Prophetic Processing Part One: Let Me Get This Straight

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In the previous post of the Prophetic Processing series, we discussed Sally’s situation. Here is an excerpt:

“Did God lie to me? Or did Harry sin against God and is going to hell for being disobedient?” Sally asked me.

Sally had been struggling with a “prophetic word” she had gotten years earlier that had been confirmed many times through various signs and circumstances, even validated through words from others regarding a man she was “supposed” to marry.

Harry removed himself from a relationship with her, he had married another woman and moved away from their town. Sally believed Harry was supposed to be her husband because “God told her” that she would get married and live in the town he had moved to with someone else.”

I can see why Sally might be confused. I can see why she would be disappointed. However, I find it hard to believe that the problem would be on God’s end, considering that he cannot tell a lie according to what his own word, the Bible, says about him. It goes against his nature and character to lie.

 Numbers 23:19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

19 “God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent;
Has He said, and will He not do it?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

FIRST of all, and ALWAYS: Does what you believe and what you hear align with the nature and character of God and what has already been revealed in the holy scriptures in the bible? That is the plumb-line at all times, that applies to every prophetic word, all the time. If it doesn’t reflect him, either you have to throw it out or research and review what you’ve heard.

Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? Had you believed God about something he had spoken to you and it never seemed to come to pass?

Did you feel deceived or misled? Lost or broken over dreams that didn’t come to fruition? You aren’t alone.

There are ten reasons why your personal prophecies elude you. The eleventh point will address additional factors when considering your personal prophetic words and their accuracy.

A Side Note: I will discuss as few as one to a few or the 10 reasons per installment in the series. There may be a few additional blogs on other topics in between installments. I am making you aware, they may not be consecutive in posting.

I want you to think of this as a means of finding solutions to understand the heart of God and how he communicates with us in a clear way. We have all missed the mark. Perhaps this can serve as a guide for you to go years back and see your words in a fresh way.

The 10 Reasons

1. Clarity

2. Source

3. Fit

4. Time

5. Strategy

6. Partners

7. Intention

8. Attention

9. Resource

10. Circumstance

11. Other Factors

1. Clarity.

This may seem super simple. Some of you may even think this is a silly point, but I assure you, it happens all the time.

 Did you hear it properly?

We find ourselves in situations where we literally cannot hear. Maybe you are in a room with a loud worship band. Maybe you are having an issue with your hearing and someone whispers in your bad ear and you give the nod thinking you heard what they said, but you didn’t. Often, we are just polite and pretend we heard something we couldn’t really hear. Did your word come at a time like this and may it have been heard incorrectly?

Did it make sense?

We meet someone who gives us a word. We have dreams and visions for ourselves. Others have dreams about us they share. Whatever the reason, some things just don’t make sense either to our mind or to our imaginations. Did someone communicate it well enough? Do we have a clear interpretation of the dream or vision we had? Are there pieces missing to that puzzle you may have overlooked?

Was it literal or figurative?

God likes to speak in parables and mysteries. It is part of his pursuit of our attention and affections. He will speak in numbers and riddles. For example; we may have a dream of a particular leader, let’s say, Heidi Baker. In your dream Heidi Baker comes to you and brings you a basket with bread and fresh fruit. When you open the basket to see what’s inside you see a map of Africa pop out and a golden invitation floats down from Heaven asking you to come. Is that a literal dream that Heidi will come to your house with a Yogi Bear type of picnic basket with goodies inviting you to Iris Ministries in Mozambique, Africa? Or is it a symbolic dream meaning that God is calling you to the nations (Heidi being a symbolic figure that represents missionaries), and the (basket representing abundance and provision) as you go into the nations (the map representing nations)?

Solutions

1.     Revisit your old prophetic words (hopefully you’ve documented them.) Did you hear it? Did it make sense?

2.     If you haven’t documented them, start now by rewriting what you recollect about them. Where you received them, what was going on in your life at the time, details you can remember, these should help bring some definition and clarity.

3.     Pray and ask God about the literal and the figurative factors and ask Him what He has to say about it now. You may be surprised by what you hear.

4.     DOCUMENT all your words from now on. It’s not too late to start and it’s pretty fun to track your progress and watch His promises come to pass.

 Until next time, keep processing the prophetic!

