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15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. 16 For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die."
You are heard. God hears your prayers, your worship, and your voice. God heard their request and so He answered their prayers with a promise to raise a prophet amongst them. Just as God hears you, God will answer your prayers. God answers every prayer, but in His own timing and in His own way. God's answers may not always look like what we want them to look like, but they may be answered in the way we need them to be answered.
17 The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. 19 I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name. 20 But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.”
God's promises are meant to be stewarded by those who receive His promises. As God promised them a prophet, they must listen to the words spoken through the prophet. They must follow the words of God that are spoken, and put the prophet to death if he speaks from himself or any other gods. More so than asking yourself if you are ready to receive God's promises, the question to ask yourself is, are you ready to steward God's promises?
21 You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?” 22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.
Lastly, this may spur more questions rather than answer the question of, "how do I know 'it's' from God?" You can't always just wait for God's promises to come true because you don't know when they will come true. God's word/promise/prophecy to you is always backed with love. Love for you. Love doesn't always look the same. Sometimes, love looks like an overflow of joy in your life, but sometimes, love looks like rebuke. There's no saying what God's love will look like every single time, but know that God's love is true. Also, God's words will never condemn you/make you feel guilty or ashamed of who you are or what you've done. You yourself may be ashamed, but God is never ashamed of you. God's words will speak truth and sometimes the truth hurts, but God's words are always backed with unconditional love.
• God hears your voice
• God promises must be stewarded
• God words/promises/prophecies are backed with unconditional love