I watched another show the other day where the actor said, "By dying, we get to be the people we've always wanted to be." They were talking about zombies, though, because that's a chosen route for the demonic to pervert the truth about the spiritual realm.
But as far as God is concerned, this statement is totally true. In Galatians 2:20 Rabbi Shaul declared, "I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live but Christ lives in me." This is a lofty goal but it's where we want to be as believers. I thought I was there before, but after a stern talking-to by The Lord last fall I realized that I was still too immature for Him to send me into some assignments He'd planned for me.
Yes, Christ lives in me and I have Holy Spirit in me, but I must admit (and most of you should, too) that the amount of Christ and Holy Spirit Paul had in himself is far above me. And you, too, I suspect ... unless you're able to shake off poisonous snake bites already. I'm not trying to offend anyone but The Lord let me know straight up last year that my spirit was a big baby, and that if I truly wanted to walk on my Kingdom Path I needed to stop whining and grow up. Afterward I had a how-dare-He attitude for a few days (or weeks) and then realized the how-dare-He attitude was the exact, immature, whiny-baby spirit He was referring to.
Speaking of a maturing spirit - mine is progressing nicely, by the way - a mentee shared a prophetic word received with me and asked me what I thought about it. You already know I had a mouthful, but my main advice was that a mature spirit is required to properly steward a prophecy. I have a teaching titled Investigating Personal Prophecies, which I haven't published yet, that came about after having several heart-to-hearts with The Spirit of Prophecy and The Father. The Lord explained to me several things about prophetic words, some of which I'll list here.
Of course, this isn't an exhaustive list, it's just some of the things He spoke to me about:
I'm gonna stop because otherwise I'll end up laying out that entire teaching. Actually ... I'm gonna share one more thing The Lord showed me about personal prophecies. Personal prophecies should match your spiritual DNA and not just make your flesh (soul - mind, will, emotions) excited. What's the difference? A mature spirit discerns between soulish prophecies and godly ones, and the first thing to do when you receive a prophecy is to examine it using The Holy Scriptures (Hebrews 4:12) and spending lots of time with Holy Spirit.
You shouldn't just believe a word because you've been told it twice or even five times before. Your soul will believe whatever you've been telling it (you or the enemy or your parents, teachers, etc.). Your spirit will not.
I really, really wanna teach investigating personal prophecies as a live event where you bring your prophecies and we go over them. I even have a worksheet grid that helps you look at them honestly. Lord, if that's something You need for The Kingdom - or even one of Your kids - I volunteer to host. LMK, Almighty.
Don't think I don't enjoy prophetic words. I love them. But I've received many that were all flesh and didn't profit me; instead they wasted valuable time ... and it was often because the person loved me and they were simply reading my soul and declaring what I desired as opposed to what God ordained in my book (Psalm 139:16). I've done it myself. In my circles this mostly didn't happen out of mischief it was just immature spirits.
Now God has shown me a larger portion of my spiritual DNA so when the words come back off, I'm quicker to trash them or at least remove the fluff because they're often partially correct; but then we humans get in a flow and start adding things God didn't actually say. I've already had to repent to someone this year for something I said last year. They wrote to tell me they were taking action and I said I hoped I had enough humility not to have presented the word as Law, but as a possibility.
I know I said I was gonna stop but I just remembered a relevant example. Last April I received a word from someone who said they kept seeing/hearing Secretary of State and so they prophesied diplomacy and government over me. Well, what actually happened was when I switched my businesses from DBA (doing business as) to an S corporation, I had issues with the Secretary of State that required a few folks praying with and for me to get past. Continued prayer truth be told, so if you're willing to pray for me declare extraordinary grace and favor for me with every WA State agency because they're all up in my biz ... literally. Hahaha. This state is big business friendly - Amazon, Microsoft, etc. - not small business. So I've either got to become big biz or drop some God bombs on 'em.
Back to that word: there may be a larger role for me in government or with the Secretary of State in the future, but as of right now it appears God was only giving me a head's up about a minor battle that was on the horizon. Therefore, I didn't necessarily need government or diplomacy spoken over me.
Now I'm really done. I bless your spirit to awaken to God's treasures ordained for today and this season, and to seek and receive all the wisdom needed to possess them. Register for #SY5779.
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Zari Banks, M.Ed
Zari is an author, teacher, mentor, speaker and entrepreneur.