JDM has received repeated requests for Junior's quips, sayings, analects, even hilarious one-liners, to be compiled into a book or webpage. It is often commented how these concise remarks replay in the mind for years to come, giving simple humor or piercing perspective or new growth. In response, Junior will be publishing a regular quote here. (All content here and sitewide is the intellectual and copyright property of JDM. All rights reserved.)
False or immature prophets predict and preach things people already want. They are mirrors for their audience’s earthly wishlist, reflecting back at them their cravings, unmet needs, injustices, aspirations, and political ideals. True or mature prophets tell you—with astonishing precision, felt authority, and pride-exposing frankness—where you need to develop and mature spiritually. While foreknowledge and foresight are occasional aspects of prophetic ministry, spiritual development (what 1Corinthians 14 calls "edification", what Ephesians 4:11-13 call "repairing, preparing, and maturing the Body") is the arrowtip of New Testament prophecy. Beware of people with microphones that keep repeating what you already want. Beware of seeking out such people of your own initiative. If you want to be triply blessed (and awed) by the truest, purest form of New Testament prophecy, seek out those who will tell you—with uncanny precision, noticeable spiritual power, and pride-exposing frankness—where you need to develop and mature spiritually.
...the one who prophesies edifies the church.
1Corinthians 14:4 (NASB)
But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.
1Corinthians 14:24 (NKJV)
So Christ himself gave...prophets...to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all...become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.