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Tue 10 Apr 2012
‘Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight.’ (1 Timothy 1:18)
The Apostle Paul considered personal prophecies given to his disciple Timothy significant:
- Personal prophecies helped Timothy focus his life and ministry according to the call of God
- The Apostle Paul kept the prophetic words in mind when it came to his leadership of Timothy and instruction to him
5 Ways to Make the Most of your Personal Prophecy
A personal prophecy can be a means of great encouragement and motivation. 
If you have received a personal prophecy, here are some ideas to help you benefit from it:
1. Record your Prophetic Word
Write out your personal prophecy. (Hab 2:2) If possible, keep an audio copy of prophecies that you have received. Sometimes an impartation takes place through the verbal delivery of a word that cannot be communicated in writing.
If a word was not recorded in audio format, immediately write out as much of it as you can remember, so that you can weigh it up, pray about it and review it.
2. Weigh up your Prophecy
‘Do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good.’ (1 Thess 5:19-21)
The Bible exhorts us to weigh up prophetic words. (see also 1 Cor 14:29) 
Some filters you can use include:
- Is it in accordance with what the Bible says?
- Do you have an inner witness that the prophetic word is from God?
- Does it line up with the nature of God? In particular, with the nature of the Father as expressed through Jesus?
- Will responding to the prophecy bear good fruit—the fruit of the Spirit in your life?
- If the prophetic word concerns your destiny, does it line up with the way God has created and wired you?
Make sure that you include a process of accountability to Christian leadership in relation to your prophetic word. This is especially important if you are considering a change of direction in response to a word you have been given.
This also enables your leadership to nurture the gift and call of God upon your life, as Paul did with Timothy.
3. Pray about your Prophetic Word
Always take time to pray about any personal prophecy that you receive. Seek confirmation that the word is from God, and ask Him for further insights related to the message, its timing and any action you should take. Remember that fulfilment of your prophecy will be conditional upon you staying on track in your relationship with God.
Later on, you may also be led to pray about the fulfillment of your personal prophecy. 
4. Allow the Prophecy to Enlarge your Vision
A prophecy may be used of God to stretch our perspective concerning ourselves; who we are, Who He is, and what we are capable of doing with the enablement of His Holy Spirit.
A personal prophecy may speak into your identity and destiny. The Father is communicating His perspective about your life. And that may be beyond what you have perceived about yourself up to this time.
A personal prophecy is an invitation from the Father to see ourselves as He sees us.
The question is, will we accept that invitation? Or will we resist or ignore it?
5. Store your Prophetic Word for Future Reference
‘Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.” (Hab 2:2-3)
You may immediately recognise that your prophecy is timely and relevant.
However sometimes the exact meaning of a prophetic word is a mystery at the time we receive it.
This does not mean that it is not of value. In fact, it may be of tremendous significance for a later date.
Consider taking a long term view of any prophetic word you receive, even if you believe it does relate to a current situation.
Sometimes a personal prophecy is like a puzzle piece—you are not sure how or where it fits in the picture until more pieces have been put into place.
And then when you do see the fulfillment of the prophecy, you are blown away. You realise that God knew the whole picture of your life before you had even been born. 
‘All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts,God! How vast is the sum of them!’ (Ps 139:16-17)
Do you have any questions or thoughts to share on the topic of personal prophecy? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment in the box below. If the comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.
 For Biblical examples of personal prophecy and a biblical basis for bringing personal prophetic words, see my article:
Is Personal Prophecy Biblical?
 For more information about weighing up prophetic words, see
How Do I Know If A Personal Prophecy Or Dream Interpretation Is From God?
 See the following post:
Is It Time To Birth Your Prophetic Word In Prayer?
 If unfulfilment of a prophecy you have received in the past is causing you discouragement, see my article on Dealing With Prophetic Disappointment
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Tue 15 Feb 2011
Posted by Helen Calder under Prophetic Ministry
Last week I discussed the need to weigh up prophetic ministry in light of the phenomenon of global prophetic ministry via the use of the Internet.
In times past, the only prophetic words that reached us personally were those of visiting prophetic ministries to our church or area. These were ministries known to us, or known to other leaders that we respected.
However, with the advent of the Internet, social media, Google and email lists, the ability to give and receive prophecy has multiplied dramatically.
