The Apostle Paul considered personal prophecies given to his disciple Timothy significant:
- Personal prophecies helped Timothy focus his life and ministry according to the call of God
- The Apostle Paul kept the prophetic words in mind when it came to his leadership of Timothy and instruction to him
5 Ways to Make the Most of your Personal Prophecy
A personal prophecy can be a means of great encouragement and motivation. 
If you have received a personal prophecy, here are some ideas to help you benefit from it:
1. Record your Prophetic Word
Write out your personal prophecy. (Hab 2:2) If possible, keep an audio copy of prophecies that you have received. Sometimes an impartation takes place through the verbal delivery of a word that cannot be communicated in writing.
If a word was not recorded in audio format, immediately write out as much of it as you can remember, so that you can weigh it up, pray about it and review it.
2. Weigh up your Prophecy
‘Do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good.’ (1 Thess 5:19-21)
The Bible exhorts us to weigh up prophetic words. (see also 1 Cor 14:29) 
Some filters you can use include:
- Is it in accordance with what the Bible says?
- Do you have an inner witness that the prophetic word is from God?
- Does it line up with the nature of God? In particular, with the nature of the Father as expressed through Jesus?
- Will responding to the prophecy bear good fruit—the fruit of the Spirit in your life?
- If the prophetic word concerns your destiny, does it line up with the way God has created and wired you?
Make sure that you include a process of accountability to Christian leadership in relation to your prophetic word. This is especially important if you are considering a change of direction in response to a word you have been given.
This also enables your leadership to nurture the gift and call of God upon your life, as Paul did with Timothy.
3. Pray about your Prophetic Word
Always take time to pray about any personal prophecy that you receive. Seek confirmation that the word is from God, and ask Him for further insights related to the message, its timing and any action you should take. Remember that fulfilment of your prophecy will be conditional upon you staying on track in your relationship with God.
Later on, you may also be led to pray about the fulfillment of your personal prophecy. 
4. Allow the Prophecy to Enlarge your Vision
A prophecy may be used of God to stretch our perspective concerning ourselves; who we are, Who He is, and what we are capable of doing with the enablement of His Holy Spirit.
A personal prophecy may speak into your identity and destiny. The Father is communicating His perspective about your life. And that may be beyond what you have perceived about yourself up to this time.
A personal prophecy is an invitation from the Father to see ourselves as He sees us.
The question is, will we accept that invitation?
5. Store your Prophetic Word for Future Reference
‘Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.” (Hab 2:2-3)
You may immediately recognise that your prophecy is timely and relevant.
However sometimes the exact meaning of a prophetic word is a mystery at the time we receive it.
This does not mean that it is not of value. In fact, it may be of tremendous significance for a later date.
Consider taking a long term view of any prophetic word you receive, even if you believe it does relate to a current situation.
Sometimes a personal prophecy is like a puzzle piece—you are not sure how or where it fits in the picture until more pieces have been put into place.
And then when you do see the fulfillment of the prophecy, you are blown away. You realise that God knew the whole picture of your life before you had even been born. 
‘All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts,God! How vast is the sum of them!’ (Ps 139:16-17)
 For Biblical examples of personal prophecy and a biblical basis for bringing personal prophetic words, see my article:
 For more information about weighing up prophetic words, see
 See the following post:
 If unfulfilment of a prophecy you have received in the past is causing you discouragement, see Dealing With Prophetic Disappointment
See the updated version of this post here: 7 Things You Can Do With Your Personal Prophecy
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