Prophecy – How should I respond?

John Piper (founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary) shared this very interesting story of when he and his wife, Noël, were expecting their fourth child, and how this lady shared with John a very dire “prophecy”: “Noël would die in childbirth, and the baby would be a girl.”

‘How would something like this encourage me’, was the immediate thought that went through my mind and as I continued to listen to John speak, he wisely said nothing about it to Noël. A few weeks later in the hospital, the child was born a boy, and mother and baby came through just fine!

There is this scary aspect that we do face regularly, sometimes people are motivated by self-interests and the use of the gift of the Holy Spirit and, this most often keeps Pastors and many of us move away from using it in our churches today. Even in the apostle Paul’s day, he had to strongly urge the churches and their leaders to “not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good”. The easiest way to avoid the messes this gift can make is to avoid the gift as much as possible, because we do not want to encourage anyone right!

John Piper (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist and most recently Why I Love the Apostle Paul: 30 Reasons.

The more we begin to understand, the more important it is that we must not let the misuse of prophecy cause us to miss out on the benefits the Spirit wants us to receive through this gift’s proper use. I have personally benefited from it many times — mostly on the receiving end.

On the 31st of December last year, in a certain church in Sri Lanka, this Prophecy was given in the Sinhala language, its on video and I will be happy to share it with you if you are interested. Below is the translation, some points have already been witnessed and, it is the fervent prayer of many of us who have access to this, to continue to pray, as we prepare. Many of us are burdened and very concerned that we did not heed the warnings but, today we have a responsibility for our nation.

2019 WILL BE A YEAR WHERE

1) The people will come on to the streets

2) The people will come looking a piece of bread, they will come to the streets

3) The 3rd month will be a month of stirring .

4) A war will be seen again in the land in the 4th month

5) Gun fire that was silenced will be heard again.

6) Many deaths will occur by road accidents more than during the times of war

7) It will be a year where people will be treated like dogs , beaten up, and left to die on the road sides.

8) No answers to resolving Political situations

9) The peoples economy will suffer

10) The country weeps much in this year.

11) Wasteful ! wasteful ! decisions, all of them.

12) Peoples minds will be distorted, by force

13) Political decisions are made in favour of themselves

14 ) Political decisions of self again

15) Many will migrate to other lands

16) The prevailing government will take a terrifying decision in the 8 month

17) people will be forced to the street for lack of food.

18) An year in which the rich will flourish in palaces while the needy are forced on to the street

19) Strange (distorted) doctrines in the church and Church teachings that deceive people

20) There will be distorted ideologies

21) Lovers of money and of themselves (in church)

22) God’s Name will be sold for money in the church

23) Two noble Churches will become commercialised.

24) People will mortgage their churches to foreign nations and be reduced to be dependants.

25) One leading and important church will fall 3/4 of its congregation will walk away.

26) Yet! This is a year of salvation in the land

27) It’s a year when people’s eyes will be on Me and their ears will hear My voice for they will have no other to turn to or place to go for help.
My grace will be their place of victory for those who are helpless. My grace alone will be there for them, My grace alone this year.

I say I am responsible because, as an individual, I have failed to lift and include my nation and its governance into my personal prayer life sufficiently. As a church, we have failed to be fervent, we have no passion for our nation, we let the nation run on its own, we never support it sufficiently in prayer. We are good at criticising, finding fault, specially when things go wrong, forgetting each moment that we are not willing to submit to governing authorities, which in turn brings about judgement on ourselves.

All of us must have a desire to obey our God, we need to pursue the spiritual gifts He gives us because they are truly gifts from Him! Just like we all love to receive gifts like little children, so also does God desire to give us so much more, only if we can ask and listen. God wants to reveal Himself to us, He is preparing us, He Loves us and therefore is reminding the Church and all of us who belong to the church that we have a part to play for our nation. This is why he is preparing us, building us, bringing us together, working in and through us and now using us for a greater cause.

More on the subject of Prophecy

Government officials

This morning I had to get into a government office to make a claim for my retirement benefits. At the entrance the security personnel evaluated the documents and gave me #9 as my token.

When I entered the office and numbers were called, the first few numbers had been duplicated, leading to total chaos amongst the people present! The security personnel were being accused, voices were raised and suddenly there was no control until a young government official had to step in. Her role was to calm the people down and she did this very patiently and calmly.

There was pin drop silence. People listened as she explained the procedure and whilst she acknowledged that an error had taken large, she asked her colleagues to take on the duplicate numbers, making it a very fare process and no more reactions by those present!

Services by government officials are rendered free in this country and yet we tend to demand. We never appreciate!

As I sat my turn, I watched the commitment of these officials as they carefully dealt with each individual. I had no words to explain as I can imagine that this is something they must be facing each day! This morning I was encouraged with this verse, I needed to look for Him and His love:

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13 NIV

Each day we go about our activities and can we look for appreciation or are we waiting for something to go wrong? If things go wrong, how do we react, is it with anger or with patience to resolve? I do not have the right answers but I was touched by one individual who was able to bring about a calm from the storm.

Thank you to those who commit themselves to serve humanity. There are many we come in contact with, we must express our appreciation! Going with the right attitude can make a huge difference, this is my personal experience!

Greatest quality?

Do we believe that love could revolutionize the world? What are tangible ways that we could love better?

All of us are blessed with great qualities and gifts. Recently I was meditating on 3 qualities; Faith, Hope, Love! Little did I realize that one of the three is greater than the rest! I have read about it but, I had certainly talked about it but, honestly, I had not let this truly seep into a personal reflection and ‘application’ until I really began to let in ‘digest’ inside me!

We humans have this tendency to center our attention on anything based on our gifts and accomplishments, we call this our ‘experiences’. In management and Leadership, this is considered a key factor for success!

The worldly standard for defining success is by far, the standard of measure today!

FAITH: If I have faith as much as a mustard seed, then I can move a mountain! It makes me realize that because I have this positive and strong attitude, I can be above others! What I also do not realize is that this makes me proud and arrogant!

Experiences and nature also proves that faith can reach and grow people!

HOPE: My daily work routine required that I must have hope in a person and this I can do all the time! Its not necessary to love the person we have hope in, its more of our expectation of that person for what he or she is doing for us!

Experience and nature also proves that hope can reach and grow people too!

LOVE: Love never fails; it never comes short. Love involves caring and giving, selflessness and sacrifice. Love reaches and grows people far more than any other gift or quality. True love is a clearly a gift of God because one can know true love only as we come to know the love of God!

Experience and nature proves that love is not in our human nature, but in the nature of God. God is love. Therefore, when we love a person, we can have genuine hope in the person.

Without question, what our world needs more than anything else is love. If people loved each other, really loved each other, there would be no more war, crime, abuse, injustice, poverty, hunger, homelessness, deprivation, or immorality. Love is the one ingredient that could revolutionize society. Love is the greatest quality of human life. Love is the supreme quality, the most excellent way for us to live.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV https://www.bible.com/bible/111/1CO.13.13.NIV