by Dr. Charles Stanley
Prophecy: A Gift of the Spirit
Spiritual gifts can be classified into two major categories: sign gifts, like miracles and healing, meant to authenticate God's messengers and their message; and motivational gifts, designed to move believers to serve the body. Prophecy — speaking forth the truth — is a motivational gift. Several character traits accompany this ability. If we have this gift, we will:
• get involved wholeheartedly and quickly to help restore righteousness and purity. But in seeking the big picture, we may fail to give personal attention and could be criticized for that. A close walk with God will help us use our gift wisely.
• be open to correction in our spiritual walk. We desire holiness in our own life as well as in others. Yet people may complain about external things like our method of communication or our style of leadership. Unless we stay focused on God, fear of criticism can inhibit our ministry.
• show staunch loyalty in our relationships. We may, however, suffer the pain of having people walk away from us because of our stand for biblical truth. By letting the Holy Spirit comfort us, we will be able to forgive them without retaliating.
• be persuasive in defining the truth. Because we know what we believe, we can explain it simply and compellingly. Some will criticize, claiming we are too bold. By keeping in step with the Spirit, we will avoid being overly aggressive.
When we function in our spiritual gift, we will experience fulfillment, productivity, and a great sense of accomplishment. Best of all, God will get the glory.