The Golden Key: How Prayer and Obedience can Unlock Your Miracle

I was praying for a breakthrough recently, and in my mind’s eye, I was looking up into my Father’s open Heaven and crying out, ‘Father, what time is it? What are you doing now?’ [1]

In that moment, I was expecting to see a vision of floodgates opening.

But to my surprise, instead of the large answer I was anticipating, out of Heaven dropped a single, small gold key.

It was the kind of key you would use to open an ordinary door. Except it was not made of natural materials—it was pure gold.

As that key fell to the earth on the ground beside me, I heard a loud ‘ping’, clear as a bell.

  • It wasn’t the deluge I was reaching for
  • It wasn’t the major breakthrough I wanted

And yet that key was precious, because I knew my Heavenly Father had sent it. It was a gift of His love—a ‘now’ gift.

As I thanked Him for that key, I remembered something. A small opportunity had come my way—and there was a next action I could take on it, but I had neglected to do it.

I immediately took that next action in obedience to what God was showing me. Over the next 24 hours I recalled another step of faith I needed to make, and did that as well.

Each small action unlocked further actions, ideas and opportunities. It was the beginning of a breakthrough.


The Power of Prayer and an Act of Faith

‘Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.”‘ (Ex 14:15, NIV)

There is a time to pray, but there is also a time to move.

Perhaps today, there is one small, but significant step, the Holy Spirit wants to reveal to you—one that will lead to breakthrough.

Some of the greatest miracles in Scripture were miracles of resurrection. A time of prayer was followed by a simple act of faith—and the dead were brought back to life.

  • Elisha prayed—and then he stretched out his body over a dead boy. After the second time, the child sneezed 7 times and opened his eyes. (2 Kings 4:33-35, see also Elijah in 1 Kings 17-20-22)
  • Jesus prayed—and then He shouted, ‘Lazarus come forth!’ Lazarus came out of the tomb, still wrapped in his grave-clothes. (John 11:41-44)
  • Peter prayed—and then he said, ‘Tabitha arise!’ The woman opened her eyes, saw Peter and sat up. (Acts 9:40)

Perhaps there is some small action you can take right now, to partner with God in fulfilling that promise you’ve been waiting for.

That one small step could be a trigger—a small action that will unleash the resurrection power of God into your situation.


The Golden Key: Your Next Small Step

If you are waiting on God for a large answer to prayer—a job or ministry breakthrough, a shift in a relationship, a person who needs to turn back to God—a miracle of health or finance, pray with passion and faith! And then, watch and listen for His direction.

What does that golden key symbolize to you today?

Perhaps there is one small thing that you can take action on. Maybe it’s something that (like I did) you have been procrastinating on up until now. And right now, the Holy Spirit is putting His finger on it and saying, ‘Obey Me in this one small thing.’

Begin taking those steps no matter how small.

  • Make that phone call
  • Honor what you have already been given, with an attitude of gratitude
  • Make that small change in your health habits
  • Say thank you to someone
  • Say ‘yes’—or ‘no’
  • Do that research

An appointed action is not always an activity. There are times when our Father directs us to take a position of rest. Before Elijah could keep his appointment with God and receive the list of next actions he was to take, he needed time out. God’s agenda for him at that moment in time was to receive both Heavenly and physical refreshment. (1 Kings 19)

In God’s Kingdom, great and powerful moves of God often have small, humble beginnings.

This could be your moment of destiny.


Testimonies from the Spiritual Warfare Course

I’m passionate about helping people to encounter God, build a strong Biblical foundation and develop in their spiritual authority and gifts. This week, I’m excited to be able to share with you some feedback from the course, Spiritual Warfare: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack

‘We have been able to put into practice the weapons of warfare the Lord has given to us, and as a result we are feeling a whole heap freer! It has been a very helpful course and we recommend it to everyone, but most especially to leaders.’ (Pastors Wayne and Nicky)

‘Completing this course was very life changing. Opened my eyes and taught me how to identify and overcome spiritual attacks. The course provided very helpful tools to use in every day life and especially during and before spiritual attacks as well as how to help others during these attacks. I loved that I could complete it at my own pace’ (Sogunda)

‘It was an eye opener, and I never thought about viewing Spiritual Warfare in the way that you explained it. It was AWESOME! One of the things that I like was when King David before going into battle always inquired of the Lord. Not only did the Lord give him the outcome of the battle but he gave him the strategies and was with David in the battle. I need to do the same.’ (Beatrice)

If you haven’t come across our online courses yet, you can find the Spiritual Warfare Course and Prophetic School here.


