How Do I Know a Personal Prophecy or Dream Interpretation is From God?

Has someone given you a personal prophecy, or interpreted a dream that you have had? Here are some tests that you can put a prophetic word (or dream interpretation) through, to check whether or not it is from God.

In 1 Thess 5:20-21, the Bible says, ‘Do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good.’

A personal prophetic word, or prophetic dream, has the potential to be a great blessing to you. It can help encourage, strengthen and grow you (1 Cor 14:3), reveal to you that God has you personally on His heart, and remind you that He has a great purpose for your life. When someone shares information about you and your hopes and dreams that only God would know, it is a miracle. You encounter Jesus!

We need to remember, however, that a prophecy should be weighed up carefully (1 Cor 14:29).


7 Tests to Help Weigh Up a Prophecy or Dream Interpretation

Here are some tests that you can apply to a prophecy, or part of a prophecy, to check whether or not it is from God. Note, these principles also apply to dream interpretation when it is given to you by another person:

1. The Character Test

Does the prophetic word or interpretation reflect the character of Jesus? Does it sound like something God would say to you?

He is loving and redemptive (that means He has a good outcome for your life, He has a purpose, He wants to bring you closer to Him). This is true even when a prophecy contains a warning.

A prophetic word given through the Holy Spirit should exhibit the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23).

2. The Bible Test

Does the prophetic word line up with principles God has laid out in the Bible? A prophecy should never go against what the Bible says—for example a prophecy that you should leave your spouse, cause disunity in the church or commit sin would not agree with scripture!

3. The Heart Check Test

1 John 2:20 says, ‘But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.’

Does the prophecy or message sit well with your spirit, or does it make you feel uncomfortable and give you a warning ‘check’ in response? You don’t have to receive a prophecy if it makes you feel uncomfortable.

4. The Confirmation Test

A personal prophecy should confirm what God has already spoken to you, or be consistent with the way He has wired you. If the prophecy does not immediately bring confirmation, it may over time, so feel free to shelve it.

Do not make a sudden change of direction in response to a personal prophecy. If you feel led to make a change in response to a prophetic message brought through another person, remember that God never pressures you. The following test will be helpful:

5. The Leadership Test

Ask, would my church leadership be comfortable with this word? Submitting a prophecy, along with your response to it, to a leader in the church is a wise way to check prophetic guidance. Having another opinion from someone who is mature in their Christian walk and who also knows you can be helpful.

6. The Time Test

Hab 2:3 says, ‘For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.’

You won’t know whether some prophecies are from God until you have given them time to be fulfilled. If you are unsure about a prophetic word, it is OK to shelve a prophecy, put it aside and review it at a later date.

7. The  Prophet Test

Do you know the person prophesying, and are they known to the leaders of your church or recognised in the wider church for their gift? Don’t accept a personal prophecy from just anyone. Jesus said that some people would prophesy in His name but not actually know Him (Matt 7:22-23). He also said to watch out for false prophets (Matt 7:15-16) and that you could tell by their fruit, i.e. their character and what their lives are producing.

If the person who is giving you the prophecy is unknown to you or your church leaders, is not submitted to leadership, or whose life does not reflect the character of Christ, do not receive the prophetic word outright.

A word given by someone who has a prophetic gift but is living an ungodly lifestyle may be partly right, which can be very confusing. If this is the case, the prophecy may contain something that is ‘off.’ It is a bit like emails that come with attachments that contain a virus. The message in the email may be right and good, but when you open it, something that is bad for your computer is also downloaded with the message. So we need to take care WHO we are receiving prophetic input from.

A prophecy that is contaminated by an issue that is out of order in the person prophesying can pull you off the track God has for you unless you put it through the above checks.

  • This is a reminder not to be impressed with an external show of natural charisma or even giftedness, but also to watch for character and integrity.

One time I was listening as a prophetic team brought a prophecy to a young woman at a training session. One of the young guys in the team seemed to have a powerful prophetic gift. However at one part of the ‘prophecy’ he came out with a message that had a suggestive innuendo about the girl’s physical appearance. Although the rest of the prophecy sounded good, I felt that it was probable he had a sin issue, that was coming through in his prophecy.

Another thing to be wary of, is prophecy that is flattering or that attracts you to the person prophesying rather than drawing you closer to Jesus. When it comes to personal prophecy, it is OK to ‘eat the meat and spit out the bones.’ Exercise wisdom and discernment.

Read more on: How To Make The Most Of Your Personal Prophecy


Related Posts:

4 Types Of Dreams And Their Meanings

Is Personal Prophecy Biblical

What To When You Have a Prophetic Dream


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51 thoughts on “How Do I Know a Personal Prophecy or Dream Interpretation is From God?

