The Word of Faith

PUBLI SHED BY KENNETH E. HAGI N EVANGELI STI C ASSOCI ATI ON, P. O. Box 50126,
TULSA, OKLA. , 74150 June, 1971 Vo l . IV No. 6
T HUS SAI T H THE HOL Y GHOST
Romans 8:14, "For as many as
are led by the Spirit of God,
they are the sons of God. "
Let ' s study today about the use
of the gift of prophecy along
the lines of guidance. Of eourse,
when we come to prophecy, we
have two things that are ver y
cl osel y associ at ed: the mi ni st ry
of the prophet, and the gift of
prophecy. Many t i mes folk as-
sociate the t wo; and whi l e they
are associated, they are not the
same. Just because one pr o-
phesies does not make him a
prophet.
The Word of God plainly teaches
us that all are to seek and desi r e
to prophesy. If prophesying
made you a prophet, then it i s
saying that everyone ought to
want to be a prophet; yet Paul
plainly made known to the Cor -
inthians that all are not pr o-
phets. He said, " Ar e all apost-
l es? are al l prophets?" The
answer i s no, of cour se. So
everyone couldn' t be prophets,
but all can prophesy.
Speaking with tongues is a
supernatural utterance in an
unknown tongue. That i s, it i s
unknown to the speaker, yet it
may not be unknown to e ve r y-
body. If you are witnessing to
someone and you become an-
ointed by the Spirit to witness,
you say things you never thought
of. That is r eal l y a mi nor
operation of the gift of prophecy.
You wer e i nspi red beyond your-
self. The Spirit inspired you to
say those things.
Somet i mes prophecy can be
used in pr ayer . Somet i mes when
prayi ng, in your own language
as wel l as in tongues, you be-
come i nspi red to pray. I ' ve been
prayi ng in English, and have be-
come so i nspi red to pray in
English with the anointing of
God' s Spirit movi ng upon me,
until I just listened to mysel f
for an hour t here on my knees.
I knew it was comi ng out of
me, but my mind didn' t have
a thing in the wor l d to do with
it. That was prophecy; it was
i nspi red utterance. Al l i nspi red
utterance is prophecy.
Somet i mes when you ar e pr o-
phesying it wi l l seem as i f t here
are two of you. Have you ever
been t here? We l l , t here are two
of you in a way - t her e' s the
outward man and the i nward
man. Thi s pr ayer i s comi ng
out of the inward man, and
with the outward man we can
l i st en. Somet i mes when I am
preaching this anointing comes
upon me, and I ' l l hear mysel f
say things I haven' t thought of,
It wi l l seem as if I ' m standing
right beside mysel f l i st eni ng.
Act ual l y this i s comi ng out of
the inward man, and I ' m l i st en-
ing with this outward man - this
body, my natural mind and my
natural ear s . Whi l e preaching
I ' ve heard mysel f say things,
and suddenly I thought with my
mind, " Wel l , I ' m going to listen
to that; I ' m going to get that.
I don' t know that mysel f. " That
also happens somet i mes when
I ' m prayi ng.
Your mind doesn' t have anything
to do with i t ; it comes out of
your spi ri t because of the Hol y
Spi ri t within you. That i s a
l ower degr ee of the operat i on of
prophecy. Then these prophetic
ut t erances take on the ecst at i c
f or m that we. hear in our midst
somet i mes.
As mi ni st er s, we study and p r e -
pare ser mons. The Wor d of God
teaches us to study. Paul said,
"Study to shew thyself approved
unto God, a workman that
needeth not be ashamed. " In
teaching I f ol l ow an outline and
study mor e cl os el y than I do
ot her wi se; but then in preachi ng
the anointing of God' s Spirit
comes .
Thi ngs begi n to come to us,
and we say things that we ' ve
never thought of. It st art l es
me somet i mes. Wel l , that i s
st i l l a manifestation of pr o-
phesy, a manifestation of i n-
spi red ut t erance. It i s cert ai nl y
' supernatural. It i s i nspi red ut-
t erance, and al l utterance i n-
spi red by the Spi ri t of God is
r eal l y prophecy.
Even tongues with i nt erpret a-
tion i s prophecy in its var i ed
f or m. Tongues with i nt er pr e-
tation equals prophecy. Paul
said, "Gr eat er i s he that pr o-
phesieth than he that speaketh
with tongues, except he i nt er-
pret . " He i s saying if you speak
with tongues and i nt erpret , that
is equi vel ent to prophecy. Of
course ' he i s talking about
mi ni st eri ng t here, not necess-
ar i l y praying with tongues and
interpreting in your own l i f e.
Prophecy is mor e in use than
folk have thought. Many t i mes
they think of just one part of it,
when actually that i s only one
manifestation. Just because you
prophesy doesn' t make you a
prophet. For a man to be a pr o-
phet, he stands in that offi ce
and uses that mi ni st ry.
Ther e are other things that go
along to make it the mi ni st ry
of a prophet. The si mpl e gift
of prophecy in the New Tes t a-
ment is speaking unto men to
edification, and exhortation, and
comfort , and it should only be
used in that area. You can see
readi l y, in the si mpl e gift of
prophecy t here is no foret el l i ng.
However, you wi l l find in the
mi ni st ry of the prophet t here i s
foret el l i ng and predi ct i on be-
cause he has some of the r e v e -
lation gifts operating - word of
wi sdom, wor d of knowl edge,
and/or di scerni ng of spi r i t s.
Another thing we need to r ea-
l i ze is that spiritual things can
be misused, as wel l as natural
things. Some peopl e say, "How
can that be if God i s doing i t ?"
Wel l , it i s men doing it by the
inspiration of the Spirit of God.
