I never really considered the spiritual gift of prophecy until I read, “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.” I Corinthians 14:1 Why the gift of prophecy? I mean I thought this gift was reserved for the prophets and those who could predict the future and this clearly did not include me. It is true that the Old Testament is full of prophets who prophesied the future, but the New Testament does not focus so much on that, “But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement, and comfort.” I Corinthians 14:3
When we accept Jesus as the Lord of our life, our connection with our spirit and God the Holy Spirit is restored. Spiritual gifts represent the work God does through those who believe in Him. He is the gift giver and if He gives us the gift of prophecy it must flow in love. If it does not flow in love it is going to bring attention to us and not to the Lord Jesus. Everything is supposed to bring glory only to the Lord.
Prophecy is proclaiming Jesus and God’s truth. There is no power in our words, but if we speak words to strengthen, encourage and comfort someone based on God’s Word, there is power in His Word to perform it. If we speak words of peace to someone needing peace based on His Word then we have an expectancy of it being fulfilled in that person.
Prophecy speaks, and as someone who is not as well spoken as other’s, I have not really desired this gift. I am a behind the scenes, introverted, task oriented kind of girl. Truth be told the enemy comes in and convinces me I am not good enough and this is not the gift I should be desiring. But if God can speak through a donkey in Numbers 22:28 He can speak through me.
All of us can speak a word of encouragement and comfort; just by letting the Holy Spirit flow through us to be sensitive to those around us that may need a word of encouragement or comfort. It doesn’t have to be a lot of words. Three of the most powerful words ever spoken to me were, “God loves you.”
Don’t let the enemy come in, as I have done so many times, and convince you that you are not good enough and that you don’t matter. God had a purpose for you before He made you. There is no one else on this earth like you. God made you one of a kind. There is no one who can do what you can do in the way God has designed for you to do it. All of the body of Christ needs you. Without you there is a missing piece and like a jigsaw puzzle if a piece is missing the picture is not complete.
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Cheryl Crawford is a daughter of the Most High King, saved by grace. Her degree and field of work are in accounting, but would trade it all to farm if she could. She enjoys reading, writing, gardening, SEC football and playing cards with friends. Cheryl is a natural organizer with a heart that loves to serve. You can read more about Cheryl on her BoP bio.