Rejection has kept numerous people from moving forward. Many have unfulfilled destinies. Even prophetic people experience rejection at levels that are all too common. Rejection is a destructive force. Jeremiah, the prophet, was alerted to one symptom of rejection, fear.
And don't be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the LORD, have spoken! (Jer. 1:9).
Fear, isolation, mental illnesses, victim mentality, depression, disconnectedness, perfectionalism, people pleasing, infirmity,
etc. are all symptoms of rejection. The innate desire to connect and be a part of something or someone is a powerful force. For some, the desire to belong is so strong it can lead to some very destructive behaviors and relationships. But Christ came to destroy the spirit of rejection and set His people free! So, how can one maneuver through rejection?
God is not a respecter of persons. He talks all the time, in various ways, circumstances, and situations. The key is to listen to hear. He wants to talk to His children. He wants to be a part of your everyday lives. He wants to lead you. He wants to guide you, but you must be willing to discern His voice. I want to share three keys to hearing God and as you listen and wait He will speak. Are you willing to listen? If you said, "yes" let's examine the three keys to hearing God.
Prophetic people tend to be misunderstood, rejected, and often face numerous challenges when it comes to relationships. Why? I'm glad you asked. Let's face it. The nature of the prophetic promotes what many call strange, odd, or just plain weird. Prophetic people are not basket cases, they just operate on a different frequency and this frequency is what leads them to be Kingdom-driven. The frequency of a prophetic person is tuned to the voice of Holy Spirit and merely obeying what it says will seem odd to one but bring deliverance or healing to another Let me give you an example. Side Note: Holy Spirit will NEVER instruct you to do something harmful, wicked, or evil. In the next blog I'll share some ways to discern the voice of Holy Spirit.
Writing is a skill capable of being developed and enhanced with practice. Likewise, the call to write prophetically is perfected through an ongoing relationship with the Great communicator, God.
In today's teaching I we will focus on three R's essential to answering the call to write prophetically. Yes, there is such a thing as a call to write. When a person is called to a specific assignment, the call will find the individual, rather than the person finding the call. This is, also true for those called to serve as a prophet. The three R's are extracted from the prophet Samuel's call, found in 1 Samuel 3.
A Kingdom-driven creative entrepreneur is one who purposefully aligns his or her creativity with God's Kingdom. Once the commitment to fulfill your assignment is accepted it is up to YOU to do the work! And, in spite of all the marketing strategies that promise a quick and easy path to success, in reality, there are no shortcuts! Maybe you can write a book in 20 minutes, a weekend, or seven days, but I guarantee you that book is full of grammatical, spelling, punctuation, and only God knows what other type of errors. I'm just saying, if you are a KINGDOM-driven entrepreneur, small and consistent is what creates fruitful and long lasting success. Zechariah 4:10 says,
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.
The call to write prophetically is an assignment not to be taken lightly. And just because you like to write doesn't make you a writing prophet. So, how do you know if God is calling you to be His writing prophet?
Kingdom driven creatives allow Holy Spirit to lead them in their day-to-day operations. And, while this sounds great, in reality, it can be a challenge... at first. Why do I say this? I'm glad you asked. The flesh is always at war with the spirit. It wants to do what it wants, when it wants, no questions asked. However, to allow Holy Spirit to lead requires some work.
This work will require that you learn the art of listening. Listen with your spirit, which requires knowing how to distinguish Holy Spirit's voice. Yes, Holy Spirit has a voice. How else can he teach you all things, even the things to come (John 14:26)?
As Kingdom driven creative entrepreneurs the ability to prosper creatively is achieved when one is able to listen and hear Holy Spirit. Listening is a skill that can be learned. And the more you want to hear, the more Holy Spirit will speak. Shh... listen Holy Spirit wants to talk to you!
Let's face it when it comes to building opposition will come. The key is to be prepared when it comes. In the first part 3 Keys to Kingdom Building the life of Nehemiah reveals how to build. After hearing about the broken walls in Jerusalem he became heavy hearted. Your assignment is connected to what you are called to heal, but how can you build in the midst of opposition?
For the last few days I have had unshakeable thoughts on Nehemiah, so I picked up my bible and started reading his story. There are many ways God speaks. One of those ways is through continuous nudging or those unshakeable thoughts of a scripture verse, word, phrase, picture, name, person etc. This is God's way of saying, "Hey, I need to talk to you!" Unshakeable thoughts are a simple, yet effective way that God uses to covey a message.
Deborah Taylor is an innovative creative visionary, writer, author, and calligrapher. She enjoys traveling, reading, crocheting, and spending time with her husband, Randy, and their rambunctious dog, Reuben. They live in Shelby County, TN.
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