Consolation: Prophetic Healing

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This week we are studying the gift of prophecy and what it means to be prophetic. We started this conversation on the Everyday Jesus podcast. You can catch up by clicking the play button on the player below:

Consolation: This is the last purpose we are going to look at in regards to the gift of prophecy. Earlier this week we looked at edification and exhortation. Consolation is quite different from those two. Prophetic consolation can be a form of healing to those whom the Lord is ministering.

Consolation is defined as the comfort a person receives after a loss or disappointment. Prophetic consolation is the act of sharing a word with someone that comforts them after a loss or a disappointment during one of those times.

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Exhortation and Prophecy

katherine schmidtThis 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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True Prophecy Edifies the Body

True Prophecy Edifies the BodyThis 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:

Paul, in his first letter to the church in Corinth, says that prophecy was given to the church for three purposes: edification, exhortation and consolation. Today, let’s look at edification. Edification, simply put, is “building up”. Prophecy is supposed to build up the church.

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The Holy Spirit and Prophecy

The holy spirit and prophecyToday, we continue our discussion on the gift of prophecy that was started on the Everyday Jesus podcast, which can be found by clicking the play button on the player below:

Let’s discuss one of the primary results of the Holy Spirit, which is to proclaim the Word of God. In multiple instances in the Book of Acts we see that when the Holy Spirit moves, prophecy is the result. It’s important to note that when God promised to pour out his Spirit in Joel, the result was predicted to be prophetic visions and dreams. Peter in his Continue reading

The Spiritual Gift of Prophecy

More Than I ShouldIn 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.

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Christmas: Why God Sent His Son

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Note: This was taken from a sermon I preached on Christmas Eve this year at my home church. I hope you have a blessed Christmas!

Why did God send His Son?

Every year at Christmas we are reminded that God sent his Son into the world as a baby – a small, helpless child. We drive down the street and we are reminded of it as we drive past nativity scenes. Our songs on the radio, like Joy to the World, Away in a Manger and O Little Town of Bethlehem, sing praise to the fact that Jesus came. But tonight, I want to Continue reading