Words from the Heart for Tuesday July 7th, 2020
But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.
1 Corinthians 14:3-4 (NIV)
Edifying the Church
Back in April, with the COVID-19 pandemic well underway, the Bank of Canada, our country’s central bank, released a press release that said: “We encourage Canadians to use the method of payment that they are the most comfortable with. However, the Bank strongly advocates that retailers continue to accept cash to ensure Canadians have access to the goods and services they need. Refusing cash purchases outright will put an undue burden on those who depend on cash and have limited payment options.
Coming into a relationship with Jesus Christ is just the beginning of a lifelong journey of becoming more and more like Jesus. God has provided all we need to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord. Included in His provision are those with the gift of prophecy. When we think of prophecy we usually think of foretelling the future. But there is a second aspect – forthtelling the truth of God’s word. The clear proclamation of the Gospel and the teaching of God’s Word is one of the foundational methods by which the Church of God is edified. Paul writes this is 1 Corinthians 14:3-4: “But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.” One of the important reasons we gather with other Christians on a regular basis is so we can study God’s Word together. And God has provided those who teach His Word, have studied it first, and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, apply it so that the Body of Christ matures, spiritually and intellectually. Take time to thank the Lord for those who teach God’s Word in your church.
These have been words from the heart.