Notes:

[1] See my recent article, ‘Magnetic Prayer: Prayer that Pulls on Heaven’s Resources’ for more on the power of asking, ‘Father, what time is it?’


© 2017 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

Discernment: Partner with God to Bring Life to Dry Bones

There are times when our spiritual gifts are going to take us to some painful places.

  • Through discernment, we see something dark and demonic at work in a situation
  • God has shown us His prophetic intention—but we are currently faced with the very opposite of what He has said
  • In our prophetic prayer, the Holy Spirit takes us behind the scenes and we are confronted with a need to pray for

The Holy Spirit took Ezekiel to a valley full of dry bones. It was a bleak and painful environment—and yet that was the very place he was positioned to participate with God in a resurrection miracle.


The Answer is in the Secret Place

God did not just give Ezekiel a glimpse of that valley of dry bones. We read that he actually led Ezekiel back and forth amongst them! (Ezek 1:2) Only after Ezekiel was thoroughly acquainted with the painful reality, and the impossibility, did God ask him a question:

“Son of man, can these bones live?” Ezekiel answered, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” (Ezek 1:3)

In the physical realm, Ezekiel was looking at something impossible. But he knew that the answer was located in the spiritual realm—in the mind and intention of God.

The answer was in the realm of mystery, hidden in the secret place.

There are things that God wants to reveal to you, and accomplish through you. And in order for that to happen, He is allowing you to be confronted with a difficulty. It may be painful. It may be people who are far from where God wants them to be. Perhaps it is a barren environment or a problem that is impossible to solve.

If you are positioned in a place where what you are discerning is painful, take time in your intimate relationship with God to listen to Him.

God spoke to Ezekiel and said, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!” (Ezek 37:4, NIV)

When Ezekiel obeyed God and began to prophesy, those bones joined together, and became covered in flesh. When Ezekiel called on the breath, resurrection life entered those bodies and they arose, a mighty army.

  • The easiest thing to do, when you are confronted with dry bones, with a barren situation, is to focus on and talk about the problem.

But remember, your God is a Redeemer. He is God of the turn-around!

Today, take some time to hear your Father’s intention. Hear the life-giving words that are on the heart of God.

And then, speak in agreement with what He is speaking. Proclaim His whispered words of life. It’s time to prophesy to the bones!

Through your life-giving words in agreement with His, you will see a miracle of transformation take place.


Prayer

‘Father, in the midst of what I see, I turn my heart and my thoughts to you. Only you know the answer to the problem I am facing right now. I come to you in the secret place, to hear your intention and to partner with you. Jesus, You are the Resurrection and the Life.

Now, I choose to prophesy life. I choose to speak a word of life over this situation today. Darkness, be turned to light! ‘Dry bones’ hear the word of the Lord! I declare transformation, according to God’s promise. Nothing is impossible for my God! In Jesus’ Name, amen.


Unlocking the Gift of Discernment eBook

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Prophetic School Update

  • This week, I’ve uploaded a 10-page PDF questionnaire, with further study and journalling questions, to help students discover which of the 11 types of prophetic ministry you are gifted in. We ask the question, ‘What can I do next to develop this gift?’

Our self-paced, video lecture school is a great way to develop your understanding and practice of prophetic ministry. The school also includes a series of lectures on the topic of discernment, along with a master class on prophetic warnings. I welcome you to view the Prophetic School here.


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11 Types of Prophetic Ministries: Which do you Relate to?

‘Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you’ (Isaiah 60:1)

Today I am sharing some keys to help you discover the unique way God has created you to minister prophetically.

You don’t need to be intimidated by the strengths of others. You don’t need to struggle with inadequacy. It’s your time to shine!


Embrace Your Uniqueness

Jacob had a richly ornamented robe made for his favourite son Joseph (Gen 37). That coat set Joseph apart and caused him to stand out from the crowd. Everywhere Joseph went, he wore the mantle that represented his father’s favour.

In God’s Kingdom, each of us is the Father’s favoured son or daughter (Gal 3:26-29). The unique mix of spiritual gifts He has given to us individually is like Joseph’s richly ornamented robe.

