A KEY TO RELEASING AND UNLOCKING PROPHETIC DESTINIES
LIVING A PROPHETIC LIFE
Prophecy has played major part in revealing God’s purpose for our lives. In this article I want to share with Christians on how to handle prophecy and respond to prophecy. A clear definition of prophecy or a prophetic word will help every Christian to know and sense the leading and guidance of God in their lives. To have accurate understanding, we must admit that God has used a prophetic ministry through the History of the Bible and Christianity. It’s imperative to know that a prophetic word has potential to bless, edify, encourage and give direction in life, but if not accounted for or executed responsibly can hurt, delay, cripple, deceive, destroy or even misled God’s people, especially if it is given by false or lying prophets, immature or irresponsible people. Giving and receiving prophecy must be done responsibly because prophecy requires that it be taken seriously.
How you respond to prophecy will decide how you benefit from prophecy. Prophecy places demand upon us to be taken seriously. Responding to prophecy by judging the prophecy, seeking out mature Godly counsel and checking with your spirit, intuition and biblical justifications will put you on the safe side.
God declares his thoughts and his plans through his servants the Prophets. At times God will use our very three faculties of the human spirit which are the Conscious, Conscience, communion and intuition to teach us his ways and purposes.
Surely the lord God will do nothing, but he reveals his secrets unto his servants the prophets.Amos 3vs7
Without Prophecy, it is not easy to walk through to your destiny, without it you have no tangible reasons to fight. A prophetic word carries the blue print of God’s purpose for your life. It is to be treasured. Without it you cannot win. Without it you are beating the air and running aimlessly and will never arrive in life.
Purpose will help you to persevere, fight, establish and settle in life.
Without a word from God to live on, you have no destination and you cannot have a clear vision for your life. A prophetic word will bring clear direction in your life and guide every purpose of your life. Prophecy will help you alter and amend your life in line with the demands and requirement of the prophecy.
Prophecy is equipment and instrument for spiritual warfare. It is the reason why you have to fight and endure the sufferings of this present world.
This charge I commit unto thee my son Timothy according to the prophecies which went before on thee that thou by them might war a good warfare.1Timothy 1vs18
Remember you word unto your servant upon which thou hast caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction for your word has given me life.Psalms119vs49-50
Prophecy brings accuracy and clarity to divine purposes and to our Christian lives.
A prophetic word is God’s deposit into our now and our future, giving us power for living and is a yardstick to purpose. If you have a word from God, you are assured of an expected end and safety.
Lack of it will germinate seeds of doubt, uncertainty and searching of hearts.
Further, we need at this stage to accept that it is not all voices, dreams, prophecies and visions we receive which are entirely from God. Some are purely demonic with purpose to deceive and misled God’s children.
Our discerning hearts and judging of spirits will keep us safe from error, heresies and deception. Our ability to be articulate and know the voice of God will save us the stress of expecting a false prophecy to come to pass.
Beloved, believe not every spirits, but test the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.1John4vs1
God is not responsible or committed to bringing a false prophecy or a lie to fruition because it is not his responsibility no matter how sweet or promising it may sound. Prophets who lie raise false hopes and expectations deceiving God’s children, such people must be stopped and Christians warned not to listen to them or even consult with such people.
We must be sure of the source of the prophecy and the credibility of the people who speak over our lives and minister in a prophetic way. Your prophetic destiny and life depends upon such. Though we are counseled by scripture to only judge the prophecy and not the prophet, we need to check their credibility. The prophetic ministry and the
Prophets have responsibilities towards the body of Christ and individual Christians who are supposed to receive and benefit from their gifts.
Prophecy must be executed and administered properly and responsibly. For example, an army official responsible for a regiment must account for any order he gives, in the premises that it backfires, or a medical doctor who prescribes a medical procedure, she or he must be sure and account for every decision made or medicine he administers because the lives of people are at stake.
In as much as wrong medication can affect the entire life and health of an individual, prophecy can affect the health and future of the body of Christ and individual Christians.
I advocate and call for accountability and responsibility in this area of Christian ministry and duty.
Prophecy must be given in the interest of God, the body of Christ and individual Christians. Prophets who speak in the name of the lord must in the same way account for every word or prophecy given.
Young prophets in the Old Testament went to the school of prophets to be trained, taught and guided by senior prophets. Such accorded these young prophets an opportunity to covering, company, safety, subjection and preparation in this ministry in order for them to administer or execute prophecy responsibly and accountably. I wish we can have such kind of preparation in our times where prophecy is administered carelessly and irresponsibly.
Lack of counsel and submission of what we receive from the realm of the spirit by vision, prophecy or dreams to credible and experienced men and women of God has stifled and crippled many prophetic destinies. The young boy Samuel submitted what he heard from God to Eli why?, because Eli was more experienced and exposed to the voice of God better no wonder he gave counsel and helped the boy on how to respond and handle the whole situation because he knew it was the voice of God speaking to the boy.
