TITLE: The prophetic and the prepared
By David McArdle
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The prophetic and the prepared
“ … Sons of Naphtali … sons of Zebulun … “ [Judges 4.6 NASB]
“There is”, Solomon said, “an appointed time for everything … “ [Ecc. 3.1]. Using this truth as a firm foundation, I feel that today is the time for the restoration and manifestation of the personal and practical prophetic ministry, as exemplified in Deborah and fulfilled in Barak.
In the parable of the sower, the farmer sowed good seed, in mostly unwelcoming ground, but one seed produced really good fruit.
This was similar to the times of the Judges, in which, there were times of great darkness, and in the midst of mental and moral confusion, there were bright lights sprinkled throughout the nation and Deborah was one such luminary.
We often find, as with the disciples, that when we are doing what is normal, then, the Lord comes to where we are with a timely word of exhortation and guidance, which transfers the mundane into the miraculous. Therefore, if you do not know what to do, do what you know you should be doing.
Deborah was fulfilling the role of a judge in Israel, when God’s Spirit quickened her understanding, regarding Barak’s role.
Do you ever wonder, why we desperately need prophetic input and illumination at this time? God has a role for us to fulfil and there are other people, whom He has also prepared, waiting in the wings for the curtain to go up and the light to shine on them.
Deborah, through the much needed Spirit of revelation, knew who was to lead Israel and which two tribes would be providing the support [Judges 4.6]
At one time, I believed and taught that Barak lacked the faith and the courage to respond to God, and that he needed the prophetic exhortation of a woman to kick-start his ministry.
However, as I read other writings, I realised that one translation of the Old Testament suggests that Barak was adequately prepared to go out to battle, it was the time to move out that he was not precisely sure of.
Have you ever felt that God has laid a burden on your heart, but try as you might, you cannot find an avenue for service and yet, His burden, without the quickening release button being pressed, is still there.
Have people criticised, condemned and falsely charged you with being lazy and inactive. And yet, when you tried your best to explain, it was as though you were communicating in a different language.
The language of the Spirit does not make sense, even to some believers. This is why, if we are a Deborah or a Barak, we need desperately a spiritual companion?
It is as though you are in the valley, between two mountains and as you declare what you feel and believe, there is a resonance coming from both mountains, saying, “You can leave this valley, explore new spiritual heights and take many people with you”.
At the end of the day, God’s people won a great spiritual battle. When the prepared and the prophetic came together, there was the igniting spark of power, which would vanquish all their enemies. [David McArdle]
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