Have you ever received prophetic words or promises over your life and it feels like the opposite begins to take place?
“Then Jesus was led by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After He had gone without food for forty days and forty nights, He became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But Jesus replied, “It is written and forever remains written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:1-4 (AMP)
When Satan presents Him with this statement “If you are the son of God command this stone to become bread”. Those words are in direct opposition to the word spoken over His life. What were the very last words that Jesus heard from the Father before this opposition?
“and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased and delighted!” Matthew 3:17 (AMP)
His promise was “You are my beloved son in whom I am well pleased” but His opposition was “IF you are the Son of God” the questioning and harassment regarding His identity.
In Matthew 13 of the parable of the seed and sower, Jesus says “when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word”. The word of the Lord spoken over you must be tested. It’s not that you’ve done something wrong, but you don’t know the power of the word until it has come under opposition and it’s then you see the strength of the word arise.
I love receiving words, but staying in the mode of only receiving and never stepping into actually engaging with the truth of the word spoken over us will mean it remains only just a word. It’s inside the opposition to the word that the strength and power of that word arises within us.
It’s only then that it goes from a good promise spoken over us, to truth within us.
A few weeks ago my two youngest children both had an incredible week of school, they applied themselves, worked really hard and kept great attitudes. They didn’t know they were “working” for a prize because I didn’t promise one to them. But at the end of the week I took them both to Target and let them pick out a small toy as a reward. They didn’t know I was going to reward them until they had already made the choice to apply themselves in school. Can God just give us something? Sure He can. But a reward is given when a choice has been made.
When we walk through opposition to a word spoken over our life and choose to believe in the faithfulness of God even if our lives are falling apart; that is when the strength of the word is revealed.
For years, I was given word after word about breaking chains of hopelessness over regions and bringing life to dead things. But then I find myself in a deep depression unable to even get out of the bed? Did all those people “miss it”? Was I just not strong enough to arise as the warrior that had been prophesied?
My promise: I would be one that breaks hopelessness
My opposition: I’m depressed
The word must override the opposition. If you cannot navigate through the opposition, through the discouragement and disappointment, you cannot come into what He has promised you.
The words we are given are meant to call us INTO our potential
The word itself creates a choice for us. Just like with my two children, they had a choice and because of the choice they made, a reward was given. He desires to build something strong in you that will be able to carry the blessing He has for you. He works within you so you can live out His blessing.
So if you are at a place in your life where you’re feeling the opposite happen to what you know the word of Lord is over your life, it’s because He is preparing you to shoulder the heavy blessing that is coming.
Stay the course. Review the word, meditate on the promises you’ve been given. I declare that the truth of the Lord is stronger than any opposition and you WILL SEE His promises fulfilled in your life.