Prophecy. The mere mention of the word creates a whirlwind of emotion in many people. On the one hand we have those who believe the Holy Spirit still gives the prophetic word to individuals today, and on the other are those who believe all prophecy ended with the original twelve apostles.
I have mentioned many times before now that my particular circle of Christianity embraces the prophetic move of God. We believe most heartily that Paul’s words to the Corinthian Church stand for the modern Christian as well:
Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. – 1 Corinthians 14:1
Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. – 1 Corinthians 14:39
With that said, I would like to share a few observations about prophecy and prophetic people, specifically about mistakes, lack of balance, and how we can do better. God means for prophecy to be a blessing to His Church, not a source of division and wounding. It is small wonder that some Christians have become jaded on the whole subject. It doesn’t mean modern-day prophecy is bad, and it certainly isn’t God’s fault. It’s our problem, and we need to make some adjustments.
Over the next few posts, I would like to address:
1.) The presumption of assumption – getting the prophetic word right, but the interpretation wrong through jumping to conclusions
2.) Discerning between what is literal and what is symbolic
3.) Discretion – knowing what prophetic words to release and when, and what to keep quiet about
4.) Misuse of the prophetic word for our own advantage
5.) Maintaining a pure word through a pure life
Please stay tuned. 🙂
From Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual