“Do not despise prophecies” 1 Thessalonians 5:20 (ESV)

I was recently in our backyard working on a deck/platform. Btw, it always takes longer that you’d think! It was probably around 4pm, blue skies, on a very a beautiful day. Suddenly I heard the siren on the nearby golf course, indicating a lightning strike had occurred. I wondered if they were just testing the equipment, after all, it was clear, blue and peaceful. Nevertheless, something in my spirit nudged me to pack up and get inside. By the time I packed everything under shelter and got inside, the heavens opened up. Yes, we got hit with a huge storm!!! Had I not taken heed of the warning, even when it didn’t make sense, I would have gotten wet, and some of my tools may have been damaged or destroyed!

This is what prophetic words are often like. They come and announce something that looks so different from our current circumstances. They are often easy to dismiss and despise. They look foolish and can be ignored if we’re not careful. Yet, MANY prophetic words are coming, right now, as warnings and we must take heed. We need discernment in this hour to hear and understand what the Spirit is saying to the churches through the prophetic voices! In these dangerous and dark times, we desperately need prophetic voices.

If you have ignored any prophetic voices in your life, take time and repent of it! When we ignore, dismiss or despise someone, they will begin to back off and speak less. Perhaps even completely withdraw. In this hour we need these warning voices. Ask God to grant you greater discernment, to know how to weigh prophetic words, testing them and applying those that are “good” while discarding those that your discernment says are not (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22). Ask the Lord to grant your pastor greater discernment. It is so easy for pastors to simply write off those crazy prophetic people! Ask God to grant His church in our city ears to hear what His Spirit is saying so that we might be prepared for what’s coming!

“Thank You Father, that You promise to reveal Your plans to Your friends, the prophets (Amos 3:7). Give us ears to hear what You are saying through them!”