To test this, I googled “Prophetic Word For 2011” and it came up with 13,500 results!
Language is no longer a barrier. I notice, for example, that people can view my pages in languages such as French and Spanish using a translator.
Of course this is a blessing, because there is now media available to share God’s word worldwide. I have known some prophetic words to go viral—spreading from inbox to inbox.
Many prophetic words that are circulating are filled with grace and have the ability to bless and instruct.
However, some that have crossed my path (or should I say inbox) recently have caused me concern.
I believe that the Bible teaches us to consider prophecy carefully and test whether or not it is from the Lord.
Last week I discussed some guidelines we can use as we weigh up prophetic ministries.
Today I am looking at what to consider when weighing up the content of a prophetic word or message.
Weighing up a Prophetic Word
Someone sends us a prophecy via email, or a link to a prophecy online that he or she is excited about. Before we hit the ‘forward’ button, here are some things to consider about the prophetic word:
A. Does the Word Reveal the Father’s Heart?
Prophesying Natural Disasters and World Events
In Part 1, I mentioned that some abuse of prophetic ministry today arises from ministries adhering to an Old Testament paradigm of prophetic ministry.
The New Testament ushered in an era of God’s mercy. It is an age in which God’s kindness, not His wrath and judgement, leads to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
When Jesus announced His ministry, He quoted that part of Isaiah 61 where it says, ‘He has sent me to proclaim… the day of the Lord’s favour.’ He stopped short of quoting, ‘and the day of vengeance of our God.’ (Luke 4:18, Is 61:1-3)
Jesus Himself said, ‘For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.’ John 3:17
God’s judgment on the nations is reserved for a future time. (Rom 2:5; Matt 25:31-46)  This being the case, what should motivate a prophecy about future events and trials?
Jesus’ Motivation: Prepare and Protect
A prophetic word warning of pending disasters should reveal God’s heart to save and protect.
When Jesus prophesied concerning the devastation coming upon Jerusalem He included the heartfelt cry:
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.” (Matt 23:37)
Jesus’ verbally expressed desire was to embrace and save, not to condemn and judge.
In Matthew 24 Jesus warned His disciples of events to come, forecasting the destruction of Jerusalem and the tribulation of end times.
During His discourse, Jesus gave practical advice for protection (Matt 24:15-18), as well as warning signs to watch out for.
He was conveying prophetic revelation of difficult times to come, in order to prepare and protect His people.
A Prophecy that Mobilised the Church to Give
In the book of Acts, Agabus’ prophetic foretelling of a severe famine resulted in mobilisation of resources from the church to relieve those who were suffering. (Acts 11:27-30)
The purpose of Agabus’ prophecy was not to pronounce judgement, and not to authenticate the prophet. Instead, the prophecy prepared the church to express God’s heart towards those affected by the famine. 
What if today—instead of prophesying judgement—the church weighed up prophetic words concerning future events and then used those insights to prepare to share the Gospel through extravagant giving and service to those in need?
What if prophetic words, delivered in a spirit of love and concern, helped governments and civil leaders plan for disaster relief?
B. Does it invite consideration—is it open, or closed?
A prophetic word should invite hearers to consider it and weigh up for themselves whether the prophecy is from God.
In the past I had a mistaken belief that prophetic ministries have a ‘hotline to God’ that precludes them from error. I now realise how unscriptural and dangerous this is. 
This belief can sometimes be reflected in the language used in a prophecy.
Words of Direction and Correction
All prophecies are subject to testing, and this is especially true of words that give direction or correction.
Even a mature prophetic ministries in the prophetic office should not give directive or corrective words without submitting them in an attitude of humility.
A message that is directional (gives specific guidance) should be framed in an ‘open’ way that gives the recipient room to weigh it up—and if necessary, shelve or even reject the word.
C. Is It Redemptive?
A prophecy should reflect the truth of the Gospel; that God’s desire towards people, His church and the nations is always to restore and redeem.
Jesus used prophetic revelation in His discussion with the woman at the well to point out her sin; however, He did not condemn or judge her. Instead, He showed her truth and grace and led her to faith in Him. (John 4)
Does the prophecy bring with it faith and a sense of expectation? As God says in Jer 29:11,
‘ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”’
D. Is It Biblical?
Most of us know that prophecy should not contradict scripture. However, a prophecy can be Biblical and yet be imbalanced, or take a point out of context.
