What if I say prophecy is not foretelling or predicting the future?
What if I say prophecy is beyond all of that, it’s much more?
You have every right to be confused.
Today, my intention is simple; to reveal briefly, but clearly the heart of what prophecy is, and how we can take full advantage of it in the church. Let’s get into this.
Prophecy is, in simple terms, declaring God’s intentions. Very simple. Don’t get it twisted.
You see, we need to come to terms with the fact that God is not complicated. Any twists or complications that come with God’s word are not God-ordained. It’s us.
1 Corinthians 14:3 KJV
But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
Jeremiah 29:11. For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the LORD. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.
Prophecy comes to the end that you see God’s intentions as of peace and not evil to give you hope for the future. Prophecy is to the end that you are comforted and encouraged.
If it creates restlessness, fear, lack of sleep, mahn! That’s something else. It’s not prophecy. And if it’s not prophecy, it’s not God. God will never communicate to you by fear. 2 Tim 1:7
For example, if I say to you, “Brother, you are going to enter into some trials that with rock your faith. You will face loads of disappointments in the days to come. Do not fear if your teenage daughter comes home pregnant says the Spirit of the Lord”. What?!!😱 That’s not prophecy. Not at all. It did not in anyway comfort you, edify or encourage you. It did not assure your heart that God’s will is good unto an expected end. That message only communicated fear.
What if I say, “Brother, I see the Lord strengthen you in the days to come. He is making crooked paths straight for you. He’s got your back and your daughter’s too. I see a glorious future ahead of her. He will not allow situations to crush you. I believe this is God’s thought towards you in this season”. Now that’s prophecy! It’s comforting, it’s soothing, it’s refreshing, it’s not scary. That’s how it’s meant to be.
It’s so easy to operate in this expression of God’s Spirit. A prophecy can be as simple as a scripture impressed on your heart for a brother or sister.
It could be as simple as saying to a friend, “be still and know that I am God”. Those words are potent, cos they are inspired by God’s Spirit.
There’s so much to learn about prophecy and other elements of the prophetic. It’s just okay for now to know these basics. God’s got something to say. That’s the spirit of prophecy. There’s so much for the church to learn from God’s word.
My next post will be talking about what prophecies do to us. These write-ups are not exhaustive at all. We still need to go back to God’s word. These are just basics.
I call you blessed.