Seeing a few steps ahead #1 The Prophetic Gift

Seeing a few steps ahead #1 The Prophetic Gift

Rom 12:6-8 NIV

 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

#1.The Prophetic Gift 


  • sees early, sees well – trends, patterns, designs. Loves seeing early, discovery, worship, music, rhythm, patterns,


  •  Need to check against the Word of God, and timing. Needs to be in a team who can bring checks and balances.

Isa 43:18 NIV

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19.See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

1 Cor 14:1-4 NIV

– NT prophets gift). Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue[a] does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their 1.strengthening, 2.encouraging and 3.comfort. 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 

-People with the prophetic gift have a desire to see equity and justice applied to all parts of life. They are motivated by a cause, and will go to great lengths to help others see the need for action, even if they appear insensitive.  

-They need to know the ‘why’ early. even before the ‘what’ or the ‘how’.

-They often feel or see things early. They are sometimes called seers (seers – see-ers) in the OT.

-They see patterns and are often rhythmic or athletic (kinetic).

-They can ’see’ notes, charts, patterns quickly.

-They need to check everything from the Word of God.

-They don’t see timing as clearly.

-They need to settle all their feelings into the truth of God’s Word and ways for safe boundaries.

-In the context of the church, this gift is the divine strength and ability to speak life, future, hope – and bring clarity to Bible truth, in some cases foreseeing God’s plan.

-They are often musical, singers, designers, creative, environments/ambience setters,

Romans 12:6; Acts 2:37-40, 7:51-53, 26:24-29; 1 Corinthians 14:1-4; 1Thessalonians 1:5 (All Teams)

1.OT examples

-David’s music and the sheep. David impact in the presence of a depressed king. 

1 Sam 16:19-23 NIV

Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” 20 So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.21 David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. 22 Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.”23 Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.

-Solomon and Proverbs: (Pr 1:1) Here are kingdom revelations, words to live by, and words of wisdom given to empower you to reign in life, written as proverbs by Israel’s King Solomon, David’s son. (TPT)

-Future sense 

– Joseph and the coming drought.

Gen 41:15–16 NIV

Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”16 “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”

—> -Agabus and the coming drought in NT 

Acts 11:27-29 NIV

During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 29 The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea.

2.NT examples.

Jesus example:

-Nathaniel under the tree

Jn 1:47-51 NIV

When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” 48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

-“Peter the rock”

he knew he must go the the cross and be resurrected. 

Mat 16:13-18 NIV

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[b] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[c] will not overcome it. 


Acts 16:9-10 NIV

That night Paul had a dream: A Macedonian stood on the far shore and called across the sea, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” The dream gave Paul his map. We went to work at once getting things ready to cross over to Macedonia. All the pieces had come together. We knew now for sure that God had called us to preach the good news to the Europeans.


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