A Prophetic Recall is Going Out This Christmas

Today, I believe God is encouraging those of you who are praying for loved ones and for others He has placed on your heart. Your prayer is powerful!
There is an anointing coming upon traditional Christmas Carols.

At the sound of those old melodies and words, a prophetic recall is going out to those who have walked away from God.

Hearts are being stirred.

There is a pull back to worship, as people hear words like:
‘Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King!’ [1]

The Holy Spirit is also moving on those who have never known Jesus. Suddenly, words they have never considered before, now have a magnetic pull upon them:
‘Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled’ [2]

Now is the time to pray.

Declare that the airwaves this Christmas season are going to be filled with a Heavenly sound.

Let there be a freshly anointed sound filling the streets, the malls, homes and even places of transport.


A Twofold Heavenly Celebration

The Bible tells us that this side of eternity there are two causes of singing and celebration in Heaven. One is the praise and worship of our Almighty and Holy God.

And the second, is the one Jesus mentioned when He said, “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10, NIV)

When those two Heavenly celebrations are combined, we hear, ‘Glory to God! Salvation is here!’

Jesus’ birth was announced with a Heavenly sound, as a crowd of angels appeared to shepherds keeping watch in the fields.

It was the very first time this twofold Heavenly celebration was heard:

‘Glory to God! Salvation is here!’

We read, ‘Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:13-14, NIV)


A Homecoming Call is Going Out

An encounter with God’s glory—the atmosphere of Heaven—will stir up our longing for Heaven, because that is our home and destination. Even an unsaved person will experience this ‘homesickness’ just as the prodigal of Jesus’ parable did in Luke 15.

As the writer to Ecclesiastes says, ‘He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart…’ (Ecc 3:11a, NIV)

The father in Jesus’ parable threw a party in His home, to share his joy with everyone. There was singing, dancing and music, and the sound was carried from the house out into the fields. (Luke 15:24-25)

When people who don’t know Jesus, or who once knew Him, encounter the Spirit’s anointing carried in a sound, something happens.[3]

We can bring the atmosphere of Heaven to earth. It comes as we make the Father’s House our address. It comes as we pray.

Pray while you’re working, pray while you’re preparing and traveling. See with the eye of faith, God’s Presence touching hearts as the melodies and words of Christmas are going out on the airwaves.

‘O come all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels’ [4]

See by faith, people stirred by a sound; drawn to consider the goodness of God as they hear the invitation of Christmas.


Notes
[1] From ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’
[2] From ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’
[3] Some of the thoughts in this section are from the book, ‘Prophetic Worship: How to Develop Your Ministry of Encounter’
[4] From ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’


Prophetic Worship: How to Develop Your Ministry of Encounter ~2nd Edition

When people come into a prophetic atmosphere, they are confronted with the heart of a loving Father who has a purpose and a destiny for their lives. 

  • Prophetic worship is distinguished by encounter.

Prophetic worship is a key to revival, breaking open the dreams of the Father, and the destiny He has for you, your ministry, church, region and nation.

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve just finished a significantly revised and updated version of this eBook.
‘Prophetic Worship: How to Develop Your Ministry of Encounter’ combines Bible study, personal testimony, prophetic insights and practical steps to lead you into a greater experience of God’s prophetic purpose in worship.

  • Learn about prophetic praise for breakthrough, how prophetic flow operates in the worship environment, prophetic art and media, keys to releasing the power of God in worship and more!
  • Each chapter includes questions for personal reflection, group discussion as well as exercises for worship team activation.

See the full chapter list and purchase ‘Prophetic Worship: How to Develop Your Ministry of Encounter’ on our eStore here.

(Note: If you have purchased an earlier edition please let me know and I will ensure you receive a copy of this new one)


Online Courses and Store Summer Discounts

Yes, it’s summer here in Australia! To celebrate our Christmas holiday and vacation season, and as my gift to you, I am taking 30% off our online courses. You can find the online course page here.

You will also find special prices on our online store here.


