Prophecy: How to Make the Most of Your Waiting Time

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.

Waiting for ProphecyBut 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. [1]


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.


Notes:

[1] 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:

Dealing with Prophetic Disappointment—Why is My Prophecy Unfulfilled?


Related Posts:

How to Make the Most of Your Personal Prophecy

Is it Time to Birth Your Prophetic Word in Prayer?


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© 2016 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

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Unfulfilled Prophecy About Your Life’s Calling

‘Unfulfilled prophecy’ refers to that space of time between the giving of a prophetic word and it coming to pass.

Unfulfilled ProphecySome prophecies take a long time to be fulfilled. I am seeing prophecies about God’s call on my life being fulfilled right now that were given to me 25 years ago. There are also personal prophecies I have received over a decade ago that have not yet taken place.

Following are some thoughts and examples from the Bible as to what to do while you are waiting for God’s word regarding your call and dream from God to come to pass. [1]


4 Things to do While You are Waiting on an Unfulfilled Prophecy

You know the prophetic word is true; it resonates deeply with how you are wired and the sense of destiny on your life. And yet the opportunity it speaks of has not yet opened up to you.

Sometimes that delay seems like a very long time. How do you make the most of the time that you are waiting for a prophecy to be fulfilled?


1. Stay in the Place of Accountability Regarding Your Calling

‘Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.’ (1 Tim 4:14)

In 1 Timothy 4, the Apostle Paul exhorts Timothy regarding commissioning prophecies made over his life. [2,3] Paul is keeping Timothy accountable to what God has spoken concerning his gifts and future role, as well as to the impartation received at that time.

Oversight helps us to weigh up prophecy and to discern what is truly of the Holy Spirit. (1 Thess 5:19-21) This process continues to be valuable as time passes, not only when the prophecy is first given.


2. Be Faithful and Serve Where God has Placed you

Unfulfilled prophecy can be a factor in wilderness seasons allowed in our lives by our Heavenly Father. During those times we may be tempted to become discouraged or frustrated. If we give way to those feelings we can rush ahead into something God is not calling us into at this time.

Remember David’s ‘bread and cheese’ ministry? Being faithful in the small responsibilities put David in a position for the larger call of God on his life to be fulfilled. (1 Sam 17) Elisha served faithfully as a lowly servant to Elijah before his own call could be fulfilled. (2 Kings 3:11)

So embrace opportunities to serve where God has placed you at right now. When you look back, you will see God’s wisdom in the lessons you have learned as well as the character growth that has taken place in your life.

Further, your history of faithful service does not go unnoticed by leaders and this may be the thing God uses to open doors into your next season. (1 Sam 16:18)


3. Exercise Stewardship Relating to your Prophecy and Calling

‘Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.’ (1 Tim 4:14)

When leaders have confirmed a prophecy and fits well with your gifts, your sense of God’s purpose for your life, and the Spirit of God within you, don’t just shelve it. Use it.

If God is indicating the use of a gift, ability or ministry up ahead, find ways of stewarding that call. For example, is God calling you to a ministry of healing? Take opportunities to pray for the sick. Learn what you can about the ministry and put it into practice. Find someone to serve or learn from who is ministering in that area.

Activate the word of God and the desires of your heart and stay focused. Your life’s call with God is a partnership with Him, which means that you must also do your part.


4. Recognise Opposition to Your Prophecy’s Fulfilment

‘I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well.’ (1 Tim 1:18)

Paul is recalling to Timothy’s attention personal prophecies spoken over his life as the younger man faces the threat of false teachers in Ephesus.

There are times when we need to use our prophecies to spur us on, to face opposition and to contend with roadblocks along the way. The word God has spoken over our lives (and the lives of others around us) is a powerful weapon of spiritual warfare when times get tough.

One of the most important things we can do about an unfulfilled prophecy is to pray about it. This is especially true as the time draws closer to the prophetic dream coming to pass. [4]


Notes:

[1] In this article I am specifically discussing prophecy related to individual destiny, ministry and the call of God. If you are concerned about another type of prophecy that is unfulfilled, or discouraged about a prophecy you have been given, this article may help: Dealing with Prophetic Disappointment

You have not received a personal prophecy? These same points also apply to any personal guidance you have received directly from God concerning your future.

[2] You will notice that I mention accountability frequently when discussing prophecy. This is because accountability and honouring leadership are foundational in New Testament prophetic ministry. These are core values of our team at David McCracken Ministries and also one of the most important lessons I have learned along the way. For a brief outline of my story, see the Enliven Blog ‘About’ page here.

[3] See Prophetic Presbytery: What is it and How does it Work?

[4] See Is it Time to Birth Your Prophetic Word in Prayer?


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© Helen Calder   Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

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