The Gift of Prophecy
Those who have the gift of prophecy are those who make known the mind, will and intention of God. The gift of prophecy must always reveal God’s will and God’s heartbeat. The gift of prophecy may include making known God’s opinion, instruction or encouragement in written or verbal form. It can also include declaring those things that God sees taking place in the future.
As with any spiritual gift, there are different expressions and levels of operation within the gift of prophecy.
There is a belief about spiritual gifts – especially the gift of prophecy – that we just get whatever gifts God gives to us. So, can we all receive the gift of prophecy, or is it just for a select few? You might think that you have no say in the gifts that you have; rather you simply receive the gifts that God gives to you. But that is a belief that is restrictive, not releasing.
God’s Word teaches us about the gifts of the Spirit. It says in 1 Corinthians 12:11, All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each one, just as He determines. But now let’s have a look at another scripture that is so releasing. 1 Corinthians 14:1 says, Follow the way of love and eagerly desire the gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.
So how do we reconcile these two seemingly contradicting scriptures?