Receiving and Testing Prophecy


“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  By this you know the Spirit of God:  Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,  and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.  And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world,”   1 John 4;1-3.

90% or more of what people get in visions and dreams, are for Prayer!

Sometimes God is testing the heart of the person to see if they will be like Abraham and cry out for those in harm’s way, because they are not following the way of life.

Moses himself, went back up the mountain to fast for another 40 days for his people who committed idolatry and fornication.  He had just been up on Mount Sinai for 40 days already.  So just because one has a dream of impending trouble, doesn’t mean it has to take place.

When prophets gloat over being able to judge the earth for their sin, though we sure like to see evil dealt with, the Word of God indicates He, God of all, does not delight in the derision of His enemies.  His judgments are His anger greatly provoked!

Divination is attached to religious spirits.  It comes with any kind of control or manipulation.  If a prophet has opinions that do not agree with God’s opinions, or has blocks of deception in their heart, they will be open to mixture of voices.

Demons are more than glad to ride in on deception.  So if I tell the LORD I want to hear truth, and then ask for truth to reign in my heart, then God will honor the request as He sees fit.  You cannot control prophecy.  God is the One in Control of your gifts if you really hear from Him.

If you seek out a word and do not get a word, then go to a prophet and pay for a word, that’s another door to divination.

If you participate in loving what God hates, He is not going to honor your choice.

If you don’t care about truth, but are just anxious for a word, because you want prominence, or success in a worldly sense, you are setting yourself up for divination to speak to you and through you.

Believe me, I’ve been deceived in the past on a couple serious things, and fear also was responsible for allowing that false word to make a stronghold in my mind.  Our will has to get out of the way when we hear from God.  We must surrender all.

If you have freemasonry, witchcraft, idolatry, sorcery etc in your family background, there is another reason for mixture, or even difficulty hearing the LORD, if you are not free yet of all those demons.  Renouncement doesn’t assure deliverance – it is a process, and sometimes takes longer in some.

Aligning yourself with others who move in divination due to Jezebelic roots in their heart, will also bring divination.  A pastor greedy for wealth and worldly things for example, who supposes that preaching the gospel is a means of getting rich, and more concerned with tithing than helping his congregants.  If you then align yourself with such a person, it is like agreeing with their sin.

This is a good way to block God’s gifts and blessings.  The devil may love to bless you and keep you in delusion and take you to hell with him, but we need to examine our hearts regularly for such intrusions.  What has light to do with darkness Jesus said.

“…and perpetual friction between men who are corrupted in mind and deprived of the truth, who think that godliness is a source of profit [ lucrative, money-making business – withdraw from them,] 1 Timothy 6:5 Amp.

When someone gives you a word without prompting, then your job is to take it to the LORD and ask for His opinion.  He loves you and is more than willing to confirm, or affirm us.

Sometimes a prophet is just immature in the LORD, not understanding His ways, but God’s gift is in him or her.  That doesn’t make them a false prophet, just immature in the ways of the LORD, not knowing the whole word, or just beginning in the gifts.

Immaturity does not guarantee mixture, it’s just that it can influence a young prophet in the making.


~ Priscilla

Priscilla Van Sutphin of Upstream Ministriesby: PRISCILLA VAN SUTPHIN of Upstream Ministries, California &
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Receiving and Testing Prophecy — 1 Comment

  1. This scenario literally just happened to me this weekend! 
    I have been working on hearing the Lord’s voice and writing it down for a couple months now (thanks Call of the Bride) and I look forward to it after my morning prayer, but the other morning I was a little too eager for a word from the Lord about an Aunt and Uncle I have that I had gotten into a veracity of the Bible debate with earlier that week. 
    I was very troubled by the doubt they had about God’s word even though they are Christians (Catholics).  The word I wrote was similar to what i have been hearing and then there was a little part about meeting with my aunt and uncle that night which ended up not happening (a little leaven spoils the whole lump has been a recurring theme lately).  This cast a lot of doubt in my mind about what i am hearing and just opened me up for a terrible battle with the enemy that the Lord finally brought me through yesterday afternoon! 
    The Lord helped me refocus and I was happy this morning to get the correction I needed from Him and it lines up with your word about keeping my thoughts and will out of the equation and listening to Him!  Praise God!  He also gave me scripture this morning, Revelation 4:4-11 and Ephesians 3.  Ephesians 3:13 stuck out the most! 
    Thank you for this word and God bless you!