Discerning the "Twisted Gifted"

We know from 1 Corinthians 14:32 that the "spirit of the prophet is subject to the control of the prophet" meaning the messenger of God’s voice decides how, when, and where a prophetic word is given. However sometimes the gift comes with a human twist. We are not robots. This is a good thing!

God regenerated our human spirits to perfectly reflect His nature. He also gave us thinking minds to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. He teaches us how His perfect nature can be reflected in what we say and do. The first level of responsibility with us as leaders is with what we say and do. The next level of responsibility is what we discern with our mind and spirit as prophetic words come through others.

We have personal accountability for what goes out and personal responsibility to discern what come in. For example, I have heard prophetic words that met the new covenant test of being God’s voice in content, but failed the new covenant test of reflecting the character of Christ in delivery. The words were challenging in a positive way, but delivered with anger and bitterness. As mature leaders we should be able to discern the content as valid but the delivery as tainted. I call this situation the "twisted gifted" word. It is a word that comes through a valid spiritual gift, but is twisted by soul imperfections as it is delivered. A spiritually immature person will be left confused by such a word that seems good, but sounds bad. We must discern the "twisted gifted" in ourselves and in others.

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