Prophetic ministry should reflect the whole counsel of scripture; for example, Old Testament truth is balanced and explained by revelation in the New Testament.
E. Is It Empowering?
‘Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the brothers.’ Acts 15:32
A prophetic word should empower the church and our individual Christian life. A word that brings conviction, for example, should lead to freedom and to intimacy with God.
Prophecy should be concerned with changing our heart first and our behaviour second. We need to be wary of a performance focus in prophetic ministry.
F. Does it Resonate with the Spirit of God Within Me?
The Apostle John said,
I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit-just as it has taught you, remain in him. 1 John 2:26-27
A good question to ask about a prophecy that is aimed at us personally is, ‘Where does the prophecy lead me?’ As John said, we can discern a ministry by whether it keeps us in fellowship with Jesus.
I need to be on the alert if a prophecy leads me into fear, condemnation, criticism, or an unhealthy focus on supernatural experiences.
We need to be careful about a sensational word or a word that feeds our sinful nature (greed, need for affirmation, etc). Ask, ‘What in me is responding to the word?’
Finally, unless I am convicted that the word is pertinent and have gone through a process of weighing up the ministry and message, I am very reluctant to pass on a prophetic word, especially by email.
I would love to hear what others think about this topic. To view or contribute to this discussion, leave a comment below. If the comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.
 This is a big subject. I highly recommend Ps Mark Conner’s response to a so-called ‘prophecy’ that fatal bushfires were a result of God’s judgement for sin in Australia. You can find his discussion here:
 Agabus’ later prophecy concerning Paul’s upcoming arrest allowed both the church and Paul to come to terms with and prepare for what was to come. (Acts 21:10-14)
 I warn of a ‘hotline to God’ philosophy that bypasses Godly wisdom and accountability in my book, ‘Prophetic People In A Changing Church.’
See also the following blog post: Not Word Perfect: Understanding How Prophetic Ministry Works In The Church Today
This article should be read in conjunction with Pt 1:
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Now on team with David McCracken Ministries
Thu 10 Feb 2011
Posted by Helen Calder under Prophetic Ministry
By nature and gifting, prophetic people tend to place a high value on prophetic words. We desire to know what the Father’s plans are for our lives, as well as what is on His heart for our church, community and nation.
As a result, we are naturally curious about what prophetic voices around the world are saying.
In today’s global community, a prophet may not even visit our nation, let alone our church, and yet still influence us because of the capabilities of the Internet, email, and related media.
I believe it is vital that we exercise wisdom in discerning both the prophetic messages and the ministries that are broadcasting globally.
How do we discern what is of God, from amongst the many voices that claim to be prophetic in the world today?
The Importance of Weighing up Prophetic Ministry
The Bible teaches us that we should weigh up prophecy and prophetic ministries carefully. (1 Thess 5:21, 1 Cor 14:29, 1 John 4:1)
Jesus warned that false prophets would come on the scene and deceive ‘even the elect’ with signs and wonders. (Matt 24:24)
Even though this is the extreme scenario, Jesus’ warning is a reminder that accurate predictions, signs, miracles or spiritual experiences do not of themselves validate a prophetic word or ministry.
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1-2)
‘Many’ means a lot. Even so, we should not draw back in fear, but take Paul’s wise advice:
Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. (1 Thess 5:19-21)
So I believe the key question is not, ’Should we test prophetic ministries’, but ’How do we test them?’
How To Weigh Up a Prophetic Ministry
In the early days of growing in prophetic ministry, I did not exercise care in discerning the prophetic ministry that I received from or associated with.
As a result of being led along a pathway of prophetic independence, my heart, church and ministry suffered. I thank God for the gift of repentance and for the help and leadership He has given me along the way. 
Following are some characteristics that I believe are vital to exercising balanced prophetic ministry today.
(Note that I am not referring to testing a prophetic ministry in the context of church life—which is another topic, although many of the following points do apply).
A. Ministering out of a New Testament Paradigm
We can learn a lot from studying the lives and ministry of prophets in the Old Testament. However, there are some crucial differences between Old and New Testament prophetic ministry.
