The Prophetic . . . But Why? – Part 7

BY: MIKE RICHES

As we have seen in the recent blogs, there are many biblically strategic purposes for the prophetic in all aspects of our lives, and to powerfully and relevantly minister to others (click here to read the previous). Yet it is important at this point to put up a warning sign.

There are several things for which the prophetic is not to be used.

Therefore, even though I am a strong proponent of the prophetic in living the Christian life, I want to start out by setting forth a sober warning…

The prophetic is not to be used for establishing the authoritative tenets, creed, or teaching for faith and practice as believing followers of Jesus Christ.

Much damage has come to the Body of Christ, and individuals, when the prophetic is allowed to operate as authoritative in people’s lives and the Church at large. Prophetic words received are not equal to Scripture and prophetic words that might be received are never to be allowed to add to the truths of Scripture!

The Apostle Peter makes it clear that the prophecy of Scripture is distinct. The prophetic word of Scripture is the result of men set apart by God, to receive and present God’s truth, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21).

The Apostle Paul stated that all Scripture is inspired by God (God-breathed); and is profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and for training in righteousness. That is not the role of someone’s unsubstantiated, unproven, and untested prophetic word that he or she received.

The Scripture has been established as the authoritative body of truth for faith, and the practice of life in God’s Kingdom. And our belief system as God’s Church is derived from the Scriptures by good old fashioned study and competent interpretation.

The sober warning restated; do not even begin to entertain someone’s teaching that is not solidly based on and rooted in the sure Word of God! And any prophetic word received and given to you is to be thoroughly evaluated and tested (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21).

Next time we will begin looking at how to test words that are believed to have been received from the Lord.

In pursuit of Living Free with you,

Mike Riches

www.sycamorecommission.org