There are some prophetic words that God speaks that do not depend on man for them to come to pass. Whether we are ready or believe it, Jesus is coming back! That’s a prophetic word that is not conditional upon our response. Yet there are many, many words that are conditioned on our response. For instance: Many passages in Scripture say, “if”; then such and such will happen. “If My people will…”
We are still on the subject of Joseph. God gave Joseph a dream when he was 17. When he was 30, he stepped into that destiny. He began to fulfill that destiny when he was in his 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. Now we are going to look at the prophetic word God spoke over his life. And then Joseph was tested before that “word” came to pass.
God sets a path for all of us, however, if we turn or walk away from that path, we will not arrive at what God has for us. We each go through tests of our character so that that character can support our destiny.
Psalm 105:17-19 – He sent a man before them – Joseph – who was sold as a slave. (Verse 18) They hurt his feet with fetters (prison), he was laid in irons. (Verse 19) Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him.
“Until the time that his word…” That word, “word” in Hebrew is the word “Debar” and means “something spoken.” The next part of the sentence says, “the word of the LORD…” That word, “word” is “Emrah,” which means the literal word of God.
So here is what this verse is actually saying: Until the time that God’s prophetic word came to pass, the literal word of God tested him. Wow!
This Hebrew word “Emrah” is in the Bible several places: Psalm 12:6 – The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver, tried in the furnace of earth, purified seven times. Psalm 18:30 – As for God, His way is perfect. The word of the LORD is proven. Psalm 119:11 – Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You!
The Bible, God’s word tests us. The Bible tests our character. The Bible will determine whether what was spoken over us comes to pass. There is little difference in the prophetic word of God spoken over us and the literal word of God in Scripture.
This is the same Scripture in the New Living Translation: Psalm 105:19 – Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph’s character. God tests our faith with prophetic words. He tests our character with the Word. So what is the difference? What is my part in all of this?
We Submit Our Word to His Word
There is only one difference between the prophetic word of God and the literal word of God – the human element. I have heard so many times people say, “I have a word from God.” However, if their word doesn’t line up with the written word of God, they need to adjust their word. God will never contradict His own word!
1 Corinthians 13:9 – For we know in part and we prophesy in part. Since we don’t know in “full,” we don’t prophesy in full. Prophetic words are like a piece of a puzzle. As more and more comes, we begin to see the picture. Sometimes we just need to wait before we say anything.
Most of the time when I’ve heard someone say that they have a word from God, their own lives don’t line up with the literal word of God. And the biggest part of the time they never get into the word for themselves. They rely on what others have told them what the word of God says. If they don’t submit their words to the word of God, they will never reach the destiny that God has for them.
I Test My Word
1 Thessalonians 5:19 – Do not quench the Spirit. (Verse 20) Do not despise prophecies. (Verse 21) Test all things; hold fast what is good.
1 Corinthians 14:29 – Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others, judge.
When someone gives a prophecy, we are to judge and test it according to Scripture because it’s coming through a human. We judge prophecy because none of us is omnipotent. None of us is infallible. We test it by the written word of God.
Deuteronomy 13:1 – “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, (Verse 2) and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other god’s – which you have not known -‘ and listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD God with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Even if someone gives us a word with a sign or wonder, but the word doesn’t line up with God’s word, don’t listen! God’s prophetic word that comes to us through a true prophet is confirmed by God’s Word. I would just advise; Be very careful saying, “Thus says the Lord God.” We’ve got too many that are trying to make a name for themselves, running around telling others that they are a true prophet from God. Test and judge by the word of God. It’s up to the ones that hear the prophetic word to test it and judge it. The one giving it can’t test it themselves. They’ve already decided it was from God. However, none of this testing works if you don’t know the word of God yourself. After your word has been tested:
I Hold On To My Word.
This is only after submitting your word and testing your word with the Scripture.
1 Timothy 1:18 – This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, (Verse 19) having faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, (They rejected the prophecies concerning their lives.) (Verse 20) of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
The Apostle Paul is talking to his spiritual son, telling him to hold fast to the prophecies spoken over him. He also told him he received those prophecies with faith and a good conscience. We receive faith by hearing the word, but we have a good conscience by doing the word. A person cannot receive the prophicies of God if they are not going to do the word of God.
Then Paul tells him about two men that rejected the prophecies over their lives. Because of that, they suffered shipwreck. They were not submitted to the word. Apparently, rejecting the spoken word of God is blaspheme, because that’s what Paul called what they did.
Result: We receive His prophecy in faith, walk in His word in faith and a good conscience and test and judge what is spoken over us, according to Scripture!