  1. Anonymous

    I received a prophecy from a respected church elder that devastated me.
    She spoke of God’s plans and provision for me, but also pointed out my character flaws and areas I needed to improve.

    In retrospect, I believe this was a mix of prophecy and her personal opinion. At the time as a fairly new Christian, I thought it was all from God, and it devastated me. She was not kind in the words she used.

    I went home in tears from the public perception of me, and couldn’t stop crying. I felt dreadful, and tried to talk to God about it, but received no response that I recognised.

    In order to regain some perspective, I asked to speak to the pastor about the prophecy – with the prophet present. I asked her to repeat what she had said, and filled in the details that hurt me that she had missed. The meeting was a debacle, with her walking out and saying she refused to talk while I was so upset.

    The pastor explained to me that when God creates something new and beautiful in you, an attack from the devil is often around the corner, trying to tear you down. Somehow, the message from God – which was supposed to be uplifting – got dragged down and filtered through human concerns, and all I heard was criticism passed as prophecy.
    As with all good lies, there was enough of a grain of truth to make it seem plausible – although some of what was spoken was in regard to past behaviour that I had already conquered.

    What made it harder was that this prophet was very high in the church hierarchy, was someone in a position of respect and trust, and not someone I felt I had to be wary of.
    I guess the moral is not to trust any one person when it comes to messages from God, no matter what their past record. ALWAYS test prophecy against the source before taking it as truth, particularly if there is anything of a critical nature in it.

    I have since learned more about the nature of prophecy, that it is used to edify and build up the church, not to tear people down. If someone offers you a prophecy that really hurts… TEST IT!

  2. Helen Calder Post author

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I’m sure that many people have had a similar kind of thing happen to them too.

    I so agree that prophecy should lift and build up, and impart life, and it’s so sad when the opposite happens. When we have positioned ourselves to receive a word from God, we have opened our hearts and are often vulnerable. Then, the missile fires at us. Prophecy should be a gift that reflects the heart of God towards someone, not tear him or her down.

    You have brought out a great point about going to the person who brought the word—with a witness present—to share your hurt (Matt 18:15-16).
    If the person who ‘prophesied’ harmfully is in your church and has not recognised or acknowledged their (intentional or unintentional) wrongdoing and prayed with you about it, then it may be best to find a safe person outside of your church to process this with.

    Some things that can be prayed are:
    · Express forgiveness towards the person who brought the harmful word
    · Pray and proclaim the redemptive opposite of the word, i.e. God’s true heart, love and affirmation of you as a person.
    · If the negative word has resulted in you feeling wounded, pray for healing of your heart and a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit
    · In some cases, the ‘prophecy’ may have resulted in a curse that needs to be broken. You can tell down the track when this happens, because the negative outcome of the word begins to eventuate in your life. If a ‘prophecy’ is negative, breaking a potential curse through prayer is a wise precaution early on.

    Even if the incident took place a long time ago, this process can still be helpful.

    The further I move in the prophetic gift, the more I’m aware of the potential to get something wrong, through a blind spot or pride, or through filtering the word through my own opinions. These days I like to give people who have received a personal prophecy (whether the prophecy is from myself, my team or a visiting ministry at our church) a brochure that explains how to weigh up the prophetic word and what they can do with it.

    1. Tanith

      Hi, great article.

      I am quoting this from a 12 Sept 2009 response: “In some cases, the ‘prophecy’ may have resulted in a curse that needs to be broken. You can tell down the track when this happens, because the negative outcome of the word begins to eventuate in your life. If a ‘prophecy’ is negative, breaking a potential curse through prayer is a wise precaution early on”

      With reference to the above quotation, how does one then explain the following verse Deut 18:22:
      “If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed”

      If something came to pass then according to Deut 18:22 it was of God… Or is it ONLY GOOD things from God and bad things curses?

      BUT, what if you tell someone who is lying to his wife, that “his lie is going to cause trouble in his marriage when the truth eventually comes out” and “he will loose her, so he must tell the truth now” because there is “still a chance of forgiveness & understanding”.

      But he chose not to tell his wife that he never mentioned to her that, when they started to date, that his ex was still pregnant, nor that he is already father – he abandoned his firstborn and is denying there is a child. There was an incident where his wife heard about this and he denied that he is a father, saying the ex is lying.

      If the truth does come out (in a year, 10years) & their marriage breaks up because of this lie he told his wife, was what I said not of God then? Because according to the quote, anything bad is a curse???? Or is what I said not a curse, because common sense tells you, any woman would find it hard to trust after her man omitted things of his past to her, and lied to her face when she questioned the “rumors”. So the lie automatically holds consequences , not necessarily a curse?

