Now, what is this paragraph about? Is about being able to hear God so you can prophesy? No - it isn't even about the gifts. What is it about? Ironically it is about false teachers and prophets. They climb into the sheepfold. They are a stranger to the sheep so the sheep will not follow them. The shepherd however? They know His voice and they follow it. His voice is just type for the word of God. The true Christian knows the word of God and hides it in his heart. So when hucksters and charlatans like Che Ahn and Jared Laskey come-a-knocking, they will flee from them. So Laskey takes a verse about false teachers, then falsely teaches that it represents what he refers to as entry level prophecy. Absurd. Now he does back this up with a verse fragment from the section discussing the gifts. The problem is that when Paul wrote that prophecy was to edify, encourage and comfort he was not speaking about some imaginary first level of prophecy. Lasky does not understand because of all the sloppy agape teaching he has received that edification, encouragement and comfort are not always received positively. Edification means to build up and as most will testify, the refining process is not always smooth and painless. Encouraging and comforting often come at times of great difficulty. When the prophets of old preached repentance, it was meant to comfort in that if they turned from their wicked ways God would still forgive them and honor His promises. That is encouraging. If followed, it would be quite edifying. It is hardly entry level.
Notice that his second level prophecy is for growth in the gift. I dare you to find any prophet in the bible who had to grow in the gift. God does not provide you with the tool and not the ability to wield the tool. This however fits their theology perfectly in the NAR. They believe that you have to "practice" prophecy to work on your accuracy and not be discouraged if you "get one wrong." That is heretical to the core. The bible is clear that one prophesy alone means you are to not regard that person anymore. It is so presumptuous to think you can speak for the creator of heaven and earth and blow off getting it wrong by pretending you are growing in the gift. Let alone to think you can be considered an excellent prophet yet wrongly represent God upwards of 35% of the time. The gifts discussed in Ephesians do not represent some advanced level while the ones in Corinthians are for amateurs. You are either hearing from God or you are not. Perhaps the most telling line is the last here:
And I want to encourage people with a prophetic word every day. If I am going out on an errand, I need the heart motivation of Jesus, which is love, and dialogue with Him." - Jared Laskey
It doesn't matter what you want! Prophecy is not about you! It is not even about the recipient! It is about God. I do not care what your motivation is. You are pretending to speak for God. Elijah did not saunter into town and wish he had a word for the vendor who sold him oil. He delivered words if God gave them to him! If you truly want a heart motivation of Jesus start by obeying Him!
"If I am buying a cup of coffee or groceries, I'll ask Jesus, "How much do you love the barista (or cashier)?" And then I'll ask, "What do you want to tell them?" And many times He will give me a word of knowledge mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:8, and I'll start a conversation with the person by asking them a question. From there, they will confirm what the Lord just showed me, and I'll prophesy into their life. They'll be encouraged, comforted and edified. We don't have to tell them, "I am prophesying over you!" They will pick up on the supernatural transaction taking place. Tell them about Jesus' love for them and pray over them." - Jared Laskey
How much do you love the barista? Are you kidding me? Is this a game? He wants to tell them the same thing He wants everyone to know, repent for the kingdom of God is at hand! You are not prophesying over them Jared. You are playing gnostic spiritual games to soothe your own ego and potentially shipwrecking any chance they might have to come to faith. How? Because you came across someone who desperately needed the Gospel and you did not share it with them. Instead you shared yourself. Your folksiness. Your false words of knowledge to wow them followed by your prayers to a God you do not follow. Because you have been taught that edifying, encouraging and comforting simply means telling the unsaved how special they are and how much God loves them, wrapped up with a bow of pious prayer. Then you take your Triple, Venti, Half Sweet, Non-Fat, Caramel Macchiato and proceed onto your next victim while the barista goes back to his life of sin and separation from God.
"Many of us have a side hustle, something that helps bring in a little extra income. I have done a ride share to try to make ends meet. I'll jump in my vehicle and turn on the app and start picking up riders. I'll be playing worship music, in dialogue with Jesus. Sometimes I'll pick up a ride and talk to Jesus to see if He has anything He wants to say to the person. Recently I picked up a rider who was obviously in the Navy. A flash of a horse went through my mind, and I asked the young man, "I know this may seem to be coming from left field, but do you happen to love horses?" He responded that he loved horses, and his stepmom worked with horses. The Lord then gave me more information, and I prophesied into his life. He asked me, "How did you know?" And I explained that Jesus loves him and supernaturally gave me the information. When I dropped him off, he said the words I spoke over him made his night. That is entry-level prophecy in action, and you can do it! I would be honored to teach you how." - Jared Laskey
Wow, so you must have the throne room on speed dial? You must understand that the bible says our heart is wickedly deceitful for a reason. The game Jared Laskey plays is the same Bill Johnson, Kris Vallotton, and all the false prophets play. They think to God, hey you got anything to say to this random person I just met? Then a random flash of a horse runs through his mind and he thinks Voila! God has answered! Of course He hasn't. Maybe Jared watched Black Beauty yesterday. Maybe he has 100 bucks on the four horse at Belmont. Maybe there is no real reason why a picture of a horse galloped through his depraved mind. His deceitful heart however has already assigned the horsie picture to God. None of this is the Gospel! Speaking something over his life that made his night? You should have spoken something over his night to make his life. You should have spoken the Gospel, for it alone had the power to save him.