When Father Waits

waitingWe often talk about how we’re waiting on God, but how often do you think about God waiting for you?

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.

For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. – Isaiah 30:18 (ESV)

As a prophetic intercessor, I have many opportunities to witness firsthand Father waiting for His children to:

  • Receive His healing in their lives
  • Be freed from the spiritual oppression that has a stranglehold on their life
  • Accept His plan, obey His leading and follow His calling upon their life
  • Walk in the newness of life as they walk away from patterns of dysfunction, death, and decay in how they once lived (Romans 6:16-18)

 Is God waiting for you?

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Intercessors: Why Intercede? [Poem]

Angela Interceding in IndiaEarly on in my ministry as a prophetic intercessor, I wanted to put the calling God had given me on the shelf. If you’ve ever asked the same question of your calling as His intercessor, I pray this dialogue between Father and myself encourages you.

Why Intercede?
Originally written January 2008 

Sleepless nights, weird interactions, people leaning on you when they’re weak
Being weighed down by emotions that belong to the one you’re called to intercede for
Being drawn into situations that aren’t yours
Being praised when things go well and blamed when they don’t

Why Intercede?

Recipients who are thankful and warm
Then distant and cold
It seems like a personal invitation to being ill-treated and misunderstood

Why Intercede?

People want one-sided prayer
People want someone who will listen and say a verse or two
That reminds them God is around and aware
But are easily scared by
Specific direction, prophetic words, and explanation of future happenings in their lives

Why Intercede?

“HOW CAN YOU KNOW?” they scream

The messages God gives me to share
Are often unwanted things that recipients find suspect and want me to explain

Why intercede Father?

One day, My dearly beloved, you will see all the ways
I worked through you as you obeyed and interceded and spoke My messages
To brothers and sisters who were trapped, hurt, alone, sad and afraid

You keep strengthening, encouraging, and comforting them with My words of truth (1 Cor 14:3)

And when they call it “sweet-smelling crap”
Remember you’re the messenger and I AM the Message Giver

You’re responsible for sharing; I AM in charge of bringing about
And doing what I said I would do (Is 46:9-11)

I’ve got your back, My dearly beloved
You won’t be disgraced or put to shame (Is 50:7) even when they say to you
“This is 99% through and what you told me didn’t come true.”

Give My gifts and translate My truth to My daughters and sons
You’re perfectly who I made you to be and I enable you to do what I’ve called you to do

In eternity you will see how I honored your sacrifice and your willingness to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor 5:7)
And that’s why you intercede My dearly Beloved

For More:
Prophecy Isn’t a Formula
When Father Speaks  (see “Receiving and Testing a Word of Prophecy” section)
Obey or Disobey 

 

Prophecy Isn’t a Formula

a sure pathThis day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. – Dt 30:19-20

Many of us would like to think that prophetic words (1 Cor 14:3) — spoken to us by God through listening prayer or through other believers and then confirmed to our spirits by the Holy Spirit (1 Thess 5:19-21) — are like this sure path.

In the hundreds of prophetic words and messages Father has had me deliver to His children over the course of my ministry, I have seen this principle play out again and again.

God is always looking for someone to satisfy His desires. God does not give prophecies to people just so they will feel good. He wants something to happen. He has a specific purpose that He wants to have fulfilled.

But His purposes can be thwarted. Prophecy is conditional. People can mess it up. They can drop the ball. They can delay or derail an important part of God’s plan for their lives and for others. – Mickey Robinson, Adventures in the Prophetic

God is sovereign and He has given us free will. As Job affirms, ultimately no plan or purpose of His can be thwarted.

Then Job replied to the Lord:
“I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. You asked,‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. – Job 42:1-3

Throughout the Old Testament, you read God giving His children If/Then outcomes based on their obedience or disobedience to the prophetic promises He sets forth for their lives.

See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse — the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known. – Dt 11:26-28

The same is true today, we will receive blessing if we obey and are receptive to Father’s directives and prophetic promises over our lives. If we disobey and reject Father’s directives and prophetic promises over our lives, we will miss out in some life-impacting way.

Notice the phrase “miss out” instead of “curse.”

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” – Galatians 3:13

Missed opportunities, forfeiting gifts God has set forth for us, squandering callings He has equipped us to boldly live out, and not experiencing the full measure of His blessing over our lives are all realities of our disobedience and unbelief on this side of heaven.

No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him. – Revelation 22:3

Until heaven, we need to be very careful to live not as unwise but as wise (Eph 5:15).

daily choiceProphetic words (1 Cor 14:3) — spoken to us by God through listening prayer or through other believers and then confirmed to our spirits by the Holy Spirit (1 Thess 5:19-21) — are much like this picture depicting two paths or outcomes.

