“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 New Living Translation
“But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.” 1 Corinthians 14:3 NIV
The gift of prophecy has a divine purpose, as do all the gifts of the Spirit :
“But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:7
The spiritual gift/gifts we receive from God are as He wills and are for the common good of believers. These gifts are also to show forth the evidence and power of God to the unbelieving world. We should never think that the gifts God bestows on us are manifested to increase our ego, to lord over people or to garner human praise and profit.
God never leaves us alone. He promises to give us wisdom, direction, truth and strength. To that end, He blesses people with prophetic gifts. The responsibility of the hearers of these words are twofold. First and foremost is to “test” the spirit of the word. Is the word spoken or shared really from God?
“Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.” 1 John 4:1-3 NLT
A true prophetic word should also line up with the truth found in the bible and with the character of God.
The second responsibility of the recipient of the prophetic word, once the word has been tested, is to receive it in faith. This is so important!
“For we also have received the good news just as they did; but the message they heard did not benefit them, since they were not united with those who heard it in faith.” Hebrews 4:2 Holman Christian Standard Bible
Faith responds. Faith believes. Faith acts in accordance with the belief.
The writer of Hebrews was reminding the Jewish followers of Christ that their ancestors heard the promises of God while in Egypt. They were given promises on the way to their new land. However most of those who were delivered from captivity and witnessed the awesomeness of God did not believe that God would actually follow through and make a way for them to settle in that new land. They believed what their eyes saw (the giants in the land) rather than what God had spoken.
This is not pleasing to God (Hebrews 11:6)
A previous post of mine highlighted a word of encouragement from Lana Vawser (see AOH post 2.23.15). Today I’m sharing 2 detailed words from Priscilla Van Sutphin. Her prophetic words were shared on a ministry site that I am familiar with, Faith Tabernacle, a ministry of Bill and Marsha Burns. I am not affliated with any of these ministries, however the words I am sharing speak to me and encourage me, so I am sharing them with you:
Priscilla Van Sutphin
Are You Genuine?
February 24, 2015
Genuineness of heart is hard to come by in this hour. How many will turn their eyes from Me in this hour, and go the way of the world? Hold on, because I AM COMING to bring RESTORATION. I’ve promised, and I will do it. When you get tired, think of Moses in the wilderness, waiting 40 years before he even heard from ME! He then had to return to the people who hated him, and demand his people to be let free. When you reread this, think on that in terms of your own lives. Restoration comes in some things, but not all things. Some of you will be sent back to correct the problem, and you will be greatly unloved.
There is no room for rejection, and rejection is your greatest enemy when being a prophet of God, because it gets you to distrust yourself and me. Remember what Satan said in the garden, “DID GOD SAY?”
Not all is as some think it is. That’s an understatement on purpose. Patience demands that there be shalom in all the areas of your heart, so that you do NOT feel rejected. Jesus IS Patience! Let HIM direct your heart into the patience He has, and let His PEACE, as PRINCE OF PEACE consume all the anxiety within you! Worship at His feet, and He will direct you. Worship and know that you are not alone EVER. HE is also LOVE, and that love is unconditional. It does NOT depend on you keeping every jot and tittle. It is there, no matter what. He loves you with an everlasting love, and nothing in the world, or out of this world or under the earth, can take it away from you.
2 Thess 3:5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ. NKJV
He is not a bad husbandman. He did not have you go through such long desert times, and many of you are still going through them, without providing the way out, like He has done for many before you. Remember those of old who endured much on His behalf, for when He was here on earth, He charged Jerusalem as those who slew the prophets! Zechariah died on the steps between the porch and the altar. Never think you are alone, for even in the darkness, I am with you. Even when I am silent, I AM WITH YOU. That’s why I died for you, so that we could be together forever!
Lean on ME, with all of your heart, with all of your understanding, with all of your inadequacies, for I am merciful to all who love me and who have suffered for Me. The harvest is GREAT, and the workers are few who really will stand. Do not think l only will bring you wealth and good things, which is the gospel of prosperity without testing your ability to handle those graces. Those who suffer with Me, SHARE IN MY GLORY. Do not embrace a false gospel that says that you don’t have to go through anything to get to receive the promises. How fair do you think that is? For it rains on the good and the bad it says in Proverbs, so why would only the wealthy be the loved of God?
I WILL be bringing many surprises to those who are willing to do My will over their own in the days ahead, and I will have great MERCY on anyone who will turn to Me from a life of selfishness and pride. So don’t be surprised, when you see in the news, heads of state, and heads of businesses, heads of news companies warlocks and witches who will turn to ME. Pray that your own hearts and those you know will not be deceived, or will come out of deception. For you MUST be lovers of the Truth. For JESUS is the TRUTH.”
