“Empowered to reach the world” Lesson #6

  “The gifts of prophesy and distinguishing between spirits”

 

Intro:  Do you personally prefer hot weather or cold weather and why ?

Study

  1. James 1:15, Rom 6:23 In all countries, all cultures, in all parts of the world the problem of sin is the same! The Bible tells us that the consequence of sin is death.
    1. Mark 16:15, 1 Cor 12:8-11 Every one of us as Christians are called to the same purpose, to win as many people to Jesus as we possibly can! God will equip us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that we can truly be effective in reaching the world!
      1. 1 Cor 12:9-10 The next gifts of the Holy Spirit that we will discuss in this current series are “The gifts of prophesy and distinguishing between spirits”
      2. 1 Peter 1:21 The gift of prophesy is when the Holy Spirit will give you specific divine revelation that there is no way you could have ever known in your own abilities.
    2. 2 Kings 20:4-6 When we operate in the gift of prophesy God may show us events that will happen in the future, specific direction for groups of people as well as individuals, a word of encouragement or judgement, as well as revelation on exactly where someone else is at in their personal lives.
  2. Deut 28:1-2, Jer 29:11-13 God will use the gift of prophesy to direct people to repentance and obedience in order to position them to fulfil the purposes and plans He has for their lives.
    1. 2 Cor 12:10 The gift of distinguishing spirits allows us to discern what type of evil spirit is operating in someone who we encounter who is not saved.
      1. Acts 16:16-18 This gift can also allow us to discern what spirits are operating in specific locations such as countries, cities, households, and even in specific situations.
      2. 1 John 4:1-3 The gift of discerning of spirits can also at times show us if the spirits present in people or in an area are good or evil.
    2. Jer 1:7-9, 1 Cor 14:1 The purpose of the gifts of prophesy and discerning of spirits is to direct people to God so they can find eternal salvation through Jesus. We need to operate in the gifts of prophesy and discerning of spirits so we can #Reachtheworld!

Discussion

1.Have you ever received a prophesy from God through someone that brought confirmation or direction in your life? If so, what was the prophesy? And what impact did it have in your life?

2. Have you ever personally operated in the gift of prophesy? If so, how has God used you to prophesy and speak into the lives of others?

3. Have you ever seen someone operate in the gift of distinguishing of spirits? If so in what way did they discern the spirits that were operating in a specific person, area, or situation?

4. Is there anyone here tonight who needs to hear a prophetic word from God, or who needs discernment on a situation you are facing in your life? If so, what is your situation?

 

End: Pray for any who need to hear a word from God, or who would like to receive the gift of  prophesy and distinguishing of spirits, then take requests.