Last week we introduced the idea that the gifts we have been given for the edification of the church are considered motivational gifts because they inspire us to do something. That is, they are active, not passive in nature. The seven motivational gifts we shared last week have specific characteristics that are observed in a person with a certain gift. We will take a look at each one hoping that doing so helps us recognize the gift(s) we have and how they are to be used to further His kingdom and bring glory to Him. We will take them in order as presented in last week’s post and as listed again below.
- Prophecy ***
This evening we will take a look at the gift of prophecy. Obviously, when we read or hear that word, we usually think of the prophets of old in the Bible and the ones that come to mind are men such as Daniel, Isaiah and Jeremiah. Certainly there were many more than those who were classified as prophets and many of us have read and been taught what God accomplished through them since we were youngsters. Most of us believe there are no longer prophets in that sense but one who has the gift of prophecy today exhibits very similar characteristics to them. Now let’s get to the meat of the subject.
According to one of the articles I read during my research, the basic motivational drive a person has if they have the gift of prophecy is a strong desire to apply the Word of God to a situation so that sin is exposed and relationships are restored. They are considered the “trumpets” who sound the alarm in the face of sin and compromise. I believe this is a very good overall description of the gift so let’s take a look at the characteristics the person with this gift most likely exhibits.
- They call attention to sin and wrong attitudes.
- They are passionate about exposing sin, not for the purpose of punishing the sinner but so that truth can be revealed and fellowship with God restored.
- They have a God-given ability to sense when compromises are being made. They demand action be taken and something done about the situation. The action can be in many different ways.
- They are always opposed to any solution that involves compromise. That is totally unacceptable to them.
- They strongly feel it is a sin for them if they observe or discern sin and say nothing.
- They often have the spiritual gift of discerning of spirits. The Holy Spirit gives them divine insights into true motives
- They are usually outspoken, even brash and they tell it like it is
- They tend to see issues as “black or white,” not “gray.”
Someone with the gift of prophecy has several strengths that should be considered. These include their confidence with their use of Scripture because they regard the Word of God as the only source of truth. They can easily discern hypocrisy because of their gift of discernment. They are usually more teachable than others, easily accepts absolutes and takes God at His Word. In addition they are not easily swayed by emotions and they have a deep capacity to trust God.
These same people have a few weaknesses that they need to be aware of and guard against. They are often “painfully truthful” which can result in harshness and/or insensitivity. They have little patience or sympathy with people who do not respond objectively. Because of their deep conviction to truth they can be become prideful or intolerant.
As we have seen, this gift is very unique and only certain individuals possess it. As we stated before it is exercised to expose sin by revealing truth from God’s Word and results in restored relationships. This is serving others in the truth sense of the word because our relationship with God must be right in order for us to be the kind of Christian He wants us to be. If you have this gift, use it to serve others and thus bring glory to God!
I hope you all have a blessed day in the Lord tomorrow and a wonderful week to follow. Remember to thank Him for all He has done for you and those you love. The following statement made a tremendous impact on me a few weeks ago. I hope it does the same for you.
“What if you woke up today with only those things you thanked God for yesterday?”
Please note: Our group “Reassurance” will be ministering in the evening service tomorrow at Victory Baptist Church on 6th Street in Muscle Shoals across from the golf course. Service begins at 6:00 pm. If you have no plans for tomorrow night we would love to have you come and worship with us. It’s all about Him!