And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying 1 Kings 8:15
And blessed is she that believed for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord – Luke 1:45
As believers, when God speaks, we must believe what He says in order for there to be a performance, because no prophecy can fulfill itself (1 Kings 8:15; Luke 1:45). Even for the Virgin Mary to become the mother of Jesus, it was required of her that she believed God’s prophecy over her (Luke 1:45). For as long as you are ignorant of the mind of God and His Word over your life, Satan will take you for a ride. This is why every living believer is required to give ear to what God is saying, and to know His plan and heartbeat for your life, to avoid being messed up by the devil. Desist from counting or waiting for problems, or talking about challenges in your life. Rather give attention to what God is saying. Stop recounting all the troubles in your life, because God always says and does new things (Revelations 21:5). Refrain also from counting the troubles of yesterday, and start upholding what God is saying about your present and future (Romans 8:27). No matter what happened last year, bear in mind that in all things we are more than conquerors.
What are Prophecies?
- Prophecies are the unveiling of God’s plans and purposes for a people or an individual as found in God’s Word. Prophecies are not religious wishes. They are the unveiling and declaration of God’s divine agenda, of what God speaks over your life or over a people, institutions, or nations (Ezekiel 12:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21). God is always saying something, and page by page, as you find what is written concerning you, your star will begin to shine, keeping in mind that prophecy has no private interpretation. We have prophecies in scriptures that open up man’s life and these are not hidden or complicated. The prophecy comes as God reveals it to His prophets according to His will. People of God, I dare to say that the Bible is a book of prophecy, and anytime you read the Bible, you have God is prophesying into your life. It’s a surer and pure Word of prophecy, as Psalm 12:6 certifies. So globally the Living Faith (Winners) family is known as a family of people who can never be poor or sick because these assurances are found in scriptures. They enjoy lives of signs and wonders, which is also from scriptures. Find where it is written about you (Isaiah 46:9-10).
- Prophecies are what God has spoken, or is speaking concerning you through His prophets. God still has prophets who speak today (Amos 3:7). The Living Faith Tabernacle which is a 50,000 seater auditorium built in one year was the result of a prophecy declared in 1981 through God by His prophets and is still standing today (Joshua 21:45). By implication, if he speaks and it does not come to pass, God did not send him. We thank God that we have prophets over our lives who, when they speak, it comes to pass. We expect a great multiplication of membership this year because that is what God has commanded. It will also be a great multiplication of grace and glory. You cannot treat God’s matter with levity, ignoring His matters, and then wonder why He is not treating you with dignity. God is still speaking today, and He desires that somebody’s faith will catch it and go and wrestle it and become the next star.
How Powerful are Prophecies?
- Prophecies carry in-built power for fulfillment. Power is one of the defining characteristics of God’s Word (Ecclesiastes 8:4; Romans 13:1; Matthew 5:17-18). No man can question God’s validity. If Jesus says that God’s Word shall be fulfilled in your life, then it is done (Isaiah 55:10-11). God’s Word is best described as the water that waters every plant and seed on the Earth and gives bread to the sower, and anything planted on the surface must bear fruit. As believers, we must fully understand the potency of God’s Word (Luke 1:34).
- God speaks according to His capacity and not according to man’s limitations. Man without God is limited to natural capacities and abilities, but when the Lord issues a Word, you should believe it because the Word will come to pass (2 Kings 7:16-17). When men despise the Word of God, they are spiritually dead because no man can despise the Word of the Lord (Proverbs 13:13). As a believer, do not joke with the capabilities of the Word of God; learn that when God speaks, you should fear and obey Him (Numbers 23:19; Jeremiah 32:37). Man is limited but God is unlimited.
- God speaks according to His integrity and not based on our frailty/unpredictability. Man cannot be predicted in life (Proverbs 3:27-28). God is called the All-Sufficient God, whereas man can never be predicted, and can disappoint at any time (Genesis 12:3; Hebrew 6:13-14-17). Christians are the heirs of Abraham, and are entitled to his blessings. It is impossible for God to tell lies like men do (Romans 3:3-4). As a believer, if your prophecies are not coming forth, it is due to your beliefs.
How Does Faith Facilitate the Fulfillment of Prophecies?
- It takes the hand of God to deliver any prophetic agenda (1 Kings 8:15; Psalm 44:1-3). Prophecies were declared from the Lord before the days of Abraham (Mark 9:23). The issues are not of God; the problem is ours to believe (Hebrew 11:1), Hope will expect you to look to tomorrow, but faith will deliver now. Faith is a ‘now’ force that converts what you believe to reality (Mark 10:27; Luke 1:37). By faith, we provoke the hand of God: God’s hands are provoked by our faith (Isaiah 53:1; Mathew 9:27-29).
- We must give ourselves wholly to the demands of prophecy: (1 Timothy 4:13-15). Prophecies have been spoken for this year 2022, and all that we believers need to do is to proclaim them (2 Peter 1:20). God loves those who tremble at His Word and heed to it (2 Timothy 3:16). In every area of our lives, God is profitable to us believers (2 Peter 1:19).
- We must be committed to speaking faith-filled words notwithstanding any contrary circumstance. Faith-filled words are scriptural words as they relate to your life (Proverbs 18:21; Psalm 81:14). God wants believers to speak, and He (God) will then confirm the words of our mouth. Our destinies on earth can be recreated by the words of our mouth (Psalm 81:11-13). When we believers speak, God takes over (1 Samuel 2:10; Luke 21:15; Acts 6:8-9). No matter where the adversaries are, continue to speak what the Word of God states concerning your life as a believer (Mark 11:23; Ecclesiastes 9:11).
- We must expect to see prophecies fulfilled (Romans 10:10). There is a believing aspect of faith. As believers, any time we speak a Word of God, we should always expect something from Him (Hebrews 11:1; Proverbs 23:18-24; Psalm 62:5; Judges 3:23-24). God’s presence is the master key to all open doors in our lives (Psalm 114:1-3-6; Romans 8:31).
Covenant of Open Doors
When doors are closed you live in fear, panic and suffering but God’s presence makes you enjoy ceaseless open doors. Open doors are unhindered access which reduces sweat and increases sweetness. God has the keys to open doors (Matthew 16:19, Revelations 3:7-8). The master key to open doors is Kingdom advancement (Matthew 6:31-38). All doors answer to Kingdom advancement.
What to Do in Order to Provoke or Enjoy Open Doors?
- Be born again and remain so (John 3:8): No man can stop you when you are born again, because you are like a wind and can overcome the world (1 John 5:4).
- Continue to work in the fear of the Lord: (Genesis 39:2-5; Genesis 42:18). When you have the fear of God, God knows.
- Be In love with God: when you as a believer are in love with God, you will keep His commandments, engaging in soul winning and also praying for Kingdom advancement (John 14:21; Romans 8:28).
- Be committed to follow God’s leading: Don’t lead yourself, but rather always allow God to take control (Psalm 23:1-6)
- Enter into a covenant to continue serving God and the interest of His Kingdom as a lifestyle: (2 Chronicles 15:12-15-19; Mathew 6:33).