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2022 02 18

Good morning.

"Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort." (1 Corinthians 14:1‭, ‬3)

As Terran Williams puts it, "the fact that Paul tells us to eagerly seek it (the gift of prophecy), reveals something of God's willingness to give this gift to all of His children."

In both the OT and NT prophecy is not primarily foretelling the future, but proclaiming God's will and exhorting and encouraging God's people to righteousness, faithfulness and endurance. All prophecy must be tested for genuineness and truth (1 Corinthians 14:29, 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21) by asking whether it conforms to God's Word (1 John 4:1), whether it promotes Godly living (1 Timothy 6:3), and whether it ys spoken by one who is sincerely living under Christ's Lordship.

(1 Corinthians 12:3).

God will frequently reveal to those with the gift of prophecy, a specific word from Him, when they spend time with Him in prayer or worship - "Come near to God and he will come near to you." (James 4:8). God may speak vividly or through simple impressions.

Over time one comes to recognize God's way of revealing the prophetic word He places in you. It is important to ask God to reveal the correct timing to bring the word of prophecy.

As we have looked at the first spiritual gift in the series "Gifted ", we trust that you have come to the Lord eagerly desiring the gift of prophecy.

Have a good Friday.


Mike and Daphne

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