DESIRE SPIRITUAL GIFTS!

“A person can prophesy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a Prophet. Paul asked a rhetorical question in 1Corinthians 12:29-30 which says “Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?” And the obvious answer is no. But in 1Corinthians 14:24 he says all can prophesy, and the same can be said of tongues in verse 23 of 1Corinthians 14. The difference is there is an office and a gift. The office of the Prophet is different than the gift of prophecy. The gift of prophecy can always flow out of the office of the Prophet; but the office does not flow out of the gift of prophecy. Prophecy is a gift that can be desired: 1Corinthians 14:1 says “Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.” Prophecy edifies or builds the church. The Prophet IS the gift when it comes to the office of the Prophet along with the other administrative gifts. There are also levels to prophecy: The first being the spirit of prophecy. The spirit of prophecy can fall on a church that walks in a prophetic atmosphere, and a culture is produced from that atmosphere. This atmosphere being the Spirit of God moving in a house, because there are prophets in the house. Prophets that are connected to local houses of worship become the seed that help fertilize the soil of an atmosphere. The second is the Gift of Prophecy. The gift can flow without a true understanding of it’s function in those that have it. The third is Prophetic Presbytery. This is the company of Prophets flowing together. The fourth is Prophetic Preaching. This is key in that God uses this to reveal hearts in saving the lost. And the fifth is the office of the Prophet. The Prophet can see, hear, and feel on a national and international scale giving correction, teaching, guiding, inspiration, intercession, warning, and moving judgments into the future to spare a present generation.”

-Anthony Booker

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