1 Timothy 1:18, 1 Thess 5:20, 2 Peter 1:19
Overtime, believers have struggled with the tragedy of unfulfilled prophecies. This has made them despise and ignore the prophetic.
The Bible tells us to embrace and not despise words of prophecy; however, we must have a proper understanding of the prophetic in order to fully maximize it.
Prophecies are not only words spoken by God’s servants. From scripture, we see that the words written in the Bible are prophetic. So, it is important not to ignore either of these forms of prophecy, even though they vary in operations.
While words of prophecies are powerful, the Bible has revealed to us that prophecy from scriptures are more reliable and dependable. (2 Peter 1:19)
Prophecies are limited by factors: like the accuracy of the prophets perception, the accuracy of their interpretation, the atmosphere that influenced their speaking and the level of renewal and transformation of the vessel’s mind.
These factors can influence the purity and the quality of the words, thereby reducing the potency of the prophecy.
As a believer, you must understand the importance of prophecies and avoid despising them. But you must also realize that the Bible (scripture) is the greatest form of prophecy. Thus, it is within your power to change any negative prophecy using the Word of God.
The major reason why prophecies fail is that people receive the Words of prophecy but do not perform the conditions for actualizing it.
All personal prophecies spoken by any servant of God have conditions that must be adhered to for their actualization.
Prophecies are not automatic; your action or inaction determines whether they come to pass. Negative prophecies can be averted using God’s Word and positive prophecies require your alignment and obedience to come to pass.
It is irresponsible to rely completely on prophecy and ignore the place of your obedience.
Every time you receive a positive prophetic word, you must immediately seek to know and understand the conditions for activating the prophecy and begin to engage them in order to see results.