I had an interesting dream a couple of nights ago. I am not presuming the dream was from God. It was likely just my subconcious thoughts and feelings.
In the dream, a person laid hands on me to pray for me, and I was aware of the anointing and power of God being imparted. The person in the dream then spoke, “You’ve been thinking, and thinking, and thinking, but the Lord says, you will once again prophesy and be a blessing to others.”
I felt a sense of hope in those words, more from the promise to bless others than from the promise to prophesy.
Although my understanding of ministry, blessing, and serving has changed, I sometimes miss the kind of ministry that we were involved in at church.
I have seen abuses and misuses of prophecy both from professionals and from novices. We have all probably met people who believe that every thought in their head is from God. This is especially dangerous in leaders who believe that all of their thoughts and decisions are authorized by God.
There are always cautions about not throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Yet, a season of dormancy can be helpful to allow inaccuracies to be weeded out and growth to happen in a healthier way.
I still agree with Paul in saying that I wish that everyone would prophesy. I enjoy being around people who hear from God and listening as they share what they believe He has spoken to them recently.
As the people of God, we know His voice. It is awesome to help people understand that God is speaking and that they have the ability to hear Him if they have never known or experienced that before. It is always an important part of one’s relationship with the Father.
In walking with God, I follow His voice. Today, I prophesy in the sense that at times the words I speak or the thoughts I have originate in Him. However, I do not qualify my words as being from Him. It is now just the way that I live.