Prophetic Ministry and personal prophecy teaching. By Adam Becker
The Prophetic and personal prophecy.
Elisha, a Great Example of a Prophet
Often we in the body of Christ hear so much about the lives of Old Testament prophets like Moses, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah and the great and mighty Elijah. But more than often we don't here much about the prophet who raised the dead, multiplied food, healed the sick, did many miracles and helped the needy. Elisha was the name of that prophet and he was a type of Christ and one of the best examples of a prophet found in scripture.
Elisha was the successor to the mighty prophet Elijah, Elisha served Elijah as his servant even stooping so low as to wash his hands in humility, he served Elijah for years until Elijah was taken up to heaven; 2 Kings 2:11. Then after Elijah was taken up Elisha took over the ministry of Elijah but with a double anointing.
Even when Elisha was called he was not the son of a prophet or a priest he was an ordinary man working the field, 1 Kings 19:19. But Elisha proved to be anything but an ordinary man, doing more miracles than Elijah even raising the dead two times, 2 Kings 4:34-35, 2 Kings 13:20-21, he was used to raise more people from the dead than anyone else in the Old Testament. If you read about his life in 1st and 2nd Kings you will also see that he was a man of integrity, not accepting financial gain and not giving into greed although he could have, 2 Kings 5:16. He did not charge for prophetic words.
I could write much more about Elisha but what I would like to point out most about his life was that he spent more time helping people in need and less time confronting people, sure he was used minister to Kings and he was also a leader in the school of prophets, he once was used to capture a whole army, he even had a servant but yet he was a humble man who helped the needy and the nameless, he was anything but prideful, his ministry was filled with love and humility even from the beginning with the exception of the one time he cursed some people and they died but I guess that is what grace is all about. Elisha didn't live in a palace and I don't know if you could say that he really had any kind of official ministry with an over booked itinerary and a title, he just helped people everywhere he went and God used him even in the small things. Elisha was a type as we say of Christ and Christ is an even greater example of a prophet and His life is filled with even more love, humility and miracles.
If you haven't really looked at the life of Elisha before please take the time today to examine his life and see just how much of servant and friend to the nameless a prophet should be. There is an old saying that says; "no body cares about how much you know until they know how much you care," moving in the prophetic is like knowing stuff but people really wont want to hear what you have to say until they know that you care about them. Elisha showed people that he cared and he had a great and long ministry. I think that we all can learn more than a few things from his life.
If you are called to the prophetic then studying the lives of Elisha and Christ will be of more benefit to you then studying the other prophets in the Bible so take time today to really study their lives for your self, I am not saying that it is bad to study the other prophets it is actually good to study them but too many people have tried to be like Isaiah, Elijah and Ezekiel and it has really given prophetic ministry a bad name as today’s prophets need to be more like Christ and walk in service and love as Elisha did.
How to Know If You Are a Prophet and What to Expect
I don’t know everything and I could be wrong and I am not the supreme authority on anything, I don’t think that any person really is except God, but this is what I believe.
Being prophetic is different than being a prophet. A prophet is called by God and is an office within the church and the body of Christ. The prophet is a leader and equips, mentors, teaches, comforts, corrects, and such. The prophet prepares Gods people for works of service according to Eph 4:11. A prophet should be divinely called by God in a special way and it should be evident to others. Usually a prophet is prophetic but not always is someone who is prophetic called to be a prophet.
Prophetic is not an office but a gifting and sensitivity to the spiritual realm and flows in the gifts of the spirit. If you are either one then you will most likely have dreams and visions that reveal things that either come true or things that you could not possibly know. You will feel other people’s feelings, you will have a strong and accurate intuition and divine knowing, and you will have a strong connection to the spiritual realm. You will be very sensitive to things such as TV, music, even the weather and oddly enough a full moon. You may see things such as the glory cloud in a worship service or angels. You will be able to read peoples lives and hear the voice of God clearer than most people. I used to have a strange experience such as levitating in my bed right before I would go to sleep at night, I didn’t try and do it and I didn’t know what was going on, it was like my spirit would leave my body and then I would get scared and it would go back in and I would shake as I fell back into my body. I was a Christian and I wasn’t into any weird stuff I was just a little child but it would happen because I was prophetic. You may even hear people having conversations right before you fall a sleep a night it is almost audible, people call it the Hypnogogic sleep stage, but it happens to most prophetic people you may even hear the voice of the Lord audibly in this sleep stage.
That was just some of things that could point to you being prophetic, but most of the things need to happen often or on a regular basis. And other people need to confirm it and you need to be accurate at least most of the time that way you know that you aren’t just delusional.
If you don’t fall into any of that it does not mean that you aren’t prophetic or a prophet but it is likely that you aren’t. I also want to affirm that being a prophet or prophetic is different than the gift of prophecy which is a divine utterance.
Also maybe you have heard it said that being prophetic or a prophet is an inherited trait and runs in family lines. This can be true and can be seen in scripture and the opposite is also seen in scripture but it usually does run in family lines but may skip a generation or two. In my family on the Becker side (my father’s side) I have more than five generations of pastors and some were known to give accurate words of knowledge, being a minister was my family trade. This was actually hidden from me until after I chose to go into ministry then I found this out, it skipped two generations and then landed on me and maybe will continue again. But you can still be prophetic and not have it run in your family, it all depends on God as He is the one to call people. You may want to do some checking into your family genealogy and history as I had no idea that anyone especially on my dads side was in ministry. I thought that they were all unbelievers, so you may be surprised by what you find out.
And just because someone is prophetic or spiritually sensitive it does not mean that they are a Christian, speaking for God, or an authority. People can be very spiritually sensitive and open to the spirit and even flowing in it with signs and wonders but that doesn’t always mean that they are of God, Mark 13:22-23, Matt 7:22-23.
If you are called to the prophetic or to be a prophet don’t expect other Christians to be happy for you and accept you right away. Most of the time you will find many Christians will just say “well I am a prophet too” and even if you give them prophetic words that come to pass and can tell them things that can only be known by revelation from God they usually will forget that you did that and still wont accept you as one especially if they have personally known you for many years as they will have trouble seeing you as anything but who you once were or who your family is, Jesus said; Matt 13:57-58
But Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor."
58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
It will be very hard for you to do ministry in the town or area where you grew up or even in the church that you grew up in. You may be more effective if you move out of the area to one that people don’t know you that well or know your family.
The office of the Prophet
The office of the prophet is much different than just being prophetic if you are called to the office though most likely you will need to be prophetic.
