The Trap of Isolation In The Ministry Of A NT Prophet
Dr. Don Lynch
The New Testament prophet suffers no diminished availability to revelation; to the contrary, Holy Spirit within brings the prophet to new efficiency.
However, the New Testament prophet does enjoy a new position of function that includes interaction with other prophets and prophesying apostles (apostles prophesy from the apostolic).
The isolated prophet is more vulnerable now than in other eras of history simply because of the leadership dynamics and kingdom strategies of Jesus. While this is true of any and every kingdom leader, it is particularly true of prophets because of the strategy of Jesus for revelation communications to be judged by other participating prophets and leaders.
To bring a New Testament prophet into a place of diminished function, the adversary will work upon his or her mind to introduce ideas and then convince the prophet that he or she fought them. In this tendency to hear spiritual things will come into play, and the tendency to assume that, as a prophet, “I hear God” will become an opportunity to convince them that everything they think is a revelation.
In other words, the isolation of the prophet makes the prophet more vulnerable where the interaction of the prophet makes the prophet more functional.
1. The prophet in isolation will hear what other prophets hear but assume they are the only one hearing this revelation. Most of the time the prophet is hearing what the Spirit is saying without a position from which to communicate the revelation. God is keeping them informed.
In a prophetic company, the fact that Holy Spirit is revealing things to all or many brings needed perspective to the prophet’s revelatory capacities, balancing them from any dangerous sense of “I am the one.”
2. The most powerful function of the prophet always comes through submission. The word is submitted as and where the prophet is submitted. With this submission comes the greatest connection point for receiving and releasing revelation. Without it, the prophet becomes a dead end of accumulation, often reaching the wrong conclusions or jumping to conclusions about their personal importance or role in the kingdom.
Having been involved in training and operating with prophets internationally, I am convinced this is one of the top three danger zones of prophetic dysfunction and frustration: isolation. Being involved in an initiative to mature the prophetic, I am convinced that this is the key to bring the entire movement to a higher level of function.
Dr. Don Lynch