Small Signs Lead to Massive Breakthroughs (Prophetic Insight)

Have you ever been waiting on something from God—an answer to prayer, a Divine intervention, or the next step forward in the fulfilment of His promise—and instead of the large breakthrough you are anticipating, you get one, teeny, small sign?

What is God up to?

Small signs can be powerful when you know what to expect and how your Heavenly Father uses them as He brings about your breakthrough.


Pray in Anticipation of God’s Action

Elijah announced to King Ahab, at God’s instruction, that an abundance of rain was on its way to break three years of drought (1 Kings 18:41).

The Hebrew word translated ‘abundance’, hamown (Strongs H1995) means tumult, noise, sound, multitude.

Not just a trickle. Not a light shower. Elijah committed by the word of his mouth that God was sending a heavy rain.

It was time to pray—for God’s prophetic promises are birthed through prayer.


PUSH: Pray Until Something Happens

Take Elijah for example.

Elijah went into the birthing position to pray for rain. Six times he prayed and in anticipation, each time sent his servant to the horizon to seek the answer.

On the seventh time, his servant returned saying, ‘I see a small cloud, the size of a man’s hand.’

It was far from the heavy rain that Elijah was waiting for, but the small sign was enough. Elijah told his servant to go meet the king—and himself ran on ahead in the power of God. As they went, the heavy clouds started to gather and the first drops began to fall. (1 Kings 18)


Small Signs both Test and Strengthen your Faith

Small signs test your faith because they are small in size—the large breakthrough you need is still ahead.

However, that small sign is an indicator sent from the throne of God. It is a message that the breakthrough is on its way.

A small sign will build your faith because it is something tangible. It is a signal that the fullness of what God has is imminent.


Signs can be a Signal for us to Act in Faith

The small cloud was the sign Elijah needed to move. It was time to move from waiting to action, from praying to running.

When God gives you the sign, it is time to rejoice. Lift up your voice and praise Him. Get on your feet and celebrate.

Now, let the Holy Spirit guide your next steps. That sign may be the time to act and take the next step by faith.


Your God is the Master of Breakthroughs

David named one of the places God enabled him to overcome his enemies ‘Baal Perazim’, meaning ‘The Lord who breaks out.’ (1 Chron 14:11)

In that place named Baal Perazim, David had a fresh revelation of the nature of God: ‘Master of Breakthroughs’.

Shortly afterwards God gave David a new set of instructions regarding his enemies, the Philistines.

“Do not go directly after them, but circle around them and attack them in front of the poplar trees. As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move out to battle, because that will mean God has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.” (1 Chron 14:14b-15)

The sound of marching in the tops of the trees—it was a small sign from God, that signaled it was time to move.

Has God given you a small sign? It may be a word or prophetic insight. It may be a trickle—but it has the touch of the supernatural on it. You know that sign is from God.

That sign is a trigger. It is an opportunity.

So raise your hands, lift up your feet, and march. Your God, the ‘Master of Breakthroughs’ is working on your behalf.


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Is it Time to Birth God’s Prophetic Promise in Prayer?

6 Keys for Breakthrough Prayer


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47 thoughts on “Small Signs Lead to Massive Breakthroughs (Prophetic Insight)

  1. Truly this has touched me I was a pastor on training now posted to a small church in Standerton .God told me that I have a gift of healing and my church will be big…One of my Sister went crazy for three days out of the city …when found by the police she was just quoting my name “Only pastor Robert can deliver me” I was not given chance to lay my hand on her but prayed on my own for God to heal her a week later she was recover and now she is back to work…this means God gonna use me mightly inthiis church. Praise God for small signs and small beginning
    Pastor Robert
    Standerton /South Africa

    • An awesome testimony and a sign from God to encourage you in your testimony Pastor Robert! He is faithful and His promise of healing and growth is within your reach.

  2. This is an awesome ministry. I am soo blessed to hear this message. Little signs tends to be discouraging for some of us and we even overlook it. I pray God grants me and all your readers the eye to see these small signs and be sensitive to what God is about doing when we see them. Great is your reward for this ministry. Thank you soo much. God bless you!

    • Hello Joel, thanks for that! Yes we can so easily overlook the small things that still have the touch of God on them. Thank you!

  3. Dear Helen, your word has really blessed and encouraged me. That small sign to me is seeing Jesus holding me to be still standing after all the devil has thrown in my life. I still praise the Lord am ure this is the work of the Holy Spirit not me surely.

    • Hello Siyavuya, I say amen to that. Your life is a miracle and you are a testimony of His power. Great things are up ahead!

      • The devil didn’t know that what he throw in my life is actually building my faith in Jesus. I am stronger than before and I thank God for that. Thanking all these online information as a person sometimes does not have anyone to rely on but the Holy Spirit only to guide her/him to read these online stuff and it would be like God knew what you wanted at that specific time

  4. Wow. I am so blessed by the word. This has given me an understanding of not taking for granted any signs that I receive in my spirit.
    I have a question concerning these signs. How do I know that a specific sign is from God.
    Thank you

  5. It is really true Helen that small beginnings turn in to breakthrough. I have tried for about 6 months to hear God’s Voice( vision, angelic encounters and specific things) in clarity but I always failed. I hope God gives me small beginnings that will turn in to breakthrough. I found this post very much encouraging. God bless you.

