When we speak in the name of God our words are supposed to originate in our spirit, pass through our soul and then be delivered by a spoken word, a creative work of art, a prophetic act or some other physical manifestation. The problem is when the word passes through our soul. The soul is where our emotions and personality live. It’s where an undisciplined emotion or a fractured part of our personality is waiting to hijack the intent of what God wants us to speak. In this place, we can wrap a word with our bias, unforgiveness, or an unresolved wound prior to delivery. At that point, the word is no longer the truth spoken in love.
In our soul is where an immature emotional response lies in wait. It’s where our anger looks for something to shout out before thinking. This is the part of our lives that carries unresolved childhood wounds into adulthood. When these issues are left free to roam in our soul without Spirit-directed control the message they form no longer represents God’s original intent, yet they are still transmitted as a “thus saith the Lord.”
This can happen to anyone whether a person is young in the gift of prophecy or mature. Just this morning, I started to write something, but it had too much of my emotion on a particular subject entwined in the text so I deleted the content before publishing the word.
For those of you who know you are called to speak for God prophetically, be careful in this agitated spiritual atmosphere. Our souls are very vulnerable parts of our being. In our soul, God has placed a filter called discernment. It must be used each time we speak as representatives of God. If that discerning filter is not cleaned from time-to-time, even the most powerful and poignant words of prophecy will be polluted in our soul and miss the mark in their delivery.
“God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares” (Psalm 139:24 TPT).