How to Have an Unshakeable Prophetic Ministry

In order to have an unshakeable prophetic ministry—one that is going to last the test of time and trials—we need to have strong, secure foundations. [1]

The Apostle Paul describes the church as being ‘built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.’ (Eph 2:20 NIV)

In ancient times, a cornerstone was the first foundation stone laid in a building. It was critical to the success of the construction. 

Every other stone, every building block, was lined up against the cornerstone.

This way, the whole building would be perfectly aligned throughout the building process, right through to completion. [2]

Our most important foundation in prophetic ministry is Jesus Christ Himself.

Jesus is our cornerstone; He is our source and primary reference point when it comes to our life, faith and ministry. And that includes our journey of growing in hearing God’s voice.


How to Have an Unshakeable Prophetic Ministry

So what does it look like, to have Jesus as the cornerstone of our prophetic ministry? Here are 4 important things you can pay attention to, as you grow in your journey of hearing from God and sharing with others what He is saying:

1. Make Jesus Your Primary Message

Jesus is the Christ. This truth is the beginning of our salvation (Acts 16:31) and is our cornerstone revelation. (Matt 16:16-18)

The author of Hebrews wrote: ‘In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.’ (Heb 1:1) 

As God’s message, Jesus perfectly represents the Father. He said, ‘Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.’ (John 14:9)

In prophetic ministry, our focus is always upon Jesus. What we are hearing will be in accordance with the truth of Who He is. Like Jesus, we will accurately represent the Father. Every prophetic insight we receive will both reveal Jesus, and point people to Jesus.


2. Check that Your Insights are Redemptive

As Jesus’ set out on His ministry, He made an announcement from the Prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19a)

This is the message of the Gospel:

  • It is good news to the poor
  • It proclaims and results in freedom
  • It invites reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18-19)

This is the central message of the Gospel: ‘that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.’ ( 2 Cor 5:19)

In prophetic ministry, what you are hearing from God—revelation from the Holy Spirit—will always resonate with the message of the Gospel. It will be redemptive, reflecting God’s heart and purpose to redeem and restore.


3. Let Jesus be Your Greatest Role Model

Elijah is not our principle role model, neither is Elisha, nor any of the great Old Testament prophets. Of course we will learn from them. We also honor God’s gifts of mentors, leaders, spiritual parents and five-fold ministers today, who inspire and equip us and reveal more of Jesus to us.

However, our greatest desire in prophetic ministry should be to be like Jesus. There are many ways in which we can grow in Christ-likeness.

  • We can grow in power and spiritual authority
  • We can grow in reflecting the Father
  • We can grow in generosity, wisdom and love

As we grow to be like Jesus, our communication style and language will be plain and easily understood by the culture we are ministering to. Mark says of Jesus, ‘And the common people heard Him gladly.’ (Mark 12:37 NKJV) or elsewhere translated, ‘the large crowd listened to Him with delight’ (NIV)

As you grow in hearing from God,  you can test weigh up your insights by asking, ‘Is this something Jesus would say—and is it the way He would say it? Am I being motivated by the love of the Father, and His generosity, as Jesus demonstrated? [3]


4. Let Intimacy with Jesus be Your Source

The cornerstone (along with the capstone) was the most important stone in ancient buildings. It was the stone by which every other building block was laid and aligned. However, these days a ‘cornerstone’ is often symbolic only; it may be a marble stone, placed externally for everyone to see, with an inscription and dedication on it. Its purpose is for display rather than function.

Sometimes our relationship with God can get like that. Other people can see that we are working hard for God; we may be operating in spiritual gifts, but in that deep, hidden place of our life, the cornerstone of our love relationship with Jesus is missing. (Rev 2:1-5)

Are you feeling dry? Today, Jesus invites you to come to Him. He is calling you to renew your relationship with Him and to be filled with His Spirit.

In that place of intimate communion with Him, you will hear His voice. Your ministry will be life-giving once more.


Notes:

[1] Additional foundations we teach (our core values of prophetic ministry) include Biblical integrity, operating in prophetic ministry out of a New Testament paradigm, godly character, teachability, accountability and honouring leadership, and gifts operating in the Biblical context of church life (1 Cor 12-14)

[2] Peter describes Jesus as being ‘the Living Stone’ and quotes the Prophet Isaiah: ‘So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”’ (1 Pet 2:4,6 NIV, Isaiah 28:16) See also Psalm 118:22.
For more on Cornerstone, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornerstone ‘The cornerstone (or foundation stone) concept is derived from the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation, important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.’ Or for Bible dictionary references, http://www.bible-history.com/links.php?cat=39&sub=788&cat_name=Manners+%26+Customs&subcat_name=Cornerstone

[3] For more about weighing up insights, see the article, ‘How to Check Your Prophetic Insight is From God’


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29 thoughts on “How to Have an Unshakeable Prophetic Ministry

  1. Hi Helen,

    Thank you for this timely word! God’s been highlighting “unshakeable” to me this week, so this is yet another confirmation! One of my early challenges was standing firm on what He says to me, but not anymore. I no longer move off of His Word to please people or relieve suffering. This took years of un-training, replacing my natural “sales and marketing mind” with “the (supernatural) mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2) and re-structuring my internal values.

    “The ablest introverts achieve a fine facility in at extrovertsion, but never try to be extroverts. Their loyalty goes to their own inner principle and derives from it a secure and unshakable orientation to life (p. 54).” – Isabel Briggs Myers, “Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type”

    Romans 12:6 NLT

    In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.