A prophet is called by God and is an office within the church and the body of Christ. The prophet is a leader and equips, mentors, teaches, confirms, corrects, and such. The prophet prepares Gods people for works of service according to Eph 4:11. A prophet should be divinely called by God in a special way and it should be evident to others. Usually a prophet is prophetic but not always is someone who is prophetic called to be a prophet.
The office of the prophet carries with it divine authority, this authority has a purpose and often times that authority goes beyond personal prophetic ministry or having a vision that comes true once in a while. The prophet’s function will affect people on a much wider scale; the prophet’s ministry will be used to affect a whole church, many churches and people or a whole nation. Their spear of influence will be very broad and it won’t be just a part time job, for the call of the prophet is full time and their whole life is intertwined into it.
The prophet is often called and taught by the Holy Spirit. They will most likely go through a time of crushing and alienation. The time of crushing and testing is a time for the prophet to be purged of the things of this world and to die to them selves for a prophet needs to be as pure as possible in order to be effective and used to their full potential. The time of alienation and of being alone helps the prophet to learn to depend on God and God alone. Often while others in the church are meeting with other believers and getting together the person called to be a prophet will not be included and they will have very few Christian friends for a while that they can hang out with or even talk to. But after a while God will start to bring friends and people back into your life as if you were a loner and had no friends who would you minister to or help? How could God open doors for you if nobody wanted to be around you? If you have been a loner for a period of more than ten years then you need to really get into prayer with God and ask God to help you work with and get along with people because more than likely that is why you have been a loner for so long.
A prophet also needs to be a student of the word to study to show they self approved and rightly divide the word of truth as a prophet will often be showed things in the word of God and is to instruct others. I have said this before but I will say it again; I would suggest that anyone called to walk in the office of the prophet to have a solid Bible education or foundation in the Word of God according to 2 Tim 2:15.
It is only God who gives the prophetic gift
I am also convinced (through scripture and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ) that you cannot just lay hands on someone and give them the prophetic mantle or make them a prophet, nor can you train everyone to do it. God has not called everyone to be a prophet or prophetic, we are one body but different parts, now every one can prophecy but prophetic and the prophet are different than prophecy. Only God can give someone the gift or make them a prophet. There are training programs that can train people to do some of this but if students don’t have a true calling then the training will only take them so far. It is like having a vocal gift, I have seen and heard so many people that sing whether in a ministry, career or at church and they have an awful voice and no natural talent but they had some singing lessons and that gets them by. But when someone comes along who has a natural God given singing gift you can sure tell the difference.
And just because someone has a prophetic gift it does not mean that they are a Christian, speaking for God, or an authority.
You must be divinely called to the office of the prophet in order to walk in it, even though many ministries will tell you that everyone can be a prophet it just isn’t true or scriptural;
1 Cor 12:27-31
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But eagerly desire the greater gifts.
My Prophetic Call
I remember years back before I started the website I asked the prophet lady at our church what I was called to be and if I was called to be a prophet or not as I would have accurate visions for people and dreams and she said she couldn't tell me so that night I prayed to God and said God if I am really called to be a prophet people say that you have to have another prophet call you out and anoint you in front of everyone, so if I am truly called I ask that you do that Lord. I also ask for the anointing of Elisha the double portion. I asked that in childlike faith and four days later when I was in church on Sunday morning after the sermon the pastor said he felt in his spirit that the Lord wants to do something big here. So he said whoever can please stay after the service and pray in the spirit with me to see this through. So me and others stayed and while we were praying in the spirit the door of the church opened and this man came in and some people knew him from Idaho and said he was a prophet and my pastor called him up and said do you know what the Lord wants to do here and he said yes I do and he took over and started prophesying over people and last he called me up and said pastor this young man is called to be a prophet, he is called and I am letting everyone here know it. Now receive the mantle that was given to Elisha when Elijah was taken to heaven and he put his flannel coat over me and I went down under the spirit. God did just as I asked I couldn't believe it and he was like Elijah everywhere he went he would correct people about sin and the ways of the Lord. I became friends with him for a little while. He would go into churches and tell the pastor that there not letting the spirit move (which was true) and the pastor would throw him out. He did that all the time was always correcting churches. He said he just felt led to go up to my church at the last minute and no one knew he was coming and the people that knew him didn't like me and they had no time to point me out to him as I watched him from the moment he arrived. It was all totally God. I don't believe I have the anointing of Elisha or I would be doing miracles like parting the river and would be raising the dead. Maybe though the New Testament prophet Elisha don't do Old Testament miracles maybe they just do the prophetic. But God in his love answered my prayer and wanted to do something nice for me and show me that I was called. That's the loving God I met, He was always doing stuff like that for me. To this day I don't know what to make of the whole Elisha mantle thing but I know I am called and I had the man who did it write it down on paper as a testimony of what he did so I can always remember it. God is good. After being anointed and publically called by another prophet I spent time training in my church. I also went through Streams Ministries (John Paul Jacksons Ministry) and took dream and prophetic ministry courses and was on prophetic teams with them. I also went to a well-known Bible college and spent time training as a pastor. Sometime later I felt led to start Elishaserves.com and Elisha Serves Ministries. And that’s why I called the ministry Elisha.
Prophetic Gift, Seeing Pictures, doing prophetic ministry and personal prophecy.
My main gifting is that of a seer I rely heavily on the images I see which can be pictures in when you close your eyes clear your mind and you will see in your minds eye or from your spirit an image. Eventually you can get to a point in which you don’t need to close your eyes you just see the image mixed in with everything else in the natural.
Often the picture or image will just be that- a picture but if you stay focused and watch the pictures they may play like a movie and there are scenes and revelation in the scenes either pertaining to the past, present or future. You often will get pictures that are symbolic so you may need to interpret them using dream interpretation methods and common sense. You also will need to develop discernment about whether or not what you are seeing is pertaining to the past, present or future or how this applies to the person if at all. Sometimes discernment will come from an unction or divine knowing, other times it will come through a word that you will hear in your heart, or it may come from the feelings that you feel from the person or you may need to just say it to the person and they will know what it applies to and tell you. One example of seeing an image of something for someone else is I was on a prophetic team with Streams Ministries and we were ministering to a man who requested ministry and he sat down in front of us and the others on the team were just giving him words like God loves you and has a plan for your life and things like that. But all I kept seeing was a vision of a woman wearing a white gown coming out from him like away from him. I did not know what this meant but felt a very sad and heavy feeling with it so I told the man what I saw. He said his wife is leaving him and broke down in tears. God wanted to minister to him about his wife and the hurt that he has and God showed me that in a vision. I couldn’t have known his wife was leaving him not by natural means, it was totally God.