Now Samuel did not yet know the lord, neither was the word of the lord revealed unto him.1Samuel 3vs1 -10
Prophecy must be clear and not confusing and that God has no words to waste.
For if the trumpet does not give distinguished sound who will prepare for war?1Corithians14vs8
Divine purpose is established by wise and godly counsel.
There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel, that shall stand.Proverbs19vs21
Every purpose is established by wise counsel: and with good advice make war.Proverbs20vs18.
For by wise counsel thou shall make thy war and in multitude of counselors there is safety.Proverbs24vs6
Without counsel, purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established.Proverbs15vs22
When God is about to change your life, He sends a prophet to speak over your life. A prophetic word has to precede you and go ahead of you.
YOU ARE A THREAT
This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear reports of thee and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.Deutronomy2vs25
And the fame of David went out through out into all lands and the lord brought the fear of him upon all nations.1Chronicles14vs17
Every prophetic words and prophetic destinies which come upon our lives or rather go ahead of our lives are a serious and potential threat to both Satanic forces and people who have made themselves our enemies and to the kingdom of darkness.
CUSTODIAN AND GUARDIAN FORCES
By grace, God appoints supernatural attendants to aid us and carry us through to our prophetic destinies.
Many people receive prophecy upon their lives and die without seeing not even a single word coming to pass, this does not mean the prophet lied or was not inspired, yes, scripture confirms that whoever speaks in the name of the lord, it must come to pass if not, declare them heretics. In this case, may I bring revelation knowledge on this matter and shed some light.
The forces of Satan are threatened by every prophetic destiny declared and decreed upon your life by God’s prophets. The devil will from the day you receive prophecy fight you until you die a worthless life.
We need to know how to respond to prophecy if we are to live a prophetic life. God declares the end to the beginning. Paul gives advice to Timothy to pay attention and guard properly the words of prophecy given to him. Prophecy is to be treasured, respected and taken seriously as a Christian.
Your life and destiny are connected to your prophecy. Every person who carries a prophecy is dangerous and will be an enemy to the kingdom of darkness perpetually. We need to receive spiritual guidance from God and the Holy Ghost on how to handle prophecy so that it is not ignored or neglected.
The same word neglect means to reject, abuse, despise or treat with contempt the gift or prophecy which you received from God. Prophecy demands to be taken seriously and given attention, in other words prophecy wants your attention and commitment, without which, you cannot benefit from it.
PRACTICAL STEPS TO TRIGGER AGENCIES ASSIGNED TO CARRY YOU THROUGH
These are some of the steps which may assist Christians trigger and benefit from Prophecy. But I must be quick to note that besides agencies of God which are assigned to carry a prophetic word to its fulfillment, there are forces of darkness which are provoked and triggered to hinder every possibility of fulfillment to a prophetic word: So, when we receive prophecy, it is not automatic that things will be smooth; Anything is possible, even physical threats to eliminate and destroy ones life by satanic forces especially if the prophecy you carry poses a threat on the kingdom of darkness. In other words, you will and may face serious opposition from Satan and people. But be assured that if the prophecy is from God, it will come to pass, God will definitely see you through no matter how long it may take.
He will provide necessary physical and supernatural equipment to your advantage, this may include money and relevant people to usher you to fruition.
Divine guidance at this stage must be sought thoroughly through prayer as did the Prophet in Habakuk2vs1-3
I will stand upon my watch and set me up the tower and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the lord answered me and said, write the vision and make it plain upon tables that he may run that reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time but at the end it shall speak and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Habakkuk 2vs 1-3
Write down every impression and dreams in line with the prophecy as you receive them from God either by spontaneous thoughts or by intuition.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO WITH A PROPHETIC WORD
Practical steps are necessary to trigger the agencies, forces and angelic agents responsible for seeing to it that the words of prophecy are fulfilled to the last jot. This book will help you strategically to cultivate and walk your way to your prophetic destiny.
Take a step to immediately make follow up prayers in line with what the prophetic word declares. Make regular validation of the prophecy with decrees, channel your life in line with your prophecy, this may even mean to change your behavior,character, attitude, company of friends etc, because some of the things or certain people you may and do not need them in your next step of life and prophetic destiny.
Alter your life and conduct in order to be positioned for its potential and fulfillment. Record the prophecy by writing and read it regularly to claim its promises and actual meaning. Make sure to put your ear to the ground and get the conditions attached to the prophecy and abide by the instructions given by God through dreams, visions or by the prophet.
Make covenant with your prophecy and schedule prayer discussions and deliberate around the prophecy. Share it with the people you trust and who are Spirit filled not just anyone. When prophecy is near to its fulfillment, believe me God will send another prophet to reiterate, activate, and actuate the spiritual forces assigned to its fulfillment, performance and sustenance.
