The Motivational Gifts of the Holy Spirit: The Motivational Gift of Prophecy in the Life of Jesus

Knowing your motivational gifts can help you to choose career pathways but also ministry opportunities. It can also cause you to know your strengths and understand yourself as a member in the Body of Christ. For instance, a person strongly motivated by prophecy will be a defender of the Word of God. That person will care deeply about reverence and respect for the LORD and proclaiming the truth of God’s Word. Truly, all Christians should have these traits but in one motivated for prophecy, it will be clear to him or her and to those around him or her. This person often flows in the gifts of the Word of Wisdom and Word of Knowledge and discerning of spirits. The Lord will use this person to speak in the congregation words of encouragement, exhortation and comfort. This person may also speak to individuals words about their lives that only God would know about.

Primarily the person motivation by prophecy will care about God’s Word and can be critical of ideas apart from God’s Word in the Church. I want to give you an example. This most certainly applies to correct (quoting scripture or lining up with scripture) teaching and preaching from the pulpit, but also includes events sponsored by the Church or events within the Church. An example would be a person who wants to host an evangelistic outreach at the Church might want to use unconventional means, such as games, teaching English as a Second Language or servant ministry such as car washes and offering service without including a scripture or prayer etc. The person motivated by the gift of prophecy might be against it because there is no scripture or preaching of God’s Word. Of course it would be best to include both.

Jesus shows a righteous rage at seeing the sellers of livestock and offerings in the place where the Gentiles prayed in the Temple. John 2: 

13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple He found those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers sitting there. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. He poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16 He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house will consume Me.”[b]

The person motivated by prophecy may withdraw to pray and seek God about matters other people would not.

Jesus is water baptized by John the Baptist and is prophesied over as the lamb of God who takes away all the sin of the world. John the Baptist prophesied truly this is the Messiah, the one I came to prepare the way for. Instead of Jesus staying along with John at the river. Jesus departs into the desert so He can pray and face temptation. After someone announces you as the main attraction, it makes no natural sense to go be apart in the wilderness. Jesus was moved by the Holy Spirit within Him so that He could be strengthened.

Mark 1: 

12 The Spirit immediately drove Him into the wilderness. 13 And He was there in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts. And the angels ministered to Him.

Also in perhaps the height of His fame as a preacher and the miracle of multiplication, with one of the largest crowds ever gathered, Jesus withdrew. Jesus after He fed the 5,000 and withdrew from the crowd to go pray by Himself because He knew the people wanted to take Him by force and make Him be king. He knew that was not God’s plan for Him at that moment.

John 6:

15 Therefore, knowing that they would come and take Him by force to make Him king, Jesus departed again to a mountain by Himself alone.

Another example can be seen when Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane praying with His disciples. He asked them to come pray with Him. They were there but were not all praying. Of course they didn’t know what Jesus knew about the things that would occur. Jesus drew Himself apart from His closest friends to press in deeper in prayer. Even though they were His closest friends, only God could comfort and strengthen Jesus on that occasion.

Matthew 26: 

39 He went a little farther, and falling on His face, He prayed, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”

The person gifted by the motivation for prophecy wants God’s Word, Will and Name to be honoured. That person must pray to be merciful, kind, wise with words and discerning of spirits very strongly. That person may release blessings from his or her mouth or words that curse. That person must be lead by the Holy Spirit and constantly be in prayer and communion with God so that his or her heart can be pure, blameless, kind etc. The person could appear overly critical by others. The only way to assure this is not the case is for the person to be praying and being lead b the Holy Spirit in words, actions etc. The best thing to do is find others who have similar giftings and learn all you can from them. Submit to the Pastor of your local church or the church you are in. If it seems negative, pray for God to help you see it from a different point of view. Your words should flow the fruit of the Spirit, especially love.

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