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Often in the New Testament we read that upon encountering Jesus or the Early Church the people were “filled with awe.” We’ve had a saying in Cambridge for a while – hopefully, not a catchphrase or soundbite, but a heartfelt prayer – “Lord, we need the awe back!”  Despite common usage, few things in life are really awesome. According to Webster’s Dictionary, awe is: “an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder, that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime.” Another reads: “a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder.”

In the Bible, great acts of God inspired a deep awe in the people, leading them to praise God (Matthew 9:8; Luke 5:26; Psalm 65:8); sense God (Luke 7:16); share God (Luke 1:65); and seek God  (Acts 2:42-47). That’s why we need things to be awesome; not to entertain the crowds but to transform people’s broken lives. Awe speaks louder than anything to say: “God has come to help” (Luke 7:16).

This week, one of my prophetic friends was at work, making casual conversation with a builder in the men’s toilets. Suddenly, the Holy Spirit revealed all manner of private and personal details about the builder, which my friend dared to share. He was a complete stranger to him and completely unchurched. Everything was accurate, and the man – totally shocked and grasping the taps – exclaimed: “How do you know all this stuff?” My friend went on to pray for him and assure the man of God’s love. He pointed him to his local church. Awesome!

This may sound incredible but it leaves one suspecting the Holy Spirit might want to do much more, that those who come to church might say “God is truly in this place” (1 Corinthians 14:25) while others with whom we mingle for the Gospel might say, as they did in the Bible, “We have seen remarkable things today” (Luke 5:26). After all, it’s not just a song. Our God is an awesome God!

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It is exciting to be around modern day people with a genuine gift of prophecy. I’m persuaded that some of my friends and colleagues in the Christian ministry are bona fide prophets, as described in Ephesians 4:11. This has been my special privilege for the whole of my Christian experience and I am convinced that wherever I go, whatever I do, I will be in their company. They are usually very ordinary people. They don’t have ‘prophet’ on a business card. They don’t carry a holy staff, or even have beards. Most of them are just humble, ordinary people.

I am concerned, however, that there is very little resource to encourage these modern day prophets in their gift, especially ‘face to face.’ Those who plant churches often mingle with fellow church planters; pastors have their Ministers’ meetings; but for the prophet it can be a very lonely business. Like any heavenly gift, it is freely given and is of grace. But it does not arrive as a fully working download, ready to go. There are no ‘plug and play’ prophets. The gift has to be developed, stretched and exercised. There is much to learn; many mistakes to avoid! We can learn to hear the Spirit in a clearer way. We can develop and improve – we ought to, given that we are representing the Lord in a very direct way.

I recently had coffee with a fellow practitioner in the prophetic ministry. We had both been experiencing the word of knowledge lately and we spent some time encouraging one another to be braver and try to go further in this ability. It was quite a unique conversation, and left me hungering for more.

So here is my question: Are there any UK prophets out there (or ‘those who often prophesy’ if that is easier to say) who would value some special time together? Iron sharpens iron, so prophet sharpens prophet. Perhaps we could create some safe space in which to meet, pray, provoke , support, love – even correct – one another. So that we can excel in a gift that God wills should build up the church (1 Corinthians 14:12).

If you’d love this, please make contact with me and let’s explore.  Could be spiritually profitable!

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Posted: May 1, 2013 in church, healing, holy spirit, prophecy

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Whenever the Holy Spirit is at work, supernaturally, in a local church, His activity always inspires a broad variety of reactions, both from inside and outside of the Christian community. It is comforting to consider that this was exactly the same during The Acts of the Apostles. For example, speaking in tongues is met by some with mockery (“They have had too much wine” 2:13); healing the sick and miraculous acts led to hostility (“They threatened them…” 4:21) and even fear (“Great fear seized the whole church… No-one else dared join them” 5:11-13). Pentecostals should not court controversy or be insensitive to guests and seekers (1 Corinthians 14:23), but it should not come as any surprise when a genuine move of God produces fear and opposition. Thankfully, Acts also affirms that the Spirit-filled church is likely to also surprise and impress a sceptical world (“They were astonished…” 4:13) and to grow numerically. Luke records: “More and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number” (Acts 5:14).
Let’s believe for that too!