Sunday, July 26, 2015

Prophetic Principles – When You Said Too Much

There will come a time when you realize you said too much and went beyond the scope of the simple word God gave you to share.  These are great opportunities to discover the depth of your integrity.

Integrity is huge in all aspects of life.  Once you lose your integrity regaining it can be a challenge.  We all make mistakes. Prophetic ministry is not perfect because God uses fallible people to transmit His message.  God knows about our weakness and our propensity to want to look error free. If we find ourselves in a moment where we are contemplating how to sustain the pride-induced delusion of prophetic perfection, the only way out of this predicament is through personal disclosure where we admit our mistake.

Some people think admitting a mistake will cause them to lose their credibility.  This is not so.  Just the opposite is true. Knowing you made a mistake and letting it go uncorrected until exposed by people or a circumstance is where the real damage is done. Disclosure is far more powerful than exposure.

Make a decision early on to challenge your own mistakes.  If you shared a word with an individual or group that went beyond what God wanted you to share, admit it.  You might say to yourself, “Who would know? Why not just let it remain?”  The Lord will know.  He is the ultimate audience for the words you speak. 

Once you realize your mistake and correct it, most people will honor your transparency because it will be refreshing and rare to hear such an honest admission. Speak your words of self-disclosure and move on.  Your life and ministry is not over.  You simply navigated an integrity check that everyone must pass through as they learn to speak for God.  Once God can trust you with His message, you will find yourself moving higher toward new levels of revelation that requires a humble heart of integrity in order to make the journey.

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