Despise Not Prophesyings
I shared a few thoughts recently at The Covenant Center about my struggle with my own prophetic gifts and call.
Because there has been much abuse and impurity in the prophetic ministry, just as there have been distortions in healing ministry, I have not always wanted to be identified with the prophetic.
But, the truth is that we need foundational prophetic ministry in the church and God is training those who are gifted in this way. Prophetic words are a source of healing, encouragement, and wisdom.
I love this painting depicting the prophet Elijah bringing healing to the child of a widow who has honored him because I have also learned that healing and prophetic are so closely connected. Do you notice the artist puts the spotlight on her? Maybe that's because he was focusing on her commitment to honor the prophetic word even in great distress.
I have been blessed to be in a community that honors the prophetic word and trains all believers in the prophetic gifts. I have learned much, struggled much, and been incredibly grateful for the comfort and edification I have received in the community of believers of The Covenant Center. In this recording, I have left some excellent comments by my pastor, Richard Maisenbacher.
I encourage you to be open to learning more about prophetic ministry in your own life and look for resources to help you learn to hear the voice of the Lord. If you receive a prophetic word, it's best to write it out and keep it for prayerful reflection. Not all words are pure, but God is speaking through His people and the gift of prophecy is a vital to a healthy church and a vibrant, intimate walk with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus to you-ward. Quench not the Spirit; despise not prophesyings; prove all things; hold fast that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. And the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved entire, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who will also do it.