      Thanks

      1. Helen Calder Post author

        Hi Tanith, really good questions.
        I think your insight ‘if you tell someone who is lying to his wife, that “his lie is going to cause trouble in his marriage when the truth eventually comes out” and “he will loose her, so he must tell the truth now” because there is “still a chance of forgiveness & understanding” is actually word of wisdom. It makes a lot of sense.The natural consequence of a lie is taking place.
        Re prophecy…We do discourage people who are beginning and growing in the gift of prophecy against bringing words that are negative, judgmental or condemning, or are prophesying negative outcomes. In the NT, prophecy represents the Father’s heart, and in the church context is largely encouragement, strengthening and comfort (1 cor 14:3)
        In the case of the word you mention, we would suggest bringing the redemptive rather than the negative. ‘If you follow God’s way…He wants to bless your marriage’ rather than ‘If you disobey, you will lose your marriage.’ It says the same, but the focus is more on what Father’s desired outcome is.
        If someone who has a prophetic gift feels strongly about a correcting word, we suggest they run it past oversight first, rather than give it directly to a person. It’s about being careful and loving people.
        For those who are mature in prophecy, or in prophetic office, there is a greater sense of authority and there are times correcting words are given, but even then out of the Father’s heart.
        I hear your frustration, Tanith. I pray the situation you mentioned turns around for good.

  3. Malcolm

    Helen this is so practical and wise!! This issue is one that causes so much confusion at times for people and you have given a fantastic teaching here.

  4. Sandi Bonavita

    Excellent advice Helen. I am sorry that this has happened to this person. The person did the right thing by bringing it to leadership and openly discussing it with the person (prophet), good for you (that will always help in the healing process of a hurt or wounded heart). This letter will also help those of us with a prophetic gift to evaluate what a word spoken can do to someone when it is not given in a way that edifies the person, so again thank you for sharing what would have been very painful for you. We may well get words of instruction when prophesying for a person, but our responsibility is to ask the Lord what He would have us say to the person, it should never come from our own feelings, although unfortunately it sometimes does, but if we ask the Lord, He will always have you speak it in a way that blesses and not curses. I will give you an example – the Lord is showing you that this person does not have a teachable heart and takes any form of criticism poorly, you would not speak this into their life like this, you could however say, that “the Lord is showing me that you will grow in maturity and humility as you travel through this journey, you’re heart will open up to learn and receive the wisdom and training from others that will grow you in your calling”. You have now spoken a blessing into this person’s life instead of a curse, with a little thought, we can always make a word be a blessing. Let us all be wise in our treatment of others.

  5. Helen Calder Post author

    That’s great Sandi,
    I believe one of the difficulties we can have as prophetic people is when we believe we have received ‘discernment’ from the Lord about the person we are praying for or prophesying over.
    It may be true discernment (not opinion,as in the earlier example), but if it is NOT shared in the redemptive way that you have illustrated, it can be harmful.
    The Lord gives us gifts of discernment to heal, not hurt.
    I remember someone saying when praying for me at an altar call that they discerned a demonic spirit (named it) at work in my life. I was devastated! If they had used that information to pray a redeeming prayer over me, or to prophesy God’s purposes for the opposite to occur in my life through His Holy Spirit, how different the ministry would have been. Then they could have gently directed me towards some Prayer Ministry to be set free.
    The reality is, that however diligent we are, this kind of thing will happen occasionally. It may be worth us including this discussion in future training sessions on prophecy and altar ministry…

  6. Lorraine Nhira

    Could you please email me regular teachings , trainings or appropriate material to help me develop the prophetic gift.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Lorraine,
      I’ve just subscribed you to receive the blog posts to your inbox.. but you will need to click on the link that arrives in your inbox before it is activated.
      There is a lot of teaching already on the blog that may help you, feel free to browse, click on any category you are interested in or search a topic. Also, you may be interested in our David McCracken Ministries ‘Free Resources’ page here: http://www.davidmccracken.org/free-resources/

      Blessings,
      Helen

  7. colleen.washington

    Hi Helen Calder,
    Please see the above dream: I dreamed that myself and (2) co-workers were driving in (3 drifferent convertiables we were following each other when we stop and had a conversation about getting gas and they both took off and I followed them they cross the intersection but when my turn cam I could cross there was too much traffic flowing both ways. I remain at the stop sign and waited the dream went away. I have praying for the interpertaiton of this dream but i have not received the revelation yet.
    I need help in getting the revelation. Please advise.
    Than you,
    Colleen

  8. Helen Calder Post author

    HI Colleen, thank you for your note. Dream interpretation takes time and conversation to really get the fulness of meaning.
    This is because many times the elements in our dreams are personal to us.
    And a meaning can sometimes take time–even years, to be understood. That’s why it is helpful to record a dream in a journal or (as I do) on the computer.
    I believe dreams can be spiritual dreams or soul dreams, and that both are significant.
    You don’t mention whether there was any emotion that you felt during the dream? Or anything noteworthy about the atmosphere of the dream? Anything you felt when you woke up?
    Leave me a note back and let me know.