I also will get feelings with the pictures, I will feel the emotions and have divine knowings, this helps interpret the movie pictures because the emotions are the persons emotions that I am ministering to.
At other times you won’t get pictures with emotions you will get the emotions separate. I will rarely open my self up to hear actual words or the voice of God because that is usually when false spirits can come and try and deceive you or you will hear your own inner voice tainted with your thoughts, so I mainly rely on the sight, feelings, and divine knowings it seems to be a lot more accurate than hearing a voice or word. But I often will hear a song or a phrase spoken or a word and that will give me more revelation into the persons life. I just close off myself and my own feelings and thoughts and I open myself up and focus on the person needing ministry, you will also need to ask God to use you and speak through you. When ministering to a person on the computer through the internet pray and focus on the person who requested ministry and it will come just like I explained above. If I am in the a public or corporate church setting then I will just be open to people in general and you will start to feel a drawing to certain people and then you will see things, feel things, know things or maybe hear words for them.
Using these gifts works a lot stronger when you are near the person being ministered to instead of not even knowing what they look like or their name. It is a whole another ball game when you are ministering to people face to face and as it can be easier. Most of the time when you are doing it over the internet where you cant see the person it can cause you to have a little bit of fear as many people will test you just to find fault in you or to see if you are for real or trick you and that fear will rob your peace and as most know peace is what helps bring forth revelation. So be careful if you are ministering to people in a setting in which they can trick you and try and test you if you are not comfortable with that setting then don’t do it. Also if you do find your self in a situation in which you are ministering to a person that you cant see always be discerning and if you feel a wall or a block in revelation or a lack of anointing to minister to that person then don’t do it as that usually means that you aren’t supposed to minister to them and or they may be tricking you or testing you. Also don’t rely on and try and interpret things you see in the natural, like if you see the person act a certain way or have a certain expression, don’t try and give them a prophetic word based off of that. Most people try and interpret things that they see in the natural and then tell it to the person being ministered to and more than often the word is wrong because a person is who they are in their heart and who God says they are, they are not who they physically look like or act like.
As a prophet you may also see things in the church in the spirit realm as Elisha and his servant did [2 kings 2:17] and what God is doing or even what the demonic is doing which is not always a bad thing because then you can give people warnings and tell them that they are about to be under spiritual attack or that the church is going to have trails. Also if you do hear words from the demonic it is not always bad either because then you know what the demonic is wanting to do or is going to do, you then can warn people and tell them to be ready and pray.
You will also have to test the spirits It is not easy testing spirits it takes a lot practice and messing up and after a while you just know what was the voice of God or what was demonic but demonic voices usually will give you a yuck feeling in the pit of your stomach and then if it was demonic then you know what the demon is up to and you can warn people or tell them what the devil is trying to do but then you tell them that God is with them and that they will make it and you can pray over them. I used to be afraid of the demonic and hearing from a bad spirit but through many tests and dreams and such that the Lord allowed, he taught me not to fear bad spirits or the devil, and that if I hear from them or sense them it is not always bad and it is part of the gift that way I will know the plans of the devil over people and what he is trying to do and then I can help them, Jesus heard and saw demons. Countless times I have saw Satan doing things to people or heard spirits and I told the people that I saw him doing it to and they will always tell me that is exactly right and that is going on even now. Or I have seen Satan wanting to do something in a church and I have told the pastor what is going on and sure enough it happens but the pastor is more prepared to deal with it because I warned him. I never talk back to the devil or have a conversation I only take what I heard or saw and pray and give warning or confirmation to people. Now if you are being harassed by spirits then you should rebuke them but do not fear them because if you do they will get worse for they feed off of fear. If you no longer fear them they will stop harassing you and have no power.
Most of the time when I minister it is with just the prophetic gift which is not a bad thing because the gift can encourage people, it can let them know what God or the demonic is doing, it can tell you what they are feeling and what is bothering them so that you can then tell them and they will feel comforted and you can pray over them. Other times it is God and in that case the gifting will be clearer and stronger and you will feel a great love and confidence in sharing things with people you will feel Gods heart for them even more.
Things I have learned not to try and do is predict or prophesy the future, and any kind of remote viewing, these things will lead to error. It also is not good having people ask you specific questions because then you can give them a presuppositional answer that is from you and not God or the prophetic gift. It is better to not know the person being ministered to or anything about them and to just be open to what ever you see for them in that way what you get will not be tainted with your own beliefs and ideas about them.
When I talk about most of the time it will just be the gift I am talking about the prophetic gifting that makes you sensitive to the spirit and supernatural realm, it is a gifting that people who are not even Christians may have such as Balaam in Numbers 22 of the Bible. The prophetic gifting often gives you the ability to feel other peoples feelings, see into the spirit realm, supernaturally know things about people and many other things but when a person who has a gift is used of and called by God you will see more divine things happening in their life or ministry especially if they are a prophet and peoples lives will be changed for the better, the saints will be equipped and if they aren’t a saint then they will be drawn to Christ and become one. It is not enough just to have a prophetic gift you need to have that gift submitted to God and to be called by God.
As a part of the prophetic gifting some people have a gift in which they can see into the spirit realm some call this "discerning of spirits" others call this the seer, it is like when the prophet Elisha and his servant saw the army of angels in 2 Kings of the Bible. I often see the "glory cloud" and the presence of God. I see it in the natural it isn’t like a picture or image it is very real. It looks like fog or a cloud of smoke, sometimes it is all over a room other times it is in a certain place or on certain people or thicker and thinner. I see it when it comes, goes, moves or stays. It is the manifest presence of God almighty. It often will show up during a worship service or prayer service but not all services have it. It also shows up when nothing at all is going on or even outside of the church at homes or on people.
When you see the glory cloud it is often an indication that God wants to do something like a miracle or display his power. It also is an indication as to whether true worship is going on in a service or whether or not there is an anointing on someone (if it is seen on a person) and that anointing is to accomplish a purpose. If you see the glory cloud you should pray and ask God what he wants to do or accomplish.
The seer also can see other things and mainly gets revelation from God through pictures and symbols that they see in their mind and visions. But like above some seer's actually will see some things in the spirit that appear to be real and mixed into the natural realm.
The seer will also have the ability to see into the spirit realm and see what is going on in a place or over a person’s life. Often the seer will need to interpret what they see using dream interpretation methods.
