I was recently impacted by a message and prophetic word through Dutch Sheets, an American apostle and prophet whose ministry I have learned to trust. As this new year begins, I wanted to share these words with you.
“The decisions we make over the next 6 months are so important they will define the rest of our lives! Power to prevail is being poured out. There is an abundance of grace now to help us draw closer to God than ever before. You must take all the revelation He has given you and now step into the fullness of what it’s meant to produce.
It is a fullness of time. We have moved through a kairos window and stand at a fullness of time. No more delay! You must believe this! No more delay, it’s epiphany time, turn around time.”
I also thought it a good time to help bring clarity to the variety of prophetic words you may be receiving and reading online at this time of year. Sometimes one will appear to conflict with another and seem confusing. Here are some answers that may prove helpful.
A word about conflicting prophecies:
God has given prophets to the body of Christ (1 Cor.12:28) and He does speak through them. Paul tells us that, while all do not have the office of the prophet, all can prophesy. (1 Cor.14:31 ) This simply means that His sheep know His voice and He should be able to speak to any one of His children who will listen and respond.(John 10:27) Prophecy should be judged by what God has already established in His Word. ( 1 Cor. 14:29, 2 Tm. 3:16)
Just as there were false prophets in both the Old and New Testament, there are false prophets today. Most were called to be true prophets of God but they have taken a wrong path and been captured by the enemy. Their words are poison and bring destruction to the Body of Christ.
There are also those who are true prophets but make the mistake of thinking that everything they think must be from God. This is never the case. We are human and in great need of Him. Their prophecies are tainted with mixture which brings confusion. Even when there is scripture to back up their words, it is the underlying attitude of anger and pride that must be judged. In some cases we can ‘eat the fish and spit out the bones’ but sometimes we are wounded by a mouth full of bones.
Still other prophets have been wounded themselves and therefore speak from a wounded heart that needs to be healed before their prophecies can bring health and life to the Body. If they have been betrayed, many of their words will come out of that base, bringing suspicion and fear. It can even become a type of “if this happened to me then it will happen to you as well”. I have seen those who end up actually prophesying harm over others which is the opposite of what they are called to do. We do reproduce after our own kind. When we minister out of woundedness we only reproduce woundedness. This is why the priests in the Old Testament were not allowed to minister in the temple if they had scabs (unhealed wounds). (Lev.21:17-21) If you are in this category, please take a time out, repent and ask God for healing and restoration. Then when you are restored you can strengthen others.
Another reason for prophecies that seem to conflict is that we are in times of both great darkness and great light as portrayed in Isa. 60:1.2. Some prophecies are speaking about the darkness and warning of impending judgment if we do not repent. This is scriptural and right. We do need to be warned. We do need to repent; personally and for our families, churches, cities and nations in intercession. There are some to whom God has given this task of warning. It is a difficult task and they need to be upheld in prayer. Some of the pitfalls for them are pride, rejection and being overtaken by the very darkness they are warning about. Some have even become snipers, attacking the other prophets whose messages are of prosperity and blessing.
There are some prophetic voices I have been stung by and learned not to trust. There are others I read with some caution. But there are those whom I have followed for years. While all of us are human and flawed, these have a proven track record not only in the words they speak but the heart from which they speak them. These I have listed in my “recommended reading” and “recommended links”. I also pay attention to those new voices that they recommend. God is raising up a whole new generation of those with pure hearts that will hear and speak His words.
When reading prophetic lists of words from several different voices it can require discernment. While there is a general theme that shows God speaking the same thing to His people all over the world, there are also words that seem to contradict each other. But don’t be confused. God is giving us a wealth of treasure in these words of wisdom. There is not necessarily a conflict between the words of blessing and hope and the words of dark and difficult times. They are often both sides of one coin. It’s not either one or the other. It’s both. There is great darkness in the world in which we live but the Spirit of God is arising in us bringing great light into that darkness. (Isa.60)
Some prophecies are for specific nations or areas or times. There will be great light and great darkness in the same city. Everything you read is not for you personally. But God is pouring out more revelation for us now than ever before. We are so blessed to have been chosen to live in these times. We are being prepared to be a part of the last end time harvest. That harvest, by the way, is when ALL the seeds sown in the earth have grown up to maturity – both the wheat and the tares, both good and evil! (Matt.13:30) We are being prepared as soldiers in the army of God.
Here is a link to 2 prophetic words from a trusted source that I believe will encourage you greatly. These are words for the Body of Christ around the world wherever you are. They were actually given a few months ago but are for this new year. They are lengthy but so filled with destiny that they are worth studying thoroughly. I pray that you will receive an impartation of His courage, hope and grace as you read them.
link – http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=13850
It is time for us to arise and shine, to absorb and reflect His nature.
Many years ago I was going through a very dark time in my life and not dealing with it very well. I was only in the beginning stages of intimacy with the Lord and there were (and are) still many lessons to learn. I was about to experience one of those lessons very forcefully.
In my search for answers to the impossible circumstances I was in I had finally blamed God for it. Oh, of course it was an attack of the enemy but God could have stopped it and protected me. What about all He promised me? What about all I had sacrificed? Where was He when I needed Him?