Have a Blessed Christmas Everyone

Christmas greetings from Malcolm and I along with the Enliven Ministries team, here in Melbourne, Australia. As this year draws to a close, I want to thank all our readers and those who have helped and journeyed with me. Special mention must go to David and Margaret McCracken, to Rob Lister for website assistance and to Rosie Eloff, our Treasurer who has worked very hard this year as we’ve got up and running with a brand new ministry structure.

We are looking forward to celebrating Jesus’ birth here at our home church, Planetshakers. Then on Christmas Day we are having lunch with our close family and friends.

Keep an eye out for next week’s post, which will be a prophetic word for 2018. Then I will be taking a short vacation, and so will Enliven Blog.


© 2017 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

3 Characteristics of Your Gift and Ministry’s Hidden Phase

Do you identify with a sense of waiting, or being hidden, in your spiritual gift, vocation or ministry calling?

When the Apostle Paul—then Saul—became a follower of Jesus, God revealed to him that a powerful apostolic ministry was up ahead.

  • But although Paul’s gift of teaching and preaching was evident from the outset of his conversion, there was much more to come.

Years later, Paul was still ministering as a teacher at the church in Antioch, when the church leaders heard from God that it was time to send him and Barnabas out from the church as missionaries (Acts 13).

From this time onwards, Paul’s evangelistic and apostolic ministry, along with gifts of signs and miracles, emerged in Paul’s life (Acts 14:3, [1]).

Paul’s gifts and calling unfolded progressively throughout his life, and it will happen that way in ours too. [2]

Today, no matter what your experience of life in the Spirit has been, God has more for you.

Here are three characteristics of the hidden phase of a spiritual gift or ministry. If you relate to any of these, take heart! God has not forgotten you. Today, hear Him say, ‘See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.’ (Isaiah 49:16 NIV)


1. A Desire that is Sometimes Intense

When God gives you a prophetic calling, He sows the desire for your destiny along with it. There is a place in your heart and life that will one day be filled with the operation of that gift, ministry and service to God. And until it fully manifests, you notice its absence.

God is using your hunger and the desire of your heart to draw you towards your destiny. That very hunger will cause you to prepare, to search and to pursue Him.

Desire is a gift given by God, that causes us to pursue Him, until He gives us what He has longed to grant us all along. This is the level of hunger that kept Elisha in pursuit of Elijah to the point of no return, until he received the mantle destined by God to be his. (2 Kings 2)

“So I say to you, ask and keep on asking, and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking, and you will find; knock and keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9, AMP)


2. Prolonged Times of Waiting

Times of waiting until the gift, ministry or service to God is fulfilled, are a common theme throughout the Bible.

You may have experienced early signs of a gift, calling or ministry. You may have received a prophecy, or hold certain Scripture verses close to your heart that reflect God’s call upon your life.

But now, you wonder what happened to that calling. It may even seem as though the very opposite is taking place.

In a time of waiting, it is common to hit a ‘ceiling’. You are engaged at one level of ministry for a long time, whilst deep down you know God has more for you. Think of all the years Paul ministered in the primary role of a teacher, when his apostolic call to reach nations was still ahead!

If you can relate to this, know that your Father has your timetable in His hands.

Look at Paul—none of his time on earth was wasted in God’s sight.
‘For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’ (2 Tim 4:6-7, NIV)


3. Obstacles and Opposition that are Specific to Your Call

There are times when God allows us to experience trials specifically related to our calling. These hardships are designed to stir us, prepare us and propel us forward.

Joseph was called to rule—and yet was sold as a slave. Daniel was called to govern, but God positioned him as a slave in captivity. Paul was called to impact nations—and then spent years in his home town of Tarsus, waiting for the church to be ready to receive him. (Acts 11:25) [2]

So it can be with us. We are called to heal—and yet we or someone close to us struggles with sickness. We are called to pray—and face the most difficult prayer journey of our life.

The enemy also targets us at the very point of our calling, using tactics of fear, intimidation or direct, blatant attacks aimed at knocking us off course.

