a sure pathThis day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. – Dt 30:19-20

Many of us would like to think that prophetic words (1 Cor 14:3) — spoken to us by God through listening prayer or through other believers and then confirmed to our spirits by the Holy Spirit (1 Thess 5:19-21) — are like this sure path.

In the hundreds of prophetic words and messages Father has had me deliver to His children over the course of my ministry, I have seen this principle play out again and again.

God is always looking for someone to satisfy His desires. God does not give prophecies to people just so they will feel good. He wants something to happen. He has a specific purpose that He wants to have fulfilled.

But His purposes can be thwarted. Prophecy is conditional. People can mess it up. They can drop the ball. They can delay or derail an important part of God’s plan for their lives and for others. – Mickey Robinson, Adventures in the Prophetic

God is sovereign and He has given us free will. As Job affirms, ultimately no plan or purpose of His can be thwarted.

Then Job replied to the Lord:
“I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. You asked,‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. – Job 42:1-3

Throughout the Old Testament, you read God giving His children If/Then outcomes based on their obedience or disobedience to the prophetic promises He sets forth for their lives.

See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse — the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known. – Dt 11:26-28

The same is true today, we will receive blessing if we obey and are receptive to Father’s directives and prophetic promises over our lives. If we disobey and reject Father’s directives and prophetic promises over our lives, we will miss out in some life-impacting way.

Notice the phrase “miss out” instead of “curse.”

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” – Galatians 3:13

Missed opportunities, forfeiting gifts God has set forth for us, squandering callings He has equipped us to boldly live out, and not experiencing the full measure of His blessing over our lives are all realities of our disobedience and unbelief on this side of heaven.

No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him. – Revelation 22:3

Until heaven, we need to be very careful to live not as unwise but as wise (Eph 5:15).

daily choiceProphetic words (1 Cor 14:3) — spoken to us by God through listening prayer or through other believers and then confirmed to our spirits by the Holy Spirit (1 Thess 5:19-21) — are much like this picture depicting two paths or outcomes.

Our response to prophetic words are a part of our dynamic, living relationship with Jesus regardless of our spiritual background or church denomination.

For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. – Revelation 19:10

What are you doing with the prophetic words that have spoken over your life and confirmed by the Holy Spirit?

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