On Wednesday the 23rd November, we partook in our third “Prophetic Café” at the Melbourne Showground’s. We were amongst and around 160 Stallholders who were exhibiting their wares/services and products.( 90 per cent of the participants would be classified as “Non Christian”!)
Probably on the day, there were some 400 plus visitors and in the middle of it all was our “Prophetic café”. “FREE COFFEE AND ENCOURAGEMENT”!
Supported by about 25 of our own team, we prayed, encouraged and blessed those who came with both words of knowledge, prophetic word and blessings for both individuals and their businesses.
“The gift of prophecy” is one of the special gifts of God extended through the Holy Spirit to the human family. 1 Cor. 12:4-11. This gift is also called “the testimony of Jesus” (Rev. 12:17), which is defined by the same inspired writer to be “the spirit of prophecy.” Rev. 19:10.
God’s purpose in providing and bestowing the prophetic gift is clearly to re-establish and maintain communication with man.
The prophetic gift is not the message itself, nor is it the gospel; neither is it the Bible. (Though it may include and often does, scriptural passages). It is the method, the process, the means, by which the divine message comes from God to man. It is an essential and inseparable part of the great plan of redemption. The gift, therefore, dates back to the day when the Lord resumed communication with Adam after his banishment from Eden. This gift has never been withdrawn; it still remains God’s abiding gift to the human family.
1. Prophetic ministry is looking for treasure in someone.
The price that Jesus paid on the cross determined the value of the people He purchased. God saw something good in us even when we were sinners. It doesn’t take a prophetic gift to see sin in sinner or junk in the lives of Christians. It does require the eye of God to see broken people like Simon (Simon means “broken reed”) and call them Peter (Peter means “rock”). True prophetic ministry is looking for gold in the midst of people’s dirt.
2. The gift of Prophecy is for the purpose of edification, exhortation and consolation.
a. Edification: to build up
b. Exhortation: to call near
c. Consolation: to cheer up
3. Prophesy in its purest sense is foretelling and forth-telling.
a. Foretelling: to know the future.
b. Forth-telling: to cause the future
4. Word of Knowledge:
People often confuse the word of knowledge with the gift of prophecy. The word of knowledge describes something that took place in the past, a current circumstance, or a fact about someone’s life. Sometimes when we prophesy, someone can mistakenly think that the prophecy was inaccurate because it is not something that is currently happening, or has ever happened in that person’s life. Pure prophecy is about the future. If the prophetic work lacks an element of something that has already taken place, this simply means that the word of knowledge was not something that took place in the delivery. A word of knowledge is simply knowing a fact, revealed by the Holy Spirit, of which we had no prior knowledge.
Reference: A call to war by: Kris Vallotton
THE OUTCOME of THE DAY:
Another wonderful but different day from those we have had before, with many blessed, including those of us who went to bless!(sowing and reaping)
One of the funniest stories is of the fellow who just came to sit down and have his lunch at one of our tables. Pete, (one of our newer prayer team members) thought he was one of the prayer team he hadn’t met yet, so sat and started conversing. Along the conversation he gradually found out that;
- The fellow wasn’t religious
- He believed in evolution
- He just wanted to eat his lunch
Peter persevered as things came to light….questioned him more and eventually witnessed as to why Jesus came to this earth……. Who know what will happen to him….
There were many who came for prayer and were encouraged. We went out and mingled and encouraged many, and new relationships were fostered and forged.
John for the Kingdom Builders Team