“Let two or three prophets speak [as inspired by the Holy Spirit], while the rest pay attention and weigh carefully what is said.”

The Bible tell us very clearly how we must respond to any message given by a Prophet because God’s revelation is complete!  The Bible is complete!  We cannot add to it or take away from it.  The message brought by a Prophet is to confirm, to strengthen, to give counsel and give direction, “so that everyone may be instructed and everyone may be encouraged” (verse 31).

“For the spirits of prophets are subject to the prophets [the prophecy is under the speaker’s control, and he can stop speaking]; for God [who is the source of their prophesying] is not a God of confusion and disorder but of peace and order.” (verse 32-33)

Therefore, when a message is brought by a Prophet, it must be confirmed in the mouth of at least two or three other Prophets (not lay persons), that it is inspired by the Holy Spirit.  We are to pay attention and weigh carefully what is said.  What is good, what you can understand, you receive.  What you don’t understand, just put it aside but do not criticize, analyse or despise it.  If you have the Holy Spirit in you then you will have a holy response.

1 Thessalonians 5:18-21 says “In every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.  Do not quench [subdue, or be unresponsive to the working and guidance of] the [Holy] Spirit. Do not scorn or reject gifts of prophecy or prophecies [spoken revelations—words of instruction or exhortation or warning]. But test all things carefully [so you can recognize what is good]. Hold firmly to that which is good.”

So when you hear a Word, evaluate it, check with other Prophets that it is in agreement, don’t despise it or react to it because the Word of God is given to encourage and to warn believers of what is to come.  It is Biblical!

Amos 3:6-7, “If a trumpet is blown in a city [warning of danger] will not the people tremble?  If a disaster or misfortune occurs in a city has not the Lord caused it?  Surely the Lord God does nothing without revealing His secret plan [of the judgment to come] to His servants the prophets.”

So, guard your heart and your eyes this season so that you won’t get thrown off course like Rueben (refer to last week’s message)!  Let us respond to prophesies positively and not send fear and confusion to others!  For God did not give us a spirit of fear but of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]! (2 Timothy 1:7)

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