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Never prophecy without God's spoken to you.

Have you received a word from the Lord before Prophecy to others?


The Lord Told or prophecy to Me.

“Yes,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who wag their tongues yet declare, ‘The LORD declares.’…This is what each of you keeps on saying to his friend or relative: 

‘What is the LORD’s answer?’ or ‘What has the LORD spoken?’ But you must not mention ‘the oracle of the LORD’ again, because every man’s word becomes oracle and so you distort the words of the living God, the LORD Almighty, our God.”

—Jeremiah 23:31, 35-36

We play fast and loose with the word of God these days. In-depth Bible study and examining verses in their context takes too much time. People seem to prefer instant revelation and “words of knowledge” on the spot.

Just notice how many believers say, “The Lord told me that thus-and-such is going to happen.” They proceed to give God’s take on the situation, whether his answer concerns a marital problem, a career choice, or a reprimand meant for a friend.  Their sentiments are well-meaning, but their words are…well, frightening. 

Honestly, when a Christian prefaces any comment with “The Lord told me…” Who are we to question the Lord? How can we possibly engage this brother or sister in a meaningful debate, if they claim they are speaking ex-cathedra, ex-cathedrae throne”? It’s a dead-end discussion.

“What has the Lord told you?” and “Have you received a word/prophecy from the Lord?” are phrases packed with presumption. Jeremiah knew this. Division and confusion were running widespread during the encirclement of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. Nobody wanted to listen to Jeremiah and hear the word of the Lord forecasting doom.

So they leaned on false prophesies hopes in an attempt to pump up people’s confidence in the ability of Jerusalem to withstand the encirclement. 

They tried to calm fears and raise expectations by saying, “The Lord told me…” The truth was, God had already spoken through his prophet. Just as today he speaks in and through his Word—the Bible.