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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Guest Post: Depression, Self Harm and Jesus – How to Find God in our Darkest Hours Through Prayer

Untitled design (4)This is a continuation of our series on healing that we started on the Everyday Jesus podcast last week. If you haven’t listened to our episode yet, please catch up here:

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Ashley Brooks. Ashley is a 32-year-old stay-at-home mom. Ashley has been married to Lee for 10 years and they have a 9-year-old son. Ashley has a passion to see people healed of depression, suicide, rape and self-harm. And while Ashley is actively involved in her church now, this was not always the case. This is her story:

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Ashley Brooks

I was raised in church. Every Sunday I knew where I would be, I knew if the church doors were open I would be there. I loved church, I loved the music, I loved the family feel.

It wasn’t until I was 13 that I decided it was time to stop living the second hand faith through my Aunt and Uncle and get my own relationship with God. I was overwhelmed by His love for me, and how the Holy Spirit was speaking to me! I was on a JESUS HIGH for a Continue reading

The Holy Spirit and Forgiveness

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In the most recent episode of the Everyday Jesus podcast, we started our new series on the Spiritual Gifts. In the episode, we gave an overview of the gifts, what they are and why they were given. If you haven’t listened to that episode, please catch up by clicking play on the player below:

For us to properly use the gifts that God has given us, we must take the time to remove anything that might hinder us from using those gifts. One of the biggest things that hinders Christians from being used by God is unforgiveness. As a Christian, we must Continue reading

Scott Highberger – Good News

This week’s Everyday Jesus podcast’s Good News segment was about Scott Highberger. If you haven’t listened to this episode yet, you can listen now by clicking on the play button below:

As a means of follow up for this story, I wanted to make an extra post to highlight the fact that Scott has written a book. It’s called “Behind the Wire: A Prisoner’s Journey to the Pulpit”. You can click on the link below to purchase the book.

Scott reached out to me after the newest episode aired and offered to send me a copy. I plan on reading and writing a short review of the book afterwards. I’m sure it’s going to be great, so if you found his story encouraging, I’d encourage you to support him and his ministry by purchasing a copy of his book by clicking on the link above.

EP # 8 – Three Reasons You May Not Want More of the Holy Spirit in Your Life

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In this episode we discuss three reasons why you may not want more of the Holy Spirit in your life. We talk about a prisoner who has turned pastor in our Good News segment. We are praying for the Bania of India. And Today’s Word comes from the John 3:22-36.

We’ve spent the past couple of weeks talking about who the Holy Spirit is and how he empowers us. This week I’m going to give you three reasons why you may NOT want the Continue reading

Grieving the Holy Spirit

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” Ephesians 4_30

This week we’ve been having a discussion surrounding the person and work of the Holy Spirit. So far we’ve discussed it on the podcast, which can be found here:

And we’ve spent some time on the blog talking about resisting the Holy Spirit, found here:

Resisting the Holy Spirit

Today, let’s look at what it looks like to grieve the Holy Spirit. The word grieve comes from the word grief which means to cause deep sorrow. Obviously when we grieve we Continue reading

Special Series – Parenting #1

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In this special episode, I sit down with my wife to discuss a book we are reading called “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” written by Tedd Tripp. We discuss the general premise of this book, which is that all of our actions are controlled by our heart and children are best corrected by dealing with the heart issue, not the behavior. The behavior is simply a symptom of a deeper underlying issue. We hope you will enjoy this special series. Please feel free to share with your friends and family!

You can find the next podcast in the series by clicking below:

Special Series #2 – Christian Parenting

Resisting the Holy Spirit

And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. —Deuteronomy 30_6This week on the Everyday Jesus podcast, we started a discussion on the Holy Spirit. We talked about who He is and the fact that he is actively working in our world today. We also mentioned that the Holy Spirit can be resisted, quenched and grieved. If you missed the podcast, be sure to catch up with us by pressing the play button on the player below:

So let’s focus a little closer on the phrase resisting the Holy Spirit. As Christians, we believe that God’s grace is irresistible, meaning that when God chooses for you to be saved, he makes his grace so appealing that your heart cannot help but to submit to Him. Continue reading

EP # 6 – The Holy Spirit is the forgotten God?

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Recently we’ve been talking about the different ways in which we can live for Jesus every day. And I thought it may be a good time to step back and spend some time on the Holy Spirit.

Francis Chan calls the Holy Spirit in one of his books – the forgotten God (also the name of his book). Chan says that by and large the church has forgotten this key person in the Godhead. And I certainly agree that the Holy Spirit has been largely left out of Continue reading

Speak Lord, Your Servant Hears – Serving

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On this week’s episode we discussed the need for prayer and we spent some time focusing on Samuel and how God may choose to speak to us. If you haven’t listened to this week’s episode of the Everyday Jesus podcast, do so now by clicking on the play button below.

I wanted to spend a little bit more time focusing in our passage in 1st Samuel 3. We see Eli the priest giving Samuel this advice for the next time the Lord calls out for you, reply, Continue reading