Saturday, March 29, 2014

Prophecy a great gift

S- 1 Corinthians 14:1-5 NASB

Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries. But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation. One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church. Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying.

1 Corinthians 14:12 NASB

So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church.

O-  This chapter of Paul's letter focus' on the truth that our spiritual gifts are for the purpose of edifying the church.   We as Christians must have a tendency, as I am sure the church in Corinth,  to begin to enjoy their spiritual gifts for the individual needs.   As Paul says the gift of tongues is there for you to speak to God, but does not edify one man.   Prophesy is a clearly spoken message from God to His people and therefore is for the building up of the church (either correction, exhortation, or education)

A - The application for me is to understand that I am to continue to seek and use the gift of prophesy.  No not for my own edification but for the education of others and for the church.

P - Dear heavenly father, thank you for today's lesson, may it be sealed to my heart.  I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.

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