- Posted by Edith Ohaja
- On December 20, 2018
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A young pastor was led to propose to a sister in his church. He had prayed and got the conviction that she was the one for him. The sister prayed too and got a confirmation. One minister in their church received a word about their union and prayed with them. He shared a Bible passage with them, essentially instructing them to stand strong against fierce opposition to their intention to be wedded. That passage states as follows:
“17. Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak untoh them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. 18. For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. 19. And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.” – Jeremiah 1:17-19The Lord confirms the words of His servants and performs the counsel of His messengers. - Isaiah 44:26 Click To Tweet
Pretty soon the opposition began to surface. The pastor’s brother, who saw himself as having prophetic powers, told him to abandon his quest, that the sister will soon die. The church authorities were of the view that the sister wasn’t pastor’s wife material because she had some family background issues they felt would retard his ministry. They also said the sister was older than he (it couldn’t have been more than a few years). Although no one knew the exact difference in age, there was a teaching in the church that because Adam was created before Eve, a man must marry a woman he’s older than. That would imply that any proposed union that didn’t meet this condition lacked God’s approval. (I will leave you to analyse these ideas and pronouncements if you wish. I just want to make my point succinctly.)
Contrary to the counsel of the senior friend who had prayed with them and his own conviction, unwilling to offend anyone, the young pastor chose to marry someone else. Needless to say the sister didn’t die and the fellow saw serious wahala in the marriage he contracted, which quickly broke down. The last I heard of the matter he was asking the church authorities to permit him to remarry. This is the kind of nightmare no Christian wants to be caught in. The sister later married someone else and did I mention that she hasn’t died, over 15 years later? And she’s not only flourishing in her faith, she’s constantly ministering to others.
The world is filled with prophets and visionaries of all kinds. Some are from Pentecostal churches, others from white garment churches. Even orthodox churches harbouring charismatic ministries now boast of some. Then there are the psychics, mystics, diviners, native medicine men and many others not associated with churches.Whose report will you believe, dear believer? Click To Tweet
Everywhere you turn, someone is seeing and prophesying something. Much of it isn’t always negative. Some are so fabulous but when you buy into them, you quickly discover you’ve been sold a lie.
(Related: Do not unduly probe into the future)
By God’s grace, I’ll be doing a series of teachings on prophecy soon to explain what prophecy is and what it is not, to help us identify true prophecy and provide guidelines on how we should respond to prophecy. In the meantime, I want to share what one of my pastors used to say: “You are your own best prophet.”Child of God, reject every word that does not agree with what God is telling you about yourself. Click To Tweet
The Bible says that as many as are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God (Romans 8:14). Give your life to Jesus and welcome His Spirit into your heart. He will direct you in all areas that you need. Fill your heart with His word so that you can recognise His voice and when someone shares any word of prophecy with you, pray and see if it agrees with what God is telling you. If it doesn’t, discard it no matter who the speaker is.
Remember, you are your own best prophet.
I can tell you authoritatively that God loves you and wants the best for you (John 3:16, Jeremiah 29:11). However that best is at His discretion to decide in line with His purpose for your life. If your spirit agrees with this, prophesy upon yourself along those lines and the Lord will bring it to pass. Amen in Jesus’ name.Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. - Isaiah 3:10 - KJV Click To Tweet
(Related: Two short stories on marriage and God’s leading)
Some relevant scriptures
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” – Psalm 32:8
“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” – Isaiah 30:21
“Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?” – Lamentations 3:37
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