Put Things in such a way that they will receive the prophetic word
First of all I want to caution people to not say “thus saith the Lord” Or to speak as if you are God when giving a prophetic word. This makes prophets look fake and like showman, what you are saying also may not be God at all. It is better to say “I feel the Lord saying” or “I sense God showing me” this will be much better received.
As a prophet you will also need to word things in such a way that people will better receive them. I wrote a college paper and I started out the paper with a couple of negative statements and my professor docked my grade and commented and told me to never begin a paper with a negative as and his whole attitude toward my paper was very negative and even though it was a good paper and contained some good stuff it didn’t matter and anyone who read it would not even give it a chance because of the negative contained in the beginning. Even when Christ rebuked the seven churches in the book of Revelation he always started out with some positive things first and it is the same way with the prophetic if we want what we say to the person being ministered to impact them and help them then we need to word things in such a way that they will receive what we say instead immediately dismiss it and get mad.
“No one cares how much you know till they know how much you care”
We need to express to them that we care about them and that God also cares about them or they may not care at all about what God wants to say to them or what we are sharing with them.
This can be accomplished by not directly pointing out their sins such as if you do get revelation about a persons sins don’t just say that God is showing me that you have a cocaine problem and need to clean up you act or else, instead you could say that I feel the Lord showing me that you are struggling with some issues in your life that may be addicting but God loves you and wants to see you through it and overcome it and that you need to keep looking to the Lord and asking him to help you deal with these issues and you can then pray a general prayer with them not naming their sin or making them feel awful but encouraged.
Basically you will need to give people hope and a feeling of love and empathy, I am not saying at all to tell people what they want to hear but to simply word things in such a way that it doesn’t make them feel like God is mad at them, give them hope that way they will receive what you are sharing and it will actually help them.
Also before you give a word to someone or speak anything that the Lord gives you always try and ask yourself the question; “how is this going to help this person or what good is it going to do.” Basically if what you are going to say is not going to help them in anyway then maybe you aren’t meant to share it.
People Don’t Always Receive Prophetic Words
I have heard ministries and preachers say that if people were to go out in public whether in the work place or to people on the streets and were to give them an accurate prophetic word that would speak divine insight into their life then they will fall on their knees and cry and then give their life fully to Christ and go to your church. While this may happen once in a while it is just not reality.
I have given prophetic words quite a few times in the secular workplace as well as out in public and most of the time people will just think it is neat that you could tell them things about their life and such but they still wont give their life to Christ nor come to your church. I have met quite a few people who actually got scared and acted like you spied into their life or something. I have also have interpreted peoples dreams in public with accuracy and they were amazed and asked how I did that and I told them about Christ and such and they backed away and said that they weren’t into all that Christ stuff. I even told a person I worked with to give me only the first name of a person that they know that I don’t know and I will pray and then tell them what the person looks like and about their personal life and I was accurate and they were amazed but they still did not want to give their life to Christ and start going to church, maybe it planted the seed but it certainly did not make them fall on their knees crying and run to your church and give their life to Christ.
Be prepared for people to not receive what you say even if it is accurate, be prepared for even other Christians to not be amazed at your gift and forget how God has used you. I have personally given very accurate prophetic words to people in very well know ministries and those people did not fall all over me and invite me to minister with them or come work for them. I also have given very accurate prophetic words to pastors as well as dream interpretations which helped them but they still did not fall all over me and ask me to minister at their church.
Don’t expect great and mighty things to happen just because you gave an accurate prophetic word; don’t expect people to be too impressed with you either as more than often they won’t be. That is just how people are and that is just how it is. Try not to have too high of expectations of how your ministry will impact people as you are in the service business and service is about others and you will be very disappointed if you are expecting it to serve you or get you somewhere.
Also I have caught people lying to me and saying that the word wasn’t accurate when it was. Many times over though people don’t receive their prophetic words for whatever reason and it actually brings upon it a penalty. Several months back a friend asked me to do a prophetic word for her best friend and she said he really needed it and was looking for something important in it. The Lord showed me several things for him one of which the Lord showed me was he doesn’t have a job and is looking for one earnestly and the Lord says he will help him find a job soon. Well I gave her the prophetic word and didn’t hear back for a while but when I did she said the prophecy was wrong and nothing in it was accurate and he didn’t accept it. She also acted as if the prophecy was divination or something as the way it was worded.
I thought well I must have missed it. But a month later I saw on social media she is asking for prayer for her best friend who she named who happened to be the same guy who she asked for a prophecy for and said the prophecy was wrong. But on social media she said he has been on unemployment for a year and has been jobless looking for a job and they just kicked him off of unemployment and now he is homeless. I thought well the prophecy was right after all, it was dead on and yet she lied to me and said it wasn’t and he didn’t accept it. I watched for several months as she kept posting that he can’t find a job and that he is still homeless and I thought but wait the prophetic word said that God would help him find a job but God clearly wasn’t. So I took it to prayer and the Lord showed me that it was Gods intention to help him find a job but since he didn’t receive the prophecy God didn’t help him.
And that’s how it is for so many people who don’t accept their prophecies that they are given. God doesn’t follow through with the promises in the prophecies because they didn’t accept it. And there are so many people out there that don’t accept a prophecy for whatever reason and then don’t reap the benefit of that prophecy. Some prophecy is conditional, you have to accept it or do something about it for it to happen but if you plain flat out reject it then you have made your own bed. Prophetic ministry can be tough and I just want to say if you are in prophetic ministry and people say it’s not accurate and don’t receive it then don’t get discouraged they may be lying to you for whatever reason or if they don’t say anything at all it doesn’t mean it was wrong. John Paul Jackson used to say you are just the mail man it doesn’t matter if they like what’s in their letter your job is just to deliver it. Yes there are some prophecies you want to reject as ones that really are wrong or contain all condemnation but if something is actually accurate don’t be so quick to reject it you may regret it and you should honor the one who gave it with a thank you as they are Gods mouth piece.
Don’t Just Tell People What They Want to Hear
26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you,
for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.
Your will have a very famous and well loved ministry if you tell people what they want to hear, everyone will speak well of you and want to be around you. They will even want to give you money and search you out because you make them feel good and approve of and confirm all their selfish plans. But don’t fall into this trap as being liked by everyone doesn’t make you a prophet as a matter of fact it most likely means that you aren’t one at all.
There has been a time of irreverence for Gods plans and his Word, the Lord is directing his people back to a place in which we respect his plans and his ways even it if doesn’t fit our selfish goals and desires I feel that too many have gained a name for themselves by telling people what they want to hear and many have made their way instead of following Gods. God wants prophets who will speak for him even if the message is not popular.