  9. Amy Simmons

    From: Amy Simmons [mailto:[email protected]]
    Sent: Monday, 29 August 2011 11:10 PM
    To: David McCracken Ministries
    Subject: Need insight

    If possible, I would like to contact mrs. Helen Calder. I recently
    totally submitted myself to God about six months ago. Every since then
    HE has continually brought me out.I have always been withdrawn, shy, and
    quiet. Our church went on a corporate fast about 2 months ago, it was my
    first time completing a fast. During the fast, I started having
    revelations and started writing strong spiritual messages, even some in
    the form of short stories. I let a few ppl read them and they told me
    how moved they were or how the messages or stories hit them. When I’m
    writing them it’s like I can’t stop, I never know what they will be
    about when I start. I showed them to my Pastor and she asked me if I
    ever thought that I was prophetic. I told her I didn’t know. She
    believed that I was. A few days later while in church, my other pastor
    layed hands on me and said that I was bold, creative, and prophetic. He
    seems to think I will be a minister. The thing is : I have had visions
    of me preaching the word, I just kinda thought it was a silly dream bc I
    am shy. But last Sunday, I stepped up to give a testimony abt how fear
    will no longer hold me back. When I was up there it was like I had no
    fear in me, I saw the people, but I didn’t see then, the Holy Spirit
    told me that morning before church that I would be denouncing fear on
    that day…. There’s more to that testimony, but I will stop there…
    After church that day another minister tld me I had some preacher in me,
    my pastor also told me that another person in the church confirmed that
    I had a calling to the ministry…. Is this confirmation?

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Amy, hopefully you will check back on this comment. I am really excited about what God is doing in your life! In short, you have several confirmations, the prophetic visions and words you have received yourself, the fruit of what happened when you stood up to testify, and perhaps most importantly, the confirmation of your leaders. That doesn’t mean you call is going to unfold quickly, but it does mean to put yourself in a place to prepare for it, while being faithful in serving where you are now. Shyness makes no difference to our Father, look what He’s done with me and I was very shy and fearful… I did send you a reply email in the last few days from my DMM address, I’m wondering if it’s got caught in your spam filter. Could you check and let me know back here?
      xoHelen

  10. Amy Simmons

    I got the e-mail Ms. Calder. Thanks. It was in my spam folder. You are an inspiration to me, knowing that you were once shy, and is now doing what GOD has called you to do. Thank you for your words.

    The things that I write have now taken the form of sermons to me. For example, this morning I was feeling kind of doubtful about some things, I finished my devotional and went upstairs to pray. I asked God for peace and joy on this day, along with other things.I felt HIM this morning, his presence was face to face with me. I needed that. When I stepped out of my closet, I immediately felt a covering of peace, then my spirit got so joyful, and I was happy. I heard: Bold, Confident, Prophetic, Creative, the exact words that my Pastor had spoken when he layed hands on me. I went into the bathroom and I was still talking with God, I told him that I needed to know if this was Him speaking to me or if this was self, because I don’t desire what self wants, so I needed so confirmation. Immediately my spirit started ministering to me using a unique story. I listened to it all, and I became so full of joy. I started preaching the message that holy spirt gave me to myself. I went to work and shared it with a few friends, they stated that it was deep, and gave me a look of amazement. They said the story really hit them and was much needed. I just want some insight. This kind of writing happens often. Holy Spirit just start ministering to me sometimes and it’s so good that I have to write it down

  11. Liz

    This discussion really moved me. I experienced the same thing at my church with someone who works for the church. She gave me a word and I had that reaction of being very crushed. I sought outside help from a well respected pastor who attended there, and he relayed shes done this before. More confusing was she was given another ministry to oversee. I forgave her but just having problems feeling comfortable in church, she caused me to question my walk, faith, prayers, and giftings and became not sure if the church was right, but I know it is, because of the past prophecy I gave in written submission to a pastor there for prayerful consideration, I saw it come to pass in their actions towards it. Just a servant here, not really looking to be recognized but learning to step up and keep my eyes on God. How does one emerge from this, I thought I was doing well untill I saw her about two weeks ago when I was in orientaion for a second ministry. I saw her and I think I felt a pain near my heart, and I was dissapointed that I felt that but non the less, I smiled at her also the Lord revealed to me in a night vision, she was “really” trying to be nice to me and that was enough for me, if God said it, its true, she is being nice. I am so glad I read one of your books and glad to have your site and teachings it helps so much when your experiencing prophetic things and theres really no one to at least in my church right now, that I feel comfortable to talk to but one pastor and its only because I wasn’t really that active but was in intercessory until this experience happend a year ago or less, I don’t feel drawn to be there anymore and for other reasons, I see. However, I really love those people they are so sweet but sometimes some see bad in everything, even natural things, and I am uncomfortable with that and misused of giftings.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Liz, I’m sorry to hear of your painful experience with a prophecy. I pray that you will receive full healing from the negative effects associated with it. You mention that since this happened you have lost the sense of being ‘drawn’ to the church and that you have become uncomfortable. Another couple of things to check (as well as forgiving the person concerned) are that you have released her, and the church and leaders from any judgments (negative opinions you may hold) that have arisen from the experience, and secondly, check that you haven’t put up walls of self-protection (a natural thing to do) that have separated you in your feelings from the church. Both of these things reall hinder your ability to be knitted in and to benefit from the preaching and ministry there.
      Here is another post that may help process this, in case you haven’t come across it:
      http://enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2011/11/28/break-free-of-hurts-that-are-blocking-your-prophetic-gift/

