Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
Lights, Camera, Action (Part 12)
Do not despise prophecies.
1 Thessalonians 5:20 (NKJV)
Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
1 Corinthians 14:1 (NKJV)
Most Jews consider Malachi to be the last Jewish prophet. In recognizing Jesus as neither prophet nor Messiah, God's beloved nation has been without prophecy for over 2500 years.
'Although the loss of prophecy was a spiritual catastrophe, there still are some spiritual benefits to its suspension particularly within the approach that there was a divinely ordained metaphysical shift from prophecy-idolatry to human reason' (Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals).
Christians believe prophecy descended to Christ's followers when Jesus ascended to Heaven. Prophecy came to believers through the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
'I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you' (John 16:7).
Before Jesus said it, the prophet Joel foretold it: 'And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy' (Joel 2:28).
Therein, every son and daughter of the Living God who believes on the Lord Jesus may prophesy. The Way and the means are within us. Prophecy is a spiritual gift to be cherished. Determining whether a prophecy is from God is a matter of prayer, confirmation, and testing.
I believe the entrance of actors, models, and talent for Christ into the dark skies of entertainment is prophesied in God's Word. I believe dream haters rise to forbid their entrance. But prophecy wins. Dream haters lose. Hold the course.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Lights, Camera, Action series.