33 "When these people, or a prophet or a priest, ask you, 'What is the oracle of the LORD?' say to them, 'What oracle? I will forsake you, declares the LORD.' 34 If a prophet or a priest or anyone else claims, 'This is the oracle of the LORD,' I will punish that man and his household.
The word oracle means burden in this text, the people of Jeremiahs time were mocking Gods word and not respecting it and calling it a burden. There is a punishment for this and this can still apply to us today, and even though we are in a dispensation of grace God is still able dish out a dose of correction and discipline.
At that time people and even the religious leaders only wanted to hear good messages from God not bad, they wanted to have their own way not Gods. The preceding verses tell of all the false messages that were going around and what it was like at that time which is similar to today (Jer 23:16-26).
Just like in Jeremiahs time people today are calling Gods plans for their lives a burden, Gods people only want to hear Gods plans if they benefit them and their own goals, they then search out or make up false visions and dreams that fit their agenda. God takes this seriously and it shows a lack of respect and reverence for Gods word and ways. God is calling his people back to a place of humility back to a place in which we will not look on God plans and purposes as a burden if it collides with ours. God is calling us to a place of reverence and respect for his ways and his plans.
Don’t fall into the trap of telling people what they want to hear even if you are not very popular or don’t get invited to a lot of churches, continue to speak the truth in love.
Speaking and Decreeing
At times, in a vision God has let me hear his manifest real voice. God’s real voice is like nothing else that I ever have felt or heard. There was so much power in His voice; his voice was neither male nor female sounding it was almost like a computer or robot voice having a neutral tone to it.
There was such power in his voice when He spoke, it shook everything and everything moved. It wasn’t like an earthquake; it was like everything including the air itself was being electrocuted. If you have ever had an electric shock the electricity moves and shocks every muscle in your body as it flows through you. It was like that, His voice was electric and it was shocking everything including the air itself and everything was moving and shaking because of the electric shock and His voice flowed like water through everything moving and having the ability to morph anything, His voice just flowed to the ends of the earth in an electric wave. God’s voice contained the power with just one word to destroy even the greatest army. Just one word could destroy the air itself including every atom and molecule. God’s voice contains the power to create because there is an energizing life in His voice. It was almost like His voice itself was alive and was a personal divine being.
It is no longer hard for me to imagine how God could create the heavens and the earth by just speaking it. When you get a revelation of his voice you get a better understanding of the power in it. And I can tell you, if God has ever truly spoken anything over you or said anything in His Word, it will come to pass and he will do it because there is no power greater in this world or any other that can stand against God’s Word.
When we are flowing with God under the anointing, God’s voice becomes our voice, when we speak under the anointing; our words become one with God’s words. When flowing in the anointing of God, don’t be afraid to actually open your mouth to speak life, breakthrough, deliverance or healing to the person being prayed for. Always remember when you are under the anointing you are one with God and in step with him. Your words take on his power and authority. Don’t worry if you mess up. If you get out of line and what you say is not of God, the anointing will simply lift off of you and that can be God’s way of letting you know that you are out of bounds. But don’t hesitate to try, as the anointing can and does flow through Words, and often times that is what it may take for the person to receive what God has for them or for a situation to change.
What I described above in not the only way of decreeing and is a little different than speaking the “word of faith,” the word of faith is reminding God of his promises and his word and proclaiming it and speaking it out in faith as for it to happen right now! The word of faith is very affective and any believer in God almighty can operate in the word of faith but people who are called to the prophetic or the office of the prophet have a greater anointing to speak the word of faith just like Balaam in Numbers 22 our words carry more power whether we bless or curse.
Basically to use the word of faith you need to know what faith is. The Bible says; Heb 11:1
11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Kenneth Hagan was one of the founding fathers of the word of faith and he taught that faith is a present tense word as the verse above says that “Now faith is” so faith is for the present not tomorrow or maybe next year but that Now we can have what we are believing for.
He also taught that;
faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
So faith comes from hearing the word of God and then he said that we are to put action to our faith as the it says in 2nd James that “faith without works is dead,” so we are to put action to our faith and speaking it out and believing it for the present is putting action to our faith.
Some people cant understand how this could work and they even believe that people who operate in the word of faith are ignorant and trying to manipulate God but the truth is the word of faith really works and if you are not using it for anything contrary to scripture and out of selfishness then you are not manipulating God.
Use Your Gifts
If you have a prophetic gift and calling don’t stop using it!
I encourage you to use the gifts that you have on a daily basis because part of our nourishment and food comes from stepping out and using the gifts we have to glorify God and reach the lost. John 4:34-35, "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Do you not say, "four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you open your eyes and look at the fields! they are ripe for harvest."
A portion of our spiritual food comes from ministering to others. If we are not doing that on a regular basis then we are undernourished and lacking in our relationship with God. There will be an emptiness in the pit of our stomach. The other portion of that scripture referred to making excuses, we don’t need to wait until we think we are ready or until we think they can handle it. We need to open our eyes and be led of the spirit now!
Filters and How they Effect the Prophetic
We all have what is called presuppositions about everything these presuppositions are also called filters and what we receive from God goes through these filters before it is delivered to the person or before we even interpret it.
Often filters are formed by how others dealt with us or situations that we were formally in; filters can also come from how we were raised and what we have been taught. More than often filters change what we receive from God and can have a negative effect on us and our ministry.
It needs to be the goal of anyone who is called to move in the prophetic to get rid of filters and get healed from and not hold on to negative things that have happened to us and to always remember to see people and situations from Gods perspective and not from the perspective of our experience or knowledge. We also need to die to our selves and become a blank open slate when ministering to others and making it all about them and not at all about you, this will help you get some control on your filters. You will also need to search yourself and if there is any teachings, theology or philosophy that is not held as a fact in the Bible and has ample support in the scriptures then you need to get rid of that so you don’t interpret things through that as it will limit Gods ability to use you.
A Prophet Doesn’t know Everything
I have met prophetic people who think that they know everything by the spirit, you cant even have a normal conversation with them and ask them what they think of the color of your house without them saying “thus saith the Lord, I have ordained the color blue for my glory.” Some prophetic people seem to think that they need to give a word from God about everything including what you should eat for supper that night. I have seen real prophets who fall into this error and maybe God had used them in big ways before but then they start thinking that God speaks through them about every little thing and before you know it they start making a fool of themselves and are wrong more than they are right.
