to the … the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

1 Peter 3:7 (This verse is originally in the context of marriage, but in general, there is truth to honoring people who are weaker than you so that

To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.

1 Corinthians 9:22

Carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2

Lastly, we must be communities that prioritize balance. Aside from just living a more robust, holistically satisfying life, balance is prophetic because it loosens you up so you can flow better in the Holy Spirit. Pressure and performance create rigidity, which makes us panic and forget to draw our strength from the Vine. Under tension, we put on woolen garments instead of linen, which is more porous for God to blow through. Joy and balance is prophetic.

 And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment.[a]15 So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns.

2 Samuel 6:14-15

Responsibility for Prophetic Youth Leaders

I’m going to break the fourth wall for a moment to talk about what I believe Prophetic Youth Leaders need in order to be successful in their role. Again, this is based entirely off of my personal experiences. There still isn’t a lot of source material for this kind of ministry, because it’s something God is still establishing on the earth. As someone who feels called to teach and train prophets of all ages, I want to share a little about what this process has been like for me and some traits that God has developed that I find essential.

Earlier in my life, I sporadically attended a mainline Christian church in Kansas where I heard about Jesus. Like many American churches, the leaders of this church valued Jesus’ ethics and life teachings, but struggled to receive his Lordship and the full range of his character. While I had always intuitively known that God was both real and powerful, I had a difficult time understanding who Jesus was in this context or how his authority claims could make a difference in my life. Still, I was relatively hungry to learn, and kept asking questions (no surprises there). I was more or less forced to continue attending that church for various years, but remained alienated because I had the sense that God was powerful but saw no manifestation of that power at church. At this point, I had no idea that any 1 Corinthians 12 supernatural gifts were still relevant, as my church was functionally cessationalist.

Nevertheless, as I started to turn 12 and 13, God started sending mantles for my life that would later become part of my identity for ministry. One of the most notable mantles related to motherhood. In a contemporary US context, developing nurturing tendencies so early was isolating, weird, and difficult to navigate. I still remember my friends in the 8th grade (age 13) joking about buying me a Tickle Me Elmo doll for Christmas, because I joked so many times about stealing a baby in the park. I wasn’t serious, but I still was experimenting with how to talk about the weirdness of navigating all that oxytocin so young. Around that time, I noticed an organic grace on my life for engaging with younger peers as a role model. In High School, that natural affinity led me to set up a mentoring program to increase retention among younger band students and older teens (Girl Scout Gold Award project). In college, after I encountered Christ, God re-directed my life back towards youth by having me work as a tutor at the same elementary school where I was raised. I ended up pursuing teaching for the same reason. Even when I was teaching, I felt constricted working with one age group versus a range of ages.

As a prophet, God has used my heart for youth to motivate and define the direction of my ministry. To this day, children’s wellbeing is the only thing that can drive me to tears in under thirty seconds. It is the only thing that will cause me to dig in my heels in protest and not relent until I see a change. It is where I am most likely to turn into a terrifying mama bear. In an apostolic sense, children’s wellbeing is the only thing I’d be willing to give my life to, in terms of risk.

On a lesser scale, one example of this risk comes from a time when I was teaching, and my students and I spent over an hour in 100+ degrees F* (37* C) auditorium. The broken air conditioning was part of a greater pattern of neglect present within that teaching context. It had been broken for the entirety of the year. Finally, it was the end of the school year, and temperatures were significantly elevated. I eventually made the decision to notify the principal that I needed to move my class back to the air conditioned classroom because several students looked legitimately faint. I escorted my class out and met with the assistant principal afterwards to explain my decision more fully. In the moment, I was not happy to make that decision, but it was urgent.

As a prophet, God regularly uses my heart for children to speak to me about ministries and partnerships he wants to develop in the prophetic/apostolic sphere. As a Watchman/Seer Prophet, I get dreams about babies, toddlers, young adults, or college students and identifying details like their ethnicities (nations) or remits. The age of the characters usually has to do with the approximate age of the ministry, and how much parenting work needs done. For the most urgent/new initiatives, he shows me the ministry as an infant. For ones that span multiple organizations, continents, or nations, he shows me children of mixed ethnicities.

