Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
— 1 Corinthians 14:29
This verse gives us a picture, not only of the order of ministering prophesies in the church, but also the seriousness of ministering prophesies. There are two ways that we can err when it comes to the gift of prophesy being used in a church setting:
1. Prohibit prophesy altogether because we don’t understand it
2. Be careless with prophesy because we think we understand it
Prophesy is a wonderful gift from God to the church meant for strengthening, encouraging and comforting one another. However, just because someone says that they are a prophet doesn’t mean that they are one. And even if someone is a prophet, it doesn’t mean that they prophesy correctly all the time. Discernment and careful weighing needs to take place whenever this gift is used in operation.
Do not prohibit prophesies. If you do, you will miss out on a blessing from God. When hearing or receiving prophesies, weigh carefully what you hear and hold it up to the light of scripture. Gladly receive a word of encouragement, but test all things by the word of God.
Heavenly Father, help me be able to gladly receive words of prophesy while at the same time exercise a discerning spirit, weighing carefully what is said. Teach me how to eat the meat and spit out the bones without casting judgment on people. Also, help me to be able to operate in this gift with fear and trembling for the edification of your church. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!