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Ronnie focuses on prophecy and that it is open to the entire church. Don't think of it as foretelling but rather forth telling. The definition of prophecy is speaking what God brings to your mind for strengthening, encouraging and comfort of fellow believers. But as in all things it is vital that any prophecy be weighed and evaluated. He then gives us a checklist of things to use to help us (all of us)n determine what is of God.
Ronnie discusses the importance for prophecy over tongues. He uses there overarching principles: 1. Pursue with persistence the way of love; 2. Eagerly desire the spiritual gifts; 3. Eagerly desire the gift of prophecy, prioritizing that particular gift above all others including the gift of tongues. To prophecy is to speak the will of God in an understandable language for the benefit of others. Whereas tongues is a form of prayer and praise you express to God in a language you do not understand.
Matthew 7:22-23 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
We need to understand a few KEY things about prophesy. With all the hoopla about end times, rapture, etc. how can we know what to believe? How can we know what's right, what's wrong, can we really know what the future holds? Here are a few things to help keep us on track.
An explanation of the "speaking" gifts and how they apply to individuals and the church today.
Do they teach another God? Do they teach another Jesus? Do they teach another Gospel? Do they teach another Book? We must be careful to watch out for false teachers.