Studying; or should I say "besides the self and less opinionated" pray reading and prayerfully delving deep and wholly engulfed into the "Word" of God, has become a no go area for many a Christian institutions not "the Body of Christ." And even in some parts of the Body of Christ it has been eliminated to the least urgency for these ones. The needs of the members including their prosperity or prospering, miracle,pray for me, takes the centre stage. IT SUPERCEEDS THE NEEDS AND WILL OF GOD.Appeal for funds and such social activities dominates the two or sometimes four hours of fellowship.
When we are besides ourselves God's business becomes more important than ours,surely.With the sacrificed self, virtual or literary feeding on the "Word" of God becomes part of our living, not just picking and chosen a few verses and memorising them.Or just for 15 to 30 minutes during fellowship on the Lord's day.
If you have been following the sharing for several months now, you will have realised that; we are using the workings/dealings of God in His Word with the Book of Ezekiel to expose His building of sinful men sacrificed with and resurrected with Christ.Dear and fellow Christian can we now continue with our studies in the Book of Ezekiel
Hear ye all who seek the Lord, Ezekiel's prophesying in Chapter 37 verse 4, was not a matter of predicting but a matter of speaking forth, declaring, something to the Lord. So do I currently speak to the Church and hereto for the Lord. When Ezekiel spoke forth, God gave people the Spirit (vv.10,14). So do I pray and plead Him, that He who is the same God who gave the Spirit when Ezekiel spoke will give those who read the sharing the same Spirit today.
The main reasoning for prophesying in the Bible then and as today,is not only to predict events but to speak forth the Lord, to minister the Lord to people.
Please come with me to (1 Cor. 14:24-25) for a moment. Prophesying is not only one individual believer's prerogative or obligation, but all believers in whom Christ live, and the Lord so command them to witness. Remember however also, the Lord can speak forth but also for our intercession only. So v.24 also implies that all believers have not only the obligation but also the capacity to prophesy (not the restricted right of one individual).
If we all should prophesy during our church meetings, people will be convicted and converted whilst encouraging the newly born Christians. (NOW TELL ME HOW MANY BELIEVERS WILL BE ENCOURAGED, CONVICTED, AND CONVERTED, IF DAY IN AND DAY OUT FOR EMPTING YEARS YOU HEAR THE VOICE AND ANTICS OF ONLY ONE “SELF APPOINTED PERSON, FOUNDER OR “LEADER” YOU MAY HAVE MAJORITY WHO SOMETIMES ARE ENTHUSED BY THE ENTERTAINMENT).
What then happens to the gifts and talents God have placed in the rest of the believers?.However, fortunately this kind of prophesying must not be mainly to predict but to speak forth the Lord, if the Lord, as He often does and reveals to many other believers beside the “self appointed preacher, founder or leader”. A good leader like Christ will fearlessly raise and send church members (believers in pairs to evangelize) and also speak forth the Lord. Either in the church meetings or out to evangelize.
Therefore spiritual elders, should encourage all to prophesy and wisely correct or sometimes lovingly rebuke , when a believer go pass their limit. For onto such elders a much more of Christ have been gained, through years of devoted practices and ceaselessly calling on the Lord. We as the elders ought to lead by example, to make it easier for others to learn. For no one person in Christ holds super authority to speaking forth the Lord; but this same Christ is the portion allotted to all or each one of the Body of Christ.
Although, to a variant degree each one of us according to His ( God's) will have grown in the Spirit of our Christ.Therefore our prophesying will also vary.Do not be afraid or intimidated to share or prophesying.The world has an adage which says "practice makes one perfect".
V.24.Continues to say that, this would not result from the prophesy of prediction (know the difference) but from the prophesy of speaking forth the Lord and speaking for the Lord. The Principal and only ingredient the Christian needs is our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This latter kind of prophesy as I have said earlier requires some amount of growth in the divine, and natural life. This word also is an encouragement to the practice of prophesying as also mentioned above.
No Christian church should or ought to bore itself with the daily and singular voice of one all the time.This situation with age breeds familiarity and mixture of sometimes untrue stories and scriptures (thus diluting the truth and the power of God behind it). It ain't helpful and beneficial to both Christ and the believers.
V.25 continues to imply that prophesying, speaking forth God with God as the content,it ministers God to the hearers and brings them to God. Hence, all ministering carries the variety of gold and sound of a united and steady flow of a river of sound made from this cooperate prophesying of all.
Please,continue being with us during our next sharing to see the advantages of both spiritual and the practical benefits the body of Christ with all its members have in such total and cooperate prophesying.
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