Jesus answered, “Scripture says, ‘A person cannot live on bread alone but on every word that God speaks.’ ”
Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.
Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.
But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation.
One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.
Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying.
When the devil tempted Jesus, He responded by quoting Scripture.
The devil had no answer except to try to tempt Him in other ways.
A person cannot live on bread alone.
Thus, physical food is not enough to sustain life.
But on every word that is written.
But on every word that God speaks.
The Scriptures are the inspired written Word of God.
Jesus is the living Word of God.
And they are in complete agreement.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
Jesus is alive.
He is risen.
He sits at the right hand of the Father on the heavenly throne.
He intercedes for us.
Christianity is not a philosophy.
It’s not even a religion.
It’s a way of life.
It’s a life of faith, lived in fellowship and communion with the Holy One of Israel.
The born again believer becomes a temple of the Holy Spirit.
God lives inside of them.
God is not silent.
He is speaking continuously.
You must train your inner ear to hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
When we prophesy, or speak what God has revealed to us by revelation, we speak what God is saying.
No prophecy originates from the mind of man.
Nor is the interpretation of it.
What is the purpose of prophecy?
To build up the Body in love.
It’s the same as all the other gifts.
They all come from God and are used to build up His Body, the Church.
If what you’re saying isn’t bringing a greater understanding of God, encouraging others in their faith, or comforting people, then you’re not prophesying by the unction of the Holy Spirit.
False prophets are everywhere these days, just like in Old Testament times.
Their lifestyles don’t conform to Scripture.
They tell you what they think you want to hear.
They tend to excuse sin instead of encouraging repentance.
They are motivated by material gain instead of the love of God.
I’ve seen it myself firsthand when I was a baby Christian 20 years ago.
Because of all the abuses, some fellowships and denominations despise prophecy.
Don’t let the devil win.
We need prophecy to edify the Church.
We also need to test every prophetic word according to Scriptural standards.
A word given at the right time brings life.
Another word of caution: don’t go seeking prophetic words.
If God has something that needs to be said, be sure that He’ll say it.
If everyone concentrated on their relationship with God, we wouldn’t even need prophecy.
We could all hear from God for ourselves.
And eventually, the gift of prophecy will cease.
It is to our advantage to be intimately familiar with Scripture.
It is also to our benefit to be in intimate fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
Together, they will guide us into the fullness of Christ.
You are the Living Word of God.
Thank You for Your sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary.
Thank You for setting us free from the law of sin and death.
Thank You for sharing Your inheritance in the Kingdom of God with us.
Lord, we humble ourselves under Your mighty hand.
Give us wisdom and revelation.
Give us ears to hear and eyes to see what You are saying and doing in this hour.
Free us from the sins that so easily beset us.
Empower us and fill us with Your Holy Spirit.
Let us be your good will ambassadors here on this Earth.
Let us carry the Gospel, the ministry of reconcilation, and the message of Your eternal covenant to the people who need it.
Confirm Your word with miracles, signs and wonders.
In Your Holy Name we pray.