The more authority you are given the more careful you must be with what you say, how you say it and to whom you say it. The reason being is because when you are given authority your words have weight and they can either build someone up and make them strong or crush them under the weight of what you said. Many words fly around social media, television and in the air every day, but not all words carry the same weight. Honestly, most words are weightless, so they just go out and fall down without much impact. But if you are a mom, dad, coach, teacher, pastor, principal, manager, or influencer of some kind, your words mean something to those who are under your authority. Knowing the measure of our authority is important, because it should dictate what we say.
Proverbs 16:10 says, “A king speaks the revelation of truth, so he must be extraordinarily careful in the decrees that he makes.” One way to know the level of authority someone carries, is by the amount of words they speak. I know you have heard page long, sermon long prophecies and people have said, “Thus says the Lord.” However, the truth is, God does not need to say much to make a huge impact because of the measure of His authority. One word from the mouth of God can change everything. The reason people use so many words in their prophecies is because they are speaking from their limited authority, not just God’s ultimate authority. If we only said what God actually said, when we say, thus says the Lord, it would be very few words. Everything else people call prophecy is commentary. Jesus is the King of kings, one word from His mouth and all fall down!
As the body of Christ, moving forward, we need to discern what people are calling prophecy and we need to not add to what God is actually saying, but only speak what He says, which will mean learning again how to decipher His voice from your own. Remember “Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar” (Proverbs 30:5-6). The more authority you have the less words you will speak, and when speaking for God, one word changes nations. The voice of God will be the dominant voice in the nations.