How to War With Your Prophecies
What really is a prophecy? It's a speaking forth of the heart and mind of God. Have you ever received a personal prophetic word? If you did, wasn't it awesome? The prophetic is very important to me. It is such a blessing that I esteem highly...first, because someone has chosen to yield themselves as a vessel for the Holy Spirit on my behalf. Secondly, because my Daddy, the Lord of this universe, has taken the time to speak into my life and into my circumstances to bring present or future direction through the prophet - or comfort, edification and exhortation through one of my brothers or sisters in the Lord. I feel honored when God does that because I understand that God doesn't waste His breath or my time! If He is speaking forth something into my life, it's for purpose.
The Bible states that all can prophesy and that it is to bring edification, exhortation and comfort. What does that mean to you? It can mean consolation, motivation, a confirmation or strengthening, a provoking to good works and to a deeper walk with God, to take away weariness and affliction. It can also mean relating near, a taking away of the feeling of God being "oh so far away" that we can never relate to Him. It makes Him come near in bodily form, one-on-one to you so that you can relate to Him. He is not far away somewhere sitting on a throne...He is right here speaking into your life.
Well, the Bible tells us to WAR with those prophecies that have gone before us. So, we have a responsibility and a "charge" from the Lord...
1 Timothy 1:18-19 "This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme..."
There are 8 things that we need to know about our prophecies...
- They help you to wage a GOOD warfare against the enemy
- They bring to light God's will and purpose for our life. We begin to see ourselves through God's eyes and what we are made for.
- If we study them out, they can build our faith to believe God for them to come to pass - in His timing, His way and in full completion.
- They enlarge our vision and take us out of our comfort zone.
- They teach us to have faith and a good conscience before God because we have received it as a word from Him.
- If we reject them, we can have a "shipwreck" in our faith because we are in essence rejecting the Lord Himself and His desire and plan for our lives. This is serious - didn't Paul say that he turned Hymenaeus and Alexander over to Satan for doing so because they needed to learn not to blaspheme?
- They are a word of the Lord directly to us and to our circumstances that can help you realize a plan of the enemy in advance.
- They help us to discern strongholds and bring prayer strategies.
So, I want to address for a moment the word "blaspheme". What does that really mean? It means to speak reproachfully, revile, use abusive language, disapprove, discredit, disgrace, rail at, to be evil spoken of. That is what those who reject God's word to them do...they discredit God! In Titus 1:16, it tells us a bit more about this type of person..."they profess that they know God; but by their works they deny Him, being ABOMINABLE and DISOBEDIENT and unto every good work REPROBATE."
Paul also said that those very prophecies would be the tool to wage a good warfare if applied with faith and a good conscience. So, why did God set it up to war with words? Well, it has to do with a principle in Hermeneutics called the "First Mention" principle. This is a principle of Biblical interpretation and understanding that states that the first time a subject is mentioned in the Scriptures, it carries with it a meaning which will be consistent throughout the entire Bible. So, it makes sense that most first mentions will be in Genesis, at the beginning
In Genesis 2:16-17 God is explaining some ground rules to Adam. He commanded Adam, 'of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die'. Later, in chapter 3, when Eve (and Adam) are confronted by the devil, they are deceived. What went wrong? The only spiritual weapon that they had was God's word. God said don't eat it. God SAID. He didn't put up a fence. He had no barriers. He just gave His word and that was enough. When they questioned that, they were open to the wiles of the enemy because they laid down the very weapon God had given them to use against the enemy...His WORD.
Jesus understood that God's word was the means to defeat the enemy. That is why, when he was drawn into the wilderness to be tempted, he was able to walk away victorious. This first mention principle had carried over. In Matthew 4:4 he answered, "it is WRITTEN". In 4:7 he said, "it is WRITTEN." In 4:10 Jesus said, "it is WRITTEN". Jesus understood that the word of God is one big prophetic utterance to the children of God. He understood that it was a tool - the only one given from the beginning to defeat the enemy - and he wielded the words of the prophets that had gone before Him and won the victory. He spoke out the words of God that had come forth through the prophetic inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
So, here we are today, with an understanding that God has given His word so that we may have the victory for our lives. He has spoken through the prophets so that we may know that good and acceptable will of God. What we have to do now is to wage that good warfare Paul talks to Timothy about.
