In the past, I have explained that when you read King Jim’s Version, you will often see the word “prevent,” and that it means “to anticipate, to precede, to foresee and fulfill in advance, to pay a debt before it is due.” It is describing an intimacy, a tenderness that our Father has for us.
Isaiah gave us a perfect example of this when he explained that Yahweh anticipates, or “prevents,” a need and fulfills it ahead of time:
“I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” (Isaiah 65:24).
Often, the Lord “prevents,” or prepares us, for special events or warns of something drastic occurring. It could be the death of someone close to us; an accident we can avoid; an answer to a prayer/ I am sure many of you could provide other examples. It can occur in all kinds of situations. Yes, we often miss these “preventions,” but it sure is comforting when they occur!
This happened when the Lord prepared my heart for my dad’s last weekend with us. Another time, He prepared my heart, so I could in-turn, comfort and prepare my wife, for the loss of her mother. It can be something simple, as when the Holy Spirit alerts a parent to pray for one of their children, or you see this in the Scriptures when the Lord appeared to Abraham and told him about His plans to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.
I am reminded of Amos’ comments about this:
Whatever the Lord God
plans to do,
he tells his servants,
the prophets (Amos 3:7)
This isn’t referring to the spiritual supermen who hear the Lord whispering in their ear about every decision in life. No, but one brother explains the concept of “Big P” Prophets and “little p” prophets. There is a difference. I guess I better explain what I mean.
Paul spoke of several ministries with the Church:
In the church, God has appointed first apostles, next prophets, third teachers, then those who perform miracles, then those who have the gift of healing, then those who help others, those who are managers, and those who can speak in a number of languages. Not all believers are apostles, are they? Are all of them prophets? Do all of them teach? Do all of them perform miracles or have gifts of healing? Can all of them speak in other languages or interpret languages? (I Corinthians 12:28-30)
What Paul is talking about here is a person who is a recognized Prophet (with a “Big P”); someone who is uniquely anointed with the gift of prophecy for the encouragement of the Church. Now, notice that this does not describe everyone in the Church. Paul is discussing a unique calling and anointing. Ah, but Paul doesn’t stop there. He later describes something else:
Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire this love; and earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy (or nterpret the divine will and purpose through inspired preaching and teaching).
For one who speaks in an unknown tongue isn’t speaking to men but to God, for no one understands or catches his meaning, because in the Holy Spirit utters secret truths and hidden things [that are not obvious to the understanding].
But on the other hand, the one who prophesies [who interprets the divine will and purpose through inspired preaching and teaching] speaks to men for their edification and constructive spiritual progress and encouragement and consolation.
He who speaks in a strange tongue edifies and improves himself, but anyone who prophesies [interpreting the divine will and purpose and teaching with inspiration] edifies and improves the church and promotes growth in Christian wisdom, piety, holiness, and happiness.
Now I wish that you might all speak in unknown tongues, but more especially I want you to prophesy (to be inspired to preach and interpret the divine will and purpose). Anyone who prophesies [who is inspired to preach and teach] is far more useful than anyone who speaks in unknown tongues, unless he should interpret what he says, so that the church may be edified and receive good from it (I Corinthians 14:1-5)
Yeah, I used the Amplified Version here. I wanted you to see the full impact of what Paul was writing. Paul was saying that this gift of prophecy is available to all believers. He didn’t forget what he wrote before; no, he is describing two different gifts.
The Spirit of God has placed some as Prophets, but just because you may have had a significant prophetic experience does not necessarily make you a Prophet. In fact, being a “Big P” Prophet isn’t something most of us need to worry about claiming for ourselves. As a matter of fact, we should let others describe us as being something, instead of claiming it for ourselves.
But the concept of “little p-Big P” prophets brings us back to Amos. If all of us can prophesy, Amos 3:7 was referring to US!
Now, to get back to where I started, the Lord “prevented” the heart of one of my friends when my dad died. She wrote to me:
The Lord sure is watching over you with His gentle love. When I was trying to get to sleep last night, but couldn’t, He said, “Nickolas needs help, Nickolas needs help. Pray.” So I did. Then about late morning today, I was heavy-hearted and felt like I was grieving. I soon realized I needed to lift you and your family up in prayer again. I prayed that He would send angels to lift you up. God bless you all. Karen
Isn’t that cool? Many times I encouraged you to knit your heart together with other brothers and sisters. Karen and her husband Dave are people whose hearts have been knit to mine! But her email taught me two things. First, my Heavenly Father is indeed taking care of me (and the rest of my family), but also he alerts people to intercede for us. (Wow! What care He has for us!)
As I have said in a previous message, we can certainly go to Him for our own needs. We can do it daily or hourly or as often as we choose . . . but we can (and should) offer “petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings” on behalf of everyone He lays on our heart.
Father, we thank You that no matter how things look in the world, “You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.” We are here to worship You in Jesus Christ’s Holy Name! We surrender ourselves to You. Your Word instructed us to call upon You and You will show us great and mighty things that we can NOT understand.
We cry out and ask for You to show us great and mighty things; the unfathomable riches of Your glory and splendor and all that You are! Help us to plumb the depth of Your Being and to know You. We worship You, we praise Your Holy Name, Blessed be Your Holy Name!
The Psalmist wrote, “Show me the path where I should go, O LORD; point out the right road for me to walk. Lead me; teach me; for you are the GOD who gives me salvation.” So today we ask that you would continue Your work in us. Amen!
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