12th December 2016

Prophetic Word

“Someone gave me a prophetic word/prophesied over me. What is the interpretation?”Got Questions Ministries is leery of prophetic words and personal prophecy in general. While God certainly can give someone insight into another’s life, that is not the usual way He communicates with His people. The completed Bible tells us how we should live our lives. While believers can offer one another perspective and discernment, and exhortation/encouragement is a spiritual gift (Romans 12:8), we believe that a direct prophecy from God is a very rare occurrence. For more information, please see our article on personal prophecy.Got Questions Ministries is unable to interpret personal prophecy. One reason is that the act of giving a prophetic word is greatly abused and misunderstood in modern Christian culture. Further, we have no way of knowing the integrity or the intent of the person “prophesying.” As with many things in the Christian life, we recommend that the recipient of a supposed prophetic word start with 1 John 4:1, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” From there, James 1:5 will give the guidance believers need: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” And always bear in mind that, if the prophecy in any way goes against God’s Word, it should be dismissed completely.

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