In 2 Timothy 4, Paul the apostle knowing he would soon depart from this world had a charge in the Spirit for the disciples of Christ. He charged them to endure sound doctrine, to endure the constant preaching of the word, to endure the charge to rebuke and to exhort. He charged them to endure afflictions and to do the work of an evangelist. He charged them to fulfill their ministry. What an insight on the balance of ministry, and endurance was a key to release the power of genuine ministry that would glorify Jesus Christ and establish the kingdom of God.
We know the Bible teaches us (I Corinthians Chapters 12-14) that we are to desire spiritual gifts, to covet earnestly, especially prophecy and to not be ignorant of them, but the more excellent way is love. If we do not have love all else is in vain and works will be burned up. So in our seeking to reach the world we must seek Jesus Christ. We must know our God and His unconditional love relationship before we can ever touch the world as Jesus would. Many are seekers, many are hungry for demonstration, but it cannot come if the cart is before the horse, for you will end up with a prophetic wild fire and a soul-powered religion that gives no life. The church has failed in the area of teaching prophetic purity and balance, which has opened the door for the enemy to do much damage to the body of Christ. Wrong teaching can do great damage to a good heart for God. We, the church have also done much damage to the world with a lot of our evangelistic formulas or programs that lack love and the power of God. The heart of God aches to co-labor with His people for the harvest of the earth.
Prophetic evangelism patterned after Jesus Christ is first becoming a disciple who denies himself, loses his life in this world and follows hard after Christ. Seekers, first seek His person, stay in His fresh revealed word, and then go to the world. Know the scriptures that reveal who Jesus is and you will know the witness of the spirit of truth. Know His loving touch and His voice and then you can give to the world what comes from Him.
Jesus Christ is our best example of a prophetic evangelist. He first of all did only what He saw the Father do (Jo.5:19) which means he lived and walked in intimate communion with the Spirit and the Father. Galatians 5 tells us that if you will live in the Spirit, then you will also walk in the Spirit. Lesson number one, do not expect to go out and be an effective prophetic evangelist who can see and hear what the Spirit is saying and doing if you do not live there every day. You must first enter a sacrificial abandonment to Him that will open the door to his heart and mind and develop a circumcised ear to hear what the Spirit is saying. If Jesus did it, can we get away with less? You say well, Jesus is perfect and we are not. Yes, you are right. Are we talking about being squeaky clean and doing everything perfect all the time? NO! But we are talking about a loving relationship that is constantly after the heart of God and will surrender to the cleansing power of the blood and the work of the cross on a daily basis so that walking in the light of His fellowship is not broken. In Him we live and move and have our very being. (Acts 17:28) If we don't move in Him we might as well not move at all.
Jesus Christ lived and moved in the Spirit of God with full access to all the gifts and anointing of God. He lived in His Fathers love and could move in supernatural power as it flowed from the compassionate heart of God. When He left this world he gave gifts unto men to equip the believers and gave to all believers the Holy Spirit without measure to live in us and with us. However the release of that requires choosing to walk in His love and obedience. We can be prophetic evangelists seeing any of the gifts of the Holy Spirit operate through us as the Spirit gives and wills. We are not the gift; He the Holy Spirit is the gift. Surrendered obedience, reverence and respect for his presence, complete submission to let the Spirit have his way is how we live and walk with a full measure of Christ in us. We can go to the world around us as Jesus did touching lives with the supernatural love and power of God. It is called reverently submitting to co-labor with the Holy Spirit in honor and respect of who He is and what He wants to say or do. It is not commanding the Holy Spirit to go with you and do what you want to do.
Jesus as a prophetic evangelist went from city to city, from place to place, from person to person preaching, teaching and healing all that came to him. You say, we cannot go out there preaching to them. Listen, Jesus went giving them the message of another Kingdom, the good news of the Kingdom of God, not dead religion. He spoke to the distortion of the religious sect of the day. He went teaching them the difference in lifeless man-made forms of religion and the Fathers Kingdom of love that starts in the transformation of a heart. From that revelation of the Kingdom of God the supernatural power of God flowed to build His church and to destroy the works of darkness. It became an encounter of light in the darkness that stripped the veil of unbelief from their eyes and let the love of God shine into their hearts and lost lives. How can we do any less?
Church of Jesus Christ can you hear the Spirit?
"We all with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord are changed in to the same image form glory to glory." 2 Corinthians 3:17
If we can find a life in His presence, beholding His face, then the veil of our unbelief and all our insufficiencies are lost and stripped away by His image. Listen, only then in the revelation of who Jesus is and was, and ever shall be can we, his body, become enough light to go to the world and see the enemies blinding veil of unbelief stripped off their minds long enough for the face of Jesus Christ to shine in their hearts. Hear what the spirit says here:
"Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not, But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid it is hid to them that are lost; in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God should shine unto them."
I ask you, " Are you spending quality time with " the light of the world," to become bright enough light to dissipate the darkness in the minds of those who do not believe?" His word gives entrance to His light. You will need the revelation of who Jesus is and wants to be to shine bright enough to destroy darkness. We are the ambassadors of that light so it is so much more than just practicing and learning how to give a word of personal prophecy to someone, although that is a necessary part of it. It is not just about a gift; it is about a prophetic life that all the gifts and mature measure of Christ can flow through.
Revelation 19: 10 reveals that we are not to worship the earthen vessels who hold the light. We are just fellow servants and brothers that have the testimony of Jesus and who worship God; for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. A prophetic life is one who worships God alone, a servant of God whose life testifies, (witnesses, manifests, reveals, demonstrates) in every way of Jesus Christ our Lord and King.
It is about a life that can touch God, find His heart, find His mind, and let their sight be fused with His, which is vision and then speak it as He wills. When the voice is saturated with the God of the universe there is an encounter and a creative power that goes forth. It is about a life that flows in Jesus' compassion, in Jesus' authority, and in Jesus' intercession for he alone knows the mind of the Spirit.
Let me side track a little for just a brief paragraph. We need not enter this dimension of God to pray and move in intercession against the darkness with any fear. We must have the fear of the Lord and know our God in His perfect love. He has given to us, the believers, the keys of the kingdom of God, which is the key to open the revelations of heaven that will build His church, to bind up all demonic powers of the second heaven, and to destroy the works of the devil. I do not believe he singled that out to a few but to all who would live and move and have their very being in Jesus Christ. When Jesus, or Paul, or Peter, etc, met up with the devil they just dealt with it in the Spirit of God who was revealing their way and leading their lives. It did not fit any formula.
Prophetic evangelism is about a fruitful life through which any of the gifts can be exercised as the Spirit wills. This prophetic evangelistic life is a huge combine for the harvest if both the knowledge and the love are there to access a true revelation of God in the unique form or fashion that will crack open a closed and damaged heart, remove a veil of pride, destroy a desire for lust, see a body healed and see a soul redeemed back to its creator God. Touching people for God is found in people who are touching God. And the methods will always change and always be found in the complete surrender to be a co-worker with the Holy Spirit of God who is above all gods, all-powerful and awesome.