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Slow down

As prophets we often make the mistake of constantly looking for the next revelation, when God wasn’t through with the last one. I’ve learned over the years that there are times when the Lord wants me to take my time ‘replaying’ a vision until I have really understood it, and usually there are details I missed the first time.Slow down.

Listen, observe, and pray into what God shows you.

Destiny is in the details.

Master Prophets?

I ‘m not impressed by ‘master prophets,’ and neither is God.

Moses parted the Red Sea.

Joshua stopped the sun.

Jesus defeated death itself.

Yet none of them ever called themselves ‘Master Prophet,’ ‘Major Prophet,’ or any of the absurdly arrogant titles being thrown around now.

Prophets, the world does not need you to have some lofty title. What the world needs from you is a real word from God that actually comes to pass.

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Loud sounding gong? A Word on ‘harsh’ prophecies

Delivering a prophecy that seems harsh to our modern sensibilities doesn’t make you a loud-sounding gong without love, contrary to the absolute tripe being taught today.

There was once a prophet who said things like:

Generation of vipers! (Matt. 12:34)
Though you are exalted to heaven, you shall be brought down to hell. (Luke 10:15)
I will profess to them ‘Depart from me, ye who work iniquity, for I never knew you.’ (Matt. 7:23)

He also cursed a defenseless tree for not having fruit.

Who was this mean old ogre of a prophet?

JESUS.

Today’s teaching on how the prophetic must always be uplifiting would condemn JESUS as not having love.

The truth is that we often fail to understand what the Bible teaches because we read it the way it’s been erroneously preached to us. Prophecy is for edification, exhortation, and comfort, but this does not mean it will always be comfortable.

In the US Marine Corps, my Drill Sergeants edified me, getting me into the greatest shape I’ve ever been in. They exhorted with tremendous intensity. Their training is now a comfort when there’s an emergency or danger of any kind.

Some may argue that we’re still supposed to be gentle, but not all situations call for what we now regard as gentle.

Feel free to call me harsh.

The lake of fire is harsher than anything I could possibly say to you.

Am I your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

Cutting off all contact with the false prophet.

Cutting off all contact with the false prophet. This is absolutely crucial to your restoration if you have been victimized by a false prophet. Many saints make the mistake of keeping in touch with a false prophet, or continuing to watch/listen to their ministry programming, and this is a grave mistake because in so doing they are exposing themselves to the false anointing of that prophet and the spirits that accompany it.

Now, some will advocate forgiveness, and it is commendable to forgive. However, this doesn’t mean we should continue to expose ourselves to something unwholesome. If the prophet is continuing in operating in error, we can forgive without granting that person access to us. You could forgive someone for stealing your car, but that doesn’t mean you throw them the keys afterward, especially if you know they’re still stealing cars! Remember, we are to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11), and 1 Corinthians 5 does instruct us to shun those who claim to be brethren but who refuse to turn from sin.

Mentoring Emerging prophets

Some prophets ‘turn to the Dark Side,’ so to speak because of a lack of specific Mentoring for their calling. The emerging prophet needs sound discipleship and oversight, as well as safe and accountable environment in which to exercise his gift. Over the years, I’ve mentored quite a few prophets who felt frustrated in their church because they’d hear from God but were actively discouraged from using their gift, or because they weren’t learning how to handle the revelations they were receiving. Still others found themselves overwhelmed with demonic attacks for which they received little or no real support. Pastors, the devil wants your prophets! It is best that you give prayerful consideration to how you might safeguard them from the specific threats they face.

Now, what you do with regard to this may vary, depending on any specific guidance that the Holy Spirit may give you for your particular flock. Nevertheless, here are some things you can do with emerging prophets:

  1. A weekly prayer gathering for the prophets with mature leadership to oversee it.

  1. Specific time set aside for the prophets to exercise their gifts outside of the regular service times, with prophecies being judged and constructive feedback being given.

  1. Prayer assignments for the prophets.

  1. Prophetic assignments.

  2. Specific Bible study assignments to further their personal development.

  1. A dedicated team of intercessors to pray for the prophets.

  2. Thorough training on the gift and office

Remember, as a leader, it’s your job to defend the flock, and a big part of that is by ensuring that your emerging prophets are not seduced by the enemy.

