Why is it when God speaks, often the opposite happens in our lives. Have you ever received a prophetic word or encouraging dream from God then suddenly life takes a nosedive? This isn’t meant to discourage you. Some really good people give up on their prophetic promises thinking they’ve missed it. In reality, God gave you prophetic revelation as encouragement for a tough time.
You’ll find this happens throughout the Bible. Samuel anointed David as king but David was hunted down by Saul for years and almost died before finally fulfilling Samuel’s prophecy that he’d be king. Moses received a prophetic word from God to deliver God’s people but it took years for the right circumstances to play out. Everything looked opposite for Moses.
Even Jesus received the Holy Spirit at his baptism but then he was led into the wilderness where things looked opposite. And the apostle Paul had a powerful encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, was radically changed and got his prophetic word. But he went through about ten years of running while things looked the opposite.
Don’t give up
I want to encourage you: hold on to the prophetic promises God has spoken to you. If the enemy is working overtime in your life, there’s a good chance you have a true, high calling from God. Why else would negative forces try to hold you back? But, it takes maturity to understand God’s timing. What I have found is that we need to work step by step with God to fulfill the calling on our lives.
Steps to break through
So if you have a prophetic promise that you haven’t seen fulfilled, let’s do this:
- as hard as it might be, pull it back out
- pray through it, asking God to show you what the enemy doesn’t want you to see.
- Next, do something simple towards it. Maybe do some research, read a book, go to a conference, share it with an encouraging friend or agree with someone in prayer.
It’s important to keep God’s promises alive in your spirit. The last thing you want is to be discouraged coming into agreement with Satan over your life.
It is really important to know God’s timing. You’ll want to ask yourself a few things to understand the season you’re presently in. God will take us through times of growth and dryness to develop our faith, bringing us into maturity.
Are you in a time of learning and being trained? Are you in a time of testing? Is the enemy coming against you so you may need to close doors to negative things? Or is God trying to strengthen you to overcome your battles?
What I’ve found is that most of us lack prophetic depth perception which is the ability to understand what is for now and what is for later.
Prayer of breakthrough
An easy remedy is to begin by praying, “God, show me what is for now and what is for later.” I find that when I pray this prayer, I get wisdom and insight over the next few weeks (remember we’re learning timing, its okay to wait a few weeks).
Get ready for God to revitalize your hope in the prophetic word and open things in your life.
– Doug Addison
Doug Addison is a prominent conference speaker captivating audiences with clean stand-up comedy and high energy prophetic messages which he has shared on television, radio and the internet for over a decade. Doug brings laughter, fun and a unique prophetic style while empowering people to transform their lives, discover their destiny and understand dreams, tattoos and piercings. His powerful messages stay with his audiences long after hearing him.