As a prophetic voice, it is important to seek the calling of God above the confirmation of man.
Fear can grasp the “prophetic beginner” because they often worry about being believed that their words are coming from God. Jesus gave us a wonderful example in John Chapter 5, verses 31-36. “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is true. “You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved. John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light. “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish-the very works that I am doing-testify that the Father has sent me.” (NIV) John testified to who Jesus was. Jesus testifies to who you are because the Spirit of Prophecy is the testimony of Jesus!
Do not worry about testifying to and proving your prophetic ability. As you step out in faith and obedience others will testify that you heard from God on their behalf. This may not happen every time, so it is important to focus on the voice of the Father and not just on the feedback.
I heard the Lord say, “An arrow released has more potential than one in a quiver.” What if the word you are called to release hits the bulls-eye for someone? What if it is has the potential to change a life? You will never know if you are afraid to release it.
When I prophesy, my feedback usually captures me as an encourager. At first this bothered me because I wanted to be prophetic! I have embraced that it is fine if people receive me as an ‘accurate encourager’. Now I no longer strive to be viewed as prophetic. Instead, I focus on praying and releasing what the Lord gives to me.
It’s not about testifying or telling people who you are, especially if it breeds fear and slothfulness that hinders forward movement. Of course, there is nothing wrong with having a title. A beginner, however, should focus on letting the gift flow without fear.
Time will tell others exactly who you are and what spiritual gifts and abilities you possess. Be patient and practice. Aim to please the Father. When you edify and encourage others with words from the Lord it is always labeled as love.
*Points to Remember-When we are incorrect with a word, missing it has a message.
1. We are human and imperfect, yet courageous enough to step forward in faith.
2. It is an opportunity to seek God to sharpen our gift by getting more understanding on how He speaks to us.