She is said it all. Liz Ebony has revealed all the intrigues behind prophetic messages. It’s such an interesting piece.
“1 Timothy 4:14-15, “Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. Put these things into practice; devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress.”
I realize that some people don’t know how to handle prophetic words and it affects them poorly and this make a lot of people take some Prophets to be a liar.
But I will say that whenever a prophetic message is given to you, the first thing you do is:
I recommend that all prophetic words be recorded and that they should be transcribed and kept for future reference. These words can then be reviewed with one’s pastor or spiritual covering as a means of counseling and as a way to track spiritual growth and when reviewing a prophecy, it should be noted that not every element of the word will be applicable to the recipient’s present experience.
1 Thessalonians 5:19-21, the apostle Paul writes, “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good.”
If a person does not understand a portion of a prophetic utterance they should be careful not to reject it immediately as false. It may be that the word refers to something that is yet to come in the person’s life and they do not yet have knowledge of it. Instead, the person should put the word “on the shelf” for prayerful consideration at a later time.
Also when a prophetic word refers to transitions in life such as romance, geographical moves (like traveling out of the Country), changing churches, and many more it is important that a person never make hasty changes. Through careful prayer, counsel with spiritual leadership and small steps of faith, God’s purposes can be established in the believer’s life.
The Bible gives many examples of caution in the face of a prophetic word. We see in 1 Samuel 16:13 that David TENDED to sheep for many years after being told he would be king, that word is to be Fulfilled until God says it’s time.
When dealing with prophecy, a Christian must be willing to judge him or herself to make it certain that they are able to hear from God. Attitudes that can hinder our hearing from the Lord include negative mind-sets, or a low self-image, pride, self-justification, blame-shifting, self-preservation, people-pleasing, carnal reasoning and procrastination. Hidden sin or unforgiveness can also hinder our ability to hear from God.
A biblical example of a person needing to judge himself was King Saul. When the promises of God were presented to him, he rationalized God’s command and chose what he wanted. This brought about God’s judgment on his life and he never received the promises of God (1 Samuel 15).
Wait Patiently upon the Lord
We are told in Isaiah 40:31 to wait patiently upon the Lord.
Allow God to Form Character in the Process
God’s primary intent in the life of the believer is to call leaders and to test every area of their lives in preparation for ministry. Prophecies given to us about future ministry should be received with joy, and with respect for the process God will use to prepare us for that leadership.
Finally, the accomplishment of any prophetic word to our life is largely up to God, our role in the process is to put aside doubt, and to give God freedom to make whatever changes in us that are necessary to bring about His plan.”
-Liz Ebony Angel