I have also seen people who actually want the prophet to tell them every little thing all the time and this is just not a healthy thing as Christians need to rely on God more than the prophet and God also gave them a brain and wisdom so that they can make everyday choices without consulting a prophet all the time. We also have the Bible which gives us guidance as well as is a tool that God wants to use to direct our lives.
If you are a prophet you will be tested
If you are called to be a prophet you will be tested in many things one being in knowing who you are and what you are called to do. You must be able to stand strong and believe in your calling even when no one else does.
Years ago I had a dream in which a man asked me what my problem was, he used an analogy and in the dream I knew what he was talking about which was weakness of backing down when others don’t agree with me or try and sway me. I told him I am working on it and I recited some scriptures to him like “what so ever a man believes in his heart, so is he” and also “the power of life and death are in the tongue” and such and right after I started getting bold in the dream another man just appeared in the dream and tried to test what I said and get me to back down and I knew that this was the devil.
If you are called to be a prophet expect to be tested on things that God told you and even tested in your calling as the devil will bring people into your path who will try and tell you that you are not a prophet he used the same method with Christ when he said “if you really be the son of God,” if Satan can get you to doubt who you are then he will win and you will be in-effective.
The following is a story from the book of Kings in which tells of a young prophet who was tested in what God had told him and failed;
1 Kings 13:11-26
11 Now there was a certain old prophet living in Bethel, whose sons came and told him all that the man of God had done there that day. They also told their father what he had said to the king. 12 Their father asked them, "Which way did he go?" And his sons showed him which road the man of God from Judah had taken. 13 So he said to his sons, "Saddle the donkey for me." And when they had saddled the donkey for him, he mounted it 14 and rode after the man of God. He found him sitting under an oak tree and asked, "Are you the man of God who came from Judah?"
"I am," he replied.
15 So the prophet said to him, "Come home with me and eat."
16 The man of God said, "I cannot turn back and go with you, nor can I eat bread or drink water with you in this place. 17 I have been told by the word of the LORD: 'You must not eat bread or drink water there or return by the way you came.'"
18 The old prophet answered, "I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the LORD: 'Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.'" (But he was lying to him.) 19 So the man of God returned with him and ate and drank in his house.
20 While they were sitting at the table, the word of the LORD came to the old prophet who had brought him back. 21 He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, "This is what the LORD says: 'You have defied the word of the LORD and have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you. 22 You came back and ate bread and drank water in the place where he told you not to eat or drink. Therefore your body will not be buried in the tomb of your fathers.'"
23 When the man of God had finished eating and drinking, the prophet who had brought him back saddled his donkey for him. 24 As he went on his way, a lion met him on the road and killed him, and his body was thrown down on the road, with both the donkey and the lion standing beside it. 25 Some people who passed by saw the body thrown down there, with the lion standing beside the body, and they went and reported it in the city where the old prophet lived.
26 When the prophet who had brought him back from his journey heard of it, he said, "It is the man of God who defied the word of the LORD. The LORD has given him over to the lion, which has mauled him and killed him, as the word of the LORD had warned him."
That young prophet failed the test and it cost him his life, even though this took place in the Old Testament God still does test today’s prophets and even though God may have grace today on them and they may not lose their life there still may be a harsh punishment and if you fail the test it may set you back some as prophets you need to rely heavily on what God told you and not on what others are saying.
How God has used you in the past will prepare you for the level of faith and authority, and trust that you will need to use your gift in the future.
David when he fought Goliath had more faith than he would have had earlier in his life because he fought the bear and the lion.
1 Sam 17:36
36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.
David had faith because of his past victories of killing the lion and the bear. David also knew and had faith that the battle was the Lords.
Our past victories will help us increase in faith and will give us what we need for God to use us in greater things. We like David also need to remember that the battle is the Lords and if God has called you then he will confirm the message that you are to speak and equip you.
So don’t despise small begging’s and God using you in the little things as he may be preparing you for the greater things.
God may also make you look like a fool in order to humble you and build your character. God uses humiliation or making us look like a fool it is one of His greatest shaping tools. God may also put you in a position or place in which you could get a taste of fame or great influence and then take it away just to test you to see if you can handle it and whether or not your heart is in fame and mans glory or if it is based on God and God alone. You may have many tests in your life in this area and you may find yourself having amazing opportunities open in your ministry and then soon after they will disappear or the door will slam shut in your face and you may be left wondering what that was all about or why it went down like that, but know that more than likely that was a test and part of your preparation as a prophet of God. God is calling a new company of prophets, a company who will not bow the knee to celebrity Christianity.
Past victories also give you credibility, as a prophet you build credibility by how accurate what you said in the past was as well as credibility with God and His ability to trust you. So if you had a few dreams that seemed insignificant but came true then that gave you credibility so that people or your pastor will take your dreams more serious. And it is the same with prophetic words you may get a lot of little words here and there for people that don’t seem to do a whole lot of good for the person but it gives you credibility and that credibility will open up doors for God to use you in greater ways.
Christ is the Head of the Church and God really does have power over this world but God gave man free will and man has dominion of over the earth [Gen 1:28, 9:1-3]. So since we have dominion and have set up leadership and government then we need to not only show ourselves approved onto God but also earn credibility with man as well. The truth is man runs things and even though God does and can intervene in situations often time we will need to learn how to deal with people and do things their way as well as Gods. Even though that is not how it should be we need to deal with it and in the process it helps build character in us and helps us die to ourselves.
Many churches and people will have it as a requirement that you submit what you receive from the Lord to the leadership for a period of years before they let you share it with others or share it corporately. They will test what you say and it will build up credibility with them and it may seem like all the little stuff you share with them is pointless as they often keep it to themselves and may even forget it but really it isn’t pointless but is building up your credibility with them. When you have built up enough credibility they will then release you to do some ministry there as now they can trust what you are saying as well as trust that you are a team player and will follow their leadership. They may also endorse your ministry to others and that can be very valuable in the prophetic as people are always cautious in accepting people who say that they move in the prophetic. If you start out in ministry and no one really knows then you will need people who validate your ministry and little victories and submitting to man’s authority will help you get that.
You must get used to human nature and know that people are not perfect
As a prophet or prophetic person you must get used to the nature of people. You being prophetic will often know the heart of a person or individual and often it is selfish and their motives are not pure. You will often know this right away and if you aren’t prepared it will really make it hard for you to develop relationships with people. It will also make you very depressed as most people’s motives are not what you would like them to be.
One thing you must do is not have too high of expectations about people and accept that people are saved by grace and are not perfect. You must learn about and be at peace with human nature and not hate it but try and work with it and help people.
