I should preface this by saying, I believe in Prophecy, in the Gifts of the Spirit and in the power and loveliness that occurs, when the Holy Spirit starts to move in our lives.
I needed to say that because what follows is a bit of a rant about their mis-use and in particular, people who either post on websites or stand up in churches and say, 'God told me this...'
To give you an example, I was recently in a service, when a person gave a 'word' to someone else, along the lines of, 'God says you're like an orange, all wrinkly on the outside, but he wants to peel you and show you how juicy life can be'.
I thought to myself, 'Really...the Creator of Heaven and Earth said THAT??'
It disappointed me and seemed to me, to people putting Almighty God into this silly little box, who says nice, palatable things that make us giggle. Where is the power, the authority and the revelation? And why do we never question these things when they happen?
I have been in services where it's been clear, by the hushed awe, that God was hugely at work and speaking through people. In my experience, when God speaks, it's unique, it's unusual and there is just something of the 'other' about it.
And so, Peeling fruit and pictures of chickens and broken ovens and clouds in the sky, I'm afraid do not cut it for me, if that is what 'God' is saying.
So, what do you think? Am I being judgemental here? If I am, I'm willing to be told (nicely, please!!). Does God speak in such seemingly simple ways, about oranges and whatnot, or really is this just a case of a 'nice thought'. The problem of course with 'nice thoughts' is that they can't really be challenged by Scripture....after all, it's true to say that God probably does want to show us life in all its fullness or 'juciness'. So, in that sense, it's not heresy....but is it REALLY GOD?