  12. AM

    I am glad about this website which explains how to test prophecy. Not everyone who claims to be a prophet and who comes in the name of Jesus is a true prophet. A person calling themselves a prohet can be a Christian and believe the Bible, and yet still not be a true prophet. This can happen because they are not receiving the “prophetic word” from the Holy Spirit but from familiar spirits through divination. Their intentions can be good and they might not bad people, yet they can be deceived. To receive such a prophetic word means that one has acknowledged satan (even if doing so ignorantly due to being deceived) and this is a sin. It means that you have in a way made satan your god because you have sought guidance for your life from him instead of from the true God. This can give satan legal grounds to attack the person who has allowed this prophecy into their life. I know, because that is what happended to me. Although I was already a born again Christian at the time, my discernment was not very good. I received a prophetic word from a so-called prophet over the internet (I won’t mention names here but his website is still up)…and literally all hell broke loose in my life. Choas and confusion and strife at my work-place, and with my finances. I came under spiritual attack whle I was asleep and in my dreams as well. Once I figured out what the problem was and I closed the “open door”, the spiritual attacks stopped, thank you Jesus. A good indication that something is “off” with a prophetic ministry is when they sell prophecies and when they brag about all the “predictions’ that came true and about what accurate prophets they are…..and when they focus a lot on worldly things like money, cars, celebrities,…Even the level of accuracy is not always a true indication of a true prophet (the slave girl in Acts 16 was operating under a spirit of divination and the things she said about the disciples were TRUE! This is because familiar spirits can also obtain accurate info about a person).

    Anyways thanks for letting me share my experience here! And thank you for an informative website.

  13. Helen Calder Post author

    A great insight about the level of accuracy not always being an indication of being a true prophet. Thank you for sharing your story. 🙂

  14. Needing Peace...

    Helen,
    Somebody at church told me a dream they had about me – she spoke it in front of the whole congregation. She said that in her dream, she saw me in car accident and i was cut up in pieces by it and my funeral was closed casket. She also told me that she heard “infidel”…pretty much calling me an infidel right there…and then she said: “You are losing your faith. Stir up your faith.” And it’s true that i had some struggles with my faith, but i am a child of God who loves the Lord… And what she said did NOT help AT ALL to stir up my faith, but in fact weakened my faith SO MUCH that i was on the verge of losing my faith… BECAUSE OF her words!!! She kept repeating “infidel” and “closed casket” … Oh. It hurt me. It messed me up for a whole month… i went thru hell emotionally which affected me physically in this that i barely was eating… it’s too much to go into detail of the torment i went thru… i am still getting out of this mess and confusion that her dream and her words caused… when yesterday that same person who told me the dream texted me and told me that this was an add-on to the dream she told me previously… and she tells me this after a whole month!!! She said the accident she saw was on a highway i take when i go visit my parents…which is 3 hours drive from where i live… So she told me to pray before i go see them… Then in only 40 minutes after she told me to just pray before i go, she texted me back and said: “God said don’t go back to your parents” and she told me to read Matthew 18:8… What bothers me so greatly is that God has never told me that… and i believe words like that should be a confirmation of something God has already told us… Honestly, it is insane to me to be afraid to drive to my parents’ place… The way she says it, it’s like: “Don’t go see your parents never again”… which is absurd to me… i am just greatly troubled and i saw your article as i was searching on prophetic words… There is a whole lot to my story, but i am just scratching the surface… i would really really really appreciate you commenting on it though when you read this… Please… Thank you greatly…

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi there, I am so sorry to hear of this situation.
      There are quite a few problems with this as a ‘prophecy’ or ‘prophetic dream interpretation.’
      A prophecy should fall under the category of ‘edification, encouragement or comfort (1Cor 14:3)
      A prophecy should bear good fruit in your life
      It should confirm what you have in your heart
      It should be appropriate to Father’s loving nature (He wants the best for you)
      It should be consistent with what the Bible says, and Biblical values (such as family relationships!)
      It should be weighed up by leadership

      See the info about a personal prophecy here:
      http://enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2012/04/10/how-to-make-the-most-of-your-personal-prophecy/

      To be honest, given the information you have provided, this person is out of order, and the ‘word’ a curse, that can easily be broken through prayer. The person may mean well, but clearly has a misconception about dream interpretation. (See my articles about types of dreams and their meanings) You do not need to receive this word and the power of fear it brought will be broken in Jesus’ Name. If you read through the comments on this post above this, you will see some thoughts about how to be cared for and healed when something like this has taken place.

