What to do with your Personal Prophecy:
- At first, do nothing until your emotions have settled and you can begin to look at your word a little more objectively
- However, if you continue to do nothing – which is what some people do – the word will not become a reality in your life
- Some would then call it a “false prophecy” however, it is not a ‘false prophecy’ – you just failed to co-operate with it
- There are nine steps you now need to take with regard to the prophetic word you have received
- This is a process to effectively interact with and respond to personal prophecy
- God wants you to understand your prophecy and He does want it to impact your life positively
Step One: Do nothing
- Don’t do anything to start with. Very difficult for some to do nothing but very important. Do nothing except record the word – Listen to the word a number of times and type it out exactly as it was spoken – word for word – every word
- Let the excitement of the moment – or the terror – die down and wear off a bit
- Then you will be able to rationally and calmly consider the word – What was said and what was not said
- When you receive a word 75% experience – only remember 25% of what was actually spoken (the actual prophetic word)
- Emotional response – positive or negative – not good – so give it all time to let the emotions settle down– Do Nothing
- Write it down – Jeremiah 36:2 – “Take a scroll and write on it all the words that I have spoken to you…” Revelation 14:13 – “And I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘write this …”‘ Writing it down (typing it out) helps you to gain insights you did not grab when you just heard it only
- Read it over and over and over and over ….
Step Two: Be a responsible Believer
- Don’t let the prophecy “collect dust”
- Begin the process of determining if the word is true or not – It is up to you to judge the prophecy not up to those who delivered it – Stewardship of your word
- Judge – prove – test – try… 1 Corinthians 14:29 “Let 2 or 3… speak … and let the others weigh what is said” 1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Test everything” 1 John 4:1-6 “Do not believe every spirit but test the spirit…”
Also have a look at step #4
- These words imply action and effort It is an effort to prove your prophecy but it is Biblical and the Bible really leaves no alternative for a serious believer. No one can/should do it for you as God gave you the word. It is your responsibility to prove it! You don’t ‘prove a prophecy’ by feelings – feelings have little to nothing to do with it ~ 2 Corinthians 5:7 ‘Walk by faith not by sight’ Not a feeling – a responsibility
Step Three: Get some help
- Get a spiritually mature leader or friend involved
- Hebrews 13:7/Hebrews 13:17
- Can be spiritually mature friends who see you differently then you see you and so you can offer insights… They are more objective – less subjective – not as ‘emotionally involved
- Leader may not know more than you do… But by humbling yourself and submitting to your leaders you position yourself in the centre of God’s will and so in this place of submission the prophecy will have a greater opportunity to come to pass and be a blessing…
- Ask the person who gave you the word… They may have insights into how and when they did not share with you and so be able to shed some light and lend some meaning to what was shared Apostles and prophets often see much more than we speak out
Step Four: Pray about it
- 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 20 ‘Pray without ceasing…Do not despise prophecy’ Serious and consistent prayer
- You need the ‘Mind of Christ’ – 1 Corinthians 2:16b ‘but we have the mind of Christ’ – concerning your prophecy
- You are looking for an understanding of general tenor – meaning – direction – Isaiah 55:6 ‘seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near…’ (while the word is fresh)
Step Five: Meditate on your prophecy
- This step is often neglected – a last act!
- If you do not meditate on it you will loose some of the impact on your life
- We need to allow the prophetic word to SETTLE in our spirit – takes time and meditation
- More than grabbing it mentally or saying ‘yes’ it is God
- Much more than mental assent
- Must allow the Holy Spirit to make the prophecy alive and place it deep within our spirit so you are working with it in your mind and your spirit
- Psalms 199:78b `I meditate on your precepts`
- Colossians 3:16a `Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly`
- Revelation comes in spirit
- Understanding comes in mind
Step Six: Check for Conditions
- Step 6 in determining if the prophecy is a word of the Lord for you…
Look at any and all conditions – Helps to have someone else look at it too – Assumes you are doing all the basics of the faith – church (implied), prayer, Bible, evangelizing, submitted (see separate teaching posted in this section of the web site for a more detailed explanation of these following conditions plus others…)
- Make Jesus Lord and Saviour of your life
- Obey the Bible – follow God’s standard
- Be faithful, obedient, consistent, dependable – experiencing genuine faith
- Endure suffering, persecution, trials and tests
- Make your calling and election sure
- Be filled and remain filled with the Holy Spirit
- Walk in fellowship with other believers – iron sharpens iron
- Walk in light you already have
- Pursue the word of God passionately – live the Christian life
- Conditions are things that you must do Example: `If you… Then I will…
- Conditions state what God is expecting – the responses or actions from us that must happen first
- Can you begin to move toward the conditions of the prophecy Example: gifts of healings – begin to visit hospitals Example: teacher – start writing notes and outlines
- If you can do nothing in current situation to meet a Condition then simply wait
- However, you can still take action – faith without works is dead James 2:17-18, 22
- You need to act…
- Some kind of response is the key to fulfilling prophecy!
- Is it scriptural?
- Does it fulfill prophecy’s stated purpose?
- Does it glorify Jesus?
- Is the vessel (person) reliable?
- Have any parts of it come to pass?
- Do the predictions line up with the Bible and do they lead to obedience to Jesus Christ?
- Does it bear witness with you spirit?
- Is it in line with previous words you have received?
- Is it in line with the vision of your church?
Step Eight: Consider your response
- Prophecy and it’s fulfillment in your life is like a seed First it seems to get buried in “life” and apparently Dies only to eventually sprout and grow slowly to fulfillment
- Growth is obscure, secret – before you see it sprout up in your life
- So in spite of lack of ‘evidence’ we need to respond
- Believe – faith
- Yield to it – be willing
- Depend on Word (when planning) – trust it
- Participate with it (co-operate)
- Patience (wait on God)
- Submit to it (well, okay, I guess)
- Obedience – shows you love God
- Right attitude – serve
- Aggressive – move forward
- At this point you are not reacting to your word – you are responding – React means you are clashing together, conflict, resistance, opposition (usually not healthy) – Respond means to move forward and be sensible, interpret correctly, create a positive and cooperative interaction
Step Nine: Take Action (if judged to be the Lord)
- 6 steps of faith… to allow you to “take action”
- Act without the support of your senses
- Act without the support of your human reasoning – Proverbs 3:5 lean not on your own understanding
- Act without the cooperation of your circumstances – Hebrews 13
- Act while still accepting RISK (faith)
- Act in humility, yieldedness, flexibility
- Act in boldness – have confidence in God – Hebrews 13:6 “so we can confidently say …The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me’
- Act as an act of worship – 1 Samuel 15:22 ‘to obey is better than sacrifice (in worship)…’