  6. It is a glorious day and you know it!!! You have been put in my life, lovely Helen Calder to strengthen my faith and sure enough I can attest to so many times where your words, your ministry, have hit the bullseye! I did, indeed have a tiny breakthrough and I did prayer very hard, and fasted. The first fast was ten days and the second ends today–a three day fast (I know you aren’t supposed to tell or talk about this–but I can’t help it!) WE have a friend in need, he is in rehab and should be getting out soon. We have been praying for him and for a part time job, cause it’s all I can handle, and the PERFECT job effortlessly slid from the agency I signed up with, into my lap!! Boom! My head injury will not allow me to praise God too fiercely even though I want to, but my mind’s eye had me shaking a tambourine, twirling around and singing His praise!! And then your words come and describe the situation so eloquently and so exactly!! Prayer IS powerful and my faith is growing!! I could actually feel it coming! I been said to my husband “can you feel it?” God Bless you and yours! Stacie

  7. OMG! This word was on time for me! I am currently going through a test. I received several prophetic words last year regarding the same thing. When I felt like the prophecy was getting ready to come to past, it looked like it was my time, but it did not work out. I really believed what was prophesied to me. God allowed two more people to tell me the same thing as few months ago. I had to take it back to God because even though it was said again or confirmed twice, it still looked impossible. So God showed me two small signs. I even ask God to give me another sign that this was truly his will. So now, he has confirmed to me in several dream. Also, showed me how this was going to blow my mind. So, thank you so much for this word. As this is yet another sign or confirmation for me. I believe God is telling me to hold on, it will be worth the extra wait. It’s coming! ?

    • Wow Timeka, thank you for sharing your story, so many tests and confirmations. I pray you receive a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit today

  8. I truly enjoy this teaching on small signs. I just ended a 10 days fast. The msg I received from the Lord was on sounds and everything you put in this teaching is what God was telling me. I praise God for you. Thanks so much. I know this is a sign from God that my break through is on it’s way. May God bless.

  9. Am so blessed by this message because am getting these small signs and very expected.I was just sharing this same story with someone yesterday and I believe it’s my message.God has spoken.

  10. Hi Helen,
    Am really blessed by this timely word. Lately as I pray I have noticed my faith levels raising. Faith mixed with expectation. I took this as a sign of coming breakthrough for some of the things i am believing God for. I decided to press even more during my devotion time so as to release this faith and expect a manifestation of breakthrough.

    • Oh yes Chris, I do believe that a gift of faith is a sign from God! It is human nature to doubt and fear, it is the nature of the Holy Spirit to walk in faith and boldness. Breakthrough is on its way!

  11. Thanks so much Helen for this encouragement as always.
    This is very timely for me as I am in a season where I am pushing on contending for breakthrough in the areas where I feel God has laid big things on my heart, bigger than I can do. I have had many words over me about pioneering, birthing something new, spiritual midwife stuff and also about being faithful and holding onto his promises.
    Reading this has reminded me see that these prophetic words are an indication that God sees my frustration for all that he has placed on my heart and that breakthrough is coming. Thanks again.
    I love your ministry. Xxxxx

    • Wow Sarah, very similar to me and I am being launched into all those things right now. His Divine acceleration is on its way and will completely overtake you when you least expect it! I’m looking forward to watching all Father does through you because it’s going to be awesome!

  12. Amen i praise God for making me notice this enlivenblog,since i read everything that Helen Calder has written here,its like she is talking straight to me.i thank God for your life may He increase you…

  13. Dear Helen,
    Thanks a lot for the posts I receive with encouraging messages.
    Currently, am patiently waiting upon God even as I remain focused
    on whatever He could be saying regarding my getting started in ministry.
    This message indeed as many of your previous posts is quite uplifting and encouraging to me.
    I have been patiently waiting to get started in ministry for the past 24 years now and since November 2016, I have been experiencing the move of the Spirit in a special way indicating this is the time.
    I am now trusting Him to help me do the impossible, otherwise, what I could as a person I am doing and leaving the rest to Him.
    God bless you.

  14. Infact de word has suppernaturally stired up mt spirit cos am blessed by it.thank God am out of a particular sin which made me stop praying as i used to but the message has lighted my spirit that am free which is sign from God to start praying as never before.
    I really love to be a prophet.thank you very much for your message.God bless you and increase your prophetic oil.

    • Hi Kingsford, I pray you have such encounters with God that nothing else can touch you. May you walk free and with a fresh insight of Father’s love towards you.

  15. Hello Helen,
    Thank you so much for your encouragement of understanding what God can be doing through the small signs. We moved house into a new community within the last 12 months & our eldest child started kindergarten yesterday. With an anxious child, who’s given us every reason in the month prior to starting as to why he doesn’t need to go, he asked two days before starting, ‘When’s Friday?’. When I asked why, he sighed and said, ‘Cause new things are going to be birthed ‘. This was a three year old speaking!
    We’ve gone into the first session with a new sense of anticipation. The timing of this post was a massive encouragement.

    • Wow that’s awesome, Lisa! ‘Out of the mouths of babes…’ I pray your son has peace and settles quickly into his new kindergarten. May he have some delightful friends and caring teachers who make it very easy for you to feel secure having him there

  16. Yes Helen very true our God is so precious protective and loving once his hand is stretched forth what beauty what perfection blessings in the name of Jesus

  17. Wow, what a teaching! I am so sensatized to watch out for the small sign(s) in this season, especially now that I know things are shifting all around me. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Thanks so much for your waken up the spirit , you are doing something in me , even if most of the time i ready and keep quite but there are something done in me ,
    from this portion of what you give, What i can say is that to see the small sign of need to that eyes (Spiritual eyes) which may interpret the usual thing in unusual thing , for instance : To see the small cloud !!! is usual but it had meaning

  19. Hi Enliven.
    Thank you so much for the encouraging massages, every day the word of God strengthen us. I’m revived through your sharing the word of God.