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Personal Prophecy: How Much Can We Trust It?


To derive the greatest benefit from the prophetic gift, we must avoid the extremes of a too-controlled or an uncontrolled prophetic ministry. A too-controlled approach will quench the gift altogether while and uncontrolled approach will inevitably lead to misuse, abuse and disaster. Mature pastoral guidance that both values the prophetic gift and understands the potential pitfalls therein is indispensable.

With an open and mature approach to personal prophecy, perhaps Paul’s description of a genuine prophetic meeting in 1 Corinthians 14:24-25 can be realized in our own gatherings. He says that when the unlearned or unbelievers come into a meeting where the prophetic gift is flowing freely, as they listen, their secret thoughts will be laid bare, and they will fall down on their knees and worship God, declaring, God is really among you. May leaders seek God’s guidance in shepherding this powerful gift so that people both inside and outside the church may be challenged and edified through the gift of prophecy.




Reprinted with permission from Ministries Today, September/October 2004. Copyright  Strang Communications Co., USA. All rights reserved.



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Category: Spirit, Winter 2007

About the Author: Eddie L. Hyatt, D.Min. (Regent University), M.Div. and M.A. (Oral Roberts University), serves the body of Christ around the world by teaching with academic excellence and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He has authored several books, including 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity. His passion is to see authentic spiritual awakening transform the Church and impact the world in the Twenty-first century.

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