One the most gut-wrenching aspects of my prophetic intercession ministry are the many times that Father has me intercede towards His son or daughter receiving a blessing He has for them and they resist and resist until they’ve rejected it and missed out on the blessing He had for them.
Early on in my ministry, I naively thought that if believers knew about a blessing Father wanted to bestow on them or a gift He wanted to give them, they would embrace it with open arms.
Yet as the years went by, the opportunities increased for me to experience interceding months and even years over one of Father’s sons or daughters as they stood at the crossroads of decision and then experience them saying “no” to Father’s blessing and gift for their lives.
A pastor, mentor and friend once questioned me about this reality in my ministry. In reply, I answered:
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.
I’ll be the first to say, “Unless Father confirms a prophetic word I give to the receiving person’s spirit, it isn’t legitimate” (1 Thess 5:19-21). Father will never confirm a prophetic word He has for your life just to the person who shares it with you and not also to you. For more on this, read When Father Speaks (see “Receiving and Testing a Word of Prophecy” section).
So even when prophetic words are confirmed to our spirits, why do we still resist?
There a million reasons/excuses we could answer with . . . frequent reasons I’ve seen of why people don’t receive the blessing and gift Jesus has for them:
- Not wanting to make the changes that would be required
- Being afraid to take a huge of a step of faith
- Hedging their bets . . . being willing to settle for “good” rather than God’s best
- Interpreting opposition from our friends and loved ones as God’s confirmation that we shouldn’t believe Him for the blessing and gift that has been spoken over our lives
- Unwillingness to let go of our comfortability to receive it
God has a limitless, abundant, and extravagantly overflowing supply of crowns of beauty He longs to bestow in the place of your ashes, vats of oil of gladness He longs to pour out over your mourning, and closets full of garments of praise He longs for you to receive to replace your spirit of despair. (Isaiah 61:3)
- Yet everyday, His children set aside their crowns of beauty because their ashes didn’t require change or huge steps of faith.
- Everyday they wipe away the oil of gladness, because they got less guff from their friends and loved ones when they were subdued, mundane and didn’t create waves in their states of mourning.
- Everyday they lay aside their garments of praise and pull back on their comfortably familiar spirit of despair.
And Father weeps at how easily His children carelessly toss His blessings and gifts aside.