The root of human nature and the foundation of sin is selfishness; it is what human nature is. We are all selfish in many ways, we were born like that and as long as we are on this earth we will remain selfish some more than others. So when working with and interacting with people we need to keep that in mind. People will always let us down because they are selfish and you are selfish and I am selfish, it is a fact of life, it is our human nature and the very foundation of sin.
I recently told my elementary school son that if he wanted to make friends then all he needed to do was make other people feel good and compliment them, encourage them, and do what they want to do and not be selfish and if he did that then everyone would want to be his friend because people are selfish. I have learned that before anyone will listen to you or care about what you have to say, you need to first listen to them and care about what they are saying and then they will listen to you. That is just how it is, it is in our nature we want to be heard and we want people to give us the attention. I also know that if you are having trouble getting along with someone then most of the time all you need to do is give them compliments and make them feel as though you think that they are more important than you, after you do that that person will become your friend. It can be hard for most people but in order for us to be effective Christians and followers of Jesus Christ then we need to make other people more important than ourselves. We need to put them first that is how this world works and if you can do that then you will have many friends, you will help people, and you will be an effective witness for Jesus Christ.
If you are called to the prophetic and or the office of the prophet you must learn and know that people are not perfect because your gift will reveal just how much people really aren’t perfect and if are not equipped for this it will only end up hurting you or you will end up hurting them by acting in condemnation instead of love. Get used to human nature and learn to work with it.
The Truth about Prophetic Ministry and Reading People
I have given many personal and corporate prophetic words, the majority through e-mail without ever seeing the person being ministered to and also many face to face or corporate in a church. I have also been on prophetic teams and seen other prophetic people operate. I have come to the conclusion that most of the time when you receive a prophetic word from someone who has a genuine prophetic gift the person giving the word can be reading your spirit or feelings and picking up things off of that. They can feel and see pictures of how you view yourself or your thoughts or even pick up what you want to hear. Very rarely will they be able to tell the future and if it looks like they have most of the time they really didn’t, they just read what was on your heart as a goal or a fear and it came true because you made it happen. People can often have goals or think that they have a calling from God and a prophetic person will confirm it but that does not always mean that it is a goal or calling from God it may just mean that the prophetic person has read your heart or feelings and told you what you wanted to hear.
God does give prophetic people revelation about the future and things to come but not very often or at least not all the time. What I am stressing is some people operate in the prophetic gift and they are just reading your spirit in which may not always be Gods voice or word but just what they pick up off of you. Most prophetic people can usually only read other peoples feelings, goals, past regrets, and present things at will, they can’t tell ones future, at least not very often on command. Now there is a difference between a prophetic person and a prophet, a prophet will be hearing more of what is on Gods heart while a prophetic person may just be using the gift. A prophet focuses on what God is saying and what is on Gods heart and in doing so God may show future things but the prophetic person who is just using the gift does not have that close of connection with God so they just see and hear stuff from peoples spirit so it is very important to learn when it is the gift and when it is God and also important for people to discern where the word they received came from, was it from a gift or was it from God.
I have ministered to people that I did not know before that walked into a church wanting a word from God and looking for confirmation and I will get revelation from God for them. They did not even tell me that they wanted a word from God then I will tell them what I felt God giving me and they will say that it is confirmation and what they were praying for. They then act on it and believe that God has confirmed his purpose for their life. This is a very common thing for many people maybe you have prayed for a sign and God gave you a word through someone else, but I truly believe that a prophetic person can sense that persons feelings and what is on their heart and they then are not always hearing from God, but hearing instead from their gift. And even though it looks as if it is from God it may not be it is only someone telling you what you want to hear or how they interpret what they are sensing off of you. I caution all who read this to be slow to act on any word or prophecy given to them even if it looks and feels like confirmation from God also be very discerning about a word you get for someone else make sure it is not just something on their spirit especially if it has to do with them going in a specific direction.
The prophetic gift is a good gift it is different than prophecy and different than a prophet (which is an office appointed by God) using it for God and to help people with it is a good thing but the truth is it can be very difficult to know for sure whether it is God giving the revelation or just the prophetic gift.
If you have a true prophetic gift then it is so very important to learn to discern what is God and what is the gift this can be done by reading the Holy Bible on a regular basis, by having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and by trial and error. Sometimes what you are hearing may be from familiar spirits and other times it may just be yourself or your own thoughts in which is not good. But other times (and if you have a true gift it will be most of the time) you will hear and get revelation or illumination from the gift which is different than hearing from God and different than hearing from familiar spirits ( demons who know things). But if you do have a true gifting then you should seek to hear from God and if you hear from your gift you should seek to grow to know when it is the gift and how to use it because if it is from the gift then you probably are only seeing the past and present and picking up on things from the person being ministered to or the atmosphere in which you are at.
Prophets Confirming a Pastors Message or Vision
I have seen many worship services in a church in which a prophet or prophetic person will give a word and then the pastor, another prophet or church leader will say wow I know that word was from God because I was going to preach on that or because I felt the Lord telling or showing me the same thing. Sometimes it really is God but we need to yet be careful because a prophetic person can pick things up off of other people and the person giving the word may have just read the pastors spirit without even knowing it or picked it up out of the atmosphere of the church as places have a spiritual atmosphere about them and the word they gave may not have been confirmation from God but just what was on the pastors heart or spirit. In a case where there are more than a few people all feeling God saying the same thing it still doesn’t mean that it was God it usually means that these people are all friends or very close and therefore they are all spiritually in-tune with each other and they just read each others spirits and don’t even realize it. I am not saying that this is the case every time but we need to remember that this can be the case sometimes, so again we need to be cautious on acting on or stepping out on things just because other people had the same feeling.
A Prophet Can Be in Sin/Pride and Still Have an Amazing Gift
Some Prophetic people or Prophets are full of pride or in sin and you may wonder how they can be so accurate and yet have all that pride or sin. I have a met a few like this and there is even a couple on the internet like this and they say how gifted they are more than any other and how they will be the greatest. Some are even in sin whether it be secret or open sin and still have an accurate gift. Basically we know that God resists the proud and we know what Jesus said about being the greatest in the kingdom, so you can pretty much guess that a person like this does not have a good relationship with God and has a lot of growing up to do. We also know what the Bible says about sin and how you are to judge a prophet by their fruit. But they may still have a gifting as the prophetic gift can work whether you are in sin or not, or even whether or not you are walking with God. They can accurately read people and situations because of the gift, now they may not have much of an anointing as an anointing is God manifesting through you in which they may not have because of their lack of relationship with God, the anointing is different than the prophetic gift, the anointing should go together with the gift but it doesn’t have to. But they may still have an amazing prophetic gift. They may also be able to say things for the future that come to pass as there is a power to confidence and pride, and that power that comes with confidence and pride does produce results. Some of the most prideful people on this earth happen to be the most successful as pride has power, it may be demonic or maybe it is just a universal power like reaping and sowing but there is a power to it that produces results kind of like positive thinking and faith. But eventually God will humble them.