In my journey as a Watchman/Seer Prophet, I have struggled with the emotional intensity of these dreams. There have been times where it’s felt especially savage on God’s part to use my heart for children so consistently to get my attention. For example, I remember one especially intense dream I had about a mixed race Japanese and other ethnicity toddler [info withheld for privacy]. In the dream, the toddler was being held by a family member while I got dressed in suitable clothes. However, she was unconsolable and I woke up still hearing her cry out for my support. As you might imagine, I woke up pretty distraught. And yet, God used it. Prior to this point, Japan had hardly been on my radar. After such an intense dream, I cannot think of the country without thinking of the young people there, and it motivates me to stay up to date on current events, pray, and intercede as God sends me watchman dreams.

With the right amount of balance, I can see why God would use such incredibly personal means to communicate with prophets who are entrusted with youth. Children need a much greater protection than grown adults. I believe the intercession process has been more extreme in proportion to the amount I will need to be trustworthy/trusted. It’s a mystery I’m still unraveling. God is teaching me how to balance the depths of the intercession over time, and having supportive prophet friends has helped.

In this section, I shared narrative stories because first and foremost, I believe that effective prophetic youth workers need to have a similar measure of personal identity/investment in the work. They must operate in the office of a Prophet so that they can teach the office to younger prophets. They may still end up teaching the gift of prophesy to prophetic youth in spaces where prophets and prophetic youth mingle (as in, an age-banded youth group focused on practicing the supernatural gifts in an Apostolic Center). But as youth ministry for the office of a Prophet grows, they will need to increasingly specialize to provide separate ministry and training environments to young prophets.

Teaching the Mature

So when should youth start to learn about the office of a Prophet?

When there is evidence of maturity. Given that the office of a Prophet is an Ephesians 4:11 leadership office in the Church, training maturity children means preparing them for leadership. Instead of enforcing an age, prophets should simply pay attention to the mantles that start rising on youth, and give support in proportion to them. That being said, children’s unique development and emotional maturity provides evidence to wait until the early teenage years as a lower limit for when office of a Prophet training can formally start. Traditionally, the Hebrew age of maturity corresponds to this time, at 12-13 years old. However, focusing on age instead of maturity can breed restrictive religious and entitled thinking.

Maturity matters more than age! If children are starting to pass into the teenage years but do not know Jesus as their friend, Lord, and Savior, they will have no means of safely navigating the spiritual gifts (as he is the only safe source). Furthermore, like all spiritual gifts, growing the seed of the gift of prophesy should be gradual release. The progression may look faster for children who have a strong foundation in the love of God and are called to the office of the Prophet, but they will still have to grow into their role over time. Lastly, as I stated before in “Creating Healthy Revelatory Greenhouses…” , other physical, emotional, and social milestones may be more important for children to focus on than spiritual gifts! A church who is truly spiritual will recognize the importance of attending to one’s holistic wellbeing, and not over spiritualize and rush spiritual growth. In general, we are most spiritual when we rely on Jesus, not when we try to be spiritual.

This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.

1 Corinthians 2:13

For this reason, many prophet parents and prophetic youth leaders may start to train prophetic children in the gift of prophesy as part of their family or community identity. It is easiest to simply introduce them to the gifts, and let God lead from there.

If anything, prophetic youth leaders will need to evaluate the mantles rising on children by asking questions like:

“Among this group of teens and pre-teens, who is starting to show increasing frequency and intensity of encounters with the Holy Trinity?”

Especially given the age of young prophets, a mentoring structure (with several cohorts of prophets running simultaneously) may support youth best. Each level of training could be like a stepping stone, grouping similarly skilled prophets roughly together and responding to the needs of a cohort like the needs of a classroom. From there, students may be further grouped based on their needs, call as a prophet (as in, Seer, Nabi, or Watchman prophet), and interests.

Under a mentoring model, Youth leaders can differentiate (adjust) the amount of support they give to each young person. While mentoring requires more relational investment of leaders, it creates a better quality of care. Leaders must be sharp and discerning, engaged enough to sense the kind of care each teen requires.

Young prophets (teens) should not be trained in the same formal programs as adults. Their emotional maturity needs time to develop, and they need to be around peers so they can support one another and process the office at the level of their development. While teens should be part of a prophetic community where they have friendships and mentors of various ages, they may need their parents help to discern the character of elders. You don’t want older people to latch onto them for prophecies because they are vulnerable, OR for the enemy to try to send abuse so that they will be more emotionally fragmented and less likely/able to pursue their callings.

