Accuracy is important to the prophet’s ministry. Accuracy is defined as the quality or state of being correct or precise. There are things that can hinder and block accuracy such as prejudices, misconceptions, doctrinal obsessions, sectarian views, bitterness, rejection, and lust. Prophets and prophetic people need to be careful that we guard our hearts against things that can block our prophetic flow and the accuracy of the word of the Lord.
The fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.—James 3:12
Accuracy is important and we want to speak what the Father gives us to speak. James talked about both sweet and bitter water coming from the same fountain. Our wells must be pure. What come forth must be pure. Our fountains must be pure. We cannot allow ourselves to be hindered and bound by our own issues.
Here are some things that can be roadblocks to prophetic accuracy.
Many prophetic people stumble because we feel that our opinion is God’s opinion. God’s thoughts are always higher than the thoughts of men. Many times prophets can become narrow minded and dogmatic about revelations they believe to be a truth received from God.
This can be cultural or religious. This includes being prejudiced to a race, gender, age group, denomination, or movement.
Rejection and fear of rejection
Rejected people need deliverance or they will minister out of hurt. The priests could not have scabs (Lev. 21:20). Scabs are unhealed wounds that can become infected. Rejection leads to isolation and prophets are called to associate and minister to people. Rejection can lead to prostituting the prophetic gift—prophets giving prophetic words to people just to be accepted by them. The root of this spirit is insecurity. Basically, we reason with ourselves, saying, “I will get acceptance if I tell them what they want to hear.” This also leads to flattery.
Fear of man of man
The Bible says the fear of man brings a snare (Prov. 29:25). We must fear God more than man. The only way to over come fear is to have faith in God.
Unresolved hurts lead to bitterness. Angry and bitter prophets can be tainted in their prophetic flow. Hebrews 12:15 says, “Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled” (nkjv). Bitterness can be hidden in the heart going undetected and spring up at the most in opportune time.
Respect of persons
This can be a religious spirit. The high priest carried the stones of all the tribes on his heart, and we should carry the whole church in our hearts, and not be limited to organizations and denominations. True prophetic ministry will learn how to minister the word of the Lord to all kinds of people and denominations because Jesus is Lord of all the earth. God likes variety and different tribes that is why He had twelve of them. A Baptist preacher once told me, “I’m Baptist born and Baptist bread, and when I die I’ll be Baptist dead.” Some people will never leave the church denomination and this shouldn’t disqualify them from receiving a prophetic word. The prophetic anointing is not designed to change church culture; it’s designed to change the hearts and minds of the people who effective the culture. God loves the Baptists. He even had one in New Testament—John the Baptist. Prophecy is never used to establish new principles in a denomination or organization. A skilled prophetic minister can deliver the heart of God without partiality. I found that many different denomination leaders have invited me to teach and train their people in the prophetic because of trust and relationship. James 2:9 says, “But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.”
This is having compassion on that which God is judging. Jesus rebuked Peter, and said “get thee behind me Satan.” Jesus spoke what He saw the Father doing. Prophets cannot allow human compassion to dictate their prophetic flow. There are times you need to minister correction to people you love, and it can be hard, but prophets must pledge their allegiance to the Lamb of God. Prophesying truth brings deliverance to the hearer. I have learned that every time I neglect to speak the truth to someone, I lose my power to discern or my hearing in that situation becomes dull.
This is the opposite of mercy, and when one has a religious spirit they can point out problems with great accuracy but seldom have a solution. All they have done is judged and tore down. Beware of pride and being over critical. The critical prophet with pointing of the finger is not ministering out of the heart of God.
Judging by appearance
Looking at a person’s hand for a ring before giving a word about marriage or looking at someone’s countenance for some emotional signals is judging by appearance. Samuel had to anoint David although he was a boy. God told the prophet to judge not according to appearance (1 Sam. 16:7).
The simple definition of lust is having a self-absorbed desire for an object, person, or experience. When we are in lust, we place the object of our desire above all. Prophets must guard their hearts from the lust for power, prestige, promotion and wealth. Lust in these areas will cause you to be drawn away from the will of God into a place of error and deception. Unresolved lust issues of the heart have serious implication to the validity of our ministry. These lust issues create stumbling blocks to accurate prophetic ministry. If you’re not delivered from them they can entice and drag you down a path of falsehood causing you to potentially become a false prophet. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. James 1:14
Being developed in a sectarian environment is not the best for a prophet. It can warrant any of these issues to taint or color the way a prophet delivers the word of the Lord. Prophets have to be developed in the proper environment else they can develop or be influenced by religious spirits. Religious spirits are real, and they can work in the environment of churches and sectarian groups. Religious spirits work where people believe in prophecy and the gifts of the Spirit. We need discernment and deliverance to avoid contamination.
Prophets cannot allow any bias to affect their words. Bias is prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair. God is fair, and He is no respecter of persons.
A roadblock is a barricade or obstruction across a road set up to prevent the escape or passage. The above-mentioned roadblocks have the potential detour us from the God ordained path for your life. Sometimes they can be hidden issues of the heart that only the Holy Spirit can reveal. Prophets and prophetic people must develop the discipline of self-examination. Psalms 51 is one of my favorite psalms. Praying it over my life has been a mayor tool to developing self-examination. David prayed in Psalms 51:6 that God desires truth in the inward parts and in the hidden part He shall make us to know wisdom.
The first step to overcome these stumbling blocks is a desire for truth in the inward part. Not only should we desire truth that is not superficial, but that which reaches far deeper than a mere intellectual comprehension of truth it truth that reaches down into the depth our being. The opposite of the truth is deception. The worst kind of deception is self-deception. The power of deception is the person being deceived believes that are being led of the Lord. It takes the mercy and power of the Holy Spirit to breakthrough deception.
The second step is to overcoming roadblocks is allow the Holy Spirit to search you’re heart shining a light on any wicked area. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth He will give you wisdom in the hidden areas of heart. Psalms 139:23 Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 24 And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Once the Holy Spirit searches your heart and reveals blocks and flaw we must be honest with our self and not try to justify our actions. David states in Ps 51:3 that he acknowledge his sin and transgression. Recognizing sin and error requires humility and brokenness. It’s the first step to healing and deliverance.
The third step to overcoming revealed roadblock is to immediately repent. Once Holy Spirit convicts of a roadblock there is an anointing in that moment to be heal, delivered and transformed. Delayed response can lead to hardness of heart and greater deception. Repent comes from the Greek word mentanoia. In this compound word the preposition combines the two meanings of time and change, which may be denoted by ‘after’ and ‘different’; so that the whole compound means: ‘to think differently after’. Metanoia is therefore primarily an after-thought, different from the former thought; a change of mind accompanied by regret and change of conduct, “change of mind and heart”, or, “change of consciousness. Based on this definition repentance means after the Holy Spirit has revealed information: I change my way of thinking. The wrong road will never become the right road. The only way to get on the right road is to discover where you made a detour and turn around immediately.
The fourth step to overcoming roadblocks is to rend the heart. In Joel’s day, people tore their garments to show their grief and desperation. However, what God desires is the tearing of our heart, which speaks of dealing radically with the matters of our heart.
To rend means to tear something violently or forcibly. We tear our heart away from every thing in our life that quenches or blocks the pure flow of the Spirit! Tearing our heart is intensely personal and painful. Some want the Spirit to free them from their sinful patterns without it requiring any personal choices that tear their heart. And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Joel 2:13