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.
I believe we've been in a season where demonic activity is at a high. Much is going on the spirit realm in the heavenlies, and over nations. Prophetic voices are rising and being put in place. The Church is being stirred from complacency to awakening. It's almost like when you begin to mess and stir with a hornets' nest, you can expect a response.
In the past few weeks, I've had two dreams containing cockroaches in different scenarios, and another prophetic friend released a dream about exposing cockroaches. So I began to ask the Lord for the revelation of what He's been showing me.
In the first dream my husband and I were in a house, but we were leaving because the house became unsafe. As we were heading out the door, there was a wall panel that had been taken off leaving the inside of the wall exposed. As I looked into the darkness, I had a knowing there were cockroaches hiding in the darkness. All the sudden I began to see movement in the darkness, and the light came exposing hundreds of cockroaches running up and down the inside of the walls. It was disgusting.
In the second dream, I was sleeping in my bed, and for some reason I woke up. As I opened my eyes I saw this huge cockroach coming towards me. I grabbed my pillow and put it on top of the cockroach. I pressed down on it till I heard it crunch. Once I heard the crunch I knew it was dead.
In the first dream, I believe the Lord is saying He is uncovering and exposing hearts in this season. In dreams, a house can represent your life/heart. It may seem fine on the outside, but many are trying to hide what's in their heart. God is exposing hearts in this season, that are full of sin and demonic activity. Cockroaches in dreams represent sin, unclean spirits, and demonic things. This reminded of Luke 11:39 where Jesus told the Pharisees, "Then the Lord said to him, "You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy--full of greed and wickedness!"
I believe the Lord is exposing the hearts of men. Many have been hiding sin and wickedness in their hearts. Some are allowing soulish desires and emotions to run rampant in their hearts. If you allow sin, wickedness, or soulish things to fester unchecked, you will eventually have an infestation in your life, that could bring down your whole house (life) so to speak. To infest means to live in or overrun to an unwanted degree or in a troublesome manner (dictionary.com). Luke 8:17 says, "For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open." Allow the Lord to shine His light in your life. There is nothing that He's not seen already. The Father desires for you to be free from sin, and the things that have polluted and made your heart unclean. Repent and allow the Lord to set you free. It's time to turn the light on, so the enemy will scatter in your life.
In the second dream I believe the Lord was showing me the enemy is trying to sneak into your life, or place of rest undetected. In dreams a bed can represent a place of rest, or intimacy. The Lord is granting you greater discernment and sensitivity to be aware when the enemy tries to come in undetected. The enemy is always looking for ways to contaminate, pervert, and defile areas of your life. Make sure you don't give a place for the enemy to come into you life. When you do sense and discern the enemy coming in, kill it immediately. If we don't stop the enemy at the door he'll take over the house before you know it.
I believe we're in a season of pressing into the place of intimacy, and a season of refining. The Father is cutting things off from us, that can't go into the next season. He's desiring to refine His prophetic voices, because many are prophesying out of contaminated filters. Some have run out of oil, and are prophesying on fumes. There are others who have allowed fillers to "bulk" up their oil, but that oil will no longer carry the potency it once had.
Many is this hour are jumping on the prophetic bandwagon claiming to be a prophetic voice, when they have not submitted themselves to process of refining. We are getting hoodwinked by charisma, instead of testing the spirit. 1 John 4:1 tells us, "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world." We must be discerning in this hour to who carries the true oil and anointing of the Lord, the essential oil.
When you have a true calling on your life, there will be a high cost for the oil you desire to carry. Many are trying to walk in an office or calling they haven't paid the price for, to obtain the oil it requires. The potency in your oil comes for your willingness to go through the fire, being hurt, wounded, lied on, betrayed, losing close relationships, etc. To be a true prophetic and apostolic voice in this hour, you must carry the essential oil. Those who carry the essential oil, carry transformation in their mouths, and have obtained an anointing that destroys yolks (Isa 10:27).
The essential oil is extracted from the pressure the Lord allows to come into your life. To extract means to remove or take out, especially by force, a substance in a concentrated form (google.com). When something is in a concentrated form, it's been extracted at its most intense point, so it's not watered down in any way. It's important to make note here, that it matters what you're connected to. When the pressure comes to extract the oil, what is your oil connected to? We cannot produce the essential oil needed
to walk in our callings and mantles, if we're not connected to the Father. If you're not connected to the Father where is your oil coming from? John 15:4 says, "Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me." You cannot produce the essential oil outside of being connected to the Father. Any oil that's not the essential oil, is a counterfeit oil that will leave people feeling greasy and still bound.
When someone carries the essential oil, the oil will speak for itself. The essential oil is not something you can manufacture on your own, buy, or add to. If you want the essential oil in your life, allow the Lord to process and refine you. The process enables the Lord to extract the pure and concentrated form of oil,to pour over your life that will empower you to walk and function in your calling and mantle. Don't settle for nothing less than the essential oil.
Madeline James is a prophetic writer and voice desiring to release the heart of the Father.