      I have written another article about prophetic warnings which specifically applies to this too. You can find it here:
      http://enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2012/07/03/prophetic-warnings-what-should-we-do-with-them/

      Know that your Father loves you, and loves your family, and has the very best for you.

  15. jose ramos

    Le mencionare algo acerca de mi ascendencia cristiana:Naci en un hogar catolico,despues de llevar una vida nada agradable al Señor alguien me hablo de Jesucristo,le acepte como mi Salvador y Señor…Fui apacentado en una congregacion cristiana por algunos años,ingrese al seminario para despues ser ordenado como pastor.Ministre en esta denominacion algunos años,despues renuncie debido a la nesecidad de educar a mis hijos…Aqui comienza lo mejor.Empece a ministrar casa por casa el evangelio de Jesucristo,de ese trabajo surgio una Congregacion cristiana,la cual crecia pero algo me decia que no estaba yo haciendo bien…tenia gran inquietud por ello,en este tiempo de angustia espiritual,conoci a un misionero de singapur
    y me empezo a hablar acerca de las congregaciones de su pais las cuales eran congregaciones grandes de quince a veinte mil miembros.En cierta ocasion supo de un congreso apostolico y profetico en el norte de mi pais,quiero decirle que yo no veia nada bien a los carismatcos o pentecostales,debi
    do a la formacion religiosa que tuve…a regañadientes asisti con mi esposa a dicho congreso.Fue todo un acontecimeinto para mi,sucedieron cosas extrañas ,un dia que miembros del Panel hicieron una invitacion para orar por los pastores de diferentes paices,pidieron que pasaran al frente,eramos como unos cuatro mil…pero mientras avanzabamos hacia la plataforma,me empezaron a temblar las piernas,y sentia que me caia,tuve que apoyarme en el brazo de mi esposa,quiero decirle que manifeste este problema a mi esposa,quien me dijo:CAMINA!!!…al llegar a la plataforma,y los profetas y apostoles pusieron sus manos sobre de mi…!senti un fuerte golpe en la nuca!,jamas perdi el conocimiento…me llevaron a un lugar en donde lloraba sin parar…yo pensaba que me estaba volviendo loco.El congreso duro cinco dias,esto que acabo de relatar fue un viernes,de regreso a mi ciudad,en el trayecto empece a llorar,pero un llorar que no podia ser controlado,a pesar de que el autobus iva lleno…Asi paso hasta llegar a mi ciudad,despues me vino un deseo de orar
    muy fuerte y me levanataba a las tres am,para terminar a las 11 am.Yo no conocia nada de esto,de lo apostolico y profetico.Pedia a Dios que me relacionara con alguien que en
    tendiera algo de lo apostolico y profetico,,,es aqui en donde empieza mi situacion,a pesar de mi oracion no habia respuesta del Señor…Pero una mañana,algo empezo a suceder en mi corazon…empece a escuchar una voz que me decia que no era necesario que alguien me enseñara,que lo
    iria aprendiendo poco a poco.Tiempo despues tuve contacto con un profeta de USA,este varon de Dios fue una bendicion a
    mi vida…Cuando oro por mi,dijo:El Señor dice que tu eres un apostol,con un llamado profetico a las naciones…lo que escuchaba no entendia mucho de ello…agrego algo mas este
    profeta:El Señor te da Dones de Sanidades y Milagros.Quiero
    decir tambien que mucho de ello empezaron a suceder en la
    congregacion,de unos veinte hermanos llego en poco tiempo
    a unos 200 miembros,habia sanidades y milagros.Poco tiem
    po despues cai emfermo,cuando le escribo apenas estoy sa
    liendo de este estado de efermedad,el cual duro casi nueve a
    ños.La iglesia fue atendida por uno de mis hijos,hasta este
    momento…El profeta me decia tu Ministerio no se ha terminado,el Señor dice que volveras al Ministerio y seras para El testimonio ante muchas naciones…Quiero decirle que
    me he mantenido en mucha oracion,en fe,obediencia y sobre
    todo en mucha paciencia…es aqui en donde en ocasiones me quiebro.Lo que me ha sostenido en fe,es el oir acerca de
    lo que el Señor hara conmigo para este tiempo,para esta ge
    neracion y situacion que el mundo vive.TODO LO DE LA PRO
    FECIA DICHA POR ESTE PROFET ALEMAN FUE GRABADA Y
    CON FRECUENCIA LA ESCUCHO Y ME ANIMO…y asi es como me he sostenido….AHORA BUSCO SU CONSEJO QUE
    MAS DEBO HACER.Gracias por leer este comentario.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Dear Jose Ramos, thank you for leaving your story, which I was able to read translated to English.
      May you continue to be blessed and led by God in your ministry and experience much fruitfulness in the years ahead.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Annita, it’s great to hear of your interest in prophetic and prayer ministry! The best way to receive the emails is to sign up using the subscribe option at the top right of the page.

