‘Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight.’ (1 Timothy 1:18)

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. [1]

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) [2]

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. [3]

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. [4]

‘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)


Notes:
[1] For Biblical examples of personal prophecy and a biblical basis for bringing personal prophetic words, see my article:

Is Personal Prophecy Biblical?

[2] For more information about weighing up prophetic words, see

How Do I Know If A Personal Prophecy Or Dream Interpretation Is From God?

[3] See the following post:

Is It Time To Birth Your Prophetic Word In Prayer?

[4] 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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37 thoughts on “How To Make The Most Of Your Personal Prophecy”

  1. Hello,
    I read your article and it helped in understanding regarding receiving a prophetic word. Can you help me understand in regards to receiving a prophetic word spoken over my husband and I which expands our life an extra 30 years. The reason for the extension is for us to fulfill what God spoke over us to do for His Kingdom here on earth. My question is do we have to fight for these extra years as we do the rest of the prophecy. Thank You and blessings, Cindy

  2. Hi Cindy,
    with any prophecy, there may be times where the opposite seems to be occurring and we can use the prophecy to pray and wage warfare. (1 Tim 1:18) For example, a prophetic word about long life, there may be occasional times where you need to wage warfare for your health.
    With regard to the date (30 years), as a prophetic ministry, we are reluctant to attach specific dates and time frames to prophecy. However, I am assuming that you have prayed about this word and feel comfortable with it, and that your oversight has, also.
    It is certainly a great promise to hold onto. 🙂

  3. Hi 🙂
    I am thankful for your ministry. God bless. I found out that the Bible we read was ‘ratified’ as canon by people at Nicea (Nicene Council). It seems these people decided which books were inspired and which were not. They decided to leave out books such as The Book of Enoch, 3rd Corinthians, etc. If the latter were not inspired then passages that cause so much controversy like ‘women being silent’ passages in Corinthians & 1 Timothy; also passages that talk about male headship over females & short hair for men & long hair for women(1 corinthians 11) are inspired? I find this quite unacceptable. Who decided which books had the criteria to make it into what is now ‘The Bible’? Which books are really inspired and have some books been left out because of some ‘diabolical plan’ or something? I will be very grateful for your illumination on this issue.
    Blessings to you

    1. Hi Venz, the question is off the topic of this post (which is about personal prophecy), but I have asked Clayton Coombs, who is a Theologian based here at David McCracken Ministries, to share some thoughts in answer to your question.
      Bless you.

  4. Hi Venz.
    No, no ‘diabolical plan’ – except perhaps in the reckless imaginations of people like Dan Brown (author of the Da Vinci Code). In actual fact, the Council of Nicaea (325AD) did not address the issue of the canon of Scripture at all. The main issue on the table was the Arian heresy (though the date of Easter, the Melitian schism, and the readmission of those who had lapsed during a time of persecution were also discussed). The task of the Church in settling the Canon was not an arbitrary decision where many books were considered and only some ‘made the cut.’ It was more a formal recognition of those books that the entire church had held to be inspired from the beginning. The so-called 3rd epistle to the Corinthians and the ‘book of Enoch’ were nowhere near close to being considered as they are manifestly pseudonymous (written by somebody else) and much later than the 1st century.

    The process of canonization did not involve a formal council at all, but was more of a gradual consensus that these 27 books of the NT, only these, and always these, had been uniquely inspired by God. Here (http://www.bible-researcher.com/bruce1.html) is a good article that will take you further than what I’ve written here. Its a complex issue and I’m happy to dialogue with you as you go if you choose to research it further. But bottom line: we can be very confident that what we have in our bibles is the very Word of God, the inspired Word of God, and the whole of the Word of God. God bless.

  5. Hello,

    I received a prophetic word from a friend two and one-half years ago where she said she saw a Pastor Rayney in the spirit for me as my future husband. She said that in “two years” I would meet him and we would connect. Two years went by and nothing happened. I knew this Pastor so I boldly told him of the prophetic word. He told me it was a “false prophecy” because he wasn’t thinking of me at all. Also, he shared that “God had promised him something and he was trusting God to fulfill it”. (It may be that he was waiting for the return of his X wife to return back to him). He did say to me after our conversation “your going to make someone very happy” and walked away.
    I never was attracted to him physically but she said I was looking at his flesh and not his spirit.

