Sycamore Commission: The Prophetic – Pt. 4 . . . But Why?

We have been looking at some biblical purposes for which God employs the prophetic in people’s lives (click here to read the previous). Let’s look at a fourth purpose.

To Purify and Sanctify

There were some pretty exciting things happening in the embryonic days of the Early Church.  Thousands were coming to Christ; along with supernatural healings.

Acts 5:1-11 (it’s worth reading again) tells of an account involving a married couple, Ananias and Sapphira. They sold land and gave the proceeds to the elders to help those in need. In a public display they declared they gave it all, but it was a lie. In reality they gave a portion.  And no one knew, but God.

God exposed Ananias and Sapphira’s sin through a prophetic word He gave to Peter.  Consequently this couple instantaneously dropped dead due to God’s judgment on them for their lying to the Holy Spirit.

The last part of verses five and eleven say, “Great fear gripped the entire church and all others who heard what had happened.” It had a sobering and purifying affect in the Church.

After a worship service one Sunday morning a couple who had attended our church for only a few weeks came to receive ministry.  According to their story, the man’s ex-wife was relentlessly harassing them.  They came to seek counsel.

As my wife and I began to pray for them, my wife Cindy received that the man and woman standing before us had been fully involved in a relationship while this man was still married to his former wife. And that this actually was the cause of the eventual break-up of his former marriage.  We asked if what we received was true.

They had the candor to admit that this was the case.  We then told them that they needed to make restitution and make it priority to care for the legitimate needs of the former wife.  They were stunned!  They literally had no words to speak as God got right to the source of the issue very quickly.

Purity in the Church is a good thing.

Now, there is an important exhortation to be made at this point. We do not correct someone based on a prophetic word, but instead upon objective evidence.  If there is a word received about a serious issue in someone’s life, we pray that God will make it obvious so it can be addressed in a healthy manner.

Remember, a fundamental purpose of the prophetic is to encourage and strengthen (1 Corinthians 14:3).

In pursuit of Living Free with you,
Mike Riches