Sunday, February 24, 2013
"Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7)
Since my salvation I have been active in churches - some denominational, others not so - where we still believe that God speaks through His prophets, and God uses His people to prophesy even though they may not hold the office of prophet. Speaking prophetically can be revelatory of what God is going to do, or can be as guidance. And it has to be examined by the person(s) to whom it is spoken - because there are those who speak out of the flesh, or who are mistaken in their perception/discernment. But I have received enough personal prophetic words to know God still acts in this way.
When Jesus the Messiah came to us the first time around, His coming was foretold by prophets, and the new testament points to His coming as fulfilling such prophecies. Just the first 2 chapters of Matthew, which I was reading today, pointed to four distinct prophets.
And the book of Acts and the epistles speak of prophecies. I was just discussing spiritual gifts withLevi. He'd had some bad experiences with people prophesying in the name of the Lord - for their personal gain, or to expose others' sins; and also encountered the attitude that if you don't speak in tongues you don't have the Holy Spirit. So I read to him from 1 Cor. 14 : Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, ESPECIALLY PROPHECY [my emphasis]... . 3...the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4... the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, SO THAT THE CHURCH MAY BE EDIFIED.[emphasis mine].
Anyway, we had a very animated conversation, and after a while he commented that his neck was really hurting, and he asked how long we'd been on the phone. My phone has a little display that tells how long a conversation lasts - over an hour! So, I let him go.
But it was good ...so good...to be able to discuss such things with him.