May 16, 2018: SOAP #3086: 1Kings 1: 1Chronicles 28; Psalm 91; 1Thessalonians 5 Scripture:  1Thessalonians (NIV) 5:19 Do not put out the Spirit's fire; 20 do not treat prophecies with contempt. 21 Test everything. Hold on to the good. Observation:      These verses deal with the Holy Spirit's workings.   We are to respect what God is […]

May 16, 2018: SOAP #3086: 1Kings 1: 1Chronicles 28; Psalm 91; 1Thessalonians 5

Scripture:  1Thessalonians (NIV) 5:19 Do not put out the Spirit's fire; 20 do not treat prophecies with contempt. 21 Test everything. Hold on to the good.

Observation:      These verses deal with the Holy Spirit's workings.   We are to respect what God is saying to us.   This could apply to the scriptures but would more likely be in reference to the gifts of the Holy Spirit.   Prophecy is the Holy Spirit inspiring a believer to speak out a message from the Lord.

Application:    I should not despise prophecy.   This may happen because of the vessel through which the prophecy comes.   That person may not have a high standing in the church.   Surely God would not use them.
–I may despise prophecy because the manner in which it is delivered. It may not come with polish or proper English.   It may be too loud, or too soft.   It may be spoken too fast, or too slow.
–I must not despise prophecy because the location in which it is given. Prophecy is not limited to a short space of silence after the fourth song on a Sunday morning.   In fact, it is not limited to church gatherings at all.   (Although in church is a time we should expect it!)
–I must be careful not to despise prophesying because of mistakes people have made in the past.
–I must not despise prophecy because it does not fit into the service schedule.   When the service is so packed with man-planned, pre-planned activity, am I not treating prophecy with contempt? I need to give time for the Spirit to express Himself as He desires.
–We are not to despise prophecy, but that does not mean that “everything” goes.   We must understand our freedom considering verse twelve.

Prayer:      Holy Spirit, you are welcome in my life.   Use me to speak your words of encouragement and comfort to build up those around me.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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