Prophecy: What do you think?

Prophecy: What do you think?

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Retropost Alert!  This is a post of from my very first blog.  I wanted to share it here as well since it was such a powerful experience.  So, go ahead, grab a cup of coffee and read on.

Our church has partnered with another local church to do some multicultural services (ours is a mostly white church while theirs is a mostly black church). They were having a youth revival week, and invited us to serve as a worship team for one night. I admit, I probably wouldn’t have gone if I wasn’t involved with with worship team, so I am mighty glad that God roped me into that! 🙂

We sang our songs, and then settled in to hear the very enthusiastic guest preacher. He was an evangelist by calling, and Southern Baptist by background, so you as you can imagine, things got pretty rowdy. I thought much of what he said might have been going over the kids’ heads, but they all seemed to be paying attention pretty well, even the kids from our church who are used to having a 20 minute sermon, tops. This sermon was more like an hour and a half!

The previous night,  I was feeling frustrated with one of the girls in our Adventure group because she was so distracted, and was distracting others with her jokes and laughter. I was trying to explain to the kids about the spiritual battle we are all in, and it was like Satan was purposely putting up road blocks so the kids wouldn’t hear it, especially this one girl. Well, it just so happens that the same girl was serving in the worship team, so she got another dose of “be prepared for the spiritual battle we are in” from this guest preacher. The sermon was amazing, and at the end, he had all the kids come to the front for a blessing.

He blessed the little ones, prayed over them and sent them back to their seats. He kept the older ones there and began to prophesy about them. Now, I’m certainly not charismatic, but after returning from Africa and hearing about the validity the missionaries put on spiritual warfare and the leading of the Spirit, I was a little more open to the night’s events.

He starting with this young girl from the Adventure Group. He told her that she was a special child, and that God had big plans for her. He said that he knew that people at school didn’t understand her, especially when she tried to do the right thing, but to hang in there. I could see our Pastor on the stage tearing up. I was tearing up, and the girl’s mother was tearing up, because it all rang so true. I knew this girl was special, she was always trying to do the right thing, and I had felt for a long time that Satan was really battling for her soul. She returned to her seat, eyes full of tears and just sobbed. I hoped that she accepted Christ that night, and I found out later that she did! Because she had grown up in a Christian home, she had never really owned her faith, but this night, she was challenged to do so. She really felt the Spirit for the first time. She was shaken up about it, and I think the Lord is preparing her for some big changes.

Two other girls from our church were up front, from our youth group. Not my department, but I’ve been really trying to mentor these girls. I know them pretty well, and what he said about them rang very true as well. One he said reminded him of Deborah the judge, destined to be a leader. I can already see this in the works, and I hope this girl continues to be faithful in her calling. Life is tough for teens in high school, and I am going to be diligent in keeping these girls covered in prayer!

So what do you think?  Is prophecy still alive and well in this day and age?   What place does it have in our children’s ministries?

Resources to check out:

Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit

Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens When God’s Spirit Invades the Hearts of His People

If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat

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Comments

  1. Lyle Lynch says:

    I have found that GOD is the same today as was yesterday or when Adam walked the land. Prophecy is something that GOD uses to sit people straight or get them ready for change. I know that some times he has to push me out of the way so I and others can hear him tell the thing I my want or not want to know. As in the days of Acts the HOLY SPIRIT prepared things for them. Sometimes we dont listen but GOD prepare us for what is best.
    My GOD and yours is here to help us move into what is best for us but he doesn’t always make his message so load and clear as he did for that young girl. I remember many times when GOD has spoken to me in a still small voice.
    May GOD bless you with more knowledge as you open to his voice.The love is sent from deep in the south where today it is cold and snowyand a little bit of ice.
    love Lyle and Becky

  2. Great story, great experience.

    Is prophecy still alive today? Not in the way that it was in the Old Testament – but the way you experienced it that night, yes I believe so. The Lord knew these girls needed a special touch from Him.(I am not Charismatic either)

    Our Lord is so amazing as He cares for us individually knowing exactly what and when each of us need.

    May the Lord bless you Lindsey as you walk through life (disciple) these girls. May He give you wisdom to know what each unique child needs. May He also give you the strength and time to provide this.

    Studies show that kids who continue to walk with Jesus into adulthood are those who have a close relationship with adults, other than mom and dad, in the their local body of Christ. Your relationship with these girls is making the church essential to them.

    God bless

    Wanda

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