‘It is so very tempting to seek answers from the spirit realm about our personal future life – especially when the past and present is painful and we need comfort and direction.
There is so much comfort in being told that “soon your blessing will come” and the future looks bright and “your waiting is over”. Wow.. you are going to be a pastor’s wife or a CEO of a successful company or have 2 children or own that house by the lake you always dreamed about!?
Wait. I have to warn you. Stop seeking prophetic words in churches for your personal life.
It seems a tempting alternative to mediums, clairvoyants, and “spiritual counseling” which we know are dangerous and wrong. But what is happening in the charismatic movement today is for the most part not biblical prophecy – it is witchcraft in the name of Jesus. The spirit of divination. How do I know? Because I have been part of the charismatic movement and I have been in the new age movement.
Start reading the Bible more – including the Old Testament prophets – and see what a contrast to most of the prophets in churches today.
Have you ever been to a psychic in any form you need deliverance – but unfortunately that may also be the case if you have received a prophecy in a charismatic church. You may need to break the power of false prophecy in prayer. Words spoken over you can be powerful, binding and lead you down a wrong path. Especially accompanied by the laying on of hands.
In the charismatic movement there are “prophetic training schools” where strangers lay hands on each other and attempt to develop the ability to prophesy over other people – sometimes referred to as “listening to the Holy Spirit”. I can NOT recommend attendance at such conferences.You have no idea what kind of sin the person laying hands on you is involved in – spirits can be transferred to you by the laying on of hands!
I have lost count of how many times I heard false prophecies from Christians – even spoken to me personally. Some of it took me years to get free of.
Let me give you a real life example:
When a man of authority – a famous “prophet of God” who travels the world told me that my husband would be younger than me and even told me what year I would meet him – guess what happened?
I continually started to fall in love with younger men and it sure did mess me up good that year- but I did not get married to any of them. They married someone else and broke my heart – some of them after trying to push my boundaries sexually. And these men I met in churches. I am still unmarried 7 years after the year I was supposed to meet my husband according to the prophet.
True biblically based prophecy is mostly warnings and correction, and a call to repentance – not positive promises and delightful words about your business or love life.
If you go to a prophetic meeting in a church nowadays, you go to hear about the bright future that you or your church has in store – you go to have words of promise spoken over you and are taught that if you “receive the word of the prophet” (and usually give him a financial offering at the same time…) you shall be blessed and your life can change for the better. Please show me this in the Bible? How is this much different than when you schedule a session with a new age spiritual counselor who can “receive messages” on your behalf?
When I was in the charismatic movement we didn’t go to a prophetic meeting to be corrected and be confronted with our sin or to be warned about the darkness to come on the earth! We did not enter the meeting with the fear of God – “show me where I am wrong, Lord ?”. We did not go to hear a David Wilkerson type of prophet with a true warning about the future.
We went to those meetings hoping to be told of a grand future and how special we were – or more seriously with an inner cry “please help me – I desperately need a word of encouragement from you! Please use this prophet of God to comfort me!” I remember one time, I was actually suicidal and I went to a meeting longing for the “prophet of God” to call me out and help me. That did not happen. I received no help. Apparently wanting to kill myself was not important enough for the prophet to discern my deep distress – even though he looked directly at me as he passed by me in the aisle.
I am not saying that there are not true prophets of God on the earth today! There most certainly is. And not all prophecies are warnings – some prophecies concerning restoration and the call of God on your life can be true. Prophecy can sometimes be edifying and feel like encouragement.
But true prophets really are few and far between and it’s important not to seek them with questions regarding your personal future – because when you seek answers about your future from someone else who are supposed to have secret /hidden knowledge that you can’t access yourself – you are actually seeking the SPIRIT OF DIVINATION! Trust me, I’ve been there, done that.
When you encounter a true word of knowledge or prophecy it will be from someone that God is using to help you find your direction when you are somehow “drifting too far from the shore”. It will be someone who can see in the spirit realm that there is witchcraft in the church – or they can see that there are unclean spirits and sin that need to be cast out. Some prophets can speak corporately to a body of believers true words from the Holy Spirit (that are ALWAYS in accordance with the Bible) and some are given visions about future events on the earth.
They will address the wrong they see without being afraid to speak. They will never be afraid of being “negative” or unpopular or culturally or politically “incorrect”. True prophets are not “seeker friendly” and they speak in stark contrast to a secular, paganised culture. They will not even be afraid of being put in jail. In fact true prophets do not have a huge fan base!
They will not, however, use verbal abuse– they will not be dragging someone up in front of the congregation or tv camera, slap them and shout that they need to tithe or else they will be cursed. When it’s a personal issue being addressed, they will give discreet and loving – though sometimes very direct – personal messages if they are so led by the Holy Spirit.
If you need answers/direction, dig deeper into the Word of God, seek your Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus/Yeshua in prayer. You may also need to fast and take time away from daily tasks to receive answers. There really are no short cuts. If necessary seek counsel and help from godly people who have walked the walk and care about you. There is nothing wrong with seeking advice and counsel. There is nothing wrong with asking others to pray for or with you. Remember to ask to receive more discernment from the Holy Spirit so you can become better protected against falsehood.’
“Then the Lord said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name.
I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds. Therefore this is what the Lord says about the prophets who are prophesying in my name: I did not send them, yet they are saying, ‘No sword or famine will touch this land.’ (Jeremiah 14:14-15)
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
(1. John 4,1)
“Don’t listen to the words of the prophets
who are prophesying to you.
They are making you act foolishly,
telling you visions from their own minds
and not from the mouth of the Lord.
They keep reassuring those who despise me,
‘The Lord says you will be safe and secure,’
and saying to all living by their own stubborn hearts,
‘Nothing bad will happen to you….’
“You are wearied with your many counsels; Let now the astrologers, Those who prophesy by the stars, Those who predict by the new moons, Stand up and save you from what will come upon you.
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep”
(2. Peter 2, 1-3)
‘As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.”
“When they say to you, “Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,” should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?”
“When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead”
(Deuteronomy 18, 9-14)
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