Thursday, August 10, 2006

Lesson 6 - How to Evaluate and Effectively Apply Prophecy to Our Lives.

By Dr Ern Baxter.

The prophetic service may be varied. It is possible that no two services will be alike. In 1 Corinthians 14:26, 31, we read that the service may have psalms, teaching, revelation, tongues, the interpretation of tongue and prophecy. In fact, it is possible for all to prophesy one by one. How exciting and interesting every service should be! Do you think that the 23rd Psalm of David was a psalm to sing in the Spirit, such as we might hear in our services today? David was able also to sing away the evil spirit that was tormenting King Saul. 1 Samuel 16:14-23. It is wonderful today to hear the singing in the Spirit that clears the oppressive presence of demonic spirits set to bind a service. The New Testament church is being restored today. Once again we can hear prophecy, new psalms and hymns and deep worship of God.

1. We Minister Effectively When We Are Filled to Overflowing!

Col 3:16-18 - A full heart! Heart-melody to the Lord!

Ephesians 5:18-21 - Psalms and singing!

2. We Must Not Despise Prophecy Nor Be Gullible.

1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 - "Prove it" and hold fast if it is of God.

3. All Prophecy Should be Confirmed To Us Before We Hold it to be Binding.

Deut 19:15 - It was a principle of the Old Testament that there must be two or three witnesses to establish any judgement.

2 Corinthians 13:1-3 - This principle also applies to the New Testament church. Look for a supernatural confirmation to every prophecy you receive. In fact, even prophets are required to speak two or three (1 Cor 14:29).

4. There is a danger in hearing Prophecy carelessly or without faith.

Hebrews 2:1-4
Hebrews 4:1-3.

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