And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord. - 1 Samuel 3:20
When called into prophetic ministry, many want the whole world to know the Lord has chosen them to stand in the office of the prophet. But this very desire demonstrates the lack of maturity necessary to stand and withstand the persecution, rejection and spiritual warfare that comes against the prophet.
When you consider this Verse, also consider that Samuel had been prepared to be established. He had served in the house of God for since he was old enough to hold a broom to sweep the temple. He grew in the things of God and was faithful to Eli. He learned to hear the voice of the Lord. And he overcame the fear of man when Eli demanded to know what the Lord had spoken to him.
Indeed, before Samuel came to the point in his ministry where the Lord “did let none of his words fall to the ground” and exalted him to international influence, Samuel had to be raised up in the Word of God and the ways of God. So if you’ve been called into prophetic ministry, be patient and don’t look to emerge from the wilderness until God establishes you. You can be sure that your time of revealing will come.
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