So, what can a New Testament believer do to help bring a personal prophetic word to pass in his (or her) life?
B. If The Prophetic Words Are Not Confirmed Right Away, Then What?
Many years ago, a pastor stated, “If a prophecy is not confirmed by the Lord in a quick fashion, just place it on the shelf. Eventually, the Lord may confirm it.”
At the time, I thought what the pastor taught was wisdom, but since then, I have changed my mind. His words are not only unscriptural, but they are also foolish.
Are you shocked?After all, isn’t this an example of waiting on the Lord?
For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power. (1 Corinthians 4:20)
And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:4-5)
The Apostle Paul preached the gospel to the Corinthian Church; he was their spiritual father. When Paul states that his preaching was a “demonstration of the Spirit and power“, he is talking about the gifts of the Spirit and prophecy. Who do you think first taught the Corinthians about the gifts of the Spirit? Of course, it was Paul.
So then, prophecy and the gifts of the Spirit are a part of the kingdom of God benefit package for us believers, okay?
But Jesus made an important point about the kingdom of God when He said:
Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all. (Mark 10:15)
Now, let’s say, you tell your four year-old son that you are going to give him a new bicycle. What will happen next?
Your son will start pestering you and asking questions. “When can we go? Can we go now? Why not? Let’s go. Can I have a red one? Aren’t the stores open now? Why can’t we go now? Huh? Huh?”
He will continue until you either take him to buy one or tell him he can’t have a bicycle. He is not going to allow your words to collect dust on a shelf and just wait for some time in the future. He wants action now!
This is the attitude the Lord wants us to have with unconfirmed prophetic words. He wants us seeking Him until we know the answer.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek , and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
(Continued in Part 4.)