Today we will finish up this mini-series of blogs on the “Ten Qualities of a Prophetic Word“… and I hope it has been and will be helpful to you.
So far we have seen that …
1> Personal prophecy if creative
2> Persopnal prophecy is highly active
3> Personal prophecy releases a prophetic process and the will of God in your life
4> Personal prophecy is conditional
5> Personal prophecy is invitational
6> Personal prophecy is progressive
7> Personal prophecy is optimistic
8> Personal prophecy does not harm or hurt
9> Personal prophecy is futuristic. The Bible teaches that personal prophecy is frequently futuristic in nature. It looks and plans ahead. Personal prophecy expresses what can be – what will be in God. It is your “prognosis” in God – the course of your life as God sees it – your future. Personal prophecy expresses your potential: what you are actually capable of becoming – all that you were meant to be for Him.
However, it may not always address current fact or present reality to your satisfaction. It may even seem to almost ignore critical current circumstances in your life. Personal prophecy sees what can be, not what necessarily is at the moment. It looks ahead. It is futuristic in the sense that it projects. It plans ahead, but it does not have to actually predict specific events to be futuristic.
Personal prophecy calls Abraham a “father of many nations” when he was clearly not one. It calls Gideon a “mighty man of valor” when he was clearly not one yet. It sees you as a “finished product.”
10> Personal prophecy is limited. The Bible teaches that all personal prophecy is limited in nature. “Limited” is not a negative term. It simply means that personal prophecy has boundaries – a fixed purpose – a restricted function or role. The Bible says, “We know in part and we [always will] prophecy in part.” (1 Corinthians 13:9). By God’s design personal prophecy is a limited gift with a limited (but important) application. It is just not a magic wand. Neither is it the complete and perfect counsel of God for your life. It seldom addresses everything God may be doing in your life.
Often, personal prophecy is only an outline, a brief overview, and a general survey of your life. Personal prophcy is never the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. It is just a part of the truth in your life. It is just a glimpse, just a peek, just a slice of the prophetic pie. It is not the whole pie. Personal prophecy is limited and tends to give us the outcome and not the many details. It is partial, not perfect. It is not all-inclusive. It is not limitless. Personal prophecy (by God’s design) is a limited (yet powerful) spiritual gift.
There you have it – ten qualities of a very powerful, life-changing gift of the Holy Spirit – personal prophecy.