Different Uses of Prophetic Ministry
Many people who are called to the prophetic want to try and find their place in the body and find their purpose and they want to find a use for their gift that fits.
There is more than one use for the prophetic, for many years church leaders taught that the prophetic is only to be used in the church and is for the church only but this has since changed and is also not Biblical.
Everyone is unique and God uses people in different ways and God has written out a plan for every one of us to walk in what he has called us to. It is up to the individual to seek God themselves and get direction as to how and where God is calling them to use their gifts.
The following are a few different ways God uses people in the prophetic.
Through internet, Intercessory prayer, prophetic teams, Evangelism, Church prophet, corporate about in personal prophetic, itinerant ministry, missions, writing, media, market place, prophetic detective.
All of those ways are not contradictory to scripture and are effective but again it will be your responsibility to seek God yourself and find out where he calling you. Others can’t be the one to choose that for you, it is your life and you and only you will accountable in the end to how you used what God gave you.
ESP, Psychics and Clairvoyants
I am not going to go deep into this subject but I can tell you that as prophets or prophetic people we are not Psychics as Psychics operate in a soulish realm and don’t have the Holy Spirit like we do.
Some psychics do have real gifts kind of the like the prophetic gift and they can even appear to have love for people and say that they believe in Jesus Christ and quote scripture from the Bible but most of them are New Age and even though New Ager’s believe in Christ and the Bible they don’t believe in sanctification and sin being what used to separate us from God. They also believe that we are equal to God and we will all become Gods. Basically these people do not have a renewed mind or the Holy Spirit and do not become a new creation they may be into spirits and get revelation by spirits but it is not the spirit of God.
There is a little truth to everything and I have seen astrologers that could actually predict the future of a persons life years ahead. I have seen palmistry that has an element of truth to it and years ago I had a taro card reading that actually told me a few things that would happen in my future and they came to pass just as it said a few years later and what it said would happen was actually a demonstration of Gods love and forgiveness and is now a testimony, I didn’t go out seeking a taro card reading I was just at a place with some friends and a friend pulled out their cards and started doing readings, this was before I totally came to Christ. So yes some of this stuff is unexplainable and some of it may even look like God could be connected with it and there is such a thing as witch craft and black magic that has real power. But as children of God we don’t need to dabble in any of this stuff, prophetic people are especially vulnerable to want to dapple in and test some of these things but you will only find that it is fruitless. Once I was asked by a pastor to find buried treasure so that the church can get rich, he wanted to me inquire of God as to where there is treasure buried. Well all I can tell you is it didn’t work, when you try and use the prophetic gifts for personal gain or financial greed it will always leave you stranded. It is the same when it comes to using the gift to guess lottery numbers or to make yourself famous it will backfire on you as the calling and gift is to help others not yourself. We are not psychics and shouldn’t try and use what God gave us in an un-Godly way.
And although it may look like at times that you can guess what card will come next in a deck of cards or what the outcome will be of a football came or such, most of the time it wont work as guessing cards doesn’t help anyone and they are connected to material things and material things have no life or spirit to them so you will have a hard time trying to make a spiritual connection with them.
Also as I think that I have said before don’t waste your time trying to predict future world events. The only one who can give you revelation of the future is God. You can use your gift to pick up past and present revelation but when it comes to future things you need revelation from God about that and I guarantee that most of the time God will not give you a clear understanding of future world events.
After constantly hearing people asking me questions about generational curses and hearing about people having had demons cast out of them and things just kept getting worse I just wanted to comment on the whole deliverance and generational curse issue.
Many people who are prophetic or called to be a prophet do get into deliverance and the breaking off of generational curses this stuff is real and credible it is also Biblical, while I am not going to go into a lot of teaching and instruction on this I wanted to bring up a couple of issues with this whole thing.
I wanted to first mention that some of these deliverance ministries and generational curse people are actually nut jobs and tend to see a demon everywhere they look, even if Jesus Christ himself came to them they would try and find a demon in him and cast it out of him, so be careful not to believe everything these people tell you or say about you as they are not God and most of the time they are wrong and don’t hear from God they just scare people into believing that they have demons, which may actually cause a real demon to come. So be very careful when trying to discern whether or not a person has a demon because if they don’t and you say that they do and make them believe it you may do them more harm then good. You also do have authority to cast out demons from people or places but also remember that people have free will and if they don’t want to be free of a demon then you may not be able to cast it out and it is the same with a place- the owner of the place may have given that demon authority to be there and you will have a hard time casting it out if the owner is not in agreement or changing something that they have been doing.
About the sins of the father and generational curses; what will have to happen is we ourselves will need to choose not to carry on in the sins of our father or mother, we our selves will need to choose to live a changed life. There is a such thing as generational curses but most often those curses are more natural than they are spiritual. Such as many times we are where we are today because of the choices our grandparents made like who they married (which can pass on bad DNA traits) and how they managed their money, or what kind of name they made for themselves, where they choose to live, or how they choose to live and what they taught their children, those things and more bring about curses on the generations because if they choose to make a bad name for themselves then often times the grandchildren also have that name and that is how people view them, or if they choose to be bad stewards of money then the grandchildren don’t receive an inheritance or a family business and are often cursed to live in poverty as a natural result of what the grandparents did. However we all have a choice to break the curse and live a changed life a life for Jesus Christ and we can choose that path and our fathers sins will not matter. It is that simple you don’t really need to have demons cast out or have a special ritual washing of repentance for your ancestors sins; you just simply have to work harder and don’t follow your ancestor’s example.
Also what you put your faith in you make room for so if you keep putting your faith in that you may have a demon and that there are demons in your home, then your faith may actually cause a demon to come and give it power, so you need to stop believing that you have a demon, the Bible also says that if you resist the devil he will flee, so just speak out loud that you no longer have a demon and that there are no demons in your home and believe that and he will go away, every time you acknowledge him and fear him you give him power and make the devil stronger but if you no longer acknowledge him he take away his power. It is the same with generational curses you can give them power by continually believing that you still have a generational curse, always remember that once someone comes to Christ they are a new creation, 2 Corth 5:17.