    I struggled with this word for two years since both she and her husband do not have a covering with a church and she proclaims to everybody that she is a prophetess.

    She has been right about some things in the past, but I’m stumped with this one. I am 56 and Rayney is 65. Could you please give me advice on this? I’ve read all your scripture notes and points but still have reservations about this word.

    I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Thank you!

    Please help me. I’ve shared this with well meaning friends to have them say nothing to help me.

  6. Hello,

    I’ve read your message back to me and it was very informative. However, I do need to add that I saw this same man in the spirit as I cried out to God to ask who my life partner would be. It was like my whole being spoke to me (not head) and said, “you will know”. I had peace after this happened however, when I approached him a few days later to tell him of the “prophetic word” from my friend, he said “it was false.” (I never did tell him “I” saw him in the spirit.) It was in color.

    Was this from God or from the enemy? (God knows as well as the enemy knows that I am desiring to meet my Boaz.) I AM SO CONFUSED!

    Could you please pray and help me with this?

    Andrea

  7. Hi Andrea, I understand the sense of confusion.
    As a prophetic ministry, we have a guideline that we never prophesy concerning relationships – and the reason is that it can create the type of problem you describe.
    You mention that the prophecy came from someone who does ‘not have a covering with a church and she proclaims to everybody that she is a prophetess.’ I would urge you not to receive a prophetic word from her, or anyone else in that position. The fruit will not be good. (Confusion is not a fruit of a word from God)
    It can get difficult when there is an element of truth or true revelation or what seems to be knowledge, and even harder when it relates to something that is a heart’s desire. But I urge you to release this word – if God is in a relationship for you, He will bring it to pass without needing to push at doors with ‘prophetic words.’ He is gracious, He is so faithful. He loves you.
    This is probably not what you would like to hear, but releasing this word will bring you into freedom (take another look through the article I have mentioned above).

    1. Dear Helen,

      Thank you for replying so quic kly regarding my prophecy. However, I stumped regarding MY seeing this man in the spirit with my eyes closed in color. This never ever happened to me and my who being spoke and said, “you will know”!. That’s when I approached him the next day to only get a “no” that he wasn’t thinkig of me at all. Was this from God or from the enemy?! Because of my great desire, my friends thought from the enemy.

      I have read your message on the link above and it was very good. I still do have the above questions. Could you help me with this please?! Thank you!

      Andrea

      1. Hi there! Thank you for your comments and questions. I am currently on a ministry trip and expect to be able to reply when I get back on Thurs 6th March.

        1. I look so-o-o-o forward to hearing back from you on March 6th. I’ve been troubled about my word and it has stirred me into a tizzy. I praise God I came across you ministry website. May your ministry trip be safe and blessed.

          Thank you again for all that you’re doing to help me.

          Sincerely,

          Andrea

        2. Welcome back Helen from your ministry trip. I hope it was fruitful and blessed.

          I shared with you above that I “saw” this same fella in the spirit only to hear him the next day say in the natural (on the phone) that he wasn’t interested in me. I’m stumped with my vision and the prophetic word from a well meaning friend. Was my one second vision of him with my eyes closed and my friends prophetic word false and from the enemy? I’m so confused.

          Thank you for praying and helping me with this.

          Sincerely,

          Andrea

  8. Hi Andrea, my role on the blog is not to provide individual advice or counsel, but to share teaching that can help equip and empower my readers.

