How To Maximize Your Prophetic Transition
On Wednesday, we discussed the fact that prophetic transition is occurring, and how you can be aware of prophetic transition in your own life. Today, I’d like to offer 5 simple tips that will help you maximize your prophetic transition:
1. Block off time to focus on you. Give yourself some space.
This is really big, folks. Most people’s schedules are so jam-packed that there’s very little, if any, room for God to insert anything new in your life–let alone give you rest and rejuvenation. And when God starts to do something new, we need to enter into it refreshed.
There are two keys that will help you with this:
Key #1: It’s okay to say no.
Recently, someone asked me to help with an outreach event in an area to which I’m not called. They said to me, “Hey, can you help with XYZ? It’s on X date.” My response? “I won’t be here.” They perked up, probably thinking I was going on some cool vacation, and said, “Oh, where will you be?” And my answer, with a smile, was: “Not here!”
I say that with humor, but my point is, I’m not called to everything. And if I spend my time and energy doing things I’m not called to do, then I won’t have enough left to do the things I AM called to do. I’m not being hateful. I’m being faithful.
What’s the takeaway for you? Be faithful to what YOU are called to do. Say no to other things. You’ll be much happier and more effective for it, I promise–and you won’t miss what God wants to do in your life because you’re too busy trying to please people.
Key #2: Just because someone asks to spend time with you doesn’t mean they get to.
Frankly, people ask me all the time, “Can I meet with you? Can I talk to you?” and sometimes the answer is yes. If God has called me to disciple somebody–if it’s my daughter or son asking–I will move heaven and earth to make myself available to them. If I’m in covenant connection with someone, I share my life with them morning, noon, and night. (Although that doesn’t always mean I respond to their every whim; I still have healthy boundaries.)
But if it’s not someone to whom God has called me? The first, second, and third principles of management apply: delegate, delegate, and delegate.
See, if I’m not called to fill a special place in your life, then I can’t help you. It’s not that I wouldn’t love to. I care; I really do. But if God has not called me to you, then it’s because my skill set and/or what I would say to you wouldn’t benefit you at this time. So I will send you to someone who CAN help you, because I can’t.
Honestly, this key even applies sometimes with close friends that I AM in covenant connection with–but they understand. I have lunch or dinner with people all the time. But if I’m overwhelmed or busy trying to prepare for something urgent, and a friend asks me to lunch, I have to say no (see Key #1). My friends get it, though; they have to do the same thing.
If you will learn to have this boundary in your life, it will help you. Your time is your own, and you are responsible for it–and only YOU have to suffer the consequences for how you use it. So don’t let people drain your time away. That doesn’t mean be unfriendly or scroogish or stingy. It means be discerning.
So block off time to focus on you. Make plans sometimes to just go home and be alone. Take a bubble bath, read a book, or get alone with the Lord. And if someone asks you to do something? Your true and correct answer is: “I already have plans.” And stick to it!
2. Find extra time for prayer.
I mean extra time. For example:
- Pray in the Spirit in the car, all the way to work and all the way home. Turn the music off so you can really concentrate on God.
- Instead of watching TV at night, grab your Bible and spend some time in the Word and prayer before bed.
- Sneak away to a quiet place (like your car, or even an empty stairwell) at lunch and lay yourself out before God in prayer.
Finding extra time for prayer is key when God is transitioning you from one place to another. KEY. And much prayer and intimacy with God will protect you from the schemes and devices of the wicked one (see Psalm 91).
Get some sleep already, beloved! You may think you can get along just fine with 4 or 5 hours of sleep a night, or even less. But I, personally, doubt that you are as great at not sleeping as you think you are.
God made our bodies to need rest. So ask the people around you if you seem grouchy and tired. Look at your body and see how your body is responding. And when you need to sleep, turn the TV off and sleep!
This is not just practical advice; it’s spiritual advice too. You can’t hear God clearly when you’re not rested. It’s hard to be at peace when you’re not rested. And, as John Paul Jackson used to say, “Peace is the potting soil of revelation.” In order to get clear revelation, guidance, and direction from God, you need to be rested and at peace.