If you can identify obstacles or pressure that shout, ‘don’t go that way!’ ‘That calling is not for you!’, be encouraged.

  • That pressure is a signpost; you are headed in the right direction!
  • That obstacle will become a stepping stone into your promise from God
  • That trial will become a testimony
  • That giant of demonic opposition is coming down

As you stay on track by the grace of God, nothing and no one can stop God’s plan for your life coming to pass.


Grow Your Prophetic and Prayer Gifts ~ Now Inside the Prophetic School

If you are feeling stuck, or have undergone hardship in relation to your prophetic or prayer gift, this book will encourage you and provide you with keys to move forward in developing your gift. Learn how to:

  • Identify the season you are currently in for each of your gifts, including a season of wilderness and trial
  • Find out how to break through to the next level
  • Maximise opportunities in the current stage of growth in your spiritual gift

The book, ‘Grow Your Prophetic and Prayer Gifts’ is now available as a bonus PDF inside the Enliven Prophetic School.

I have completed the first stage of basic teaching modules and am now taking an Australian Summer break from production.

In the meantime, you can find the Prophetic School at a reduced entry price here.


Notes:

[1] I write about this in my book ‘Grow Your Prophetic and Prayer Gifts’. You can find ‘Grow Your Prophetic and Prayer Gifts’ for sale as a single eBook here on the eStore.

[2] Paul’s first recorded miraculous sign is in Acts 13:8-11. It is not until years later, in Ephesus (Acts 19), we read of many ‘extraordinary miracles’ of healing being worked through Paul.

[3] See_https://www.blueletterbible.org/study/paul/timeline.cfm


© 2017 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

Prayer: When Your Cry Goes Up, Heaven Comes Down

Today, I believe God is encouraging those of you who are in a position of great need.

Right now, you may feel as though you have little strength to pray, except to simply cry out to God. And He wants you to know that your call to Him for help is powerful!

  • Deliverance is being released
  • Favour is being unleashed
  • Angels are being assigned
  • Your tipping point is on its way

Three Directions of Prayer

The key to all prayer is not a formula, it is simply relationship with God. We have a Father in Heaven who loves us and we have access to His throne through Jesus’ shed blood (Heb 10:19-20).

Jesus’ teaching on prayer can be summed up as, ‘Ask your Father in My Name’ (see John 15:16).

Prayer comes in many forms and in many ways. By way of example, here are three directions (perspectives) of prayer. Each has its own significance and it is the last I believe God is highlighting today:


1. Horizontal: Positioned in Prayer Before God’s Throne

When we take a horizontal approach to prayer, we are positioned by faith before God’s throne. We are aware of this stance as we pray and petition Him concerning our needs and the needs of others. We can be bold. We can be strategic!

‘Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’ (Heb 4:16, NIV)

2. Downward: Exercising Heavenly Authority on Earth

This direction of prayer is when we step into our royal authority as sons and daughters of God. We recognize our Heavenly position in Christ; then, we take our delegated authority and enforce our Father’s intentions on earth, in Jesus’ Name.

‘And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.’ (Eph 2:6, NIV)

Actions we can take from this ‘Heaven to earth’ perspective include: making prophetic decrees, and binding and loosing.

3. Upward: Praying from Earth to Heaven

‘Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.’ (Psalm 61:1-2 NIV)

There are times we are praying from an earthly position. We are praying and interceding from the perspective of our (and others’) humanity, frailty, weakness and need.

When your cry goes up, Heaven comes down.

A prayer from earth to Heaven is powerful.

  • It is not an inferior type of prayer.
  • It is a supersonic prayer!

Your Upward Cry Releases Answers

Have you been calling on God for help? Today, God wants you to know He has heard your cries.

God answered the ineloquent groans of Hannah’s broken heart. Her prayer birthed a son, the Prophet Samuel—who would be instrumental in national revival.

‘Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”’ (1 Sam 1:17, NIV)

In a time of need, your prayer may be an inarticulate groan like Hannah’s, but know this:

Your cry to God for help echoes in the chambers of Heaven.


