The Guidance of Prophetic Words
I have received a number of prophecies through the years. There are some unknown people who have a good spiritual gift that blesses other people from time to time. They are not published, they do not have webpages, twitter accounts, and facebook pages to promote their gift. Their notoriety is really just their faithfulness to hear and deliver a word of prophetic importance from time to time. Most of us are in this category.
But it does not take away from the importance of those helpful, encouraging words, and words of guidance that come at the appropriate times. I have found that following the word of God is important, but it does not always bring peace and tranquility. Sometimes the word of God gives you the strength to stand, to fight, to not be moved. In times of difficulty, we often look for a word of deliverance, the one that says God is calling you to Hawaii. Dietrich Bonhoeffer had traveled to England during the rise of the Nazis. He was fighting at home in Germany for the church and its survival. He was deeply opposed to the Nazi plan for world domination. The brethren in England begged him to not go back to Germany knowing the danger to his life. However, even with the opportunity for safety, Bonhoeffer chose to return to Germany and fight for the orthodoxy of the church. And yes, it cost him his life being executed as an enemy of the Nazi state. Likewise Paul, the apostle, was warned prophetically by folks in the churches he visited on his way back to Jerusalem that imprisonment awaited him there. His answer, was that he was bound by the Holy Spirit to go and face what may.
Sometimes we are held, restrained, captivated by the prophetic words we have received. We have weighed them, tested them, and found them to be God’s true word. The Spirit bears witness to the veracity of the prophecy. We then begin to live accordingly.
I have been led by confirmed words many times. I have received some words that I had hoped would not come true, but they did. I have wondered about my situation many times and have sought the Lord regarding it. We all like to read success stories, fantastic testimonies, positive results, and rightfully so. However, we must trust God that as we obey the word we received that somehow in the long run, it will become a testimony of his victory. John the Baptist, in a very dark hour, asked his disciples to check with Jesus if he, Jesus, was the one or should he look for another. Yet, it was John who said that he should be baptized by Jesus. It was John who declared Jesus to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Jesus responded that John should not be offended in him. The way things were going to work, were not the way John had imagined it. However, the ministry of Jesus did accomplish what it was intended to do from the beginning.
Prophecy has been extremely helpful and a blessing. The words delivered have sustained me many times in dark times. The words have encouraged, meaning, gave me courage to persevere. Thanks to all those faithful, unknown, unrecognized prophets that have obeyed God and delivered the mail.
– Pastor Bill