So rest. Get rid of distractions. Turn off the endless flow of noise into your life, and rest… physically and spiritually. I would encourage you to consider taking a personal vision retreat. But even if you don’t, rest. Wrap yourself in a cocoon of peace and white space for awhile, and let God have His way with your heart and soul.
4. Realign yourself and your schedule in preparation for what you feel your new season should look like.
Many times, I’ve eliminated things from my schedule that were good things, simply because God was done with them in my life. Just because you were called to something in the past doesn’t mean you are called to it now.
So look at the things in which you’re involved. Are they all bearing fruit? Or do some of them produce only hassle, worry, stress, fatigue, and anxiety in your life?
If you identify something in your life that is not producing the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), prayerfully consider whether or not you should remove it from your schedule.
If you’re not sure, seek godly counsel from someone who isn’t personally involved. Ask them what they see in your life… but then take whatever they say to the Lord. Make sure any counsel you receive lines up and can be supported by Scripture.
Additionally, consider the people with whom you’re aligned. Sometimes it’s not about who you are; it’s about who your father is. Are you aligned with the right people? Have you placed yourself under the covering and authority of people who are themselves under authority? Are you in covenant with people who are also in covenant?
If you have a history of self-seeking, and God is transitioning you, DECIDE that your self-seeking behavior stops now. Decide that you are going to serve just for the sake of serving Jesus. Line yourself up under the right authority so you can begin to make progress in your life. And be faithful.
5. Consider fasting.
Fasting is so key to powerful, victorious living. Fasting, by its very nature, separates you from the rigors of earthly life and tunes you in to the divine. Fasting tunes you in to God …
… Fasting with a right heart, that is. 🙂 Fasting with a wrong heart produces little but frustration. (For more about fasting with a wrong heart, read Field Notes From My Fasting Failures, here.)
If you’re not used to fasting, go easy on yourself. Take it from me; I’m the poster child for failed fasts. But I’ve also fasted successfully, and fasting has had a powerful impact on my life. So here’s my best advice: It is much better to do a simple fast (e.g. from desserts) successfully and with a right heart than it is to attempt big, mammoth fasts with a wrong heart and fail.
There ya go. That’s my advice. Take it or leave it, but I’d encourage you to take it. 🙂
To sum it all up:
The key to getting the most out of your prophetic transition is simply to pull back from busy living for a time and give God space to do what He wants to do.
Get alone with God. Seek Him in prayer and fasting. Say no to things that would suck the life out of you. And align yourself with the people and places God shows you for your new season.
If you will separate yourself for a time and stare at Jesus, I believe you will see God move more powerfully in your life than you ever dreamed.
Did the Lord call something to your attention in this post that speaks to you directly? If so, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!
This is really a great confirmation from the Lord. I love helping but I have learned that I have to do what I’m called to do. I used to be so frustrated and irritated because I was out of alignment. I’m not a superwoman with the answer to everything. Only God has the the answer to everything. Only God is omnipresent. I can not be everywhere at the same time. Point being, I receive this confirmation and thanks for sharing. This is encouraging to me.
Great points, Tameeka. I so agree. I love to help too, but it’s just not always possible. So I’m right there with ya!
Thank you. Jamie this blog. Posting was a confirmation on things God has been showing me. One time is we are allowed to say no sometimes even if it’s a good cause. If i’m not call to do the cause on this season. In my life then I should obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for this posting .
Amen, GeMayne. You’re welcome. Yes, I say no to good causes at work all the time; everybody always has their favorite health association, charity, kids’ organization, etc they want me to support. Most of those causes are really good ones. But there are just too many good causes around. We’ve got to stick to who God made us to be! 🙂
Good, solid advice, Jamie. Thanks for the reminders. Even when a person has been walking in these ways for a long time, it is important to be reminded. You have helped me to focus my attention where it needs to be. Be ever so blessed in your teaching.
Thanks so much, Laurna. I receive that blessing, and thank you for reading! Hope you’re doing well this week. 🙂
Peace is the potting soil of revelation. I love that! And I agree about saying no, I wish I had done it more. I know what I’m best at, I can’t do someone else’s calling. None of us are superwomen. I found my prayer closet in my mother’s bedroom of all places, while I was resting there., The Lord told me that a prayer closet was also a place in your mind, so we can go there anytime.
