Prophecy has an expiration date… most of the time. The message will self-destruct. Let that sink in. It means we need to act on things inside of the seasons that God sets into motion or risk missing the opportunities that God is providing. On the other hand, it also means we are free to move forward with God and get a new word of direction which propels us into a brand new season.
Although I’ve believed this for years, I first heard this concept articulated by Kris Vallotton on a podcast earlier this year in which he said that prophecy has a shelf life. He brilliantly illustrated the concept with the story of Elijah by the brook Cherith (1 Kings 17:1-16).
Elijah Got A New Word
Elijah received a word from God that he was to go to the brook where he would be provided for. The prophecy came to pass with the the ravens bringing him meat and the brook supplying him with water; but after a time that provision dried up. Instead of staying faithful to the word he received for the last season, Elijah went back to God for a new word which ushered him into a new season of supernatural provision through the cooperation of a widow who also needed a miracle.
Here’s where Kris Vallotton drove the point home. Instead of realizing that prophecy has a shelf life and going back to God to get a new word for a new season, we often stay faithful to the last prophetic word God gave us. And as a result, he bluntly stated, our faithfulness is killing us. Our provision for has dried up. We need a new word from God. And it cut through my soul.
Most Prophecy Has An Expiration Date
I had been living on a word that was linked to an opportunity that had passed by and I was still working and believing to see that word fulfilled. The only problem was that God was ready to move me on. It’s sad but true. For a number of reasons seasons change and opportunities pass by. God entrusts us with so much personal possibility, opportunity, and responsibility.
With that being said, so much of what God makes available to us is dependent upon other believers and often rests on the shoulders of leaders. After all, we are one body in Christ; we are interdependent. This is a sobering realization for those of us who are entrusted with leadership.
The word will expire—the message will self-destruct. But here’s the good news: God always has another Plan “A.”
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for eighteen years, and is the proud father of two boys.