To the true Prophetic Reformers who are being raised up in the church for this very hour in history ~
-Many will not understand you, nor will they want to hear your reforming voice...speak anyway.
-Many will reject and even revile you for the words you say...speak anyway.
-Many will mock you and say you are always looking at the bad, or always speaking about the things that need to change...speak anyway.
-Many will attempt to silence your voice, and tell you that you can't possibly be hearing from God, because it isn't what they want to hear...speak what you hear anyway!
-Many will not like the plumb-line that will be dropped with your words...speak them anyway!
-Many will tell you that unless you have something nice to say, don't say anything at all. I tell you that if you know for certain that you are hearing from the Lord...speak it!
They may not like your words when you speak them, but just as with the Prophets of old, there came a time when they realized that what the Prophet had spoken was true...even if it wasn't what they wanted to hear. Out of His love and mercy, the Lord was giving the people a chance to save themselves a lot of heartache and anguish, if they would only listen to the voice of the Prophet. It is no different now. Not all Prophets are called to be Prophetic Reformers, but to those who are called to be that in this hour, trust me when I tell you, your only allegiance is to obey His voice. You cannot compromise, you cannot water-down, you cannot dilute what the Lord is saying, nor can you diminish the urgency and fervor in which He speaks it to you. Many will not understand why you speak as you do, and many will not listen...but there will be those that do! It may only be a few at first, but there will be some that will listen. It is all about them.
Let me be clear, that I am not talking about giving hard or rebuking prophetic words to specific people, as mostly words of correction or reform will be to groups of people, regions, and many times to the body of Christ as a whole.
Several years ago, I asked the Lord why some Prophets are sent to give a message or warning when He knows the people will not heed the words. He said, "Because they must be given the choice...they must be given the opportunity. What they do with it is their responsibility. To deliver it, is yours." I didn't like that answer. I said, "Lord, I don't like that I have to be sent, even though you know most will reject...can't I be sent with a nice word?" His response stunned me - "No, I have not called you to that, I have called you to bring the change that is needed. They have not rejected you, they have rejected Me, they have not rejected your words, they have rejected mine. Don't fear the rejection of man, for I was rejected also, as were many of My Prophets. You are fellowshipping with My suffering."
Whoa...the fellowship of His suffering?! I had never thought of it like that, and you might not have either. Remember that, the next time you are rejected or reviled for speaking His words. Remember that, when you are standing for righteousness and holiness, amongst others who are standing in compromise and complacency. Many of the Lord's Prophets were killed for speaking His words. You may experience the fellowship of His suffering, BUT you will also experience the Power of His resurrection! You will be rewarded for your faithfulness to speak His word, at all cost.
I can't tell you the times I have found comfort in this passage from the Prophet Jeremiah. To know that I was not alone, and that many have felt as I have; to know that there have been other "weeping prophets", who weeped at what they had to say, but were "compelled" to say it anyway...gave me great comfort.
"O Lord, You persuaded me, and I was persuaded; You are stronger than I, and have prevailed. I am in derision daily; Everyone mocks me. For when I spoke, I cried out; I shouted, “Violence and plunder!” Because the word of the Lord was made to me A reproach and a derision daily. Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire, shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not." ~Jeremiah 20:7-9 🔥
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