A crisis of confidence – talking down the talking up?

trust_meter2We’re facing a crisis of confidence about prophetic ministry unlike anything we have faced before. Here’s the picture, and it’s a bleak one.

A global recession is sweeping the world. The massive greed of the financial markets is affecting many. Many billions of dollars will be needed to prop up the toppling banks and institutions. People are wondering about the future, fearful for all that it holds or threatens.

We’re getting more earthquakes these days, and they are more intense. You don’t have to be a prophet to discern that huge earthquakes are on the way. You don’t have to be perceptive to realise that a massive flu epidemic stands in the shadows.

Historically, when crisis like this came to Israel it was accompanied by opportunity for repentance and restoration. God always had a Jeremiah, Jonah, Amos, Elijah or Nathan waiting in the wings to lead the way forward.

But don’t we have loads of prophets all waiting for God’s release?

I think it is time that we stopped talking up ministries that have been full of their own self importance. The quest for public profile and recognition of their gifting is, in my view, obnoxious to God.

Prophets are meant to be servants and friends of God. He always comes first, He is the only hero, He is the only answer to the problems of this world. I like the story of John the Baptist. Here was a man with a penetrating, passionate message to Israel. He lived what he had strong convictions about. His lifestyle mirrored his deep beliefs and his call to walk in a manner pleasing to God.

John was a prophet of God, the voice of one crying in the wilderness… and he would die for the message he was proclaiming.

And today we have people who say that they too are a voice crying in the wilderness.

Many in heaven must be shaking their heads in unbelief.

The difference was that for 30 years or so, John was in the desert and something significant happened that would shake the nation of Israel.

We desperately need it to happen today.

Scripture puts it so simply,

“during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”

The Word of God came to John – and the message was about repentance.

Can you see the crisis of confidence? We all know where we can get a word from God for a donation, or a dream interpreted at the going rate.

I am purposely rattling a few cages here. It is time for authentic prophetic ministry to emerge in our midst, prophetic ministry that carries an urgent, urgent message of repentance not just because the end of all things is near, but God’s holiness requires it.

There are very few that the Word of the Lord has come to… I pray, just as such a word came to the boy Samuel in a crisis day, that the Word of God will come to many and will lead to a global outpouring or repentance and revival that will sweep the world.

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