Being Prophetic Requires Commitment

Therefore the princes said to the king, “Please, let this man be put to death, for thus he weakens the hands of the men of war who remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, by speaking such words to them. For this man does not seek the welfare of this people, but their harm.”
— Jeremiah 38:4-5 NKJV

To know the truth is to know freedom. Freedom affords people the ability to navigate life without the constraints of negative or pessimistic words. Our world today is filled with many voices, and these voices may express words of truth, half-truths, or outright lies. It all boils down to one simple fact: either we speak the truth or we speak a lie. There are no gray areas when it comes to truth. We are a people who either love the truth or love lies. Words contain within them the power to translate into belief. Whatever we believe becomes the framework for how we see things in life. The full meaning, life, purity, and standard of Truth has always been a person, and this person is none other than Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. This will never change. As He expresses Himself through His people, that value which is invisible now is made visible.

As our hearts desire the Truth (Christ), He becomes translated into life-giving words that we embrace and the standard by which we live. Something significant then takes place within our beings as His truth confronts everything inconsistent in us. Everything incongruent becomes congruent; crooked areas become straightened. We take on a love for purity and righteous rule and being set apart unto Him. Those who are mature in Him quickly realize that the Father’s words are never meant to belittle, condemn, or make any person feel inferior to Him. He is the grand architect of our lives and knows everything about us. He knows all too well our capacity to be His grace carriers! We need never be offended by the things He says to us when our hearts remain in a posture of submission, obedience, and humility toward Him.

Most of the time, we like to hear only things that are pleasing to our ears; anything to the contrary offends us. People in general don’t like to be confronted by things in their lives that oppose the Father’s truth. If the heart could be described as having doors leading to different rooms, most of us would only allow the Father into certain rooms within our heart. There are many reasons for this, but they all point to our fear of what we would see if He revealed the things that hold us back and prevent us from embracing change and living a fruitful life.

His words are corrective, but filled with love, hope, and peace. It is people who, in ignorance, arrogance, pride, misrepresent the Father’s words and thus turn off many of those who are listening. It is sad but true that many people view Father God as a mean tyrant who is ready at the drop of a hat to strike them down in anger for their wrongs. However, the more we get to know Him, the more we discover that the truth about the Father far outweighs and is far better than man-centric beliefs and views about Him. He is filled with lovingkindness, mercy and grace, and this will be His position forever because He never changes. Make no mistake: all of the Father’s attributes contain a component called “corrected-ness.” There are times when His words are not pleasant but speak the truth we need to hear in order to experience transformation. Those who know the truth understand that it is an invaluable treasure. The Father gives us wisdom, knowledge, and discernment to walk in His ways. His words sustain and give us life in abundance.