by Michelle Harding
Founder President of Life by Design Ministries, Hurlock, MD
Assistant Senior Leader at Church of The King, Easton, MD
In writing to the Corinthian Church, the Apostle Paul writes, " But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation." (1Corinthians 14:3 NASB) This verse brings great insight into the purpose of prophecy for the Believer. Prophecy comes to us so that we may be built up for spiritual profit and advancement; to exhort us for the purpose of strengthening and establishing us in the faith; and to bring an expression of tender comfort and encouragement through what is spoken.
Most of us have been blessed to receive amazing prophetic words about what God is going to do or what was going to happen in our lives. Words filled with hope and life. That glimpse into our destiny and purpose brings strength and empowers us to keep going.
But then we find ourselves in the midst of our daily lives. The demands of our responsibilities choke out that light and all those pretty words seem to fade to black as we step back into the ruts of life, the hectic pace of our days, and even life changing, unpredictable events. And reality empties the hope of the word and vision fades.
The beauty is that even when we forget God does not. You see, when Father speaks to us prophetically He is imparting to us vision, He is imparting to our present, our right now, what He sees in the future. As Brian Orme has said, "It's future history." The Prophetic releases us into our true identity as sons, and builds upon that reality to propel us forward into spiritual advancement. It helps establish and strengthen us in our purpose, and brings comfort and encouragement along the way. The prophetic helps us conceive who we are so we can birth destiny!
When a prophetic word comes to us, it is packed with the power and provision to accomplish all that is spoken. Like any package that is delivered to us, unless we go through the process of unpacking it, we'll never receive the benefit of what lies inside. There is an unpacking of that destiny, that vision, that potential. But there are steps we must take, a process to undergo. The unpacking will require things we are responsible for and things that have to be done. These will be the things Father uses to propel us further and farther into who we are and our prophetic destiny.
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