Have you ever longed for someone, maybe even God, to speak encouragement straight to your heart? Have you ever needed to know that despite the pain, despite the heartache, that God saw you?
If we were honest, I think we’ve all been there. We’ve all had those times when the weight of our daily lives threatened to pull us under, and we just needed to hear we weren’t alone, we were seen, and that God still had our backs.
I’ve been there many times, and as I look back, I’m so grateful for the encouragers God brought along my path to speak His truth and encouragement and bring hope to the situation. That’s why I’m excited to share with you my friend, and fellow encourager, Debbie Kitterman, with you today for her to share her gift of encouragement with you. You might remember I recently shared a post from her called “The Reluctant Encourager.”
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Are You Willing to #BeTheGift?
By: Debbie Kitterman
I walked into church that night with my friend and her husband. They had been asked to share about their ministry in a church about an hour north of us. For once, I wasn’t the one speaking; I was support. It felt good to not have to be “on” or to be expected to do ministry. I was simply there to provide love, support and visit with my friends.
As the evening went on, there was a moment when the instructions were given to pair up for an exercise related to what my friends were sharing about. I glanced at the lady sitting next to me and we both acknowledged the desire to be partners.
“Hi, I’m Debbie,” I said and waited for her to introduce herself.
As she shared her name, I couldn’t contain myself and blurted out, “I feel like the Lord has a word for you, can I share it?”
She looked at me funny, like I was weird and answered with a hesitant drawn out, “Ok.” (More like … Ooookay??).
I looked at her and said, “You like football, don’t you?”
Again, she looked at me funny but responded, “Yes…”
That was all I needed. I immediately responded, “I feel the Lord wants me to tell you, He doesn’t want you playing defense anymore, it’s time to move to offense.”
She immediately started crying. I didn’t think I was sharing a profound revelation or something that would make her cry. Truth be told, her crying kind of caught me off guard. However, what I do know, is: there is power behind what God gives us to share. When we specifically share the words God gives us, those words have the power to unlock things in people’s lives.
It’s at moments like this we may think these are words with no context, but to the receiver they have the power to unlock, break open and set them free.
Jesus had seemingly non-eventful conversations and encounters with people all the time. Yet, they weren’t non-eventful to the individual He was speaking to, because Jesus speaks words of life. Jesus meets people in their context and speaks words of destiny with the power to unlock, break open, and bring freedom.
The exact words Jesus spoke to individuals had the power to set them and their whole communities free. One such story, the woman at the well, is found in John 4. Not only did Jesus speak straight to her heart and address issues she was trying to hide, but by speaking the words He heard His Father in Heaven speak, a whole community came to hear Jesus and Scripture says,
So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers (John 4:40-41 NIV).
It would be more than six years after that initial encounter that I would truly find out the impact those few words I shared had on this woman. She recently wrote the following to me and, with her permission, I am sharing it with you.
“I started to bawl like a baby because I knew exactly what she (Debbie) meant when she spoke those words. The Lord spoke so deeply that night as I knew the Lord could do something with my life. That was the beginning of a long journey of healing. I am a brand-new person, inside and out. It was Debbie’s prophetic encouragement that catapulted my life into something beautiful. She was obedient and I’m so very thankful God put her in my path at the right time.”
This is why I wrote the book, The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others. God is speaking to each one of us and His request is simple:
Are you willing to #BeTheGift of encouragement someone needs today?
Are you willing to share the things He puts on our heart to share with others?
Will you be courageous to step out in obedience to His voice?
God is calling out to us, His army of believers. The call is simple: Awaken and Arise!
Buy “The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement” here: The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others.
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“The gift of prophetic encouragement is a necessary gift, one that the Church is in great need of during these last days.”—from the foreword by Wayne Cordeiro, president, New Hope Christian College; author, The Divine Mentor
The book clears away the confusion about the prophetic gift today, pastor and ministry leader Debbie Kitterman reveals the good news about the gift of prophecy in this practical, powerful book: We are all prophetic because we all have direct access to God. Prophecy is an ordinary part of the Christian life. In fact, it is God’s way for us to encourage and strengthen the Body of Christ.
So, open your ears to hear God and break out of your comfort zone to deliver His messages to those who need them most. Act now—His words can’t wait!
The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others is full of powerful testimonies and practical application, this book will help you break out of your comfort zone and embrace a lifestyle of encouraging others--just as Jesus did. You will learn how to deepen your relationship with God, open a direct line of communication with him, and share his words with others.
The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others is completely unique in challenging believers to be the gift of encouragement others need today. This book is written to give an interactive experience. Here are the book’s features:
• Teaching on the gift of prophetic encouragement
• Activation Prayers and Activation Exercises to take you deeper.
• Testimonies that will build your faith and increase your boldness.
• A profound foreword by Wayne Corderio
• Chapter questions for personal study or discussion
About the Author
Debbie Kitterman is a natural born encourager who is on fire for God. She is passionate about equipping individuals, so they can go deeper in the relationship with God, reach their God-potential and claim their Kingdom inheritance. Debbie is a wife, mother, author, pastor, speaker and the founder of “Dare 2 Hear,” a ministry that trains individuals to hear the voice of God. She travels to churches internationally and is the founder and teacher of d2htraining.com, an online course designed to equip the believer in releasing God’s heart. Her writing and teachings inspire faith and build bridges for people to believe and expect the impossible. She is also an ordained Foursquare pastor, currently serving with her husband, John, as senior pastor of Restoration Church in Lacey, Washington. Learn more at: www.debbiekitterman.com.
Interview with the Author
Watch the interview with author Debbie Kitterman regarding her new book, “The Gift Of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words Of God For Others.” Pre-Order by Aug 20, 2018 for all the great bonuses! The book releases Aug 21st.
Leave a comment below answering one way you have offered encouragement to someone else and you will be entered into a drawing to win one copy of Debbie’s book, The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others. You could also share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter including the hashtag #BeTheGift then comment here to tell us where you shared it and you’ll also be entered into the drawing. The winner will be selected at random and announced next Monday, August 27th, here on this post. Continental United States only.