by Dr. Ray Self
Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations."
Your life is the result of a purpose in the mind of God that requires your existence.
This course focuses on the prophetic call, but God has called millions of people to many different purposes.
Psa 139:14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.
The call of God is relentless.
There are signs of your call throughout your life.
It is never too late to answer your call.
It is essential to find people who understand and support your call.
If you were outside of your call, you are never entirely fulfilled. There will be an underlying frustration.
God will allow you to operate outside your call, but He will not enable you.
The prophetic call is unique.
We have a command to desire the gift of prophecy, but not everyone is called or ordained as a prophet.
1 Cor 14:1 Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
The call of God will influence your identity. Identity is different from spiritual gifting.
This scripture refers to identity - Eph 4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers.
The call to the office of the prophet comes from Christ Himself.
Gifts are essential, but they are different from a call.
Gifts assist your call and benefit others – 1 Cor 12:7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
Living and moving as a Prophet or prophetically requires a unique lifestyle.
A call is not a gift that comes and goes with the anointing. A call operates 24 hours a day.
A call is not limited to traditional church ministries.
Your capacity to fulfill and live your call is not limited, reduced, or even changed by the opinion of others or by your own previous experience.
When your desire is for something not in God's plan for you, frustration and eventual failure will be the result. God will not enable you to succeed in the wrong purpose.
God will make you intolerant of circumstances to move you to a new place more suitable for your call.
To fulfill your call, humble dependence on the Lord is vital. Pride will slow down and hinder your call.
To fulfill your call, you must understand what the Lord is thinking and be able to hear His voice to find your direction - I Corinthians 2:16 "For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that He should instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."
When God speaks to you about your call, He becomes the source of power for what He has created you to do.