This is an overview of the Redemptive Gifts of Individuals, CD 2, the Prophets Day.
Prophet, you are extravagantly wealthy, and it is right that you be so. As the first of the seven redemptive gifts, you reflect the God who made you from His light. You are drawn to the formless, empty dark places in this world. You move purposefully where there is no passage. And you see through the eyes of God what should be, but is not yet. Then you speak, and the process of God invading deep darkness begins all over again through you. This is good, Prophet.
• Office of Prophet
• Manifestation Gift of Prophet
• Redemptive Gift of Prophet
These are some characteristics of the redemptive gift of prophet. (25-18 hits and we know we have established the behaviour)
• Has a compulsion toward honesty and integrity and transparency requiring full disclosure of facts.
• Tends to see things in black and white, right and wrong.
• Hard on himself and others, finding it hard to forgive himself.
• Is verbal expressive, having an opinion about everything and quite willing to share it.
• Judges and evaluates everything, including situations that aren’t his business
• Processes quickly. Can shift gears quickly from one direction to another.
• Has to make sense out of everything, even unreasonable situations
• Holds truth more tightly than relationships; the prophet is willing to go regardless of anybody following.
• Takes initiative and enjoys things that are new while doing a terrible job maintaining things.
• Has a passion for excellence in himself and others. Is driven to excel and challenges others to be their best.
• Has the widest range of emotions than any other gift.
• Knows no fear. Having such a boldness, the prophet is not intimidated by the unknown or by change.
• Needs to have a goal, a purpose, a reason to live
• Cannot tolerate having no options
• Can be more generous than all other gifts, but can give impulsively and unwise at times
• Is a visionary
• Fiercely independent and competitive
• Is intolerant of perceived rebellion, hypocrisy and denial, especially in leadership
• Bases his faith on the principles of God’s word.
• Can embrace a problem and figure out how to repair it.
• Has a passion for restoration as he sees so clearly the damage of sin and the restoring power of God.
• Is drawn to brokenness and the rebuilding of a life.
• Can go through long seasons when God is silent, which are designed to build a deeper root system of faith for even greater fruit in the next season.
• A capacity to celebrate God with extravagance that no other gift can reach
Caleb, Elijah, Ezekiel, Miriam, Naomi and Peter
• On the first day God created light and all of natural law.
• A principle is a universal, non-optional cause and effect relationship operating completely outside of moral law and God’s intervention. (e.g. reaping and sowing)
• Moral law deals with behaviour that incurs judicial consequences.
On the first day of creation, God created the building blocks from which everything else came. The job of the prophet is to conceive the new thing and working with the other gifts, then brings that into maturity.
Items of Furniture in the Tabernacle
• The first item in the tabernacle is the brazen altar, where sin was dealt with.
• The prophet’s design is to react to right and wrong.
• The prophet has the keenest sense for acknowledgement of a wrong, and the need for genuine repentance.
• The pursuit of holiness and to raise a standard of holiness is the call of the prophet.
• The prophet brings confession not condemnation.
• Bringing closure to issues and encouraging the pursuit of intimacy with God is also the arena of the prophet.
Compound Names of Jehovah
• Jehovah-Jireh, ‘the Lord will provide’ the payment necessary for sin. Gen 22:13-14
• It is specific to God providing a blood sacrifice to cover the sin of man.
• A prophet violently reacts to cheap grace.
• He understands the chasm between the depravity of man and the holiness of God
• He is intentional about re-establishing and restoring that broken relationship
The Seven Miracles in the New Testament
In the first miracle of Jesus, turning water into wine, we see the prophet as he so desires and enjoys using the power of God over nature to be able to prove to someone that God exists.
The Seven Letters to the Churches In Revelation
• The church of Ephesus parallels this gift. Revelation 2:1-7
• The prophet thrives on hard work, to persevere, to break through and to stay with something until there is closure.
• Prophets are legendary for conflicts with authority figures being labeled at times rebellious or unsubmissive.
• The prophet is designed to endure hardship (more than all the other gifts) and pain for the cause of Christ.
Principle of Design
The principle of design, which is foundational to all other principles, is the first of the seven principles, paralleling the redemptive gift of prophet.
• The research and development section of the body of Christ
• They solve problems through intervention and expansion.
• They see new ways and new applications to implement God’s principles in different situations.
• They take principles from the Word of God and from natural laws and find new tools for rebuilding and healing.
Authority of Prophet
• To call things forth by weaving principles together and to speak life, light and truth intro areas.
• High authority over the poverty spirit.
The Prophet’s Battlefield
• Challenge of the prophet is to embrace all the principles, not just the ones that come natural to him.
• All the gifts are relational except the prophet who tends to be ideologically driven.
• Needs to learn to walk in authority AND relationship.
• His primary call is to seek out intimacy with God not to be task oriented, resisting the principles of relationships.
• Tendency to withdraw from somebody who is not in agreement or who is opposed to their ideology, rather than resolve the tension.
• Tends to separate from others rather than to embrace the differences and work through them and create healing and wholeness.
Seven Last Sayings of Christ on the Cross
The first saying of Christ on the cross in Luke 23:34, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’
• Bitterness is the default weakness of a prophet
• They can take up an offense for God over what is wrong and sinful.
• To the degree that the prophet holds on to bitterness, he blocks God from doing the good that he intends to do through the pain for the prophet and for the kingdom.
Read Matthew 18:21 The story of the two slaves
• To help others obtain their birthright and live in their destiny.
• To provide vision and teaching on God’s design and his principles.
• To inspire and teach others to embrace pain voluntarily, which is required for them to possess their birthright.
• God promises to reward the prophet to eat from the tree of life, to release something that will live forever.
As you read through the portraits of the redemptive gifts that follow, consider the following questions.
Most can come up with a list of answers to those questions. There are tasks that we may be capable of doing, but it does not spur us on to want to do more. For a gift of prophet, the repetitive, structured, maintaining nature of being an accountant would be exhausting. For a servant, being in the spotlight, would be uncomfortable, maybe even nerve wracking.
Remember this is a process, so it takes many of us some time to discover our gift. But the journey is great fun as we discover our God given design.
I bless each one of you and call forth the best in you. You are each a treasure and what you have to say here matters.
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