‘We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.’ (Rom 12:6)

Some benefits from discovering your unique prophetic gifts are:

  • You gain confidence and know the security of living and ministering in your Father’s affirmation
  • Identifying your unique gift(s) enables you to hone and sharpen that gift, to reach your full potential
  • You can find others on a similar journey to you—it’s like discovering your ‘tribe’ as you learn from and encourage each other
  • Your ministry can be released effectively as you focus on your God-given strengths

Have a Biblical View of Spiritual Gifts

Our starting place is not our differences, but what we have in common with each other.

‘There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.’ (1 Cor 12:4-6, NIV)

The Bible gives us principles that govern our ministry—for example, weighing up and accountability—that apply to every prophetic ministry, regardless of how it is expressed (1 Cor 14). We have also been given a fivefold ministry leadership to lead, empower and equip us (Eph 4:11-16)

Within the body, we each have our own distinct part to play and we are interdependent upon one another (1 Cor 12:18-20).

Paul’s lists of spiritual gifts are a great starting point when it comes to prophetic ministry. But when we only look at Paul’s summaries of spiritual gifts, we miss the bigger perspective.

As we zoom out and take a broader view of prophetic ministry in Scripture, a whole spectrum of different types of prophetic gifts and ministries emerges.


11 Types of Prophetic Ministries: Which do you Relate to?

Here are some different types of prophetic ministry in the Bible. Apart from the first two, I’ve not placed them in a particular order. This is a starting point, not a list of categories to limit ourselves to, for every prophet in Scripture was unique.

These first two are broad categories, within which the other types of prophetic ministries operate:

1. The Realm of Mysteries

The Holy Spirit often communicates in mysteries, such as dreams, visions, prophetic parables and symbolic pictures. For some this is a primary way they receive and minister prophetic insights. A mystery requires interpretation and its meaning is not always immediately discernible.

God is inviting us to go on a journey with Him—we discover Him as ‘the revealer of mysteries’ (Dan 2:28)

The prophet Ezekiel received and conveyed prophecy in the realm of mystery. Some visions, such as the valley of dry bones (Ezek 37) were symbolic. Other mysteries were Heavenly realities—visions of the cherubim and throne of God—that could not be comprehended by the natural mind. (Ezek 1, 10,11)

2. The Realm of Knowledge

Some prophetic ministry operates in the sphere of knowledge. Knowledge can relate to actual events in the past, present or future—knowledge of the future being ‘foretelling’. In his list of gifts of the Spirit, Paul refers to a ‘word of knowledge’ (1 Cor 12:8).

Samuel was a prophet who operated in the realm of knowledge. In 1 Samuel 9, he tells Saul the donkeys he lost three days earlier are found (knowledge of past). He tells Saul he will shortly meet a party who will inform Saul his father is now worried about him (present and future knowledge). He then goes on to instruct Saul concerning his kingship. (1 Sam 10)

Before I go on to share about other types, let’s note that a mystery is not a less significant way that God communicates (than knowledge). It is just different. The Holy Spirit uses both mysteries and knowledge to communicate prophetically.


3. Prophetic Writing

Many prophets in the Bible were writing prophets. We know this, because some prophets were used of God to write Scripture.
Of these, some, such as Habakkuk, were poets. But not all prophets recorded their words in writing. The Prophet(ess) Huldah gave verbal prophetic counsel in 2 Kings 22:14-20.

4. Prophetic Arts and Creative

The Holy Spirit used the Prophet Ezekiel in prophetic acts that were creative and dramatic in nature. In Ezekiel 4 and 5, he uses prophetic sculpture and art, along with drama, to portray the coming judgment on Jerusalem.

5. Prophetic Worship and Music

Some of the Psalms are prophecies that were originally set to music. King David was a prophetic Psalmist and musician. We read, ‘David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals.’ (1 Chron 25:1, NIV)

The prophet(ess) Deborah wrote a song (recorded in Judges 5)
In Exodus 15:20 we read, ‘Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.’ (Exodus 15:20, NKJV)

6. Prophetic Speaking (Utterance)

The Prophet Jeremiah was called to be a prophetic voice: ‘…Behold, I will make My words in your mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them’ (Jer 5:14, NKJV). The prophetic utterances of Haggai and Zechariah were timely exhortations that encouraged the Jewish leaders to rebuild the temple (Ezra 5:1-2).