Time and again check possible delay caused by either physical or spiritual forces. Check also potential threats both spiritual and physical which may be dangerous to your prophecy.
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thy self wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thy self, and unto the doctrine; continue in them; for in doing this thou shall both save thy self and them that hear thee.1Timothy 4vs14-15
Apostle Paul gives advice to Timothy to take care of the gift and words of prophecy spoken over his life by Prophets. He says to him. Do not neglect the gift in you.
To neglect is to pay no attention or regard to spiritual deposits, spiritual impartation and prophetic declarations.The same word neglect can be referred to as to reject, despise, treat with contempt or abuse as mentioned earlier in this chapter.
Despise not prophecy but judge all prophecy.1Thesslonians5vs20-21
A prophetic word can save your life, save you from stress, save your money and help you make correct decisions.
The Apostle Paul urges his son Timothy to devote himself to the gift which came by prophecy and exercise the gift he received and put it to good use and protect it from any threats. To devote is to entirely commit oneself to something. The word devote can be described as to dedicate your life towards a noble cause or task.
Christians who carry prophetic destinies need to be well equipped, lack of such equipping is very dangerous. Ignorance in matters relating to receiving and handling of prophecy will hamper the progress and effectiveness of the prophecy.
Living a prophetic life does not necessarily mean you must or need to become a prophet.
Living a prophetic life is simply walking your way to a prophetic destiny. There are things will may stand t hinder your prophetic life, such things can be people or carnality. You need to lay aside every sin which may easily entangle you or any presumptuous sin which may keep you defiled and offending or grieving the Holy Spirit, hence choking and affecting your prophetic destiny negatively.
Paying attention to details is a key factor to living a prophetic life. Adhere to both instructions and conditions within your calling and prophetic words upon your life.
A prophetic word is instrumental to carry you through to an expected end even through hard times and trying moments of your life.
By it, we are able to engage in any manner of spiritual warfare and claim our victory. The lack of it makes life very difficult for a Christian.
HOW TO ACTUATE A PROPHETIC WORD
Fulfillment of prophecy requires much diligence and patience. The double minded and unstable Christians are not capable of such kind of discipline. To them when opportunity comes even from Satan they will take it. Learn from King David in the Bible, he had to wait for the right timing of God before he ascended the throne. Being in a hasty will land you into a place of complacency, rebellion and compromise.
See a man diligent in his Business he will not stand before mean people.
Whereby are given unto us exceeding, great and precious promises that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the word through lust. And besides, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and virtue to knowledge, and to knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience, and to patience godliness, and to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness charity. For these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our LORD Jesus Christ. But he that lacks these things is blind, can not see afar off, has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren give diligence to make your calling and election sure; for if ye do these things ye shall never fall. For so, an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our lord and savior Jesus Christ; Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them and be established in the present truth.2Peter 1vs4-12
We can see that diligence and effort is required from our side if we are to reap every benefit from prophecy.
See a man who is diligent in his Business, he shall stand before kings and not before mean men.Proverbs 22vs29
The gift or prophecy you carry is responsible for your promotion and to bring you before greatness and royalty as we see in the life of Joseph in the book of Genesis.
A mans gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.Proverbs18vs16
A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: Wither-so-ever it turns, it prospers.Proverbs17vs8
These are things you need to do in order to actuate and appropriate the gift or prophecy.
1. Constant soaking and basking with the prophecy.
2. Devote to the prophecy.
3. Covenant with the prophecy.
4. Place value on the prophecy.
5. Make follow up through fasting and prayer.
6. Align your conduct or life with the prophecy.
7. Seek knowledge concerning the prophecy or the gift.
8. Inquire and consult with God to get clear instructions as did Manoah and the mother to Gideon in the book of Judges 13vs5-15.
Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born. Judges 13vs5-15
9. Find someone to mentor you in the area you sense the lord wants to grace and use you.Find people with grace or people whom you know that they operate in the similar kind of calling or anointing to cover and release impartation or be internalized by them. They have grace to activate what is in you and can open the heavens for you.
10. Check things which may be dangerous to your prophetic destiny and eliminate them.
11. Get away from anything or people who may hinder you or delay you from reaching your prophetic destiny, it can be friends, relationships or places.
You must be aware that living your life within what God has called you for will save your life and your hearers or followers. Prophecy and spiritual gifts cannot fully function if neglected. Our negligence will make us forfeit our prophetic destiny.
Gods’ gifts are without repentance, which means God will not take it back from you, but as you neglect it and pay no attention, it will gradually die within you without bearing any desired fruit. Prophetic destinies require efforts and diligence, the kingdom of God suffers violence; the violent shall take it by force. Matthew11vs12
Satanic forces will always war and fight any prophetic destiny. God is a prophetic God, and he works in a Prophetic way. Believe in the LORD GOD, so shall you be established, believe in his prophets so shall you prosper.2Chronicles20vs20.
Glory to God