Team-building is essential. Leaders will also need to be intentional to help them connect with one another by valuing the unique remit of one another’s calls and having fun together. Greater friendship and fellowship will kill jealousy and competition, and prevent youth leaders from creating an orphanage. Just like in a traditional classroom, youth will need to be coached in letting others be different, knowing how to bring their unique part of the puzzle, and letting leaders respond to each one based on their needs. To be fair, adults usually need to be coached on these things too (lol).

All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

1 Corinthians 12:11

Responding to prophets needs/skills is important to keeping them safe. When it comes to the prophetic, need and merit start to blend together. As gifts increase, they put individuals at increased risk for spiritual warfare. Therefore, to grow to one’s full stature as a prophet or apostle, individuals must abide in healthy prophetic community with engaged leaders. Prophetic youth leaders should train young prophets to do as best they can on their own, but then support their zone of proximal development (ie, come alongside them to extend their capacity).

In order to know how to maximize their energy while still giving a responsive amount of support to each individual, leaders may need to weigh factors like teens:

  • Degree of Social rejection/isolation (Who lacks services locally?)
  • Intensity of Encounters
  • Family background (limited or high degree of support navigating the office/gifts)
  • Other risk factors that add stress (like past/current history of ACES)

Given that all Prophetic Youth leaders (not volunteers) will have passed out of their teenage years to meet universal guidelines for Child Safeguarding / Child Protection, leaders need to be acknowledge the age barrier between themselves and those they lead. Leaders need to be regularly asking teens, “What do you need of us as leaders?”

If teens feel supported and equipped to grow into the office of a Prophet, they will desire to take on leadership. That leadership could look like:

  • Volunteering to teach young kids the gift of prophesy
  • Volunteering to coach other, less skilled teens in the office of a Prophet
  • Working with their parents to create church/regional youth groups for supernatural gifts, the gift of prophesy, or the office of a Prophet
  • Increased local prophetic evangelism

Over time, who can say what increased youth leadership could lead to?

Teaching the Littles

Within the Western pre-COVID Prophetic Movement, prophetic training for young kids (0-12) tended to mimic some of the same imbalances as training in the gift of prophesy for adults. While it is true that individuals should “earnestly desire love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophesy”, too many adults have eagerly desired to prophesy for influence, power, money, or prestige. Sadly, the heart is deceptive, and we are not always aware of what motivates us until it is exposed painfully in public. Jesus help.

When prophesy hasn’t been exploited for personal gain, some leaders have focused on the joy of practicing the spiritual gifts without the expectation that the gifts be stewarded for the Kingdom of God. By focusing on the delight of flowing in the River of Living Water (close Partnership with Holy Spirit), they have forgotten that humans were not created to linger in the shallow end of the Ezekiel 47 waters. Passing into maturity means allowing revelatory currents to pass over your head (as in, no longer being able to drive/control the experience). In those moments, we learn to most trust Jesus and let God be the one who drives our destinies. Not for the faint of heart, but absolutely part and parcel of growing into maturity. Ultimately, focusing on the shallow waters of the gift of prophesy keeps individuals with a call to the office of a Prophet from fulfilling their callings. You had better believe that leaders who actively encourage bad stewardship will be accountable to God for their motives and carelessness. We should be more excited to come into increasing partnership with Jesus than to flit around in the gifts (hyper-grace).

“However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Luke 10:20

This principle is similar to times where individuals ask for personal prophetic words for others out of performance.

When an individual puts pressure on themself to prophesy, the source will inevitably either be wrong, or mixture. Only by focusing on the love Jesus has for that person, that nation, or that organization will you be able to convey his heart for them in a way that adequately corresponds to his depth of feeling. While Jesus provides increased grace to novices in discerning his voice when they ask for it, growing as a Christian means continuously training yourself to prefer his voice, his ways, and who he is as a person over your own methods.

By pressuring oneself to prophesy without abiding in the source, an individual is also less likely to share words that they receive, because they don’t have the courage that love gives. God holds us accountable for the words we do not deliver, so it is important that we prophesy with gratitude and the genuine desire to see people made well. Again, that genuine desire will carry us into action.

