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
11. Other Factors
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)?
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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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.
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