In seasons past, we all saw the mistakes and all the crap in the prophetic, and it may cause many to harden their hearts to this gift today. If not that, it may cause people to disregard it as non-essential to a walk in grace. The Holy Spirit reveals Christ and flows in the gifts in our lives. His gifts are beautiful and exciting! The prophetic, on a whole, needs to get focused again and then flow, flow, flow!
Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. (1 Corinthians 14:1 NKJV)
Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order. (1 Corinthians 14:39-40 NKJVS)
When prophecy is given ‘off focus’ from the centrality of Jesus Christ, then its effect is diluted or somewhat distorted. Prophecy, tongues and all the gifts should be in effect today through believers as an integral part of their lives.
The testimony of Jesus infuses and saturates the prophetic. Jesus is central. I prophesy. I speak in tongues all the times. It is all glorious in my life.
When I minister in my day, on the streets, in Walmart, in places ‘out there” I keep Christ central in focus and strength. Then you prophesy life in Christ. You prophesy Jesus. You get words of knowledge and discernment. You receive visions and dreams. Stripping the Body of Christ from these glorious gifts – not a good thing. We are all in process.
I don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. We are all on a learning curve and God is able to correct, encourage, admonish, rebuke, give us grace and mercy and love us through it all. In years past I went to so many prophetic conferences, so many altar calls, so much prophecy – and saw so much good stuff and a lot of crap, to put it mildly. Yet, I desire to equip people into the excellency of these giftings, whch, when used in humility in grace, advance and build up the Body of Christ. There is so much to learn. We step out. We take risks. We prophecy on the streets. We interpret dreams. We get words of knowledge. We make mistakes. But, we keep on walking and we keep on speaking.