Gift of the Spirit: Prophecy
The gift of prophecy is one of the most talked-about gifts of the Spirit. It’s the ability to hear from God and speak His words to others. In 1 Corinthians 14:1, Paul urges the Corinthian church to pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, especially prophecy. Prophecy can come in various forms, including words of edification, exhortation, and comfort (1 Corinthians 14:3).
We see examples of prophetic gifts throughout the Bible, such as when the prophet Elijah spoke God’s words to the widow of Zarephath, and her son was brought back to life (1 Kings 17:22). Additionally, the prophet Jeremiah was called to speak God’s words to the nations (Jeremiah 1:5-10).
The gift of prophecy is for believers today as well, and it’s an essential part of building up the body of Christ. As we seek to hear from God, we can ask Him to give us words to speak that will edify, exhort, and comfort others. By doing so, we can be used by God to build up and encourage those around us.
We should pursue love and the gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy, so that we can be used by God to bless and encourage others.