But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.’

Ezekiel 33:6, Extreme but truthful

Therefore if you have any encouragement in Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being united in spirit and purpose.

3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Philippians 2:1-3

Poor prophesy results from a lack of keeping staying close to Jesus as you navigate new or increasingly challenging circumstances. The goal of increasing Christlikeness is to remain close to him for the full course of our lives, going from glory to glory in every circumstance and life season. We cannot be afraid of letting him lead us into uncertainty and change. He’s particularly good at it. Taken out of healthy balance, the money, pride, performance, and other idols are only false insulation that the enemy makes available to us. His goal is to tempt us to insulate our lives away from being useful to God (ie, comfort).

Attributes of God Poster Set from A. W. Tozer’s “The Knowledge of the Holy“, on Teachers pay Teachers

So what can be done?

Joy is vital, but it is not the only facet of God’s character. God wants to bring even the chronologically youngest children to maturity by knowing the full range of his character and emotions. Ironically, very young kids will immediately relate to the extremes of God’s emotions. As humans, they may get upset over things that are different (ie, having to put on socks), but they do understand intense feeling. At each age, children’s developmental strengths equip them to understand a different aspect of the character and emotions of God

When the Church disciples children to appreciate and adore the full range of God’s character, they will see his delegated authority rise on every generation. Maturity means understanding and receiving him on his terms, with his full range of character and emotions. Adults can help coach littles by helping them enter into encounters (seeing in the Spirit) and coaching them how to ride the current of their words (nabi prophesy).

Ultimately, we operate in the Spirit in order to have relationship with the Holy Trinity, not to splish splash around in the river. Jesus is the object of our affection, and he is worthy of all of our worship. When we reject part of who he is, we not just wound his heart, but make him serve us instead of becoming servants. We become unfit for partnership.

I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.

1 Corinthians 3:2

Can you hear Jesus’s grief in this verse?

I still have much to tell you, but you cannot yet bear to hear it.

John 16:12

“If only you wanted me for MY sake and not for your own selfish appetites! If only you would help me build MY kingdom!”

Realistically, adults will need to be discerning to help littles navigate the gift of prophesy. By helping them focus on what it feels like to really love someone, they will be able to help children discern the incredible, endless love of the Father. Over time, that discernment training will help them prophesy out of God’s innocent love.

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Romans 12:9-13

I think it’s very likely that young children will shock the world by how brave they are in prophesying, in their choice of who receives a prophetic word and how (methods). Given children’s love of justice, they will likely lead adults into holy risk for the sake of the Kingdom. Adults will need to be standing guard, with the benefit of their experience and wisdom, to provide a safety net as children lead the Church into the unknown.

Adults must hold the space for the young ones as an Intercessory covering. Some of the littles will be called to the office of a Prophet, but it wont be time for that information to be known to them or others. Just because children are younger and are formally practicing “just the gift” of prophesy does not preclude many of them from operating in the full delegated authority of the office of a Prophet. God loves surprises, and he will use them.

How could God use young prophets to teach us about his character? Photo source

Navigating Extreme Responses to God in Children

What is it like when the Holy Spirit comes on a flock of children? How could they communicate their emotions/experiences differently than adults?

Recently, I was reminded of the unique ways children encounter God when spending time with a group of prophets and one prophet’s young daughter. While this little girl was about 8, her skills as a Seer were pretty advanced for her age. However, the way that I most knew that she loved Jesus was by her dancey love of having a good time. Instead of crying, shaking, or other heavier manifestations of God described in H. A. Baker’s “Visions beyond the Veil”, she experienced Jesus’ freedom through movement.

In moments of zeal for the Lord and worship, she got extremely hyper under the Holy Spirit. In those moments, she looked to see which adults would jam out with her. While her exuberant joy was part of her personality, it was made even more extreme by the freedom that is in Christ. I tried to mirror some of her dance moves so that she would feel understood, but also for my own sake. I needed her to show me how to have the emotional courage to be that wild in response to God.

As adults surrender to God’s leading, how could young prophets teach us about the full character of God?

