We Know In Part and We Prophesy In Part
For the past several weeks I've been encouraging leaders on hearing the voice of God. This topic is critical for the last days in which we live. We must hear the Father’s voice as we navigate through the minefields of personal and global circumstances.
I’m going to close out this topic focusing on our responsibility to be discerning in what we hear. We must recognize that we are all imperfect vessels of His voice. Yes, we are perfect in spirit, but imperfect in soul as we are being transformed by the renewing of our minds. Our soul and the souls of those around us are a work in progress. Just because someone gives a prophetic word saying ‘thus saith the Lord’ does not ensure the integrity, purity, or completeness of the Father’s heart on that subject. In addition, 1 Cor. 13:9 says we "know in part and prophesy in part," meaning we may not get the compete, uncompromised picture through prophecy even though we desire it.
A responsibility we have is to discern what we speak and what we hear, careful not to squelch the Father’s voice in the process. Wow! Sounds like a delicate balance, but it’s really not that hard. Even when you discern a word that may not be delivered with perfect integrity you must allow God to be God in the life of that person, in the life of the people who heard it, and in our lives as we discern it.