There are two trials that all prophetic people must embrace and triumph over. Until we secure victory in these areas, we will never grow to reach our full potential.
I should briefly define what I mean by the term, prophetic person. A prophetic person is a believer who regularly functions in the gifts of the word of knowledge, the word of wisdom, discerning of spirits, and of course, prophecy. These gifts overlap constantly during prophetic ministry. A prophetic person is one who’s ministry strengths are in this area.
Trial #1: Learn to be humble enough to be wrong.
It can be so hard to admit when we are wrong, but it reveals a teachable heart. Prophetically gifted people may want to avoid admitting mistakes because of the fear that people won’t listen to us anymore. Yet, in the long run, honesty increases credibility. And yes, the Bible does allow for error in New Covenant prophetic ministry.
“Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said.” 1Co. 14:29 ESV
“Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good.” 1Th. 5:20-21 ESV
These scriptures indicate that there is a responsibility for those hearing the word to weigh it and hold fast what is good. In other words, don’t throw everything out because a part of it may not be good or accurate. Most of all, don’t allow error to cause you to despise prophecy altogether.
We often expect others to understand that we have grown and continue to grow throughout our lives. But for some reason, people often expect a prophetic person to deliver a perfectly mature word without allowing for grace to grow into that level of ministry.
If you are pastoring a prophetic person, you can help them grow by encouraging them that none of us are mature in our gifts or callings overnight. It is helpful to remind them that if God is okay with a growth process, they must embrace it.
Trial #2: Learn to be bold enough to be right.
This can be more difficult than the first trial, at least when others don’t or can’t see what we see. As prophetically gifted people, we have often had to face severe rejection in our lives. Once we receive healing in those areas of our hearts and begin to minister with favor from both God and man, we don’t want to lose it.
That is why sometimes it can be very hard to share all that we should say. Every time we do so, we take a risk. We risk losing favor. We risk offending. We risk making people feel uncomfortably vulnerable. We risk being misunderstood. We risk having our ministry misapplied. Worst of all, we risk feeling or being rejected.
Of course, without risk there is never reward. Favor increases as time carries on for any prophetic person that will be bold enough to be right. There will always be some that will never understand. However, many will embrace the time-tested value that a prophetic person brings to the body of Christ.
If you are pastoring a prophetic person, you can help them grow by taking the time to affirm them as a person even when you’re not sure about what they are sharing. Be mature enough to hold their words with patience and see what time will tell. But remember, prophecy is mostly potential. Most prophecy is not automatically fulfilled without cooperation. (Click here to read more on Applying Prophecy)
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for twenty years, and is the proud father of two boys.