John The Baptist was the last prophet in the Old Testament era.
Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension ushered in a new age; the church was born. From that period on, prophetic ministry is a function of the church body.
Prophetic ministries that model their ministry on an Old Testament paradigm may miss some of the key attributes of New Testament prophetic ministry, such as:
- Being part of the church community (Acts 13:1, 1 Cor 12:27-28)
- Having a primary purpose of equipping, encouraging and strengthening the church (Eph 4:11-13, 1 Cor 14:3, Acts 15:32)
- Prophecy being confirmation, or subject to being confirmed
- Accountability and the need for testing prophetic words (1 Cor 14:29, 1 Thess 5:19-21), and most importantly—
- Revealing the heart of the Father—the grace of God—as seen in Jesus (John 14:9, Rev 19:10b)
Setting aside these characteristics of NT prophetic ministry results in abuses and extremes in the prophetic movement today. 
Jesus commended the Centurion who recognised that the release of God’s power came from being under authority. (Matt 8:5-13)
If I don’t know ministries personally, I look to see to whom they are accountable. Are they reporting to a board or other mature apostolic oversight? Are they connected to a local church?
It is easy for ministries to have the appearance of accountability on their website. However the prophet’s testimony (life journey or ministry stories) may give more insight into whether or not true accountability exists:
- Do they describe the importance that leaders and community have played in their journey, or do they boast of being trained directly by God?
- Do they have accountability in place regarding spiritual insights and experiences, or do they describe supernatural encounters without reference to them being weighed up and tested?
Paul reported to church leaders both in Jerusalem and in his sending church of Antioch (Acts 14:26-28, Acts 15:2, Gal 2:1-2)
If the Apostle Paul, to whom God entrusted direct revelation and who wrote scripture, was accountable to church leaders, shouldn’t we be?
Other glimpses of accountability in the New Testament include:
- In Acts 15:32-35, the prophets Silas and Judas were sent from the church in Jerusalem to the church in Antioch.
- In the New Testament we see less of the individual prophet and more of prophetic teams – e.g. Acts 15:32, Acts 13:1, Acts 11:27, 1 Cor 14:29, 31-32.
- Even Agabus a noted prophet in the New Testament, was part of a prophetic group from the church in Jerusalem. (Acts 11:27)
Demonstration of accountability also reflects an attitude of humility and teachability—two vital attributes in prophetic ministry.
C. Loving the Church
Love for people and for the church is vital in prophetic ministry (1 Cor 13:2).
How does this relate to the many prophetic ministries today who believe they have a mandate from God to address areas of weakness in the church?
Words of Correction
Two prophetic words address weakness or sin in the church. Both have the same insights. Yet one is sourced in the spirit of ‘accuser of the brethren,’ whilst the other is of the Spirit of God and expresses the Father’s heart. How can this be?
Jesus is not ‘soft on sin’ in His church. In His letters to the churches in the book of Revelation, Jesus rebukes and corrects the church (He also gives some of the most powerful promises in the Bible).
The person Jesus chose to receive and convey this prophetic revelation of warning and rebuke was the Apostle John.
John had not only helped build the church, but he also served and loved the church—to the point that he paid the ultimate price of laying down his own life.
Here are some questions to consider the next time you hear a prophetic ministry exposing and rebuking sin in the church:
- Is he or she recognised and received as a builder of the church—or on the contrary, known as someone who consistently tears the church and its leaders down? (1 Cor 14:12, 2 Cor 10:8)
- Does he or she love the church—and how has this love been demonstrated?
C. Questions to Ask
Following are some more questions that may assist in weighing up prophetic ministries (and that we need to look for in ourselves):
1. Do They Exhibit a Godly Lifestyle & Character?
An intimate relationship with God is central to prophetic ministry. However, this is not displayed in the quality of supernatural experiences a person claims to have had.
It is revealed as he or she bears the likeness of Jesus. (Acts 4:13, 2 Cor 3:18). Humility, integrity, faith, grace towards people, honour towards other Christian leaders and a moral lifestyle are all hallmarks of a life lived with God.
2. Who recognises / endorses their ministry?
- Are respected ministries and churches receiving these prophets?
- If they are prophesying concerning nations, do they actually have the ear of governing leaders?
