(By J.D. King) Many people naturally have questions about the mechanics of spiritual gifts. This is particularly the case when it comes to the prophetic. While this supernatural modality operates on a number of different levels, I’ve found it helpful to carefully consider the following. The Apostle Paul declares: “The one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them” (1 Cor. 14:3, NLT). From this passage, we see that authentic prophetic words are typically positioned to accomplish three things in people’s lives. They:

1. Strengthen
2. Encourage
3. Comfort

One of the primary reasons prophecy is disparaged in the church is because people don’t always heed the underlying wisdom of this passage. They have taken upon themselves fierce avenues of engagement that God never intended. CONTINUE