Acts 2:17-18 ‘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.

In the last days God is going to pour out His spirit on all people. All people. That’s good, right? Because we need it. With all the disaster, anger and haters, the world needs an outpouring of God’s spirit.

But the words that follow do not indicate what will happen when His spirit is poured out. Rather they detail how. How will God pour out His spirit on all flesh?

Sons and daughters will prophesy.

1 Corinthians 14:1 Pursue love and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.

Now I know prophecy may seem intimidating for some, but let me demystify it. Prophecy is not for a select few. It is a spiritual gift many can operate in.

So what is prophecy?

Edification, encouragement, guidance. Prophetic words are words of life. Prophecy is declaring what God desires to come forth in a person’s life. However, it is not without human error. This is why all prophecy must be tested with the Word of God. Prophecy will never contradict God’s Word.

I find most prophecy confirms what God has already been speaking in my life. Words that are right for me resonate well in my spirit and bring peace and joy.

So when you speak life, when you declare what God desires in someone’s life, you are using the gift of prophecy.

Visions and dreams

In Genesis 15:1-5, God appeared to Abram declaring he would have a son. Abram argued his slave would be his heir but God reiterated His plan for Abram’s family.

To emphasise his point, God told Abram to look at the stars, not from a natural point of view, but in the supernatural. Abram was to see the stars not as beautiful bright lights in the night sky, but as his descendants.

God trained Abraham and Sarah to see the supernatural in the natural.

You can watch the news with natural eyes or with eyes of the spirit.
You can go to work with natural eyes or you can be open to what the spirit says.
You can see your bank account with natural eyes or spiritual eyes.
You can see wilderness, or God’s training ground.
You can see sin, or forgiveness.
You can see a prodigal, or a child of God.
You can see sickness, or health paid for by the stripes of Jesus.

There is more to our world than what is seen. Open your spiritual eyes.

God is looking for servants

In the age of the selfie and celebrity, God is looking for those who are not focused on self, but servanthood.

Dreams do not serve you. Prophecy is not to build your ministry. They serve others and glorify God.

Joseph had dreams as a young person. Unfortunately they filled him with pride and an elevated sense of self. For thirteen years Joseph passed through the pit and prison but once pride was gone, he could serve others through his and their dreams.

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Sarah Coleman is wife, mother of two boys, writer, pastor, teacher and friend. She loves Jesus with a passion and the feel of Australian sand beneath her toes.

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