7. Prophetic Prayer and Intercession

Some prophets majored in prayer. Daniel is one whose life was characterized by prayer, fasting and intercession. (Dan 6:10, Chapter 9). In the New Testament we meet Anna, a prophetic intercessor who meets the answer to her prayer in the young child Jesus (Luke 2:36-38)

8. Prophetic Dreams and Interpretation

Daniel was gifted by God to understand and interpret dreams and visions. ‘…Daniel…was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems’ (Dan 5:12, NIV, see also Dan 1:17). Daniel not only interpreted the dreams of others; he personally received dreams and visions from God concerning the future. Daniel chapter 7 is one example of a dream given to Daniel.

9. Signs and Wonders Prophets

Elijah and Elisha were prophets who were used by God in signs and wonders, as was Moses. Healing and miracles occurred through their ministry—and the laws of nature were overcome.

10. Prophetic Visionaries / Seers

Jeremiah’s early prophetic insights (chapter 1) consisted of simple pictures—an almond tree branch, a boiling pot. His ongoing prophetic ministry was very pictorial in nature. The book of Revelation is a book of prophetic vision given to the Apostle John. The ministry of Ezekiel is also characterized by vision.

11. Prophetic Teaching and Preaching

Moses was both a prophet and a teacher. (Deut 18:15, 34:10) He wrote, ‘Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew…’ (Deut 32:1-2a, NKJV) Silas in the New Testament was a prophet who, along with Judas strengthened and encouraged the church ‘with many words.’ (Acts 15:32) He later preached alongside Paul on his missionary trips (Acts 15:40, 17:14)


The above observations are a starting point only, to help us explore and identify the unique gifts we have been given. Which do you relate to? You will probably relate to more than one.

Understand there are Seasons Where Different Gifts are Being Highlighted

There are times when one type of prophetic ministry becomes prominent in the body of Christ. For a season, it seems as though the spotlight is on that particular expression of ministry.

Right now, the realm of prophetic knowledge (word of knowledge) is gaining a lot of attention. I remember a time in the 1990’s when prophetic intercession was being highlighted.

God allows these seasons of emphasis for a reason:

  • He is growing us in these areas, so that we can be inspired and reach for more of what is available in the prophetic ministry of the Holy Spirit.

But there is also an element of testing. We can be tempted to elevate one expression of the gift beyond what the Scripture does.

Let’s learn from each other, without elevating one type of prophetic ministry above another.


See Your Gift and Ministry from Heaven’s Viewpoint

Your gift may be hidden from public view, but that does not mean it is insignificant. Some ministries, by their very nature, are hidden.

  • Prophetic intercession can be a private ministry
  • God may call you to minister to one or a few, and your gift may be unseen by people

Just as invisible light, such as infrared, x-ray and ultraviolet can have extraordinary power when focused, a hidden but focused ministry is powerful.

Remember, Heaven’s viewpoint is vastly different to our perception on earth.


Enliven Prophetic School: Take Your Prophetic Gift to the Next Level

The Enliven Prophetic School is now open!

This self-paced, video lecture school is for anyone who would like to learn and grow in the gift and ministry of prophecy and includes classes for discerners as well.

This week I will be adding a lecture on the 11 types of prophetic ministry, along with a PDF checklist to help students identify which types of prophetic ministry they best relate to.

Modules currently include:

  • Foundations of prophetic ministry
  • How to hear God’s voice, begin and grow in prophecy
  • The Seer gift: how to grow in pictures and visions
  • Discernment and prophetic warnings: how to respond and share a prophetic warning
  • Prophetic Guidance Master Class

You can currently join the school for as little as $6.95 USD (monthly subscription) or make a single payment to join with no end date.

Visit the Enliven Prophetic School here.


Related Posts on Enliven Blog

8 Traits of Prophetic Preaching

What is Prophetic Art?

6 Benefits of Prophetic Worship

Why does the Holy Spirit Speak in Mysteries?


© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
In the David McCracken Ministries family

Cliffhanger: When You’re out of Control, God has a Plan

My husband and I recently watched an Australian TV series and when it came to the last episode of the season, some of the show’s main characters were left in a position of great danger. We were in suspense, not knowing what the outcome would be.

