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god said

Have you ever had someone share with you their plans or some decision they have made and then, as a way of circumventing any constructive advice you might have to offer, they add this statement, “Well, that’s what God told me”, thereby implying that no further council is warranted because they have a direct line to heaven and have received God’s “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.” The scripture is adamant “with many counselors, there is safety” (Proverbs 11:14).

That does beg the question, “Does God speak?”

I believe the answer is an unequivocal yes! The Scripture clearly tells us that God speaks through wise (i.e., “biblical”) council (Proverbs 11:14), through the revelation of Jesus Christ – that is the Word (Hebrews 1:2), and by his Spirit (Revelation 2:7).

Any of these methods alone, or practiced together in harmony (which is more often than not the case), constitutes biblical prophecy.

Both Old Testament and New Testament teaching place a high value on the importance of prophetic activity among God’s people. Joel 2:28 declares emphatically that in the last days God will pour out his Spirit on people everywhere and, as a result, the generation to which this gift (the Holy Spirit) is given will prophesy. The Apostle Paul tells us that we should “earnestly desire” the ministry of prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:1).

That’s a little intimidating! A number of years ago someone asked me very casually, “What’s God saying to you?” It stunned me. Not because I thought God didn’t speak to his people but, rather, because we were in a “secular” setting (i.e., not at church). As I floundered for an answer, I came to the conclusion that God really does want to speak to us and through us in everyday settings. So I began to ask that question of others. I received the same dumbfounded looks that I am sure I had, even though I tried desperately to hide it, on the day I was first asked that question. I think the reason we get intimidated is that we wrongly assume that to prophesy means that we are writing a new book of the Bible. But 1 Corinthians 14:3 tells us that we are prophesying anytime we build someone up, encourage them, or comfort them. Have you engaged in any of those activities today? If so, as a Spirit-filled believer, you were practicing prophecy! If you haven’t, why not?

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