Why Scribal Prophets May Really Feel Inadequate
When the prophets in training had 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 as soon as) that I couldn't do that. He said it was a distraction for this type of ministry. He said I needed to learn to be current for the folks and prophesy from my spirit.
Allow us to just say that as a younger prophet, I didn't like that but I obeyed.
While I realized to comply with the group protocol without offense, I'd stand there… with my arms "literally burning" beside me, longing to write what I was hearing. My palms could be flushed. The only thing I knew to do was open and shut my fists or hold my hands firmly across my waist until the evening ended. Generally, I might be so overwhelmed by this must write that once we were launched from our assignment, I would race to my seat, seize my pen and paper… and frantically write down what I used to be hearing.
Nobody else was doing this…. and I mean NO ONE. Being so younger in the Lord, I really felt inadequate, misplaced and awkward. You see, I felt called to write, demonstrate and file while others have been releasing audibly... all of the time. Me, well, I needed to WRITE my prophecy down and READ it from paper – which usually got here poetically, via track or required some bizarre demonstration. I did not need this because I may tell others thought I was showing off... and that WAS NOT IT. In a corporate setting that may be seen as "showboating" when in fact, it is solely how "scribal prophets" hear, reply and/or are commanded to release. The demonstrative prophets of the Bible (those who had fixed manifestations of this) have been NOT showing off! This is solely how they reply to their office.
I appreciate the training I received greatly - particularly 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 immediately because they don't understand "how the reward operates" on a broader level. If not for this training, I might 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 altering conditions. I had to operate IN ORDER as required in certain 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 individuals like to say... and really reply to God and his people out of TRUE LEADING and HONOR. God used my "uniqueness" to train me the way to operate prophetically with and without my pen and journal... and stretched me past the familiar comfort zone.
None of this, nevertheless, modified the fact that I was totally different from the prophets in that training group. My responses to the prophetic were scribal in nature – and your responses will likely be also. Once we acquire AFFIRMATION regarding WHO we're and WHAT THAT LOOKS like – we will not feel inadequate or really feel awkward anymore.
If you had been raised in a church, you will have been used to the congregational operation of prophets so to speak. You may see prophets prophesying to lengthy lines of individuals, 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 concerning what you SEE within the natural. This may be misleading to the scribal prophet. Please know that this just isn't a throw off of any kind… however the "RESPONSES OF A SCRIBAL PROPHET" might be different.
I have always been different. And my story, more than likely, resembles yours.
I've prophesied by way of inspired monologues, poetry, prophetic songs, a series of skits, performs, spontaneous creative responses, direct words, by books, parables, kinetic typography, etc.… and even releasing like you see in congregational settings. When you allow the Lord to have his way, you will study to adapt to all kinds of environments. Nevertheless, true scribal prophets will probably be consistent within the scribal activity in their lives – it won't be an occasional writer's anointing, that's different.
Keep in mind, a scribal prophet is a fully functioning prophet of Christ as we now have come to understand the prophetic mantle within the context of the New Covenant. The only distinction is that their calling is extraordinarily specialized and tailored to "the scribal realm," a place within the spirit the place we're continually dwelling out the items positioned inside us. For instance, musicians live within the "musical realm," always hearing music and sound regardless of the place they are and what they're doing. They see the world by 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" just isn't understood in mainstream ministry and prophetic circles, scribal prophets can really feel awkward, out of place or even query whether or not they're prophets because their response to their office is quite totally different!
The understanding of a scribe, the ministry of the scribe, the prophetic scribe, the scribal prophet, the prophetic writer, etc. have to be defined within its own merit. Proper now, the apostolic-prophetic congregations (which means leaders and pastors) are just awakening to what many of us have been doing for a very lengthy time. I am so EXCITED ABOUT THIS! It means that we'll quickly see leaders recognizing the necessity for "specialised training" in scribal ministry.