You’re not a prophet because of what you do. You are a prophet because it’s who God says you are. It’s identity first and function later. And the function, or anointing, of each particular prophet is uniquely defined by God, shaped by their gifts, and directed by their assignment.
God develops prophets so that they never seem to fit in any box comfortably for very long. You see that become evident as a prophet learns to follow and obey God through every season, regardless of approval, acceptance, or understanding from others. Eventually, others will begin to recognize the calling that the prophet has already embraced long before. But, they don’t typically recognize prophets until they notice the signs that they associate with how they believe a prophet should perform. Yet, performance does not define a prophet either.
Rooted In Identity
Your performance needs to blossom out of your God-given identity. Otherwise, you begin to define yourself by what you can do and how well you can do it. That motivation will lead you away from your primary calling, which is to minister unto the Lord.
When you are rooted in your identity, you can’t be shut down or disqualified by men. That is because a prophet is simply who you are. You cannot stop being a prophet any more than you can stop being a human being (Rom. 11:29). There may be times when you do not function within your purpose, anointing, of giftings, but you cannot turn off your identity.
You may be gifted in administration or you may be gifted in worship. You may be focused on the body of Christ or on governments and nations. You may be a strong teacher or a strong exhorter. All of those things will shape and flavor your service and expression, but they do not define who you are.
God Defines You
The same is true for anyone with any calling. You are not the sum of what you do. You are not defined by your gifts and talents. And you are not restricted by recognition.
You are who God says you are, and you are in the process of becoming who you are. Be you!
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 seventeen years, and is the proud father of two boys.