Someone had a question recently that brought up an interesting question. This person had been working on a project that was very important to him and which they felt led by God to do. They sought the Lords guidance and had many people praying for them. They acted on what they believed the Lord was telling them, but then it fell through. Time after time (nine times in all) the direction they took didnt work out and they found themselves questioning why they were getting false positives in their prayers. So, that brings up the question, if God tells you to do something, does that prophesy always come true? Well, lets look at some Biblical examples:
The Nation of Israel:
The nation of Israel is an example of a “false” positive. In Exodus God declared that He had given them the Promised Land. However, this was long before they ever set foot in it (Ex. 12:25). In fact, only two of the millions of people God spoke this promise to ever actually set foot in that Land (Num. 14:16; Deut. 19:8). The rest died in the wilderness, having failed to experience God’s perfect will in their lives.
Jonah and Nineveh:
Nineveh is another example, this time of a “false” negative. God declared the people of Nineveh would be destroyed in 40 days, and yet they werent because they made the right choice and repented. So, God “relented and did not bring on them the destruction He had threatened” (Jonah 3:4,10;4:1).
These are just a couple examples and I could have added many more, but I believe this suffices to make the point. From these examples and others we can see that the future is always in flux based on people’s responses to Gods declared word.
The principle at work here is that all prophecy is conditional and is based on mans response (Ezek. 33:13-16; Jer. 18:7-10).
If I tell a righteous person that they will surely live, but then they trust in their righteousness and do evil, none of the righteous things that person has done will be remembered; they will die for the evil they have done. And if I say to a wicked person, You will surely die, but they then turn away from their sin and do what is just and right if they give back what they took in pledge for a loan, return what they have stolen, follow the decrees that give life, and do no evilthat person will surely live; they will not die. None of the sins that person has committed will be remembered against them. They have done what is just and right; they will surely live. – Ezekiel 33:13-16
I highly recommend Journaling (writing down your conversations with God or visions God gives you as they happen) as the best in the areas of edification, exhortation and comfort (1 Cor. 14:3), as this builds faith, hope and love, which is the fuel we are designed to run on (1 Cor. 13:13). Journaling allows you to focus on your conversation/vision as it is happening and then examine it and confirm it after.
For decisions, I use “The Leader’s Paradigm” which involves confirming a decision through six different ways which God speaks. This is what I use personally at what I teach at an online Bible college. Although this is still not a guarantee that everything will go perfectly (or at least what I think would be perfect!) this approach does appear to give me wiser decisions and better results. You can learn more about The Leader’s Paradigm here.
About the Author
Mark Virkler is with Christian Leadership University. CLU is an Online Bible College offering Christian education and college degrees including a Christian counseling degree and Masters of Divinity. http://www.cluonline.com
Droc is a young 20 years Old, and has been saved since 18. Currently Just Released a demo project entitled Me,Myself, and God which features 7 songs of live urban christian hip hop/music. He has had the chance to share the stage with artist such as Twista and Yo gotti, and stellar nominated artist Cheneta Jones… As well as Performing at the same Conferences with Artist such as The Truth, Mali Music, and Level 3:16. He has been getting radio spins all throughout the state of Illinois Widb Carbondale,Il, Hot 105.5 in Champaign, il,WXRJ Bloomington, il, Power 92.3fm and 1570am in Chicago. In St.Louis he has spins on 89.5 the wave, 1490 WESl National, and 690am. He performs at numerous Youth Event/ Church Musicals in the St.louis area such as the St.louis Kids Expo, and Back To School Fest at Chafetz Arena. Droc had the chance to perform on “The Lexi Show”, which airs all around the world on the Word Network. Along with, performing in the St.Louis area, Droc has performed in the following US Cities, Chicago,Kansas City, New Orleans, And Cleveland. His main mission is winning young souls to Jesus through music evangelism. www.datpiff.com
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