Prayer

Lord, would you give us the capacity to steward healthy communities for young prophets,

Where they can grow under the protection of mature, emotionally whole leaders,

With parents who will help them navigate the heights and depths of your emotions,

And grandparents who have experience explaining the width and length of your character,

Would you help us retain the joy of the narrow road and use our lives as prophets to enjoy spending time with you,

In every season of life, would we find you again and again,

Give us the grace to rise with you into increasing partnership,

Responding to support youth as they opt into leadership in your story,

For your own extravagant sake,

Amen.

Paradigm Shift Prophets

The Spirit of the Lord Says,

“Today, I am coming to release greater instructions about the narrow way available to my prophets who have stayed calm in a time of shaking. You have boldly shared the truth of who I am without denying what you have seen. Today, I am coming to outline how I want you to steward an increasing measure of authority. 

Over the past 2+ years, I removed your false security. I sent you fresh revelation daily, and like Elijah, you knew me as “God your Daily Bread”. Eating the bread of my presence,  I consecrated you for myself. I taught you as a parent teaches a toddler to speak; correcting your syntax, your pronunciation, and giving you bolder and bolder words until you really began to sound like me.

The time has come now for me to unveil the authority of Christ in you. Enter in by my Spirit! This paradigm shift starts in the Spirit and ripples into your natural circumstances. You must choose to enter in intentionally and in advance of your circumstantial breakthrough. 

Quiet, Increased Authority is the Mark of the New Paradigm

Today I am coming to instruct you about the authority that will rise on you as you enter in. You will bear audacious, shocking Christlike authority. If the thought of carrying a Christlike authority puts you in holy fear of the Lord, listen carefully and I will explain the limits of your role. I will not give you more authority than you can bear. I will not make you co-equal with my son, but I am increasing your delegated authority because at last, I have purified prophets. I will give you the grace to escape pride and false responsibility. Simply keep your eyes on me.

Today, I have set the stage for you to appear as Christ. Before, I called you to speak and sow, to develop, tear down, and establish. In this season, I am calling you to embody the fullness of who I am. Instead of eloquent speeches and effects, I am calling you like a silent model on the runway to wear Christ. Your responsibility is simple obedience, being led onto the runway, allowing Christ to be revealed in you, and seeking your reward from me off stage. Gone are the days of performance prophesy.  As you simply stand in my quiet authority, the world will recognize that I am enough. 

How to Enter In? Pulling Authority down from Recognition of Who I AM

To enter into a season of co-ruling and authority, pull on the weight of who I am. My character is limitless, and in this season I refuse to be limited. In past seasons, I gave you partial weight of glory based on what I have DONE. But in this season, you must drink and pull on the stream of who I AM. Drink deeply! Worship the full expression of my character, the full expression of my emotions, past to present! From worshipping who I AM, I will give you the grace to pull down the level of authority that corresponds to what you have experienced my my character. I will dress you in what you have experienced of me. The deeper your solidarity with me, the greater your authority. By identifying with me on a deeper level, I will cause others to identify you more deeply with Christ. In this era of Paradigm Shift, you will be the Prophet of My Experience. People will experience me through encountering you.

Do not be startled. This ground is more familiar than you may realize. You have left the one-man, one-word de-construction age of Gideon and come into the rulership age of David, but I AM the one who does not change. The truth of who I AM is the common thread between both ages, that gave strength to Gideon (Judges 6:22) and authority to David (Psalm 63).

Instructions for the Prophets: Let Your Weight Rest

You did not buy your authority, it was given to you by my son Jesus. The authority he gives you is delegated, allocated specifically to establish his Kingdom within this time period. I will sovereignly give some of you an even greater degree of authority because  I urgently need what you are building to be established on the Earth. Do not be surprised when prophets whose ministries carry a new revelation of my character receive increased authority by my sovereign choice. It will not be by their choice either, but by their agreement. Do not envy one another, but collaborate to pool your resources so that Jesus can receive even more worship. Be on your guard and build alliances based on humility. Satan will send the appearance of increased authority to some prophets, but their pride will expose them. Prophets who have received their authority directly from heaven will demonstrate an equal measure of increased humility. Aspire to pass the test and ask for grace for increased humility and wisdom.