False Prophets are Vindictive

Because false prophets are so often emotionally immature, unbalanced, or even unhinged, they do tend to engage in spiteful, vindictive behavior when crossed, if they are in a position to do so. I once knew a prophet who was asked to speak at a prominent Chicago megachurch, a prospect which excited him very much. They gave him the mid-week service, which is often done to test out a new speaker. He preached his heart out, and the church loved it. This prompted, what seemed to him at that moment, a spontaneous act of generosity by the prophet who led that church:

He told the audience that he was taking a special offering ‘just for the man of God,’ and spent a few minutes exhorting the audience to really bless the guest speaker. They did. This pastor said he was inwardly praising God, because there was soon a large pile of money on the stage, and he had bills due. It may have been $10,000 or more. Before the offering was even complete, two deacons escorted the guest speaker to the pastor’s office.

The apostle (and prophet) who led that church soon met him at the office. He opened his Bible, and took out a pre-written check for $1000 and handed it to him. He kept the rest of the offering. When the guest speaker was invited again the following Sunday, this deceptive charade happened again, exactly the same way. The guest speaker didn’t protest, but recounted the story in book chapter titled ‘Deceit.’ He never mentioned the leader’s name, or even the city in which it happened.

However, the leader of that megachurch, who is widely and highly regarded not just as a prophet, but as an authority on all things prophetic, read the book and of course recognized the story. He immediately blackballed the guest speaker, who then suddenly found his speaking calendar quite empty. Not long after, this preacher met with that megachurch leader to apologize for slandering him.

Now, some of you may agree that writing about what happened was slander, but the dictionary tells us otherwise:

slan·der

[ˈslandər]

NOUN

law

the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation.

Therefore, what the guest preacher had done in his book was not slander, for two reasons. First, it was true. Second, in print, it’s called libel. You may now understand that the reason such stories are not often made public is that, even when names have not been named, the perpetrators of such vile deceit will retailiate vindictively. Given how Scripture repeatedly exhorts us to be merciful, to administer correction in love, and to restore those who stumble in meekness (Galatians 6:1), I believe we can safely conclude that vindictiveness is not the fruit of the Spirit, and should alert us to deeper underlying issues at work.

Flattery and the false prophet

Once a false prophet has secured a means whereby they may begin to gain influence, and often before this, they will make use of flattery to build rapport with key individuals.

A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin. (Proverbs 26:28)

False prophets usually hate the people they are seeking to manipulate, and no matter how harmless their flattery might be, the Bible says it works ruin. A compliment is sincere and unselfish admiration or appreciation, whereas flattery is insincere, and done with the intention of selfish gain. The flatterer wants something. Just by engaging in flatter, this person is sinning (Psalm 5:9, 78:36, Proverbs 29:5, e.g.). We are in fact warned not to involve ourselves with those who use flattery! (Proverbs 20:19)

False prophets, particularly in the early stages of acquiring influence, tend to lavish praise on people, seeming to be impressed by even things which may really be quite ordinary. Let’s face it, most of us like a good compliment, and since many who occupy positions of influence or leadership in churches and other faith communities also harbor secret (or not so secret) insecurities, the false prophet can easily gain their confidence by appearing to be an admirer or even a fan. This vulnerability to seduction is made worse by a tendency of insecure leaders to surround themselves with people who feed their ego and do not challenge their ideas or decisions. In contrast to this, Scripture tells us:

Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. (Proverbs 15:22)

Someone who always agrees with you is not a counsellor; that’s a yes-man. Yes men are a comfort to insecurities, but they are hardly constructive. While many, and maybe even most, yes-men mean well because they are ‘fans’ of their leader, the false prophet who becomes a yes-man does so in order to leverage the leader’s insecurities to his own advantage.

Other false prophets operating within a local body may engage in other kinds of manipulation, but most often some form of flattery will be involved. What we must bear in mind is that manipulative behavior of any sort in a prophet is a clear indicator that something is very wrong, and it’s a grave mistake not to deal with it immediately.

