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The Character of a TRUE Prophet

With so many false prophets among us, what does a TRUE prophet look like? This Bible study guides the believer through the characteristics exhibited by one truly called as a mouthpiece for God.

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The Character of a TRUE Prophet

  1. 1. School of the Prophets
  2. 2. Hebrew nabi  “to bubble forth, as from a fountain; to utter”  proclaims a message received from God Hebrew ro’eh, hozeh  “a seer”  shares and interprets divine visions and insight Literally, one who speaks for another, especially, one who speaks for God and interprets His will to man; One who prophesies, or foretells events; a predictor; a foreteller; One inspired or instructed by God to speak in His name; One who utters a communication in speaking the heart and mind of God; A person who speaks by divine inspiration or as the interpreter through whom the will of a God is expressed; A "watchman" or "seer"; One who proclaims the divine will and counsel of God; A "mouthpiece" and "spokesman" for God; One able to hear the voice of God and bring His words to the world.
  3. 3. Character  the inherent complex of attributes that determines a person’s moral and ethical actions and reactions Personality  the complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual
  4. 4. Regardless of personality, a witch is still a witch! Good Personality Bad Personality
  5. 5. Personality is perceived; Character is discerned Character and personality are independent of one another Character influences personality God changes our character, and uses us DESPITE our personalities
  6. 6. How would you describe your own PERSONALITY? ▪ Shy, quiet, introverted ▪ Animated ▪ Organized and careful ▪ Adventurous ▪ Talkative What are your CHARACTER traits? ▪ Honest ▪ Trustworthy ▪ Nurturing ▪ Abusive ▪ Deceiving ▪ Loyal THOUGHTS TO PONDER: Does your personality correctly represent your character? Why or why not? The way others perceive you is judged by harmony, or the lack thereof, between the two.
  7. 7. How do others “perceive” you?
  8. 8. Impression is another person’s perception of your character, based on what you SHOW them  Personality  Appearance  Actions/Reactions  Communication  Moods
  9. 9. Should a prophet care about image and impression? Should a prophet consider what others think about him or her? Consider this… ▪ A first impression is formed within the initial 3-5 seconds ▪ The first impression is always the strongest ▪ 60% of language is non-verbal; First impressions are largely influenced by visual information (appearance, actions, attitude, etc.)
  10. 10. WHO DO YOU WORK FOR? YOU are the face of your company YOU are the voice of your company YOU are the voice of God For many, YOU are the face of God Prophet, what impression are you making?
  11. 11. “In the long run no man can have high visions and lead a low life.” --TC Gordon
  12. 12. All supernatural gifts are spiritually fed The fundamental differences between a prophet and a diviner (witch) are the spiritual source and authority A true prophet speaks ONLY as directed by the SPIRIT OF GOD – You must be sent! ▪ Samuel (1 Samuel 10:6) ▪ God’s Spirit rests in His prophets (Nehemiah 9:30) ▪ Those not sent are condemned (Jeremiah 29:8-10)
  13. 13. A prophet is God’s “instrument” in the earth An instrument only delivers what its master performs The fruit of disobedience is death  The Young Prophet (1 Kings 13)  Korah’s rise against Moses (Numbers 16) REMEMBER: Delivery is just as important as the message!
  14. 14. Can a prophet make a mistake? When a prophecy does not come to pass, is this a sign that the prophet is false? If a prophet speaks outside of the leading of God’s Spirit, will it still come to pass?
  15. 15. RELATIONSHIP is key! Worship and repentance frame the lifestyle of a true prophet “Covered” by God  Jeremiah (Jeremiah 15:19-21)
  16. 16. A prophet must operate in divine TIMING The gift of “wait” Words have seasons  Daniel 12:9  Isaiah 50:4, Luke 1:20 Remember Ezekiel  “Timed” assignment
  17. 17. Can GOD trust you? A prophet must ALWAYS stand for what is right and righteous Jeremiah is the picture of integrity  Jeremiah 28 ▪ Lack of intimidation ▪ Lack of “peer pressure” ▪ Disregard for personal gain ▪ Fear of God
  18. 18. Vanity is the greatest threat to prophetic ministry Power and authority are two different things! Prophets, always remember your source!  Psalm 75:6-7  Proverbs 27:1-2 A true prophet is NEVER self-appointed or self-acclaimed  Elymas (Acts 13)
  19. 19. Why are prophets consistently tempted with pride? In what ways is pride demonstrated through prophets who allow it to enter their spirits?
  20. 20. A prophet is called BY GOD, TO THE PEOPLE A prophet is a SERVANT of God A prophet must have the heart of God, which is a heart for His people  Jeremiah  God loves the people of the word (John 3:16) A true prophet has a heart for evangelism, often demonstrated inside the local church
  21. 21. Opposition follows the sent prophet of God  John 4:44  Jeremiah 12:5-6  Ezekiel  Hosea Called to the rebellious A true prophet knows how to FIGHT unto obedience
  22. 22. Prophets know, understand and respect ORDER and PROTOCOL Prophets are adaptable and malleable, though never compromising the message  1 Corinthians 9:19-21  Adjustment for a purpose The prophetic is PROACTIVE, not REACTIVE
  23. 23. Express only the heart, mind and will of God Personal feelings and opinions must never taint the word of the LORD  Micah 3:5-6  Ezekiel 13:1-3 No respect of persons  1 Samuel 3:11-18
  24. 24. “Expect misunderstanding. Expect persecution. Expect ridicule. Expect mistreatment. Expect suffering. Expect rejection. Then, you won’t be surprised when it comes.” ▪ Chip Brogden - Letter to a Reluctant Prophet Fear of man is not acceptable  Matthew 10:28 God protects the prophet  Psalm 105:12-15
  25. 25. A prophet is more often misunderstood than not “A prophet always stands in danger of being thought insane. He does not see what other men see. He has the strangest kind of intuitive grasp of things. It seems as if fresh from heaven he is astounded by the carnality of men. He gasps and cannot stand, wondering that no one cries out.” ▪ Art Katz - The Heart of a Prophet
  26. 26. A prophet must be continuously PROVEN The prophetic ministry is constantly tried and tested A prophet is not offended by questions of clarification Signs and wonders follow the ministry of the prophet “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen… and don’t try to be a prophet!”
  27. 27. Character is demonstrated through ownership and responsibility
  28. 28. Prayer Suffering Receiving from God Worship Encouragement Foretelling Direction and Guidance Proclaiming Correction and rebuke Warning Watching Challenging the Nation Initiating God’s Plans Healing Appointing and Anointing Advising Rulers Interpretation  Dreams, visions  Signs of the times
  29. 29. Individuals The Church The Nations
  30. 30. A prophet does not turn on and off – that’s the nature of a witch A prophet is 100% dependent on God and has no confidence in the flesh
  31. 31. Ezekiel and the Valley of Dry Bones Ezekiel 37:1-14
  32. 32. ©2012, Joy of the LORD Ministries Prophet Joy Allen, Instructor