What is the price for rising above entry level prophesying?
One of our Father’s frustrations with Israel in the Old Testament was the nation’s lack of faith in Him.
“Yes,” they would proclaim, “God showed up at the Red Sea. And yes, He fed us with manna in the wilderness. But this time is different, how can we trust Him to help us now?”
Over and over again, Israel turned its back on God and sought comfort and help from idols they could see and touch. Finally, God allowed Israel to be removed from His sight; and its people were scattered to the winds.
For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. (Hebrews 4:2)
Sadly, faith has taken an unfair hit in the last few years. So much so, that any person who mentions that Christians might need to increase their faith levels risks being labeled a “faith nut”. Someone to be ignored and castigated by other believers.
Part of this may be due to the Word of Faith Movement’s overemphasis of prosperity and healing. And part may be due to the overemphasis of love in our modern worship songs.
But mostly, I believe that, like Israel, we believers are not really sure God will show up and help us in our times of need. After all, we prayed, and yet, our car was repossessed or our home was foreclosed on or marriage ended in divorce or a loved one died.
So how can we trust God now?
I have been there, done that, bought the t-shirt and sang the song. But yet, when the divorce happened, when the vehicles were repossessed, when the loved ones died, when the apartment tossed us out, when the dumpsters became a source of food and when the friends all left, who could I trust? Who?
A man in the midst of a horrendous trial said it best:
Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him… (Job 13:15)
Yes, when you stand up to prophesy, the Holy Spirit may not show up. You may look and feel foolish; others may point at you and snicker. Maybe, even the whole city will ridicule you aloud.
Scripture terms this as presumption on your part. It is not a sin and God will not hold it against you. He will correct and work with you on your mistakes.
Yet, having a prophetic word in your mouth and being prompted by the Holy Spirit to speak it, but then not doing it because of fear (lack of faith) is a sin. One which will hinder your walk with the Lord.
…let us prophesy in proportion to our faith. (Romans 12:6)
(Continued in Part 8)
*I have used the word prophesy in a general sense to denote prophecy, words of knowledge and words of wisdom (1 Corinthians 12: 8-10).