Out of the Frying Pan, Into the FIRE!
“Juxtapositioning is happening now for those called to this end time’s battle. I have repositioned many and will reposition more so that they are where they need to be in this hour.”
I AM the God of all GLORY, and there is nothing that is too hard for Me. Surely in a flood of many waters I will deliver you if you place your trust in ME. Do not be afraid of the destruction that lays waste at noon day or the growing darkness, for have I not said, that darkness will fill the earth, and deep darkness the people, but that I would ARISE over you and be seen upon you?
Do you believe that? Think on it. Dwell in that place of knowing that whatever battle I give you to fight, I give you the grace for endurance for, and the grace to know what to do, and how to do it! I AM WISDOM, and My wisdom is to be something preciously sought after. Man’s wisdom is nothing. For I know the end from the beginning. I knew everything that would happen to you and I still chose you!
So do not give in to the lies of the enemy, but prepare knowing the days will be darker. PREPARE your hearts and souls for victorious living, for great faith living, for conquering demons that have hold of people. For I will give you the authority you need when you need it! I will not abandon you. Everything has been planned for a very long time. No matter what HE tries, to do to obstruct you, it will fail. For I AM GREATER than anything he can do. I am GREATER than anything you fail at also. I AM GRACE. I AM MERCY. I AM LOVE. I AM all you need to get you through. I AM your Source of anything you need. So LEAN ON ME. LEAN ON MY UNDERSTANDING and not your own. I will NOT let you down.
Continue those who are called to battle. Much of this battle MUST be fought on your knees, but it is also fought on the airwaves! It is fought in giving testimony to those in darkness of what I can and will do. It is fought in sowing in the opposites of the world. It is fought through many means.
I have many grand encounters for those who are Mine! I will take you like Paul, some of you to nations that you can testify before Kings and rulers. Remember how Daniel was able to give wisdom in time of need in the land of the greatest occult leader? Surely you need to think on that, because like Esther, many of you also will be taken to foreign shores but it will turn out for the glory of My Son. So do not be afraid. Set your mind on MY KINGDOM, and the things of MY KINGDOM, so that you can be LIGHT in the darkness and bring LIFE to all who live in the land of death and destruction. YOU know who you are, because I’ve spoken to you, and prepared you.
Others will be light to the youth, to train them and the children so they know how to walk and how to fight spiritually. Blitzkrieg is coming, and you need to be prepared on every level. Do not plan your life without ME. Consider the times you are in, and consider the HARVEST IS GREAT, but the workers are few and I HAVE NEED OF YOU. GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONES, AND COMFORTABILITY! STOP CLINGING TO THIS LIFE AND CONSIDER THAT ALL I DO NOW IS FOR THE SAKE OF THE LIFE AFTER!!! FOR WHAT DOES IT PROFIT A MAN OR WOMAN IF HE/SHE GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD, BUT LOSES THEIR SOUL??
Shortly you will not be able, after awakening hits, to continue meeting in the same old religious ways. The enemy will be enraged, and he is already planning his retaliation. So listen carefully to My voice. Commune with ME if you want to walk in obedience to MY PLAN, and not your own. Listen for I will bless those who are obedient to do things My way. Your life, and the life of those you love is dependent on your dependency on ME. Do not be arrogant to My true prophets. Who will go for US? Who will stand up for what is right? Who will walk in FAITH? Who will cling to TRUTH? When I return soon, will I even find faith on earth?
The manifestation of My LOVE in power is coming and it will come SUDDENLY in various places in the world, where I have prepared the ground. Where the soil has been prepared, and people have a heart to pray and worship, and commune with ME, I will pour out My Spirit in POWER. Arise My darling, My beautiful one, Sing and dance to the Lord and pour your hearts out to ME. For I will pour out in you My great love and GRACE to transform you, and for you to be able to transform others. Arise, arise, and cast down all thoughts of defeatism, and depression, heaviness, and despair, for I AM HERE TO GIVE YOU LIFE! And I will give you all you need of MY authority and power to the soul that listens and does what I tell you.
Ps 91:4-8 NKJV
4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge;His truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.
Isa 60:7b-8 NKJV …And I will glorify the house of My glory. 8 “Who are these who fly like a cloud, And like doves to their roosts?
Prov 4:7-9 NKJV 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. 8 Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. 9 She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”
James 1:5-8 NKJV 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James 3:13-18 NKJV 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.