Why you don’t get the prophecies you hoped for

Were you SENT?

‘I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.’ (Jeremiah 23:21)

It is never enough to be gifted, or anointed. To be effective, the prophet must be SENT by God after having heard from Him. We may notice in this chapter of Jeremiah that God never disputes that these prophets prophesied.

However, God does say that they prophesied by Baal (v. 13), they committed adultery and walked in lies (v. 14), and their vision was from their own heart, and not from God (v.16).

In our time, many of us have been taught that the prophets can prophesy whenever they want, but the truth is that the prophet must be SENT. Otherwise there is the very real danger that the prophet’s words have a source of inspiration other than God.

In this particular chapter of Jeremiah, we see that the prophets encouraged those who refused to depart from sin, and today we see a very similar patter in how so often ministries insist that prophecy MUST always positive and encouraging.

What are your motives in prophesying?

Why do you seek out prophets and prophecy?

Are you walking in truth while wanting to be the mouthpiece of God?

God’s MIGHTIEST Prophet? Really?

Moved by the Holy Ghost

“Because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:21)

Should we practice prophesying?

Practice prophecy thread!

Just kidding. No one ever needs to practice prophesying.

Why?

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:21)

If you really could genuinely prophesy whenever you want, you could heal, work miracles, and cast out demons whenever you wanted, too.

There are quite a few reasons why so many who teach on the prophetic promote ‘practicing.’ The first and most obvious is that very often we may genuinely perceive something prophetically, and getting people to speak what they see or otherwise perceive is an easy way to get some kind of ‘results’ out of your teaching. However. not everything we perceive is intended to be disclosed.

Even the secular world understands this. Certain information is classified, and is not for public disclosure, and releasing it without authorization can have severe penalties. In Deuteronomy 18:20, the word says:

But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

There was a death penalty not just for a prophecy that wasn’t real, but for ANYTHING spoken in God’s name that He had not expressly commanded. Thus we must understand that for something to be real prophecy, God has to have expressly directed you to say it.

This brings us to the usual claims of ‘practicers’ that they are being led by the Holy Spirit. If indeed you are being led by the Holy Spirit, why then do you not rely on that leading for guidance? When then are you in 34 Facebook groups looking for a word when you could be following His direction into your destiny?

Prophecy has its place. It has a role, but we were never meant to live by it. Many of you are seeking prophetic words when all this time God has been giving you direction all around you, but you haven’t paid attention. You’ve overlooked His guidance because you didn’t trust Him to guide you in the first place.

Let him who has an ear hear what the Spirit is saying to the church: The just shall live by faith.

Mastering the Art of Prophetic Disclosure

It’s not enough to have heard or otherwise perceived something prophetically. We must also know when to diclose what God has revealed, to whom it is to be disclosed, and how that disclosure is to take place.

What to do when a prophetic word FAILS to come to pass


 

Over the years I’ve run into many people who were disappointed, disillusioned, discouraged and disgusted because of how so many prophecies fail to come to pass in the church. So often when this is addressed, if it’s addressed at all, they are given excuses or are blamed for the prophetic word’s failure. But is it always the receiver’s fault?

Let’s talk about why prophetic words fail and what to do about it.

What to do when a Prophetic Word FAILS to come to pass


 

 
It often happens that a prophet delivers a word which fails to come to pass, and the recipient of the word is either blamed for not having enough faith, or for not meeting the ‘conditions’ of the prophecy, even if those conditions were never stated. So then, what are we in the church to do when this happens?

Why YOU aren’t Prospering


 

 
Have you ever wondered why it is so many prophets try to convince you that they key to your prosperity it giving THEM money, yet year after year, decade after decade the saints stay broke? Let’s discus the REAL reasons why you’re not prospering the way you could be, and how to turn that around NOW.

Delusions, Confusion and Prophetic Collusion


 

There’s a whole lot of crazy stuff that goes on in prophetic ministry. The other day I had some prophet telling me that their nonsensical ‘prophecy’ was ‘the teacheth of the Holy Spirit,’ and further informed me that God had said so… let’s talk.

