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Prophetic Purpose In The Church
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Acts 15:30–32 So when they were sent off, they went down to Antioch, and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter. And when they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement. And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with many words.

I have been spending considerable time contemplating the role of the New Testament prophet as an individual that functions within the Body of Christ and the role of the prophetic church as a corporate identity. I have come to understand that the local church can’t be built around the prophetic, but the local church will flourish if it embraces and allows the prophetic to flow and grow (1 Thessalonians 5:20).  I am thinking that my thoughts will linger along these lines for quite some time! Is our goal to be a prophetic church? Or is the prophetic nature of a church the fruit of walking in intimacy with the Father through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. As I am on this journey, allow me to share a few thoughts! Feel free to comment! And more to come...

1 Corinthians 14:3 says prophecy is for the edification, exhortation and comfort of the church. New Testament prophecy is primarily insular and speaks into the Body of Christ. Moreover, the prophetic is the impetus for a greater purpose. We love to be edified but we are called to be a conduit for the glory and grace of God. If our edification does not lead to the extension of grace to those who need it then we are not broadcasting the spirit of prophecy, we are merely enjoying it on a closed circuit. If our edification does not lead to His glorification then all we are doing is puffing ourselves up. When we puff ourselves up, we magnify ourselves rather than magnifying God. When He is glorified we are hidden in Him. When we are hidden in Him, He blesses us with every spiritual blessing on heaven and in earth and we become participators in His Divine nature according to 1 Peter 1:4. 

This is great news!

When we become participators in His divine nature, we become extenders or repeaters
of His divine nature. When we become repeaters or broadcasters of this testimony of
Jesus, which is the very spirit of prophecy, the atmosphere in which we dwell and speak
begins to shift because of the sound of the testimony that is released from our life.
When the atmosphere begins to shift, a divine attracting force activates.
When this divine attracting force becomes activated you will attract attention. Jesus said
if He is “lifted up” He will be the attractor that will draw the hearts of people toward Him.
When Jesus was lifted up He attracted people to Himself. Some embraced Him. Some
rejected Him. When Christ in you becomes an attractive force to those around you
some will embrace Jesus in you and some will reject you.
This is the natural process for those that are part of the prophetic church. We build up,
encourage, strengthen and comfort those who are in Christ with us and this empowers
us to release the grace of Jesus to those around us!

This is the fruit of the prophetic church. This is the fruit of The Church. We become
encouraged and strengthened by the release of the prophetic word and we then are
empowered to be releasers of grace to the world around us that so desperately needs it.
So war with the words spoken over your life! Begin to step out in the release of the
testimony of Jesus that is in your life. Watch the divine attracting force of Jesus become
activated in your life and see the kingdom begin to expand before your very eyes. This
is that time! Step into it and watch it unfold even in your life!

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