Many times, over the years, we have heard things taught from the pulpit or heard it echoed throughout certain circles and have accepted it as bible. When you hear something enough, faith comes in that area and we believe it. When we have faith in the wrong things, we can step into trouble and short-circuit the power of God.
Thank God, for the work of the Holy Spirit that quickens our spirit when it is time to make corrections to erroneous or unlearned teachings. He gently nudges our spirit man with a “not so”. Then He puts the onus on us to dig into the Word of God to search out what is truth. We must then separate our thinking from incorrect doctrine and learn to become in agreement with God’s Word.
One such teaching that has been commonly promulgated is prophesy is ‘Strictly For Conformation’. I have heard it spoken many times that the prophetic word comes only to confirm what God has spoken to you and that there is no such thing as prophesying something new to the believer. Beloved, this is not so! In a perfect world, where we would all hear from God clearly without any personal biases, human filters, cultural influences, or defilement from this present world, and or other hindrances this would be true. However, this is not the case.
Let us go to The Word and see if there is an example of where new information never considered before was revealed by a prophetic word. A perfect example of this is with David. Under the teachings of ‘Prophecy Is For Confirmation Only’, David would have known that he was to appointed to be the King of Israel. According to that teaching, he would have know that before the prophet Samuel anointed and prophesied to him.
“Again, Jesse made seven of his so/js to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all your children? And he said, There remains yet the youngest, and, behold, he keeps the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down until he come here.” And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and completely of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.” -1 Sam 16:10
“Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.” -1 Sam 16:13
Nowhere in scripture is there an indication that the Lord previously spoke to David to tell him or his family that he was going to be king one day. In fact, scripture tells us that David was tending the sheep and he was not called to come before the prophet. Upon deeper scrutiny of the passage, even the prophet, Samuel did not know which one of Jesse’s sons he was to anoint as king prior to his visit! When the older seven sons failed to be God’s elect, Samuel knew God had not missed it, and neither had he. There had to be another. When David was summoned to stand before the man of God, in that moment, the unction from the Lord rose up in Samuel to confirm that this was who God had chosen. Only then did anyone know, including Samuel, that he was the one who chosen to be king.
Friends, we cannot put God in a box nor allow anyone to put us in one either. Let us say it loudly and clearly, “Prophesy may or may not be for conformation!” When you receive a prophetic word, it may the first time you have ever heard it. God may want to release an impartation or declare a new thing in your life! He may want to open doors and gateways that were inappropriate for any other time than the present time.
Whenever we receive prophetic words, we must always use wisdom. Even though we are to receive prophetic words with faith, we must temper those words with wisdom and counsel. With the information revealed by the prophecy, you must pray for additional confirming words from scripture and trusted sources.
“This is the third time i am coming to you. in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” – 2 Cor 13:1
Remember, we are never to run with the first word we receive. Put it on the shelf and ask God to speak to you out of his written word. A true prophecy from God will never conflict with scripture. It if it truly God, He will sovereignly manifest it or confirm it repeatedly until you begin to believe and set yourself in agreement with it.
Never try to make it happen! However, you should begin to prepare yourself in the meantime and allow the timing of God bring it into being. Preparing for it means to study up on the subject and get an understanding of what God is saying. For example, if you received a prophecy that you “Will Be A Millionaire’, it would be wise to learn about banking and how to balance your checkbook.
In addition, be careful of whom you receive ‘prophetic’ words from. Everyone that prophesies is not mature or established. Be sure to receive words only from those that are mature, established, set in place by established leadership and those that are properly submitted spiritual authority. If we receive every prophetic word then it is like eating at some random diner on the side of some backwoods highway. We don’t know if we are getting good food or roaches in the kitchen.
”Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” – 1 John 4:1
May God’s Grace Abundantly Rain in Your Lives,
Apostle Ric & Prophetess Kathy Steele