18 Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well. 1 Timothy 1:18, New International Version
The Apostle Paul knew the spiritual conflict that Timothy will have to face for himself and instructed Timothy to actively remember the prophecies previously made about him so that he can stand strong against the attacks of the devil and walk in victory.
The Apostle Paul understood the value and impact of prophetic words. His own life and purpose was shaped and defined by what the Lord had said to him at his conversion and subsequent encounters. Those prophetic words often came at the right time during his trials and sufferings. Paul being fully persuaded that God will always fulfill His precious promise through the power of His word, was to experience many extraordinary breakthroughs and deliverance.
Be mindful, it is one thing to receive personal prophecy, but it is quite another to chase after prophecies and “anointed ministries” assuming you need a word for every situation. The latter kind of behavior does not build faith and confidence. If you do not curb this unhealthy habit, you will end up on a “prophetic spree” looking for a prophecy that agrees with you.
No doubt there is a place for personal prophecy and prophetic ministry but they must tie in to the overall truth of the Bible, especially who God says you are in Christ. Any prophecy you receive must never contradict the gospel. This is why Paul told Timothy the wonderful effects of “gospel-based” prophetic words that will give you victory in your daily life every day:
19… having faith and a good conscience…1 Timothy 1:19, New International Version
The Greek word for “having” is echō which means “possess, to lay hold” (Strong’s G2192). If you keep prompting yourself with the prophetic word you received from the Lord, you will become armed with faith, having the power to do what is right before God. This is the litmus test of true prophecy.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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