What NOT To Do When You Think You've Received a Prophetic Word

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Yesterday I posted on what to DO when you think you've received a prophetic word from the Spirit.  But there's another side to this coin.  There are definitely things you should NOT do when you believe you've heard from God.

1. Do NOT immediately assume the prophetic word is for someone else. 

God wants to talk to YOU first and foremost.  In John 10 Jesus talks about the sheep hearing His voice and knowing Him and following Him.  Hearing from God is about you..hearing from your Shepherd.  It's stunning to me how many times I've shared something God has told me only later to sit and think, "Wow, that was actually for you.  Why don't you be quiet a little longer next time and ask God first."  And when in doubt, it's better to NOT share at all.

2. Do NOT assume that God wants you share it.  

He may simply be revealing information to you about another person so that you can pray more intelligently. I have made this mistake too, more often than I care to remember.  So much of what God shows us is simply about prayer. It's easier to say a prophetic word than it is to pray about it.  And sharing it runs the temptation of bringing us more glory, when using the word to pray gives God more glory.  Don't hear what I'm not saying.  I'm not saying you should not share your prophetic words.  I'm simply saying that our prayers have as much, if not more, impact in the spiritual realm than our verbal words do.

3. Do NOT assume God wants you to share it immediately.  

He may desire for you to sit on it, watch and pray over it, and wait for the right time in which to deliver it.  Prophecy is not like money in a kid's pocket.  When I got money as a kid I remember being so excited about the ability to buy something for myself that the money would "burn a hole in my pocket" as the old saying goes.  Don't let prophecy be like that.  The moment may not be the right time to share it.  Wait and see.  And remember...there's always later!

4. Do NOT get offended when you don't get an opportunity to share it with someone.  

God is sovereign over all events and circumstances in His providence.  He will not be sidetracked in His plans with someone else.  The Holy Spirit is sovereign, which means He can just talk to you about stuff if He wants to.  And He often does.  Sometimes He just wants to talk to you and show you things...things that do not require any attempt to share it with someone.  And because He is sovereign, He is able to accomplish what He showed you about that person even if you never get to share it.  Trust God, not your feelings.

5.  Do NOT try to make it fit some preconceived situation.  

Attempting to "cram" your word into someone's life will be detrimental to you and to the person for whom you think you had a word.  Too often, well-meaning saints attempt to take what they know about the person and make their word fit.  This means that too often, they may miss what God is actually trying to do or say.  Again, be patient and ask God for more help, more information, more revelation, more wisdom.  And if you don't know, then ask someone who is more prophetically mature.  They're always glad to help!  I remember receiving a vision for a family once.  The vision seemed to fit within the moment during which time we were praying for that family as a group of leaders.  I thought the vision was about one member of the family.  As it turns out, the vision was actually about another member of the family about three months later!  Wait on the Lord.

About the Author: Rob is a follower of Jesus at Jubilee Church, where he works as an entrepreneur and operations contractor in Woodstock, GA. From there he envisions and pursues missional-shaped business for the kingdom. He and his wife Sherri have been married for 19 years and together have three sons and a daughter. Rob believes the mission of the gospel is summed up in four simple phrases: know God, obey Jesus, make disciples, and plant churches. This is the pursuit of his life, as well as the point of his blog.

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