Have you received a prophetic word filled with details that perhaps excited you, brought confirmation, and then as time went on, you feel that what you thought that word or perhaps a collection of prophetic words, meant...did not come to pass in the way you expected or hoped??
Do you find yourself often confused by what has been spoken over you? Not exactly sure where to apply certain aspects of those words?
Well, let’s take just a few moments together to better assess how to handle a prophetic word(s) over you. I just want to share some tidbits to consider that perhaps will help you.
Something the Lord showed me in prayer is what’s found in the title. With all the prophetic words I have received I realize that a large majority of them were for a time yet to come.
The Lord showed me a pantry closet filled with food. Every item in that pantry is purposed to sustain you. Some items you can eat right away and some items you have to take collectively to mix together in order to produce something authentically homemade and not store-bought, but still with the purpose to sustain.
The difference between many people’s approach to their food pantry and the proper approach to the pantry of prophetic words is that some is motivated by mere feelings of appetite versus the motivation of God’s select timing for that prophecy to come out and be applied to the fulfilling of your life and walk in Christ.
Some approach the pantry, like my wife who is the chief manager of it...sensitive to timing. Much like God’s approach to managing His Rhema words of deflation and promise over your life. For instance, I may feel hungry and allow my appetite to take me by the gut and walk me over to the pantry.
I can browse the selections and choose whatever is the present "crave". However, if my wife interjects, she may pick what is more appropriate and truly available to me according to the timing of the release of those items.
There are certain things she is saving for a special occasion. Some things for when we have company come over.
What we must realize is that much if not most of the prophecies you and I receive, is not just for us; but for a people through us.
Such a people that God has not allowed us to cross paths with just yet. Therefore some prophecies are off limits until their appointed time.
So why would God allow such words to be spoken over us if they are not for right now?? Because the Bible says that God does nothing without first revealing His plans through His servants the Prophets.
Amos 3:7  Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
Now the office of a Prophet is not to be mistaken with just a preacher or Pastor of a Church congregation. Ephesians 4 says that God gave SOME to be Apostles, some to be Prophets, some to be Evangelists, some to be Pastors and some to be Teachers... All have different and unique gifts, but collective gifts for the use of the same purpose and goal which is to edify and equip the saints.
So with that said, Paul describes that there is a distinction between the office of a Prophet and a Pastor by calling, as well as the gift it comes with.
Can you imagine sitting on the floor in front of your pantry for days and years, contemplating what to eat from there? You would be miserable, starving (if not dead), and marked insane.
Well, that’s how it feels when we encamp ourselves around our prophecies and refuse to move on in our walk with Christ. Perhaps it’s a fear of forgetfulness that we cling tightly to those words and go nowhere. However we fail to realize that God did not give us a spirit of fear, but also He requires us to trust Him to fulfill His Word.
The first appointed Apostles of Christ did not have their version of a New Testament Bible. They were too busy living it out and keeping the accounts within their Gospels and Epistles.
However they had the Old Testament and what we find often in their preaching and record keeping of ministry, is that certain aspects of prophecies spoken or items from the Pantry of the Old Testament came to them and they declared “THUS IT IS NOW FULFILLED”.
Consider when Jesus said identified a part of Isaiah’s prophecy being fulfilled when in the temple, reading the very passage that culturally the scribes would not read allowed but was in reservation for the coming Messiah.
Jesus read only what we find as the first verse and a half because that part of prophecy dealt with the first coming of the Messiah and the rest about the second coming. (Isaiah 61:1-3)
So taking this into consideration, let us more properly approach our Pantry of Prophecies, first prayerful and discerningly. Asking the Lord to make know to us what certain parts of those words to pray into NOW and what other parts to consider for a later appointed time.
The Lord is patient with us that we may walk patiently and circumspectly and know how to rightly separate the prophecies by what measure we are to feed upon which means to pray into, that we might come into its fulfillment.
I hope this helps give a glimpse into how to not stress over the words given, but how to better invest into the words spoken and ultimately to take God as Faithful According to His Word.
Hebrews 10:23-24 KJV  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
The Holy Spirit is the cook! He will tell you what to pull out of the pantry!