1. Definition:

    1. Reveals unrighteous motives or actions by presenting God's truth.

    2. Edification, exhorting, and comfort. I Cor. 14:3

    3. Sees things from God's point of view.

    4. Motivated to get message across to bring about change in the hearers.

    5. Oriented to produce salvation of the unbelieving heart of the believer.

  2. A prophecy motive must: (Rom. 12:9)

    1. Have love without hypocrisy.

    2. Despise (abhor) that which is evil.

    3. Grasp (cleave to) that which is good.

  3. Prophecy motive weaknesses:

    1. Greatest weakness - not being able to give or receive love.

    2. Greatest temptation - to keep silent when should speak, to withdraw.

    3. Need to have a clear conscience - to speak the truth boldly.

  4. Results in the hearers of the manifestation of prophecy according to I Cor. 14:24,25.

    1. Brings to light things previously concealed.

      1. Convinced of all.

      2. Judged of all.

    2. Secrets of his heart made manifest.

    3. Falls down on his face and worships God.

    4. Sees God in person manifesting prophecy.

  5. Traits:

    1. Speech and manner:

      1. Very forceful in speech - persuasive.

      2. Need to express message - burden of message gets heavier until it is expressed.

      3. Feels responsible to speak out against evil or error.

      4. Frank and to the point - painfully direct no matter who correcting.

    2. Discernment:

      1. Special ability to define what is right or wrong - divides everything into two classes - right and wrong.

      2. Detects and hates evil.

      3. Discerns motives and character of people, places, and situations.

      4. Quick judgments on what they see or hear.

      5. React strongly to people who are not what they appear to be.

      6. Enjoys honesty:

        1. Won't waste time with people who lack commitment, honesty.

        2. Explains what is wrong with an item before selling it.

        3. Enjoys people who are honest with them.

      7. Desires to see signs to prove inner decisions.

      8. Capacity to empathize with those whom they are talking with, ministering to.

      9. Reveals unrighteous motives or actions by presenting God's truth.

    3. God's Word oriented:

      1. Must have God's Word to back up what they learn.

      2. Shares things based on the Word - everything must conform to the Word.

      3. Concerned about God's reputation.

      4. Wholehearted in commitment to cause and word.

    4. Delivery:

      1. Prefer individual contact.

      2. Will set people up to bring conviction - loyalty is to truth not people.

      3. Will sacrifice one person for the group - justice - a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. Matt. 18:21

      4. Will separate from non-repentant sinners.

    5. Suffering:

      1. Willing to learn so can help others learn.

      2. Willing to experience the cross to help other people come to the cross.

      3. After experiencing the cross - are open to correction and rebuke, want to know own faults.

      4. Eager to suffer when standing for truth or right - tend to be willing martyrs.

      5. Tends to be very performance oriented.

    6. Dangers and misunderstandings:

      1. Ministry:

        1. Accused of being proud of his persuasiveness.

        2. Lacking tact when bringing a rebuke.

        3. Becoming more dependent on his ability to speak, than the Holy Spirit's ability to convict.

        4. Demonstrations and illustrations of points may seem as irreverent.

        5. Wants each person to attain to the goal of perfection.

        6. Exposes sinner rather than restoring him - forgets exposure of sin is first step in restoration of sinner.

        7. Cuts off people who fail - dwelling on the negative - judgment becomes fixed in mind.

      2. Attitudes:

        1. Not well liked - people don't like to be around them.

        2. Impetuous - can vacillate between extremes.

        3. Accused of being unforgiving - not able to separate sin from sinner.

        4. May be considered as harsh, unloving.

        5. Strong denouncement of sin - expects immediate repentance.

        6. Seeing the sins of groups may be interpreted as not interested in individuals.

        7. Hates evil, can't see partial good.

        8. Can jump to conclusions from few facts.

        9. Extremely self-critical, feel worthless when they fail or are wrong.

        10. Strong desire to bring and reveal the truth may appear as a know-it-all attitude - not interested in another's point of view.

        11. So spiritual - no earthly good.

        12. Deadly serious - need God's sense of humor - joy of laughter.


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