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New Series: Prophetic Processing - Understanding Your Personal Prophetic Words

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Introduction to Prophetic Processing

“Did God lie to me? Or did Harry sin against God and is going to hell for being disobedient?” Sally asked me.

Sally had been struggling with a “prophetic word” she had gotten years earlier that had been confirmed many times through various signs and circumstances, even validated through words from others regarding a man she was “supposed” to marry.

Harry removed himself from a relationship with her, he had married another woman and moved away from their town. Sally believed Harry was supposed to be her husband because “God told her” that she would get married and live in the town he had moved to with someone else.

Her original reason for coming to see me was to grill me about the way we handled prophetic ministry in our church culture. Sally was not from our church but had visited our prophetic ministry to receive a word. She was skeptical about the prophetic and had secretly recorded her session because she had wanted to replay hers to me.

It was an odd thing to do since she didn’t have to do it secretly, we openly recorded and emailed their prophetic words to people who had received one. The recordings kept our teams accountable and it allowed people to process their words with God and their personal communities.

I listened to her word she played back for me. Did I find anything particularly offensive about her word? No, it was a very encouraging word and full of hope. It was something that needed to be tested for sure, just like every word should.

Was Sally’s issue with us? Was there something we had done, perhaps treated her badly in some capacity? Had we missed it? Did we need to apologize? After digging a little deeper with her through conversation, I discovered her situation and pain stemmed from offenses she had with God over having been disappointed in past experiences.

These are the kinds of stories I hear every day from people who know God, love him. These are people who believe God communicates with his people today and long to know his will for their lives and walk in it. The problem is, some of us don’t know how to interpret dreams, visions, prophetic words and all the things that go along with a healthy, vibrant Christian life.

Long before we had launched a prophetic ministry, we dreamt of one that was loving and strong. We dreamt of a people that heard the voice of God really well. We dreamt of a people grounded in the word of God and planted in a community who understood the heart of God to be for us. We dreamt of becoming ones who loved well and communicated the unfathomable love of the Father to the common person who were curious about His plan for them personally.

We also knew the region we were planted in had a major bad taste in their mouth in terms of prophets and prophetic ministries. For the most part, in the majority of churches we were aware of in our cities and surrounding areas, the prophetic was marginalized or shut down all together.

We had our work cut out for us. We wanted to remove the offense and disappointment surrounding the idea of prophets and the prophetic in general. We wanted to be healers and agents of reconciliation. We knew we would have to deal with offense and pain in order to dispel the myths surrounding the gift of prophecy and the office of prophet by doing it really, really well with love and responsibility.

It was people like Sally who motivated us to do it differently. There are a whole lot of Sally and Harry stories out there. There are plenty who are trapped in the cycle of trying to figure out what God is saying and missing the mark. I want to spare people the disappointment of having believed something to be true only to find out they have been believing something incomplete, or at worst, deceptive.

Is Sally’s story unusual? NO. In fact, it is far too common. She and the countless other stories like hers are the reason I am writing this series Prophetic Processing.

Have we all misinterpreted what we believed we received in prayer? Yes, we have.

Could we get a better grip on hearing God for ourselves? Yes, we can.

Does God use other people to communicate his heart and plans for us? Yes, does.

What if we all learned how to process our journeys with God in a more practical way?

In this series Prophetic Processing, I will address some of the reasons our personal prophecies elude us and how to track and unpack our personal prophetic words. I will discuss issues such as clarity, timing, finding resources, strategies and more. I will explain some of the mistakes Sally had made in her process of discerning the words over her life and common concerns that arise on the journey.

Stay tuned for the first article in a multi-part series coming up on the next installment called Prophetic Processing Part One: Let Me Get This Straight. Let’s take this journey together.

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Note from Toni:

Disclaimer: I am not a licensed medical doctor, psychiatrist, or professional clinical psychologist. I have been a licensed and ordained minister specializing in prayer ministry. My writings are based on my personal experience working with people in various capacities bringing spiritual transformation to individuals and groups. The views expressed here are my own personal views, opinions, observations and experiences over the past few decades. My blog posts do not necessarily represent the views of organizations I am currently working with or have been a part of in the past. I have been trained extensively in various settings by experienced leaders. I have trained others interested in spiritual healing in various platforms, using a variety of methods. Stories of individuals are used by permission and/or details have been changed in order to provide anonymity for the purpose of dignity and privacy.

Copyright © 2019 Toni Imsen. All Rights Reserved.