Sunday, September 25, 2016
GBC radio - Introducing the Prophetic to People around the World
When many people hear about prophetic ministries or prophecy of some kind an internal warning goes off. As it should, the bible teaches us to be cautious in this area and to test the spirits
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
That being said we are not to forsake prophecies or ignore what the Holy Spirit is communicating through words, visions and dreams, which are displayed throughout the book of Acts by multiple people not just the apostles.
"do not despise prophetic utterances." 1 Thessalonians 5:20
The role of the prophetic is clearly stated in Paul's letter to the believers in Corinth.
1 Corinthians 14:3-4
So what are we to do with this ministry? The LORD has strongly impressed upon me that it is in need now more than ever! Prophetic works build the Body of Christ to prepare it to work. This is the catalyst for revival! When God speaks and shows His people things, they become motivated, excited, and mobilized. The reality that God speaks to us makes us more aware of His presence within us.
Prophetic ministers are not meant to replace God which sometimes happens if the church isn't careful. They are meant to prophesy and speak as the Spirit leads which will always have the result of strengthening, encouraging, comforting and building the body. That doesn't mean that the message is nice, warm and fuzzy! It means its true, powerful, and real. If you have ever spent time reading the prophets of the Old Testament most of their words tend to be harsh, but focused on repentance and restoration for Israel.
In the New Testament era we see prophecy take on a unique role whereas the Old Testament prophets spoke directly to the people of Israel, prophetic ministers now speak so to build up the church. They speak to bring order to the church not chaos. Unfortunately confusion and chaos can result from the misuse of prophetic gifts.
Yet we have been charged not to despise the gift of prophecy and neglect it because it is a vital part of order of God's church.
Pastor Rie and I have been led by the LORD to be bold in this area and are excited to bring the prophetic ministry to GBC radio. That means in Japanese and English. Be blessed today!!