Gift of Prophecy
Number 1: Would God that all the Lord’s people were prophets…..(Numbers 11:29)
In Numbers chapter 11, the Israelites are wandering in the wilderness and are tired of eating manna. They are whining and dissatisfied because the Lord is giving them their daily bread, literally!!! It is different than they are comfortable with. They would rather go back to Egypt and bondage because there, they would at least have melons, fish, onion, and garlic instead of traveling in the wilderness eating manna on their road to freedom. They are complaining to Moses daily, all 600,000 footmen. (Elder D. Todd Christofferson says there were well over a million people.) Moses asks the Lord for help. He tells Moses to choose 70 elders of the people and bring them to the tabernacle, where He will put His spirit upon them that they might help bear the burden of the people. Most of the men go to the tabernacle. Two of the 70 remain in the camp. The Spirit comes upon the men and they begin to prophesy. Eldad and Medad in the camp begin prophesying too. Someone comes to report the prophesying in the camp and Joshua requests that Moses put a stop to the prophesying, to which Moses says, “Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the Lord’s people were prophets………”
Why would Moses wish that all the Lord’s people had the spirit of prophecy? Revelations 19:10— “…..for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” First, if they had the spirit of prophecy, if they had a testimony of WHO was asking them to complete this journey, they probably wouldn’t be whining about manna. They may not know how long the journey or the difficulty of it. They may get a little tired of manna, but their willingness to endure hardship for the cause may greater.
How often do we complain about what we are asked to do, by the Bishop, or in our personal trials? Can we see where the Lord is taking us, what character traits He is trying to build within us? Do we know WHO is asking us to complete the journey and make the change??
Number 2: A testimony of Jesus Christ is built on the rock of personal revelation.
Matthew 16: 15-18
13 ¶When Jesus came into the coasts of Cæsarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
If we do, then what are we doing about it??!
14 What profit is it, my brethren, for a man to say he hath faith, and hath not works? can faith save him?
15 Yea, a man may say, I will show thee I have faith without works; but I say, Show me thy faith without works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.
16 For if a brother or sister be naked and destitute, and one of you say, Depart in peace, be warmed and filled; notwithstanding he give not those things which are needful to the body; what profit is your faith unto such?
17 Even so faith, if it have not works is dead, being alone.
18 Therefore wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead and cannot save you?
19 Thou believest there is one God; thou doest well; the devils also believe, and tremble; thou hast made thyself like unto them, not being justified.
20 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
21 Seest thou how works wrought with his faith, and by works was faith made perfect?
(Picks up with verse 23)
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham abelieved God, and it was imputed unto him for brighteousness: and he was called the cFriend of God.
This topic obviously continues. But the post is getting too long………so I will continue it later. Just know that I have a testimony of Jesus Christ. I know he is my Redeemer. I recognize without his gift of the atonement and resurrection, I could not return to live with my Father in Heaven. Because of this knowledge, I try to live my life in a way that reflects His gospel. I am not perfect, nor would I claim to be. But I try over and over to change my life and the way I behave so that others know I have a testimony of who Jesus is and what he did.
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