- What do other prophetic ministries say concerning their prophetic insights (1 Cor 14:29)
- And closer to home, would my own church leaders recommend these ministries, or caution against them?
3. What is Their Fruit?
Jesus said, ‘By their fruit you shall know them.’ (Matt 7:15)
- Is their ministry bearing fruit? If so—what? If they are calling for repentance, for example, is the Holy Spirit actually using their ministries to turn people from sin and to Jesus?
4. Are They Exalting Jesus?
Signs, wonders, angels, supernatural experiences or prophetic accuracy may draw people’s attention, but do not validate a prophetic ministry.
- We should always be looking to see whether ministries are making Jesus the focus.
- Is revealing the heart, mind and intention of the Father the primary mandate of this ministry?
I would love to hear what others think about this topic. To view or contribute to this discussion, leave a comment below. If the comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.
Next week I will share part 2 of this series, including some thoughts about prophetic words that foretell natural disasters and world events.
 I share my story in my book, ‘Prophetic People In A Changing Church.’ To learn more about my testimony, click on this link for the ‘About’ page. To find out more about the book, visit http://enlivenpublishing.com/blog/e-books/prophetic-people-e-book/
 In the New Testament Church, all believers have the Spirit of God and can hear God’s word and receive guidance for themselves. Christian leaders have the ability to hear from God in relation to their roles and the oversight they have been given. The prophetic voice should either bring clarity and confirmation to what is already received—or be confirmed by what others then hear.
 See also the following post: Differences Between Old And New Testament Prophetic Ministry.
Graham Cooke deals with this subject well in his book, ‘Developing Your Prophetic Gifting’ in the chapter ‘The Role Of The Christian Prophet.’ If you are interested in exploring this topic more, I recommend looking it up, as he covers some different points to those I have touched on above.
‘’Sadly far too many people are displaying an Old Testament ministry and personality in a New Testament Church setting. This I believe accounts for the large number of horror stories, misunderstandings and misrepresentations which belittle the prophetic ministry and discredit the gift.’(P 201)
[Graham Cooke Developing Your Prophetic Gifting’ 1994 Sovereign World Ltd Kent England]
© Helen Calder 2011 Enliven Publishing Blog
Now on team with David McCracken Ministries
Tue 28 Sep 2010
Posted by Helen Calder under Prophetic Word
If you are nearing retirement age, or are older, this word is for you.
If you are not, pay close attention. It is vital that those of us who are younger hear what the Father is saying to those who are further on in life’s journey than we are.
Viewing our seniors through the eyeglasses of our culture, we mistakenly see a winter season, a period of life where fruitfulness lies behind.
Our God, however—the God of Abraham and Sarah, and Zechariah and Elizabeth—sees spring, and a season of fruitfulness yet ahead.
Three Women, One Message
It started around 8 weeks ago when I was sitting in our church reception area with a woman in our congregation who is 73 years old.
She told me of how she had recently had a prophetic dream and described it to me in detail. It was a remarkable dream—in it she met the Lord. She also saw an unusual fruit tree.
It was clear that the dream spoke of a new season of fruitfulness in her life.
Several weeks later, she attended Healing Rooms training for the first time at our church. God is breaking open new ministry opportunities to her.
Three days after this encounter, I was speaking at a women’s breakfast, which was being held at a church over the other side of our city.
I happened to sit with a woman who was around eighty years of age.
She is a gifted artist, who in earlier years had been an art teacher and held exhibitions of her work. However, because of eyesight problems and unsteadiness of hand she had given up her art.
That is until one day recently, when the Lord gave her a prophetic dream in the night. She described the dream to me in detail.
It was clear that the Father was instructing her to pick up her gift of art again, which she has done. She said to me, “I am not sure how it is going to turn out, but I know that the artwork I am doing is prophetic.” 
Days after this, I was in Sydney at a healing conference. A group of us, including an older couple, chatted as we waited for a lift at our accommodation. The husband said to his wife, “Tell them what God has done for you.”
She held out her hand, explaining, “My finger was bent and crippled, but now it is straight.” She said, “I should have known.” The night before in the worship she was worshipping and found herself making a motion with her hands as though she was playing the piano.
She hadn’t played in years because of her crippled hand, but God gave her a prophetic sign that the next day was fulfilled—SHE IS HEALED!
