Monday, May 17, 2010
So You Want to Prophesy?
- One must be born again - truly born again. (John 3:16, Rom 10-9-10)
- One must be filled with the Holy Spirit. I suppose there is some debate about this, and when and how it happens. I believe that sometimes it happens when we are born again, and other times it is a separate experience. No one doubts that Paul was converted on the Road to Damascus. (Acts 9:3-8) Paul, however; received the filling of the Holy Spirit at a later date. (Paul was born again after the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost (Acts 2, and filled wit he Holy Spirit after he was converted.).
Acts 9:17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit."
For another account, here is a great one. (Acts 10:44-46)
- One must earnestly desire the gift - and because the Bible says that you can all prophesy, things should go well -
1 Corinthians 14:1 (AMP) EAGERLY PURSUE and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest]; and earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual endowments (gifts), especially that you may prophesy ( interpret the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching.
- well if you are not in for the ability, but to love your church family, and your enemies. As a prophetic person, you will be called to prophesy over, and for, the enemies of God.
The folks that seem to have the greatest ability to prophesy have cultivated a deeper and more inmate relationship with Jesus. They are passionate about him. This is not a hard-and-fast rule - but an observation. Of course a donkey can prophesy if need be.
It seems that for some to really get going, they may also need an impartation from someone that is able to give the gift. (Romans 1:11) This has been my personal experience. Even Elijah imparted not only his gift, but a double portion to Elisha.
2 Kings 2:9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?" "Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit," Elisha replied.
Before you get launch out on this endeavor - I suggest that you read 1 Corinthians chapters 12, 13 and 14 as though they are one chapter. One of the problems with understanding the Bible sometimes, is that the chapter divisions cause us to see things in parts when they are meant as a whole.
I want to strongly recommend that you share your possibly divinely inspired predictions and things that you feel like you "know", with another Christian. Skeptics hate what I call 9/12 prophets. "Yeah, I knew the World Trade Centers were coming down. Now I am letting you know." Well, my question is this: Why didn't you tell everyone on 9/10? Also write them down and keep track of your accuracy. And finally remember, that what you speak, if it is negative, can become a curse. (James 3:9) New Testament prophecy should be a blessing and an edification.
Once you have established a track record, then there are lots of other things to look forward too. I will get to those somewhere along the way.