  16. cephas chelebela

    Please I write to request you to be sending me materials that can grow my prophetic ministry

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Cephas, did you sign up to receive the emails using the ‘subscribe’ button? That way you receive regular prophetic articles and the free eBook.

  17. Valerie

    Hello Helen,

    I been receiving prophecy from a 10 year old cousin. She will send me messages such as God said to read this psalm or this scripture. Sometimes it’s like 10 psalms at one time. Just recently, she told me that my husband has a demon and the demon is after me and other family members that live in my home. She said she is being obedient to what God told her to say and God said that I will see and not to tell me anything else. This is very confusing, especially coming from a 10 year old. I actually believe her mother is orchestrating a good deal of this. I told her that prophecy should already confirmed what I feel in my heart. I told the mother she should really get the daughter some training in her church and speak with her Pastor who walks in the Prophetic. Am I making too much out of this? It’s really nerve wrecking because it’s constant with what God told her to tell me.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Valerie, you are certainly taking the right approach in saying that prophecy should confirm what God has spoken to you in your personal relationship with Him.
      I think gently but firmly deflecting the words and speaking truth is the way to go. Don’t receive anything that feels oppressive or manipulating (even when well intended).

  18. dikekedi

    Right now am in a middle of a court case I pray over my court case to be done . so I was sleeping on the cough in the morning when I dreamt of my prophet actually he told my mam that “it is well” I was there with my mam after that my prophet gave my mam money even me I was given money by the person he was going with
    ..Please help me to interpret this dream
    .

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Dikekedi, we don’t give dream interpretations on this website. I encourage you to pray about the dream – it does seem to be an encouraging one!

  19. Paul

    Hi

    I was told by the leader of our house group that I should not leave the country if I wanted to avoid the plagues that hit those who chose Babylon rather than Egypt. I will ask her where this exact scripture is. She is a godly woman, but rather dominating. She passes all the tests you have laid out, except one, which is that I felt uncomfortable with the prophecy. Firstly, we wish to leave the country, and secondly, I felt fear when it was made. I know fear is not from the Lord, but on the other hand it may be from me, and I would not want to despise the prophecy.I am also aware that Paul was warned by Spirit filled believers not to go to Jerusalem , but notice that he did! I would not want to put you in the position of asking advice but I would appreciate your thoughts on this.

  20. Faye malcolm

    A prophetess spoke over my life the other day. Saying when I was talking in a church meeting she saw in the spirit a crown with diamonds within it on my head. I asked her was that good or bad! She said good. But I’m still buffaled. It really didn’t make much sense to me.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Faye,
      Well, a couple of things come to mind. Firstly, you can rest assured that if a prophetic insight or picture is from God, it will be for good, not bad! (Jer 29:11, 1 Cor 14:3)
      And the next thing is, prophetic insights do sometimes come as pictures. These may be symbols that you need to pray about and seek an interpretation. What does the Bible say about crowns?
      Is 61:3 and 62:3 comes to mind. A crown speaks of authority and beauty. So be encouraged, that is a great word. If you are unsure about a prophecy, we recommend asking a pastor or leader to help you weigh it up.

  21. LUGO

    Helen, you have a very nice blog! Maybe you can help me better understand my dreams? Overall, I have somewhat of an understanding. My last dream has me confused I’m not really sure what to make of it.

    Dreams started January 2016 around the second week of January…

  22. jaeson

    I think everyone needs a high-level of discernment when letting someone else pray or give a prophecy over them. I think too often in charismatic places you are encouraged to let “older believers,” minister to you, without testing it or maybe even knowing them personally.

    I had an instance where a couple wanted to minister to me. They said they moved in the prophetic, went to all those “Toranto” meetings, etc. Over time, they gave me many words. A lot of them had to do with my supposed “calling” and “ministry” and relationships I would have (romantic and otherwise).

    However, 13 years later, none of them had come to pass. In one I would be an author to a best-selling novel before I was “old.” In another, a famous artist. In another married with several children, and in yet another have a close friend. There was zero truth to any of them.

