When you receive a prophecy, what you do during waiting period can affect the actualization. 1 Kings 18:42-45 So Ahab went to eat and drink. But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees. Then he said to his servant, “Go and look out toward the sea.” The servant went and looked, then returned to Elijah and said, “I didn’t see anything.” Seven times Elijah told him to go and look.  Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.” Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!'”  And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel.
When Gold told Elijah that rain is coming, while waiting, he remained in prayer mode, believing in the spoken word. God revealed to Jacob’s mother that He will be a great leader. Jacob and the mother tried to short circuit the process and he ended up serving some time in hardship under his uncle. Believe God and be able to wait. James 1:4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Prophecy is not only about the future, God can reveal the past, current and future events to His prophets. John 4:19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.
When a Prophet tells information only you know, you starts to understand that you are not dealing with physical being. It might seem unnecessary to some but to the person receiving prophecy, it has an impact.
2 Kings 5:26 But Elisha asked him, “Don’t you realize that I was there in spirit when Naaman stepped down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to receive money and clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and cattle, and male and female servants?
Don’t let your mind stop you from experiencing God. When you use the carnal mind, you always look for supporting facts and if you apply that thinking in things of a God, you’ll miss a lot of things. 2 Kings 5:12 Aren’t the rivers of Damascus, the Abana and the Pharpar, better than any of the rivers of Israel? Why shouldn’t I wash in them and be healed?” So Naaman turned and went away in a rage.
People always look for tangible things. When a Word is declared, the first question is how that even going to happen. When Elisha declared a Word about the economic status of the country, the officer wanted reasons of how that can be possible and caused a curse on himself. 2 Kings 7:2 The officer assisting the king said to the man of God, “That couldn’t happen even if the LORD opened the windows of heaven!” But Elisha replied, “You will see it happen with your own eyes, but you won’t be able to eat any of it!
Today, people shy away from prophetic and deliverance ministries because they are used to just preaching and cannot believe that there are people that hear from God about their affairs.
2 Corinthians 4:18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Our thinking can be a barrier to receiving from God. God is Spirit and must be served in spirit. His presence and ability is not limited to distance. 2 Kings 5:11 But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the LORD his God and heal me!
When a man or woman of God makes declaration, the Word is brought to life. The world was created through the Word of God. God spoke and everything was created. Don’t limit God by your thinking.
You can do what you want to do and get results but are they the desirable results, what are the consequences. Genesis 16:4 So Abram had sexual relations with Hagar, and she became pregnant. But when Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to treat her mistress, Sarai, with contempt.
Prophecy is about the deep things or the hidden things of God. As Christians we always find it necessary to defend God. God does not need man to be relevant. He is sovereign and there is nothing we can do to make Him relevant. As a man or woman of God, you are a chosen vessel for what God want to achieve.
There is a difference between what God said and what God is saying now. Make an effort to be in His will at all times. When you want to please people, you’ll find yourself trying to justify what He said and what he is saying now. Jonah 3:4-5 On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow. After Jonah told people what God said and God later changed His plans, Jonah was angry. He forgot that it’s not about him but God and His people.
God told Abraham to go and sacrifice his only son and just before he did God provided another option. Genesis 22:9-11 Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.”
This week there was an outcry about TB Joshua’s prophecy about the US election. Is it a matter of what God said or something still coming? God can creat a situation beyond our imagination. If it does not happen, does it nullify his calling as a Prophet? Do not be canal when dealing with spiritual matters.
1 Corinthians 7:25 Now concerning virgins: I have no commandment from the Lord; yet I give judgment as one whom the Lord in His mercy has made trustworthy.
A Prophet can declare not because God spoke but it happens because of the relationship he has with God. 2 Kings 1:10 So Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, “If I am a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men.” And fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.
The same way Joshua commanded the sun to stand still, Prophets of today can still declare and the favor of God upon them makes it comes to pass.
Matthew 10:41 He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.