When I was a child, I spent many happy vacation times at my uncle’s farm. I remember being fascinated with the boxes of chicken eggs that he kept in his shed, being incubated under red heat lamps. The constant warm temperature provided the right conditions for the chicks to grow.
My sister and I watched, spellbound, when it came time for the eggs to hatch and the tiny chicks broke free of their shells.
Sometimes a prophecy can be like this.
God’s future intention has been brought from the spiritual realm—out of the realm of mystery—and spoken into the natural realm.
But there are still aspects of that prophecy that remain concealed:
- How will this come about?
- What is God’s timing?
- What will the fulfillment of this word look like?
We do not have the details. It is as though we perceive only the outermost shell. Our journey of faith towards the fulfillment of our prophetic promise has begun.
What to do While Waiting for Your Prophecy to be Fulfilled
Here are three places that you can carry your prophetic word while waiting for its fulfillment:
1. Carry the Prophecy in Your Heart
‘But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.’ (Luke 2:19)
Mary treasured the events surrounding Jesus’ birth, and the announcements of the angels to the shepherds. Even though Jesus was still a baby to be cared for, He was the promised Messiah. One day in the future, He would be revealed as Saviour of the world.
Mary’s example reminds us that the first and most important place to keep a word is in your heart. Your heart is where you treasure the prophecy, anticipate its fulfillment and hold it in prayer before God.
‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ (Prov 4:23)
Have you received a prophecy, and then been tempted to become doubtful or disillusioned? Today, receive the healing touch of the Holy Spirit.
Do not let the enemy sow discouragement, or cause you to be cynical and lose hope. Receive healing and hope concerning the promise of God and let faith for that prophetic fulfillment stir in your heart again. 
2. Bear the Prophecy in Your Mind
‘This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare.’ (1 Tim 1:18)
How could Timothy be intentional about pursuing God’s purpose for his life in the face of great opposition? By remembering the prophecies given to him, and not settling for less than God’s best for his life.
The Greek word used here of waging warfare means ‘to serve in a military campaign.’ (Strongs G4756)
Does it seem as though the opposite of God’s promise has been taking place in your life? Meditate on these words of Paul. Let the boldness of the Holy Spirit rise up within you.
It is time to press back against the enemy, because you have a prophetic word from God—and that prophecy is a powerful weapon of warfare.
3. Keep the Prophecy on Your Lips
David was on the run from his enemies when he composed these words:
‘But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people.’ (Ps 52:8-9a)
In David’s darkest hours, he was able to praise God and see and declare ahead of time the fulfillment of God’s promise for his life, given through the Prophet Samuel.
David kept God’s prophetic promise—not only in his heart and on his mind—but also on his lips. During the darkest hours of his life he was able to hold on, face his fiercest opposition and be ready when God’s sovereign calling on his life came to pass.
As you treasure God’s prophetic word for your life in your heart and keep it in mind, you can be active, anticipating and preparing for what God has for you.
Your prophecy is not only something to ‘incubate’ and carry in your heart—it is also a powerful instrument given to you by God.
You can wield that prophecy in faith, keeping that prophetic promise on your lips, in your prayers and in bold declarations. And in so doing, you will participate with your Heavenly Father in its fulfillment.
 If a prophecy is not bearing good fruit—if waiting for its fulfillment is consistently causing discouragement or pain—it may be time to take that word through a further process of examining and weighing it up. See the following article for important information on this:
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