“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
As I mentioned in a previous post prophetic words carry weight. What do I mean by that? True prophetic words when spoken come from the very heart of God. However, when a word comes to you or through someone else you have to discern whether they are from the Holy Spirit, your own or someone else’s thoughts or Satan.
Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud; he stood at the entrance to the tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When the two of them stepped forward, he said, “Listen to my words:
“When there is a prophet among you,
I, the Lord, reveal myself to them in visions,
I speak to them in dreams.”
Numbers 12:5-6 (NIV)
Prophetic words come in different forms (verbal, visions, dreams). 1994 was a significant year for me. I had been given a word that I had a “calling on my life”. Now mind you I had no idea what my pastor who is a prophet was saying. I had no knowledge of the prophetic. I didn’t even know what a prophet was. I began to ponder those words carefully. I was just learning to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and at one point even considered going to seminary. But, God had other plans for me.
We had been learning a lot directly from the Bible and the Holy Spirit. God was birthing something in me that was to be revealed at a later time. In 1995, I trusted the leading of the Holy Spirit and went into full-time ministry at the invite of my pastor. That was a wow moment. This journey was filled with growing pains and faith challenges, but led to a deeper knowledge of God’s will and His ways through the study of His Word, daily conversations with Him through prayer, and learning to give up control and trust Him with my life. Many times, I cried out for His wisdom, insight and understanding as He shielded me and guarded my course.
God’s plans are always bigger than you can imagine with your finite mind. When God truly begins to move in your life, it exposes areas that need restoration, repair, and rebuilding. My secure little world was now being uprooted and torn apart. Isn’t that what He says in Jeremiah 1:10? There were old thought patterns and ways that had to be uprooted and torn down. Fallow (uncultivated, barren) ground needed to be broken up so that He could build and “plant the good seeds of righteousness” in my heart to be able to “harvest a crop of love” until He comes and “shower[s] righteousness upon me.”
The expression, “break up your fallow ground” means, break off all your wicked habits; clear your hearts of weeds, in order that they may be prepared for the seed of righteousness, and the good seed of the Word will have room to grow and bear fruit for God’s Kingdom. (Excerpt from Daughter of the King: Possessing Your Spiritual Inheritance)
A defining moment. I had entered a realm—a kingdom—I knew nothing about. But once I got a taste of God’s goodness, I was on a quest to discover my true identity and serve wholeheartedly in His Kingdom. As I began to pursue Him, I realized that there had to be more. I was hungry for His presence in my life. I’m not satisfied with just knowing about Him. I want to know Him and “the power of His resurrection”
Those few words from God changed the course of my life forever. God will divinely position you to carry out His purposes on earth. You must intentionally seek Him and choose to follow the process He has ordained to grow and mature you until the time arrives when He releases you to fulfill your destiny. To be entrusted with more wisdom and insight, we must faithfully steward and administer the prophetic deposits given to us.
What is it that the Lord sees in you?
“Heaven is looking for people through whom the Lord will have the liberty and freedom to fulfill God’s promises for this generation. The Lord will once again make His name famous in the earth.” —Paul Keith Davis