In the garden the serpent asked “Did God really say…?” and that’s a question satan keeps asking us today. It is so easy for us to forget an encouraging word spoken to us. They are like to seed that falls in the rocky ground:
The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.
Matthew 13:20-21 (New Living Translation)
As soon as problems come, the joy of the seed that’s planted is forgotten. You and I need to remember the prophetic promises given to us.
When we teach and release people to prophesy, we get them to record the prophecies. This is so people can remember what’s been said over them. My Bible is full of notes of prophetic words I’ve gotten from people or from a sermon that spoke to me. I get encouraged every time I read them.
The secret is 3 part -
- We need to record the prophetic words entrusted to us.
- We need to remember to remember them – make it part of our regular devotional time.
- We need to agree with them, speak them into being, and work them out in our lives.
We may not know how they are going to come about, but the Father will show us the next step, and will open the right door at the proper time.
Prophetic promises are how God sees you, how He’s pleased with you, and what He’s entrusted to you. They should be the rudder for your course.
Hope is only as valuable as what you place it in. If we hope for our own dreams or plans, it can bring us determination to see them accomplished, but it can’t bring us assurance that it will be completed. Clinging to God’s promises brings faith and assurance. The enemy does everything to keep you from your destiny. Knowing your destiny prophetically and meditating on it in your mind and with your voice gives you determination and assurance.
Pull them out. Agree with them. Speak them into being. Work them out in your life. They will refocus you when you need to hope at the end of the rope.
…for as he thinks within himself, so he is. Proverbs 23:7 (HCSB)
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