“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” (Matt. 4:4)
“It will come after this that I will pour out my Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophecy…” (Joel 2:28)
“Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.” (1 Corinthians 14:1)
WHAT IS PROPHESY?
Prophesy is hearing God speak for yourself and for others. Prophesy speaks in many different directions. It can look back to remind us of past events in our lives. It can look to the present to speak into circumstances or situations we are currently facing. Prophecy can look ahead to give us direction and to propel us into our destiny.
WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES TO PROPHESYING?
I like to say, prophesy gives us a target to shoot at. The Apostle Paul gives us the parameters of prophesy as found in 1 Corinthians 14:3.
“But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation.”
Edification means to encourage and to build up. Exhortation means to draw near. Consolation means to comfort and to cheer up. So these are our guidelines when we prophesy. Our words should be some combination of the three. God’s words spoken through us are meant to expose the treasure in someone, never the trash. All of us know what our own trash is and we don’t need someone to drag us through it again.
HOW DO I RECEIVE A PROPHETIC WORD?
Look at 1 Corinthians 14:3 again. This same scripture also gives us a way to test what is said to us when some shares a word of prophesy . We can ask ourselves these questions:
Am I encouraged?
Do these words draw me closer to God?
Do I feel comfort and peace?
We are being made each day more into the image of Jesus, but we are not there yet. What this means is that we will not always get it right every time. This is why we need guidelines and should be ready to show grace when someone gets it wrong and ask for grace when we get it wrong. So if your spirit doesn’t agree with the word, thankfully extend a hand of grace and then flush it. Lovingly we give you permission.
WHAT DO I DO WITH A PROPHETIC WORD?
Now, I’ve received this word, what shall I do with. What you don’t want to do is put it in the drawer and wait for it to come to pass. Remember this is the Lord revealing a bit of His heart for you. Also know, “We know in part so we prophesy in part.” (1 Corinthians 13:9) The Lord’s ways are mysterious and He often times speaks symbolically and metaphorically creating questions and riddles leaving us the task of untying knots. The great joy in this is the relationship we build and enjoy with Jesus through the Holy Spirit. A few of the practices I have learned is to find scriptures that align with the word given you. Memorize them, paste them on the wall, declare them daily out loud, meditate and chew on the Scripture that aligns with the word spoken to you.
WHY DO WE DO THIS?
The value of prophesy is that everyone wants to know their Daddy in heaven is thinking about them. We believe that God has set this up as a way to encourage you!