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Spiritual Gifts (Part 5)

Dr. Stephen Phinney



OCCUPATIONAL GIFTS | PROPHECY


And He said, "Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in his hometown. (Luke 4:24)

No truer statement. Prophets uncover the sins of culture, community, and individuals. Furthermore, each is known for requiring repentance. Jesus certainly was known for this while in ministry.


Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household." (Mark 6:4)

Out of all the functional gifts, you would think that a prophet would be honored by their hometown, relatives, and household members. Sad to say, they are not. As you will learn in our article today, prophets are loud, immovable, and usually right. No one likes living with a “know it all.” While you would think the masses would appreciate a worker in Christ who understands tomorrow’s news today, most are threatened by such workers. The ultimate reason is – prophets force change while deluding the excuses of being content with worldly ideologies.


Occupation is a job or profession in action, state, or period of occupying or being occupied by the Holy Spirit. When we use the term "occupational gifts," we refer to the gifts that the Holy Spirit uses to manifest Himself. The fact that the Holy Spirit comes into our bodies when we become born-again puts us in a position of being living vessels for God. God designs this vessel for a specific purpose and "calling" in mind. Your occupation in ministry is your calling.


Let's look at our first occupational gift, prophecy.


PROPHECY


Definition:


Prophecy is a reception and declaration of a Word from the Lord through the direct prompting of the Holy Spirit and the human instrument He uses. The person with this gift has a special ability to clearly understand past, present & future prophecies already stated in the Holy Scriptures.


PURPOSE:


True prophecy builds up and edifies. It builds up because God is always building up the Body of Christ. This person may bring encouragement to the church using strong words. (1 Corinthians 14:3) God uses this person to bring rebukes to Body members, as well as the church as a whole (1 Corinthians 1:9-10). The person who is blessed with this gift frequently functions under direct revelations of God (1 Corinthians 14:29-31). Prophets shed new light on the fullness of our salvation or warnings to those with fake salvations. This person will tend to "preach to the nations."


Prophets build up because they are an overt picture of what a believer represents (1 Corinthians 14:22-25). Prophets often reveal whether God is present in an assembly, thereby confirming the believer in his faith and even causing the unbeliever to confess God's Presence (v24).


Prophets also build up because they lay bare the heart's secrets (1