Humility may cause you to be surprised by the ease of bearing this degree of authority. To the pure in heart, it will be simple. Jesus will share his visions. Be unflinching: Do not shrink back, and do not exalt yourself. Simply follow his plans. In fear of the Lord, you are right to sense the urgency of the hour, because I am l moving in power. Still, do not let the increasing extreme conditions cause you to take your eyes off me. You know who I am. 

You have stepped forward to assume responsibility, but you must also take off false responsibility. You did not design these circumstances, so you are not responsible for others’ choices in them. To bear my weight, you must become a master of taking off every unnecessary weight. If you take on a false responsibility for other people’s response to my justice or join them in injustice, it will crush you (Matthew 18:6). Only agree with me and steward your portion of responsibility, which is unwavering obedience. This is not the day of equivocation, but a clear yes. When you are afraid, I will work within your emotions and human limits to show you why my plans are better.

I, Christ in you, will make you a stumbling block. Remember the story of the judgment of the Philistines? The authority of my ark defaced Philistine idols (1 Samuel 5). The authority of my ark caused people physical tumors and sickness (1 Samuel 5). Even as you allow me to be God the Judge, do not be ignorant of the severity of the season. In the fiery furnace of the past year, I have poured out grace to remove every root of offense and bitterness in your hearts. I healed you so that in days of increased authority, you would not let offense crush the one I want to save! My purpose is not about you! I have made you a sign of the times so that you can show mercy. Remember Peter’s holy terror when he encountered Jesus as a Prophet (Luke 5:8). From the least to the greatest, the days are increasing when I recieving a prophet means welcoming the presence of holy terror into the room. As I make you even more intense, you must also bear greater gentleness. I will hold you personally accountable for how you respond to my flock (Luke 12:48, Ezekiel 36). If you use your increased authority to rule over them with greater harshness, I will use MY increased authority to judge you more harshly. Be warned: a season of increased authority means that the consequences for poor leadership have increased.

As I remove every unnecessary weight and increase your capacity to bear holy weight, I am giving you a different standard to measure organizations. Before, I called you to release favor to the degree that others received my presence in you (Matthew 10:9-14). Now, I am calling you to release weight to organizations in proportion to the degree they receive Christ’s authority in you. You are my representatives. I will require organizations to make a choice to receive or deny Christ through you. Come to them in the meekness of wisdom, and watch to see who is willing to honor him. From the greatest to the least, no one will be exempt from the requirement of a righteous response.

I have called an end to favor based on the personality of the prophet! With humility, organizations must honor the prophets and apostles who have the specific delegated remit for the sphere of society they wish to influence. They will receive the crucial breakthrough and rulership they need when they honor my prophets. Again, I have created this shift to dismantle the Kingdom of Man and demonstrate the value of honor to my Kingdom Government. In Christ, be honorable, and worthy of honor. 

Now, keep watch! The responsibility to release weight is greater than the responsibility to release favor. Watch to see how much organizations receive Christ as King, as the only Way, Truth, and Life. Only let your weight rest on organizations that respect his authority. It will not crush them. Stay close to me, and I will show you. I will hold you responsible to judge which groups can bear the weight. If you release my weight on an organization that does not have the capacity to receive me, I will hold you responsible. Repent and ask me for wisdom.

Instructions for the Church and Prophets: Recognizing the Narrow Way

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My Bride, I want you to know the times and the seasons (Jeremiah 8:7). I want you to know and recognize the narrow way I am putting before you.

It is NotIt is

Season of God’s Favor
Season of God’s Weight /Judgement
Prophet’s Responsibility: Speak 

Communicate God’s justice

Speak → Sow
Prophet’s Responsibility: Embody

Exist as an embodied instrument of his justice

Greater obedience → Greater responsibility → Greater commitment by God to back himself by backing you → Establish
Prophets who self-establish and self-defendProphets vindicated by the Spirit, external signs as sovereign hand of God
Prophets preparing a group for a visitationProphets who ARE the visitation
Receiving a prophet and receiving the prophet’s FAVOR for a sphere of influence

Favor → Favor

Matthew 10:41 Principle
Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.

