“Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets,” 1 Corinthians 14:29-32.
The word for Judge here in the Greek is: διακρίνω, diakrinō, (dee-ak-ree’-no) and one meaning is; to separate, make a distinction.
We are to judge a spoken prophecy by separating and making a distinction between what part of it is flesh and what part of it is Spirit.
These are not the days when we are to throw the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak.
In the New Testament, we are to distinguish soul and Spirit, and not stone the prophets and call them false prophets.
We all miss it at times. So God said; “When one prophesies let the others distinguish…” (1 Corinthians 14:29).
If you think about it, this makes more sense than calling everyone who ever misses it, a “False Prophet.” God gives Grace to us. If not, we would all be stoned in this day!
I had an experience with another prophet whom I considered right on most of the time, and this person gave me a Word, but because there was a soulish fleshly motive for this prophecy, it nearly destroyed me at the time, until I realized that there was a wrong motive for a part of this word.
Had I of understood this at the time, I could have saved myself a lot of grief. But later when I realized it was not, God but their flesh, then it was easy to understand and distinguish.
I think it would have been better had someone else been there to judge this, but it was’t done like that.
Watch out when someone wants to take you alone. Sometimes it just isn’t wise.
We prophets these days must realize that when we have others who look up to us as a voice for God, then whatever we say in the flesh could hurt people permanently, who are not mature, or do not yet have this discernment.
We must also “discern or make a distinction” about our own motives before we speak things, especially hard things into another’s life.
Let’s grow up in the prophetic and search our hearts, and not only ours, but let’s discern prophecy and make a distinction between what is soulish and what is Spiritual!
I promise it will save you a whole bunch of heartache down the road if you do.
~ by Jo Ellen Stevens
Jo Ellen Stevens of TCIC Ministries is a Prophetic speaker, author, worshiper and intercessor. She has ministered with her husband for 23 years and was a worship leader at the Assembly of God for many years. She is an ordained minister (Restoration Ministries) and works with Restoration Ministries in their Ministry Rooms doing prophetic worship with her husband. She has taught many bible studies and have led many intercessory prayer groups.