Last week we looked at how God is declaring new things (Isaiah 43:19). We all need new things to advance so we don’t get stuck or left behind. We are in a new season! However, not everyone will receive the new thing and sometimes think it is wrong or dangerous. Prophetic Pioneers bring people into new things. I recently listened to a free webinar from Dr. Elisa LaShell Harney on prophetic pioneering. Apostle John Eckhart, Sophia Ruffin, and others joined with her talking about and sharing their experience on this subject. I pray you will be blessed and encouraged by the wisdom imparted as I share my notes with you.
Let’s review for a moment what prophecy is (See links at the end of this blog for more on prophecy). Biblical prophecy is the expressed thoughts of God (accessing the heart, mind, and voice of God) spoken in a known tongue to build up people. The Hebrew meaning is to flow forth (to bubble forth like a fountain; to let drop or lift up). The Greek meaning is to speak for another, i.e., God.
Most believers will prophesy through forth-telling (to make public; publish) unless you are in the prophet’s office, including fore-telling (predict the future or future event). A prophet prophesies with more authority than other believers not called to this office, and their prophecies can carry revelation, direction, correction, confirmation, impartation, and activation.
Prophetic pioneers are visionaries. God gives them a revelation for interceding and sharing as the Lord directs. The new will break you into new realms and anointing that keeps moving forward, bringing passion, joy, etc. The pioneer’s anointing is a breaker’s anointing. Jesus is the breaker through the Holy Spirit. Jesus has the master key and is the Master of the breakthrough. Jesus lives in us, and we release the breakthrough in the name of Jesus!
“The one who breaks open will come up before them; they will break out, pass through the gate, and go out by it; Their king will pass before them, with the LORD at their head.” Micah 2:13
God is the God of the breakthrough, Jehovah Perazim (2 Samuel 5:17 – 25). The Word of the Lord is like a hammer. It is the Holy Spirit that brings revelation and wisdom on how to apply it to our lives.
“Is not My Word like a fire?” Says the LORD, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” Jeremiah 23:29
Pioneers break up fallow ground and connect with prophetic praise and worship, i.e., new songs, new sound, new dance, etc. There is power in thanksgiving and praise breakthroughs!
Prophetic pioneers can’t be afraid to be different because they may be rejected or persecuted for the new things the Lord asks them to do and speak. They will be rejected and persecuted. That’s a given! But don’t take the attacks personally. It is more significant than you! There will be warfare, changes in relationships, pain, tears, etc. They need to have a certain toughness and perseverance, stand their ground, and learn to overcome; to become a breakthrough person! God may have already given you dreams and ideas, but you are afraid to step out. There are grace and anointing for what God has given you to do. The blessing of pioneering outweighs the pain of pioneering. It is God who defends, supports, and fights for them. Pioneers, Bless the earth!
Years ago, when I was considering the career path I would take in college for my life’s work, I chose to go into nursing for two reasons. The first one was because I didn’t believe I could go to law school, being a woman. After all, it was a pioneering thing to do back then. And I said, “I’m not a pioneer.” So I became a Registered Nurse because I like to help people, and I did well in science. But throughout my life, I have experienced a pull to the field of law. I have had teachers say to me that I should be a lawyer. I even went to law school briefly while working full time but couldn’t manage both.
I am retired now after 38 years in nursing, and it may be that I missed God’s original assignment for me in the field of law. However, I believe the Lord meets us where we are and still uses the decisions and choices we make to fulfill our purpose and destiny. Remember, He has many ways to get us back on the path to fulfill our destiny. As I matured in my walk with the Lord and walking in the Spirit, I had opportunities to take some traveling assignments as an Intensive Care Unit RN. These assignments took me out of my comfort zone. I learned something new about myself during each assignment, learned to hear His voice, and followed His leading with obedience.
I once turned down an opportunity to teach nursing classes because I didn’t want the responsibility and the extra workload of correcting papers. However, throughout my career, I had opportunities to develop leadership skills and good character traits such as integrity, perseverance, humility, etc. Towards the end of my career, I got laid off from work, and the Lord led me to another opportunity where I would learn leadership skills and teach staff as a nurse in charge.
At first, I didn’t want to be in charge because I had already done that and discovered it was easier just to be responsible for myself. But I realized that the Lord kept bringing this before me, and so I took the position. I’m grateful that He never gives up on us and that He will complete the work He has begun (Philippians 1:6). I believe He has placed a passion for a healing ministry in me that I may not have realized as a lawyer, but He groomed me for this while I was a nurse. Also, I may not be a lawyer, but I can access and operate in the courts of heaven!
Since I have retired, He called me to be a teacher and prophetess to equip and activate believers. Over the years and even recently, I have said things like, “I’m not a pioneer,” “I’m not a writer,” “I’m not creative,” “I’m not a seer,” “I’m not a prophet.” Each time the Lord had to show me that these words were not valid, I had to align with His purpose and destiny for my life. He made me in His image, and what I was saying I was not is who He created me to be.
You may have made some wrong, flawed, or your own choices in life and believe that you have blown it. God is a Redeemer and restorer and He can accelerate you to the place of your destiny as you ask for forgiveness, surrender, and submit to His will. It is as simple as a prayer away. “Lord, forgive me. Your will be done.”
I like what Shawn Boltz recently posted on Instagram (@shawnbolz). He said, “Declare this with me: I declare a total restoration for all the years that feel like they were not fruitful or when I made bad choices. As I turn to You, my Provider, I ask You to restore my life and time as if I had never wasted it.”
What we go through is not in vain. God uses everything that we go through during our lives and works them out for our good (Romans 8:28). He uses these things for His glory and helps us grow to become mature believers to rule and reign with Him and advance His kingdom here on the earth. We must spend time with the Holy Spirit, who has the insight, information and knows what has already been ordained before the world’s foundation before we were born concerning our future and destiny.
God stretches us to reveal the power of His might in us. We must have a new wineskin to carry new wine. He gives us grace and faith for what He calls us to because He shows us bigger things than us and the impossible because it is Him. Don’t sell yourself short. Invest in yourself by trusting in and depending on Him (Proverbs 3:5-6; John 15:5). We must allow Him to navigate us into success. He wants to show Himself strong on our behalf. But we must let Him be God in our lives. Repent for the declarations of defiance when you have said you are not what He has declared you to be. I know I needed to repent. Speak what God has declared over you and align with the favor, wealth, etc., of the Lord.
New prophetic pioneers are arising during this time. Don’t be afraid to speak out what God tells you to say. He will never leave nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5). When God promises us this, He means it (Numbers 23:19)! We are unique, born to make a difference, and for such a time as this, the set time. We have a prophetic anointing with God’s wisdom, solutions, and answers that humanity needs. We must walk in humility, Godly wisdom, exercise power, authority, and the gifts He has given to us!
For by You I can run against a troop, by my God, I can leap over a wall. Psalm 18:29
Blessed be the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle. Psalm 144:1
The Lord says I impart to you wisdom, grace, might, and the breaker anointing. I have not given you a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. New things shall be your portion.
All Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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