One thing of concern for those who have been involved in prophetic ministry is to always remember to frame those words and visions to the foundation of scripture.
And while perhaps some do this perhaps the foundation is not as strong or secure as it should be.
Oftentimes, when one receives a word of prophecy, even when it is a true one, the person quickly finds a Bible verse or a section of scripture to tie it with.
While this is certainly good, I believe that the scripture oftentimes then, becomes secondary to the word of prophecy.
Instead, if we are always digging through the word, then when God speaks to us, those words that we receive will have a greater chance of being tied to the foundation of scripture.
This is in no way meant to diminish the effectiveness of true prophetic ministry, for it is greatly needed, but I sense more and more that there are many winds of prophecy.
And now some are so caught-up in the multitude of “breezes” and “winds” that some have drifted away from true doctrine.
We see this as it is laid-out in Ephesians 4 where the apostle says:
“14 as result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”
One must know very clearly the difference between the various winds of doctrine that are now drifting through the atmosphere and have made themselves known in the body of Christ.
And if that person that speaks prophetically is only caught-up in the Spirit all the time without being grounded in the word of God, then that person must beware of what they are hearing.
Many speak of discernment these days and yet I wonder how many truly put it to use truly as they examine the many messages that are so prevalent in this hour.
And I also see a very subtle thing that oftentimes happens, and that is that there are typical phrases that seem to circulate in the prophetic community.
These phrases I believe are then added to the speaker’s repertoire, and they come out sometimes without the person even being aware of them.
Such phrases may well be these: Three days of darkness, blood moons, or other such indicators.
These phrases may or may not embody the truth, but they have traveled throughout the body of Christ prophetically in such a way, that now they have become second nature to some.
You see, a person must always be on guard so that whatever they speak in the name of The LORD, must come through in purity and not in a mixed stream of spiritual water.
One must examine themselves daily to make certain that no bitterness or unforgiveness has seeped in.
To be sure we are all imperfect vessels and we have not reached full maturity, and yet growth comes when we are willing to examine ourselves and to be open to The Holy Spirit’s correction and guidance in the matter.
~ 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?