Oh, Rebecca, I really like that. Yes! A place of solace under the shadow of Daddy’s wings. Love it.
Thank you for your beautiful and inspirational readings and advice, I truly needed a spiritual boost in readings and faithfulness, I am not a good faster either, but with more powerful and spiritual growth I can feel more close to God. God bless you and thank you so much. I truly needed to read a stronger and powerful teachings. MS. LEE 🙂
Thank you so much for reading, Victoria. It’s ok not to be a great faster… it’s about excelling at a heart after God. May you be continually blessed as you pursue our Daddy!
Thank you for reading! Have a wonderful night!
Wow… “Get alone with God. Seek Him in prayer and fasting. Say no to things that would suck the life out of you. And align yourself with the people and places God shows you for your new season.”… it’s like just God just whacked me over the head with a pool noodle and said “see?”. Without getting into detail, these past two days I’ve felt abandoned, disillusioned, tired, hurt, and angry with God. I’m usually able to always find the bright side of anything but at this moment, I’m failing miserably. I needed that last paragraph like a starving man needs food. Thanks.
Karen, I’m sooo very sorry you’ve been going through such a hard time. But I praise God He spoke to you out of this post. I have noticed just recently that my own lack of focus that I’ve been struggling with has contributed more to feeling jaded, burned out, and cynical than anything that has actually happened to me. It was all innocent, too – for me, my lack of focus was evident in my travel schedule. My husband and I love to travel, so we’ve taken several trips lately to gorgeous places, just to get out in nature. But that travelling was stealing my margin, my white space in my schedule. When I noticed that and cut back and cancelled a trip and stayed home instead, I suddenly felt refreshed and focused again for the first time in awhile. I know travel is still good, and I don’t plan to stop altogether; but I was letting it drain my time instead of focusing on what I’m called to do. And for me, energy comes from answering the call.
I hope you are also able to find that sweet spot of focus again, so the Lord can transition you into everything He has for you in this season. I will pray for you today. Thanks so much for reading and sharing!
Wow, Jamie, I noticed comments on this post are from 2015, but praise God the Lord has His perfect timing lol. I was just talking to a friend yesterday and she also was getting in her spirit a stepping away time with God for me. I have been doing so many things and need rest. This post is so right on, especially I think as Christian women we need to learn to say no and be okay with it. I love what you said about everything not being you’re calling. I like to say when I’m teaching, “just because we can doesn’t mean we should.” We want to let God do His thing, He may be trying to grow someone else and if we hold on to something we were called to for a season and don’t relinquish it when it’s time to move on, not only can we get in the way of Gods transition for us but also for others. Very excellent topic. Been looking also for some level headed prophetic voices. I will bookmark your site.
I saw you mentioned prayer, if you don’t mind praying for me (strange how sometimes it’s easier to ask people you don’t know for prayer lol) as I am seeking the Lord for strategy and specifics for me website (direction to start blogging or teaching etc) as well as, the right divine connections and others with prophetic, discernment or similiar gifting for iron sharpens iron etc lastly praying He is able to do what is needed to transition for His purposes and glory. Thank you!
God bless you! Sybella
I just stopped and prayed for you, Sybella. I am glad Papa is talking to you about direction and rest. Rest periods are so crucial if we want to receive from the Lord. Unfortunately, I had to learn that the hard way. But Papa is gracious and helps us get where we ultimately need to go, as long as we are seeking Him with our whole heart and doing our best to obey Him. He gives us so much grace. 🙂
It’s so true, and He is SO gracious and faithful. I am always wonderfully amazed. Thank you for taking the time to pray, I really appreciate it.
God Bless you 🙂
Do you think women are allowed to have a ministry and teach? Many people quote 1 Timothy 2:12 and say women should be quiet. I’m just seeking your opinion on this because I feel I have been called to ministry but sometimes doubt it because of all the things people say against women being used by God..why would he give gifts of teaching and then say we can’t teach and should be silent? Thanks for your advice God bless!
People who say women can’t teach haven’t read their entire Bible. They’re taking one verse way out of context. Read “Why Not Women?” by Loren Cunningham for more about this. It will help. And rise up and teach, sister!
The Lord has spoken clearly to me through this message