This is a continuation of the nine-part series, I’d Like to Prophesy, But…
The number one mentioned ministry of the Holy Spirit throughout the entire Bible is the empowering of people to speak or prophesy.
…And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied… (Numbers 11:25)
Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you mightily, and you shall prophesy… (1 Samuel 10:6)
“And it shall be in the last days,” God says, “that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy… ” (Acts 2: 17)
Then Peter filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them… (Acts 4: 8)
…and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31)
One of them named Agabus stood up and began to indicate by the Spirit that there would be a great famine…(Acts 11: 28)
And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. (Acts 19: 6)
My emphasis on a single part of the Holy Spirit’s ministry does not lessen the importance of the rest of the Holy Spirit’s ministry, such as convicting people of sin, righteousness or judgment or of teaching.
Now, all of Christianity recognizes the importance of the convicting power and the teaching ability of the Holy Spirit. After all, how can people be saved or discipled without the ministry of the Holy Spirit, right?
But sadly, approximately ninety per cent of American Christians see little or no value in the Holy Spirit’s ministry on empowering people to speak or to prophesy!
Wait a second!
Do you see a disconnect in this trail of logic? How can ninety percent of American Christians believe that the Holy Spirit has not changed and still see no value in prophecy?
(Continued in Part II – 4)