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Summary: When men and women prophesy, the Spirit of God inspires their speech and causes His own words to come forth. The same is true in the church today. Men and women can utter words from the Lord as He inspires them to speak for the edification, exhortation, a

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UNDERSTANDING THE PROPHETIC

When men and women prophesy, the Spirit of God inspires their speech and causes His own words to come forth. The same is true in the church today. Men and women can utter words from the Lord as He inspires them to speak for the edification, exhortation, and comfort of the entire body.

The prophetic anointing comes through the mouth of man, but it comes from the mind of God.

But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. - 1 Corinthians 2:10-11

Prophecy is a spiritual gift given to Christians by the Holy Spirit. The gift should strengthen the believers and glorify Jesus.

Prophecy is God speaking His mind, His heart, and His intentions to the church through a believer as revealed by the Holy Spirit. Prophecy is the outflow of the heart and the very nature of God.

To prophesy is to speak the mind of God for the purpose of direction, building, and encouragement of the church.

Prophecy is the word of God that is usually addressed to the church about the things of God.

For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. - Revelation 19:10

There is the ministry of the prophet, but not everyone is a prophet.

The gift of prophecy and the office of the prophet are not the same thing.

A prophet is a man or woman who is called by God to be His spokesperson.

The prophet is one sent by God to speak the word of the Lord to an individual or group of people, most often to a church. A seasoned and mature prophet is a God-called, God-trained individual who God has shaped and molded into a spokesperson for Himself.

A prophet is someone who serves as a regular and reliable channel of communication between God and man and stands before man on behalf of the Lord.

Their focus is one of foundation laying, restoration of truth, and bringing the light of God's whole counsel to the church. They act as an eye in the body of Christ.

In the Old Testament, prophets were often times called seers. They received revelations from God and were given the mandate to deliver His word to the people. Those men were God's prophets. For example, a prophet would enquire of God and would pass on God's words to the people.

The role of the prophet in the Old Testament dealt with rebuking and correcting people, often times harshly. This is one of the main differences between the Old Testament prophet and the New Testament prophet or prophetic person.

A prophet operates frequently in the gifts of prophecy and word of knowledge. A word of knowledge is the ability to reveal a matter by the inspiration of the Spirit of God without reliance on human knowledge.

Clairvoyance, extra-sensory perception, fortune telling, and other forms of witchcraft activities are demonic and counterfeits.

A prophet operates in the prophetic anointing and is able to predict, sense, and become aware of things that are in the future. A prophet is also able to encourage and comfort believers.


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