Stop chasing prophecies!

God never intended for you to be chasing after a prophetic word every day. This insatiable addiction to prophecy I’ve seen in churches and in Facebook groups is not from God, and it renders people highly susceptible to seduction by the familiar spirits that some ‘prophets’ move in.
To some extent this happens because the leadership of the segment of the church which believes in the prophetic has created a dependency which gives the prophet an idolatrous place in the life of the believer.

Feeling discouraged and need a boost? In 1 Samuel 30, when David and his men returned to Ziklag to find that the enemy had burned their homes and taken their families captive, his men started talking about stoning him, because they clearly blamed him for being away from home when the enemies came. He didn’t go looking for a prophet to comfort or encourage him:

 

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. (1 Sam. 30:6)

Later in the chapter, he DOES inquire of the Lord for himself, not for encouragement, but for direction. He then takes his men and goes after the enemy. The recover EVERYTHING, and take additional spoils. David then uses his share of the spoils to send gifts to the leaders of Israel in the towns and cities David frequented.
What can we learn from this? The answer to your need for encouragement isn’t always in some prophet, but often in your own mouth, and when you ACT on the word of the Lord, God will position you not just for restoration, but for promotion, IF we ACT, and then use the fruit of our action to bless OTHERS.
When David sent those gifts, it wasn’t just about their inherent value. It also made a statement: I’m your king, I fight OUR enemies, and when I do, I do it for YOU, too… that even when David was fighting for his family and the families of his men, he still thought of the rest of Israel and its leaders. This communicated to them that they could trust David to think of them, even when handling his own personal business.
Are you called to leadership? Stop chasing prophecies, and ACT on the prophetic words you’ve been given already. God and his prophets will still have more to say.

Brian Carn, the Lord rebuke you


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It recently came to light that Brian Carn’s ‘prophecies’ for 2015 were plagiarized from a psychic who posted the same predictions 11 months before he did. Rather than repent, Brian has refused to admit to any wrongdoing. Let’s discuss why this is a huge problem…

Do you REALLY want a Prophetic Mentor?

Talking sense moment:

Some of the saints will say they want mentorship when the truth is that they are just hoping to establish a relationship with the prophet in order to be prophesied to on a regular basis. That’s not mentorship.

A real mentor in the Body, especially a prophet, if he’s worth his salt, is going to push you to SEEK GOD FOR YOURSELF. He will hold you accountable, question you in detail about your prayer life, your study of the word, and your conduct and character in the world at large.

A mentor may hold your hand in a crisis, but most of the time what you’ll get from a real prophetic mentor is the rebuke your pastor’s too scared to give you, the kick in the pants your daddy didn’t give you, and the accountability you’re able to run from everywhere else.

And if that mentor is a certain short, bald, broken-nosed prophet with a limp, he’s not going to dance around the issues with you, but is more likely to hit you in the face with the truth you need to hear every time you talk to him.

Why? Because otherwise, he’s not just wasting his time and yours, but he’s wasting God’s time.

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The Prophet and the Gift of Prophecy

Someone asked me recently about the difference between the prophet and the gift of prophecy, so I put together this little video.

Both receive revelation from God, but the Bible clearly shows us that there are some notable differences between the prophet and the gift of prophecy, including:

The Prophet is ordained in the womb; the gift of prophecy is received after becoming a believer.

The Prophet can function in the gift without being  believer; the gift of prophecy is strictly for believers.

The Prophet, once set in the office can be ‘tuned in’ all the time, while someone with gift of prophecy receives revelation only when the gift is active.

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Can YOU keep a secret?

Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7)

If you really want to hear from God more clearly and more often, something you must understand is that you need to be trustworthy. How much can God really trust you with? Many prophets fail to realize that not everything God will show you is meant to be disclosed to everyone, and this leads to hearing less from Gd because you just can’t keep a secret.

Another detail we ought to notice here is that He reveals His secret to his SERVANTS the prophets. How do YOU serve? How useful are you? A private doesn’t know as many secrets as a general does, because he doesn’t NEED to know. Many of us want to know the deep mysteries of the kingdom, but do little or nothing of use for the kingdom.

