Updated October 13, 2020.
“And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets,” 1 Corinthians 14:32.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning,” James 1:17.
The gifts of God come down from above in all purity and there is no variance in them.
Everything that God creates is good, and yet man is an imperfect vessel who would contain those divine gifts from God.
Those who operate in the gift of prophecy, and even more so, those who are called to the prophetic office, should know, of the importance of emptying themselves of all malice, unforgiveness, and slander, before they would attempt to hear from God.
If we are to hear from God in all clarity, then any bitterness or ill feelings towards another must be presented to God.
“Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,” Matthew 5:23.
I wrote this message some four years ago and I find it to be as true now as it ever was.
It’s so important for those who speak and write things prophetically, to be aware of how our own thoughts and prejudices come into play.
A mountain stream can become polluted very easy simply by allowing debris and contaminants into it. Once it flowed as a clear, beautiful, mountain stream, but soon that water can become dark and dank.
When we sit and wait for the flow of God’s Spirit to come, allow the Holy Spirit to empty you of all thoughts and feelings that may hinder your ability to hear from Him.
Wait patiently and don’t add to what is said. Get into a place where there are no distractions, and tune your ears so that the outside world with all of its noises are diminished and gone.
Then that still, small voice can be heard, but don’t confuse it with your own, and take your time before Him, allowing Him to speak fully.
This is even more important for those who are more recognized on a global scale, because many follow after them.
Very soon many flock to hear from someone whose words seemed to ring true, but then little by little, other opinions and thoughts are interjected within the messages.
People somehow forget to discern the differences, because it just must be true. Don’t just follow something because it is popular and supposedly “main-stream” in many Christian circles.
Remember that the prophets of old were not really accepted.
Now we are in the midst of perhaps the most important and contested elections in our country, and many have come forward with various prophecies that confirm one candidate over the other one.
One could wonder what is true among all the voices that have been speaking. With many of these messages that have come forth, one could very easily jump upon their favorite prophetic wagon and pick one word over another one.
If a prophetic person is obsessed with the fear of man or anything unholy, then they cannot fulfill God’s plan for their lives.
We must be careful then, not to prophesy according to what is popular, or what others have spoken, simply to be in agreement with them.
If one does this, then they are in danger of polluting the very gifts of God forever in their lives.
And God’s gifts come down from above and are not altered or found with any shadow in them. But the shadows and variance, comes from the vessels that would contain those messages from God.
When one is aware of their own thoughts and opinions, and then offer these up to God in prayer, then the Holy Spirit can begin to speak with more clarity and purity.
Then the river that flows from God’s throne is not polluted, nor is it a mixture.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came 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?