The Word of the Lord for 2018
Last year I was a little late getting the Word of the Lord out for 2017. This year I am well aware of what the Lord is trying to get out for 2018. Interestingly enough it’s the same as what he taught in 2017 and 2016 and 2015 and literally every year since the canonization of the New Testament. It’s called the Bible.
Scripture is God–Breathed
“All Scripture is God–breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” –2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV)
The Bible is literally the Word of God. While arguing for this requires a little more work from outside of the Bible I’m going to skip that for the sake of time. Historically it has always been regarded as the Word of God by the Church. If it weren’t for the convictions in Martin Luther and the importance of Biblical infallibility there would not have been a reformation and by extension the Churches would in all likelihood still be part of the Catholic Church. You do not need a ‘prophet’ to tell you what the Lord is for 2018. You have the Word of God that is timeless; it is always his word for the year.
What it isn’t
Many false prophets use vague blanket statements in order to make a person feel good and assume that something bigger will happen than what actually will. You’ve probably heard the cliché, “God will give you a breakthrough.” Well that raises several questions. In what? When? How? Why? How great will the impact of this breakthrough be? God doesn’t speak in vague over–applicable fortune cookie, horoscope style prophecy. Biblically when God gave a prophecy to someone he spoke clearly and gave all necessary details. A very basic example of this is when God warned Noah of the coming flood. Here’s the example.
“And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms on the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door above the ark in its side. Make it with the lower, second and third decks. For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come into you to keep them alive. Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.” Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.” –Genesis 6:13–20 (ESV)
Okay so that is an example of a prophecy or command of God. Now imagine how the flood would have gone if God just said, “Noah, there’s going to be a great trial in your life but when you get through it you’ll be stronger than ever.” Or some other ultra–vague hyper–applicable blanket statement. Case and point.
The Word of God is clear and the Word for every year. Just because someone who calls themselves or is called prophet says some vague statement is the Word of the Lord for 2018, don’t listen. They may be hearing from a spirit, but it isn’t the Holy Spirit. The Word of the Lord is always the message of salvation for our sins in the atoning death of Jesus Christ on the cross.