First and foremost, the Bible is the ultimate, authoritative revelation. Prophecy should align with scripture that is properly interpreted. Matthew 7:15-20; John 8:31-32; 2 Peter 1:16-21, Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
God speaks today. Prophecy is an outflow of God’s heart, nature and mind. We are called to seek all spiritual gifts, but especially to prophesy (1 Cor. 14:1). The privilege of every believer is to learn to hear and interact with the Father’s voice. God promises if we will pay attention to His prophets, we will succeed (2 Chronicles 20:20).
Our Heavenly Father desires communication with us. So it is important for us to actively listen for His voice through a variety of ways. Matthew 4:4; John 10:26-28; John 16:13;; 1 John 2:27; Acts 2:17; Numbers 11:29; Isaiah 50:4-5.
Scripture calls us to earnestly desire the gift of prophecy, which is to speak on God’s behalf to strengthen, encourage, and comfort people. Our heart is to help people grow in their identity and discover their God-given purpose and value. Acts 2:17; Acts 13:1-3; 1 Corinthians 14:24-25; 1 Corinthians 14:1-4.
Prophecy is about hearing God’s Voice. It involves two people hearing from God: the one who gives the prophetic word and the one who receives it. With the Holy Spirit, Scripture, and our prophetic community, we carefully discern and judge the spirit and accuracy of the words we give and receive. Holding on to what is good, we let go of what is not. 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22; 1 Corinthians 14:29; Luke 9:55; Acts 21:10-22:24; Acts 27: 10, 22-24.
Giving is an act of worship. Giving and sacrifice are keys to worship. Jesus said, “Seek the Kingdom first and all will be added to you!” Giving is an expression of gratitude and thanksgiving because God gave His best, His only Son – Jesus Christ. Therefore, because of our gratitude for that gift, we are motivated and excited about giving our best. He gave us life, so with all that we have we want to honor Him first.
Proverbs 3:9, 10 says, “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats with new wine!” God instituted the celebration of Rosh Chodesh at each New Moon (Lev. 23, Num. 28:11-15, Ps. 8:13). When we bring our best or firstfruits to Him and celebrate by worshipping Him, we will continue to move from harvest to harvest.
We work to leave a legacy and inheritance for future generations, just as previous generations have done for us. While anticipating Christ’s glorious return, we simply do not know when He will come, which should inspire us to have a long-term earthly vision. Proverbs 13:22; Acts 2:39; 2 Timothy 2:1-2; Titus 2:11-14; James 5:7-8; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 25:1-29; Hebrews 11:4-30.
The Church is the bride of Christ and she will successfully fulfil His great commission to make disciples of all nations, which means the nations will experience transformation.