Sunday, October 30, 2016

Ministering With Prophetic Gifting

"But if all of you are prophesying, and unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your meeting, they will be convicted of sin and judged by what you say.  As they listen, their secret thoughts will be exposed and they will fall to their knees and worship God, declaring, “God is truly here among you.”  I Corinthians 14: 24-25

After some years in ministry among Muslims I came to see that it is helpful to operate with prophetic gifting. You may wonder why. It is because all human beings are prone to live in secrecy and deception; but especially those raised in honor and shame based cultures. None of us wants to be exposed or come freely into the Light. There is a desperate attempt to hide our true selves.

Walking in love is to be our highest goal because without love the prophetic gift is dangerous. A prophetic gift, used in a carnal way, can ruin people and give Muslims the impression we are like psychics. That would be a travesty. I asked God to give me the gift only if it would be helpful in my ministry among Muslims and believers and help accomplish His purposes.  I also desired that I would not know at the time when the ability is actually being used by God, which, of course, is a given if it is truly prophetic. There would be an avoidance of planning, prying, snooping, scheming, investigating, or analyzing when speaking into my friends’ lives. It just would happen by the Spirit of God.

What does it look like to see prophetic gifting at work? The Spirit can steer conversations with Muslim friends in totally unexpected directions when suddenly we hear a confession of a sin kept secret. That proves to be liberating for our friends and gives us opportunities to speak of forgiveness found in Jesus. Often confusing dreams get exposed and God enables us to help them see God’s truth hidden in them. Without planning ahead, or knowing private situations, just the right verses are read. Once I heard the Spirit say, “Read I Corinthians 5:1 to your friend.” I thought that was odd but obeyed. Out came pent up pain of her being sexually abused!  Recently I visited a Muslim background believer when our conversation suddenly exposed her emotional pain. Without thinking I uttered a response which proved to be prophetic in nature and hit the spot of need in her life.

Perhaps you are weary of having social chit chat over drinking endless cups of tea. You so much desire for God to open up meaningful spiritual conversations. Why not ask God to give you the ability to prophesy into your Muslim friend’s life? It is okay to ask God for that. He can take you to a deeper level of ministry. It will not be learned by following a manual but rather a supernatural ability will be given to you.  I believe every person in ministry among Muslims would benefit from the ability to prophesy – but only if clothed first in humility and love. Ultimately we want them to know that “God is surely here!”

Dear heavenly Father, help me to not be afraid of prophetic gifting which is from your Spirit and for your purposes.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.