By Linda Geevanathan
At the moment there are a lot of people sharing prophetic words and I felt as I didn’t get the opportunity to share my preach on the prophetic, it would be good to share some of the key principles from it.
1 Corinthians 14: 3-5
3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.
- We prophesy out of love. Love is the motivation for sharing prophesy with one another, to encourage, strengthen and comfort others. In 1 Corinthians 13 it tells us the importance of love, and emphasises that prophecies will cease, love does not.
- The bible tells us that all can prophesy and that we prophesy in part. No-one is infallible with their prophetic words. Prophesy with humility, accepting that it is a grace gift and we may and will get it wrong at times. This doesn’t mean we stop trying, humbly we step out of our comfort zone sharing words of encouragement, strength and comfort. As we are willing to take risks we grow in the gift of prophesy. Remember this as you listen to prophecies given by others, they can get it wrong too – no matter how gifted they are!
- Test and weigh prophesy
3 parts to prophecy –
Revelation – What is the picture/ word/ dream/ sense that you are getting from God. Write or share this literally as you get it. It is helpful to prophesy with others, go with someone else or a couple of other people and hear God for a person or a situation together, because God uses us as family to hear him together (obviously in our current season this is not easy to do but you could be creative and use zoom or a group WhatsApp to do this). We all ‘hear’ from God differently, don’t put how you hear Him in a box.
Interpretation – What are the possible meanings of the picture/ word? Is it in line with Scripture? This step of interpreting the word should not be done alone. I would encourage you to weigh it with others and leadership if it is directional.
Application – What does this mean for now? Does something need to change? What could it mean for the near future?
Let’s together be wise at this moment. There seems to be a lot of prophetic words being shared out there, we are called to be discerning and weigh what is being said. If you are unsure then ask those around or leaders you trust to help you with the weighing process.