November 6 – Motivational Gifts #1 – Prophecy

“Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Maichus.” John 18:10

Simon Peter typifies the PROPHETIC motivational gift. He was bold, direct, a little impulsive, perhaps, but a persuasive leader and intolerant of casual Christianity. Remember, it was Peter who walked to Jesus on the water (Matthew 14:29) and who impetuously said to Him, “Thou shalt never wash my feet.” (John 13:8)

Those with a prophetic motivation are the EYES of the body, usually with special insight and intuition about others… sort of a sixth sense given by the Holy Spirit. They must be careful not to be judgmental and unforgiving. It was Peter who asked “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother… ?“ (Matthew 18:21, NIV)

Their frankness can be viewed as harsh and insensitive, and often they come across a little on the negative side. However, they are important “watchdogs” in the Church, setting a clear path of uncompromising faith in God and willing to suffer for what is right. Peter also said, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29) If this is your motivational gift, pray that God will give you a balance through His compassion.

PRAY: “Loving Lord, thank You for putting leadership and prophetic insight into the body of Christ.  Help me to find my place to function using every gift You have given, in Jesus Name, amen.”

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