We all have the capacity (and the ability) to prophesy!

If there is any confusing over the matter of prophesying, to be a prophet is not mainly a person who “predicts the future” but one who speaks for another, as Aaron spoke for Moses in Exodus 7:1-2.

All the believers have the capacity to prophesy and have the obligation to prophesy (1 Cor. 14:31, 24)… First Corinthians 14:31 says that we can all prophesy one by one. The word “can” indicates the capacity, the ability , to prophesy…
Because we all have the divine life, we have the capacity to speak Christ… We all need to grow with the increase of God. The increase of God within us increases our capacity so that this capacity is developed unto our ability (The Advance of the Lord’s Recovery Today, p. 115-117).

Further enlightenment from the home meeting tonight: We have the capacity to prophesy, and when we practice to prophesy, we develop the ability to prophesy. Hence – we CAN all prophesy! 🙂

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Knowledge + Revelation -> Prophecy

1 Corinthians 12:8 – For to one through the Spirit a word of wisdom is given, and to another a word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit…

“In our meetings, everyone can open his mouth to speak. When every one of us speaks, the riches of the Body of Christ are expressed. When we prophesy for the Lord, we need the spiritual words, and these spiritual words come from God’s Spirit of life (1 Cor. 12:8). This Spirit will grant us the words, the utterance, and the boldness to prophesy. When we depend on Him, we can prophesy for the Lord unto the building up of the Body of Christ” (God’s Way in Life, p. 43-44).

I was impressed this morning that we all have the capacity to speak! More so, we have the capacity to speak when we depend on the Lord. Apart from the Lord, the words that we utter from day to day can be meaningless and empty. But – when we come to the Word of God to receive understanding (knowledge), and when this very Word enlightens us (wisdom), then we have a way to speak forth God for the building up of the Body of Christ. It is the Spirit who gives life (John 6:63), and when we receive this life through the Word, we have the boldness to prophesy. Hallelujah! 🙂

Lord, I’ve set my heart

1. Lord, I’ve set my heart; Lord, I just love You.
Beside You I have no other desire.
Lord, I just like to live You.

Chorus: Lord, I love You because You love me.
I just like to live You,
And be under Your instant moment by moment leading.

2. On the entire earth, in the whole universe,
I have no int’rest or other desire:
My desire is only You.

3. Thank You, dearest Lord; You’ve predestinated me.
You’ve called me and saved me and, Lord, preserved me.
You have brought me, Lord, to this day.

Source: http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/lb/18#ixzz1yCrKWHdm

P.S. https://www.box.com/s/be71ea44589608f1923c

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 14:4b

He who prophesies builds up the church.

We are God’s speaking people. Whenever we come together, our meeting must be a speaking meeting. It must be a meeting speaking God, speaking for God, speaking forth God, and speaking God into people. This is God’s divine dispensing.

… Today many pastors learn how to be eloquent and even speak words that make people laugh. We are not burdened to speak in this way. We want the words that we speak to be words of spirit and life. As believers, we all have to prophesy. We should not think that it is that difficult to speak for the Lord. We do not need to be specially gifted persons in order to speak Christ. I hope that all of us would take the holy Word from the Bible and put it into practice (The Advance of the Lord’s Recovery Today, p. 109).

Taking the Lead to Minister Life

To be those who can minister life to others, we need to be put to death – not physically speaking, but this death is carried out through the divine life which operates from within us, to terminate our natural fallen self.

When we stay under the termination of the Lord’s death, His resurrection life will be dispensed into others through us. The dispensing of life into others is always the result of our receiving the killing of the cross.

The basic principle set up by the Bible for us believers is neither self-improvement nor the rejection of evil and the practice of good, but the putting of ourselves into the death of Christ. When we love the Lord and enjoy Him, we abide in Him. As such, His first operation is to put to death all the fleshly things in us… The more we die with Christ this way, the more His resurrection power will be manifested in us (Words of Life from the 1988 Full-time Training, p. 56-59).

When we abide in the Lord, our natural self is put to death and we experience resurrection! Without Christ in us, we minister our natural fallen self to others; only when we are put to death can we minister Christ as life to others! In addition, it is not that we put ourselves to death; it is by abiding in the Lord, being conformed to His death (Phil. 3:10).

For example, in our day to day lives, we all contact people through one means or another – do we minister what we are (i.e. natural fallen man; death) or the Christ whom we have experienced (i.e. life)? I have people who I am particularly burdened for, and as I consider my expressions and mannerisms, I am struck by the intensity of my self that is reflected instead of Christ Himself in me. That is to say, each one of us needs to abide in Christ more deeply, to be put to death more intensely, that we would express and minister the resurrection life of Christ more richly to others!

This is the real work of the new covenant ministry. It is not a matter of working; it is a matter of dying. In the Lord’s recovery we need to die so that life may work in others. Hence, our dying is our working. The Lord does not need you to accomplish a work for Him. He needs you to die. If you die, life will work in others. You will minister life to others by dying. Therefore, our work is to be put to death (Life-study of 2 Corinthians, p. 295).

Lord, keep me abiding in You, being conformed to Your death, that I would be ministering You as the resurrection life to those around me!

Emanna: Praying Daily

As I read through this portion tonight, it made me consider the list of people I have a burden for. This list is not a physical one, but one that has been on my heart for a while – though I need to get myself into the habit of forming a prayer journal of sorts. Most especially, I really appreciate the phrase “definite prayer”, which can be achieved by having a fixed time for prayer.

O Lord, I want to use my time wisely; that I would have a fixed time dedicated for prayer – not merely for my needs, but Lord, how about Your needs? The needs of those around me? Remind me Lord, to persevere in prayer!

~~~~~~~~~~~~Bible Verses~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Colossians 4:2 Persevere in prayer, watching in it with
thanksgiving.
1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, first of all, that petitions,
prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings be made on behalf of
all men.

~~~~~~~~~~~Words of Ministry~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

You have to pray for those around you. Is there no one who
needs your prayers? How many colleagues do you have? How
many neighbors do you have? How many relatives and friends
do you have? Always ask the Lord to place one or two special
persons in your heart. When the Lord places a person in your
heart, He intends to save this person through you. You
should write down his name in your record book and
continually bring him to the Lord through prayer.

You need to set aside a fixed time daily for this work of
intercession. Whether it be an hour, half an hour, or a
quarter of an hour, it must be a fixed time. If there is no
fixed time for prayer, there will not be definite prayer. As
a result, there will not be any prayer at all. Hence, always
fix a time for prayers, whether it is a quarter of an hour
or half an hour. Do not be too ambitious; do not plan for
two hours and end up not being able to carry it out. It is
more practical to set aside one hour, half an hour, or a
quarter of an hour. Always fix a time to pray for those who
need your prayer. Do not relax. Do this every day. After a
while, you will see sinners saved one by one.

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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the
Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee,
Messages for Building Up New Believers, p. 295. Both are
published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.