Prophecy Isn’t a Formula

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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Obey or Disobey

When is the last time, you vividly chose between obeying or disobeying?

In choosing, what were the blessings or the consequences of your choice?

Pastor Steven Furtick, author of Sun Stand Still, does an excellent job detailing the consequences of our disobedience in his post, “A 13:13 Moment.”

“You acted foolishly,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if only you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.”
1 Samuel 13:13

It’s a moment you never want to have.
A 13:13 moment.
The moment you realize just what you could have had, if only you had…

In the ministry of prophetic intercession Father has given me (Heb 7:25, Job 16:20-21, Ro 8:34), I am amazed again and again at the attitude that 13:13 moments are things of biblical past or only applicable to the commands of Scripture.

Father still speaks prophetic words over His Beloved children’s lives; the Holy Spirit still confirms those words to our spirits and hearts (1 Thess 5:19-21, Is 50:4-5, Is 30:21); and Jesus still requires obedience to what He has clearly confirmed as being of Him (Num 23:19, Is 48:17).

I once wrote this response to a pastor, also a dear friend, who was grappling with this aspect of my prophetic intercession:

Why does Father show me, have me intercede over, and sometimes involve me in the possible outcomes of people’s life choices when He sovereignly knows that they’re not going to choose that  step of obedience and thus that outcome.

In pondering this question, Father brought to mind the examples of Esau, Jonah, King Saul, the Israelites, Judas Iscariot, Ananias & Sapphira.  Each one experienced Father laying before them an outcome they sadly didn’t choose . . . and so they missed out on Father’s best.

Each disciple of Christ has the same choice . . . and for some reason Father sometimes uses His prophetic intercessors to lay out the choice at hand and intercede over the choice of obedience for long durations of time .  . . when He knows, in the end, they won’t choose it.

Obey or Disobey?

Blessings or Consequences?

 

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