This doesn’t mean you have to do great things, but it does mean that God doesn’t share a whole lot of his secrets with idle, lazy, or irresponsible people. Don’t expect to prophesy to the nations if you can’t even be bothered to pray for an hour a day, and don’t expect for the hearts of men to be revealed to you if in your own heart you don’t really care about others.

I challenge you today to become more trustworthy, and to find ways to serve the kingdom.

Prophecy is for Edification, Exhortation and Comfort…


So what does this REALLY mean? So many prophets today teach that this means prophecy must ALWAYS be comforting and encouraging. Are they right? What does the BIBLE say about this?
Did New Testament prophets in the Bible always prophesy encouraging and comforting things, including Jesus, Paul and John the Revelator?
Let’s find out.

 

I decree and declare! Oh, Really?


These days a lot of prophets have been busy in social media and elsewhere, telling folks that they have the authority to speak int someone’s life, and that God will make their word come to pass. Usually this belief comes with ‘decrees’ and ‘declarations’ in which they assert that if you type ‘amen’ or click that like button, you will receive whatever blessing they happen to be pronouncing on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc.

Let’s examine this claim in the light of scripture. What does the Bible have to say about this?

A word of warning to the Prophets

“Because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:21)

prophet-jeremiahI’ve observed over the years an insidious trend in prophetic ministry whereby many prophets have come to believe that they can decree or declare something, and God will just make it come to pass. While there may be times when God may inspire us to decree something, doing so out of our own will is a tremendously arrogant presumption. As we can see from the above Scripture, prophecy does not come by the will of man, so simply declaring what you want is NOT prophecy.

Now, I know some will argue that they are doing so by the Holy Ghost, but I find this doubtful at best, because the Spirit of God was given to man that GOD’s will would be done in our life, not our own will. I have also observed that such ‘prophets’ usually show other signs of immaturity and carnality, because ultimately they are still selfish.

One of the significant dangers of this sort of presumption in a prophet (or anyone else for that matter) is that their decrees and declarations will nearly always fail to come to pass, and this will have a tendency to cause chaos and disappointment in the lives of those to whom they ‘minister.’ Recently a saint came to me about a word that was given to them that did not come to pass. I prayed about it, and found that some prophet had made one of these presumptuous ‘decrees’ but had not actually heard ANYTHING from God on the matter.

It was concerning something that was of great importance to this saint, who was very young in the Lord, having just been marvelously saved with a beautiful testimony. But now this new saint was being tormented by this ‘word,’ because of the fear, doubt, and unbelief it had stirred in her life.

Prophets, this kind of presumption is dangerous and very displeasing to God. His people, great and small, are PRECIOUS to Him.

It’s time to stop the nonsense. For some of you, this is the last warning you will receive, and for others, your consequences are already set in motion and will not be turned back.

Is the Prophet ‘better’ than the teacher?

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

The very first reason why God inspired apostles and prophets to write scripture is DOCTRINE, also known as teaching.

Thus we must understand prophetic is not ‘better’ or more important than teaching Yes, the Apostles and Prophets are the foundation of the church, but remember this: they are sent to preach the gospel and to TEACH people the ways of God. Think about this for a moment.

To even be a prophet, at some point someone had to TEACH you how to speak. Someone taught you to write, to communicate, and so on. How would you recognize the word of the Lord if you’d never learned to speak?

When a prophet comes with a warning, for example, like Jonah did, the people who heard the warning LEARNED that God was displeased, and that judgment was coming if they did not repent. Thus very often the prophet teaches, even if he’s not expressly a teacher.

Remember also that Jesus taught more than he preached, and in the end preaching teaches, because it often introduces new information to those hearing it. Thus teaching is inseparable from the apostolic and prophetic office.

Now, let’s also understand something about someone who is a teacher, but neither apostle nor prophet nor evangelist nor pastor. They are not ‘lesser’ than the others. Do not despise the teacher, and learn not to look at the prophetic office some somehow more desireable. Yes, we ought to desire to prophesy, but when Paul said this in 1 Corinthians 14:39, he taught this in the context of pursuing the gifts in the context of exercising the love of God, which is never selfish, and too often when we look to the prophetic as more desirable not because of its kingdom function and purpose, but because of our ego and the vain desire for recognition.

