31 For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. 39 …be eager to prophesy. 1 Corinthians 14:31, 39
As a practical way to create a strong and healthy community, the Apostle Paul encouraged the Corinthian believers to release fresh revelatory insights and prophetic words to each other. He wanted them to recognize that it was not just the pastor or church leaders who had the gift and responsibility of being able to prophesy. Everyone could prophesy in turn, so as to encourage and build the faith of God’s people.
Are you ready to hear God and bless someone by sharing a word of knowledge or word of wisdom?
Sometimes, you may feel unsure about whether you ought to give a word. If you are looking at your own “performance” to verify God’s leading, you may miss the chance to make a positive impact on someone’s life. How would you feel if the same thing happens to you? What if you needed some encouragement and the person whom God assigned to give you a word did not show up because of the fear of looking stupid or being wrong?
Feeling inadequate and having self-doubt is a part of being human.
Many biblical characters gave excuses when God called them. However, when they learned to depend on God’s grace and strength, they defied all odds and made a huge difference to their generation.
Consider Ananias’ reluctance when the Lord asked him to pray and restore Paul’s sight (Acts 9:1-19). What if he had refused to step out of his comfort zone? We are glad Ananias obeyed God and went to Paul and the rest is history. In the same light, when you learn to surrender to God’s will, you will feel God’s heart for those who are lost and broken and need someone to lead them back to His love.
Ask God for His grace to be a willing mouthpiece for Him, and God will use you in ways you cannot imagine.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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