For those who have been waiting a seemingly long time to possess your prophetic destiny, here are six characteristics of someone who didn’t leave the earth before obtaining what was promised. By following the steps of Joshua and Caleb, we can see fulfillment of the Word of God even if we have to wait till we are 80 years old.
- “They searched out the land” Numbers 13:2. We must be able to see the good things in our future before we can obtain them. A great man of God once said, “If you can see the invisible, you can do the impossible.” As we meditate on the Word of God and pray in the spirit, we are “searching out the land” of our lives to see what lies in store for us in God’s plan. Holy Spirit in us enables us to see future events before they happen.
- “Rulers among them” Numbers 13:2. These men had the quality of faithfulness, they were mature and responsible men who had proven character before the Lord. Those who are entrusted with great responsibility have been trustworthy with smaller responsibilities in the Kingdom of God. Before becoming elders in the Body of Christ, we must first use the office of a deacon well, learning how to become servants.
- “A spirit of faith” Numbers 13:30. Faith is in two places according to Romans 10:8-10, “in the heart and in the mouth.” Paul said that Christians have this same spirit of faith in 2 Corinthians 4:13, “speaking with the mouth what we believe in the heart.” Caleb said what he believed, “Let us go up at once for we are well able to possess it.” You can’t speak one thing and possess another as Jesus said, “He shall have whatsoever he saith.” Mark 11:23 KJV
- “Not easily influenced by others” Numbers 13:31-32. Staying free from contamination of evil reports is necessary to stay in faith and possess the promises of God. When a majority is saying “it’s not possible”, pointing out all the obstacles that must be overcome, the spirit of faith will overcome and remain unmoved for as long as it takes. Paul said, “for We walk by faith and not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV
- “Faith and Patience” Numbers 14:37-38. The Word says that Joshua and Caleb “lived still” after all the “doubters who spoke an evil report before the Lord” had died. Paul said those who have the “diligence of faith and patience” will possess the promises, Hebrews 6:11-12. Patience is the ability to stay in faith as long as it takes.
- “Knew when to move” Joshua 14:12. “Now therefore, give me this mountain.” The time comes when the Lord is ready to manifest His glory in the fulfillment of His promises, we must stay ready in faith so that we are able to move with Him.
The Lord has put these wonderful examples of faith in His Word, the Word of Faith, so that we may follow in the steps of faith and live out God’s plan to the fullest; only leaving this life when His full will has been accomplished. As Paul said, “I am now ready to be offered up” 2 Timothy 4:6. He knew he had seen the fulfillment of what had been spoken to him by the Spirit of God.
Dr. John Polis
Apostles and Prophets must work together to establish the Church and prepare it for the mission of establishing God’s Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven. I once heard that “apostles will take you deep in the Word” and “prophets will take you high in the Spirit.” According to Jesus, we need both the Word and Spirit to be complete in Christ (John 4:24), so these two gifts must work in tandem for the success of God’s work. When prophets are being trained for release, there are eight characteristics that should be evident in their lives.
- Understanding timing. Jesus operated as Prophet and was keenly aware of God’s timing in His life. John 13:1 ESV states, “Now before the feast of Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.” Prophetic people can wait on God to move before they move, a very key element of a prophetic lifestyle.
- Understand that revelation is progressive. Hebrews 6:1 KJV, “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God…” Prophetic people will build the Word of God into their lives “line upon line and precept upon precept” (Isaiah 28:10 KJV) because they are aware that God operates in a systematic way, and they are not jumping ahead of where the Spirit is trying to instruct them at the time.
- Understand Divine restraint. Paul told the Corinthians that the “spirit of the prophets was subject to the prophets” (1 Corinthians14:32 KJV). Prophetic people will learn to restrain the urge to manifest their gift until it can be done, “decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40 KJV).
- Stay on fire for God. Jeremiah said the the Word of God was like a fire shut up in his bones. (Jeremiah 20:9 NKJV). Staying on fire is a matter of keeping the Word of God alive in our hearts. Prophetic people don’t just live by the anointing upon them but by the revelation within them.
- High regard for the written Word of God. “Knowing this FIRST, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:19-20 KJV). Prophetic people learn to live by the written Word of God, not exclusively by the prophetic utterances that come forth because they may change, being conditional upon man’s cooperation, but the written Word of God never changes.
- Spontaneous and flexible. Jesus said, “The wind bloweth where it listeth…” (John 3:8 KJV) meaning God changes directions in our lives at times without prior warning. We have to learn to be flexible as prophetic people and make adjustments to our course when it is unexpected. Some people who had a prophetic word have become stagnated because God changed plans and they were unwilling to let go of what was no longer God’s will.
- Sharp and discerning. The Word of God is a “discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 KJV). The more of God’s Word is abiding in your heart, the more prophetic you will become, and all the more discerning. Prophetic people are able to make righteous judgments in situations due to the clarity of their discerning. Jesus didn’t entrust himself to certain individuals, “because he knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man, for he knew what was in man” (John 2:24-25 KJV).
- Praisers. “..and it shall come to pass, when thou art come hither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets, coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tablet, and a pipe, and a harp, before them, and they shall prophesy” (1 Samuel 10:5 KJV). Prophetic people have learned to break into high places of Spirit through praising God and have made a lifestyle of praising God. Prophetic people can maintain the atmosphere of open heavens due to the high praises of God.
When training people to live in a prophetic anointing, these eight characteristics should be encouraged by leadership.