© by Joyce C. Lock
A prophet is to be proclaiming things heard from God. Whenever God speaks, scripture supports it ... though probably not where someone points, "Thus saith the Lord," stealing God's words (running when He didn't send them).
Prophets guide people through their wilderness. You'll know them by their fruit, as God reserves spiritual gifts for those who have the heart for it.
Within the Bible is God's definition for most every word of significance given in scripture. God is His own best commentator. Teachers forgot to teach themselves. If you're interested in God's intent ... ask Him. Search the scriptures. If you seek God with your whole heart, He'll reveal himself to you. And when His Spirit writes the words upon your heart (which is the truth, as He cannot lie), you'll come to 'know' God in newfound ways. The words of His mouth are our necessary food.
Some teach, if you pick just one verse, you're taking it out of context. However God speaks to your need, that word is infallible. Though, it might be true if you're selecting a verse to support your thinking (telling God what He believes). Scripture instructs us to compare spiritual things with spiritual things, rightly dividing the words of truth. Deliberately written so the lost wouldn't understand it, you'll find the real truths in the hidden parts - as God reveals them to you.
Additionally, when someone speaks in the Spirit touching your spirit ... you can believe God, knowing He dwells with you.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.