A prophetic word
This past season God has been pouring into my spirit much more than he usually does. Especially in the fountain of my dreams, there has been a much more defined prophetic flow. It complements the spiritual season that we are in, and it articulates where his heart is. God spoke a prophetic word to me this morning (Tuesday 23 June 2020) as he has been for the past few weeks. He spoke three words to me; "FISHING WITH DYNAMITE," and I spent the rest of the morning connecting with him and asking about this message. I would love to share it with you and articulate on what is on his heart today.
What struck me was the realization that our hunger for more has led us to be hungry for masses, and this has caused us to kill the souls we want to reach. He told me that many shepherds are neglecting the safe pursuit of souls. We must return to the net and the line. We must return to the principle of casting wide nets and the preservation of those we are reaching. Many souls have been lost and harmed by the church engine. It is an unrelenting machine which can easily burden people; religion is a harsh master. Religion will drain you, but it can never preserve you. There is a catastrophic danger when we develop a mindset of consumption without preservation. This is one of the key roles of a prophet; the bible tells us that through the anointing of a prophet people are preserved. Hosea 12:13
The prophetic ministry preserves people, environments and purposes. In our pursuit of influence and success, we have been fishing with dynamite. We have used controversy, theatrics, showmanship, and dangerous doctrines; it has stunned people, broken homes, confused the sincere and disoriented the desperate. I am learning that there is trauma in the church because of prophetic words and encounters. Many people are still recovering from the trauma that came through encounters with a poorly managed prophetic gift.
The usual fishing process requires patience and consistency; it demands principle and skill on the part of the fisherman. When we go fishing with dynamite, we take dangerous shortcuts and destroy environments. The impact of our indiscretions kills every life-form within a distance of our actions. A lot of prophets do this when we deliver the word of God with impunity. Without a shepherd's heart to follow through and check the impact of the word we give to people. Joseph spoke to his brothers about his dreams, he spoke with no skill and empathy and it caused them to hate him. As he grew in his gift, we see a more mature Joseph deliver his gift to people with more empathy and insight.
I have met countless prophets who deliver a prophetic word in reckless abandon, they don't care who is hurt, or how it affects other people. Most prophets I know, don't bother to teach people how to receive the prophetic word they have delivered. Some people are often left to interpret and apply the word they have received with improper tools. God chose prophets in The Bible to speak to the communities they came out of. You can never minister grace when you are not empathetic to someone else's life. You need to have some flesh in the game. This is why Jesus came and became one of us. The world did not need a rude awakening; the world needed a patient fisherman.
This is a call to the men and women who are called to touch others, the Lord reminds us today to come back to the net and the line. We must learn to put down the dynamite and learn the discipline of waiting. The world has been abused enough, they have been terrified by the prophets of doom, played by the charlatans, misled by the soothsayers, hurt by the theatrics, now we need you to be a patient fisherman.
Let us fish with a net and a line...