Responding to Prophetic Ministry

1. Judge and discern what has been ministered to you. Even as you prepare your heart in prayer to seek God and to hear from Him, you must also continue in prayer to respond properly to the ministry you have received. It is each believer's responsibility to walk out what the Lord has revealed. This begins by properly discerning the word of the Lord and judging its vitality and bearing on you life. Always let the Spirit confirm to you the message, and find in your heart a true ring to the words. If you find you don't bear witness or understand the word, then be honest enough to not accept it blindly. Give it back to God and let Him set it in order for you. Be careful not to come under the authority of anything you are not convinced is of the Lord. However, if you are convinced it is the Lord who has ministered to you through the prophetic ministry, then be very sure you set yourself under His authority and the influence of His word.

1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because
they are spiritually discerned.

Ecc 8:5 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment.

1Co 10:15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.

2. Know that it is God that will bring to pass his plans as you will follow his council. Don't be anxious for how it is to come to pass, and don't misjudge when or how it will be established. Staying faithful and continuing in daily participation with God's plans will insure the fulfilling of God given promise.

Isa 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not
return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it
shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

2Pe 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; where unto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until
the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

3. Realize that something has been imparted to you during the time of prophetic ministry, and purpose in you heart not to neglect what was given you. You have been given a stewardship responsibility.

Question: What kinds of things can we do not to let the gift be neglected?

1Ti 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by
prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

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

2Ti 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of
God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

1Pe 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, [even so] minister the same
one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

Matthew 25:18-30 (Parable of the talents)

4. Believe what the Lord says so that you may be established and His word performed in and through your life.

Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering;
(for he [is] faithful that promised;)

Heb 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that
cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of
them that diligently seek him.

5. God has given you His prophetic insight so that you may learn and know and be comforted in what the will of God is for portions of your life. The more you meditate and apply your self to understanding through he scriptures, the more you will profit from the Word of the Lord. This process has been begun and encouraged during the ministry times, but it is up to you to pursue it.

1Co 14:29-31 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. 30 If [any thing] be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. 31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

6. Don't compare what you received with what others have received in respect to being prideful or condemned. God has spoken to you personally for your personal benefit, or to your family for your personal family benefit, or to your church for His church's benefit.

2Co 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Joh 21:22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what
[is that] to thee? follow thou me.

Joh 21:23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that
disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die;
but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what [is that] to thee?

1Co 4:7, 6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and [to] Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think [of men] above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. 7 For who maketh thee to differ [from another]? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive [it], why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received [it]?

7. Don't box yourself in or others into the understanding of what God said. Set yourself and others free to let the Spirit of God establish the wonderful things that have been revealed. Let's not quench the Spirit with our spirit.

1Th 5:19 Quench not the Spirit.

1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because
they are spiritually discerned.

1Co 13:2 And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all
mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I
could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

Ro 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to
us, whether prophecy, [let us prophesy] according to the proportion of
faith;

Ro 12:7-8 Or ministry, [let us wait] on [our] ministering: or he that
teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, [let him do it] with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth
mercy, with cheerfulness.