This is a continuation of the nine-part series, I’d Like to Prophesy, But…
Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? (Luke 6: 46)
“Find a way to hook into those people who disagree with you” was a truth that I learned as a young believer from a book written by Rev. Kenneth Hagin. And over the years, this statement has helped frame how I try to relate with other Christians.
For instance, I was once visiting with a Christian who was in full-time ministry. Though I had never met him before, he had somehow heard about me. Early in our conversation, he said, “I don’t believe in prophecy, speaking in tongues or that there are even such things as prophets or apostles anymore.”
“Oh, okay,” I said, not really giving it much thought one way or the other.
The man continued on speaking about his beliefs that the spiritual gifts and the ministries of the prophets and apostles were relics of the past. He quoted some scriptures and mentioned some noted Bible teachers who agreed with him.
As I stood there listening to him, a prophetic word arose within me for him and his ministry. Now what? I thought.
The man finally finished his speech and seemed satisfied that the boundaries of our fellowshipping with each other had been set. He then showed me around his place and explained about the goals of his ministry.
I listened and asked questions. We enjoyed our time together.
When it was time for me to leave, I asked, “Do you need prayer for anything?”
“Funny that you should ask,” he said, “but I do need special prayers for some problems I have.” He explained the problems to me. Then he added, “But remember: no tongues or prophecy. Okay?”
I nodded agreement to his reminders and I began praying.
First, I prayed for his problems, proclaiming scriptural answers. Then, I prayed like this: “And Lord, if this happens in his life, show him this. And if this happens, show him this…”
On and on, I prayed in this manner for about ten minutes. When I finished, his eyes looked as big as pie plates.
“How’d you do that?” he asked.
“What?” I said.
“How’d you know about my dreams and heart impressions that I haven’t told anyone about, not even my wife? How’d you know?” he demanded.
We then talked about the gifts of the Spirit. He no longer talked about his arguments, but rather, he talked about his new experience and what it meant to him and his minstry.
And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power, so that your faith would not rest in the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2: 4-5)
(Continued in Part II – 13)