Over the past 25 years, I have had many prophecies or prophetic words spoken over me, some that came to pass, many did not. I believe most people mean well, but not all are really giving a word from God. It may be something they think, or wish would happen.
Over the years I have seen many encouraged and some destroyed by prophetic words. I have heard, with my own ears, people give others a prophetic word saying, “If you fast for three days, this will happen. Or in 7 days this will happen.” Unfortunately, those things did not happen, even when they did their part. When the word failed to come to pass, for whatever reason, they were devastated. Once, I was standing beside a person who received such a word. I remember having a little check in my spirit. Although I tried to warn them, they had faith in the ones giving the word, so they received it. I did not happen, even though they fasted as they were told to. When it did not happen, they didn’t blame the people giving the word; they blamed God. They walked away from God. It hurts me to this day.
Because of things like this, people are wary of prophetic words, I can understand that. I believe we need to know a few things when receiving a prophetic word. I believe we need to ask ourselves a few questions. For instance, does it line up with the word of God? Does it line up with what God has shown you for your own life? And…do you fully trust the person giving the word? Do you know their track record?
As I said, I have had many prophetic words over the years, many I have forgotten, only a few stick with me. Those few I know are from God, I know it in my spirit. A couple have come to pass already. Some I am still walking out, warring with that prophetic word in mind.
Words of wisdom, words of knowledge and prophetic words are part of God’s plan and we should embrace genuine words from God. We should, as the Bible says, war with them. We should use them as part of our arsenal when standing in faith for the final outcome. We can’t just lay them on the shelf and hope they happen. If we truly believe it is a word from God, we must keep it before our eyes.
When a true prophetic word from God is spoken into our lives it releases an anointing. An anointing which will empower that word to come to pass. Does it always come to pass? I believe many times that is up to us. If we receive it, believe it, and keep it in our heart, it will come to pass.
God, as we remember, told the children of Israel that He was taking them to the Promised Land, yet because of their complaining and unbelief, they never entered into their promise, except for two who received the word, believed it, and kept it in their heart. Joshua and Caleb were the only two from that group who made it to the place that was prophesied to them.
I know many of you have had true prophetic words spoken over you. I encourage you, if you have cast them aside, get them back out, dust them off and war with them. I Timothy 1:18 says; “This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.…”
When warring with the prophecies you have been given remember Numbers 23:19 says; “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
God does not lie – if He said it to you – then the anointing was released to bring it to pass. War with it, declare His yoke destroying, burden moving, anointing over it and watch it come to pass.
If you have suffered hurt because a word did not come to pass, let it go, it may have been man speaking what they hoped would happen for you. Or maybe they missed it OR maybe, just maybe, it is still alive and full of anointing, only God knows, and He will show you if you seek Him about it.
The prophetic words that were not from God, forgive and let it go, it is not worth hanging on to the disappointment. For those that were a divine anointed word from God…get them back out, dust them off, put them before your eyes, war with them, declare them…know that there is an anointing on them to come to pass…know it – believe it – receive it and stand until you see it.
Meditate on this:
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. 2 Peter 3:9