Spiritual Gifts MeetingWhen the Holy Spirit speaks strongly to us, it can be a strong mental voice, sometimes resembling a shout. Here are a few of the most common reasons why He speaks to us this way:
- When the issue is critical
- When He expects you to act upon it
- As a warning
The more you draw close to God – especially once He reveals His plan for your life and you begin walking toward that destiny – the more He will speak to you in this strong voice. The free book, “Roadmap to Heaven” discusses this topic at length.
God loves variety. Just look at how many different types of flora and fauna He created. Yet there is a purpose for every little thing He creates. In the language of the people that God uses to reveal Himself to the world, there is no word for coincidence. Everything is a sign or message, and it is up to us to figure out whom it is from and what it means. The ways in which He speaks to us are too numerous to count. Some of the most common ones are:
- Word of knowledge
- Word of wisdom
- Prophetic word
In this article we will focus on the first three ways, addressing the last two items in the next article.
Word of KnowledgeThis is a gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). Often it is about your life or your relationships. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will tell someone else something they can’t possibly know about you. It may be a single word or a sentence.
A word of knowledge should always confirm something that God is already placing in your heart. If someone gives you a word from God that does not connect with something in your life, it could be that the person is:
- speaking from his or her own spirit
- is listening to a demonic spirit
- they have misunderstood for whom the word was meant
If someone gives you a word from God and then asks you for money or something of value, this is not God’s way. This person may have a gift from God, but he may not be using it for His glory. It is up to us to decide if we have heard from God and then to decide what it is worth.
Think of the gift of a word of knowledge like a satellite dish. It is a gift of being a receiver of information. The person with the gift can tune it in to God and receive information from Him, or they can tune it in to the enemy forces and hear from them.
Satan doesn’t know everything, but he is leading a rebellion against God and one-third of the angels are following him (Revelations 12:4). Since he is a spiritual being, he and his forces can speak directly to our mind.
There are demons assigned to each and every one of us; they listen and report. If one was standing by when you said something unique and quite memorable or when your deceased father said something meaningful to you, demons can give this information to others who will try and draw you away from God.
People who are using this gift to talk to spirit guides are just speaking to demons that can imitate or repeat things they have seen or heard. For example, this gift can be used for:
- tarot card readings
- palm readings
- Ouija board communications
It would be impossible to list every form of abuse of this gift. It is safe to say that any type of divining that doesn’t give glory to God or Jesus may have the enemy behind it.
Word of WisdomAnother type of gift of the Spirit is a word of wisdom. God will speak about a future situation and show you how to deal with it. The Holy Spirit may tell you to say something to someone else about a future situation so that they will know what to do when the time comes.
Satan does not know the future, but he does have a good network. If there is talk of something occurring at a certain date, or if something has been put in the mail and is on the way, he may use this information to imitate this gift.
The bottom line is: does what you receive line up with what you know is true about God from the Bible? Does it encourage, help, correct, and lift up?
But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit [the spiritual illumination and the enabling of the Holy Spirit] for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:7 AMP)
…but I would rather have you prophesy...so that the church may be edified. (1 Corinthians 14:5)This is why the gifts should be used. They are used for the common good of the Body of Christ and so the body may be edified or built up. Does a message or word condemn you, making you feel worthless or like you aren’t good enough? These aren’t messages of God. If there is any question about where it has come from, put it before the Lord and ask Him for wisdom concerning it.
Prophetic WordThe Bible is filled with prophecies. There are three types of prophetic words found in the Word of God:
- Prophecies from the Bible
- Prophecies from prophets
- The Spiritual Gift of prophecy
Each one has unique attributes, however they should all be judged. How do we judge prophecies? Can this lead to trouble? To find out, let’s clearly define each of these.
Prophecies from the BibleDespite the hundreds of prophecies about Jesus in the Torah (Old Testament), the spiritual leaders of the day failed to recognize the Messiah they awaited. There are several prophecies in the Old Testament that have yet to be fulfilled. The New Testament talks about the “Second Coming” of the Lord when He will return to rule and reign. Could history repeat itself?
The prophecies in the Bible are judged and are true. The difficulty comes in interpreting them accurately. This topic will be addressed at a later date. Suffice to say, God isn’t done with prophecy.
Prophecies from ProphetsWhen Paul speaks of the offices meant to edify or build up the Church (worldwide body of believers), he mentions five specifically:
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ… (Ephesians 4:11-12 KJV)In the middle of this group are “prophets,” which means God is still using prophets in the Church today. Most notably there are three things that prophets do: perfecting the saints, operating in a ministry, and edifying the body. This is different from the operation of the gift of prophecy, which is only meant to edify and lift up. The first thing you must do is determine if the person is a prophet or someone operating in the gift of prophecy. This can help you judge what is being put forth.
Just because someone gives many prophecies that come true, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are a prophet.Any member of the church may operate in the gift of prophecy, but a prophet is a calling from God. Did the person have a meeting with God where He said, “You are my prophet?” Or has the person been labeled a prophet because they are operating in the gift of prophecy as noted above.
