What comes after you receive a prophetic word: HARD WORK.
By Mario Murillo
Someone prophesies over you. The audience claps and shouts. You feel excitement over the divine promise spoken over you. You feel favor and blessing. However, this is a dangerous moment. It is a moment that Satan pounces on every time.
Lucifer uses the excitement of the moment to get your eyes off of the work to be done. What you have received is only a part of the process. You can feel entitled to your promise and begin to float instead of acting on the promise.
All Words from God carry conditions and instructions. Daniel understood this discipline:
Daniel 9: 2 “in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. 3 Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.”
Notice the words in bold face. First Daniel understood the promise. Then Daniel reviewed what God had specified. Finally, he set himself to seek its fulfillment by prayer, fasting and repentance.
Have you noticed that every region of America carries prophecies of revival? Let’s not be cynical but let’s be frank! How can all of these prophecies be from God when there is so little revival?
I can’t defend all of these “Words” but they cannot all be wrong. I know 3 cities that carry amazing predictions. People who do not know each other have spoken in exactly the same words to promise an awakening. Most leaders in these 3 cities totally believe those prophecies…and yet, nothing is happening. How do you explain this?
You explain it by taking a closer look. Despite the promises churches refuse to work together. Churches are fixated on survival not revival. There is no corporate repentance. Each church is waiting for the other church to submit. They stubbornly believe that revival cannot come anywhere else but their church. And so it goes.
You have to wonder how these leaders can live with themselves. How unlike Daniel they are. They don’t ask “if God said revival is coming what can I do to humble myself?” What can I do to reach out and facilitate prayer and outreach even if I don’t get the credit or results in my church.”
Here’s another example of prophetic entitlement: Right now we are in an election where leaders are prophesying that Donald Trump will be president. I have not received a prophetic word about Trump myself. But that doesn’t mean these prophecies are not true. What I do know is that Hillary Clinton will be an unqualified disaster. We cannot let her choose the next Supreme Court.
What I am saying is that many who claim these prophecies are not openly campaigning for Trump or calling the church to rally around him. They are celebrating it as if it is a done deal. If they believed the prophecies they have received, they would be doing this. They would be praying, and donating. They would be defying the stupid 501C3 restriction against campaigning for a candidate from the pulpit. They would realize that without hard work it is not going to happen. This is a rigged election and the warfare is going to require more than a giddy feeling that he is supposed to be president.
Now look at Joshua: Joshua 1: 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
First he gets amazing promises. Then he gets his work order. He has to be strong and courageous. He has to continually absorb the word. He is told that then and only then will he see the promises.
Your word from the Lord is a precious gift. It needs to be confirmed by the Bible and wise counsel. It has to be rehearsed and enforced. You have to make room for it and prepare for its fulfillment. You have to do the work.
One day Mechelle and I had lunch with Bill and Beni Johnson in Redding. During lunch, Bill pulled out a stack of 3 by 5 cards. Some of them were new and some were frayed with age. “I write down every prophetic word that God gives me”, he said, “here they are.” Bill understands what comes after a prophetic word: HARD WORK!