TV producers have found this is a great technique to build anticipation for an upcoming season and keep their viewers interested.

It is known as a ‘cliffhanger’.

There are times in life when one chapter has ended and we’re not sure where things will go from here. We are facing a major challenge—or even a crisis.

There is a time of suspense.

Today I believe God is encouraging those of you who may be facing your own ‘cliffhanger’ moments.

  • You may be at a crossroads—or in a season of transition
  • There may be dryness or barrenness
  • There may be a problem, and you have no way of knowing how it will work out
  • You may be forced to let go of something, and face an uncertain future

God is the Ultimate Author and He has a Plan

Here is a powerful truth:

Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith. (Heb 12:2)

‘Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.’ (Psalm 139:16, NKJV)

Today, you may be at the close of one chapter—but your Father already knows the pathway ahead. God is the Author and His next chapter for you is written ahead of time.

One new chapter can make all the difference.


4 Cliffhanger Moments in Scripture that Reveal God at Work on Your Behalf

1. Your new Chapter will Reveal God’s Favor

At the close of the fourth chapter of Esther, the Jews in Susa and throughout the Persian Empire are in danger of decimation. It seems the enemy’s plan to destroy them is about to prevail.

In this cliffhanger moment, God’s people are fasting, expressing their dependence upon His Divine intervention.

They fast for three days and nights.

  • But God has a plan—set in place far ahead of time. He has already positioned Esther in the palace as Queen of Persia.

At the beginning of Esther’s fifth chapter, we read:

‘On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance.’ (Esther 5:1 NIV)

God is releasing favor on Esther’s behalf—and that favor is about to overturn the schemes of the enemy.

Are you in a cliffhanger moment? Know that God’s favor towards you is more powerful than the opposition that’s against you.


2. Your new Chapter will Reveal God’s Word

At the close of the fourth chapter of Ezra, it seems the Jews’ God-given plan to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem has been permanently stalled, after interference by their enemies.

The pause at the close of this chapter marks 17 long years of delay. [2]

As chapter five opens, the prophets Haggai and Zechariah bring prophetic exhortation to the Jews and their leader Zerubbabel. In a fresh burst of enthusiasm, the people set to work on the temple again. Within a short period of time, a letter to king Darius brings a favorable reply, governmental permissions and all the resources they need.

Are you in a cliffhanger moment?

Receive a fresh word for your new season. Forge ahead in agreement with that word and watch for your miracle breakthrough.


3. Your new Chapter will Reveal Your Deliverer

At the close of Exodus chapter 2, the Israelites are trapped in slavery in Egypt. It seems that no hope is in sight—but we read at the close of the second chapter that ‘their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God.’ (Ex 223b, NIV)

It is a season of prolonged pain and suspense. But a new chapter is about to begin.

As Exodus chapter 3 opens, an 80-year-old shepherd is drawn by the sight of a burning bush. God is about the raise up His chosen deliverer, Moses.

Do you find yourself, your church, work, family or ministry in a cliffhanger time of suspense? Be encouraged, for God is your Deliverer and a new chapter lies ahead.


4. Your new Chapter will Reveal God’s Resurrection Power

At the close of John chapter 19, those who have loved and believed in Jesus are devastated by His death and burial. Three days and nights of silence go by, with unanswered questions and depths of despair.

But chapter 20 opens with an empty grave and a resurrected Christ.

Today, there is a word of resurrection going out.

God has not left you and will not fail you. It’s not over. What He has begun, he will complete. He is the author and finisher of your faith.

That dream, that opportunity, that call. It may seem barren, it may seem lifeless. It may be impossible. But the same Jesus who stood in front of Lazarus’ grave and cried out ‘Lazarus, come forth!’, our God of resurrection, is working on your behalf.

Your new season is about to begin.


Notes:

[1] Find more encouragement from the story of Esther here: ‘Go Again: He is God of the Second Time Around’

[2] For more about this story, read my post ‘Why Does God Allow Frustrations and Delays?’


Prophetic School News

During September, I am adding video lectures to a Foundations Class on the Enliven Prophetic School.

