Surely the Lord God does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
Have you ever received a word of prophecy that you didn’t know what to make of? It didn’t sit right with you. It left your feeling heavy, or worried, or uncertain. It is important that as believers, we know how to judge prophecy, so that we aren’t misled by those who call themselves prophets, but who are really operating outside of God’s commissioning.
Genuine prophecy is powerful. The Lord does nothing in the Earth until He has revealed it to a prophet who will speak it out. The life of Jesus is a striking example of this. Not even He could come into the world before the message of His coming had been uttered ahead of time.
The prophetic word in our lives triggers the plan of God, and awakens things that lie dormant within us. When a genuine Word comes, it provokes something in the realm of the spirit. Many times, a genuine word of prophecy comes in the flow of the preaching, when the man of God speaks something that cuts right into your situation and reverberates in your soul. At other times, it comes to you personally, when someone speaks into your life by the power of the Holy Spirit. When prophecy comes, it has far reaching consequences.
Here are some pointers to help you judge if a word of prophecy is genuine.
- It must never contradict the written word of God. 2 Peter 1:19 calls the written Word a “more sure word” than even the audible voice of God. For example, if someone gives you a “word” to give up your job and pray, it does not line up with the fact that the man who doesn’t work doesn’t eat.
- It will always leave you feeling uplifted. Even if there is a correction in it, it will show you a way out. If the speaker is motivated by private advantage, rather than love, the prophetic word will not have the right motivation or the right tone.
- It will always bubble up and tumble out of a believer by the Spirit of Christ, who is the Spirit of prophecy. (Revelation 19:10) If it seems forced and contrived, it is not genuine.
- Genuine prophecy comes to you rarely. If you are seeking a word every other day, you lay yourself open to being conned. Place more weight on what you have already received from God.
- A genuine prophecy will usually come from someone you know. Before you accept a prophetic word from a stranger, ask, “Who is this person to have the privilege to speak into my life? If I follow their word and I end up in the gutter, will they come for me?”
Heavenly Father, thank you for speaking to me through your servants the prophets. Thank you for giving me wisdom to weigh and judge correctly the words that have been spoken over my life. I hold fast to those words that you have genuinely spoken and treasure them. Thank you that you have more to say to me and I am ready to hear from you.
Right now I also recognize any words that have come to me from a “prophet” whom you did not send. Thank you that I am wise as a serpent and innocent as a dove and I throw off all heaviness and fear that has come because of those words. Thank you, Lord, for restoring the soundness of my mind and for leading and guiding me along right paths, all the days of my life.