Spiritual Gifts – Prophetic – Critiquing


In the charismatic circle some of the most beloved Holy Spirit gifts are :-

  1. Gift of Tongues
    • Speaking in Tongues
  2. Prophecy
    • Prophetic


There are numerous reasons why the carriers of these gifts are so prevalent in our current world.

Part of its prevalence can be sourced to how difficult it is to critically look into their merit and usefulness.

For instance:-

  1. Speaking in Tongues
    • Authenticity
      • How can one tell whether a person speaking in tongue is actually receiving words from God
    • Purpose
      • What is the purpose of the words
    • Relevancy
      • What is the relevancy
  2. Prophecy
    • Timeline
      • Is the timeline for now, short term, or long term
    • Direction
      • Who is the prophecy concerning


  1. Test every Spirit
  2. Determine who/whom is being lifted up
  3. Does it lead you to worship God
    • Or does it lead you to your worship of a person, a movement, or material and earthly things


  1. 1st Corinthians
    • The Greater Gifts ( 1 Corinthians 12:31 ) [Link ]
      …But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you a way that is beyond comparison.
    • Love ( 1 Corinthians 13 ) [ Link ]
      • If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a ringing gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and exult in the surrender of my body,a but have not love, I gain nothing.
      • Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no account of wrongs. Love takes no pleasure in evil, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
      • Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be restrained; where there is knowledge, it will be dismissed. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial passes away.
      • When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I set aside childish ways. Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
      • And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love.

Light from Heaven?

Your Lord said “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” ( Luke 10:18 ).

Please, please be careful what entertainment, instruction, and light you are taking in.

Word Study

  1. Luke 10:18 ( Link )
    • Young’s Literal Translation
      • and he said to them, ‘I was beholding the Adversary, as lightning from the heaven having fallen;
  2. 2 Corinthians 11:15 ( Paul and the False Apostles ) (  Link )
    • …And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their actions.
  3. Matthew 23:8 ( Woes to Scribes and Pharisees ) [ Link ]
    • …the greetings in the marketplaces, and the title of ‘Rabbi’ by which they are addressed. But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth your father, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.
  4. Romans 3:8 ( God Remains Faithful ) ( Link )
    • …However, if my falsehood accentuates God’s truthfulness, to the increase of His glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner? Why not say, as some slanderously claim that we say, “Let us do evil that good may result?” Their condemnation is deserved!
  5. Isaiah 14:12 ( Downfall of the King of Babylon )  [ Link ]
    • How you have fallen from heaven, O Morning Star, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, O destroyer of nations. You said in your heart: “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God. I will sit on the mount of assembly, in the far reaches of the north.…
    • New American Standard 1977
      • “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!
  6. Ezekiel 28:13-17 [ Link ]
    • Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created


Beloved, desire God, his love, guidance and instructions.

Please do not have him tell you the same thing over and over.

When we love someone we learn to listen once and see and sense their instruction is born out of love.

Leaving once and for all a sight set on earthly things:-

Their god is their belly, and their glory is in their shame.
Their minds are set on earthly things. – Philippians 3:19

For the time will come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears they will gather around themselves teachers to suit their own desires. So they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.… – 2nd Timothy 4:3


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