Monday, October 16, 2017
Have you ever been discouraged because a prophecy has not yet come to pass in your life? Have you ever doubted God's promises for you? I'm sure everyone has at some point in their life. I know I have. Sometimes years and years go by and the prophetic word did still not come to pass.
Some prophetic words come to pass easily and quickly but many require us to do something on our part. One of the things students learn at the Samuel Elijah Prophetic College is that we often must “war” with our prophetic words. What does this mean? 1 Timothy 1:18-19 says “This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience”.
Here are three things we must do to war with a prophetic word:
First, we must have faith that the prophetic word is true. We must believe it to receive it. If we doubt God or think I can’t see that happening, then we are fighting against what God wants to do in our lives. We are giving Satan access. If our spirit bears witness to the prophetic word when it was spoken and it is in line with the Word of God, then it is a true word from God and we need to believe it is true.
Next, we must read the prophetic word carefully and make sure we are meeting the conditions. In many cases, the conditions are clear. For example, one time I got a prophetic word saying that as I spent time in the presence of God, limitations would be removed from my life. The condition was to spend time in the presence of God. If I didn’t do that, then limitations would not be removed. For prophetic words where the condition is not clear, we must pray for clarity. Sometimes the condition is implied. When someone receives a prophetic word that they will be married, they must be on the lookout for their future wife or husband and work on changing their mindset to a marriage mindset or that word won’t come to pass.
Lastly, we must not get discouraged by the process. Apostle Ricci, headmaster of the Samuel Elijah Prophetic College sometimes says “With much preparation, there is much use”. The greater the prophecy, the more difficult the process. God needs to work on our character. He needs to prune us and tweak us in order to prepare us for our destiny. The enemy doesn’t want our destinies to be fulfilled. We must press through times of testing and not lose faith in God and his promises. We could do this by reviewing our prophetic words on a regular basis. When we do that, we will get encouraged and stay focused. It’s also important to stay strong in our relationship with God and let him help us in times of difficulty.
If you ever find yourself discouraged and disappointed that your prophecies have not been fulfilled, remember to war with your word and not lose faith. God bless!