FOREWORD FOR THE WEEK: 20 September 2020


TEXT: 1 COR. 14:1-5 (NIV), HOSEA 12:13

It has been an exciting time in the presence of the Lord these past few weeks as we pray and anxiously look forward to God fulfilling his promises to us and his church. While we should be excited about the good news, we are full of expectation for, it should not be lost on us the purpose of prophecy in the scheme of God.

  1. It demonstrates God’s love: 1Cor 14:3 NIV God would show a sinful and obstinate people that He could be trusted and was able to provide for their future by telling them things that would come to pass in a way that they would know without a shadow of doubt that He did it. It must thus line up with the word of God. Deut 13:1-5, Deut 18:18-22
  2. It should encourage us to worship: It should make us individuals who have a greater appreciation of who the God of the Scriptures is. Prophecy exhibits for all to see that God is sovereign in the affairs of men (Dan 4:17), and what He desires He brings to pass (Is 55:11).
  3. To warn and enable us to be prepared: Joel 2:1-2, Amos 4:1-3 One of the consistent theme of prophetic declarations that fills the bible is a note of warning to us.
  4. It fuels our hope: Prophecy gives the hope that allows us to cope with any difficulty. We can praise God for the fact that all of the prophecies in the scripture always come to completion. (2 Pet 1:20-21) Therefore, our hope is in the Lord’s promises that He will never leave us or forsake us so that we can confidently say, the Lord is my helper, what can man do to me. Act 15:18 – Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world.
  5. It enables the mortal man see God’s perspective – Prophecy gives us an eternal perspective on events. Paul wrote, “Set your thoughts on the things above rather than on things on the earth. For your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:1-4) Rev. 21:8 and 22:15 describe those who are not allowed to enter heaven. This description mixed with the sins in Romans 1:24-32 and I Cor 6:9,10 provide a perspective from God’s point of view on the heinous nature of sin and its consequential effects
  6. It offers direction – Prophecy help us find direction in determining the best choices with our time, energies, and talents. Trust in the Lord and He will direct your paths. (Prov. 3:5-7) Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

I am trusting and praying for you that the Lord will release and guide your heart to his prophetic word for you this week, in Jesus name. Have great week ahead.

Pastor ‘Tayo Ojo

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