What comes after you receive a prophetic word: HARD WORK.

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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!

9 thoughts on “What comes after you receive a prophetic word: HARD WORK.

  1. “Here’s another example of prophetic entitlement: Right now we are in an election where leaders are prophesying that Donald Trump will be president.”

    If they are saying he should be that is perfectly fine, if they are “prophesying that he WILL be” and that in fact does not occur, they are prophesying out of their own spirits and have seen nothing and should be judged publicly so that others may be warned not to take the gifts of God so frivolously

      1. I find the first commenter a bit harsh in his opinion on prophecy and getting it wrong. How is anyone ever going to step out in that gift with that criteria held over their heads? In the Old Testament prophets were killed if they got it wrong. But we live under the grace off Christ do we not? And we don’t operate under the same prophetic ways as in the Old Testament. We have the Bible now to read. I just see that thinking as kind of stinky. When it comes to Gods will vs our participation I don’t think anyone can clearly say what the outcome is. Is it that God has given us the chance to have Trump as the wrecking ball for this season and the church needs to unite behind it; And if they don’t then we could lose? Gonna blame the prophets for the stubbornness of the never Trumpers? Or is it that Gods will in this season will rise above and bring about a victory inspite of the separation of the church? That of course is my hope. It’s all about perspective. Personally I think I am right. I think Trump is Gods choice for this time. Get it? So to solely blame a prophet for getting it wrong I think is kind of harsh. Maybe the church as a whole needs to take responsibility here for lack of understanding as to these gifts. I have always been taught to weigh everything out against Gods word and in prayer. People are flawed and that is just a fact. So if the gentleman above wants to put that harsh a treatment on the prophets for Trump losing what if he wins? Do they get anything for getting it right? Elevated status of prophetic respect? People will stop listening to God for themselves. Do you see where I am going? Because next time they could get it wrong. If Trump doesn’t win its an opportunity for reflection. What went wrong? Not judgement and ridicule. Also how about those who in the church have been so harsh on fellow Christians for their support of Trump? If Trump wins and does well will there be public outing of these leaders as well? Personally I would
        Love to see it. However I also see it as setting a dangerous standard. Is this what we want the unchurched to see? We already are known for shooting our wounded. Man it’s a wonder to me any of us make it to heaven.

  2. “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.”

    So true. Really all any of us need to do for all those prophecies to come to pass. Just humble themselves and be willing to pay the price. Start asking God about the revival prophecies in your city and you may find out you are the revival… and remember not to complain too much or it could delay some things in your life. About 6 months ago I had God tell me he was slapping me with a 2 year delay for complaining.

    I have been down the rabbit hole of the Trump youtube prophecies and it is an interesting phenomena. God showed me a couple interesting things after that, but I don’t think it is wisdom to always share everything. I believe God is using Trump, but to what extent and for what overall purpose I don’t know. We are obviously not just one policy tweak away from a perfect society.

    What I would like to find out is what God has promised Donald Trump, if anything. Maybe the guy is Abraham and maybe not so much. He is obviously stepping out in some level of faith and God is blessing it. If God promised him he would be president and he is in obedience nothing will stop it from happening. If he is just God offering us his choice then I guess it depends on us.

  3. we are so divided I don’t think two of us can agree on any thing, and that’s sad, we think we know it all, and we don’t….

    1. when the Lord speak’s to you and then take’s you to the word you stand on it, no matter what any body say’s.

  4. Freedom demands (requires)
    Responsibility so we must
    Participate in what the Lord is showing us to do …..your words are sobering and also poignant to stimulate a wake up call to put on the whole armor of God and keep our vessels filled with oil and wield the sword of the
    Word at every opportunity to be in the fray if Victory is to be obtained and knowing the Promised prophecy and the source of it is the faith stimulus needed to be seeing it fulfilled
    And being a part of The rejoicing

  5. Two comments. 1. We (the world not just USA) are in a Spiritual battle between good and evil of Ephesians 6 proportions and this Presidential election is at the very centre of it unfolding. If as in the 2nd WW God can raise a non-believer like Winston Churchill to overcome an antichrist like Adolf Hitler, he can surely raise a Donald Trump to overcome Hilliary Clinton. More lives have been lost by the pro abortion behavior she condones, supports and funds, than any amount that Hitler and Napoleon before him, were ever responsible for, combined. In deciding just who of Trump and Clinton are good or evil, look closely at their track records and current policies. The bible revealed anti-christ will be a globalist of new world order proportions, a charismatic leader able to lie convincingly as if speaking the truth and a non believer who will eventually blame, persecute and martyr God’s children (much as Nero did when Rome burned). Trump is a patriot nationalist not a globalist. Hilliary has to date been a profound globalist but watch as she changes her policies in an attempt to be elected and weary that her deceit will be to not do what she says, afterwards. Any Christ chosen one of God, will regardless of their past, be in evidence as one prepared to support Christian moral values, including being opposed to and prepared to stop the abortion death machine and those who willfully persecute and murder God’s (YHWH) people in the world for the sake of their steadfast faith. Fundamentalist Muslims hellbent on introducing global Sharia Law through the forced conversion of all infidels (non Muslims) are doing this. And who is speaking out against them and their cultural and religious deceits?
    2. What sets modern prophesy apart from OT prophesy is that God related directly with the Prophet himself, or through one of His Heavenly Angels and their prophetic instructions were clearly his. Today, truly reborn Christians have God’s Spirit in them and if grounded through Christ and led in the Holy Spirit they should be unable to misrepresent His will or Word. In maintaining absolute humility in His wisdom and grace they have no desire to take credit for doing His will. Some high profiled nominal Christians, however, endeavor to promote themselves, their egos and their finances for personal gain, worldly accolades and prideful reputation. They are false prophets regardless of whether they get a prophetic call right or wrong. True prophecy comes with undeniable truth as to many supporting facts and in connected truth with all preceding scripture. It is not a 50/50 call as if a toss of a coin or wager on the tote. And on that topic while God’s people are on record as having prayed and cast Lots for His guidance, these were always for three-way outcomes, not two, e.g. Go, Stay, Wait or perhaps, Trump, Clinton, or neither. The danger of not voting, is to effectively give your vote by default, to the one you know to be most unworthy of God.

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