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It has been many years since I've experienced this gift. The first time I didn't actually know what was happening. I was getting what I was going to say about a split second before I said it. It was me speaking, but I wasn't the author of it. I was trying to explain to a group at a Bible study that salvation was not by works when the Holy Spirit spoke through me explaining that.

Does anyone else relate to my experiences? Are there published testimonies from Christians about their own personal experiences with the gift of prophecy?

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  • FWIW, this isn't the kind of question we usually allow on the site since it invites personal discussion rather than scholarly (or pseudo-scholarly) Q&A, but I'll let the community decide whether to close it. I think all you'd have to do is remove the words "in you" from the question title.
    – Peter Turner
    Dec 30, 2021 at 15:10
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    @PeterTurner - I made a few changes in an attempt to make the question sound more objective and on-topic. Feel free to roll back. Dec 30, 2021 at 16:40
  • I believe petitioning anecdotal experience should be allowed in the research of a subject and I'm glad, at least in the subheading, it was re-written to include anyone who can relate to my experience.
    – DDover
    Dec 30, 2021 at 21:59

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If this falls within the category of "gift of prophesy" then here is how it manifested one time, from my perspective:

Every three weeks, in a job I previously held, I used to drive past a place where a homeless man sat, with a sign, seeking alms. I saw him there on the way to and sometimes from that location for the better part of a year.

One day, on the way in, the Holy Spirit said to me "Give him your lunch." I replied, "My lunch? But I'm already hungry." Silence was the response. This was an internal conversation but it is difficult to explain, if you've never experienced it, how that the Holy Spirit's voice plainly did not originate within me and yet appeared in my mind.

I parked my van to enter the jobsite, making a Gideonesque deal with the Lord, "If he is still there on the way out, I will give him my lunch." This may seem like compliance but, actually, I was trying to squirm out of His command since I would be inside for at least three hours and the homeless man was not always there on the way out. I still had silence as a reply.

After finishing my work and getting back in the van I took my lunch (in a classic little brown paper bag), put in the only $5 in my wallet and a small gospel of John pamphlet, and briefly prayed over it ending with a reminder (to the Lord) that the deal (that I had made) only held if the man was still there.

Approaching the intersection where the man begged I could see that he was still there. I began to wonder if I should just toss the bag out to him if the light remained green or call him over if I stopped several car lengths away. I also began to wonder if the Lord would give me a pass in the name of traffic safety (I was very hungry). Needless to say the light turned red and I had to stop right alongside the homeless man's position.

I rolled the window down and called to him, beckoning him over. As he approached I handed the lunch bag out the window saying, "This is for you". He took the bag and reached out to shake my hand saying, "God bless you". As I opened my mouth to say "You're welcome" or some such I was instead very surprised to hear myself say, with startling vehemence, "No! God bless you! He loves you and He has a plan for your life!"

Wide eyed, the man jerked his hand back as though stung, and I am sure my eyes were wide also as I had felt something pass between us in the touch and the words I spoke seemed to come through me rather than from me. The light turned green just then (I could tell by the car horns sounding behind me) and I drove away, shocked. I never saw that homeless man there again.

  • As a funny side note, the Conservative Baptist Church I grew up in after being saved was palpably uncomfortable with this and similar experiences!
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    As a funny side note, the Conservative Baptist Church I grew up in after being saved was palpably uncomfortable with this and similar experiences! - did you eventually switch denominations? Dec 30, 2021 at 20:43
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    +1 Thank you for including the details of your experience so a reader (like me) can imagine how the Holy Spirit might interact with us and how we might perceive and respond. It would be great if one day the homeless man shares with you whether what you said was an especially timely message from God that he needed for his faith life. If that's the case, it can bolster the case for categorizing this encounter as a prophecy similar to 1 Cor 14:24-25. Dec 30, 2021 at 22:03
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    @Mike, to clarify your experience, when you said, "very surprised to hear myself say" did you perceive the words were not your own, that you were an audience to what you were saying. Also, you wrote, "Wide eyed, the man jerked his hand back as though stung." I've read the gift of prophecy gives understanding to the hearer; do you think that is what was going on? Like you I was raised in the Baptist tradition where this is not a subject.
    – DDover
    Dec 30, 2021 at 22:18
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    @DDover I did not have the impression that the words were sourced within me. It's like I didn't think them first. As for the touch...I hesitate to make this connection but it is so descriptive as regarding how it felt... When the woman with an issue of blood touched Jesus and he felt power go out of him. I don't know if he felt something or what it may have been like if he did, I can only report his reaction. Other than that, I have no words. Dec 31, 2021 at 0:12
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    I don't really know. That particular experience is a stand alone for me. I can only trust that the Lord did something for that man. My personal belief is that the "list" of spiritual gifts is not a limitation but an outline and that most people receive some mix of giftedness in order to display the multi-faceted grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10) Dec 31, 2021 at 0:49

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