~ Matters of the Heart ~
So far, we have established that we can hear God’s voice for ourselves and others. Also, this word must be valued. We know that prophetic words are not a “FIX ALL.” And so we are accountable to search out a word, pray into it, and wait upon the Lord with it.
1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 “Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.”
Examine Your Prophetic Word
1. Not everyone who gives a prophetic word to you will be mature in the word or the way in which it is given; therefore, give grace to the individual who is giving the word. Hold them accountable to the word they are giving and if the word is correct or bears witness to you, let them know. Doing so is an encouragement to those giving the words.
If some or all of the words spoken are not correct, be kind, let them know that you appreciate them stepping out in faith, and share where you feel it was not accurate. Because we know we take a risk to step out for God in any area of faith, always be kind. Ask them not to give up. Let them know you will continue to pray into it, because you may be wrong in what you are hearing. You want to do your part to hear God in this word.
2. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Test all things…”
Steward Your Prophetic Word
Here is where you begin to steward your words, because we are accountable to oversee the words given to us. If we don’t, we can receive volumes of prophetic words that never produce fruit in our lives.
Ryan Lestrange says it like this:
I believe a common reason for unfruitful prophetic words is that we fail to steward it properly. A prophetic word is not the destination but simply the journey.”
It is an invitation to the journey, but the way we navigate the journey will determine how and if we arrive at the final destination.
We are called to judge the word:
- Is it a true word from the Lord?
- Who gave the word?
- How was the word given?
You can determine if the word is correct by the way it was given and in the method (of the heart) it was spoke to you.
Ryan Lestrange says:
I have seen many ‘parking lot prophecies’ who roam from church to church to engage in a renegade prophetic ministry that operates outside of any blessing from the house. This creates conflict by speaking to the ambitions of people instead of prophetic declarations.”
Who Gave Your Prophetic Word
1 Thessalonians 5:12 “Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to appreciate those who diligently work among you [recognize, acknowledge, and respect your leaders], who are in charge over you in the Lord and who give you instruction,”
They are your brothers and sisters, therefore they have some kind of relationship with you or they are recognized in the ministry for which they serve. They work among you and are respected, acknowledged, and recognized by the leaders.
Here at Joppa House…
At Joppa House, the only people who are permitted to give prophetic words are those who have been through the training. They have sat in the room on Friday nights to learn how we operate in the prophetic. They are recognized by the leadership and respected, or they would not be serving in either of our rooms.
If you receive a word from anyone other than in the Prophetic Room or Healing/Personal Prayer rooms at Joppa House (while you are there) do not receive it. Please let someone know in leadership at Joppa House. We stand to be accountable to those who serve and those we serve and we DO NOT appreciate those who are out for their own ambitions. These people do not hold themselves accountable to anyone, so they cannot be trusted. We want to protect Joppa House and the people who serve and come to Joppa.
3. Character: A person’s character is so important in giving a prophetic word, therefore make it a point to get to know one another.
1 Thessalonians 5:12 Amp. “Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to appreciate those who diligently work among you [recognize, acknowledge, and respect your leaders], who are in charge over you in the Lord and who give you instruction,” In NKJV it says “those who labor among you”. The word “labor” means to toil, by implication pains:-labor, trouble, weariness. If you have not labored with someone in pain and trouble to the point of weariness; then you do not know them. This would also mean you do not know their character.
People will claim to be prophets or those who come in the name of the Lord to speak into your life, but if they disrespect order and hurt more people than they ever built up, they are deceived. Sometimes a person may be deceived but still have an accurate word. What then?
People can speak out of a wrong heart and spirit. Maybe they opened themselves up to a wrong spirit. Perhaps they give right information, but not with the Father’s heart. They are blocked by their deception. This is why knowing someone and seeing their fruit is so important before allowing them to speak into your life. It is also important before you speak into someone else’s life.
God’s gifts and callings are without repentance: He will not remove the gift, even if the person is in error. You must know their fruit.
Test the word:
- Does it reveal your heart?
- Is it releasing the Father’s heart?
- Does it show you a point of change, either in you or in something God is asking you to do?
Judge Your Prophetic Word Against THE WORD
4. Judge all prophecies by the written word of God. Scripture says in Revelation 19:10 “…Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Does the prophetic word line up with the word of God? To determine this, you must know the scriptures. If you do not, go back and study to show yourself approved.
For example, if someone tells you to leave your spouse and marry someone else, that is heresy. If someone wants you to rebel against your leaders, this is deception. Judge the prophetic word by God’s word or the Spirit of God’s word (Galatians 5:22-23). His fruit should be in any and every prophetic word. If it’s not, let it go.
I’ve seen people hurt, blinded, and wandering around like lost sheep. They either thought they were above leadership, or they didn’t weigh the word to see if it was a word from God.
Confirm Your Prophetic Word
5. DO NOT MAKE MAJOR DECISIONS BASED ON A SINGLE PROPHETIC WORD without any leading from Holy Spirit and getting wise counsel.
- Has God already been speaking to you about it?
- Does the word confirm something you have already been thinking or hearing from God?
- Has someone already spoken a word similar to the word you were given and this is confirming what was once said before?
Even if the prophetic word does line up with something that you have felt or someone else has spoken over you, don’t run out and do what was said. This word could be a future word. If it doesn’t bear witness to you, then put it away or throw it out.
Seek Counsel Regarding Your Prophetic Word
6. Let people in leadership and others you trust read the word and help you judge it.
Proverbs 24:6 “For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety.”
When judging your prophetic word, seek counsel with spiritual leaders you honor and spiritual friendships. Look for input from these trusted people.
If you have determined through these steps that the prophetic word is accurate, now is when you steward it.
Steward Your Prophetic Word
A. Write it down or record it.
B. Pray over the word and then speak it over your life. This can build your faith in God.
C. Look for certain promises to be fulfilled and seek instruction. Some words only God can fulfill, therefore you must be walking closely with Him to see it come to pass. Listen for His instructions, prophetic words can get you moving in a forward motion.
D. Rest in faith and patience. As I said before, I have had some words come to pass right away, some have taken 15-20 years, and some I’m still stewarding. Don’t give up, just be patient. God is working things out for your good and His glory. That’s right! Only one gets the glory, and that is God. We get His goodness as we wait upon the Lord.
It’s very possible that God has given you prophetic words that will not come to pass in your lifetime, but maybe in your children’s lifetime. So steward your words well. Write them down or record them. Go back and read or listen to them. Pray into these words. Speak them out over your life and your children’s lives. Look back often and mark the ones that have come to pass. Doing so will encourage you to keep pushing forward to whatever God is asking you to do or let Him do in your life.
E. If you have found that a prophetic word was given to you and the person giving it was not humble, loving, encouraging, and edifying, please find a leader wherever you are. Speak to the leader about the word and the person. It is only when we hold ourselves accountable that we will grow, become trusted voices, and be accurate in the words we speak.
For me, every word is still a surprise to me. What an honor and blessing from God to share such personal words of love to the person sitting in front of me. I don’t pretend I know it all, and I want to know if I’m wrong or off. I hold myself accountable to God and to man. This is how God can trust us with such valuable information.
God Bless you with perfect peace,