    Why I say zero? The friend one is the one that truly jacked me up. For years I wanted a good and close friend, having felt alone for a very very long time. The prophecy told me that this person would be close to me and we’d travel together, etc. Someone came in my life who I wanted to believe was this person so bad, that I ignored the voice of God telling me this person was destructive on more than one occasion. I kept thinking “this is the person from that prophecy since we will travel together and they are my friend.” Needless to say we are not friends anymore and the whole relationship was a mess!

    In a horrible spin of irony, had I just believed God for the right friends I would have had better relationships with the people God had put in my life, AND i would have met one of my closest friends 4 years sooner.

    I really believe this “word” was not from God. It appealed to my flesh and later proved to be detrimental.

    I notice that in a lot of charismatic churches there is zero oversight about supposed prophecies. Everyone is encouraged to give them, with little to think about the consequences or for it to be judged or the person giving it to be judged as truly from God or not. It seems like manifestations are valued more than hearing from God. Or, if someone has an accompanying “manifestation” they must be hearing from Him…but this may really not be the case.

    Years later the same oddball couple wanted to pray for me again, and I had a horribly STRONG feeling to not let them. It was just a very strong “don’t let them lay hands over you.” I could feel something coming from them- but that “feeling” I do NOT believe was from God.

    In another instance, some random person came up to my friend’s dad and gave him a prophecy supposedly for him. It sounded all positive, but something about it bothered me. For one, my friend is not someone who actively practices his faith…he’s a fence sitter. The second part made it sound that someone significant other would come into their life and be part of their destiny and calling. While it sounds really nice and great- and probably played on his father’s fears about his son’s singleness, it spoke nothing of what has been going in his life- a ton of strife between the son and father, a major need for reconciliation between the two of them (which I’m sure could potentially lead to his returning to church) and the father’s own life being lead entirely out of fear 24/7. If the prophet had said that, before the so called secondary word, I might have believed it.

    Shouldn’t it be that prophecy doesn’t just speak to our fears, but how we need to change before God? Isn’t that what “laying your hearts bare” means? Isn’t it out of those changes that something good can happen? Isn’t that how God really “reads our mail.?” So to speak?

    So many people have given me happy-go to lucky prophecies about finding a mate, having a “calling,” ministry, you name it……

    I think the church needs to consider what they are saying first, test the prophets before they even allow them to “minister” into someone’s life, and really be aware that prophecy isn’t just feel good future predictions or thinking you are “seeing something” for someone’s future.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Jaeson, I’m sad to read of your experience with so-called ‘prophecy’. We encourage those who are growing in prophetic ministry to pick up the guidelines we use for ourselves…’no dates, no mates, no babies..no directive words, no corrective words…’ Prophecy needs to be a healthy and safe environment and I’m sorry you’ve experienced this.
      It reminds me of John Bevere’s book ‘Thus Saith the Lord?’ in which he points out the very same things you do.

  23. Naomi

    Hello there. I see this is a older blog and I’m wondering if you still continue to operate it. Do you have prophetic visions as well? I’d really like to discuss a few things with you if you’re willing,

  24. peter

    please help,
    since i became a born again christian,my wife has been dreaming about me been a prophet and she says that in the dream,am praying for the people and perfoming miracles.Sometimes when she is sick,i lays my hand on her and she gets healed at the same time.So does this mean that am called to be a prophet or what?please help

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Peter, a prophetic call is a journey that has many confirmations along the way, and ultimately seen in your service and ministry and leaders affirming and releasing you in the gift. So this could be one confirmation, but it has to resound firstly in your own heart as being from God. If not – wait and don’t allow it to pressure you.

  25. Thandeka Mamba

    hello… iam 18 years old… i had a dream and in the dream an unknown prophet came into my house and began to tell me that at the age of 28 i’ll have a surgery, die and become a ghost and start hauting people..

    does this dream mean anything?

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Thandeka,
      That’s not a dream from God, and it’s not prophetic, so you don’t need to worry that it’s something that might come true. In fact, what it tells me, is the opposite, that God has got an amazing purpose for your life, you are significant, He is going to use you powerfully!
      It may be helpful to pray (or have someone pray with you) and break the power of any fear associated with the dream.
      In fact, right now I pray for you, that any fear related to this dream be broken and leave in Jesus’ Name, and I also pray for protection over your life, that Father’s purposes be sealed and protected and that you would have peace, In Jesus Name..
      There may be some thoughts to help in this article: https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2015/08/04/tips-bad-dreams-prophetic-warnings-nightmares/

  26. sekitooleko stephen konde

    thanks so much for the teaching however i have a question
    i normally get dreams praying and delivering people in jesus’s name as well as giving prophecies .does that mean i have a spiritual gift or a calling from God ?

  27. margaret

    I dreamed that I was in church ,testifying that God was with me through thick n thin ,and does fulfil his promises, what does that mean

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