“God told me to tell you…”
Prophecies have gotten a lot of bad reputations over the years among Christians because a lot of people have misused the term, “Prophecy” when they actually mean, “Condemnation” and they have spoken words that hurt and condemn people rather than encourage them.
Hence, it is important that before we talk about recalling prophecies that we know exactly what we should be recalling and what we should be throwing out of our minds.
1 Corinthians 14: 3-5 lets us know what prophecies are and what they do.
Let’s read it below.
1 Corinthians 14: 3-5
But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.
From the scripture above, we can say prophecies are encouragement and words that bring comfort and strength to the hearer. Prophecies edify and build up the hearer. Apostle Paul even says that he’ll rather have someone prophesies than speak in tongues. Unless the person or someone can interpret the tongue. Only then will such tongue become a prophecy and people can be edified, strengthened and encouraged by it.
So, now that we know that prophecies are words of encouragement or strength, please throw away and block out of your mind every condemning and shaming words that have been spoken over you all in the name of prophecies or “God told me to tell you.”
Never, I repeat, never again should you believe negative words and thoughts. Never accept any bad prophecy about you. Prophecies are GOOD. They are meant to encourage not discourage or create fear or condemn.
However, I want you to recall those true encouraging, strengthening and vision giving prophecies that you’ve received from anyone or directly from God. Because as believers, we are often too quick to receive a word and unfortunately also too quick to forget or shove it aside. We get excited about a true prophecy that really encourages or confirms a vision or purpose that God has given us, but too quickly, we forget it and life goes on. But the problem is, when we encounter obstacles, we begin to pray and ask God for a word, forgetting that he already gave us a word way before we needed the word. God does not speak either directly or indirectly just to be heard and forgotten but to be remembered and obeyed.
I personally have learned never to take prophecies for granted. They are life words that keep on giving. I have learned never to just wave off or be flattered when my spiritual friends speak words over me or encourage me. I have learned never to just read and move on when my friends send me messages that are obviously spirit given. I don’t take them as humans words but words from God, they are vessels and I thank them for their obedience.
I don’t just say, “OMG, this is so timely, thank you so much, God bless” and move on. No, I actually keep records of the prophesies. I even take it the extra mile sometimes and print them, keep them near, so I can read them often, especially when I face those obstacles. Because we all know that we’ll surely face them. But the Lord prepares and is with his people, always.
Here’s a quick story. I personally got a prophecy and an encouragement from God during one of my prayers and I have a habit of writing down things God says to me when I pray or I record a voice note. One instruction I got was, “Do not get distracted. Things are going to happen, but don’t be distracted from the assignment. Stay focused.” At the time, I received this instruction, it did not mean much to me. But it suddenly made sense after a while. I was in the middle of a blog series on the Gospel of Jesus Christ on the blog back in December 2019 when things started to go wrong. So many unexpected situations and disappointment happened and I felt my excited mood for the series begin to deplete.
Well, I just love God because he is so good. The prophecy and instructions I had received way before the unexpected situations were brought to my remembrance as I went through my notes on my phone. And I got to the point that said, “Do not get distracted. Things are going to happen, but don’t be distracted from the assignment. Stay focused.”
I do not believe in coincidences. I am a spiritual being and I believe that God sees the end from the beginning and he has it all planned it.
What is my point? My point is, God speaks. And prophecies and words of encouragement or strengthen are some of the ways he speaks. Whether you got it directly or someone tells us. Don’t just rejoice at the words at the moment, write them down, pull out your phone and type down what you remember as soon as you can. Hold on to them. Recall them, pray over them. Tell God to open your eyes, ears, and hearts to understand the prophecy even more and see them come to fulfillment.
Don’t trivialize prophecies. In this new year, be spiritual at all times. Be alert to the voice of your Father and don’t follow that of a stranger. Recall the words He has spoken to you and hold on to them by faith. Those promises will carry you through the hard times and they will be guides when you are lost.
Prophecy over yourself and recall them. Record yourself speaking or write it down.
Recieve true prophecies from others and also recall them. Write them down.
And pray about them.
You are Eternally Loved.