“For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.” —1 Corinthians 13:9-10
People are fearful. People are sick and some are dying. People are losing and have lost their jobs. The future seems uncertain. Many people are wondering, “When will this end?” “Will life ever go back to normal?” “What will the ramifications of this be in the earth?”
With so many competing voices, political leaders, news commentators, church leaders and others clamoring for our attention, we must truly seek the Lord and discern during this time of chaos and upheaval. As someone who has been rooted and grounded in the Word of God for years there are times when I wonder how are others navigating through this time when so many different voices are bawling for our attention. My prayer is that we each take the time to “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”
A truly prophetic person is led by the Spirit, filled with the Spirit, and empowered by the Spirit. As the body of Christ, we must know the ways of God and how to recognize His voice in these challenging times. Every believer who has been born again has the right to see and enter the Kingdom of God while on earth!
When it comes to spiritual understanding, Apostle Paul says “For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.“ What is Paul saying in this verse. Our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! This expression means “only in part;” that is, “imperfectly.”
Prophesies are not perfect or complete. Paul is showing the imperfection of the prophetic gift. It is only in part; it is imperfect; it is indistinct, compared with the full view of truth in heaven.
As we grow in the prophetic gift we all make mistakes. We can confused our own thoughts, ideas or desires with the message from God. That is why we must grow and mature in our ability to hear the voice of God and distinguish between his or her own ideas and God’s message. Perhaps the speaker is not yet mature in their relationship with God, so they may add wrong things to the message.
So, we must be very careful about any message that people believe to be from God. However, we can be confident about the Bible. The Word of God is perfect, and we can always trust its message. See Psalm 19:7; Psalm 119:89 and 2 Peter 1:19-21.
In an era when the prophetic voice is most needed, more than any other time in history discernment is key! If we are not discerning during this time we can easily be led astray. We must know and understand the heart of God, His Word, and His ways. God is loving, kind, just and righteous. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. —2 Peter 3:9
We are not to blindly follow someone without spiritual insight and understanding into the ways of God. Paul prayed for the Ephesians,“that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,”—Ephesians 1:18-19
If you are a born again believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, you need to know what you believe during this time of upheaval both spiritually and naturally. We must pray for wisdom and understanding. Satan is a roaring lion looking for whom he may devour.
The Lord placed a burden on my heart for America in 2016, along with a desire to see racial injustice eradicated in our nation. Over the the past several years I blogged about some of what I sensed taking place. This is a critical time for the U. S. and other nations. Many are walking in darkness, even some Christians. In this new era of the church, you must know in whom you believe, and be fully persuaded that He is able to guard what you have entrusted to Him until the day of His return. —2 Timothy 1:12
I believe every believer has a prophetic destiny to impact the place in which God has given them as a habitation. Acts 17:26 says, “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.” Whether it’s your church, community, city or region you have been given the power to impact your area of influence for the glory of God.
As you seek the Lord, He will reveal your place in His divine plan. Isaiah says, “…people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.“ —Isaiah 9:2
It is a sad day when the people of God cannot discern those God may have placed in their midst to keep them close to Him. We cannot get caught up in the petty politics, nor the religious spirit of our day.
God’s ways are not our ways. —Isaiah 55:8-9
Mercy, peace and love be your in abundance!