Updated: Sep 29, 2020
What do you do with a Word that has been spoken over your life? Does it require you to make sure it happens? Does it cause you to make changes in your life or do you think it will happen no matter what? Let us dive deeper into the mystery of God's spoken Word.
There are so many opinions and questions and often blame when it comes to the prophetic. I won't go in too much of a teaching regarding the history and meaning, but this blog are for those that know what a prophetic word is but does not know exactly how to steward it.
When you think about stewardship the dictionary meaning is to manage or look after. I know the question that may be asked now at this point is?
" I have to look after and manage a prophecy?" "Isn't it done once its spoken or revealed?"
The answers to the first questions is "yes" and the answer to the second is "yes, but there are conditions".
So here is where its gets interesting. How do I steward a prophecy? The first and foremost thing, probably the most important thing in order to steward a prophecy is faith. You have to first believe that God said it! I don't mean just say it out of your mouth but believe so in your heart.
After Jesus was born there were prophetic words spoken over His life. In Luke Chapter 2 verse's 16-19 there were shepherds that spoke what was told to them by the angels regarding Jesus.
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the Baby, who was lying in the manger. After they had seen the Child, they spread the message they had received about Him. And all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
According to Ellicott's commentary, "She could not as yet understand all that had been said and done, but she received it in faith, and waited till it should be made clear. "
Bare with me during this blog, I am definitely going somewhere! I know there is a lot of teaching and proper verbiage but it is important that I lay out the foundation. I am sorry, the good Lord gave me a teaching anointing! lol.
The key to stewarding a prophecy is often times found how other's stewarded theirs in the Bible. Take the famous verse that we often say from the Book of Habakkuk. This scripture often pops up during a New Year sermon or even a vision board gathering/party. Allow me to share the MSG version of the verse:
And then God answered: “Write this.
Write what you see.
Write it out in big block letters
so that it can be read on the run.
This vision-message is a witness
pointing to what’s coming.
It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait!
And it doesn’t lie.
If it seems slow in coming, wait.
It’s on its way. It will come right on time.
This was after the prophet Habakkuk's much complaining and anguish over what was going on around him. Even though God had said it, there was still frustration that it had not happened yet in which God encouraged Habakkuk to write it down.
Here is where I jump in *smile*. It is ALWAYS a good idea to write your prophecies down. Sometimes a prophecy has so many layers that will take years to peel back even if it is a sentence long. I have a couple of notebooks, post its, even a vision board that portrays things that was spoken to me by God as a reminder that "IT" will come to pass. It was also a reminder of the trials I would go through. The molding and the shaping that had to happen in order for the prophecy to be fulfilled. You do know that you will have to be processed for it right? I think sometimes we become so mesmerized at what has been spoken and do not realize sometimes God has to package His spoken Word in a pretty bow depending on the present state of our spirits. God may have shown you a house, a car, a marriage but do we even think about the process it would take to obtain those things or better yet what that person would look like that would obtain the promises. Yes, those things are material, but what if I said the only way that you would get the car is that you obeyed His voice in feeding the homeless and you entertained an angel unaware that wanted to give away a car to someone! The car was not the target, but the fact that you fed the homeless and brought people to Christ.
You see, anything that is spoken will ultimately be for HIM. Yes, it will happen to us, but at the end of the day it will forever and always be about HIM. The omnipresent Lord and Savior.
It often saddens me that we blame who's mouth a prophecy came out of and not take the Word to God. They are merely vessels, messengers, that only deliver "the mail". We don't get mad at our local postmaster for delivering our bills? Why get frustrated with the prophet? Mind you, God often uses scripture as well. A lot of the prophecies that i received never came from a natural person. It was either through a dream or scripture. It was through my relationship with God. With a strong relationship with God you will also be able to discern a spoken Word. That is your safety. Discernment is key in knowing what should be stewarded and what not to steward. Even so, we can't get frustrated if we are still alive on this earth and the prophecy has not come to past. There are so many factors and I would be sitting here writing a dissertation, lol.
In perspective, the spoken Word should edify God's people. Edify to go out and do His works with gladness and thanksgiving. God is not a genie and is not obligated to give us anything. We are not entitled to a prosperous prophetic Word, the prophetic Word is used to push and assist us to complete an assignment. It is not used to parade in front of others or used to boast, nor satisfy a fleshly desire. It is used to glorify God with what you will become for the Kingdom. Selah!