Get ready to shout!!!! Your breakthrough prophetic Word for 2013.
It’s the annual “Guess What God Is Going To Do” season.
For those of you that may not have been taught about the proper operation of the gifts of the Spirit, this will seem strange to you. It is expected that because of a refusal to be taught about the valid use of the genuine function of Ephesians 4:11, counter statements will be made. However, for those that understand the proper function of the gifts of the Spirit, we need to pay attention so as not to be deceived. Clearly, where there is a misuse of the gifts of the Spirit, it is not reason enough not to be used by the Spirit of God. Therefore, we have only partial, not the full knowledge on the proper use of the gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12, and the ministry gifts as recorded in Ephesians 4:11.
Believe me, Paul said not to “despise prophesies,” but we are to discern what is being prophesied. In fact, Paul also said, “prove all things…” How do we “prove” what is being said? We prove them by the Word of God. The Lord gives us common sense under the Word of God. When a word is given, it must be judged (see 1 Corinthians 14:26-33). Who is authorized to judge what was said? While there is no definitive person that the Bible assigns to “judge,” except what Paul said, “…let another [prophet] judge.” your pastor and other seasoned believers that understand the operation of the gifts of the Spirit should be sufficient, so long as the Word of God is the foundation. We should not jump to conclusions and accept every prophesy, hook, line, sinker, and fish in the frying pan as dinner.
“And He said to them, It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.”
Just before the Lord was lifted to heaven on a cloud, the disciples wanted to know if Israel would be restored and that means coming out from under Roman rule. Jesus gave them the answer that they didn’t want to hear and that’s the same with the church today. There are many people looking to get a glimpse of what is to come for the world, the church, and for people.
There is no question that the Lord speaks to His people, not just the “prophets,” but what we do not need to do is say things to get the hopes of people high, only to look for something that the Lord never said.
Deuteronomy 13:1-5 talks about how Israel were to deal with false prophets. This is not applicable to NT prophets, but the penalty of death for false prophets serves as a reminder of God’s utter contempt for prophets to lead people to serve other gods. Today, the NT prophets mostly talk so much about money, prosperity, breakthrough, purpose, and destiny that the preaching of the Word to teach people how to walk in the Word is a distant aspect of their ministry.
So when you hear these things and you do not see them teach the people the Word of God on faith, trust, righteousness, holiness, consecration, and sanctification, just beware, and walk away.
You are about to give them your wallet or purse, and if what they say at first seems like it touched an area of your life correctly, but then it seems rather deceptive, chances are, it’s familiar spirits in operation. Already, you are emotionally touched, thinking that it was the Lord speaking to you but here is what is behind all this. With false prophets, demons are in league with false prophets that tell these false prophets about certain things only familiar to you.
The intent is to gain your trust. Once trust is secured and they start asking for money…..$50 dollar line, $100 dollar line, $1,000 line, and so forth, it is familiar spirits in operation and you must recover emotionally before being tripped up, by coercion to empty your wallet or purse.
Remember when Elisha was approached by Naaman the Syrian to be healed of his leprosy (see 2 Kings 5)? Elisha’s servant Gehazi had a covetous heart. Naaman wanted to pay the prophet for his healing but Elisha turned it down. After Naaman had left, Gehazi chased down Naaman and took from him what Elisha would have received and hid it in his tent. Elisha asked Gehazi where did he go. Gehazi lied. Elisha said, “Didn’t my heart went with you?” The leprosy that Naaman was healed from came upon Gehazi.
God knows how to take care of his servants so there is no need to covet the things of man (see Luke 12:15).
Now when people want to know what is to come, the Lord tells them plainly, and as a lesson, it applies to us. It is not for us to know the times and seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. So let’s learn to “mind our business.”
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
The things that the Spirit of God will speak to you and I about may not have anything to do with the gifts of the Spirit that reveal things such as the gift of the word of wisdom – a revelation of things to come (Matthew 24); the gift of the word of knowledge – a revelation of present and past things, concerning people, places, or things (John 4:1-26); and the gift of discerning of spirits – a revelation of activities in the realm of the spirit (2 Kings 6:8-17).
The NT operation of the prophets is not similar to the operation of the OT prophets. If you take note of the prophets of today, many of them prophesy general terms under emotions to make it sound spiritual. Some of them even prophesy just about money, breakthrough, purpose, and destiny, and many times, you will see them lay hands on people, and many folks get hyper emotional.
Only the Holy Spirit knows everything and when it is necessary for you to know, He will let you know.
When you are in the place of prayer, the Spirit of God will show you when it is appropriate. We must be open to the things of the Spirit of God and not downplay the importance of the Spirit of God to help us out when we need help, but we need to just be normal in our pursuit for the known will of God.
Finally, the Lord speaks through Paul, an apostle of the Lord. Many of us forget that Paul stood in the office of the prophet and teacher (see Acts 13:1-3). In the Scripture below, the Spirit of God gives him a glimpse of the last days….
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self- control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
The Bible has never been wrong but false prophets and teachers will never fail to be wrong every time. Why? Lying spirits and familiar spirits that fill the mouths of these prophet-liars. Beware of false prophets and teachers and stick to the Bible.
“knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
So what you read, listen to, and hear when they tell you that they got a word for 2013, just know that the Scriptures above, if you adhere to them, the Word of God will keep you from chasing after something that may not be of God.