We already know how to war with the written word of God. When we are sick, we recite "by His stripes I was healed" and "the Son of Righteousness rises with healing in His wings". Yet, when we receive personal prophetic counsel, we just sit back and think that all we need to do is agree with it and wait for it to happen. This is an incorrect response.
The Word tells us to wage a good WARFARE, to war. War means to be on ACTIVE service, to fight. War is an action word - it's physical, it's vocal and it's purposed.
So, how do we go about doing this?
- You need to be in agreement with the Bible that the prophetic and prophets are for today and not just in Biblical times. You need to know and apply it as present day truth.
- You need to now it's from God, not an individual, and get into agreement with it. If you don't like it or if you're unsure if the person delivering the word is a proven person - grounded in God and submitted to authority - then it may be difficult for you to get into agreement with it and it may be best to not let them speak into your life unless your oversight knows them. But, if it's scripturally accurate, from a proven person, yet you're still not sure and are struggling with it, then bring it to your leadership for confirmation. If it's from God, regardless of whether you like it or not, you need to line up with it and settle it in your heart. God always knows what is best for us. Remember, He won't call you to something you hate; but if you seek Him about it, He'll give you His heart on the matter so that you can line yours up.
- Once that is settled, you should get your prophecies in written form. It makes it easier to study them. I type mine out and keep them in a notebook. I've implemented a color-coding system that makes it easier to find specific things God has said repeatedly to me (I've received my fair share of words from God). As I flip through that notebook, sections of my prophetic words that talk about my husband are highlighted one color, sections about being a warrior are another color and so on...I did this so I can have a quick reference when I need to stand on what God has said to me personally on specific topics.
- Lastly, you need to take it one line at a time and pray it out in faith. Do not add to it, delve into it.
With all of that settled, it's time to war! I am going to be very transparent and use an example of one of my personal prophetic words from Prophet Bill Lackey to equip you and train you on how to war effectively, on a higher level, with a word of the Lord.
Don't worry about the family or the matters at home; don't worry about the issues round about you. Don't worry about the factors where you feel you fall short. And the Lord says, even where you feel like that you've done your best in so many things, and its not good enough, the Lord says even this night I'm pleased with you;'
Okay, so I am going to stop there (yes, there is more after this) and train you to see what God has said so far...
1. The first thing to notice is that God said, "Don't worry" three times. The number 3 is the number of completion. God is saying that in every area, in complete fullness, there is no need to fear or have concern. This tells me that I have allowed fear into my life regarding these three specific areas:
- family and matters at home
- issues going on around me
- the factors where I feel I've fallen short
So, I start off by repenting for allowing fear into my life. I turn each of these areas over to the Lord, one at a time and allow Him His proper place in each one of them. I renounce that spirit of fear and feed those areas with the word of God concerning His goodness. I stand on the scriptures that say God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of peace and love and a sound mind. I state that, "as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" and "my household shall be saved". I begin to intercede regarding the issues around me instead of dwelling on them in fear.
2. Then, I notice that God says I feel like I've fallen short of some expectation. This expectation is not His, it's mine. I have set an ungodly standard for myself. How do I know? Because God says He is pleased with me. So, who am I disappointing? Myself. So, again, I repent for setting an ungodly standard, for not seeing myself as He does and for not spending the time with Him in His presence to be able to see the proper boundaries. I recognize that I am trying to do things in my strength, not His..."my best" is really pride. I perceive it as better or easier and I can now realize that it's why I never feel good enough. I renounce it and replace it with humility and the ability to see myself in proper order.
3. I recognize that God said I feel that way in "so many things". I may be well on my way to being too works oriented. If doing things is making me feel I could meet (or fail to meet) God's expectations for me, that's works! It is also an open door for the enemy to make me feel sorry for myself (again, there's that pride!) because "I do so many things". So, here yet another area of repentance and an opportunity to apply God's grace. I know that God is more concerned with my heart and my attitude than He is in my workload in the Kingdom. Relationship is more important to God and if I do things in my strength, where is the intimacy and reliance on God in that?
ALL that from that one little paragraph! Are you getting it? Here's more...
