Permit me to share with you the characteristics of 'A Voice That Cannot Be Silenced' of what God has revealed to me through my own seasons of extraordinary pain and rough experiences. It is important that I do, because in so doing I hope to help the universal church to be able to identify all of the persons that are among us, who God for some reason known only to Him have configured a little different all because of what He has called us and purposed us to do. Mark you, not better, but just different in genetic make up, structure and spiritual DNA. To illustrate the point, I refer to one letter writer, the Apostle Paul who says, "we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office." (Romans 12:4)
What exactly does that mean? Think about your physical body with all the many parts, organs, tissues, blood vessels, and so on. Each part have its' own function yet all must work together in unison for optimum level of effectiveness. The liver cannot do the work of the brain, and neither can it do the work of the kidneys. Okay, you got the picture I am sure. Well so it is with the body of Christ, as you apply this same principle. We each have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us. (Romans 12:6) The identity of the vessels with the ministry gift that the Apostle addresses in this text, is the very heart of divine thought of the Creator Himself. God only can call you and appoint this ministry gift.
In all the bible studies and theology classes of your lifetime and with anyone laying hands and anointing you, it is not something that anyone can take up and learn. It is who you are. You were born that way, born with the gift and the Spirit of Prophecy that only God can give. Some nations have this gift and if you already know that you have this special gift and calling in the body of Christ, then I speak of your ministry in particular - the ministry of the watchman, Seers, Prophets, Prophetess, Prophetic Intercessors/Prayer Warriors, Prophetic Dreamers and all of those included in and or connected to the five fold ministry in the body of Christ. (Ezekial 3:17; 33:7; Eph.4:1) The vessel itself is the gift or the ministry, the individual is the message and both are identical. This is all according to God's divine plan.
Lest I be rebuked, let me pre-empt with a "please forgive me" for saying that these are generally 'weird' individuals who can come across as defensive and at times, moody and mysterious, making them at times difficult if not impossible to understand. If this does not relate to you, then that is okay. But as a matter of fairness however, I implore us all to value the presence of the ministry gift wherever and whenever it is identified among us for the invaluable and intangible contributions that are made for the edification of the saints. These are the ones who are as needy as anyone else, who require understanding and nurture in the same way and for the same reasons as others do. And having the ability to commit sin as anyone else, and are therefore neither more holy, nor any more spiritual than those who do not share the same type of gift, like everyone else, still need Jesus' pardon and forgiveness.
Let me interject here too and say the common mistake the universal church at times would make is that she herself fails the ministry gift, sometimes outright. She [church] even wounds the individual vessel through lack of understanding of who the vessel is in the body, their role in particular reference to their special gift and what kinds of influences have shaped each of our lives. If you have already made the connection and can easily identify with what I have shared thus far you are precious ones who are born into the kingdom of God out of much crushing, breaking, wounding of your spirit, rejection, pain and suffering.
Characteristics - Why Does It Hurt So Bad?
- Birthed through much breaking, crushing, wounding, rejection, pain and suffering.
- A burden bearer
- Rarely totally happy
- Eats of the bread of affliction
- No price tags attached
- Lives in obscurity and 'splendid isolation' in the 'above all' realm
- Lives constantly under the microscope
What Is God Saying To Us
I believe that there is relevance to this particular discussion for a time such as this. I also believe that God is in this time restoring the fivefold ministry to the Body of Christ [His church] that it can now begin to function as a whole and not a divided part. There is such a sense of urgency for all to unite and to embrace each other and our unique gifting, with the understanding that it is by one Spirit, the Spirit of God that we have received these gifts. The Body of Christ have taken a lot of hits, especially in the ministry of the watchman, and particularly the Prophets/Prophetess.
Why? It is still viewed as some as a thing of the past and not a modern day calling in the church. Many church leaders today have been trained under the Evangelical and by Pastors whose orientation and school of thought differ to the extent that they see themselves as the head of God's church here on earth, who hears God and the direction in which He wants the church to go, and so do not readily embrace the ministry of the Prophet which I must add is so necessary.
But I believe God is getting ready to make it right! He is bringing restoration, healing and reconciliation to the Body of Christ, especially for those who have been steadfast, who have been faithful, immovable and who have been abounding in the work of the Lord. Having said that, I invite you to follow up this discussion through part 2 of "A Voice That Cannot Be Silenced - But Why Does It Hurt So Bad."