What to do With Prophesies
1 Thessalonians 5:20-21
Do not scoff at prophecies,
but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good
This may not be very popular with a lot of people, but if you are a charismatic Christian, at least once, someone would have met you to give you a prophesy. Prophesies are simply an illustration of a future event that would take place in your life, or someone else’s as the case may be. The ability to prophesy is a gift given by the Holy Spirit:
1 Corinthians 12:10 – He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said
The same Holy Spirit lives in every believer, with these gifts residing in every believer, so every believer can prophesy, in fact every believer should prophesy, it is greatly encouraged in scripture:
1 Corinthians 14:1,3
Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy.
But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them
Believers are encouraged to desire prophesy and also give prophesy to strengthen other believer’s, or to give them a head start on certain issues they may face in future…prophesy is a very powerful tool and should be taken seriously. Our key scripture encourages us not to scoff at them. The word scoff means to treat with contempt, it’s more like placing no value on the prophesies, probably seeing them as funny or pointless. We shouldn’t treat prophesies that way, don’t forget that they come from the Holy Spirit, which means it is God speaking to us, but through a man.
Sometimes though, you may hear prophesies from other believer’s that actually sound very absurd, or strange, that’s why the word asks us to test prophesies. Well to test, it means that there is an original copy, or template to test against, and the template prophesies should follow is the word. When a prophesy goes against some truth in God’s word, you can easily tell that it is not from God, however, we are also asked to hold on to what is good, sometimes it may just be interference from the human mind that corrupt the truth in some prophesies, so you also need to carefully listen to prophesies, and the parts that don’t go against Gods word you should hold on to. I believe that’s the best and most skillfully way believers should treat prophesies, and experience more of God’s will through them.
Lord Jesus, teach me to always place value and honor prophesies, amen.
Author – Gem