Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

In the first chapter of Jeremiah, God began to engage in a personal one on one dialogue with the young Jeremiah who had a prophetic call on his life to be a prophet of God.

The Lord began to share with him His foreknowledge of Jeremiah’s call before Jeremiah was ever conceived in his mother’s womb. The Lord also revealed to Jeremiah his prophetic identity in just a few statements, that God Himself had appointed him as a prophet to the nations. The brief, yet powerful prophetic statement went like this, “Before I formed (you-Jeremiah) in the belly, I approved of you as one fit for the prophetic office, “and, “before you camest forth from the womb, I made you holy and dedicated you to holy uses; I have appointed you now by this public call to be ‘a prophet unto the nations.’”

Any prophet or prophetic leader can understand and bear witness with this passage of Scripture. It is a personal prophecy given by God to His chosen vessel, whom the Lord just commissioned. The Father also begins to tell Jeremiah that before He formed him, He knew him personally. This is a very interesting statement because it outlines that God was the One who created him and used the womb of his very own mother to be the vehicle to conceive him from. Before Jeremiah was birthed in the natural realm, he was originally conceived out of the spiritual womb of God, which was His mind. Jeremiah was being birthed forth through a divine thought, desire and concept of the Lord.

The Father preplanned and predestined to deliver Jeremiah in the Earth long before Jeremiah was ever thought of by his natural parents. With that desire of God, came Jeremiah’s calling to prophetic duty. This big conversation that God had with Jeremiah was like a father telling his son about the beginning of his son’s life. God’s intention to conceive Jeremiah reminds me of married couples desiring and making necessary plans to have a baby of their own.

They begin to use wisdom in the planning process of bringing a new life into the world. When a husband and wife receive the news from their family physician that they are pregnant, the first thing the couple starts thinking in anticipation about their new arrival, is what the gender of their child will be, the time their child will actually be born and possible girl and boy names. Using that as an illustration, we must understand that God already knew and determined Jeremiah’s name, gender, birth date and his prophetic career. The Lord knows you by name and your destiny, which is attached to your purpose. The uniqueness of Jeremiah’s calling is that the calling is associated with the meaning of his own name and the prophetic function that the calling applies to. Jeremiah’s name in Hebrew means, “May Yahweh lift up high, thrust or establish.” So that being said, God was going to lift him up, thrust him and establish him as a prophet in this high calling of the Lord.

The prophetic takes on the same function as the meaning of Jeremiah’s name meaning in Hebrew, “Yah is High.” In other words Jeremiah had a “high” calling from God. Whatever calling you have from the Lord is a high calling in His eyes. Jeremiah’s name also took on the characteristic of what the prophetic does when it comes to a person. The prophetic comes to build up, to establish, encourage and to exhort. Like the gift of prophecy, the prophetic serves to: edify, exhort and comfort (I Corinthians 14:3); helps us build up or strengthen; and should lead us to the Word of God. It is the ministry function of the Holy Spirit to convict of sin, of righteousness, purpose and of judgment to come (John 16:8-11). Prophecy is divinely inspired and an anointed utterance; it is a supernatural proclamation in a known language. It is the manifestation of the Spirit of God – not of intellect (I Corinthians 12:7), and it may be possessed and operated by all who have the infilling of the Holy Spirit (see I Corinthians 14:31). Intellect, faith and will are operative in this gift, but its exercise is not intellectually based. It is calling forth words from the Spirit of God. The gift of prophecy operates when there is high worship and praying (I Samuel 10:5-6), when other Prophets are present (I Samuel 10:9-10) and through the laying on of hands by ministers of the Gospel (Acts



Moreover, have you ever been in a place where you needed to hear the word of the Lord? Then suddenly the word of the Lord came to you or perhaps you have been studying something, then revelation knowledge came to you, which brought the answers to your questions or problems? Have you ever been somewhere and a prophetic word came from a pastor, leader, prophet or someone who just came with a confirming word that you have been waiting on? Yes, we all have in one way or another had a word of the Lord come to us. It may have been through reading the Bible in our devotional time or praying or just simply being in church hearing something that caused your spirit to bear witness. The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah personally and it came from God Himself and not from any other source. There is nothing like receiving a direct prophecy from the Father! The prophetic word of the Lord had Jeremiah in mind. Prophecy is the inspired mind of God communicated towards an individual that He has called and chosen.

God was the very source of Jeremiah’s purpose and he did not have any choice over his own calling, purpose and destiny, but only needed to embrace and walk in that which he was called to. The call of a prophet was predetermined and preordained by God before Jeremiah’s birthing and not determined nor ordained after he was conceived. The Scripture uses this manner of speech to declare that God has appointed his ministering vessels to their holy offices before they were born and not after as in Isaiah 49:1 and Galatians 1:15.

In Isaiah 49:1 (NLT) says, “Listen to me, all you in distant lands! Pay attention, you who are far away! The Lord called me before my birth; from within the womb he called me by name.” (EXCERPTS from Born to Prophesy: God’s Voice Speaking Through Book, Hakeem Collins, Charisma Media, 2013)

Often Christians have trouble hearing the voice of God and question whether prophecy is still a valid gift in today’s world. As a result, they are likely to experience discouragement, fear, doubt, and frustration.
Born to Prophesy gives you a clear understanding of the role, function and purpose of modern-day prophets, prophecy and prophetic ministry that is so desperately needed. In addition, it offers practical teaching to those who are called to speak as God’s ambassadorial voice with authority, love, and confidence in Christ. Combining foundational biblical truth with examples from the Old and New Testaments, Hakeem Collins helps you:
  • Understand the biblical importance of the role and function of modern-day prophets, prophetic ministry, and the supernatural gift of prophecy
  • Discover your own prophetic voice, gifts, calling, identity and potential, so you can operate in the incredible power of the Holy Spirit that God has available for you
  • Understand the responsibilities of the modern-day prophet, as well as the danger zones of false prophets and prophecy
God still speaks today, as He does in every generation, and He wants to use your unique personality and voice to empower, comfort, edify, encourage and bless your friends, family, church, and the world.
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