Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts. But rather that ye may prophesy. – 1  Corinthians 14:1

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Like all fruits of the Spirit, the prophetic gift comes from God. Yet, as the Holy One’s servants, we must do our part to invite it into our lives. Self-discipline, faithfulness, obedience, repentance, and surrender nurture the gift of prophecy. Biblical references guide us and measure its validity. For believers as well as the skeptics in our world, a few individuals embody this prophetic life in its fullest sense.

Even in our contemporary times, lives can become open to prophecy. Light pours into the spirit of the present-day prophet. Light shows us the gospel message of living in the power of Jesus.

Surrender to that will. Learn through experience. Be faithful to the “still small voice” that empowered the apostles.

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For by Grace are ye saved through Faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the Gift of God; not of Works, lest any Man should beast; for we are his Workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good Works. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)

 

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