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The Importance of Prophetic Words

By September 18, 2023Articles, Faith, Prayer

The entire Bible is composed of prophetic words from the Lord and words given under a prophetic anointing.

Second Peter 1:19-21, the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition, says,

And we have the prophetic word [made] firmer still. You will do well to pay close attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dismal (squalid and dark) place, until the day breaks through [the gloom] and the Morning Star rises (comes into being) in your hearts. [Yet] first [you must] understand this, that no prophecy of Scripture is [a matter] of any personal or private or special interpretation (loosening, solving). For no prophecy ever originated because some man willed it [to do so—it never came by human impulse], but men spoke from God who were borne along (moved and impelled) by the Holy Spirit.

Peter was not referring just to the Word of God that we know and have now as the scriptures in chapter and verse. He was also referring to words that come to us through the ministry, whether it is the ministry of the prophet, by tongues and interpretation, or some other operation of the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Peter admonishes us to pay close attention to those words. How do we do that? First, we know that every prophecy should always be in agreement with the written Word of God. Then, just as we take chapter and verse from the scriptures and stand on it and believe it until we see it come to pass, we do the same with prophetic words. We must take those prophetic words and stand on them in faith until we see them come to pass.

In fact, in 1 Timothy 1:18 Paul urges Timothy to wage a good warfare for prophetic words that were spoken over him. “This charge and admonition I commit in trust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with prophetic intimations which I formerly received concerning you, so that inspired and aided by them you may wage the good warfare.”(The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)

The King James Version says, “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare.”

Paul was saying to Timothy that he expected him to do something about the prophetic words that he had received. He didn’t just say I am entrusting you with scripture but with the prophecies too! The King James Version uses the word ‘prophecies.’ Paul also used strong language: “this charge” and “I commit in trust to you.” He was putting emphasis on the importance of prophetic words.

Prophetic words are not just words of instruction, information and revelation. Prophetic words contain instruction, information and revelation, but they also contain impartation and equipping. If you will notice in the above scripture Paul said that Timothy would be inspired and aided by the very word that he is to wage warfare for. Wow! How exciting! As we take prophecies and lay hold of them by faith, we receive divine inspiration and are aided and equipped to wage a good warfare. These are the very prophetic words we are praying over and believing to come to pass.

We have received prophetic words for this year and the move of God. Just as the Apostle Paul, I too charge you to take hold of them and become inspired, aided and equipped to wage a good warfare for the fulfillment of these prophetic words.

Terri Copeland Pearsons