Real Prophecy 如何分別預言

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I recently spoke a little on the source and role of prophecy. Here are a few more thoughts on discerning prophecies you receive. I welcome further questions!

  • True Prophecy is a gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). But we can also hear from our own spirit, evil spirits, and angels. It’s important to know which one you are hearing. This is why being humble and saying things like “I believe God is saying” or “I feel” are ways of allowing space to be wrong as you’re learning and growing in the gift of prophecy.
  • The purpose of the gifts is love (1 Corinthians 13). Prophecy should come from a place of knowing God’s heart and revealing that to others (1 Corinthians 14:31). The goal is restored relationships (Malachi 4:5-6). Prophecy is always meant to encourage and edify people. Jesus wants us to have an abundant life (John 10:10), but the devil wants to steal kill and destroy. One easy way to tell is if your prophecy leads people closer to Jesus and others in the church or pushes them further away from Jesus. The Bible is clear that wolves will rise up from inside the church and try to take people away from Jesus (Acts 20:29).
  • Prophecy includes revelation, interpretation and application. We need to be careful to discern what God is saying, what it means for the person, and how they can apply it to their lives. Prophecy (along with spirits) should be tested (1 John 4:1). Not all prophecies are true. We need discernment. Prophecy should be in line with God’s heart, the Bible, and leaders in which God has placed authority.

我最近有機會分享真的預言是怎麼樣,以下有一些我對語言的想法。歡迎您再問問題!

  • 真正的預言是聖靈的禮物(哥林多前書124-11)。但是,我們也可以從我們自己的靈,邪靈,還有從天使那聽見預言。去分辨現在妳聽到的預言是否來自於神,這是很重要的。因為妳不確定你聽見的聲音是來自於誰,所以當妳還在學習預言這個恩賜的時候,應該保持謙卑,然後這樣形容妳聽到的預言,像是我相信上帝是說我覺得,不把話說死,這樣妳可以給自己在練習預言的成長過程中,留個犯錯的空間,畢竟我們都是人,難免會犯錯。
  • 所有恩賜的目的都是愛(哥林多前書13)。預言應該來自明白神的心思意念,並且為他人表明神的心意(哥林多前書14:31)。我們的目的是在於恢復關係(瑪拉基書45 – 6)。預言一直都是為了鼓勵,並且造就人。耶穌希望我們有一個豐盛的生命(約翰福音10:10),而魔鬼想的卻是偷竊,殺害和破壞。一個簡單辨別的辦法是,你的預言會讓人們更接近耶穌,還是會讓他們與耶穌漸行漸遠。聖經中說得相當清楚,狼群會從教堂中興起,並嘗試將人們帶離耶穌(使徒行傳20:29)
  • 預言包括了啟示,解釋和應用。我們必須要小心地辨別上帝的話語,這些話語對某些人意味著什麼,以及他們如何把這些話語應用到他們的生活中。我們都應該對這些預言(連同給予妳預言的靈)進行測試(約翰一書41)。並非所有的預言是正確的。所以我們需要去辨別。預言應該按照神的心思意念、聖經,還有上帝賦予權柄之領袖的觀點。
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5 comments

  1. I was wondering if you had any comments on desiring the gift of prophecy (1 Co 12:31) and then also the sensory nature of prophecy from the Spirit (eg physically seeing it with eyes versus dreams versus mental pictures, etc?l)? Thanks and God bless!

    1. Love your inquiry! I believe strongly that we should all pursue the gifts for the purpose of love. Paul desires that we would all prophesy because it’s one that clearly builds up and edifies the body (the overall purpose for the gifts).

      I don’t personally have a lot of experience with sensory prophecy, so I’m not sure I’m qualified to comment too much. I would say it’s valid (Acts 10:9ff among others).

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