Unhindered - Gift of Prophecy
What is prophecy?
- New Testament prophecy is a message of encouragement imparted to the believer prompted by the Holy Spirit.
After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’”
12 When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.” After this, we started on our way up to Jerusalem.
5 Biblical Boundaries of Personal Prophecy
- Prophesy is usually not new to the mind of the person receiving the word.
- The character of the person bringing the word should be weighed.
- A prophecy or word is not to be considered controlling.
- Prophecy does not give the whole picture.
- All personal prophecy should be prayerful considered and not have a hasty response.
How To Practice The Gift of Prophecy
- Every believer has the potential to practice the gift of prophecy.
- 1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.
- Through prayer, we position our hearts to hear from the Holy Spirit.
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
- Follow through on the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Through the Spirit they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.