Monday, 13 August 2018
This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare – I Timothy 1:18.
In an era where false prophets are mushrooming from every nook and cranny and spreading like a bubonic plague true prophecy has been watered down so badly that it’s barely recognisable and known. Prophecy is a direct word from God and it’s very potent. In the proof text above, prophecies had been made over the youthful pastor, Timothy. He would face humanly insurmountable challenges because of these prophecies or word from the Lord. The kingdom of darkness always opposes the fulfilment of God’s word over an individual. It’s in this light that Paul charged Timothy to wage a good warfare standing fast on the word until it comes to pass.
We all must be cognizant of this, especially if we’re in a fortunate position to receive a word from God. The word attracts opposition from the devil. He opposes the word and children of God. So when we receive a word from God or prophecy we must gird the loins of our minds to see it fulfilled by unshakable faith. Scriptures say of Joseph that he was sold as a slave, his feet were kept in chains, and an iron collar was put round his neck, until what he had predicted or prophesied came true.
Today wishing or desire has been substituted for prophecy. When someone says I prophesy, they actually mean I wish or desire. That’s not prophecy. Prophecy is serious. It’s a word from the Lord. It has nothing to do with wishing or desire. Prophecy is serious, it’s God’s command over an individual or situation. Prophecy is a word we’d do well to take very seriously. Prophecy is not this flamboyance we see today, it’s majestic and authoritative. One word of prophecy from the Lord can change your lifetime.