In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul tells us how to put our minds to work in our one another gatherings. He begins by urging us to prophesy when we gather together. All of us have a need to gather together for edification and exhortation and consolation. We prophesy by the unction of the Spirit, using our minds.
1Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 2For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries. 3But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation. 4One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church. 5Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying. NASB Emphasis added.
But, leading up to prophecy, we flow in the Spirit with our spirit and our mind, as Paul explains.
13Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. 14For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. 16Otherwise if you bless in the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the ungifted say the “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying? 17For you are giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not edified. 18I thank God, I speak in tongues more than you all; 19however, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind so that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue. 1 Corinthians 14:13-19 NASB Emphasis added
26What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. 27If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. 28If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God. 1 Cor 14:26-28 ISV
The each of you all is largely ignored for several reasons. In my mind, since God began helping Judy and me participate in the flow of the Spirit back in 1974, the biggest hindrance to the flow of the Spirit is it doesn’t fit into man’s ways. So, we settle for the typical church order of service: opening prayer, worship, sermon, collection, one more song and goodbyes. I have never heard a sermon on how to flow in the Spirit. I have heard prophets teach how.
The second biggest hindrance is our concept of prophesy. This concept that real prophets predict the future hinders one another prophecy. Paul tells us one another prophesy is for edification, exhortation and consolation. Yes, the prophets of old and some prophets of the new covenant predict the future. But, when we gather together, the emphasis is: “For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged [for edification, exhortation and consolation].
29 Let the prophets speak, two or three, and let the others discern. 30 But if a revelation is made to another sitting by, let the first keep silent. 31 For you all can prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be exhorted. WMB
What happened to you can all? “31 For you all can prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be exhorted.
Now, we come to application of what God has made us. Paul writes this blessing to the Thessalonians and to us:
16 Now our Lord Yeshua the Messiah himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2 WMB
Let’s let our Lord Jesus himself and God our Father establish us in every good work and word.