What does this mean?

What is this reward?

The prophet’s reward is the fulfillment of the prophesied word, of course. But there are also prophesied words that require a cooperation with the prophesied words for them to come to pass. This is where people so often miss the fulfillment of the prophesied word. It’s not a matter of making it happen; it's not even hoping and wishing it will happen; it’s a matter of cooperating with God by faith. Remember, a reward is not a gift—it is the fruit of deliberate effort.

Think of it this way. When a runner races in a marathon, his desire is to win. Not only for monetary reasons but also to reap the diligence of his disciplined efforts. Some runner's desire is to at least finish the race and that, in itself, is reward enough. But, nevertheless, the reward is not free. And the fruit is an intense satisfaction in having completed the race.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified."

A prophet is a divinely inspired spokesman or spokeswoman for God. The reward of the prophet is the fruit of that divine inspiration, the visible outgrowth of the seed of the word. The reward is reaped by faith in action. Only God can cause the fruit to grow, but He gives us the responsibility to cultivate, care for, and reap the planting of the Lord. Fruit is both a blessing from the Lord and a reward for our labor.

And yet, the prophet’s word from the Lord that is given to a recipient, actually contains the living breath of God and a spark of energy from Him to get you moving. Make sense? It’s just enough push and with our cooperation, things happen.

Above all, remember the Word of God says that prophesy is given for edification, exhortation, and comfort (See 1 Corinthians 14:3). This is my heart!

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