1 Corinthians 14 New King James Version (NKJV)
Prophecy and Tongues
14 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. 3 But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.
Whenever you receive a fresh word from the Lord from a prophet you begin the journey of having the word birthed in you at that moment. You think about the word, it usually resonates in your spirit, you have excitement and joy and want to tell other people about it….but it usually involves taking some action on your part. If you receive a major word that may consist of you impacting more people in your church, city, state, region or even worldwide then it may take many years of actions on your part as it builds over time. The enemy will try to come against you both internally in your own mind and through other people who are being used by demons to stop you from seeing it manifest. Many of those people could be in the church.
Other simpler words may come to pass within days, weeks or a few months but sometimes require you to receive guidance from the Lord in order to see them manifest in the physical and you may need to take certain actions. Sometimes people don’t see words manifesting yet because they are dealing with the spirit of pride (Leviathan) which will cause their prophetic words to be blocked until they deal with humbling themselves and breaking free from that spirit.
For instance, if you are operating in very strong pride, then the Lord would want you to humble yourself first before being able to receive any stronger anointings from Him because an increase in your anointing would simply increase your prideful spirit and take you farther away from Christ as God hates pride (and kicked Lucifer out of heaven for it). The same thing applies if you are operating in the spirit of Jezebel (control, manipulation, lying, jealousy, etc) as you would need to get delivered before the Lord can bless you to flow in a stronger anointing because your spirit of Jezebel would cause you to ultimately hurt more people. The Lord will try to get you to listen to Him and if you won’t then you may need others to help bring it to light so you can get free. The Lord wants His bride to be pure and spotless as Matthew 7:21-23 states;
Matthew 7:21-23 New King James Version (NKJV)
I Never Knew You
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
I know of many people who seek words from the Lord from many prophetic people on a regular basis in order to make themselves feel more important while not addressing things in their current lives to get in position to receive and move forward. We must not neglect the importance of repentance, holiness, purity and humbling ourselves in order to become more like Christ which will result in having more fruit of the spirit evidenced in our lives through increased spiritual gifts. Many will have dreams or visions from the Lord in order to get their attention if they need to address an area of their life so be aware and more cognizant.
Galatians 5:16-26 NKJV states:
“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”
We must always be on guard from the enemy causing us to get off course for selfish gain. I know of people who were extremely prideful and would try to receive preferential treatment from people of position within their church so they would look good to others and increase their control over other people. The prophetic words they received which talked about them having more influence over more people only puffed their pride up greater and they have still never seen the words actually come to pass yet.
Others who were very humble struggled with stepping out in faith and taking action so the words from the Lord spoken over them did not manifest as they were expecting. Often times if we hear the enemy’s voice and believe it then he will cause us to have fear in our minds and then we will not see the words come to pass because we believe the enemy’s lies instead of what the Lord promised. Think about Abraham and his promise from the Lord to have a son. He gave up on the word because he was 86 year old and listened to his wife and tried to make it happen by his maid servant Hagar and birthing Ishmael. It wasn’t until Abraham was 100 that he had Isaac. And now thousands of years later you have Ishmael’s Muslim lineage battling Isaac’s Christian lineage.
Genesis 16 New King James Version (NKJV)
Hagar and Ishmael
16 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai. 3 Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan. 4 So he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes.
5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “My wrong be upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace; and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. The Lord judge between you and me.”
6 So Abram said to Sarai, “Indeed your maid is in your hand; do to her as you please.” And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from her presence.
If you often complain and give up on your prophetic word coming to pass then you no longer give it life to manifest and the enemy usually wins. You simply cannot speak against what you are believing for and then expect to see it come to pass in your life. You must continue to believe even if the circumstances look impossible or else the Lord may have to fulfill it in a different way or through someone else who will not carry the originally planned blessing. Speak life out of your mouth every day and never speak against it.
When I was first prophesied in January 2009 that I would have a worldwide ministry it excited me yet I thought “how in the world will that ever happen as I am just a kid from a cornfield?” I had no thoughts ever of being in full time ministry let alone being president of a worldwide ministry. Then I had to go through some extreme circumstances of suffering and lose everything I owned per God’s bringing it all about. Yet I still believed somehow it would come to pass and had no doubts in my mind. Then in January 2015 the Lord told me to separate from my wife because she was coming against me to not do ministry and other behaviors that were tormenting me and that He would begin to setup the ministry through me and it would begin to grow rapidly around the world. He wanted her to choose deliverance but she refused so she was unable to join me in the ministry.
He explained to me about how the spirits of Jezebel and Leviathan would come upon a person when they experienced pain from their father / mother / step parents / anyone or suffered sexual violations and then how to get people delivered through forgiveness and repentance of their pride and sin. I began to see thousands of people delivered as I took them through deliverance in person and through Facebook Messenger Video chat, Skype, and a myriad of other ways. Then the Lord told me to deliver people through Facebook LIVEs the last Sunday of every month and to my shock it worked. So many testimonies of people’s lives improving amazingly, saving marriages, new ministries birthing, etc.
Then the ministry launched full time in April 2017 and has been growing ever since as the results have been amazing to witness with people getting set free, healed, saving their marriages from strife and enjoying hearing the Lord more clearly and hearing the enemy much less. Then word of mouth, books, TV shows, Facebook and You Tube began to increase the awareness around the world like the Lord had stated and the words of prophecy from 2009 indicated. But the enemy came against me through people in the church, friends and others who tried to discourage me, lie about me, etc. I had to listen to the Lord or I would never have seen Restored to Freedom grow into the ministry it is today.
We all need to keep our lives in balance with hearing the Lord, thinking about the words of prophecy from our past and guarding against our friends, church and others who could be hearing more from the enemy then the Lord. The enemy will try to steal God’s calling in your life. It really starts with humbling all the pride out of you and making sure you have forgiven everyone who has hurt you in your life and who will hurt you in the future. No bitterness, no envy, jealousy, anger, pride, perversion or anything of the enemy can be allowed to dominate your life. Then you can hear the Lord consistently to see your prophetic words manifest in reality.
It truly is amazing to watch a prophetic word from years past come to pass in our lives as we hike along our life’s journey up the mountain for the Lord.