This week we are studying the gift of prophecy and what it means to be prophetic. We started this conversation in on the Everyday Jesus podcast. You can catch up by clicking the play button on the player below:
Today I want to look at the second purpose of prophecy as stated by Paul in 1st Corinthians – exhortation. What is exhortation? Exhortation is defined as emphatically urging someone to do something. Another word for exhorting may be encouraging.
I’ve found in my life that sometimes I need some encouragement to go out and do things for God. I can easily get stagnant or self-consumed. When I’m focusing too much on myself and my agenda, God will sometimes send encouragement to me through prophetic giftings and people.
So what should prophetic words exhort people to do? Obey the word of God for one. James says to be doers of the word and not just hearers of the word (1:22). Being a doer of the word means following the commands of Christ. A good prophetic word will encourage others to follow Christ’s commands.
Jesus, throughout the gospels, uses prophetic exhortation on multiple occasions. When he encounters the rich, young ruler, he encourages the young man to sell all of his possession and come and follow him. That was an exhortation.
Jesus also said to those whom he encountered, “Go and sin no more”. This is an example of a prophetic exhortation. Jesus was encouraging people to break free from the bonds of sin. And while these people would not be able to fulfill this encouragement, it’s useful none-the-less because God sees the heart.
Over the years, I’ve had many people encourage me to write. So part of my journey has been to listen to the prophetic encouragement I’ve received and to write. And this encouragement has came over and over again and I’ve needed it over and over again. I’m personally thankful for those who continue to encourage me. I hope to be as encouraging as you are.
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In this special episode, I sit down with Nate Mullins. Nate has an incredible testimony that you don’t want to miss. This is a story of a young man who grew up in church, but as a teenager, he ran away from home. Later, Nate finds himself in jail and searching for answers. Tune in to hear the rest of his amazing journey!
In this episode of the Everyday Jesus podcast, we look at the gift of prophecy. Prophecy is scary for a lot of people and this week I look to calm your fears on this important gift. Our Good News is about a survey that says regularly attending church makes people happier. Our Unreached People Group is the Dhobi of India. And in Today’s Word, we look at the testimony of Jesus Christ.
“20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.” 1st Thess. 5:20-22 Continue reading
This week we are focusing on the subject of speaking in tongues. We’ve talked about praying in tongues and we’ve touched on Paul’s discussion of wordless groans from Romans. We spent a great deal of time on this week’s episode of the Everyday Jesus podcast discussing this issue. If you haven’t listened to it, you can catch up now by clicking the play button below:
One of the more encouraging aspects of speaking in tongues is the fact that Paul says that tongues can be just as valuable as prophecy if the tongue is interpreted. So while tongues as a prayer language only edifies the speaker, when tongues are spoken in the church Continue reading
This week we have been focusing on the gift of tongues. While this can be a very controversial topic, we’ve been trying to focus on what the Bible actually says on the subject. If you missed this week’s episode of the Everyday Jesus podcast, be sure to check it out here, by clicking on the play button below:
One of the common questions that seems to arise when it comes to speaking in tongues, is whether or not tongues are connected to what Paul says in Romans 8:26-27 about the Spirit interceding for us. Continue reading
This week we are focusing on the gift of tongues. On the latest episode of the Everyday Jesus podcast, we discussed this issue at length. If you missed it, you can catch up by pressing the play button below:
Today, I’d like to focus on the question as to whether you are out of control or lacking self-control when you are speaking in tongues? Many people believe that when the Spirit comes upon you, you lose control. You cannot control whether you are speaking English Continue reading
In this episode, we tackle the controversial subject of speaking in tongues. Is it a real thing or is it fake? Our Good News is about a group of 150 pastors in Ohio. We are praying for the Chamar of India this week and Today’s Word is about Jesus healing the man by the pool of Bethesda. Continue reading
This week we are talking about healing. We spend a lot of time this week discussing this topic on the Everyday Jesus podcast. You can catch up with the conversation by listening to that episode here:
Today I want to answer the question: How should we pray for healing? First let’s look at what I think is the more common problem in most of Christianity today: not praying at all. Now I’m not saying that people don’t get in their prayer closets and pray for their loved ones healing. What I am saying is we don’t do as James commands us. Continue reading
In this episode, we tackle the controversial subject of healing. Does God still heal people? Do people have the gift of healing? We also talk about the recent court decision involving Planned Parenthood and David Daleiden. Our unreached people group is the Brahmin of India. Today’s Word finishes up chapter 4 in the book of John, the story of Jesus healing the royal official’s son.
In case you missed it, I released part of my testimony on podcast this week. You can listen to it here:
I wanted to expand a little on one of the themes – admitting your problems. In my story, I’m telling you about the issues I had as a teenager, but these issues are universal. People of all ages find themselves doing things they ought not be doing. The real issue though, is that few people can bring themselves to admit it.