I wish you could all speak in tongues, but even more I wish you could all prophesy. (1 Corinthians 14:4 NLT)This chapter in Corinthians speaks about edifying or building up the Body of Christ. This is what a prophecy should do. It is one of the nine gifts of the Spirit:
- message of wisdom
- message of knowledge
- gifts of healing
- miraculous powers
- distinguishing between spirits
- speaking in different kinds of tongues
- the interpretation of tongues
(1 Corinthians 12:8-10)
These gifts are available to every Christian. We should desire to prophesy over others, not with the intention to condemn but to lift up. It doesn’t mean that God won’t occasionally use you to deliver a word of wisdom that may be critical or constructive, but it also shouldn’t be the focus of your gift.
Judging Prophetic WordsIf we accept a wrong prophecy or prophetic word, we accept the spirit that urged us to give it. This can bring consequences. How should we respond to a word or prophecy given to us?
When the Holy Spirit brings a word from another person, it can do several things:
- Convict us - We know we have been doing wrong.
- Irritate us - Another spirit is in danger of being removed, so it stirs up pride.
- Motivate us - It urges us towards our destiny, moving us to seek God more.
- Edify us - The Holy Spirit inside us leaps for joy upon hearing it.
Convicting us happens when the Holy Spirit has already been speaking to us about something we need to change. The prophetic word is not a surprise, just a confirmation that urges us to turn something over to God.
If there is a spirit in our lives other than the Holy Spirit, when we receive a prophetic word, the other spirit may react, pushing us to become offended or irritated. This is pride poking its nose out of hiding.
A false word may “tickle our ears,” boosting our egos because it’s known what we want to hear, but the leaping of the true Spirit is different. It touches a part deep inside and we KNOW it is God and it is DONE. It will motivate us to pursue God and even build up our spirit or edify us.
If a “prophetic word” doesn’t cause the Spirit to rise up in you causing you to immediately accept it, there are several appropriate ways to respond.
- Rebuke it: The Holy Spirit may rise up in great force if the word may hamper your destiny. In this case, you will renounce the words against you. You don’t want to grieve the Spirit if it is a word from Him, so this should only be done when the Holy Spirit says so in a very strong voice.
- Neither accept or reject it: saying “I will keep this in an open hand before the Lord,” which is saying that you will take it to the Lord in prayer and give it to Him.
Judging ProphecyThere are many ways we can test a prophecy:
- The Word of God
- Past Prophecies
- Coming true
The Bible is the first and primary source by which we should judge all things. We know it to be true and God will never contradict what He has always said. However, there are often conflicting sides to a prophecy. Jesus was to be the Lamb of God and the Ruling King (Lion). While both are true, they seem to contradict each other.
You should also look at the past success rate of prophecies from that prophet. Remember there is a difference between the attribution, “Thus sayeth the Lord” and teaching. A teaching can be imperfect, and while that may not be good it’s still better than stating something as a fact when the Lord hasn’t really said it. If a prophet did that in the Old Testament, all their writings were burned and they were stoned.
Many prophecies contain a series of events. If the prophecy said that America would face a Depression in 2020 and it didn’t happen, you would throw out the whole prophecy that contained this miscalculation. In other words, judge the entire prophecy by accuracy of any one part: when some of it has been shown to be false don’t believe any of it.
With this type of prophecy, often the Holy Spirit will move strongly to testify that it is from Him. It is helpful if our spirits are strong so we can receive easier. Look on our website for our event page and select “Strengthen your spirit!”
Receiving These GiftsWe have a team that helps the Body of Christ take their rightful place before the throne of God and come before Him as the Judge of Heaven and Earth. These gifts are vital because they allow us to see and hear what the enemy has against us. Once you know where the enemy has access, you rightly use the blood of Jesus as payment for that sin as you confess and repent before the Judge. This makes us free to move forward in our destiny and walk closer to God. After thousands of visits, one thing is clear, when we step up to help the Body of Christ, God supplies us with all we need.
Many of our team members were not moving in these gifts before they volunteered to help others in prayer sessions to visit the Courts. However, after attending prayer sessions for a few months, every single one of them began to receive words of knowledge and words of wisdom. To simplify matters, we refer to those operating in these gifts as “seers” because they see and hear things from the spirit. We hope you will consider learning more and consider joining our team at Agape-CF.org.
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Many people think of boot camp as a place you train for combat. Any veteran will tell you that basic training is about three things:
- Knowing what weapons are available
- Learning how to use those weapons
- Receiving orders and following them
Believer’s Boot Camp series is a collection of books which teach us how to hear more clearly from God with the goal to ready ourselves for a face-to-face meeting with our Lord, Jesus. The series reveals the “weapons and tools” God has given us and how to use them, so we can bring God’s kingdom to Earth. Each book in the series focuses on a single topic to clearly define one tool or weapon from our Heavenly Father.
The series uses the Word of God to reveal all that He has given us through Jesus. The Bible is our instruction manual and the Holy Spirit is our guide to understanding it.