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Bishop E. Bernard Jordan: Master Prophet and The Gift of Prophecy

You have to know that people who have received the gift of prophecy are not necessarily capable of predicting future events. Yes, many change and progress has happened in the worldwide prophetic movement. Over the past years, bridges have been created among the prophetic community. Are we ready to celebrate diversity versus uniformity whether it is delivered in evangelism, worship, prayer, writing or media?

We need to raise the bar. What must be our standard to be effective leaders and role models? Keep in mind that the spirit of prophecy is Christ’s testimony. We need to keep our integrity, be a people of authentic grace, following Jesus as our one true and solid example of serving God and His people.

First and foremost, we have to go back to basics and check ourselves, we need to follow Christ and be like Christ, so we need to set a high standards for ourselves basing on Christ. We need to find ourselves and identity in Jesus Christ. We need to consider the bible prophecy as our final authority. As chosen, we must walk in the culture of honor and cultivate our character to carry the gift of prophecy. As fruits of the Spirit, we are valued as gifts of the Spirit. We should help build up the body of Christ, the local church and those who walk in community and accountability. God chooses prophets so we can deliver the good news and that His will be done. Paul wrote the three purposes of divine prophecy which tackles edification, exhortation and consolation. Edification pertains to building up people in God’s faith, to enable them to be more effective in the ministry. Exhortation refers to motivation and admonishment for people to do good deeds and encouragement. Consolation refers to giving solace and comfort and alleviation of distress.

Encouragement is needed to influence other people to be good followers and good leaders. The gift of prophecy is used by the Holy Spirit to convict sinners and to convince them that God has good intentions. We all need in some point additional convicting and convincing so we can take the path to holiness. God’s spirituality and holiness penetrate the hearts of inquirers and unbelievers, also with prophets layer by layer. The true prophetic is promoting the purity of the Lord. Prophecy is a revelation of God’s vocal gift, with Christ teaching us what we need to do. We should possess maturity in handling of God’s given gift , and recognize the aspects of prophetic revelation namely the spirit prophecy, the ministry prophecy, the gift prophecy, and the office of a prophet.

The gift of prophecy is God’s spiritual gift, given generously to His people in order to help them walk with sure steps of faith. The ministry of prophecy should be consistently exercised in Christ journey and God’s divine plan.
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