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Believe His prophets, and you shall prosper. The true meaning of II Chronicles 20:20

If a man is speaking out of his own will, prophesying from his own mind and thought without clearly hearing from God, we are simply wasting our time and resources hoping that his ministry will prosper us.  

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A young lady once said to me, ‘Pastor but the bible says believe in his prophets and you will be established’. She had noticed that a lot of the things being pronounced by many preachers do not come to pass. And the truth is that if the membership of Church starts to hold ministers accountable for their prophecies, many would be proven liars. 

My Answer to her was quick and biblical. Now let us see the bible passage that talks about believing in prophets.

Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” (II Chronicles 20:20, NJKV)  

The bible passage above says we should believe in ‘His’ prophets. If we believe in any preacher or so-called prophet who is not His own, sent from Him, speaking for Him, speaking His mind and having the Oracle of God (what God is saying now), we cannot be established by their ministry.  If the prophecy is from man’s will, it shall not come to pass.

For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21, NKJV).   

If men are speaking out of their own will, prophesying from their own minds and thoughts without clearly hearing from God, we are simply wasting our time and resource hoping that their ministry will prosper us.

If God is not speaking blessings, a true servant of God should not be speaking blessings. Sometimes God could be speaking curse, speaking rebuke, speaking warning, etc. The number one work of His prophet is to seek out what He is saying to His people, and to present His word undiluted. The word of God cannot fail! 

I used to be part of a certain Pentecostal church in the past. And I remember being part of many services in which preachers who visited us prophesied great things to us. And some used their own tokens as a means to collect money from the congregation. Whenever it happens that I get called up to minister to the same congregation, I would tell them, ‘If we do not return to a praying Church, we will never see any growth’. And I kept telling them that the blessing of God is not only based on giving out money.

These bold words did put me in a lot of silent trouble with some people. But you know, after many months, all the sayings of the preachers who prophesied good never came to pass, even for those who gave a lot of money to claim the prophecies. Why? Because those prophecies where from the will of men and not from God.  If you believe in it, even with all your heart, you will never see God at work in your life.

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