By Sabrina Schlesinger
Prophecy. It’s a big word that has a lot of different reactions to it based on your experience. It is a gift in the church that has been used to build people up and at times abused to tear people down. To some, it’s an unknown, never experienced gift of the spirit that is a mystery to them.
Wherever you stand on the spectrum, I want you to take off your filters and listen to how prophecy has shaped our lives and how we are incorporating it into our family dynamics in a non-spooky and totally normal way.
Here is my simple definition so you can know where I am coming from when I say the word, “prophecy”. It is simply God’s thoughts on a person or situation that brings edification, encouragement and comfort. Notice I did not say it brings direction or correction. 1 Corinthians 14:3 says, “But he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification, encouragement, and comfort.”
When I was a teenager, I grew up in a church that allowed the gifts of the spirit to flow freely. Most often my experiences where positive. I have stored in boxes pages that have been out pages of prophetic words I received and cassette tapes that I occasionally look back on and listen to (if I can find a functioning boom box!). I remember those moments when God singled me out and spoke through others to me about my purpose, my destiny and how much He loved me. It RADICALLY changed me and made the voice of God so real to me.
Now that I am older, I long for my kids to have similar experiences. I want them to not only hear from God themselves, but to have words of edification spoken over them at timely moments so they could look back and see God’s fingerprints all over their lives. So one day my husband and I realized we could be that voice!
1 Corinthians 14:1 says, “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.”
1 Corinthians 14:31 says, “For you can ALL prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.”
These scriptures and many more give you and I full confidence that the gift of prophecy isn’t for the selected few, the “favorites” of God. In fact, He wants us all too. And can we please remove the stigma that you have to start it out by saying, “Thus sayeth the Lord” and speak in Old English? Because you don’t have to…in fact, I beg you not to! LOL.
God wants to use YOUR voice, YOUR vocabulary and YOUR personality to express His words of encouragement to those around you. And the reality is, you don’t even have to announce that you are giving a prophetic word before giving it! That is good news because that means this can be done in every arena of our lives wherever we go! Sitting in the break room with coworkers, standing in the grocery line, lounging in the living room with our family and tucking in the kids at night…you can literally prophesy EVERYWHERE!
So here is what you can do to get started…
1. Pray for the mind of Christ.
2. Read your Word (because it is hard to get His thoughts if you don’t know His Word).
3. Ask Him to give you His perspective on the people you will encounter today, especially your kids!
4. Tell Him you are available to be His mouthpiece and will be waiting to hear Him speak to you.
5. Obey when He speaks.
A number of years ago, my husband was praying over our children and began to write down a paragraph on each child of what he was sensing God saying over each kid. I have them framed and they are so very treasured. I love seeing my kids read those over and over again.
I speak to my kids regularly about God’s thought and perspective on their lives, who they are, their future and more. They don’t know I am using the gift of prophecy on them because it is casual and in the midst of every day conversations. But they do recognize the feeling of being encouraged, empowered and comforted by the words that I speak.
Don’t underestimate this powerful gift from God in your kids lives. It can shape them, grow them, light a fire underneath them and champion them to do all that God has created them to for.
Take the weirdness out of prophecy and let’s make it normal again, using this precious gift God has given us to strengthen those God has entrusted to us.
Sabrina is a mother to three girls and one boy. She is also a pastors wife, freelance graphic designer and mom coach! She resides in beautiful San Diego where the sun shines every day. She prefers chai lattes over coffee, mac-n-cheese over vegetables and staying in over going out. Check her out on Instagram and Facebook!