Receiving a prophet and receiving the prophet’s WEIGHT and AUTHORITY to steward the responsibility attached to their sphere of influence

Authority → Authority

John 14:13
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
The weight of a prophetic word coming from the revelation of what God is DOINGThe weight of a prophetic word coming from the revelation of WHO GOD IS
Permission for: Partial visitationHunger for: God’s character in all it’s complexity, fullness of who he is

Instructions for the Church: Receiving Paradigm Shift Prophets

Church, I am also calling you into increased responsibility to test and respond to the prophets who operate in my name. I am giving you increased grace for discernment of humility and pride in the prophets. Church leaders, you are my gate keepers. Apostles, you are my region keepers. You must be more certain of a prophet’s humility before you ask for a personal or organizational word of prophesy! Do not judge by appearances only! Ask me, and I will direct you to prophets with tested character. Do not be startled if my choice of representative surprises you.

You have contended for a visitation, but during this time period, my prophets ARE the visitation. Only invite them if you are hungry for reformation and will contend for your region/organization/family/sector’s future. Make room in your hearts for them, and make room in your hearts for me. Ask me to search your hearts in advance of a gathering, and I will faithfully expose whatever still needs addressed. I want you to receive every good thing I have for you, but tend the to ground of your hearts so that their words can bear fruit. I do not want you to circle the mountain forever, I want to bring you out of the cyclical challenges you and your organizations are facing. Let me come minister to you in reformation.

When my prophets come into a room, you will feel the word that they have come to release before they speak it. I am increasing your capacity to feel my emotions outside of the prophets so that when they speak, you will recognize that I have affirmed their testimony. They will be storytellers, they will be message bearers, they may speak intensely and they may speak softly. While their humility may cause them to bear a subtle approach, watch to see whether their messages are backed by natural phenomena and signs before, during, and after they are share. I will increasingly back them by signs so that you will understand that they are only repeating what they are seeing and hearing from me. The humble will allow their vindication to come from me, and will not self defend. You will feel my weight and purity on them, and recognize that there is a required response. Let them demonstrate what that response should look like. 

I am sending you purified prophets, so respond to them with the honor required! I have been a Mother in travail over these prophets, and they are precious to me (1 Samuel 2). I have myself have woven mantles for them and continue weaving them. I have called them to replace prophets like the sons of Eli, and I clap my hands in excitement for what I will do through them! Do not respond to them in entitlement like Saul, but in contrition like David. Watch your heart and mirror my joy in receiving these prophets. I will use them to bless you, but I want you to honor them.

Instructions for the Prophets: Embody Christ’s Mercy, Let God Send Justice Externally

When Christ came to you, he did not come as Judge but as Redeemer (John 8:14-17). He acted in accordance to my dearest wishes: I did not send my Son into the world to condemn it, but to save the world through him (John 3:17). Prophets, just as Christ withheld judgment even to those who rightly deserved it but left judgment to me, I am calling you to abide in mercy. I will give you the grace to abide in the full spectrum of my emotions, but I want you to contend to abide in mercy so that I myself will be called “God the Righteous Judge.” Let our roles be separate. I will cause the circumstances around you to confirm your delegated words and mete out justice. As for yourselves, pursue reconciliation as much as possible. Yearn for it and press in. Contend for gentleness, so that in increasingly extreme conditions, my wrath can be increasingly averted (Genesis 18:16-33). Remember that Jesus refrained from judgment for the majority of his ministry because he wanted them to come into repentance. You must increasingly embody Jesus’ gentleness as I mete out my power.

Put on the right attitude of Christ: “I do not judge, but even if I do judge, my judgment is true, because I am not alone; I am with the Father who sent Me” (John 8:15-16). “My Father sees what is done in secret, he will reward you” (Matthew 6:4). “Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him” (John 5:23). 

Prophets, do not speak in self defense. In Jesus, let yourself be vindicated by the Spirit. When people do not understand the effect you have in a space, ask for discernment to understand whether they are teachable or whether you the Father will need to show them directly. When you sense that it is not yours to explain, simpy say: “I will ask the Lord to reveal it to you.” Just as Jesus waited until his true nature was revealed to the disciples, do not speak prematurely but let my Spirit lead. When you speak a word in advance of my right timing to release it, the people will prematurely be responsible to bear the weight of it. They will not have time to go on the right stewardship process, and you will have limited their capacity to freely choose me. Do not put heavy burdens on the people’s shoulders through your carelessness! Wait until the right time to speak or say nothing. If you come to me, I will give you wisdom for pacing and timing.