Anything that man has anything
to do with isn' t per f ect .
The Spirit of God i s perfect ,
and the gifts of the Spirit in
t hemsel ves are perfect , but they
cert ai nl y are not always perfect
in manifestation because they
are manifested through an i m-
perfect ves s el . That is the r ea-
son why propheci es and tongues
with interpretation need to be
judged.
Let ' s look in the scri pt ures at
some things. Act s 13:1 says,
"Now there wer e in the church
that was at Antioch cert ai n
prophets and t eachers; as Bar -
nabas, and Simeon that was
cal l ed Ni ger , and Lucius of
Cyr ene, and Manaen, which had
been brought up with Her od the
t et rarch, and Saul." Thi s Saul
here was the Apost l e Paul . No -
t i ce that the names of f i ve men
are l i st ed her e. He starts with
Barnabas and ends with Saul.
He said, "Now t here wer e in
the church that was at Ant i och
cert ai n prophets and t eachers. "
Each of these f i ve individuals
was ei t her a prophet or a t each-
er or both.
We are concerned at the mo-
ment just with two of them -
Barnabas and Saul. We know
Barnabas was a t eacher, be-
cause the 11th chapter of Act s
talks about hi m teaching. I can' t
find anywhere where he had any
part of a prophet ' s mi ni st ry, so
I have come to the conclusion
that he was a t eacher. Now Paul
was a teacher all ri ght , because
it t el l s of hi m teaching; but he
al so was a prophet because it
speaks about hi m having vi si ons
and r evel at i ons, and those are
part of a prophet ' s mi ni st ry.
Ve r s e 2 goes on to say, " As
t hey. . . " I used to think this
*'they" r ef er r ed to the church at
Ant i och, but it doesn' t . It r ef er s
to these fi ve men. " As they mi n-
i st er ed to the Lor d, and fasted,
the Hol y Ghost said, Separate
me Barnabas and Saul for the
work whereunt o' I have cal l ed
them. " It i s my opinion that
while these f i ve men wer e pr ay-
ing, one of the ot hers who was
a prophet (not Paul of course)
said this. That i s the reason
it says the Hol y Ghost said it.
It doesn' t say the Hol y Ghost
said it to one of the individuals,
but the Hol y Ghost said s ome-
thing to the whole group. So it is
my opinion that He mi ni st ered
here by one of the prophet s.
One of the prophets spoke out,
"Thus saith the Hol y Ghost . . . ",
just like Agabus did in Act s
21:10. What did the Hol y Ghost
say? "Separate me Barnabas
and Saul for the work whereunto
I have cal l ed them. "
Ther e i s something to notice
her e. Barnabus and Saul weren' t
cal l ed by this, but they wer e
confi rmed by i t . They al ready
had the cal l i ng. They wer e al -
ready in the cal l i ng. They wer e
al ready in the mi ni st ry, but
God was separat i ng them to
another mi ni st r y - to be apost-
l es to the Gent i l es. You see,
the way that God puts a man
into an offi ce i s by gi vi ng hi m
a gift for the task. It might be
confi rmed by prophecy s ome-
t i mes, but he' s not cal l ed that
way.
Al l the prophesyi ng in the wor l d
is not going to gi ve a man the
gift for that task. I ' ve seen
peopl e go into the mi ni st ry
just because someone laid hands
on them and prophesi ed that
they wer e to preach or be an
evangel i st or be in the mi ni s-
t r y. These folk couldn' t gi ve
even a decent testimony, much
l ess preach. Who would listen
to t hem? Somet i mes they don' t
have enough sense to stop and
listen ^o reason. Someone said,
" Wel l , we aren' t led by reason. "
Wel l , somet i mes you have to
have enough reason to get in
out of the rain at least.
If God has cal l ed a person to
the mi ni st ry, and has separated
hi m, He wi l l gi ve that person
the gift for the task. Paul and
Barnabas wer en' t cal l ed to the
mi ni st ry by prophecy, they wer e
al ready in the mi ni st r y. It was
just confi rmed that God wanted
them to be apostles to the Gen-
t i l es.
So you see that t here is a ver y
fine line actually between the
r eal and the false - between
r eal i t y and fanat i ci sm. It is
mi ght y easy to step across that
fine l i ne, and do a lot of dam-
age. So her e we are in Full
Gospel ci r cl es , where we be-
l i eve in gifts of the Spirit and
so on; yet because of the mi s -
use and abuse and excess along
some l i nes, some people have
become scar ed and just l eave
all of it al one. They become
dead and dry and l eave the
mi racul ous.
Then there are those on the
other side that are ready to
accept just anything that goes
forth. They go off and fol l ow
what they cal l "the Spi ri t , " and
"l eave the wor l d. " Then they
get in the ditch on the other
side of the road. God doesn' t
want us to get in a ditch on
either side of the road; He
wants us to go right down the
mi ddl e of the road.
Because of so many things that
go on today, I would be ve r y
careful about personal prophec-
i es if I wer e you. As long as it
stays in the r eal m of speaking
to men to edification, exhort a-
tion, and comf or t , that is won-
derful. But I think what happens
many t i mes i s that someone who
prophesi es sees a prophet mi n-
i st er . He might somet i mes have
a word of foreknowl edge, and
they think, " We l l , I prophesy,
so I can do that." Then they
move out of the pl ace where
they should be into this other
r eal m, and are mi sl ed and mi s -
guided.
In gi vi ng di rect i on to the church
at Corinth, Paul said, "Let the
prophets speak two or t hree, and
let the other j udge. " It i s sup-
posed to be judged the Bi bl e
says. Pr ophecy i s not to be
accepted without judging it.
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