“Well he is just so prophetic”

Please, never-ever-ever {EVER} again say that to try to convince me that because a person was just straight-up rude and absolutely uncaring, demeaning, spirituallly-superior and haughty and high-horse and used scriptures to smack the ever-loving life out of me that they are “just so prophetic.”

If you think you are “prophetic” because people run for cover or bristle at your “insight,” if you think you are the man (or woman)-with-God’s-plan because you thunder loud and leave a ravaged land in your wake or because you spewed forth and then felt better having unloaded it, or having wowed-the-crowd with your holiness, well, you might wanna re-think your spiritual gift.  You might not actually be prophetic.

1 Corinthians 14 NIV

2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.

3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.

4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves,

but the one who prophesies edifies the church.

A prophetic word can be daunting, thrilling and even a little scary, but it will always be calling you up (edifying) and maybe even calling you out in correction, but it will be to something so much higher and more amazing in God.  If you feel like a bomb has been dropped, you just got gut-kicked and are wholly condemned and you are now worse than Kingdom slime, I would consider whether it is Holy Spirit conviction from an authorized Holy-Spirit-filled prophet, which by the sheer loving-kindness* of it draws us to repentance, or the accuser of the brethern, taunting and condemning?

Super-spiritual-superiority (often delivered in the form of mis-used/abusive authority) sucks.  I know ‘cuz I have done it.  God have mercy on me.  Really.  Please forgive me.

File under: It takes one to know one.

* Romans 2.4

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