Prophets, your own leadership success depends on your capacity to mete out mercy! I have called you to mercy to save your own life, for your good and not for other people! Remember that the reason I spared David’s life and did not write him out of my story was because of the many times he showed mercy (to Saul, to Abner, to Mephibosheth, to many).

Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom. 13For judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment

James 2:12-13

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Matthew 5:7

Prophets, judge impartially. Even as I call you to mercy, recognize that your life is not your own. David fell when he failed to judge his own sin (2 Samuel 12:10). David’s sin entered into Amnon, and he failed to judge Amnon’s wicked treatment of Tamar (2 Samuel 13). Be warned: There is no partiality with God (Romans 2:11). Do not let the sin of one of your members devour your entire organization! By failing to reconcile, failing to respond, and failing to administer consequences, you provide the conditions for sins to repeat and spread (1 Corinthians 5:1-13). I know that you love one another and that administering consequences may grieve you. But in increased responsibility, I have called you to be like David mourning Abner, embodying justice without partiality (2 Samuel 3:31-39). Even in tears, I may call you to judge sin (Matthew 10:35). Rely on my wisdom, and I will show you the right process (Matthew 18:15-35). Grieve with me,  I do not want anyone to suffer harm or loss either. But rely on me, and follow the directions I show you. You are not your own. I am the God of Impartiality, who judges justly. Ask me for the grace to follow my justice, even in tears.

Instructions for the Prophets: Prepare to Dress in White

Prophets, this is the season to contend to wear white (Revelation 3:5). Put your house in order so that as you judge others, you will not be disqualified (1 Corinthians 9:27). I am coming back for a spotless Bridge, so settle your accounts (Luke 16:5-8). Forgive the debts of those who have sinned against you so that you will be forgiven an even greater portion. Make wrong things right if you have defrauded anyone, and restore back anything you have stolen (Matthew 5:21-26). I have prepared a season of Holy Spirit set ups to expose who is innocent and who is guilty. This will not necessarily depend on actions that have already passed, but on the level of each person’s genuine repentance (Psalm 51:27). Be careful not to judge one another; I, the Lord know the Heart (1 Samuel 16:7). Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent (Revelation 3:19).

Wear white as a sign and an aspiration; aspire towards the blamelessness of Christ! Pray for fear of the Lord to humbly admit areas where you still have not arrived. Pray for the blood of Jesus to expose whatever work still needs done in you. Ask me for the grace to finish the healing and restoration process, so that you will be truly blameless.

You have heard that it was said to the ancients, ‘Do not murder’c and ‘Anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’e will be subject to the Sanhedrin.f But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be subject to the fire of hell.g

23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

25 Reconcile quickly with your adversary, while you are still on the way to court. Otherwise, he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

Matthew 5:21-26

1 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven,

whose sins are covered.

2 Blessed is the man

whose iniquity the LORD does not count against him,

in whose spirit there is no deceit.

Psalm 32:1-2 (All Psalm 32)

For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.

1 Corinthians 11:29

Sowing Revelation 11 Prophetic Authority

I am using this season to sow the Revelation 11 Prophetic authority that you and your descendents will bear. 

Be unflinching as you speak, and be unafraid of persecution. Do not be afraid of loss of reputation. Remember that in an abstract and literal sense, I have the power to bring my prophets back to life (Revelation 11:11). Do not let anyone convince you that compromise will be safer than embodying the full weight of your authority. Satan tempted Jesus with partial authority, and he endured even through death so I could raise him to authority (Matthew 4, Philippians 2:9). Watch me back you with signs and wonders, even if that means resurrection. 

This is the Revelation 11 anointing that causes earthquakes, because the earth is trembling under the fear of the Lord (Revelation 11:13). 

This is the level of authority required to shake the witchcraft out of places in the world that have been unyielding, where missionaries and other workers without exception are cursed with health issues and are forced to leave.

Use this “Season of Increasing Weight” as preparation for the courage and authority you will need to command nature and consequences. Do not worry, I will continue giving you instructions throughout this season until you reach the maturity and stature to bear that anointing. Lean into the process and pull on my weight. Let me guide you into the next level of authority and you will be unshaken.

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