I have just a couple of thoughts on prophecy today:
Remember the story in Matthew 16:13-19 of Jesus asking His disciples who men were saying that He was, and then asking who they personally thought He was? Peter, by revelation, declared that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus responded by speaking a prophetic word over Peter:
You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven (vs. 18, 19).
It is a thrill to receive a personal prophecy, but can you imagine having Jesus Himself prophesy over you? How cool is that?
But did you know that whenever God speaks to you personally about your future — whether through the inner voice, a vision, or a dream — that Jesus is personally prophesying over you? How cool IS that?
Next time you are tempted to feel bad because you get left out while other people get all the “words from the Lord” when a prophet shows up at your church or conference, just remember that. 🙂
Sometimes we make the mistake of comparing ourselves to other people, and our prophetic abilities are no exception. We get to feeling inferior because we don’t receive the “big” prophecies that Sister Susie gets — the ones that wow the socks off of everyone who hears them. Yep, when Sister Susie speaks, the pastor listens! The whole church forgets to breathe when she starts in with her “Thus saith the Lord.” She gets caught up into the heavenlies and sees legions of angels, while some of us are only having visions of our laundry room back home, with legions of towels to be folded when we finally get time.
I’m being funny, but if you’re honest, you know you’ve been there. Insecurity about our spiritual gifts hits all of us occasionally, unless we’re totally dead to our flesh.
There was a time when the Lord explained to me that if He speaks it, whether anyone else is impressed or not, it is important to Him. If it weren’t important, He wouldn’t speak it in the first place. The “little” things we hear from God are precious and not to be despised. In fact, some of the things we hear and never tell anyone else about are the most important of all to Him — because they are secrets, just between us and the Lord.
There! Are you feeling any better? I am!