The Lord is a Master at confirming His Words (His promises to you) to let you know He has spoken to you, either directly or through another vessel. When the Lord gave the pharaoh two similar dreams in one night, Joseph said both dreams were one, like when the Lord calls a person’s name twice. Joseph also provided the following revelation, in addition to the interpretation of the dream: ‘And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.’ ~ Genesis 41:32 (KJV) The Lord had confirmed His Words to the pharaoh by giving him more than one dreams, and also by using Joseph to give the king the interpretation. In fact, some people will (consistently) wake up from a dream but go back to sleep and the dream will resume where the person left off. By the way, sometimes a person will have recurring dreams because it is like an unanswered telephone that keeps ringing. If the dream was from the Lord, He keeps resending the “package” until the person “opens it” and understands its contents. Once the person receives and understands the revelation, or deals with the issue, the recurring dreams stop.
Ultimately, the way the Lord confirms His Words is by bringing them to pass. Sometimes the Lord will not give any other form of confirmation except to simply bring His Word to pass. One of many examples is when Jeremiah received a revelation from the Lord that his cousin was going to try to sell him a field. When it came to pass, Jeremiah said, ‘Then I knew that this was the Word of the Lord.’ ~ Jeremiah 32:8 (KJV) The surefire way to know if a Word (promise) was from the Lord is if and/or when it comes to pass (Isaiah 55:10-11, Deuteronomy 18:21-22, etc.). If the promise was not conditional, a part of the reason it must come to pass is God cannot lie (Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18). I said “if and/or when it comes to pass” because some things come to pass that are not of or from the Lord (Deuteronomy 13:1-5). One of the ways to tell something was not of the Lord is if it comes to pass but falls apart, oftentimes very quickly thereafter.
However, while the fulfillment of the promise will ultimately confirm that the Lord had spoken, sometimes the Word coming to fruition will take a long time. For example, the Lord promised to make Abraham the father of many nations but it took 25 years for the Lord to bless him with the promised son. Yet, when you examine that journey, the Lord kept confirming His promise to Abraham. In addition, the Lord did not change His mind, not even when Abraham was probably content with the plan he and Sarah came up with to conceive Ishmael through a concubine. The Lord was so faithful to His promise that He still fulfilled it by blessing them with Isaac (Genesis 12-21).
Everything I have said thus far is to let you know the Lord is so great at confirming His Words that you don’t always have to ask Him for confirmation. Yet, if you ask the Lord for confirmation, because careful about how you set the conditions. The Lord may not want to give you an answer in the timeframe you established, which could lead you to believe something was not of the Lord. He may not want to answer you in the manner requested, which may be too carnal and expose you to receiving false confirmation from the enemy. The Lord knows how to confirm His Words, so please let Him.
When the Lord spoke to Gideon, he asked for confirmation on three occasions, to include using the fleece as a test (Judges 6:11-24, 36-40). Be careful about “throwing down the fleece” to have the Lord confirm His Words to you, especially after you know He has confirmed it. Remember, it is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6). Also, you do not want to push things to the level where seeking confirmation ends up resulting in you trying to tempt the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:16). There comes a point when you are either going to believe Him, and start living by faith instead of by sight, or you are not. Even though the Lord complied with Gideon’s request to confirm His Words with the fleece, the following is a reminder that He was not going to leave Gideon comfortless:
“And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, ‘Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand. But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host: And thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to go down unto the host.’
[Note how the Lord confirmed His Words without Gideon having to ask, and the confirmation was going to alleviate Gideon’s fear(s) and strengthen him for battle.]
Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were in the host. And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude. And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, ‘Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along.’
And his fellow answered and said, ‘This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host.’
[Even Gideon’s enemies knew what the Lord was going to do for him and he did not have to tell them. The Lord also used Gideon’s enemies to confirm His promise to him. Some people want to receive the Lord’s confirmation from a prophet but the Lord may want to use an enemy. It is very reassuring when the enemy lets you know the Lord is about to have His way and he can’t stop the Lord.]
