Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy.
– 1 Corinthians 14:1 NLT
The book of Acts is a book of possibilities. It gives us a glimpse into all that’s possible by the Holy Spirit. We see timid Peter become bold enough to preach to more than three thousand people (Acts 2). Stephen, a man appointed to wait tables, performed miracles (Acts 7:8), and Agabus, a member of the church, prophesied with striking accuracy (Acts 11:28), and many more.
The same Holy Spirit they received dwells in us today (Ephesians 1:13) and everything possible in that time is possible now, including prophesying. Prophecy is not a thing of the old, it is still very much available to us today.
Paul, in our anchor scripture, encourages us to desire the gift of prophecy. It’s not for some specific few, it’s for all believers who have the Holy Spirit, you inclusive. Why is prophecy important?
“…one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.” – 1 Corinthians 14:3 NLT
Just as Agabus prophesied about a famine thus equipping the church to help the believers in Judea, God can use you to strengthen, encourage and comfort yourself and other believers. A word of prophecy can help you push through difficult times and strengthen your faith. Most importantly, for winning souls.
In the same vein, Paul also encourages us to not despise prophecy (1 Thessalonians 5:20). We do this by taking it to heart, praying over it, and keeping it in mind.
Dear believer, as you pray and fellowship with others, receive prophecy with honour and give prophecy as well. Remember, you’re a supplying joint.
Bible Reading Plan: Leviticus 8-10