14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.
11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.
As believers in the New Covenant, we are not to seek guidance from prophets. Sadly, some believers do; some do even to the extent of writing the names of many suitors, as many as ten names, for the prophet to help identify the potential eligible husband or wife from the list of names submitted. This is wrong. Prophets can give prophetic words, but we don’t go and bow to a prophet and say, “prophesy, see and say something about me.” This is unscriptural. Do you know why some Christians still practice this? Many of them were under the corruption of the traditional culture where they sought herbalists or diviners before they got born again, which is an image that is still being largely portrayed in the media to billions of viewers and has subtly crept into Christianity. This has birthed responses like, “Look, now I’m born again, but I still need to go look for a prophet somewhere to tell me which way to go.” If you have a desire to seek out divine instructions from a prophet or seer, it is unscriptural; it is not New Testament, and the enemy may mislead you. God and His Word are one. God doesn’t give conflicting instructions; He has shown us that as children of God, we are led by the Spirit (Romans 8:14-16).
Our opening Scripture reveals that the Spirit of God guides believers, not prophets. God has given us His Spirit to guide us from within. Prophets ought not to take the place of the Holy Spirit in your life. If you allow prophets to be the Holy Spirit to you, the question is, “can they really be the Holy Spirit to you?” Do they have the capacity to be the Holy Spirit? No! Beloved, don’t be deceived. No matter how heavily anointed a prophet is, he can never be the Holy Spirit to anyone. So, what then is the ministry of the prophet? Does that mean prophets don’t have their place in the New Testament Church? Of course, they do have their place, a very important one at that. But you see, we don’t seek out guidance from prophets. Prophets come with a word from the Lord for the now, which in turn may be divine guidance by the Holy Spirit. There must however have been a prior witness in the person’s heart that he or she is weighing and then that confirmation comes from the prophet. In Acts 21:10-14, Prophet Agabus took Paul’s girdle, tied himself, and said, “So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.” The brethren began to persuade Paul not to go to Jerusalem, but he went anyway. Why? The interpretation of that prophetic word was not for Paul not to go to Jerusalem, it was just to prepare him for what he was going to go through in Jerusalem. God had already told him before that he was going to witness for Him in Jerusalem, so Paul understood the interpretation of the prophecy, but the brethren did not know it. You will understand what it means to be led and understand the benefits of being led and guided by God when you let God guide you.
MY SOLID FRONT (YOUR CONFESSION):
In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I am led by the Spirit. I receive the ministry of the Spirit as He guides me into God’s perfect plan for me! Amen!
John 14:16-18, 26; Romans 8:14.