• Walk in love towards others - this must be our motivation • Avoid negativity - prophecy is to build up, encourage and comfort • When you’re new to the prophetic - no ‘dates, mates, direction or correction’ • New Testament prophecy is primarily for confirmation, not direction. • You’re going to make mistakes! There’s a difference between a weak/wrong prophecy and a false prophecy. If you want to become stronger in the prophetic.. Get in the Word! • Be normal and natural. You Don’t always have to use “Thus saith the Lord!” or even, “The Lord told me.” until you mature in the prophetic. Say instead, “I believe the Lord is saying…”
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU RECEIVE A PROPHETIC WORD: “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21).
TEST THE WORD: To see if it is from the Lord • Does it build up, encourage and comfort (1 Cor. 14:3)? • Is the spirit of the prophecy the testimony of Jesus (Rev. 19:10)? • Does the prophecy line up with the written word of God (Isaiah 8:20)? • Does it glorify the Lord Jesus (1 Cor. 12:3)? • If it’s not from the Lord, don’t stone the prophet. (Remember weak/wrong prophecy versus false prophecy!)
HOLD ON TO THE WORD: If it is good and from the Lord. • Pray about it. It might be a now word, or a confirming word, or a future word. • Personal prophecy is conditional - it refers to the possibility, not inevitability. • Be patient until it comes to pass.
Keep in mind that prophecy is always partial, progressive and conditional.
We know in part and prophesy and part.
Prophecy is progressive. He gives you what you need to know when you need to know it.
God isn’t hiding things from us, He’s hiding things for us!
Prophecy is conditional based on our faith and obedience to believe and walk the word out. The good news is that it can never be cancelled. It may be delayed or even reassigned but always remember that God is faithful and He always keeps His word!