The Gift that Keeps on Giving
As you experience the wonderful benefits of hearing from Heaven, you’ll no doubt want to share this gift with your friends, loved ones, and acquaintances. Once you’re convinced of God’s ability to speak to you-to give you down-to-earth, practical, workable solutions to the problems and challenges of life, and to provide comfort and encouragement when you’re low-you will realize that your gift could help others as well.
There are so many broken hearts and wounded spirits in the world today! Chances are you know someone who is passing through a difficult time, or struggling to recover from a recent tragedy. At times like these, nothing could be a greater encouragement than a personal message from the Lord, in which He expresses His love and gives comfort as only He can. After all, He knows them and their heart better than anyone. So in addition to flowers or a card, why not ask Jesus to give you a message from Heaven which you can pass on to that person who is going through a crisis?
God is available to anyone who sincerely seeks Him. He isn’t exclusive, He isn’t choosy, He doesn’t play favorites. He could just as easily speak directly to your friend and loved one if they would only believe and put forth the effort. But often when people are at their lowest, God seems farthest away. Even if they know the Lord, they often feel unworthy of His speaking to them, or even of His love. Or maybe they feel forsaken by Him because of the difficulties they face. They need someone to channel God’s love to them-maybe you. Once they are touched by God’s love through a message you receive for them, perhaps their faith to reach out to God themselves will be rekindled.
It’s not always easy to receive a message from the Lord for others. It takes a lot of courage. What if they think you just made it up, or that you’re a bit strange for thinking you could actually hear from God? Well, you don’t need to worry about what people will think. Jesus said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto Me.”1 If they are at all open to the Holy Spirit, it will work in their hearts and the Lord’s Words will have a positive effect on their lives. Then they will believe. Besides, it’s not your reputation that’s at stake, but God’s, and He is perfectly capable of defending His own reputation.
When you receive a message from Heaven for someone else, it’s simply your job to receive it and pass it on. It’s a bit like being one of those old-fashioned telegraph operators: you’re just the link, and once you’ve passed the message on, it’s up to the recipient to receive it. If they accept His Words, even if they wonder about them a little at first, then they will benefit from the comfort, peace, solutions, or whatever other help God is trying to give them.
When they do, they may very well come back to you with a heart full of gratitude. You were the conveyor of God’s message and love, so they may feel indebted to you. If they don’t understand how prophecy works, they may try to give you the credit for this wonderful manifestation of God’s power. You know you were just the receptacle to catch His words, you know it was nothing great that you did, but they may not. This is when you need to re-direct all praise and glory to God. Make it clear to them that you’re just the messenger, and thank God with them that He was able to speak to them, even if it was through a weak, lowly, “earthen vessel”-you.
“Every good and perfect gift comes down from above.”1 Patting yourself on the back for the good that results from your gift is the quickest way to lose that gift. However, if you continue to remind yourself of God’s greatness and your own weakness and fallibility, you’ll find great fulfillment and satisfaction in knowing you were a “vessel fit for the Master’s use.”2
If you use your gift to help others, the Lord will bless you and help it to grow even more. Prophecy is not meant as some sort of divination rod to use only for your personal gain, or to just find answers to questions you’re curious about. Rather it’s a tool to help you develop a closer relationship with the Lord, and to draw closer to Him, and to be a better Christian and a better witness of His love to others. Yes, it is to help you make wiser, sounder decisions in your personal life, as well as in your business and family situations. But it’s also to help others in some way- either through receiving messages for them, or by helping you, through the instruction God gives you personally, to be a better example of God’s love and Word to them. The more you pour out to others, the more the Lord will give you in return.
Let God love others through you. Your life will then be blessed with the satisfaction that you are not only cultivating a personal relationship with God, but that you are also helping others come to know Him better.
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We need to always remember that our spiritual gifts make us servants of others. A gift from the Lord such as the gift of prophecy makes us obligated to others, to use it for their help and edification. It’s like the Lord’s parable about the talents. (See Matthew 25:14-30.) They’re a serious responsibility and He wants to make sure we put them to good use helping others, not just hide them away because we’re embarrassed or afraid of what people will think. It’s a serious, humbling responsibility to have such gifts.