We were supposed to be browsing the menu, but instead my eyes surveyed the surrounding area. I noticed a young waitress being chewed out by a table of disgruntles patrons. Poor thing, I thought to myself, I wondered what she did to make them so angry.
I went back to browsing my menu and a short time later, the same waitress appeared at our table. She was trying to put on a happy face, but I could tell, she had been crying moments before. She looked discouraged and defeated, probably due to what I just had witnessed. My heart went out to her. It didn’t take much for me to realize she needed some encouragement. I knew she was having a tough day, anyone who looked at her could see it, even if they hadn’t witnessed the scene I did.
She had a smile on her face, but her eyes registered hurt. I glanced past her to the table of disgruntled patrons and I said, “Tough Day?” She just shrugged and smiled and asked for our drink order. We gave her our drink order and then I said, “before you go, can I just say something?” She nodded hesitantly, so I began, “Take a deep breathe, it’s going to be ok. Some people are never happy no matter what you do or say. I promise, we will be an easy table for you.” She let out a breath and she said quietly more to herself than to us, “You have no idea.”
In the time she was gone getting our drinks, the other table hastily packed up and left. Carrying several boxes of leftovers. The immediate thought came to me that they had just stiffed the waitress. You know, they did the old “dine-and-dash.” I was shocked, no, they couldn’t have, there’s no way, this is an established restaurant chain, surely someone wouldn’t just walk away without paying their bill.
Our waitress returned to the table, set our drinks down and went to the other table and picked up the leather folder that held their check. She immediately turned around and bolted for the front of the restaurant. “Yep,” I thought to myself, “they must not have paid their bill.” I was appalled.
As I talked with my daughter about the situation we had just witnessed, our hearts hurt for our young waitress. My daughter leaned across the table and whispered, “Mom, she needs encouragement. We have to cheer her up!” I knew she was right, but what? How? What could we do or say that would bless and encourage this young woman?
I knew I couldn’t pay their tab, which was probably well over $100 for the amount of people and extra food they carried out. I began to silently pray and ask the Lord what I could say or do to help turn around this young waitress’s day. Immediately I was reminded of Peter and John in the book of Acts, when they were heading to the temple.
I continued to pray, and said, “Ok Lord, I don’t have silver or gold to pay for their meal, and she doesn’t seem to have physical ailments that need healing, but I do have something. I am a carrier of Your love and kindness. I have You, Jesus, and Your Spirit living in me. What would You like me to say or do?”
Have you ever been in a situation where something happens to someone and you want to encourage them?
Have you ever observed someone having a “bad day” and wanted to encourage them?
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you knew you need to say something, or do something? But had no idea what or how to make things better?
Here’s the thing, we may not know what to do or say in situations, but God does! Yes, God knows exactly what we need before we need it, and He knows what others need too. Jesus modeled for us what it meant to be in relationship with the Father and know what to do or say to minister to those around us. Jesus said, “I only do and say what My Father does and says.” (See John 5:19; 8:28; 12:49–50).
That’s why I wrote the book, The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others.
I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was a child, yet, it wasn’t until I was in my mid-twenties that I fully understood the depth of relationship Jesus modeled with His Father. I was taught about the fruit of the Spirit but lacked teaching around the gifts of the Spirit. You see, I didn’t understand that God longs to speak to us, His children. Real relationships involve two-way conversations. His word tells us that “His sheep hear and know His voice.” (John 10). As we read Scripture, He speaks to us. As we pray, He reminds us of things. When we have conversations with others, God ideas pop into our mind. This is part of prophetic encouragement.
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Many of you are natural encouragers just like me yet, I fully believe that the world needs more encouragers. More people willing to seek God’s heart and speak His truth and love to a world in need. As we speak encouragement to others from God’s heart, we release His hope. My friend, Dr. Michelle Bengtson says, “by 2020, depression will be our greatest epidemic.” I believe her! (to read Dr Michelle’s review of the book click here)
One way to fight against depression, hopelessness, discouragement and despair is to speak words of life, hope and encouragement to those who are fighting against these things.
As I prayed that day, I felt like God gave me words of prophetic encouragement to speak over our waitress. Words I couldn’t have come up with on my own. But God knew what she needed. He knew she needed comfort and an extra dose of courage to face the rest of her day. She went away blessed, knowing that God was real and that He knew exactly who she was and what she was going through.
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I know the word prophetic has a lot of strong opinions associate with it. There has been a lot of misuse and abuse around this particular word and gift. Many hear the word prophetic and automatically think of Old Testament prophets, fore-telling, predicting the future, or apocalyptic events. When I use the words prophetic encouragement, I am using it the context of 1 Corinthians 14:1-5. The spiritual gift of prophecy as Scripture clearly states is spiritual gift for ALL. It is for encouraging, comforting and strengthening others.
Spiritual Gift of Prophecyis: Speaking a Holy Spirit–inspired, timely word of edification, exhortation or comfort to individuals
Prophetic Encouragement is the spiritual gift of prophecy in action, which Paul talks about in 1 Corinthians 14. Prophetic encouragement is intended for those who believe in Jesus, who listen to what heaven wants to say and encourage other believers and unbelievers alike. Prophetic encouragement releases the heart of the Father into people’s lives and situations. Take up the calling in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (esv), which says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
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 See 1 Corinthians 14:3.
 See 1 Corinthians 14:3–5.
 See 1 Corinthians 14:24.
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Last weeks Top Clicked Post was from Beth Steffaniak and I understand why. Beth writes over at Messy Marriage click on the picture below to read her post.
If you haven’t read Beth’s post and your in a relationship, you should check it out. When I read her opening line below, I immediately knew why so many of you had clicked on this post to read more. I think the points she makes in this article can extend to our other relationships as well.
Beth opens her post with this: Do you ever feel like your mate is the devil—or is at least acting like one? Sadly, in the heat of conflicts in marriage, it’s easy to be confused about who the real Enemy is.
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Do you wonder if God still speaks today? Do you wonder if He would ever speak to you personally? Do you long to hear the voice of God in your life?
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If you answered YES to any of those questions, then I have exactly what you need. I now have an online e-course designed to equip you in understanding that God still speaks today, and He longs to speak directly to you, through His word, and others. He longs to encourage you, strengthen you and comfort you. The training on this site, is fully based on Scripture, and taken from my training manual Releasing God’s heart through Hearing His Voice.
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