PROPHECY      by Pastor Paul Locke

All baptised in the Holy Spirit believers have available the gift of Prophecy and in this day and age will become common place for it is written, “…your sons and daughters will prophesy…” (Acts 2:17)  Prophecy is speaking out God’s Word whether received audibly, sensationally, or by reading the Bible.  Motivation is through the Spirit of Prophecy that is God’s Holy Spirit.

The office of Prophet is a special calling of God, where the uttering forth prophecy is not.  The Old Testament prophets were used by God to turn nations to repentance.  (Jonah 1:2)  The rules of a prophetic message are that God reveals the content to the person to whom it is concerned and the prophecy is confirmation.  God can use anyone or thing to deliver the message, such as Balaam’s donkey. (Num 22:28)

Prophecy to an individual is for personal edification and is powerful to encourage people who are lukewarm to be hot.  The Spiritual Gifts are generally for the edification of the body of Christ, the Church, (1Cor 12:7) but used by the leading of the Spirit.  Evangelists have a greater scope to prophesy into the lives of new converts who need to hear the promises of God that are for them.  This is the common form of prophecy, speaking the Word into lives.

God uses prophecy to bring things into being and uses us as His hands and feet on this earth.  We are talking spirits, who use the Sword of the Spirit, our tongues to effect change.  This is the reason it is written, “The tongue has the power of life and death.”  (Pro 18:21)  This is the reason Jesus tells us to “bless those who curse you.”  Our tongues can not be used by the devil to harm people if we do this.

Evangelists should apply the prophetic principle of “Prophesying to the Valley of Dry Bones” for revival. (Ezek 37:1-14) This prophecy is for a time such as this and God is just waiting for us to take the bit in our mouths and charge into the harvest.  Each person we lead to Jesus is just like dry bones coming together and when we minister the Holy Spirit it is like the winds blowing and the Spirit giving life to the dead.

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