Our response to prophetic words are a part of our dynamic, living relationship with Jesus regardless of our spiritual background or church denomination.

For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. – Revelation 19:10

What are you doing with the prophetic words that have spoken over your life and confirmed by the Holy Spirit?

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Find Your Biblical Example

shepherd for the Shepherd

Father took away what I loved the most, what I did the best — teaching children; and gave me a gift I didn’t ask for that I am to use primarily to minister to His grown-up kids, as one of His prophetic intercessors (1 Cor 14:3).

Since I was young there is one thing I wanted to do in life: teach children. Adults were fine in my book as long as I didn’t need to spend a lot of time interacting with them.

Over and over in a span of many years, in various places and roles, many people have affirmed my gift for teaching and interacting with children. Teaching children is my sweet spot and my love in life. And yet, Father called me away from doing it in a full-time capacity.

Has Father called you away from something you loved and were good at and given you a different calling?

As you live out that calling Father has given you, it is imperative to find who your biblical example is:

  • Who do you identify with in the Bible?
  • Who has Father drawn you to in the reading of His Word?
  • How can you learn from their pitfalls, weaknesses, and victories?

I identify with Amos. Amos was a shepherd who God called to be a prophet.

Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ – Amos 7:14-15

Amos knew how to shepherd sheep and care for trees. Yet, God called him to be a prophet.

Over the 14 years since I graduated with a teaching degree, Father has again and again asked me through circumstances, situations, closed doors, and choices, “What will you choose?” As the years have gone on, my heart more and more quickly responds, often with weeping or tear-filled eyes, “I choose You Father, I choose You.”

In redefining our life and calling, Father’s ultimate goal is to bring us to that very point of surrender — that above everything else, we choose Him without any qualifications.

I was blessed to have a pastoral friend and mentor journey with me through my struggle to embrace and live out the calling Father has given me. One day he challenged me with a truth I continue to be challenged by, “Life is a series of surrenders for those who seek to serve the King.”

After much discussion, prayer, and reflection, I wrote the following declaration:

I am content and blessed in just accepting who I am and what Father has given me to do. They are His messages and His children and if my part involves being on the fringes and praying on the periphery and through the night and being looked at a little funny and only partially understood — there is no greater honor and no greater privilege.

I pray that even with the continued pains of loss and the streams of tears that come with “the series of surrenders that are required of those who seek to serve the King” that my heart will always answer each role, each task, each sacrifice with . . .

Father I accept my portion and my cup (Ps 16:5).
There is no greater honor. There is no greater privilege.

  1. What is your story?
  2. Where are you in your journey?
  3. Have you accepted the portion and cup Father has given to you?
  4. Who is your biblical example?
  5. Has your heart come to that point of surrender where you can wholeheartedly say, “I choose you Father, I choose You.”

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Living a Life Worthy of Your Calling

the ultimate question

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. – Ephesians 4:1

It was He who gave

  • some to be apostles
  • some to be prophets
  • some to be evangelists
  • and some to be pastors and teachers

to prepare God’s people for works of service,
so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. – Eph 4:11-13

When it’s all said and done, when you kneel before His throne of grace and behold Jesus’ face, what will your answer be to the ultimate question for believers?

Did you live a life worthy of the calling that you received?

Paul thought it vitally important to remind Timothy to:

. . .fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:6-7

Has Father given you a calling as one of His apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, or teachers?

If so, think back to the when, where, how of your beginning.

Then ask yourself where are you now?

Below is part of my story of my beginnings as one of Father’s prophetic intercessors (1 Cor 14:3):

I was standing in the lobby of the church I worked at as a Children’s Ministry Associate on the Sunday after Easter. A mission leader in Asia who knew me as a participant from a mission trip earlier that year, was talking with me.

During that trip Father had given me the directive to intercede over the ministry this mission leader led and over his country. In the months since that trip, both our ministry stateside and their ministry had witnessed great fruit as a direct result of the spiritual strongholds that were broken through intercession before, during, and after that trip.

This man of great wisdom, humility, and maturity, intently looked at me and quietly spoke prophetic words which forever altered my life and ministry:

“God has given you a gift. Tell us when God speaks to you about us.”

From that point forward, I have lived with a vivid daily choice to use or to hide away from a gift that is often misunderstood and guarded against by the body of Christ.

Living a life worthy of the calling you have received is an intentional daily choice.

If you have never put into writing the calling Father has given to you and the fulcrum of it, I encourage you to do so and to review it regularly.

Will Davis Jr., pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship posts his ministry calling on his blog on the anniversary of his call to ministry. As he explains, “I republish it every January 19, if for no other reason than to refresh my sense of calling and passion.”

Are you living a life worthy of the calling you have received?

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