In the book of Numbers, Chapter 11, there were two men in the camp, that verse 26 says, “The Spirit had rested upon.” Then a young man ran up to Moses and told him there were two men in the camp prophesying. They wanted to know if they should forbid them from prophesying. And Moses answered:
Numbers 11:29 – Then Moses said to him, “Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the LORD’S people were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!”
Then on the Day of Pentecost, Peter said this: Acts 2:16 – “But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: (Verse 17) ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. (Verse 18) And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy.”
Then in 1 Thessalonians 5:19, 20, the apostle Paul tells the church, “Do not quench the Spirit and do not despise prophecies.”
When we hear about spiritual gifts of prophecy, don’t treat them with contempt. Some will do this because they have been taught, “This is not for today” just like speaking in tongues and healing are. I have seen the Spirit quenched in many services and it’s not a good feeling. You as a believer, will know when this happens.
However, don’t believe everything you hear because Paul also says, (Verse 21) “Test all things, hold fast to what is good.” Put the things being said to the test by Scripture.
There are those who will misuse this gift, just as other gifts can be misused. This is when the person gets glorification for themselves, not God. We shouldn’t let a couple of bad experiences of people misusing the gifts to make us pull away from the power and manifestation of these gifts. The Holy Spirit gives good gifts for our benefit and not for harm. God’s a good God. The Holy Spirit is good and every good gift comes from the Father. The gift of prophecy will change our lives in every area.
Prophecy Is Inspiring
Prophecy is the inspiration of God; it is the breath of God; and it is the speaking of God. If every Christian could hear the voice of God, it would impact their surrounding community and city that we each live in.
1 Corinthians 14:1 – Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may speak prophecy. (Verse 2) For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. (Verse 3) But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.
In other words: Prophecy is God speaking through and to men. God does this to speak to others what He wants them to know on His behalf. We are never to be sitting on the “sidelines” just watching. God’s kingdom comes through God’s people doing the work of God with the help of the Holy Spirit. Everyone that speaks for God, speaks for their encouragement, strengthening, and comfort.
When confronted in a conversation, with someone who is discouraged, we should be thinking about what we can say to encourage them and telling them not to give up. How can we strengthen them in their struggle to know that God will not give up on them.
There are too many people that are just beat up by life that are ready to quit. But the Holy Spirit living on the inside of the believer knows all things. We are to be the ones that encourage, strengthen, and comfort, those around us that are ready to quit. Sometimes people just want to hear that “God loves them!”
Sometimes people will struggle with, “Did I really hear from God?” Sometimes what they have been wondering about will be “confirmed” by another Christian. This will happen when we pray with others. That’s why the body of believers is so important. We need each other.
We are the ones that made prophecy so complicated. Comfort should come through and from other believers. We all should be able to be sympathetic towards a person’s hurt, instead of not wanting to get involved. God doesn’t want His children living their lives from past hurts. Comfort is something that can help heal old wounds.
Look what Paul tells us will happen if an unbeliever walks in a service with everyone prophesying: 1 Corinthians 14:24, 25 – But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is judged by all. (Verse 25) And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.
If an unbeliever is in a service where everyone is speaking encouragement to each other, the secret things of their heart, their sin, in the unbelievers heart, is revealed to them and they know God is real.
Have you ever been in a service where everyone was just praising God to the fullest? I haven’t very often. Why? Because, no one takes the gift of prophesy seriously any more. They have a program that they stick to; three songs, quick prayer, and on with the sermon. They don’t take the time to get in the presence of God because that takes time. If the churches would get back to praising God, maybe they would spend less time tearing each other down.
Every single believer should have this gift. How hard is it to tell someone that is struggling with life that, “It will be alright!” I wish so many times I would have heard that from someone when I was down. Can you imagine what would happen today in a service if everyone would use this gift? I don’t believe there would be one lost person left standing when it was over. The power of God would flow so strongly that we would see the manifestation of what Scripture is talking about.
We need this so much right now in our country. We need the people of God doing the work of God so that people can be set free with the truth of God. Prophesy spoken at the right time in a person’s life will change their life!
Prophecy Is Also Listening
John 10:27 – “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
Listening is intimacy, and God has always wanted intimacy with His children. Listening is friendship, relationship, and that’s what God has always wanted. God speaks, and we listen.
Proverbs 20:12 – The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made both of them.
If you want to hear the Lord, we pray: “Father, give me eyes to see; give me ears to hear; give me a mind to understand; and give me a heart to believe. If you ask, He will give.
Do you have a hunger and thirst for the things of God? Out of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we are to desire this gift the most. It’s not hard to tell someone that they will get through this or that you will pray with them about what is troubling them. We all can encourage and we all can comfort. God changed your heart to be more compassionate, so will He not change another?