Your Cry Reveals Your Heart

Hannah’s story shows us that it is not the style of prayer, but the attitude of our hearts that God responds to. Jesus Himself cried from earth to Heaven in His time of distress:

‘During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.’ (Heb 5:7, NIV)

In the midst of whatever trial you are going through, know that God sees past your words and straight to your heart. In His love and mercy, He is coming through for you.


Your Cry Unleashes Deliverance

One of the most powerful acts of deliverance in Scripture was in answer to the cry of God’s people in slavery. 

The Israelites’ cry of distress rose from earth towards Heaven.

Then, when God acted on their behalf, miracles and acts of great power were unleashed and Israel was delivered out of Egypt.

‘The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.’ (Exodus 2:23-24, NIV)

As you cry out for help in the midst of the trial, the persecution, or spiritual oppression, your cry is coming before God. He is arranging deliverance on your behalf.

‘In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears… He parted the heavens and came down…’ (Psalm 18:6, 9a, NIV)


Your Cry Arouses God’s Compassion—and His power

Our Father doesn’t despise our humanity—He has great compassion towards us in our weakness and frailty.

‘As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.’ (Psalm 103:13-14 NIV)

A simple, Heavenward cry for help pulls on your Father’s compassion.

He will not hold back His power, for His mercy is abundant towards you.

In any moment of crisis, all you need to remember is the simple approach to prayer Jesus taught: ‘Ask your Father in My Name’ (John 15:16)


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© 2017 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

3 Keys to Unlock Your Prophetic Thanksgiving

This week, my husband and I celebrated an early Thanksgiving dinner with members of our family who are US citizens. It was a significant moment for us as a family.

As I have prayed about what to share today, this is what I believe is on God’s heart for many of you this week and beyond:

  • As a stone cast into a lake causes ripples outwards
  • As a drop of ink onto blotting paper spreads

When God’s Presence touches you, those closest to you are impacted first.

Whether it is a traditional celebration of Thanksgiving or simply giving thanks to God, taking a prophetic approach to thanksgiving is a powerful means of releasing God’s purpose into your life—and the lives of others around you.


1. See People Around You Through a Prophetic Lens

‘So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.’ (2 Cor 5:16)

‘Prophetic’ very simply means we have insights about our Father’s intention—His heart, thoughts and plans—given to us by the Holy Spirit.

Sometimes relationships get damaged through decisions and events, or the actions and attitudes of others. When we see a person through our Father’s eyes, we see someone of value, we see someone God loves and a person Jesus died for. We see from His redemptive viewpoint. We perceive someone who has a future and a hope.

The Holy Spirit enables us to view a family member who has caused us pain through the cross of Christ.

We forgive, because He has forgiven us—and the fruit of the forgiveness that we release to others, is that we are set free. [1]

It is one thing to forgive an act or actions that have damaged you; it is quite another to forgive a person of the ongoing consequences you have experienced since then. Today, I believe the Spirit is releasing new and deeper levels of forgiveness.

As the Holy Spirit ministers healing and the Father’s love into your heart, you are enabled to forgive. And true, heartfelt thanksgiving becomes the natural overflow of God’s work in your life.


2. Take a 3 Dimensional Approach to Prophetic Thanksgiving

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev 1:8, NIV)

Hear your Father say, ‘I am the God of your past, present and future! I am redeeming your past. In the present, I am working all things together for good. I have a future and a hope for you to journey into’.

3-dimensional thanksgiving is when we give God thanks for our past, present and future. This means that we can:

  • Express our gratitude for what God has done in the past—and embrace His redemption in Christ for past pain
  • Thank Him for all that He is and has given to us today—and by faith see Him present and at work in our trials
  • Thank God for the future fulfilment of His prophetic words and the hope set before us

When we give thanks for what is yet to come, we acknowledge God is good and is the source of what He has promised. We are receiving His promises by faith ahead of time.

This is prophetic thanksgiving.


