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I stood in line not wanting to make eye contact with anyone. I hated this part, it was the worst feeling ever. Why in the world would a teacher subject kids to this kind of humiliation? The entire class was lined up in a straight line at the edge of the gymnasium. I glanced to my right and left as I was looking at my classmates’ shoes. “Don’t make eye contact with the teacher,” my mind said, and at the same time is shouted, “but don’t look like your avoiding it either.” As the teacher chose two classmates to be captains, we all immediately knew if we would be chosen first or last.
Everyone knew the athletic and popular kids would be chosen first. However, if one of your friends were chosen to be captain, you would be close to the top of the pick (even if you weren’t athletic or popular). If we were playing softball or volleyball, I wouldn’t have worried about being chosen last, but we were playing basketball. Ugh – so not my best sport, and while I was pretty athletic, and could adapt to most sports, basketball was not one of them.
Maybe you have experienced the dreaded act of choosing teams for gym class?
To me, it’s one of the most awful experiences ever, and I many a child is often left with feelings of rejection. When we are all lined up and waiting to be chosen and picked to be a part of a team, any team really. We want to fit in, feel like we belong, we are loved and chosen. These feelings never go away. We were wired with a desire to be loved, noticed and chosen. On the inside we are all saying “Pick me! Notice Me – Choose ME!” We want to belong, to be loved, chosen, and picked for a purpose.
We all long to be given an opportunity to be ourselves and use our gifts and talents for God, our Master. However, sometimes, we feel unqualified, or disqualify ourselves because of our past or current situations.
Have you ever been asked to step out in an area of ministry, yet felt completely unqualified and worse, not called?
This is why I wrote the book, The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement.
For me, I often felt unqualified and would disqualified myself because I did not fully understand God’s nature. If you’re experiencing these feelings, I want to remind you to read the list of Biblical Giants in Hebrews 11. Then remember what they used to be:
✔ Moses had a stuttering problem
✔ Gideon was afraid
✔ Rahab was a prostitute
✔ Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
✔ David had an affair and was a murderer
✔ Jonah ran from God
✔ Peter denied Christ
✔ The disciples fell asleep while praying
✔ Martha worried about everything
✔ Paul was too religious (and, as Saul, was a murderer)
✔ Lazarus…well, he was dead!
God created us for His Glory and purpose. He wants us, and He chooses us; each and every one of us has been chosen by God.
But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. (1 Peter 2:9-10 MSG).
Meditate on this truth. Understand that God not only has chosen you, He has a high calling for you. You are His chosen, His beloved, and His instrument. You are His hands and feet on earth. He has picked you to be on His team! Which is all the qualification anyone needs.
Don’t discount yourselves from being chosen.
Know, you were handpicked and chosen by God for a purpose!
Remember, you are on #TeamJesus – He has Chosen You!
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About The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others
“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!
Prophetic Encouragement 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 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
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
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