Hello! I hope you were blessed by my first post in this series. If you haven’t read it, please do here.
Before I get into my thought for today, I will like to say a couple of things.
Firstly, every believer can prophesy because it is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit to the believer as seen in 1 Corinthians 12. This implies that every believer can operate in any of the gifts stated in that scripture, be it prophecy, discerning of spirits, healing, miracles. Whatever it is, you can walk in it by faith.
However, this is totally different from being a prophet. That you prophesy does not in any way make you a prophet. Not everyone can be a pastor, teacher, apostle, evangelist or prophet. These are offices God specifically calls certain people into as seen in Ephesians 4:11-13. Prophecy as I said is simply declaring God’s intentions. It is not foretelling. However, when it comes to the office of a prophet, then you will begin to see other elements of the prophetic in a larger scale. You begin to see more expressions of revelation gifts, as in word of knowledge and word of wisdom, which can also contain predictive elements as seen in the story of Agabus in Acts 11:28 and 21:11. This is different from what you see in Acts 21:8-9 that talks of four daughters of Philip that prophesied. It did not say they were prophets. It’s two different things. It’s in the office of the prophet that you also see expressions of the seer dimension and of course the gift of prophecy is also in play. All these to the end that the church be edified, equipped for the work of ministry as seen in verse 12 of Ephesians 4. This implies that prophecy is just an element of the prophetic.
Prophecy comes from a desire to love people. It comes from a desire to encourage people and bless them.
EditProphecy is removing ashes and covering people with a mantle of joy.
Prophecy is bringing healing to people. When it is released, it is strength for the weary, direction for the confused and calm for the troubled.
I hope this brings some answer to questions that may bother people’s hearts.
Now to my thought for today;
What happens to us when prophecies are released over us? Today, I will like to share on the potency of prophecies. I will just leave you with two quick thoughts.
1. Prophecies are activators! This doesn’t just sound cool. This is reeeaalllly cool. 😎
In John 6:63, Jesus says that the words that are released are capable of giving life. This is a fundamental knowledge of prophecies. When prophecies are spoken over us, they go ahead to activate the reality communicated. For example, if I prophesy over you, and say you will begin to see so and so manifestations of God in your life, what just happened is that I just created an atmosphere for the expression of those things. In fact, I just activated them! That’s how powerful prophecies are. We can see an Old Testament type of this when God told Ezekiel to prophesy over dry bones. Mahn, they came back to life!
1 Timothy 4:14 is a good one.
1 Timothy 4:14 KJV
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
Did you see the word “given” there? Yeah. That’s exactly what it means! It is translated from the word “didõmi” which means to “supply, furnish, to give one something to his own advantage…”. This implies that prophecies furnish us. Prophecies equip us! I mean, we can clearly see from that verse that Timothy was furnished by prophecy! We shouldn’t make light of prophecies.
Despise not prophesyings
2. Prophecies edify. We see this in 1 Corinthians 14:3-4
1 Corinthians 14:3-4 KJV
But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.  He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
The word edify actually means to build up (like an edifice), to charge (like a battery). It also means to refresh. Edification is an act of promoting another’s Christian growth. What amazes me is that this is the same word used to describe what speaking in other tongues does to the believer! 1 Corinthians 14:4.
When you speak in tongues, you are edified. When you are being prophesied to, you are edified. This means that prophecies do to the church what speaking in tongues does to an individual! This is how powerful prophecies can be. In fact, the amazing Apostle Paul says he’d rather you prophesy!
There are other things prophecies do to us as seen in scriptures. Prophecies comfort us, encourages us and reassures us.
Like I said, this is not exhaustive. You still need to go back to study God’s word. However, I believe this is some basic stuff to know.
My last post in this series will be on how we should respond to prophecies, and from there we can run with everything God is telling us for the new season ahead.
I call you blessed