The Old Testament pattern and models of prophecy are not for today. John the Baptist was the final prophetic minister of the Old Testament type and figure of prophecy. The time of being a prophet with a staff in hand, wearing sackcloth and ashes while yelling at people are over. Old Testament prophets were the few chosen spokesmen on behalf of God, when the Spirit of God was limited to a select few. But now, under the New Covenant, all of us in Christ have the wonderful Holy Spirit. In our present day and age our prophetic pattern and type is to be motivated by love, grace and mercy, grounded in scripture as the foundation.
- As we prophesy our motivation needs to be love; love for God and love for others. Jesus summed up the Law and the Prophets when He was asked which Old Covenant command is the greatest. In Matthew 22:36-40 Jesus said “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
- As we prophesy, our attitude is to reveal His love. 1 John 4:9-11 says, “In this way the love of God was revealed to us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.Beloved, if God so loved us, we must also love one another.” Prophetic ministry is not about the one speaking; it is about the One who enables the speaker by His Spirit, edifying the Church.
- As we prophesy, we must apply His character and love in our lives. 2 Peter 1:5-7 says, “For this reason make every effort to add virtue to your faith; and to your virtue, knowledge; and to your knowledge, self-control; and to your self-control, patient endurance; and to your patient endurance, godliness; and to your godliness, brotherly kindness; and to your brotherly kindness, love.”
Before we prophesy, do we value and love Jesus? Is our love for Him growing daily? Do we cherish His wonderful Holy Spirit? Do we love God’s children? Do we love those who do not know Him? Before we speak, we need to be grounded in His love and grace.
Love is the key.
Jared Laskey is starting Destiny Open Bible Church in Virginia Beach, VA. He served in the Marine Corps from 2006-2011 and ministers living to see Jesus awaken this generation to the power of His Holy Spirit. You can follow him on twitter @jaredalaskey, or contact him through his website, www.firebornministries.com. He has recently co-authored a book called Veronica’s Hero you can find on Facebook at ‘Veronica’s Hero’.