My Friends-the Prophets

Do you have any friends who are prophets? If you don’t I would strongly suggest you find a few. I have been spending a lot of time lately with my prophet friends. They are a unique breed for sure, not always easy to make friends with. Most of them are extreme introverts and struggle with popular culture.  If they were on twitter or facebook they would be constantly red flagged for their blunt honesty and incorrect political statements.

To be honest it can be really hard hanging out with my prophet friends at times. Their words can burn as the they uncover hidden sin and self-centered strongholds. I don’t always appreciate their judgmental tone and their strong rebukes. Sometimes I want to run out of the room as their prophetic rants feel like open heart surgery and I’m wide awake with no anesthesia.

Yet, over the years I have found their loving discipline and instruction has been exactly what I’ve need to turn me around into the arms of my loving Father. Without their constant loving support I’d quickly slide down a slippery slope of trusting self as god instead of placing my faith in the Sovereign of the Universe; as their wise prophetic words have proven true time and time again, self-trust always leads to self-destruction.

During the last several months here in South Africa I have spent many hours reconnecting and listening to my friends. Seeking their advice about my heart, the pandemic, ministry, and the future. Yes, at times the conversation has been difficult, but also filled with a great sense of hope and expectancy for the future.

Let me give an example from one of my prophet friends.  He is called the weeping prophet, and even wrote a book about crying called Lamentations. You’ve probably heard of him, his name is Jeremiah. He wept over the sin of God’s children, over his own pain, and judgement that was coming. Yet, in the midst of his tears, he found hope in the character of God:

“Yet, I still dare hope when I remember this: 

‘The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By His mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each day.’ I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him! The LORD is wonderfully good to those who wait for Him and seek Him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the LORD. And it is good for the young to submit to the yoke of His discipline,'” (Lam. 3:21-27).

In fact, all my 16 prophet friends from Isaiah to Malachi point to “my inheritance” found in the gift of my Savior Jesus. They keep telling me “Hope in Him!”  They reveal over and over again not to trust in rulers, governments, armies, money, position, people, but in a Child who has been born, a Son given, He is the one governments of the world rest upon His shoulders:

“The Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father , Prince of Peace. His ever expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule forever with fairness and justice from the throne of His ancestor David, the passionate commitment of the LORD Almighty will guarantee this!” (Isa. 9:6-7).

I encourage you to invite one of the prophets over this Christmas season. It might not be an easy conversation, but if you listen carefully they will lead you to a place where you will find hope in Sovereign, Loving, Faithful, Forever King, Jesus!





2 replies
  1. Valerie Herder
    Valerie Herder says:

    Hello Tim and Patty!
    I purchased your book and am already on chapter 3! After attending a 12 step program for 4 years a decade ago, I deeply appreciate seeing the 12 Steps alongside scripture. I always knew they were so similar to the Word, just couldn’t put my finger on it. Thank you, Tim, for taking the time to point out the beauty and possible transformation that can happen with them together!

  2. Daniel McCance
    Daniel McCance says:

    Hello Tim,
    I have been ruminating on a divine appointment that I had with you at THE RETURN in D.C. It was on Friday afternoon.
    I saw you about 40 yards away from my wife and I through the growing crowd of worshipers. When I saw you the Lord spoke to me concerning you and that there was a spiritual appointment with you. I pointed you out to my wife and asked her if you may have been a member of our church. She said, “I’ve never seen him before.” Yet, I knew there was some connection between us.
    About 15 minutes latter you made your way through the crowd and handed me a copy of your book “Climbing Prayer Mountain”.
    The connection was God’s reminding me of a calling to finish my devotional book for couples in crisis marriages. It too is a 40 day devotional. My calling is to work with couples who are struggling in their marriage. I am a pastor and LPC and my passion is to help strengthen marriages and families. I do not know what the Lord may have been speaking to you as you brought me the book on that Friday afternoon.
    I am a bilateral leg amputee and am confined to a wheelchair. That may help you remember our brief encounter.
    Our God is absolutely amazing. You on the west coast and me on the east coast and yet we had a divine appointment in D.C. on that day. Thank you for being God’s vessel of encouragment to me. I am still working on my devotional book.
    I seek the Lord daily for the next step in the process. I desire His inspiration so the finished product is from His hand and not my own. I would appreciate your prayers in this divine work that has an east to west coast connection.
    God bless you and many thanks for your obedience to Yeshua Messiah.

    Dan McCance


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