Our devotion continues, “Some Purposes for Prophecy” and my text is Revelation 1:1. “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:” (KJV) Today I want to share with you the “Importance of Guarding our Testimony” as a purpose for prophecy. One of the most important purposes for prophecy is to affect how we live TODAY! In II Peter 3:17, we read, “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.” (KJV) The context of II Peter 3 is prophetic in nature, so Peter is encouraging us concerning our daily walk with God “knowing” that these things are coming.
Because guarding the testimony has not been important to many believers, many testimonies have been ruined beyond repair. Families have been hurt badly, church ministries have suffered and yes, there are people in Hell today who have used those with ruined testimonies as the reason they didn’t come to Christ for salvation. Tragic! The reality is that the saved CAN live our life like we really don’t believe the Rapture could happen at any moment. We CAN live our life like we don’t believe we’ll give account to God one day. We CAN live like we don’t think it’s important to witness to the unsaved. We CAN live our life like we don’t think we need to live a holy and a Godly life in the way we dress, in the way we talk, in the way we conduct ourselves, etc. In II Peter 3:11, the Holy Spirit asks you and me this question, “…what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,” (KJV) Prophecy must affect our life today!
Pastor Joey Durham