So you say that you hear God’s voice clearly. You say that you’ve had a dream, a vision, about our future, and our nation. You say that you know that you’re not mistaken – those words were so clear and resounding…..
But now I watch you, I see your heart and your actions, and I know where you’ve been. I watch as you demean others, and celebrate your hero.
I know how these things have appealed to your heart, but actually, it’s your own flesh that has celebrated these things.
You’ve chosen a path now to substantiate your claim. And now with your words and folly, you’ve decided to put down those who disagree with you. Surely, you are right in your own fervor?, you say, because your zeal proclaims the allegiance to the truth of these things.
You say that you are a prophet – someone who has stood in the council of the Almighty.
You proclaim your years of service to these things. You say that surely, you could not be wrong, because of how long you’ve had dreams and visions. And yet your pride betrays you, and yes, even your ears have become dull of hearing.
“Those others that have heard what I have heard could not be wrong,” you say. But you don’t know that only a small handful have heard the truth of these things. Only those who have been willing to go through the fire, and have placed their own lives upon the altar are in a position to truly speak those things that are coming. “For many are called, but few are chosen,” Matthew 22:14.
These are those who don’t proclaim one political candidate over another one, but have chosen instead to look to the One who speaks above all. These are those who have chosen not to jump upon the band wagon of their favorite “chosen ” one, but instead, have left the debate, and have taken the wiser path. These are those who have known true wisdom in their heart of hearts, and have decided to follow her instead of man.
What is popular among some, is not necessarily true. Even following someone who you think is true, be he a man or a woman, cannot always be right. All are not infallible.
You see, the enemy laughs and he rejoices in how he has divided many. He loves to see the quarrels and the fighting. He adds more each day to his arsenal, as the chosen ones continue in their demise.
You see, it’s not all complete yet – this prophetic time table that we are living out each day. Some are given this piece and that one, and even when the edges of the image appear to be seen, the puzzle is still far from complete. No matter how great the dream, the vision, or the prophecy seems, it still falls short of what is truly coming.
So let’s stop the bickering and the comparing. Let’s throw away our prophetic crystal balls, and instead, look into the perfect word of God. Let’s look to Him, who is the author and finisher of our faith.
Train your ears to hear. Don’t assume that someone is tried and tested. Don’t follow the most sensational prophecy just because it sounds colorful and dramatic.
Truth is not always embedded in the most intricate thing, but is often seen in the simplest of words and phrases. Don’t follow the crowd, or even those that may sound right. They may be appealing to your senses, but the truth is far from them.
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known,” 1 Corinthians 13:12.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has been prophesying regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are to be reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?