A Manifesto of a True Prophet
,Called before birth he enters the world at conception.
He is raised by God though he does not know it.
His life is protected because of a Heavenly plan to make him a Son.
Special angels are his invisible guardians jealous as His Father to preserve his life.
Why am I different is the cry deep in his heart as he often travels from one problem to another.
Relationships are difficult but loyalty is his value of friendship but also a constant sorrow because he fails.
Upon his conversion process he is given great personal Revelation from a God He did not know.
Little did he understand one purpose of the intimacy received was to keep him through the things he will suffer.
The ability to see into people is only enhanced and clarified. He had this before meeting Him.
In the midst of his brothers and sisters, he still feels different.
The path is unwelcome, he is yet to know his call and destiny.
He is unaware there is the Divine Hand shaping and preparing Him to be God’s voice to the church and beyond.
He sees the preacher and knows something is not right. He equates this as himself; ”I must be a rebel.”
The man or woman before understanding the purpose of multiple trials and testing is often troubled.
Very few know how to mentor him.
The religious guess work, pastoring without understanding perplex him. Some even say there must be hidden sin.
A fledgling. A stumbling man. A desperate cry inside.”Does no-one understand?”
He watches others in the wrong and they seem to prosper while his very thoughts are challenged by an unseen force.
He is deeply troubled by his failures. “God could you pick on someone other than me for awhile.”
Slowly and painfully he matures. God comes to him periodically and gives revelation. He lives for these infrequent encounters.
He realizes he somehow is becoming stronger. An inner maturity emerges. A gift, the fruit of trials and tribulation.
In new blessings he says “thanks for not giving up on me.”
He hears the Father say, ”thanks for not quitting.” An incredible bond. A life changing relationship rests his soul.
Good men much wiser than he proclaim, ”you are a Prophet.”
A deeper understanding of the process satisfies him in regard to his difficult walk.
The endurance of suffering has resulted in the Fathers trust.
Being broken over and over under his own struggles and by leaders and others without understanding has brought forth fruit.
Submit and be broken. Submit and be broken. Submit and be broken. Leads to freedom.
The word comes. “Some day I will send you to speak to the things you see as wrong. But not today.”
The prerequisite of all things. Is to be broken by imperfect leaders but love them regardless. Submit and be broken.
God lifts him to the platform before many. Respect is given. He feels he is doing good.
There is a problem that crushes him. When not in front doing the prophetic ministry, he feels alone.
This too is God’s doing.
An invisible impression comes to him saying, what do the people need?
Another crucial transformation is coming.
The prophet still in the making replies. “To hear your Word of course.”
“No” is the confusing answer. “They want to know what some is like who says they talk to me.”
The true prophet is broken by these words. He realizes he has become a religious junky.
He loves the highs but when the crowd and acclamations are gone, loneliness ensues him. The downer from a high.
“I don’t know you very well do I, Lord?”
Ministry stops and a new search is embraced.
Back to square one. “Who are you? I thought I knew you.” He realizes he needs greater transformation. A deeper understanding.
Ministry becomes a distant past. The quest to know Him consumes all desire.
He realizes he has been outside God doing His work and now God wants him inside.
This is the process of growing from a servant to a Son.
He does not count the days to get back to ministry because experiencing eternity with the Father is his passion.
It takes time to feel at home as a Son. Past earthly father issues must be healed and overcome.
All things must be forgiven to receive the all things of God.
A new man emerges. He is a Son! The very angels sing praises to God’s victory in the Prophet.
“Today” the Lord says, “I send you forth as My Son, the Prophet. You will bring My presence. My Word will be embedded in you. You will be my Word.” Those who accept you, accept Me. Those who reject you reject Me.”
Dan..A Son, A brother, A Prophet.
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Dan Chappell was fathered in the prophetic by Robert Ewing of Grace Churches of Texas in the early 80’s and mentored in “The Heart of the Father" by Jack Winters.
He is recognized trans locally for his sensitive and encouraging prophetic and strategic insight. His gifting is not just for the local church, but impacts churches across the continent. Debbie, his wife, stands with him in this demanding role.
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