I challenge you today to examine yourself and your perspective of the prophetic.

Don’t be too quick to give a word

Sometimes a seer will see or otherwise perceive something about someone but they may not perceive it within its proper context or time frame. For example,a prophet’s word could have a lot of truth to it, but they had seen a condition which had already been resolved, mistook it for a present circumstance, and then spoke of it before understanding it fully . This can happen easily, especially if we’re very compassionate and caring.

There are times when as a seer you may perceive something, but it isn’t necessarily meant to be spoken or otherwise disclosed right away or even at all. In this particular instance it may have been best to pray into it a bit more to see whether God had something to say concerning those past things.

We must also be cautious when we receive such revelation because we can very easily get caught up in our own perception of what we’ve seen and then any prophetic message we have might very well be mixed with our own opinion. Don’t be in a hurry. Slow down, listen carefully, and pray for clarity before you release a word.

The Prophetic Demands Discipline

In Matthew 14:23, Mark 1:35, and Luke ^:12, for example we are told that Jesus would go off alone to pray, sometimes before the sun was up. This shows us a pattern of prayer discipline we would do well to follow.

Something you must understand about the prophetic mantle is that its proper administration demands a life of discipline. The prophet who is always running his mouth, can’t keep a secret, doesn’t fast, can’t pray for long, won’t study the word in depth, and cannot overcome personal emotions, their own ego, and the opinions of others will always be a prophet with little substance.

Prophecy Junkies?

God never intended for you to be chasing after a prophetic word every day. This insatiable addiction to prophecy I’ve seen in churches and in Facebook groups is not from God, and it renders people highly susceptible to seduction by the familiar spirits that some ‘prophets’ move in.
To some extent this happens because the leadership of the segment of the church which believes in the prophetic has created a dependency which gives the prophet an idolatrous place in the life of the believer.
Feeling discouraged and need a boost? In 1 Samuel 30, when David and his men returned to Ziklag to find that the enemy had burned their homes and taken their families captive, his men started talking about stoning him, because they clearly blamed him for being away from home when the enemies came. He didn’t go looking for a prophet to comfort or encourage him:
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. (1 Sam. 30:6)
Later in the chapter, he DOES inquire of the Lord for himself, not for encouragement, but for direction. He then takes his men and goes after the enemy. The recover EVERYTHING, and take additional spoils. David then uses his share of the spoils to send gifts to the leaders of Israel in the towns and cities David frequented.
What can we learn from this? The answer to your need for encouragement isn’t always in some prophet, but often in your own mouth, and when you ACT on the word of the Lord, God will position you not just for restoration, but for promotion, IF we ACT, and then use the fruit of our action to bless OTHERS.
When David sent those gifts, it wasn’t just about their inherent value. It also made a statement: I’m your king, I fight our enemies, and when I do, I do it for YOU, too… that even when David was fighting for his family and the families of his men, he still thought of the rest of Israel and its leaders. This communicated to them that they could trust David to think of them, even when handling his own personal business.
Are you called to leadership? Stop chasing prophecies, and ACT on the prophetic words you’ve been given already. God and his prophets will still have more to say.

Prophecy vs The Word of the Lord

Is there a difference between prophecy and the word of the Lord? There are many opinions on this, but here is the truth of the matter.

The word of the Lord IS prophecy, but not all prophecy is the word of the Lord. We know this because a prophet’s word isn’t always inspired by the Lord. Some examples of other sources of prophetic inspiration:

1. Other ‘gods’ (the devil and his agents) Jeremiah 2:8, 23:13
2. The heart – Ezekiel 13:2,17.
3. The imagination – Jeremiah 23:16
4. A lying spirit sent by God as judgment 1 Kings 22:22

Thus the prophet SHOULD deliver the word of the Lord, but depending on the prophet’s character, and the circumstances, he just might not. This should be a sobering thought, and one which causes us to seek to steward the gift and office well.