Spiritual Gifts, Part VIII
To another prophecy. I Corinthians 12:10
Prophecy is the supernatural gift led by the Holy Spirit to speak that which God is saying to His body. There are three specific areas that prophecy is intended to reach in a person's life and their purpose is to edify, exhort and comfort. The prophetic word spoken under the unction of the Spirit is like a rudder on a ship that guides it through the seas of life, giving direction and correction in order for the ship to maintain a correct course.
To edify is to build up the faith of the body and to encourage them in their supernatural walk in the Spirit and that they maintain the fact that God is truly with them, and in them. To bring about exhortation is to advise or urge and even to warn the body or an individual of impending danger, or to expose sin, thus purging the church of impurity. To comfort is to allow the Holy Spirit to calm the fears and concerns of those who are experiencing trials and tests in order for them to continue to walk in peace and stability.
Prophecy is a gift that the body of Christ must have in order for them to know the mysteries of God and the will and direction of their heavenly Father. For the gift to remain pure it must be judged by other prophets so as not to lead the church astray and allow them to be deceived by false prophets or deceiving devils!
But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. I Corinthians 14:3,4
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin