Contrary to popular belief, carrying a prophet's mantle is not all that glamorous. For those who have made it glamorous I dare to question the authenticity of their mantle, but that's for a different blog. To walk as a prophet, they will endure things most believers will never know or experience. Prophets are not appointed and picked by man, they're hand picked by the Father. The Lord told the Prophet Jeremiah, "I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations" (Jeremiah 1;5). When the Lord marks someone to be a prophet, He forms them with a unique make up and different wiring that sets them apart. Their make up allows them to have a certain sensitivity to the things of the Spirit, enables them to have have a knowing, and see and hear things from a very young age.
Most don't realize they're a prophet until later in life, until they have an encounter where the Lord reveals it to them. True prophets will go through a time of testing and training, but really their whole life's journey is their training ground. To those that carry the prophetic gifting, the enemy will mercilessly cause all of hell to come against what they carry to kill the prophetic seeds carried in their prophetic womb. The enemy fears a prophet because of the authority they carry, their ability to create, the breaker anointing upon their life, the power to shift atmospheres, the ability to see and hear in the spirit realm. The enemy wants to stop this gifting at all costs. The enemy will use fear and intimidation to try and shut down the prophetic gifting.
Along with fear, rejection is one of the most powerful tactics the enemy will use to wound and take out a prophet. From the time a prophet is born, they are marked by the Lord to be set apart from those around them. Prophet's have a hard time fitting in with others because of what they feel, see, hear, and carry. Those who carry a prophetic gifting walk/live in a different realm of the spirit then those around them, but often times don't realize, others don't function like that. From an early age and through out a prophet's life, the enemy will viciously use rejection to try and kill and wound a prophet to the point where they will try to give up the mantle because, the pain of being rejected and misunderstood is too great.
When a prophet answers the call, there is a great price. One of the reasons true prophets flow powerfully, is because of the price and pain they have endured to walk in the mantle. A prophet becomes an oracle, and a vessel through which He can flow. In the process of that, a prophet must lay down who they are, so the Lord can fully move through them. They are no longer for themselves, but allow the Lord to use them as He pleases. The Lord will refine and shape a prophet to kill any pride that resides in them, because the Lord will use them as a spectacle before men. Prophets often times become the message. Because of the way the Lord uses prophets, they are ridiculed, rejected, made fun of, talked about, etc. Every prophet in the Bible faced the pain of rejection, even Jesus. Jesus was rejected by his family, and his hometown. No prophet is immune to the pain of rejection. Often times prophets are loners, or have a very small circle of friends and confidants.
To survive as a prophet, you must allow the Lord to heal those places of rejection when they come. If you don't allow the Lord to heal those wounds, it will taint your prophetic flow. Those around us may not ever understand the pain of rejection and being misunderstood, but Jesus did. Jesus is the prophet's model. He was able to deal with the pain of rejection because, He knew the Father's love and knew who he was to the Father. Before you are a prophet, you're a son or a daughter. To endure as a prophet, you must know who you are first, and be rooted, grounded, established in the Father's love (Eph 3:17). As a prophet, it's easy to be guarded and learn to deal with rejection. The Father won't allow you to stay there, because He knows when rejection begins to contaminate and He will expose it. I was reminded of this recently. Often times we don't realize we are prophesying or flowing out rejection because we just learn to deal it. But the Father loves you enough to rip the band aid off to heal those rejected to places.
As prophets we will always in sense be rejected and misunderstood because God made us to be set apart for His glory. But we must learn to reject the rejection, that comes to wound and infiltrate our hearts.
Madeline James is a prophetic writer and voice desiring to release the heart of the Father.