Treasures in the Darkness : the Gift of Prophecy

Prophecy is like a “light shining in a dark place…..until the day dawns.” A true prophecy has the power to act as a lighthouse for us, when we hit dark, stormy waters.

Song: Wage warfare with the power of God’s word

Verse:

I feel fear within my heart

My confidence is waning

I must fight the fight of faith

My trust in You remaining

I remember what You did

When the tempter tried to shake You

I remember what You said

And I wage warfare with Your living word

Chorus:

Your word is the Rock on which I stand

And I’ll face whate’er Your will demands

The sword of the Spirit I will use

Your living word is what I choose

Your word is the Rock on which I stand

And I’ll face whate’er Your will demands

Though Satan’s voice the doubts will bring

Out of the darkness I will sing

Then You’ll be exalted

In my life, today

Bridge

I must wage warfare

With the prophesies

That have been spoken over my life

I must wage warfare

With the power of Your Word!

I must wage warfare

With the prophesies

That have been spoken over my life

I must wage warfare

With the power of Your Word!

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Bible Readings

“Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.” (1 Timothy 1:18-19, NIV)

“We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:18.19, NIV)

“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.” (1 Corinthians 14:1,3, NIV)

“My sheep know my voice, the voice of a stranger they will not follow.” (John 10:5,16,27, NIV)

“Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:20,21, NIV)

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The gift of prophecy is one of the most controversial in the church. Why then, do I believe this gift can be a ‘treasure in the darkness’?

Power to strengthen, encourage and comfort

A prophecy is God bringing an insightful, potent, message through you or me.  Prophecy also reveals something about God’s control of, and knowledge of, the future. And when the prediction comes to pass, this strengthens our faith in God. (John 13:19 )

A Weapon for spiritual warfare

Prophecy is also a weapon for spiritual warfare (1 Tim 1:18).  So if God inspires someone to deliver a prophecy, then it is likely that continual reference to it will be needed  in order to “weather the storm” that inevitably occurs between where we are and our prophetically revealed destination/ purpose.  We are to use it as a weapon to counter, and defeat, the lies ( I like to call them ‘misinformation!’) being thrown at us by hell. For these are lies aimed at getting us to give up or turn back on God’s will for our lives.

Jesus is our example.  When Satan repeatedly assaulted Him with suggestions that He was not the Son of God unless He proved it by doing whatever Satan suggested (Matthew 4:1-11), Jesus’ defense was to declare Scripture to Satan, out loud. Some say that we can ignore verbal prophecy because, unlike the Bible, it is not written. I agree that prophecy is not quite at par with the Bible. However as Peter tells us, the written word is prophetic in nature –  the Bible was written when the Holy Spirit “moved” on the prophets  (1 Peter 1:18). A genuine prophecy, therefore, is as effective in spiritual warfare as the written word because both have the same living, omnipotent and ever faithful God as their source. This explains why Paul commanded Timothy to use prophecy in warfare.

This is the reason why I am not to despise prophecies (1 Thess. 5:20,21). Rather, I should test them, because false prophecies do exist.  In fact, the existence of a counterfeit is an indication of the worth of the original. Every true believer knows the voice of God and can discern whether or not a prophecy is genuine (John 10:5,16,27). So once I am satisfied that a prophecy is genuine, then I must act in line with what God said. (1 Timothy 4:14).

A light shining in a dark place

Peter also tells us that prophecy is like a “light shining in a dark place…..until the day dawns.” A true prophecy has the power to act as a lighthouse for us, when we hit dark, stormy waters.

Even as Paul told Timothy to wage warfare with his prophecy he also warned him that of the danger of doubt. Doubts are deadly, they can lead to our faith being shipwrecked (1 Timothy 1:19).  Imagine a captain at sea, who sees a lighthouse, but doubts that it can be trusted. Because of that, he decides to steer the ship in another direction even though he cannot see where he is going. As a result, the ship ends up on the rocks, a wreckage.  We must avoid this happening to us by “paying attention to the prophetic word.” (2 Peter 1:18).

Father, In Your limitless wisdom you gave us the gift of prophecy because You knew the importance of us hearing from You personally, for situations or our calling. Thank You that I can recognize your voice – I do not need to fear deception. Thank you that Jesus told us that the ‘elect’ – His chosen people – would not be deceived. Thank you – in advance – for every true prophecy that You will allow to come my way in the months and years ahead, to comfort, strengthen and encourage me! Forgive me for times in the past where I discounted a prophetic message. Forgive me too, for times in the past where I failed to test what was spoken but just accepted it. In Jesus Name I ask this, Amen.

 

Acknowledgement. Photo used in this blog is courtesy of Pexels.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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