What do you do once you have judged a prophecy?
Last update on 11/18/2014 by Admin.
Presuming that you have tested the prophecy and have judged it to be from God you should:
- Record and write the word down (Hab 2:2-3).
- Get advice from mature believers (Prov 15:22).
- Follow the prophecy and in so doing fight the good fight (1 Tim 1:18).
1 Tim 1:18
I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight.
We follow the prophecy by trusting God and standing in faith that the word will be fulfilled, and by doing everything that is necessary from our side to see the fulfilment of the prophecy. Obviously only God can make a prophecy come true but none-the-less there are still conditions we must fulfil.
It is critical that you realise that all prophecy is conditional – even if conditions were not stated in the prophecy. Prophecy is a declaration of what will be, provided you exercise your faith and obey God. For instance, if a person receives a prophecy that they will be a great evangelist one day that word will not come true - even if it is from God - if the person lives in sin, never develops their relationship with God, or is lazy in sharing the Gospel. However, we must also not try and make the prophecy come true or run ahead of God. We must submit the prophecy to God and trust Him to fulfil it in His own time.
It is also important to realise that after a great prophetic word we often experience prophetic contradiction. This is when our lives seem to go in the opposite direction to the prophecy spoken over our lives. For instance Joseph was shown that his brothers would bow down before him but soon after found himself in a pit looking up at his brothers. David was prophesied to be the next king of Israel but soon found himself on the run as a fugitive and exile. The process of the fulfilment of a prophetic word is often:
- Declaration – God declares His intention and purpose for your life.
- Distress – puts you through trials and difficulty.
- Development – to cause you to develop in maturity and character.
- Demonstration – and then brings about the fulfilment of His purpose.
Probably the best response to personal prophecy in the Bible is that of Mary the mother of Jesus who received a prophecy that was incredibly difficult to believe. Yet note her response:
- She believed the prophecy.
"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said."
- She then meditated on the prophecy.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
- She told an older more spiritually mature friend and received encouragement:
[Elizabeth said] Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!
- She worshipped God with her whole heart:
And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour..."
If we will also believe our prophecies, treasure and ponder them in our hearts, receive wise counsel, and worship God wholeheartedly we will see the fulfilment of impossible things!
2 Chr 20:20
"Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful."