I can't count the times I've received a promise, prophetic word or confirmation from God and rejoiced, only to have it immediately stolen from me by Satan planting doubt and unbelief in my heart and mind. He whispers in my ear as he did with Eve, "Did God really say?" (see Gen. 3:1).
Or, I've received the word with joy and claimed it for a brief time, but as soon as problems and trials arise—or God's timing has not been my timing, I begin to think the word must not have been for me and let it die or wilt beneath the heat of adversity or delay. I've often simply been sidetracked away from the promise of God by worry—or the lure of wealth and the desire for other things.
Later, I cry out, "But Lord, what about that word You gave me? What about Your promise?"
In Chapter 4 of the Gospel of Luke, Verses 1-20, Jesus tells a parable about a farmer who sowed seed and how it was eaten, choked out and burned by the sun.
This Scripture is talking about the Word or "Good News." However, I believe it can also apply to words and promises we receive from God over our lives.
Some of the prophetic words spoken over our lives and ministry from 20-plus years ago are just coming into fruition now. Here's what I've learned in the process.
We often have responsibility in prophetic words and promises given to us through our partnership and participation with God. There is often is a co-laboring with Christ with these words. I've also learned His timing is not my timing, and there may be a season of being still and waiting, or a season of preparation before the prophecy is manifested in our lives. For more, listen to this episode of the Faith Works Podcast.
Lesa Henderson is a prophetic revivalist and author who co-pastors Salt Life Church on Merritt Island, Florida, with her husband, Ken. Together, they are-award winning filmmakers. You can learn more about their ministry at Cornerstone Global Ministries.
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