May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017

1 CHRONICLES 25-27

Focus Verse: Moreover, David and the commanders of the army set apart for the service some of the sons of Asaph and of Heman and of Jeduthun, who were to prophesy with lyres, harps and cymbals…
1 Chronicles 25:1

 

We need the prophetic. This kind of statement normally gets one of two reactions: shouts of joy from the camp of individuals that are really into the prophetic or shouts of terror from those who are skeptical of the prophetic. But we need it…desperately!

 

Now I will go on record here and say that I am not one of those people who is super into the prophetic. I’ve never given a prophetic word, and honestly, I’ve never had a strong desire to give a prophetic word. I’m not against it and am completely open to giving one if I feel like that’s what God wants me to do, but to this point in my walk with Him, He hasn’t asked me to do that yet.

 

But I do see a trend in the church (maybe this is prophetic?): we have a whole lot of teaching and preaching going on. Think about it, you come on a Sunday morning and what do you do? You sing a few worship songs and then sit and listen to people talk to you. Now you could argue that there is some evangelism being thrown in there, but that’s not super likely (or super appropriate) in an every Sunday morning kind of setting. Let’s be honest, the majority of the people in our Sunday morning services are already saved (which is a problem I won’t address today), so there isn’t going to be much spreading of the gospel except to people who have already heard it.

 

So the majority of our Sundays are filled with teaching and preaching. In Paul’s definition of God’s gifts to the Church, this is all sorts of lopsided (1 Corinthians 12). My Father-in-Law likes to call the Church today “a bunch of egg-heads”. We’re walking around with all of this head knowledge and exercising that every Sunday, but rarely focusing on anything else God has appointed in the church. Where are the apostles? Where are the prophets? Where are the miracles?

 

I think we try to run from these supernatural appointments God has given to us. We get worried about how these things will look to unbelievers. We hear all of the horror stories (and there are plenty of them) of the people who have abused these gifts; those who have faked the supernatural for monetary gain, those who use “the supernatural” to promote their own personal agenda.

 

Mark Batterson, author and pastor at National Community Church in Washington D.C. makes a great point in his book The Grave Robber. The existence of false prophets and false healings doesn’t mean that real prophets and real healings don’t exist. Quite the opposite! No one makes a forgery of something that doesn’t exist. The whole reason a fake can exist in the first place in dependent on the fact that there is a real version out there somewhere of which the fake is mimicking.

 

This is why it is so vital that there be prophets in the church. People who can discern the spirits behind a healing and behind a prophecy and PASTOR the church in how to use these gifts in a biblical, Christ-centered way.

 

The Church needs prophecy. The Church needs healing. We don’t need to produce movies and music better than the world (something I have heard preached a lot lately…but don’t get me wrong, we need to give God our best in everything we do), but we need to give the world something supernatural that can’t be explained. God has given us these gifts for a reason…why would we be so foolish as to think that He doesn’t want us to use them for His glory.

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