Sharing God’s Love in Spain
When I was living in Spanish Canary Islands early in 2017 as a missionary, my friends and I decided to go to the mountains to see who God wanted us to speak to or pray for. A few of us walked into a store where we connected with a drunk older man. He reeked of alcohol, but he was super friendly. After a while, I started praying that God would reveal something to me about this older man so that we could share the Gospel with Him.
While I was praying, I started feeling something about the date of October 26th, 1971. I knew that couldn’t have been the day he was born because he definitely looked like he was in his 50’s or 60’s, but I knew in my spirit that date meant something significant to him. After having one of my friends ask him if that date meant anything to him, he said, “No that date means nothing to me! October 26th is my birthday, but my birthday means nothing to me!”
Prophecy is Not For Super Special People
When I was younger, I used to think that prophecy was for super spiritual people who spend 10 hours a day with God and live in isolation in the mountains. The truth about it is that prophecy is a gift, and it’s not a reward for good behavior. There’s nothing we can do to earn gifts from God, and when He gives us gifts, he doesn’t take them away from us if we do something wrong (read Romans 11:29).
While there’s a big difference between prophesying and being a prophet, I won’t get into all that. We’re not all created to be prophets, but we can all prophesy. Acts 2:17 says: “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”
It says God will pour out His Spirit on all people, not on all Christians. We don’t need to be special or unique to prophesy, but we do need to be mature to gain authority in the gift so we can use it to demonstrate God’s love to people who need it the most. The Bible says a lot of things about prophecy, but overall, it’s designed to build and edify people who either need guidance or who are living in darkness (read 1 Corinthians 14;3 and Romans 2:1-4).
Think of electricity. The power it has to light up an entire city is the same power that can destroy a city with one lightning strike. A limitless power that’s out of control can destroy a nation, but a power that’s in control can change the world.
Being gifted isn’t something that makes a difference in the world, but it’s choosing to use our gifts to demonstrate the love of Jesus to broken people that makes the difference. When I wrote my first book, “Why Christians are Skeptical of the Supernatural,” I was learning about the gift of prophecy for the first time. In my learning, God demonstrated His love to me through that gift in ways that changed my life forever.
God’s Power & Love Can Change Things
Prophecy isn’t mystical. It just takes listening to that still small voice in our heads. Some people call it intuition, but what it really is is God speaking to us. In first world countries like America, we’re taught to believe that people who prophesy either need to be in a mental institution, they’re full of demons, or they’re just plain crazy. But the truth is that it’s just part of the normal Christian life for those of us who believe.
Prophesying doesn’t only happen in the mountains or in Bible stories, but it can happen at Walmart, Costco, in ghetto neighborhoods, or in the Red Light District in Amsterdam. When we bring the supernatural power of God with us everywhere we go, that’s when broken people will encounter the transformational love of God everywhere they go.
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