Bishop E. Bernard Jordan: The Gift of Prophecy
You may not probably know that people who have received the gift of prophecy are not necessarily capable of predicting future events. There are many things that changed in the global prophetic movement. Over the past years, bridges have been created among the prophetic community. We celebrate diversity versus uniformity whether it is delivered in evangelism, worship, prayer, writing or media.
We need to raise the bar. What must be our standard to be effective leaders and role models? Keep in mind that the spirit of prophecy is Christ’s testimony. We need to keep our integrity, be a people of authentic grace, following Jesus as our one true and solid example of serving God and His people.
We need to walk with Christ and be like Christ, so we need to set a high standards for ourselves basing on Christ. We should find our identity in Jesus Christ. We must regard the bible prophecy as our final authority. We must walk in the culture of honor and cultivate our character to carry the gift. We must remember that the fruit of the Spirit is valued as the gift of the Spirit. We should help build up the body of Christ, the local church and those who walk in community and accountability. We are chosen to deliver the good news, and it is our responsibility to fulfill his divine will. Paul wrote the three purposes of divine prophecy which tackles edification, exhortation and consolation. Edification is helping people strengthen their faith, to enable them to be more effective in the ministry. Exhortation means motivating people to do good actions and encourage other people to do the same. Consolation refers to giving solace and comfort and alleviation of distress.
Encouragement is needed to influence other people to be good followers and good leaders. The gift of prophecy is used by the Holy Spirit to convict sinners and to convince them that God has good intentions. It applies to all of us, because in some point additional convicting and convincing so we can take the path to holiness. The holiness of God is penetrating the hearts of inquirers and unbelievers, layer by layer. Thus, a true prophet promotes the purity of the Lord resulting in greater purity. Prophecy is a revelation of God’s vocal gift, with Christ teaching us what we need to do. As chosen people, there should be maturity in handling God’s gift of prophecy, recognizing the aspects of prophetic revelation namely the spirit prophecy, the ministry prophecy, the gift prophecy, and the office of a prophet.
The gift of prophecy spiritual gift coming from God, given generously to His people in order to help them walk with sure steps of faith. The ministry of prophecy should be consistently exercised in Christ journey and God’s divine plan.
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