Guidelines for Responding to Personal Prophecy

1. Immediately write out your prophecy and ponder it. Seek Bible verses that may coincide with your prophecy. Write them down next to the areas they confirm. Keep the written prophecy in a note book or folder along with others. This keeps an ongoing record of what God is saying to you during your life.

2. War a good warfare with your prophecy. Pray it back to the Lord during your private prayer times. Declare the scriptures you’ve found that confirm God’s plan for your life.

1 Timothy 1:18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare.

3. Be diligent and faithful. Don’t’ give up because things don’t happen like we thought, or in the time frame we expected. All prophecy is conditional. We must seek to nurture our relationship with the Lord in obedience and faith to see it come to pass.     Matt. 6:33 Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.

1 Timothy 4:14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.

4. Review your prophecy with your spiritual covering (Pastor/Eldership). Your pastor is a source of caring input into your life with regard to prophecy, particularly in relationship to the timing of certain words being fulfilled. It should be noted that personal prophecy does not replace the need for pastoral counseling and oversight, and that receiving a valid, genuine word from the Lord is not license to become independent and return home feeling spiritually superior. Prophecy is one way that we can know the will and heart of God. Pastoral counsel is another complimentary way and the two should flow together.

5. Don’t take immediate action on a word without confirmation and counsel from your Pastor/Eldership. God’s process for prophetic fulfillment is usually later than we would expect. God is never in a hurry, but He is always on time. Our frustration or urgency we might feel to fulfill our prophecy does not move God.     Hebrews 6:11-12 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

6. Prove every word with Biblical principles and a witness of the spirit. God will not speak a prophetic word that is contradictory to the written Logos Word of the Bible.     Romans 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.

1 Thes. 5:19-21 Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.

7. Remember that prophecies are always conditional.  As Abraham continued forward in his relationship with God, his prophetic destiny unfolded step by step by obedience and faith.     James 1:22 But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Hebrews 4:2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them, but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it