For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Corinthians 13
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55
One of the biggest errors I make as a leader in the Church, who has some prophetic gifts, is that I make assumptions about situations and people that God has not called me to make.
I receive insight into a person’s life, and then take that information to make conclusions about others facets of their lives. I categorize them and sometimes even judge them. For example, a friend of mine once got a word for me that I needed to read my bible more. God was communicating to me that there needed to be a greater balance in my ingestion of the word of God to go along with my vast indulgence of prayer. God was gently nudging me to sure up a gap I had let occur. But, unfortunately, since my dear friend was the one to deliver this word to me he, to this day, thinks that I don’t read my bible.
For several reasons we have to be willing to share all that God puts in our hearts to do, even at our own expense. But, we must maintain and reverence and fear when operating in the prophetic. One gigantic reason, is that when we conclude or assume other factors when giving a prophetic word we stuff up our ears to the rest of God’s desire for the situation. So instead of keeping our lowly position, that was conducive to being used by God in profound ways, we stop up that hole after some of the favor of God pours out and then begin to take up where He left off.
What a strange and akward tendency we have!
My suspicion of myself in these matters, is that I want some of the fame and admiration that I see God getting as I deliver HIS words. I notice the way it makes people feel to be ministered to by the Lord and want them to acknowledge that I was the mail carrier. “I did this, did you see how powerful I looked.”
God will take what He can get and not smite us for this kind of error, because He’s just that tolerable of us. But I can see that God could do SO much more if I were to keep my lowly position as the mail carrier and just do my job. And let God have the glory that is due to him.