What is the price for rising above entry level prophesying?
Jeffrey Dahmer, the convicted serial killer of seventeen men and boys, was bludgeoned to death on November 28, 1994. Afterward, a local pastor stated that Dahmer was a born-again Christian.
An enraged newspaper columnist wrote the following about Dahmer’s born-again status. “If God saves wretched monsters like Jeffrey Dahmer, then I want nothing to do with God. Nothing at all…ever.”
Of all of God’s attributes, grace has to be the “ugliest duckling” of the bunch. After all, how could a just and holy God save a guilty, wretched monster like Dahmer? Or for that matter, how could God save a guilty man like me?
For the first eight years of my Christian journey, I did not link grace to the prophetic gifts. I just figured God chose me because He knew I would be His workhorse willing to pray, study and fast so that I could be the best prophetic voice possible.
Though I knew grace was defined as unmerited favor, I assigned grace to the Baptists. They were the “grace guys”, not me. I was a prophetic machine-gun with a hair trigger and the safety off.
But sadly, my prophetic words often had some legalism attached to them. Are you wondering, how that was possible?
A pupil is not above his teacher, but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher. (Luke 6:40)
The teachings I studied and the church I attended, all put grace on the back burner. It was there, but not in a significant life-changing way. Thus, my beliefs contained a legalistic tilt to them rather than a grace-filled one. More than a few, “Thou shalts” and “Thou shalt nots” flowed out of my mouth.
Then, I started hanging out with an older couple, Marion and Morris. They were solid grace-filled believers; and soon I wanted their revelation of grace for myself.
Yet, it was not easy for me to change. I had a mountain, seven years high, filled with legalistic teachings which needed to be overturned within me. So, what did I do?
I sought the Lord. I memorized and meditated on scriptures over and over again. Until one day, a divine revelation flooded my inner being, erasing my past teachings on grace. I knew that I knew that I knew that my life, my calling, my prophetic words depended on the Lord’s grace, and not my own works.
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them… (Romans 12:6)
Many of you probably know accurate prophetic voices who do not agree with me on my grace teachings. And yes, I would agree this has been true up to the present.
But there is a New Wind Blowing in America, and it is my belief that now a believer has to have a positive revelation of grace to rise above their present prophetic level.
(Continued in Part 7)
*I have used the word prophesy in a general sense to denote prophecy, words of knowledge and words of wisdom (1 Corinthians 12: 8-10).