A New Lease On Life
‘They will still bear fruit in old age; they will stay fresh and green. Ps 92:14
Just as Moses, encountered the burning bush of God’s Presence at 80 years old and received a fresh commissioning, THIS IS GOD’S TIME TO VISIT HIS OLDER SONS AND DAUGHTERS.
What have been considered the twilight years of life are becoming the highlight years of life, as the Father awakens dormant callings, revives gifts and bestows new ministries upon His people.
God is holding out the sceptre of His favour to His older children. They will become the ‘unexpected army’ of God’s Kingdom and be a sign and witness to this generation of His grace and power.
Depression and weariness will lift off and gifts of healing will be released as they experiences prophetic encounters and receive from their heavenly Father a ‘new lease on life.’
‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17)
 For more on prophetic art, see the post, ‘What Is Prophetic Art?’
*Do you have any similar experiences or responses to share with us on this topic? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment in the box below. If the comment box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.
Prophetic Word for 2010: How You Can Receive Your Own Prophecy
© Helen Calder 2010 Enliven Publishing
Now on team with David McCracken Ministries
Mon 28 Dec 2009
Are you interested in having an encouraging prophetic word for this year?
You can have your own prophecy to remind you of God’s faithfulness throughout the year.
Years ago, friends of ours shared with us how they usually prayed and asked the Lord for His word for the coming year. For example, if the Lord told them it was going to be a year of fruitfulness, they then named the year, ‘Year of Fruitfulness.’
‘You should do that too,’ they told us. Receiving the word of the Lord for the coming year became an annual quest and has produced a great deal of encouragement over the years.
One year, I sensed the Holy Spirit nudge me with the word, ‘transformation.’ We were on a New Year’s break at a friend’s house and I was musing over what the word ‘transformation’ might mean for us personally. I looked it up in a dictionary, which produced a list of descriptions. One leapt out of the page and struck me hard. It was, ‘A sudden change of scene on stage.’
The Hunk agreed this word was from the Lord, and we felt both excitement and trepidation as to what it might mean. That year, key staff members unexpectedly exited from our ministry. A number of other changes occurred that created difficulties for us.
Even though ‘The Year Of Transformation’ was a tough period, we knew that God was orchestrating what was happening in our lives and ministry, arranging the next scene of His plan for us. The Lord had prepared us with His word.
One word from God can hold tremendous power.
A prophetic word from God for your year can:
- Bring encouragement throughout the year
- Help you stay focused on His plan or promise
- Provide motivation to stay on track
- Give you the strength to persevere through tough times
- Help you see God’s bigger picture—His redemptive purpose in what is taking place
As the angel said to Mary, ‘For no word from God shall be void of power’ (Luke 1:37, ASV). God’s word brings power with it, to fulfil God’s purposes for our lives.
Here are some ways you can receive a prophetic word:
1. Pray and ask the Lord to give a word concerning His promise and plans for the coming year.
There are many ways in which you might receive a revelation. The Holy Spirit might speak through a through, scripture, a picture, an idea or some other way.
One year, I was opening up a program on our computer when the word ‘Discover’ came up on the screen, and that one word impacted me so much I knew the Holy Spirit was bringing it to my attention. We were about to enter ‘The Year of Discovery.’
2. Pray and ask the Lord for any further insights about the word.
I like to look the word up in a dictionary or thesaurus to clarify the meaning, as well as pray and seek out scriptures that reinforce what God is saying.
3. If the word goes beyond simple encouragement and compels you towards action or change, remember that the principles of interpretation and accountability apply to the word.
What you can do with your prophetic word:
1. Write down or journal about how you received the word and what it means to you.
2. Share it with those around your life who can rejoice with you when it is fulfilled and encourage you on when times get tough
3. Keep it in front of you throughout the year. Some ideas for doing this are:
- Use it as a password for programs or websites you commonly use (not if you’ve shared the word widely, of course!)
- Link the word to an accompanying scripture, and put both on a poster where you can see it daily
- Write it on card and use it as a bookmark in your Bible or other book
- Have it as a greeting on your mobile phone
4. Review the word and its outcome at the year’s end. Reflect upon what God has done throughout the year and how the prophetic word has been fulfilled.
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