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 scriptures?
1. Strong, James. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: King James Version. 1995. Updated ed. La Habra: Lockman Foundation.