We don’t know about you, but countless times as we have been in church services throughout the years and someone with a ‘Word from the Lord’ would inevitably stand or speak out that prophetic word. Many times it would end or begin with “Thus sayeth the Lord. Many times, they said that just to give their prophecy the sound of validity. The implication is that it absolutely had to be God, simply because they used that phrase. It made it sound ‘official’ as if it was truly coming from God. We would say to ourselves, “Wow! God must really be saying that!” Then later, we would wonder and begin to say to ourselves, was that really God?
We had a great desire for the gifts of the Spirit as mentioned in 1 Cor. 12:8-10, to operate in our lives. We found that we drawn to those who ministered in the prophetic. These were the meetings that we wanted to be in. Psalms 42:7 speaks of “the deep calling unto deep.” The deep things in the Spirit of God call to the deep areas of your spirit that need to be filled. The deepness and richness of the prophetic was the vein of the Spirit that we felt called to.
Now, back to the “Thus sayeth the Lord” statement. After reflecting back upon some of the things that were porphesided in those early meetings, we began to question whether some of those things were really God or was that merely the person’s spirit man speaking? As we began to speak prophetically, we found ourselves adding that phrase just gave it that extra punch to make people believe that it was God. However, that was many years ago. We’ve had many, many years of training since those early days. Since then, we have learned a thing or two.
For a simple example, we discovered that everything that was prophesied wasn’t the Lord.
“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.
All prophetic words especially those that carry life-changing instructions or point towards the someone’s destiny, must be followed by or preceded with words of confirmation.
Someone may prophesy but if it is truly a “Thus Sayeth the Lord,” prophecy, meaning the Lord actually spoke it, then there will be at least two more words, and/or confirming expressions by the Holy Spirit to further establish His Truth. Confirmation can even come through other sources other than just a person speaking the same prophecy also. God knows how to confirm His Word to you from multiple sources. He knows how to give you a sense of comfort and peace that it is He who is the One speaking by giving you many confirmations. It is very unwise to change your life, plans or alter any strategies based off of only one prophetic word. God gives us peace and security concerning the directions that He wants us to move in. This is scripture; you cannot refute it or deny it.
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” – Gen 3:1.
Satan, with the moniker, we call ‘Mr. Doubt’, will certainly look you in the face and test you to see if he can pull you off God’s path. One prophetic word simply isn’t enough to base life altering decisions upon. Especially for those who are beginning to move in the prophetic. In trying times, you will need the support of other witnesses and expressions as sent by the Holy Spirit for you to stand on to be able to fight the good fight of faith.
Moving along, we began to receive training that confirmed our ability to safely speak what we felt was God. As a lead into giving a personal prophecy, we were instructed to use the terms, “I sense…” or perhaps “I perceive…”. Our instructors would laughingly say “You don’t want to blame God if you missed it.”
As spirit filled people, who live in a natural world, there may be times where you ‘miss it’. The enemy is always warring against us. He comes to try and ensnare and trip up our confessions of faith. As we boldly move in the prophetic realm to declare and decree what God is saying, we should always be willing to grow and improve how we prophesy. Using these terms, “I sense…,” or “I perceive…”, builds a safe foundation as one learns to press beyond the natural realm into the higher realms of the spirit. We are never too old to yield to wise instruction and proper training. The more we submit, the greater level of authority will be given unto us by the Spirit of God.
Don’t assume, get trained.
May God’s Grace Abundantly Reign In Your LIfe,
-Apostle Ric & Prophetess Kathy Steele
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