On and on I went, venting my anger at Him until suddenly He stopped me. Everything was quiet for a brief second and then I could hear the hurt in His voice as He said to me, “It grieves My heart the way you publicly disgrace and dishonor Me!”
Shocked, I wondered what He could mean. Publicly? I thought I was alone in my room and no-one was home but me. And what did He mean by disgrace and dishonor?
Answering my thoughts as always, He began to explain. “Yes,” He answered quietly. “You disgrace and dishonor me by casting doubt on my abilty to protect you. You accuse Me of not even loving you when it was My love for you that sent Me to the cross. I died for you.”
He paused for a moment to let His words sink into my heart. There was still great pain in His voice as He continued. “And yes, it is very public. Are you still so unaware of the spirit world around you? Everything you have said was heard by all of My angels and the great cloud of witnesses who have gone on before you. The whole demonic host of the enemy is also listening. Your words have disgraced and dishonored Me in front of them all.” After another brief pause He continued simply, “I love you. Please don’t do this again.”
Face to carpet, sobs and groanings of deep repentance. Forgiveness granted. Grace extended. Relationship restored. Lesson learned.
Recently I have had questions from readers which helped me to remember that many people struggle with the same feelings. They also reminded me of my own struggles in certain areas and how God brought understanding and deepened my relationship with Him in those times. I’ve been through many things that may be of help to you. Often the Lord has reminded me not to forget the frustration and pain of certain portions of the path so that I may help others who lose their way in the same places I did. Obviously I don’t have all the answers. But I can share with you what He has taught me.
Most Christians have experienced times when it seemed that God was very far away or perhaps He just didn’t care at all. I have been in that place so many times where I thought I would just die if God did not “show up” and come to be with me.
First, let me point out that these feelings are actually a sign of great hunger and thirst for Him! You are sensitive enough to His Presence that you realize there is a distance and you are trying desperately to close that gap. Most people in the world have no idea they could even have a close relationship with God and have no desire for that. Jesus said “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst … for they shall be filled.” (Mt. 5:6)
There are several reasons why we may feel distance between us and the Lord. Let’s deal with the obvious ones first.
Disobedience creates a wall between us and God. “The hand of Jehovah is not shortened from saving nor His ear heavy from hearing. But your iniquities are coming between you and your God and your sins have hidden His face from you, from hearing.” (Isa.59:1,2 LITV) Ouch! Yes, it is true and it happens to all of us. We have wrong thoughts which lead to wrong actions. We leave doors open for the enemy to enter and exploit us and then wonder why God didn’t protect us! Sometimes He is waiting for us to wake up and repent. But “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) Just ask God to show you where you are wrong. Go through a short checklist of what you have read or watched on t.v. or online, review your own attitudes, thoughts and reactions. Then sincerely repent, receive His forgiveness and cleansing and get back up again. Run back to Him and not away from Him. Once we realize we have sinned, the enemy loves to set a trap of condemnation to catch us in. He tells us we are so bad that God can’t love us or have any relationship with us. Don’t listen to those lies. Crush them under your feet and keep climbing.
If God has not revealed anything that requires repentance, don’t go digging for things. He will show you the things He wants to work on, usually a little at a time so that you are not overwhelmed. I used to agonize over the scripture that says, “Be ye therefore perfect as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect”. Then I received some revelation through Hannah Whitall Smith’s little book The Christians Secret of a Happy Life. She points out that the Greek word ‘perfect’ in Mt. 5:48 actually means ‘complete’. When God looks at an apple tree in June, He calls the apples perfect. They are small, green and sour, but the best apple that June can produce and perfect for that season. However, an apple on the same tree in September is red, ripe and sweet. So shall we be if we stay in the process with Him.
There are other reasons why we find it difficult to feel His Presence or experience Him. There are actually times when He plays hide and seek with us for the purpose of drawing us deeper into Him where we might not be inclined to go on our own. (Job 23:9, Song of Solomon 2:9) I had a beautiful experience with Him in this regard that I have written about in a posting which can be found in the archives under August 2012 -” Created for Both Realms – Don’t give up, Keep trying”.
There is also this to consider. We are soldiers in training for the last battle. One day we will rule and reign with Him. Sometimes the training here is intense and would overwhelm us if not for His grace. But we must be trained in all areas so that we are strong in faith and endurance against the enemy. “Endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Tm. 2:3) There are times when we train together in quarters that seem much too close and crowded. There are other times when we train alone in solitary and lonely conditions. Jesus Himself was even tempted by the devil in the wilderness alone. And He cried out from the cross “My God, why have You forsaken me?” Paul reminds us in Heb. 12:2-4 that “You have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin”.
But God never removes His Presence from us to teach us anything or to punish us. In fact, He never removes His Presence from us at all. Never! He promised to be with us always and He always is. (Heb. 13:5) Most often, our feelings of distance and even rejection come from a wrong perspective which is contrary to the truth of Who He is.
We will deal with this issue further in the next posting. For now, here are some other archived teachings on this subject that may be beneficial as well.
April 2012 – Intimacy with the Lord – The Secret Place
March 2012 – Intimacy with the Lord – Satisfied Yet Longing Still
January 2012 – Intimacy with the Lord – Face to Face