Pursuing and Testing Prophetic Words
“The New Testament teaching on prophecy shows that it should not be defined as ‘predicting the future,’ nor as ‘proclaiming a word from the Lord,’ nor as ‘powerful preaching’ — but rather as ‘telling something that God has spontaneously brought to mind.’" — Wayne Grudem
“A simple definition would be that prophecy is the human report of a divine revelation.’ Prophecy is the speaking forth in merely human words of something God has spontaneously brought to mind." — Sam Storms
Since prophetic words are given by the Holy Spirit to people, these words must be tested.
1. If we are going to test prophetic words, then we must be open and eager for the Holy Spirit to work in and through us.
2. If we are going to test prophetic words then we must not despise prophetic words.
“Prophecy is not based on a hunch, a supposition, an inference, and educated guess or even on sanctified wisdom. Prophecy is not based on personal insight, intuition or illumination. Prophecy is the human report of a divine revelation.” — Sam Storms
3. If we are going to test prophetic words, then we must be discerning.
“The most urgent need for prophetic ministry today isn’t the ability to hear God’s voice with greater clarity. As important as that is, the most urgent need is a church that is theologically literate and sufficiently familiar with the Bible that it can effectively judge and evaluate both the source and meaning of dreams, visions, and subjective impressions.” — Sam Storms