Daughter, I'm going to begin to release a greater joy and a greater excitement on the inside of you; and that spirit of counsel and wisdom is going to come out of you, a deliverance mantle, an anointing to touch many in the midst of the Body. And the Lord says you're going to be an example to many women. For the Lord says, surely O daughter of Zion, you went through such a trial during a season and even a depression came upon you. But, the Lord says, I'm lifting that depression from you and you are going to be known as the woman of joy, says the Lord.
Okay, let's see what we can glean from this:
1. He says He's releasing GREATER joy and GREATER excitement, so I need to receive it! I have a choice. It's more - GREATER - than what I already have. I take a stand of faith and proclaim that I am anointed with the oil of gladness, just like Jesus was; that He is my joy and that I am excited about His plans for me. I THANK Him for it. So many times we forget that. Even if my emotions don't feel that way yet, I declare and proclaim that they do. I walk by the Spirit and not the flesh.
2. He says that the spirit of counsel and wisdom is going to come out of me. Now, we know Who the embodiment of wisdom and wise counsel Is - the Holy Spirit! I recognize from this that in order to walk in wisdom, I need to spend more time in His word and in His presence to receive these things from the Holy Spirit.
3. Next, I notice that the counsel and wisdom are a deliverance mantle. The is a word of responsibility and an anointing. I understand that an anointing is a serious thing to God and I take it as such. I many not understand what He means by "mantle" so studying out what that means and how God uses mantles in the Word is a good idea.
4. He says I'm going to be an example to many women - no pressure! This tells me that I need to get before Him and allow Him to show me any areas in my life that aren't a good example. Am I carnal in any areas? Am I obedient? Quick to repent? Am I joyful? Peaceful?
5. Daughter of Zion? What does that mean? What or where is Zion? I've been called that before, so if I don't know yet why He's repeated this title to me, I need to know! When God repeats Himself, it's for a reason. This is an opportunity for a Word study. In fact, I already have a handout in my dance notebook about Zion with 30+ references and definitions regarding Zion.
Side Note: You know, God said to me over and over for a period of about two years that I would come to Him in the hard times and say, "why is it costing me so much when the others can get away with alot less?" God would always respond so wonderfully to me and say that the anointing on my life is high and so the responsibility is high - or something to that affect. It actually took me looking at that several times before it finally clicked! Although God had responded to that brattiness and judgment with love, the Holy Spirit did finally show me that I had been a cry baby. Just like Jesus told Peter that it was none of his business what happened to the other disciples, how God wooed and convicted others was not my business either.
6. I went through a trial during a season - a SEASON. So, I know that I shouldn't live there! A season is seasonal. Seasons change and so should this circumstance. He also said I "went through" (past tense), so it's over.
7. He's pointed out a depression has been upon me and that He's lifting it from me. I'm not doing it in my strength. I rely on Him to do as He has said. I repent for allowing it entrance, declaring that I am a woman of joy and that He's turned my mourning into dancing again. I ask the Holy Spirit to bring to my remembrance all of the good things I know God has done for me. I allow a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving to well up within me and joy over the good things He still has in store for me.
8. Lastly, I agree with God that my witness from now on will be as a woman of joy - that I will spread that joy, live that joy and walk in that joy. I will speak to my emotions and command them to line up. I will be a woman of joy!
WOW! That was quite a lot of input from one small prophecy! Isn't it good to know that you're not the only one in process? God meets us right where we are and with what we need to grow. You can do this with every one of your prophecies! If God say's you're an intercessor, study intercession. Put action to His word to you. Proclaim and declare His word over your life and fortify it with the scriptures. It's time to do our part. We need to take action when God speaks to us. So many times, we allow it to be a temporary balm for the situation we are facing at the moment. We let it wash over us and then we stick it on the shelf. Well, God said to war!
As you do this, it will allow the Holy Spirit to expand to you what God's plans are and bring you into agreement with them on every front. Any areas of apprehension and fear will be exposed. Once exposed, you can confront them and root them out. There's no need to be afraid - God is on your side and even the big things He has planned for you are realized only when you lean on His strength. Now, that's warfare! Be blessed
*I would like to thank Pastor/Prophetess Dawn McCann for her contributions in my life that allowed me to write this teaching. I love you! Thank you for continuing to pour into my life and the lives of others!