    Some last thoughts that may help:

    – just because a revelation received has actual knowledge in it, does not mean that it is from God (Acts 16:17)

    – a revelation received in a supernatural encounter is not necessarily from God either (2 Cor 11:14)

    – we determine whether or not a revelation (prophetic insight) is from God by taking it through the process of weighing it up

    – all prophetic revelation (including personal guidance) is subject to being weighed up by those who are in spiritual oversight (1 Cor 14:29 1 Thess 5:19-22)

    – it takes time for us to grow in the area of discerning what is from God, and is not something that happens automatically. (Heb 5:14)

    – The greatest wisdom is not to rely on our own desires or take our prophetic ability for granted, but to trust the church oversight and leadership God has provided us with in this process. (Eph 4)

    This article has some keys to being set free when a prophetic word has brought confusion: http://enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2011/08/23/dealing-with-prophetic-disappointment/

    I pray you come to a place of peace, Andrea.

  9. Hi Andrea – did you see the points I wrote above on 5th March?
    Unfortunately I can’t give direct advice to you, but as I mentioned above, just because there is an element of knowledge or even supernatural about an insight, does not mean it is from God. True test is, is it confirmed by oversight and does it come to pass and bear good fruit. Hope this helps – sorry I can’t give any more time to this conversation… blessings, Helen

    1. Thank you Helen for commenting and I recently read your comments after your return. I did not see them prior to my e–mail to you. I’m sorry.

      Yes,… I see where the enemy CAN deceive me with supernatural manefestations when I desire something so-o badly. That’s where the confusion comes in. I’m finding out that God is not responsible in a vision to SHOW ME “HIS” chosen mate for me,…only to fulfill His promises of giving me the desires of my heart.

      I will continue to keep my eyes on Jesus and live out my life living, loving and serving Him. I must not be anxious of “who” it is but let Him direct my life. My mate will “find me” says the word of God.

      Thank you for your comments and your wonderful website. I praise God I found it and I thank you for all the information about prophecy. I will read and re-read it and meditate on all the scriptures.

      God’s blessings to you and your ministry!

      Sincerely,

      Andrea

      1. Hi Andrea, my heart lifted when I read your response. I pray you are greatly encouraged, filled and blessed – and have a sense of great freedom in this area of the prophetic. You can trust the One who loves you beyond measure!

  10. SALUDOS,LAS COSAS SE HAN IDO ACLARANDO,NO SOLO RESPECCTO A NUESTRO LLAMADO,SINO TAMBIEN AL TIEMPO EN EL CUAL LAS PROFECIAS SE HAN DE CUMPLIR …NO HEMOS PERDIDO LA IDENTIDAD DE AQUELLO DE LO QUE DIOS QUIERE HACER CON NOSOTROS A SU DEBIDO TIEMPO,Y ES EN ESTE PERIODO EN DONDE AL PRINCIPIO TUVE DIFICULTADES PARA ACEPTAR ALGUNAS COSAS QUE LA MISMA PROFECIA PERSONAL PEDIA: FE ,PARA ESPERAR EL TIEMPO,OBEDIENCIA PARA HACER CAMBIOS ACERCA DE HECHOS Y HABITOS EN MI VIDA.Y QUE EL LLAMDO TENDRIA SU TIEMPO DE INCIO CUANDO SUCEDIERAN ALGUNAS COSAS QUE TODAVIA SIGO ESPERANDO…PERO AL MISMO TIEMPO YO TENGO QUE HACER MI PARTE EN ESTE PERIODO DE ESPERA…PUES EL SEÑOR NECESITA DE MI COLABORACION PARA HACER LO QUE ME HA DICHO…MIENTRAS TANTO,YA HAGO LO QUE A MI ME CORRESPONDE…TRATO DE REUNIR CADA PIEZA DE LAS PROFECIAS PERSONALES QUE ME HAN DADO,Y ME HE DADO CUANTA QUE ES NECESARIO MI PARTICIPACION …HACE UNA SEMANA QUE ESTOY PONIENDO EN PRACTICA LO QUE SE ME RECOMIENDA EN LA PALABRA PROFETICA PERSONAL…SUS CONSEJOS HAN SIDO ATINADOS,RESPECTO A LA IDENTIDAD…gracias por su valiosa ayuda,sigo orando por su Ministerio y por su familia. !saludos!

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