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 on the time.)
When the prophets in training have been called before the congregation to serve in the presbytery, I always wanted to hold 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 wanted to discover ways to be current for the folks and prophesy from my spirit.
Allow us to just say that as a younger prophet, I did not like that but I obeyed.
While I realized to follow the group protocol without offense, I’d 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 palms firmly throughout my waist till the evening ended. Typically, I’d be so overwhelmed by this must write that when we had been released from our assignment, I might race to my seat, grab my pen and paper… and frantically write down what I was hearing.
Nobody else was doing this…. and I imply NO ONE. Being so young in the Lord, I really felt inadequate, out of place and awkward. You see, I felt called to write, demonstrate and report while others were releasing audibly… all the time. Me, well, I wished to WRITE my prophecy down and READ it from paper – which usually got here poetically, by way of song 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 can be seen as “showboating” when in truth, it is simply how “scribal prophets” hear, respond and/or are commanded to release. The demonstrative prophets of the Bible (those who had constant manifestations of this) were NOT showing off! This is just how they reply to their office.
I respect the training I obtained tremendously – especially the correction. Were it not for those lessons, I could have by no means come up from the pen and notebook. I might have regulated my life to that of a scribal recluse — like so many scribal prophets do at present because they don’t understand “how the reward 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 realized 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 changing conditions. I had to operate IN ORDER as required in sure teams; or within the order of the service within others.
We would not need to change, however Christ in us is well able to adapt to perform his purposes. I had to discern between this loopy “leading” as people like to say… and really respond to God and his folks out of TRUE LEADING and HONOR. God used my “uniqueness” to train me the best way to operate prophetically with and without my pen and journal… and stretched me past the acquainted comfort zone.
None of this, however, modified the truth that I was totally different from the prophets in that training group. My responses to the prophetic were scribal in nature – and your responses might be also. After we achieve AFFIRMATION concerning WHO we are and WHAT THAT LOOKS like – we is not going to really feel inadequate or feel awkward anymore.
In the event you have been raised in a church, you may have been used to the congregational operation of prophets so to speak. You may even see prophets prophesying to long lines of people, prophets being really spiritual of 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 probably be different.
I’ve always been different. And my story, more than likely, resembles yours.
I have prophesied through inspired monologues, poetry, prophetic songs, a sequence of skits, plays, spontaneous artistic responses, direct words, through books, parables, kinetic typography, etc.… and even releasing like you see in congregational settings. Should you allow the Lord to have his way, you will study to adapt to all kinds of environments. Nevertheless, true scribal prophets will be consistent in the scribal activity of their lives – it won’t be an occasional writer’s anointing, that is different.
Keep in mind, a scribal prophet is a totally 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 extraordinarily specialised and tailored to “the scribal realm,” a spot within the spirit where we’re consistently residing out the presents placed inside us. For example, musicians live in the “musical realm,” always hearing music and sound regardless of where they are and what they are doing. They see the world by means of a healthy, spiritual propensity toward music. Individuals who love dance and movement exist in that realm… and see movement and dance in everything.
Because this dimension of “scribal ministry” will not be understood in mainstream ministry and prophetic circles, scribal prophets can feel awkward, misplaced and even question whether or not or not they’re 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. Proper now, the apostolic-prophetic congregations (meaning leaders and pastors) are just awakening to what many of us have been doing for a really long time. I am so EXCITED ABOUT THIS! It means that we will soon see leaders recognizing the necessity for “specialized training” in scribal ministry.