Updated: Oct 2, 2019
Monday, September 30th, 2019
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"Having then gifts according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith" (Romans 12:6 KJV)
Understanding the gift of prophecy and how it works is very important, so we can use it accurately. Prophecy is often in operation in an utterance of faith. An utterance of faith is declaration of words that'll come to pass, or words that you desire to come to pass.
However, you can't use that level of merely declaring words of faith to alter the course of a nation, a city, a family, or another person's life. You'd have to know the will of God, and the direction of the Spirit, to utter words that are in consonance with the Spirit of God in order to effect the kind of change that's consistent with His will.
What this means is that the gift of prophecy must operate through revelation, not just through your utterance of faith. For instance, you might have been in a prayer meeting where the prayer coordinator, being led of the Spirit said, "Prophesy to your country." Then as a result, you begin to speak prophetic words; things you desire to see happen in your country.
Howeer, just because you went ahead and prophesied as instructed didn't necessarily mean you spoke precisely the mind of God about your country at that particular moment. The words you uttered may be inconsistent with God's revelation.
This shows that you can't just stay with the forthtelling part of prophecy; you need the revelatory part as well. You must know the mind of God. When you do, you'll know what words to speak, and not take sides against Him. It's the reason we pray a lot in the Spirit. When we pray in the Spirit, our spirits are more open to allow the wisdom of God to bubble up within us, and guide us in the right choice of words.
Moreover, studying the Scriptures also plays a vital role. As you study and meditate on the Scriptures, your spirit is flooded with light; you're enlightened as to the plans and purposes of God by which you're able to pray and prophesy in accordance with His will. Hallelujah!
"Dear Father, I thank you for the gift of prophecy, which is operational in my life and with which I bless and edify my world. I prophesy that your righteousness is established in the hearts of men around the world; and through the truth of the Gospel, salvation, healing and health, prosperity and success, deliverance, wholeness, preservation, peace and joy spread in the nations of the earth, in Jesus' Name. Amen."
"Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. 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. I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth that he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying." (1 Corinthians 14:1-5 KJV).
"Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to wind, Thus saith the Lord God; come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their, an exceeding great army." (Ezekiel 37:9-10 KJV).
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:" (Acts 2:17 KJV).
1 YEAR BIBLE-READING PLAN:
Ephesians 5:22-6:1-9; Isaiah 29-30
2 YEAR BIBLE-READING PLAN:
John 2:1-11; 1 Kings 5
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