I trust this series has been a blessing to you as much as it has been a huge blessing to me. If you haven’t read any of the previous thoughts please do read the first one here and the second one, which talks about the effects of prophecy on the believer here.
Today, I hope to write briefly on what our response should be to prophecies.
Now, one very important thing the Bible teaches us is this;
Despise not prophesyings. 1 Thessalonians 5:20
This implies that, in the ultimate, our response to prophecy is honor.
One tendency we must always look out for is Familiarity, especially in church/believer circles where the prophetic is a norm. We tend to get too familiar, such that when prophecies come, they no longer hold weight to us. We just hear them, get excited about them and forget about them. Then we begin to despise prophecies.
Our response must be honor, no matter how many times you receive prophetic words in a day.
One of the ways we honor prophecies is by writing.
Habakkuk 2:2 KJV
And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
One great thought in that bible verse is that when you write, you run. This is basic. When we write down the things God has said concerning us, they help us to remember God’s promises and hold on to them. Putting down these things is strength for our journey.
Going back to what you’ve written helps you take stock of which of these promises you are already seeing in your life, and which ones have come to pass. This helps us to actually judge God faithful! And the ones that are yet to be seen, this pushes you to pray some more!
And yes! This is another way we respond to prophecies. I remember in my last post that I said that prophecies furnish us, and how that Timothy was equipped by prophecy.
1 Timothy 4:14 KJV
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
Then we see Paul telling Timothy in 2Tim 1:6 to stir up the gift of God In Him which He received.
2 Timothy 1:6 KJV
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
When prophecies come to us, we stir up the reality communicated. Don’t just be passive. No. Don’t just write down prophecies. Pray them to reality. Call them to be. According to Romans 4:17, God calls the things that be not as though they were. If truly we are of His nature as believers, then we can also call things that are not as though they are. We take authority by our words.
Don’t just sit there. Act! Pray those prophecies to be. Call them forth in the name of Jesus.
For example, If someone says to you by prophecy that there is an anointing upon you for some sort of leadership, you’ve just been equipped by prophecy! Begin to declare “I call forth this gift of God in me in the name of Jesus. I give expression to this anointing in my life!” Pray in tongues! Build yourself up into that reality. Stir it up! It is your responsibility! God will bring His words to pass, but He needs you to partner with Him in prayer.
He wants you to seek, so you can find. He wants you to knock, that the door might be opened unto you. That’s how it works.
Meditate on the promises you have written down. You can’t afford to be passive.
If there are prophecies you are not seeing their manifestation yet, it’s okay. Stay with it. Pray through it. Believe through it!
Another way we respond to prophecies is that we rejoice! Yes. That is the response of someone who believes God’s word.
Psalm 119:162 KJV
I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
Laugh about it. Dance about it. Sing about it. God is faithful. That’s the response of someone who believes God’s word.
I believe with this understanding, the new year is going to be amazing as we stay on God’s promises in the scriptures and His promises to us through personal prophecies, His promises to our local churches through prophetic words and His promises to our friends and families.
It can only get better! I call you victorious!
From me to you, Happy New Year!