How to avoid being strange in the prophetic
Some people get afraid when you start talking about hearing from God. If you have been around church culture for any length of time, you know at least one person that acts or does something strange and says God told them to do it. We all shake our heads and say we want no part of that. Some people and churches have closed their hearts and doors to the prophetic because of this. God may or may not have told them to do what they did.
Let’s look at 1 Corinthians 31 – 32 to understand this. “For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, 32 and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.”
The scripture says the spirit of the prophet is subject to the prophet. That just means that we are responsible for administrating what the Holy Spirit speaks to us. We must fulfil or deliver the prophetic word in a way that does not confuse but brings the peace of God. If there is confusion, then we are the ones that caused it, not God.
It’s up to us how we deliver the prophetic
Let me give you an example. What if you are at a restaurant and God speaks to you and says buy the lunch of the people on the table next to you. You could jump up and run over to that table and say, “I was sitting there praying and worshipping and ascending to the third Heaven, and the Spirit of the Lord just spoke to me and told me to buy your lunch. I want to obey God, so, I will now buy everyone’s meal at this table to let you know that God loves you and you need to surrender to Jesus today.” That table might be grateful you bought them their lunch and possibly freaked out at that same time.
Or you can get the waiter’s attention quietly and say here is my credit card I would like to pay the bill for the next table. You may never even have to tell the table that you purchased their meal or that God told you to do that. If you feel led to speak to the other table, you can calmly walk over to them and say, “Hi, I’m John. I felt led to purchase your lunch.” They may be very grateful, and then you could strike up a conversation with them, that is more natural. That conversation might even lead them to the Lord if they are not saved. However, this way many have proven to be more efficient and not seem weird or cause confusion.
The word from God was to buy their lunch. However, it is up to us how to act on that word. We can do it in a way that brings peace and the best impact. We are responsible for how we manage the word, and we can make it weird, or we can make it easy for people to receive.
It is up to us, how we respond to a word that we receive from God. We can make it easy for people to be open to it or we can be strange and want to have no part of it. We are called to be ambassadors of God. Whatever He speaks to you represent Him well.