Script Writers: The Prophets

by Carolyn Hope

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” – which means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:22-23)

So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: “He will be called a Nazarene.” (Matthew 2:23)

One of the major roles in the story of Christ’s birth, which often gets overlooked, is that of the prophets. We like to focus on the prophecies while forgetting that those who spoke them were people just like us. Isaiah, Micah, Hosea, Jeremiah, and all the other prophets were powerful vessels of the Lord who spoke His Word and decreed the future long before it was in sight.

What must it have been like to speak things into being and not be able to see them with their own eyes, in their own lives? Can you imagine proclaiming the word of the Lord, and then dying hundreds of years before it comes to pass? How much faith that must take! How much courage and strength!

You may or may not be a prophet, but regardless, God calls you to be a visionary in His Kingdom. We are to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Romans 4:17 tells us that we serve a God who “calls things that are not as though they were.” We are to be like our Father, and He sees beyond the natural. His eyes aren’t confined to the present, current state of your life. Yours shouldn’t be either.

Dear one, have courage. Believe the impossible. See with eyes of faith. As the prophets of old, you can be a vessel of the Lord. You can peer into the future and call things forth that still have yet to be.

Don’t be discouraged because you haven’t seen the promise come yet. It’s on its way. Look past your present and behold all that can one day be.

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The Humility of a Visionary: Honor

by Carolyn Hope

“The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar), ‘Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?’ Daniel replied, ‘No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries … The king said to Daniel, ‘Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.’ Then the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men.” (Daniel 2:26-28, 47-48)

Daniel is known as a man who was both wise and prophetic. He served under several kings and was one of their top advisors and most trusted counselors. Daniel was a governor, a supporter, and a ruler; he was also a man of humility.

In Daniel chapter 2, King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream, and he demanded that his wise men tell him what the dream was, and then interpret it. He put an impossible task on these men, and when they could not fulfill it, he decided to kill all of them. Daniel heard about this situation, and he asked for time. When his request was granted, he sought the Lord for revelation, urging his friends to do the same. God faithfully answered their prayers, and Daniel went to the king and gave him the dream and interpretation. Throughout the whole process, Daniel showed himself humble through the honor he gave to the Lord (and to the king). He never once took any credit for what God had done but made it very clear that only He could reveal mysteries. Daniel’s strong honor for the Lord led the king to also show God honor.

Humility always honors others. To honor is to elevate someone and put him in his rightful place. Humility lifts others up to where they should be. One of the ways you can be humble is by honoring those around you. Instead of taking the best seat at the dinner table or movie theater, give that spot to someone else. Hold the door for the person behind you. Do small things to show others that you value them. The best way to honor others is to first honor the Lord. Keep Jesus on the throne of your heart, and you’ll be better able to honor people.

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