Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
Name Tags: You are... (Part 95)
When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth... He will tell you things to come.
John 16:13 (NKJV)
'In the last days,' God says,
'I will pour out My Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your young men will see visions,
And your old men will dream dreams.
In those days I will pour out My Spirit
Even on My servants, men and women alike,
And they will prophesy.
And I will cause wonders in the heavens above
And signs on the earth below...'
Acts 2:17-19 (NLT)
By God's Spirit, we are visionaries. What an incredible gift of insight: to get instructions and revelations from the Creator of the universe! What a serious duty of purpose: to disclose and/or perform His visions among people who may not believe us...
Which brings me to another big question: Should we believe every saint's predictions... whether they involve us personally - or resonate with global importance?
'Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world' (1 John 4:1, NLT).
Nevertheless, don't become a skeptic.
'Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good' (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21, NLT).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your role as bright-eyed visionaries works in this age of entertainment. Because filmmakers love to tell stories.
Please consider two relevant points:
1) Regarding other visionaries: Compare their predictions to God's Word. If they vary from Him, discount them. But to make a wise comparison, you must study God's Word for yourself (and make sure to do so in context).
2) Regarding your own crucial visions: Cherish them! Ask God to confirm them. When you've prayed them through sufficiently and they match the path your Savior cleared, allow nothing to stand in their way.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.