Dec
28
2014

What else do you do with your prophetic word?

If I were to ask you what you should do with the prophetic words that God has given you, you would probably say that you need to pray about them. Indeed 1 Timothy 5:18 encourages us to wage a good war with the word. This is true to a large extent but there are other things that we are encouraged to do with them. That is the focus of this post as today I see an over familiarity with prophecy.

To start with, we are encouraged to meditate on the word. To meditate means to ponder over and has the sense of making sure that you keep the word alive. Timothy was told not to neglect this gift but rather to meditate on his personal prophecies so that everything spoken would be made manifest and become profitable to the whole body of Christ. The only way Timothy could meditate was to make sure that there was a record of it somewhere

Secondly, we are encouraged not to neglect it.

14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. (1 Timothy 4:14-15).

To neglect means to have something and leave it on the shelf. It’s like having a gift and not opening and using it. No doubt the person who gave it to us would be disappointed if they came across the unused gift.

Thirdly, we are not to treat it with contempt.

We are to use prophetic words. We are not to treat prophecies with contempt and, dare I even add, with over familiarity. We are to honour the prophecy as words that have been spoken by God about our situation. We are told not to despise prophecy and this means not to assign it to a lesser role than is proper.

Fourthly, we are encouraged to be diligent with the word. Diligence means ‘earnest and persistent application to an undertaking, study, effort as a duty’. The key words here are earnest and persistent application. You need to keep on applying the word. We need to work out the word in the same way that we go to the gym for a healthy body. We are to keep it before us, monitoring its progress regularly.

Finally, we are not only to meditate on prophetic words but to give ourselves entirely to them. They are to be a constant source of encouragement that keeps us focused on the calling of God on our lives.

It takes discipline, diligence and continual development to bring the prophetic word to maturity. You need to keep watering the word by prayer, meditation and by faithfully moving in the word. By responding properly to a prophetic word, you are helping it to come to pass.

As I end, I would like to ask you a question: when was the last time you read your prophetic words?

We must maintain a constant faith and confidence that they will come to pass, especially as we do our part.

So until I appear again in your inbox with more insight from the scriptures, stay blessed

 

Ola

 

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About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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