The last time I was in Texas, the Lord spoke two things to me very clearly: “I’m giving you Texas,” and, “I want you to establish a prophetic culture.” [Read more about that…] When he spoke the first phrase, I immediately understood that he was relocating us, reassigning us, and expanding our sphere of authority and responsibility in the Kingdom of God. I’ve spent months however praying and digging to understand the depth of His commission to establish a prophetic culture.
Establishing A Prophetic Culture
Culture is a way of thinking, behaving, and living that is considered common, normal, or dominant within a certain group of people.
Establishing a prophetic culture is not just encouraging the prophetic to become a normal and understood component of the typical Christian life; it is laying a foundation of excellence in the development and function of prophetic ministry in and through the Church. It is a way of thinking, behaving, and living. It is hearing and seeing with the eyes and ears of our hearts as a normal way of life, and acting on that revelation through trust and obedience.
I’ve come to believe that there are three keys to establishing a prophetic culture:
- Teach to understand — by promoting biblical truth pertaining to prophetic ministry along with clear values and guidelines (1 Cor. 2:12-13)
- Equip to function — by imparting, recognizing, and developing people’s gifts and callings while fueling their faith in God through demonstration (2 Tim. 1:6)
- Train for excellence — by modeling and encouraging what is true, honorable, right, pure, acceptable, and commendable (Phil. 4:8).
I’ve begun asking the Lord some specific questions. What should become widely understood and commonly accepted about the prophetic? What kind of values and guidelines allow for unity while encouraging diversity? What are the most misunderstood areas or issues surrounding the prophetic today? What areas need correction or redirection? What areas need charged with fresh revelation and insight?
What do you think?
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 eighteen years, and is the proud father of two boys.