First Thessalonians 5:20 says “Do not despise prophetic utterances” (NASB). While some would argue that the gifts of the Spirit ceased when Scripture was complete, others believe that these still exist and are in full operation. I am not here to argue the point, but I do want to point out what Scripture says about prophecy and let God speak to you through Scripture.
Before I do, I want to give you a little bit of my experience with those who have “spoken a prophetic word over me”. Those who used the specific terminology I used in the previous sentence have always spoken in generalities or have been totally incorrect. Gifts of the Spirit are never to be flaunted. Anyone who truly spoke a prophetic word to me (a truly prophetic word) may not have seen it, but it did happen. I would caution anyone to be discerning when it comes to gifts of the Spirit. Some are prostituting these gifts to draw a crowd and a large offering. Some are flaunting a false spirituality. The real deal will match the scriptural formula I will mention in the next paragraph.
There are two places in Deuteronomy that speak about prophecy and how to treat it. The first principle is that true prophetic words will lead you closer to God. “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 13:1-3 NASB). The other principle is that every prophetic word will come to pass. “I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him. But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’” (Deuteronomy 18:18-20 NASB)
As I said, I’m not here to argue whether the gifts are done or still in operation. I am calling you to be discerning when someone gives you a prophetic word. Measure it against the Scriptures. If it does not meet these biblical requirements, walk away. Many will use the name of the Lord to draw you away. Know the Bible enough to know the difference.