Have you been frustrated to hear accurate prophetic words spoken over your life that did not come to pass?
Tom, a friend of mine (and a deliverance ministry client) had a vision and passion for going to South Africa to build a training center. He had visited there and set the wheels in motion to launch the venture. Several mature and accurate prophetic men of God had stoked his faith by independently giving confirming words.
Unfortunately, years into his adventure and before his dreams matured, he died alone in his home in the US; his intestines ruptured from the ravages of an addiction to alcohol that he could not master.
I know that the prophecies that my friend embraced were valid and genuinely from the Lord. Sadly, the demonic realm successfully derailed His intended plan.
Some might conclude that the words were false because if God spoke it, it would surely come to pass. Many in the Body of Christ share that viewpoint, but I believe they hold a wrong understanding of the nature and destiny of prophetic words.
The new testament gift of prophecy operates to provide a personal revelation from the Holy Spirit for the purpose of edification, encouragement, consolation, conviction or guidance (1 Corinthians 14:3).
I have personally received accurate prophetic words about God’s plan for my future. My ministry of counseling and deliverance was revealed to be long before fruit manifested in 2008.
The first spoken inkling came from the late Bob Jones, an anointed prophet who has gone to be with the Lord. I was attending a church leadership conference in Jacksonville, FL in 1991 and still have the cassette tape.
There were subsequent confirmations and additional encouragements from prophetic men and women, declaring God’s desire to bring in significant finances because we would have a worldwide vision and focus.
Some, but not all, of these words have come to pass, but I am going to share how I stand and warfare for those promises.
How Do Demons Work To Kill the Seed?
The parable of the sower in Matthew 13:1-9 represents a popular teaching message for pastors. This passage should more appropriately be titled the parable of the seeds or the parable of the soils. A valid word of God (the seed) yielded different fruit based upon the ground where it landed. Some fell upon the path, where the birds (demons) ate it up. Good seed that did not yield good fruit.
Demon spirits hear prophetic words over us so know in a measure what God’s will is for us. They will strive to steal the word that should be implanted in the hearer’s mind and memory so it can be nourished and prosper.
While God has a good plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11), the demons plot to kill, steal and destroy. Which program will prevail is determined by our obedience and response to life’s challenges.
Demons work to oppose God’s plan in these ways:
- They want you to doubt the validity of the word. It began with Satan and Eve in the garden, “Did God really say that?”
- Tempt us to fall away from God in rebellion and sin. That is what happened with my friend. It is a narrow road that leads to life (Matt 7:13-14).
- Take us out. That was Tom’s ultimate fate as he would not submit to God and respond to receive the blessings and promise in his life once again. He is in heaven with Jesus but was unable to complete the high call God had for him.
- Bring us to a place of hopelessness and steal our faith. We let fear overtake us, quit persevering and merely go along with the flow of life. Barring divine, supernatural intervention (which does happen), many will not realize their ambition.
Les Brown, a motivational speaker, says this:
“The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream”.
So, what is the best response?
- Write it down and keep it handy in your prayer journal.
- Remind the Lord of His promises. God does not forget, but we need reminding, so our faith builds, especially in seasons of spiritual darkness.
- Speak the word out and thank Him in advance for the fruit that is to come. (“Thank you Lord for the provision that you promised so that this ministry can reach those worldwide who need to hear the message.”)
- Stand on it, declare it and choose to believe it, especially when the birds come to snatch out.
- Pray for discernment on timing and your response. You do not want to run ahead nor lag behind because of fear.
Take encouragement and counsel from David, in Psalms 149:49-50.
“Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.”
We need to contend for God’s prophetic promises in our life. Do not be a passive bystander. Continue to put yourself in a position for God to bless you. Be a believing believer and walk with purposeful conviction. If your faith falters and you stumble, renew your mind, repent and get back on the road. He is able!
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