The Source of All Prophetic Error (Posted on Charisma Magazine 6/28/15)
One of the greatest mistakes we can make in the prophetic movement is to limit our revelation of who God is based on our personal experiences alone, and not according to the full council of God as revealed in the Bible.
For example, some prophetic people have had deep personal encounters with the goodness and kindness of God, but from their experience and therefore erroneously, they portray God as if He is ONLY good and kind. They categorically reject any idea of the correction, discipline and rebuke of the Lord because that has not been their personal experience. I want to reiterate one more time: Who we say Jesus is will directly affect the way we prophesy.
The source of all prophetic inaccuracy is not only found in not spending time with God in intimacy, but failing to embrace every aspect of His character and nature. To embrace aspects of His Nature such as His goodness and kindness and to reject others such as His truth, justice and righteousness will surely lead us down the path of inaccurate prophecy and even worse, to misrepresent the heart of God to His people. It is a serious mistake to spend our lives simply prophesying and limiting God to two aspects of His character and nature and fail to release the many other aspects of who He is that people so desperately need imparted to their life.
I believe many of the prophetic words that God wants to release over His people in this hour have nothing to do with what we are going to receive, and everything to do with who we are becoming. We are going to witness a rise in prophetic words that are directly geared toward assisting people in partnering with their ultimate call in life: “To be transformed and conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom. 8:29).
Imagine the aspects of God’s character and nature like arrows in a quiver. What we are witnessing today is many prophetic voices who only have one or two arrows in their quiver. In essence, that’s who God is to them and every person that they prophesy to is only going to get one or two of those aspects.
Unless we wholeheartedly give ourselves as prophetic people to embracing every aspect of the Father’s character and nature as revealed in Scripture (and even those that stretch beyond our personal experience), we will not only limit Him but also misrepresent Him to people! This is the greatest disservice we can do to God as His messengers! We have to allow Him to work every part of Himself inside of us or we will not communicate or portray Him to His people in a way that is in alignment with the Scriptures.
The Word of God
We must look deeply and intently into the Scriptures to discover the character and nature of God. I must briefly note however, how little emphasis is being placed on the written Word of God among prophets and the prophetic movement. I cannot count how many prophetic conferences where I have personally spoken where pulling out my Bible and preaching from the Word of God was seen as a bad omen among prophetic people. I have had multiple pastors and people on many different occasions tell me, “Put down your Bible and prophesy to us.”
The divorce that I’m seeing from the Word of God and the movement of the Holy Spirit as I travel is producing a generation of prophetic people that are hungry to be stimulated with words of blessing, but who do not want to get impregnated with the truth of God’s Word. So many prophetic people want to be tickled with promises of destiny and wealth, rather than be provoked into holiness and righteousness.
In the midst of this, God the Father is raising up a new breed of prophets in the earth that are going to teach and encourage a new prophetic generation to primarily give themselves to the study of His revealed will through the Scriptures and less time chasing after His hidden will through strange and oftentimes bizarre experiences. I see such incredible standards being raised up in the days ahead at prophetic schools, that prophetic people will not be allowed to prophesy unless they can accurately back up what they are claiming God said with a Scripture, and specifically not use it out of context.
We desperately need to see the Word of God handled accurately and with integrity in the prophetic movement. God is raising up a new prophetic generation that will stop searching the Scriptures to justify their prophetic experiences and start using the Word of God as the foundation and litmus test to see whether their so-called prophetic experiences are even biblical.