Prophecy Power – Imagine Hearts Being Healed by Encouraging, Edifying, and Comforting Words from you! Doesn’t that sound great?
Any regrets about words you have spoken? Unsure of what to say when helpful words are needed? Want to get better at speaking sincere words that truly encourage, build up and comfort yourself and others?
If your answer is yes to any of the above questions then the gift of prophecy is for you! Paul, the apostle, wants all of us to have it. He writes, “I wish you all…prophesied.” (1 Corinthians 14:5)
Paul wants us all to prophecy, that is, to let the Lord speak through us. Contrary to popular opinion, prophesying is not spooky or full of religious pomp, rather, it is helpful in our conversations and relationships with others.
Paul likes prophecy very much, wants us to learn about it, and encourages us to practice it. Read his three reasons why below. I have repeated the same passage, 1 Corinthians 14:3, four times in as many Bible versions to let this Holy Spirit-inspired relational diamond shine.
New Living Translation: “One who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.”
Today’s New International Version: “Those who prophesy speak to people for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.”
King James Version: “He that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.”
New American Bible: “One who prophesies does speak to human beings, for their building up, encouragement, and solace.”
Apart from Christ’s eternal salvation, what better gift could there be? And the great news? It’s one all of us can activate and use.
In fact, we’ve probably already done so without even knowing it. Like the time Dad and I were fishing off the jetty at the mouth of the Fort Bragg (California) harbor. We’d caught nothing and returned to the car where Mom relaxing and reading.
Discovering our plight, she simple said, “Cast your nets on the other side.” We went back and did just that. Within minutes we caught our limit! Unforgettable!
Back then, in the ‘60s, we didn’t call that a prophecy. Our church’s beliefs didn’t allow for it and we didn’t see it. Nevertheless, it had all the ingredients, for Dad and I definitely enjoyed great “strengthening, encouragement and comfort!” So did Mom! Amazing!
Just yesterday, I listened for prophetic words from the Lord for a friend. I “heard” (in my spirit) the Lord saying to my friend, “You are very tender, I love your heart, you are a person after my own heart. I love your kindness, song, and your desire for me. I am with you and will hold you safe into the future.”
The affect was wonderful. My friends joyously experienced “strengthening, encouragement and comfort!” I did too!
New Testament prophecy best not be confused with Old Testament-style prophecy, which was often about needed judgement and warnings. Jesus high-lighted this shift when he called (Old Testament) prophet, John the Baptist, “the greatest born of women” but declared him “least in the (New Testament) Kingdom of God.”
God truth does not change. God’s methods sometimes do.
In these last days, the Holy Spirit is speaking words of “strengthening, encouragement and comfort” through you. As you believe this and listen for God in the relational moments of your day you will become increasing aware of the Lord’s encouragement coming through your words and ways. That will be heaven on earth!
Giv’m Heaven! — John
John Parker, is a pastor and teacher at Chowchilla Simple Church 10 AM Sundays at Carty Center, 609 W. Robertson Boulevard.
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