Secret One: Faith Is Required! Every Time!
Let’s be clear on something: A continuous positive response— a “step of faith”— is always necessary for a personal prophecy to be fulfilled. If you give up on your personal prophecy, your personal prophecy will give up on you!
Remember, faith is both sensible and supernatural at times. In other words, you do the logical, practical, sensible part (by faith) so God can do the supernatural part and bring your personal prophecy to pass.
The Bible says… “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11: 6).
Again, the Bible states “. . . the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed
with faith in those who heard it” (Hebrews 4:2). This mexing took place within them – in their heart (spirit), mind and emotions.
Secret Two: Testing, Testing, And More Testing! Ouch!
All personal prophecy will be tested— sometimes severely— like it or not! It is not unusual at all for natural circumstances to go in the exact opposite direction immediately after you have received an accurate personal prophecy. In fact, it is not unusual for all hell to break out in your life through no fault of your own!
The prophecy said you would go “up,” and immediately you went “down.” The prophecy said “right,” and your life went way, way to the “left.” The prophecy spoke of blessings for your life, and immediately the bottom fell out – and it felt like a curse! God spoke about promotion in your life, and right away you experienced an apparent demotion! Why? The personal prophecy is being tested, that’s all.
So relax, you’ve done nothing wrong— the personal prophecy is just being tested – it’s normal.
Be encouraged. If you persevere, if you persist in God, if you “hang in there,” God will eventually bring the personal prophecy to pass. He always does. This testing of personal prophecy simply increases your trust and faith in God. It also serves to demonstrate God’s sovereignty: His supernatural ability to cause circumstances and key individuals to respond to His greater plan. Ultimately the personal prophecy will marvelously come to pass.
Indeed, God will cause, “…all things to work together, to fit into a plan, for your good, for those who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Truly, “He works all things out in agreement with and after the counsel and design of His own will” (Ephesians 1:11).
And this includes all your personal prophecies! They’re just being tested.
Secret Three: Confirmation – Very Important!
The greater the prophecy, the greater the chance of prophetic confirmation. All prophecy needs to be judged. Some prophecy also needs to be clearly confirmed. You should expect clear confirmation of your personal prophecies— especially the “major” directional ones.
Too many prophetic mistakes are made by well meaning believers prematurely acting on a lone (unconfirmed) prophecy. Minimize the risk of prophetic failures in your life by waiting for confirmation to your personal prophecies. You’ll be glad you did.
Frequently, but not always, personal prophecy will confirm something God is already dealing with in your life – that thing that is already on your spiritual radar. Personal prophecy usually will not address something totally new, foreign, or uncomfortably unfamiliar to your mind and heart. Its purpose is not to negatively shock or stun your mind or heart.
We know from Paul’s comments in Acts 20:22-24, that he was already sensitive to the issue Agabus later raised prophetically in Acts 21:11. Apparently, Paul was not shocked at all at this significant personal prophecy. Why? It probably confirmed something already in Paul’s heart – an issue he had already addressed to himself. To this confirming prophecy Paul boldly declared, “I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” How could he say this? This famous prophecy probably served to confirm a decision Paul had already made long before.