Embracing Prophetic Direction: The Role of Faith in Fulfilling God’s Promises

1 Timothy 1:18
This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightiest war a good warfare;

A prophetic word from God projects vision, focus, and expectation. You will know when the prophecy is of God whenever the prophecy is consistent with the Word of God, and when it is consistent with what the Spirit of God is speaking to your spirit. When God speaks a word over you, it is to the end that you may begin to live by, or go by, that vision. It is important to know how to respond to God’s promises, because if you don’t learn how to respond to His promises, then you will never learn how to receive His promises! I will go a step further by saying that to respond appropriately IS to receive appropriately. Let me explain.

When most people think of receiving the promises of God in full, they think it is all going to happen in an instance. They think that everything is going to come all at once. But what they don’t realize is that to receive all of God’s promises and plans for your life is to do so in process of time. God gives in phases. He moves us from faith to faith, and from glory to glory. He promotes us one level at a time. He entrusts to us one responsibility at a time. He trains us one lesson at a time. And in process of time, as we grow and mature, the blessings we receive of Him come in one package at a time. He does not give it all to us at once. He prepares us for our place, while simultaneously preparing our place for us.

If we will just learn that to receive is not just to pray a quick “Ok, Lord, I receive it in Jesus’ name!” prayer, but to live every day from then on out in full faith and assurance that what God said shall surely come to pass, then we shall truly be able to receive it as it comes and as it unfolds before our very eyes, because it is the hope of the promise that pushes us towards our destiny! It is the faith that we exemplify in our daily walk with God that truly creates the atmosphere in which God can bring on the blessing in its fullest manifestation.

So, when are you going to start taking baby steps towards your prophecy? When are you going to make life decisions in faith, based upon what God has spoken to you about His plans for your life? This is how you prove to Him that you are receiving, is by trusting Him even when you don’t see how it’s going to play out!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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