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1 Corinthians 14:22: “Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.”
1) Emphasise the main and the plain, not the rare and the bizarre. Do this in your scripture study and in your prophetic ministry.
2) Do not do any strange thing without a clear leading from God.
3) Do not do anything prophetically that is potentially embarrassing or harmful to another person without his or her permission. If you object, “Elijah and Elisha did not have to get permission before they did harmful things”, remember they were prophesying against God’s enemies. You are ministering to His children. That is the big difference. Also remember that you are not Elijah or Elisha.
4) Strive to be as normal and unreligious as possible if you want your message to be received. That was the Apostle Paul’s advice. 1 Corinthians 14:23-25 “So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who do not understand] or some unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all, and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, "God is really among you!"
5) Do things decently and in an orderly way. 1 Corinthians 14:31-32 “For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.”
1 Corinthians 14: 39-40 “Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.”
Obtaining maximum benefit from our Prophetic Words:
A: GETTING THE TIMING RIGHT:
1) We may have a real revelation, with a right interpretation, then deliver the message without any benefit being realized because we gave it at the wrong time. A wise prophet knows that a “word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11 “a work of art that brings joy to the speaker and good to the hearer.” Proverbs 15:23 “A man finds joy in giving an apt reply - and how good is a timely word!”
2) Never give a prophetic word to someone without asking and receiving the Lord’s permissions first. He will tell us if we ask Him.
1) The Lord’s kindness is the standard for all prophetic ministry. When we give people words, we should make them feel at ease. Smile at them, call them by name, always give prophetic words with tenderness and humility. We want people to feel the Lord’s kindness and love through us.
2) Give all messages; especially negative ones with gentleness and tact.
3) All prophetic people and prophets should write the following proverbs on their heart:
Proverbs 15:1: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Proverbs 25:15: “Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone”
If we really want to see the gift of prophecy been operational in our lives, we need to start interceding for one another. Praying for others will cause that prophecy or vision to come forth. Following in the Spirit of Jesus, great prophets have always been great intercessors.
If we truly want our prophetic words to draw our hearers to Father God, then we should pray for them after we deliver the message. Intercession is hard work. Actually it is easier to do anything besides praying. But it may be our prayers and not our message, which the Lord uses to help the person. It is not our job to make the person accept the word, nor is it our job to make the word to come to pass. After Isaiah delivered one of his most difficult messages of judgment, he said, “I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob. I will put my trust in Him.” (Isaiah 8:17). Follow Isaiah’s example: wait for the Lord, and put your trust in Him so you won’t fall into the rejected prophet syndrome.