The Enliven Prophetic School is a self-paced video lecture course. There are no deadlines and you can study in your own time. Classes now include:

  • Foundations of Prophetic Ministry
  • Begin in prophecy: hear God’s voice and share a prophetic insight
  • Tips for maturing in prophecy
  • Seer Master Class: Grow in pictures and visions
  • Prophetic Warnings Master Class
  • Prophetic Guidance Masterclass

This school is for anyone who would like to learn and grow in the gift and ministry of prophecy. There is currently a minimal subscription rate of $6.95USD monthly to help us with costs.

View the current topics and enroll here.


© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
In the David McCracken Ministries family

The Truth About Your Spiritual Authority (Kingdom Birthright)

Young Joash was born to be King of Judah. But for six years he was hidden in the temple while an evil usurper—Queen Athaliah—reigned in his place. (2 Kings 11)

Joash had the birthright of Kingship—but that birthright had not been revealed. He was yet to pick up his crown.

This is a prophetic picture for us, the church today. Joash occupied the temple, the place of worship. But he did not occupy the palace—the place from which he was to rule and reign.

I believe the Spirit is saying,

‘It’s time to discover your birthright—your royal identity. It’s time to both worship and rule. It’s time to pick up your crown!’


You have a Royal Identity

‘For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.’ (Rom 5:17, NKJV)

Through the cross, Jesus won back for us our relationship with God, our place in His family, and our birthright—our royal identity.

  • Jesus is the firstborn Son (Heb 1:6, Col 1:18)
  • We are co-heirs with Him (Rom 8:17)

The writer to the Hebrews speaks of ‘the Church of the firstborn’:
‘But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.’ (Hebrews 12:22-24, NIV)

The Greek tense of the words translated, ‘you have come’, proserchomai, Strongs G4334, is the past perfect tense. [1] The Scripture does not say, ‘you will eventually come.’ All of this relates to what Jesus has already accomplished. It is our current status. [3]

  • Jointly with Jesus, we have heavenly citizenship and firstborn status
  • We don’t have independent authority—we don’t exercise authority in our own name, but in the Name of Jesus, who has all authority (Matt 28:18). We have authority by being under His authority (Matt 8:9)

What does the Birthright Consist of?

In the Old Testament, a father passed on two things to his sons: his priestly blessing, and his birthright. We see the importance of these highlighted in the story of Jacob and Esau (Gen 25-27). [1]

The birthright passed on to the firstborn son and it consisted of:

  • The Estate (in particular, any lands)
  • Inheritance (the ‘double portion’)
  • The priestly role in the family (he could bless the next generation)
  • Any legal (judicial) authority held by the father [2]

Each one of these is significant, and it is the last—the passing of judicial authority—that I believe the Holy Spirit is highlighting right now.

One example of the ‘passing of judicial authority’ was that in the Old Testament, the firstborn son of the reigning king was the next in line to take the throne.


Honor Your Birthright!

It is written of Esau in the Old Testament, ‘he despised his birthright’ (Gen 25:34). He treated it as something cheap—something he could sell and discard.

  • Hear the cry of the Spirit, ‘Don’t neglect your birthright!’
  • ‘Don’t neglect what Jesus paid for!’

You are born again with a birthright. You are royal by birth!

It is not earned. You do not have to do anything to deserve it.


The Kingdom of God is not like an Earthly Royal Family.

In an earthly royal family, there is one reigning monarch who has all the responsibility. The sons and daughters enjoy the privilege and favor of royalty, without a responsibility to rule.

However, in this royal family, we have authority in Jesus’ Name. We have a responsibility to exercise His rule and reign on earth (Psalm 115:16, Matt 6:10).

If we are to be in the ‘family business’ (Luke 2:49) that means we must both serve and reign with Christ.

This is what intimacy looks like for our God: sons and daughters who will not only be with Him, but rule with Him. We honor our Father as we bear His likeness.

How can you tell you are exercising your royal birthright?You are disturbing the status quo.

It’s time to pick up your crown.


Notes:

[1] See_https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/heb/12/22/t_conc_1145022
‘The perfect tense in Greek corresponds to the perfect tense in English, and describes an action which is viewed as having been completed in the past, once and for all, not needing to be repeated.’

[2] I share about the blessing here: 4 Life-Changing Truths About God’s Blessing

[3] See_http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/birthright/

[4] You can find my sermon ‘Pick Up Your Crown and Unleash Your Greatness’ on the Enliven Blog podcast page here: http://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/podcast/


© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
In the David McCracken Ministries family