And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, ‘Arise; for the Lord hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.’” ~ Judges 7:9-15 (KJV)
[The Lord used Gideon’s enemies to confirm His Words to Gideon. The Lord spoke to the men in a dream and He may be speaking to you in dreams or visions too. As a result, please do not disregard your dreams and/or visions. Sometimes He is trying to warn you that you are outside of His will, possibly based on false confirmations (the deceits and desires of your heart). Keep in mind that Gideon worshipped the Lord upon receiving the revelation. Don’t forget to thank the Lord for taking His time to confirm His Words to you, and certainly don’t forget to thank Him when He brings that Word to pass.]
Isn’t it amazing how the Lord confirmed His Words in such a manner that even Gideon’s enemies knew it (before him)? The Lord may let the enemy know what He is about to do for you because the enemy won’t be able to stop the Sovereign God (Isaiah 14:27), and, to have your persecutors watch the Lord bless you (Psalm 23:5). Also, the Lord knows how to confirm His Words in such as manner that it alleviates any doubts, and, it gives you a tremendous sense of peace that the Lord had spoken. While there are times to specify how you would like the Lord to confirm His Words to you, it is best to leave it up to Him. Sometimes the confirmation people receive is the one they do not want to hear, such as when the Lord confirms that He had not spoken. Also, be open to the ways He may communicate things to you. You may know people who are prophets or are prophetic, and you think the Lord is going to give them a message to relay to you, but He may use your child instead. And please be patient; let the Lord choose the best time and place to confirm or deny something for you.
I won’t go into details, but the Lord recently confirmed something I had asked Him. Based on what I asked, He could have confirmed it in four Words or less. However, the Lord had someone (probably unknowingly) give me a message with one line from something He had told me the year before. It was great news for me but it did not specifically answer my question. Then, the very next day, what seemed like a chance encounter became what was evidently a “divine appointment”. The Lord exceeded what I had hoped for in a confirmation. The enemy had been trying to get me going in several directions, to include trying to incite fear and confusion. But I knew what he was doing because God has not given us a spirit of fear, which means He does not bully us into doing His will. Sure, the Lord can and does change circumstances that cause us to change our minds (Jonah 1-2), but He does not bully us. Also, the Lord is not the author of confusion (2 Timothy 1:7, 1 Corinthians 14:33). So again, I knew what the enemy was trying to do. However, now I can stand firm on the Word of the Lord because He finally made it very clear to me. And since I know it is the Word of the Lord, I gave it back to Him, placed it on the altar so to speak, because it is up to Him when and how to bring it to pass. I also know the cost of receiving such a clear revelation, especially since I am not sure how much longer I have to wait before the Lord brings things to fruition. Another sign of the validity of the confirmation was the immediate increased intensity in the level of spiritual warfare. The enemy has also resorted to employing new tactics, but a Word from the Lord will help you see through such shenanigans. In Luke 8:4-15, Jesus told “The Parable of the Sower”, and He said, ‘The seed is the Word of God.’ The Lord also described the threats the Seed faces, to include by the devil who tries to snatch it away from people. But I have to be good ground for that Seed to ensure it brings forth a harvest. A true confirmation from the Lord will bring comfort, even when it contradicts our desires. Joseph had desired to quietly divorce Mary when he found out she was pregnant (with Jesus). But that changed when the angel of the Lord confirmed the Child was of the Holy Spirit, and he should take Mary as his wife (Matthew 1:18-25).
I close by giving you the flipside of this equation by reminding you the Lord will also confirm which Words are not from Him. Those who have an ear let them hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to them. I vividly recall the Lord letting me know that some people were going to try to ensnare me with something allegedly from Him. He denied it before they even tried it. Consequently, when they tried to ensnare me, everything basically went immediately into the trash. They were like king Jeroboam and his wife trying to pull a “fast one” on the prophet Ahijah. The prophet was going blind. However, Jeroboam’s wife’s disguise was not enough to usurp the warning the Lord had given His prophet, thereby causing the king and his wife to “step into it”.
It is important to have a personal relationship with the Lord so you get to know His voice so others, to include those who falsely profess to love, know, and serve Him, do not mislead you. You also need to know His voice from your own so you don’t get led astray by the deceits of your own heart (Jeremiah 17:9). The Lord will confirm or deny words to let you know which ones are His, and which messengers are speaking on His behalf. A part of establishing a personal relationship with Christ Jesus is letting Him choose how and when He confirms things to you. He recently left me flabbergasted, and with a tremendous sense of peace, when He confirmed something to me in such as wonderful and unique way that I knew it was the Word of the Lord.
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