Yesterday I spoke of the wounds of a misinterpreted vision, but today I want to speak about “Why prophesy?”
But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement, and comfort. I Corinthians 14:3
Recently I was asked if God encourages us. Honestly, that question made me sad because it showed me that person hadn’t had much encouragement in their life. Immediately, I asked him what God said prophecies purpose was in the New Testament.
Prophecy is for strengthening, encouragement and comfort. We often like to call it the edification of the church. Edification is encouragement. We are the church. God gifted us with prophecy in order to encourage each other. It is an awesome responsibility, but also a great privilege.
I feel that often in the church (universal) we become overly focused on the law and forget Jesus came to fulfill the law and our season has shifted. Now we are privileged to walk in close relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Where once, only a few people would randomly encounter God, we actually receive Holy Spirit as a gift when we ask Jesus into our hearts!! How amazing is that?!
But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. John 16:7
When Jesus ascended to Heaven He left Holy Spirit as our Helper. So, when we prophecy, I see it as us simply listening to the One Who lives inside of us. It’s like us giving voice to the Holy Spirit Who lives in us. That’s not scary? In fact, it seems so natural and true to me.
Some of my most pivotal life moments have occurred in direct relation to receiving prophetic words. It was a vision a friend had of me that wooed me to come home to God in my late twenties. During my low-down years, this person told my mom of a vision she had of me, and in turn, my mom told me. Little did either of them know, but I still think of that picture. And, when I came back to the Lord, I would remember that vision and it gave me hope that I would be transformed. It actually gave me hope in the redemptive power of Jesus in my life.
If that’s not powerful, then I don’t know what.
I would never want to hold back an encouraging word from a fellow believer. There are enough negative voices in this world, I long to be one who stokes the fires of hope and grace, and even in conviction to bring peace. Whenever I am convicted by God, I NEVER feel beat down. No, a properly given word of discipline brings life inside of me.
I love a timely word from the Lord! It’s like water to a weary soul. It’s like sunlight on a spring day. It stirs life inside of me.
God, I thank you for the privilege of having Holy Spirit live inside of me! Teach me how to honor that gift, more and more. You know everything, so help me to not cling to the things I see, but rather to give an ear to Your voice of truth over every situation and circumstance in my life. I long to honor You God. In Jesus name, Amen.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. I Corinthians 14:1
Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. Proverbs 16:24