“On that day I will gather you together
and bring you home again.
I will give you a good name, a name of distinction,
among all the nations of the earth,
as I restore your fortunes before their very eyes.
I, the LORD, have spoken!” (Zephaniah 3:20 NIV)
The true prophets spent a great deal of time encouraging, admonishing, and attempting to motivate the Children of Israel–always ready to speak what God spoke to (and through) them. When we understand the role of a prophet–we know that a prophet does not speak according to their flesh, but according to The Word of God as God speaks it. And we know–that God’s Word is true and whatever He says, will come to pass–in His timing, not ours.
That was then. Now, we can hear directly from God through Holy Spirit and confirm that it is Him speaking when we know the Word. God is yet speaking to the hearts of His children and when we are in relationship with Him, we know it is Him speaking and we can count on whatever He tells us–it will happen–when He has designed it to happen.
Don’t despair over the timing of things that God has spoken to your heart. He will do it and we know this because He is not a man that He should lie.
At the same time–don’t listen to every person proclaiming to be a prophet. Many speak according to their flesh based upon the situation–they lie–attempting to convince and will say whatever they think someone wants to hear. And even though they attempt to manipulate The Word to make what they “sound” good, if what they say doesn’t line up with The Word–don’t listen. When a prophet speaks what God says (and He is still using some as prophets today) and it can be confirmed and aligned with The Word–meditate on what they say and go directly to the throne of God for yourself–before doing anything! When we hear a prophetic Word that is meant for us, it should be confirmation of something He has already spoken to us–not something new. strange, or bizarre.
Knowing The Word for ourselves will save us time and aggravation–and puts us in position not to be misled by those who would seek to misguide by their ability to manipulate the Word and prey upon a person’s emotions. Know when God is speaking to you. If He has not spoken to you yet, keep listening and keep studying The Word. Chances are-He has spoken and you may not have known that it was Him!
Speak Lord–Your children are listening and ready to obey!