One morning after Intercessory prayer, the prayer director said he had told our pastor, that I operated heavily in the gift of knowledge, (I Corinthians chapter 12). A word of knowledge, is not psychic ability. It is the Spirit of the Lord revealing something you have no other way of knowing.
As I saw that I perceived situations with 100% accuracy, I desired wise counsel. I called the church office and asked if I could talk to the pastor regarding the prophetic flow in my life. I was told to type a letter.
I did but there was no response.
Three months later I call the elder who told me I operated heavily in the gift of knowledge. When I shared some things with him, he asked why God would show me such things. Disappointed, I call the office again, This time I am sent to a meeting with the elders council.
One elder tells me that my pulpit was the newspaper I wrote for. I was not looking for a pulpit, just understanding of this gift. Another elder told me I was a writer and to stay in my corner. God does not put us in corners. Writing has nothing to do with any other call of God on my life. A third elder tells me the pastor will get back with me, but he ignores me again.
An entire year after I first sought my pastor’s help, I was in a noon day prayers service. The pastor said he was not going to tell anyone what he bought at CVS, I reply, “chap stick”. He smiles and says, “Cheryl, you might be a prophetess or something“.
Might be or something was not an official acknowledgement, but a few years later, God made things clear. A church elder said that we in the congregation needed to give money to buy the pastor a new house.
I tell my husband that if indeed I am a Prophetess of the Lord, the pastor is not getting a new house, something bad is going to happen to him. I add that because this woman lied on God it might open a door for the cancer she had been healed of, to return.
Three weeks later the young pastor dropped dead after a church service. And the elder who said God wanted us to buy him a new home, died of cancer a few years after.
Deuteronomy 18:22 says that when someone prophesies and their word does not come to pass, then they have not heard from the Lord. It really is that simple. Licensing an individual, giving them an ordination service and labeling them a prophet does not make them one. Likewise, ignoring a true prophetic gift does not make it go away.
If you are a believer in Christ, and filled with His spirit, and you find that things you see and say are coming to pass with accuracy, please consider: If you are not consorting with mediums, fortune tellers, tarot cards or Ouija boards, perhaps, you might be a prophet/prophetess, or something.
If like me, you cannot get the desired help from your church leaders, just wait on the Lord. He will make the gift absolutely clear to you. If you are calling on Jesus, you are a witch, a warlock or in cahoots with the devil.
The bible indicates there are modern day prophets. Long after Jesus was resurrected, Agabus prophesied in Acts chapters 11 and 21. He saw a famine, and told Paul he would be in trouble if he went to Jerusalem. Both came to pass. Know your gift, by knowing your God.