A few days ago, I met friends for lunch. As I pulled into the parking lot, this feeling of hopelessness came upon me. It had nothing to do with my friends. The enemy was trying to convince me I was insignificant. “No one will buy my books, no one will come to the women’s conference,” he slyly spoke to me. I gathered my things, and slowly walked into the restaurant with my head hung low, feeling defeated.
My friends and I met. We had great conversation, lots of laughter. I forgot what the enemy had said. Two of the friends began to share how they wanted to know more about healing, discernment of spirits. The other friend and I began to encourage them, share our journey. One of the women had been taught and believed the lie women had a limited place in leadership. I discerned this woman had an incredible leadership, pastoral, and prophetic anointing.
So after paying for our lunch, we went into the parking lot. That same parking lot where the enemy brought discouragement was the same parking lot where my friend would now receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit; where God would use me to prophesy and call out the gifts God had given my friend. In that same parking lot where the enemy discouraged me, my friend was encouraged. That which I had, I freely gave to my friend. Not only that, but I gave her a free copy of my book and told her to read the chapter full of scriptures as to why women can be in ministry.
Lesson learned: When the enemy discourages you, go out and encourage someone else. Give away what he claims you don’t have. That’ll learn ‘um.
“May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:13 GNTD
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