Notes on Prophecy

To possess a spiritual gift without purpose is to waste the gift that has been given.

Gifts are given only by the Holy Spirit, but we can learn how to focus, to direct, to sharpen the gifts, so as to become specific and aimed at a goal with Kingdom values.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit can be desired and requested (1 Corinthians 14:1), but they are not earned.

We can teach about the gifts, encourage one another to use the gifts, help others to progress into higher level of ministry, but we cannot give gifts.

We can pass on the anointing, by guiding others to come closer to the Lord, we can impart anointing (Romans 1:11) and discover gifts in others, but we can pass our mantle to others only in obedience to a specific command from God (1 Kings 19:16). No one can appoint himself to the office of prophet, not even to the ministry of prophet, although potentially everyone who is born again and filled with the Holy Spirit can prophesy (1 Corinthians 14:5).

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