3. Pray for Others Around you and Sense What God is Saying

Sometimes we think that prophecy is solely for people we minister to, or for evangelism. We can forget that our Father has our family members on His heart too.

Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving as a holiday, or simply seeking to explore prophetic thanksgiving, let gratitude overflow into words and action.  You don’t need to preface a prophetic insight by saying it is a prophecy or ‘word from God’. Speak life-giving words of encouragement and release Heaven’s intention into those around you.


Notes

[1] Some Scriptures about forgiveness: Eph 4:32, Mark 11:25, Matt 18:21-35


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See ‘4 Benefits of Prophetic Thanksgiving and Praise


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© 2017 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

Prophetic Word: A New Theme Song is Being Released Over Your Life!

A ‘theme song’ is a signature song—one uniquely associated with a person, group or production. For example, the lyrics of a show or TV program’s theme song may tell the story of the main characters. A sports team may have its own theme song. Even nations have their own anthem.

Our lives, have a ‘theme song’. It is a metaphor for the unique blend of the message, atmosphere, and prevailing emotion that characterizes us.

Today I believe God is saying, “New theme songs are being released. And with this new sound, atmospheres are shifting. Destinies are being broken open!


A New Song is Piercing the Darkness

There was a moment when Miriam picked up a tambourine and led a song. It was a song never heard before in Israel—a new sound, a song of victory:
“Sing to the Lord,
For He has triumphed gloriously!
The horse and its rider
He has thrown into the sea!”
(Exodus 15:21, NKJV)

As Moses and Miriam taught new songs of victory won to Israel, the old songs and melodies of sorrow from slavery, from generations past, became extinct.

Today, there is a prophetic sound being released. It is piercing the darkness. It is a new song; a song of victory.


Outdated Theme Songs are Being Replaced

Are there themes that have been carried forward from past seasons—even recent journeys of your life—that carry a sense of sadness or frustration?

God is releasing a new theme song over your life:

  • It is the song of your identity intertwined with His
  • It is the song of grace; of His salvation and redemption
  • It is a song of victory; of new hope and anticipation of His goodness in your journey ahead

‘See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come’

(SOS 2:11-12a)


You are Singing from Higher Ground

Today, if you been waiting upon God in the midst of trial; if you have felt stuck and unsure of your standing, the song of Miriam and Israel can be your song.

The victory that is not possible to you in your own strength, has already been won by Christ.

‘He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.’

(Psalm 40:1-3, NIV)

Your Father is lifting you in His arms and bringing you to higher ground. That ground, that Rock, is Jesus. As you respond to Him, the Spirit of God is releasing a new sound from within you. God’s transforming power at work in your life will spill over and touch many others.


The Song of Deliverance is Your New Song

The walls of the Lord surround and protect you. They stand between you and circumstances that have threatened to overwhelm you.  Listen—there is a sound; a song being sung over you by the Spirit of God and the angelic hosts. Hear a song of deliverance:

‘Your God has triumphed. That enemy is overcome. You are more than a conqueror in Christ.’

‘You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
(Psalm 32:7, NIV).

He says, ‘My love surrounds you. I am giving you songs in the night.’ (Psalm 42:8)

Your God is singing over you. (Zeph 3:14-17)


It’s Time to Dance

‘Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing.’(Exodus 15:20, NIV)

For Miriam and Israel, the threat of slavery was at an end. Their former slave driver, Pharaoh of Egypt, could no longer pursue them. With that realization, came a new theme song and a dance of celebration.

  • When Miriam was freed from slavery, she entered her destiny as a prophet and leader of women. Along with her, a generation of women was released into a new realm of praise and worship.

That enemy that has been pursuing you was destroyed at the cross. (Col 2:15) As recognition dawns, a new song is rising within you.

It’s time to dance.


Words for Women: Ministry in 2018

This article is from one of my prophetic ‘Words for Women’ for 2018.
If you are interested in hosting me at your church or event for prophetic teaching and ministry, or to see more options, view my speakers page here.


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A part of the David McCracken Ministries family