Someone met my wife sometime ago and asked a rather unusual question. She said, “I would like to come to your Church. But does your husband prophesy? Does he see visions?” My wife smilingly and wisely gave her an appropriate answer.

Friend, there is no other prophecy greater than the prophecy of scriptures (2 Peter 1:20). The word of God is prophecy in writing. The Bible is not a religious book; it is a prophetic book. Everything that God is saying about your life; business, career, marriage, finance etc. is already covered in the Bible. Stop running here and there.

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy…” (2 Peter 1:19). The Bible is the more sure word of prophecy. What God has said is the basis for what God is saying. Until you immerse yourself in the written word, you cannot safely engage the spoken word. Any supposed prophecy that negates the provisions of the Bible must be discarded without sentiment (Psalms 119:89, Isaiah 8:20).

You need to begin your Christian life with a relationship with the word of God before getting exposed to spirit operations. You are as safe and accurate as your depth in the word. No minister of the gospel should prophesy out of the blues. Every genuine New Testament ministry must stem out from the word. Irrespective of our area of ministry, we are first preacher and/or teacher of the word.

The person looking for prophecies here and there may seem to be smart but is not safe. New Testament prophecy should, in most cases, confirm what God has already spoken to you (Hebrews 2:3). God speaks by His word through His Spirit and by His Spirit through His word. When you load yourself with the written word of God, it would be easier for you to decipher the voice of God (Psalms 29:3).

The days we are in would require that people have a solid grasp of the word personally to avoid deception. You must not outsource your Bible Study. Be comfortable with what God has already said to you in His word, rather than looking for New Word. Holy Spirit inspired prophecy must exalt Christ, must not violate scriptures, and should bring edification, exhortation and comfort (1 Corinthians 14:3, Revelation 19:10). Anything short of this is nothing but a romance with the devil.

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria