Gifts of the Spirit (Prophecy)
Now there are diversities (various kinds) of gits, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations (ministries), but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations (activities), but is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal 1st Corinthians 12:4-7.
Prophecy is the telling of a revelation from God, either new revelation or divine explanation of what was revealed in the past. Some think prophesy means to preach, but it is an element of prophecy in preaching when one is anointed by the Spirit and is inspired to say things that comes from the heart rather than the head, but that’s one phase of the operation of the gift of prophecy.
Prophecy is speaking to men to edification, exhortation and comfort, it’s not prediction. Prophecy is not something we can just turn on and off when we want. It’s the Spirit that is speaking and we should speak as He gives us utterance and when He finishes, we should be quiet. Many lives have been ruined because people were speaking by what they felt in their own spirit rather than the Spirit of God.
Prophecy comes to edify and exhort the church body and sometimes personal prophecy. Personal prophecy is not being prophesied to about spouses, homes and cars. Prophecy is to edify the believer, to exhort him or her to allow God’s will to be done in them and through them. Prophecy has been misused, and ministers have used the gift to hustle people out of their finances. Anytime someone is having people to stand in certain lines such as a $100.00 line, $50.00 line so forth and so on, know it’s not a prophecy that’s coming from God.
The gift of prophecy is used to speak to men supernaturally to edification and exhortation (But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort 1st Corinthians 14:3). When prophecy is according to the Bible, then the individual will be blessed because the prophecy came from the Spirit and not from man’s mind or spirit.