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Why Scribal Prophets May Feel Inadequate

Why Scribal Prophets May Feel Inadequate

I felt like an oddball. (And sure, I'm speaking of what was occurring emotionally in my heart. It was real. I had not crossed into the spiritual reality, security or maturity of it at the time.)

When the prophets in training were called before the congregation to serve in the presbytery, I always wanted to carry my notebook and a pen with me. I bear in mind the minister telling me (more than once) that I could not do that. He said it was a distraction for this type of ministry. He said I needed to learn how to be current for the folks and prophesy from my spirit.

Allow us to just say that as a young prophet, I didn't like that but I obeyed.

While I learned to observe the group protocol without offense, I might stand there… with my hands "literally burning" beside me, longing to write what I used to be hearing. My palms could be flushed. The only thing I knew to do was open and shut my fists or hold my arms firmly across my waist till the evening ended. Sometimes, I would be so overwhelmed by this have to write that when we have been launched from our assignment, I would race to my seat, grab my pen and paper… and frantically write down what I used to be hearing.

No one else was doing this…. and I mean NO ONE. Being so young within the Lord, I really felt inadequate, out of place and awkward. You see, I felt called to write, demonstrate and report while others have been releasing audibly... all of the time. Me, well, I wanted to WRITE my prophecy down and READ it from paper – which usually came poetically, by means of music or required some bizarre demonstration. I didn't want this because I might tell others thought I used to be showing off... and that WAS NOT IT. In a corporate setting that may be seen as "showboating" when in truth, it is just how "scribal prophets" hear, respond and/or are commanded to release. The demonstrative prophets of the Bible (those who had fixed manifestations of this) had been NOT showing off! This is just how they respond to their office.

I appreciate the training I acquired enormously - particularly the correction. Were it not for those lessons, I'll have by no means come up from the pen and notebook. I'd have regulated my life to that of a scribal recluse -- like so many scribal prophets do immediately because they do not understand "how the present operates" on a broader level. If not for this training, I would have insisted on my own way instead of learning to walk with a corporate group as well as within one's own scribal metron. I discovered invaluable lessons about prophetic versatility and being open to moving out of your comfort zones or inward unctions. I had to lose that phrase, "This is how God uses me," and embrace the altering conditions. I had to operate IN ORDER as required in sure teams; or within the order of the service within others.

Your Uniqueness

We would not wish to change, however Christ in us is well able to adapt to perform his purposes. I had to discern between this crazy "leading" as people like to say... and really reply to God and his people out of TRUE LEADING and HONOR. God used my "uniqueness" to train me find out how to operate prophetically with and without my pen and journal... and stretched me past the acquainted comfort zone.

None of this, nonetheless, modified the fact that I used to be completely different from the prophets in that training group. My responses to the prophetic had been scribal in nature – and your responses shall be also. Once we acquire AFFIRMATION regarding WHO we are and WHAT THAT LOOKS like – we will not really feel inadequate or feel awkward anymore.

If you had been raised in a church, you might have been used to the congregational operation of prophets so to speak. You might even see prophets prophesying to long lines of individuals, prophets being really spiritual in their delivery, prophets being vocal about just about everything, prophets speaking in scripture, prophets speaking in tongues before they prophesy, prophets releasing words loudly, prophets prophesying in Old Covenant contexts, etc. The list goes on and on and on regarding what you SEE in the natural. This could be misleading to the scribal prophet. Please know that this will not be a throw off of any kind… however the "RESPONSES OF A SCRIBAL PROPHET" will likely be different.

I have always been different. And my story, more than likely, resembles yours.

I have prophesied through inspired monologues, poetry, prophetic songs, a collection of skits, performs, spontaneous artistic responses, direct words, by way of books, parables, kinetic typography, etc.… and even releasing like you see in congregational settings. When you permit the Lord to have his way, you'll learn to adapt to all kinds of environments. Nevertheless, true scribal prophets will likely be constant in the scribal activity of their lives – it won't be an occasional writer's anointing, that's different.

Bear in mind, a scribal prophet is a completely functioning prophet of Christ as we've come to understand the prophetic mantle within the context of the New Covenant. The only difference is that their calling is extremely specialized and tailored to "the scribal realm," a spot in the spirit where we're continuously residing out the items positioned inside us. For example, musicians live within the "musical realm," always hearing music and sound no matter where they are and what they are doing. They see the world through a healthy, spiritual propensity toward music. People who love dance and movement exist in that realm… and see movement and dance in everything.

Because this dimension of "scribal ministry" shouldn't be understood in mainstream ministry and prophetic circles, scribal prophets can feel awkward, out of place and even query whether or not they are prophets because their response to their office is quite different!

The understanding of a scribe, the ministry of the scribe, the prophetic scribe, the scribal prophet, the prophetic writer, etc. must be defined within its own merit. Right now, the apostolic-prophetic congregations (which means leaders and pastors) are just awakening to what many people have been doing for a very long time. I'm so EXCITED ABOUT THIS! It means that we'll soon see leaders recognizing the necessity for "specialized training" in scribal ministry.