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When you come across Pauline instruction, such as, "don't do this or that", it suggests that something is not worth engaging because it has consequences. In today's Scripture, Paul is urging us to avoid despising prophecies. This is because prophecies are conceived of as a "nearby" possibility or a desirable future event, which means it is able to be proven.

Reference: 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 The Message (MSG) "Don't suppress the Spirit, and don't stifle those who have a word from the Master. On the other hand, don't be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what's good."

"Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good" (ESV).

When the Word says, "Do not quench the Spirit", it means - to allow the Spirit to continue speaking, guiding, prompting and sustaining the unfinished work of conveying the truth by inspired ways. For how long? As long as the earth remains. John 14:16 reads, "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever" (ESV). Therefore, do not neglect the Spirit's presence, gift and role in your life and in the church, which is for all times.

More so, there are different kinds of gifts, but it is the Spirit that distributes them, according to 1 Corinthians 12:4-11(NIV). And one of those gifts is prophesy. Prophecy is a good means through which the Spirit ministers or communicates with the saints. This is why today's referenced Scripture is encouraging us to entertain the prophetic. Acts 2:17-18 (ESV) says, "And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy."

How do people or Christians despise prophecies? First, the word, 'despise' is used by (ESV) translation. The three latin words (despicio, contemno, and temno) cover all aspects of the definition. Despicio means to despise, look down, or disdain. Contemno means to despise, scorn, hate, condemn, disparage, belittle. Temno means to despise, disdain, slight. When the Spirit of God speaks or prophesies, whether through certain ministers chosen to be God's prophets or through spiritual men or messengers whom He uses, and then any of these definitions happen, it means that the prophecy has been despised or treated with contempt.

Beloved, despise not "prophesyings." Take it seriously; prove all things; hold fast that which is good. When you hear the word of prophesy concerning you, your family, your career, your business, your purpose or your ministry, you must pay attention to it, comprehend and hold fast to it. Even when a special message comes in form of dream, vision, it is worthy of serious attention (see Numbers 12:6 ESV). Another important Scripture, Habakkuk 2:2 reads, "Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it" (KJV). The Spirit of prophesy reveals God's intention for the future and also for the present but it doesn't always mean you'll remember the wordings. This is why it helps a lot, whenever you receive prophetic messages, to always consider what God reminded Habakkuk to do.

In the context of today's Scripture, what does it mean to prove everything? Simply put, keep functioning with it, keep believing it, keep observing it, keep running with every detail of the message and keep proving it in your own life. Since God has spoken, it will be tested, tried and proven. The prophetic communication between God and humans sometimes has a time frame. For instance, the Bible recorded this about Joseph: "Then the time he had spoken of came, and the Lord's words proved that Joseph was right" (Psalm 105:16-19 NCV).

The latter part says, "Check out everything, and keep only what's good." In other words, always reject negative predictions, no matter who is prophesying to you. Lay hold on the only good part, and refuse to accept any evil utterance associated with any prophetic message. This is because God's plans for you are entirely good, according to Jeremiah 29:11(NIV).

When the prophetic rhema, dream, vision, instruction and inspiration come, before its proven, cling firmly to it, regardless of contradictory conclusions, contrasting view or divergent interpretations at any point in time. For the Bible says, "We have the more sure word of prophecy; and you do well that you heed it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns, and the morning star arises in your hearts" (2 Peter 1:19 WEB). Shalom!

Scripture Reading - Amos 3:7; Acts 2:17-18; 1 Peter 1:10-11; 1 Corinthians 14:31; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:10.

Guided Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, I'm grateful for the Spirit of prophecy which reveals your great plan and purpose for my life. Thank you Lord for your mode of communication through the strongest forms of divine prediction such as prophetic utterance, trance, visions or dreams; by these you communicate your mysteries and perfect will to me. Your words of wisdom and revelation knowledge come to me with such an intensity of power, in accordance with the truths of your Word which abides forever. Therefore, I testify that I daily enjoy your exceptional communion and interchange of thoughts, with higher grade of inspiration in Jesus' Name, Amen!


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