How many of you keep track of all the different forms of prophecies that are seen on social media or that you receive in an email?
There seems to more and more of an influx of these types of messages lately. We are told that in the last days God will pour out His Spirit.
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit,” Joel 2:28-29.
But to me it almost seems like there’s so much of this that the very words we read have become like candy to us.
Perhaps many of these words of prophecy have now become so commonplace that a sense of mediocrity has taken over.
What once was to be something deeply treasured like gold, has now taken on the appearance of fiberglass or some type of metal alloy.
Many are so eager to prophesy that perhaps they are ignoring the written word of God.
Some have lost their sense of balance and integrity, and have thus become lopsided in their approach to the spiritual life of Christ. Instead of using both of their eyes so that they may see, now only one eye is opened up, and now they can easily trip or fall.
This type of approach doesn’t apply to everyone, and as I am also one to speak forth the oracles of God, I’m not saying that one should despise prophecy for we know that scripture even dictates that.
“Do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good,”1 Thessalonians 5:20-21.
But let’s hold fast onto what is good.
Let us perhaps tread more lightly upon the ground of the Spirit in such a way that we aren’t always so eager to spread prophecy around like butter on a piece of bread.
Let’s begin to savor the taste of the words of God and balance them with the logos or written word.
Let’s sit before the feet of the Almighty and wait upon Him, until the clarity that comes from the trumpet is heard. Otherwise, those very words may fall upon the ground.
We know that the words of the prophet Samuel were never allowed to fall upon the ground. Each and every one of them was sent out in purpose and they hit the mark, the bull’s eye as it were, of the target of their audience.
I am reminded by the words in Isaiah where the words of God are sent out according to His purpose and plan. Each one of them is brought to fruition and will accomplish what they were sent out to do.
“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it,” Isaiah 55:10-11.
Learn to walk as men and women who have both of their eyes opened.
Walk as those who have developed sharp spiritual ears to hear not only the thundering claps that come from above, but who can also discern the whispers of God.
And learn how to walk in balance by coupling the rhema word with the written word.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson ofIn His Truth Ministriescame to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?