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d. Developing your prophetic gift (introduction)

When you start off in developing your prophetic gift, you might find that, at the beginning, it can be a confusing and lonely time.

For a large number of believers in the Church the prophetic is a mystery and something they would rather all together avoid. This is partly due to the fact that very little is taught about the prophetic in churches and also because there is a creative realm to prophecy that is not always easily understood. It is no secret that people have a tendency to be afraid of that which they do not understand, and therefore engaging in the prophetic can be a daunting challenge to many. Being afraid of making mistakes is a major factor hindering believers to develop their gift. It takes faith to walk in the prophetic, which means that we should resist the apathetic and paralyzing power of fear when it comes our way.

Another important fact to remember is that it takes time to develop a prophetic gift. Just as a baby begins by crawling and then later learns how to walk, so too is the journey of the prophetic. Falling and loosing your balance is part of the training process, but very often you will learn what to do and what not to do through practical experience. In order not to suffer unnecessary casualties, it will help you greatly if you are able to surround yourself with mature and credible prophetic mentors during your developmental phase (which can last for a number of years). Certain embarrassments are avoidable. Don't try and function beyond your level of faith and authority, but we will discuss this more at a later stage.

Be open to learn, learn, and learn again as much as you can from those who have been on the road longer than you. Practice your gift in a safe environment. By this I mean an environment (such as a prayer session) where there are mature believers who know that you are busy developing yourself. Repetition is vital for prophetic growth, so seize every moment.
The Lord bless you.
Abri Brancken

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