    Hebrews 12:27-29 NLT

    This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.

    Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping Him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire.

    Ephesians 6:10-18 NLT

    A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

    Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

    Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

    1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NLT

    Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.

    1 Peter 5:8-9 NLT

    Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.

    • Jara,

      Thanks for this word. I needed this, I am working on what you testified you overcame…trying to lessen pain for others or make people happy…vs. being genuine in Christ. Any other advice you have for overcoming is appreciated.

      Helen, wonderful writing again!! Inspired by Him.

      • Hi Sam,

        You’re welcome. I’m glad that you received some value from my previous comment. Honestly, I didn’t set out to overcome people-pleasing. I learned to overcome as the Lord enlisted me in what I call “Prophetic Boot Camp” – a lifetime of trials. Regret about making decisions based on doubt, insecurities, fear, etc. is an excellent teacher! He replaced my unhealthy thought patterns, ambitions, and methods with His right ones.

        My faith in what God says increased as my prayer life and Word life matured and I evaluated the outcomes of my decisions with the Holy Spirit as my guide. Of course, the enemy throws some persecution (opposition from people) in to tempt us to yield again. But standing firm on what God says is worth it in the end. He always rewards our faith and sacrifices.

        When you are tempted to yield to peer (or authority) pressure, ask God to help you. He will give you grace and courage to resist! I pray this helps you.

        JESUS: “Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.”
        (Matthew 6:9-13 NLT)

        James 1:12-18 NLT

        God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him. And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and He never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.

        So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us His true word. And we, out of all creation, became His prized possession.

        According to SheKnows.com:

        In Hebrew, the meaning of the name Samuel is: name of God; asked of God; heard by God. Samuel was the prophet who anointed Saul and David as kings of Israel in the Old Testament.

          • Helen, thanks for sharing your awesome article on how to exchange regret for the “upgrade” that God wants to give us!
            You fleshed out exactly what I meant about how regret can lead to repentance, which leads to following a new way (Jesus’ way) and making new decisions. That’s how we ace our trials and graduate in levels/areas of ministry.

            You wrote:

            “[Regret] can be a real trial for those of you who have a tendency towards perfectionism. Stop judging yourself so harshly—your Father doesn’t, He is smiling at you.

            Embrace the Lessons Learned and Receive Your Upgrade

            I made some serious mistakes in my journey in the area of prophetic ministry.

            I am glad now that I turned those mistakes over to God, repented and embraced change. Those failures are now part of my testimony—the story of what God has done in my life and a lesson for others.[2]”

            I’m discovering that our mistakes and weaknesses “qualify” us to help others who can relate. On Tuesday, while praying with a woman who is battling cancer, I received the impression that God is smiling at her attitude: she is choosing to be grateful for God sustaining her through the trial. When I encouraged her to say what is in her heart, she was reluctant to speak. Inhibited. (Full of regrets for past communications gone wrong? Trying to deliver the “perfect” speech?) She hesitantly thanked Him and became more fluent as she spoke. I kept repeating that He’s smiling at her…and asked her if she feels His joy. She said, “Kinda.” (Why only “kinda”?) I felt it in abundance! I told her that her gratitude is a huge part of her testimony (especially to her mom who is still recovering from multiple strokes). She’s already healed! It just hasn’t shown up in her body, yet.

            I just got over a cold days before we spoke. God told me that I am healed before I felt healed because I was grateful while I was sick, which is a new attitude for me! When I was at the peak of my physical misery, I still turned to God’s Word. A minister said through a sermon, “God loves you even when you’re sick.” My heart received that. Then I heard God say, “You’re healed.”

            So I kept repeating what God said to me earlier to her: “God loves you even though you’re sick. You are healed!”

            Then I shared a Scripture with her:

            ‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.’
            (Numbers 6:24-26)

            She received that. She said, “Beautiful!”

            We both have parents who are not adept at processing or expressing how they feel, so our challenge is to express how we feel even if it makes us/others uncomfortable. God has been showing me the healing power of quick forgiveness, repentance, praise, encouragement, etc. I no longer regret things said or unsaid because I trust God to handle all of my communications now. If people are pleased about it, then that means that they are blessed with “ears to hear” God’s Word. If not, then oh well!

      • Hi again Sam,

        My devotional for today (see below) addresses your questions. Perfect timing!

        Friday, April 28 – “He departed to the mountain to pray.” (Mark 6:46 NKJV)

        When Jesus Prayed (3)

        Let’s look at another point at which Jesus prayed: when the pressures and expectations of others threatened to derail God’s plan for His life. The Bible says: “While it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went to a solitary place, where He prayed. Simon and His companions went to look for Him, and when they found Him, they exclaimed, “Everyone is looking for you!”

        Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby villages – so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So He traveled throughout Galilee, preaching (Mark 1:35-39 NIV)”.

        The lesson here is this: unless you get God’s plan and stick with it, others will try to plan your life for you. Given the success Jesus enjoyed in every town He visited, many preachers would have stayed and built a church and enjoyed the accolades and rewards of their ministry. Not Jesus; He marched to the beat of a different drum.

        As you look back on some of your mistakes, you find decisions made in response to pressure instead of prayer when your prayer. When you’re prayerless, you’re careless. God has a plan for your life and a schedule. To stay in sync with both, you must pray regularly. Jesus realized He had only enough time to do what His father wanted done and that gave Him the ability to say no to other things. You’ve been called to love people – but please God. And your confidence in prayer comes from knowing you’re operating within His will (see 1 John 3 21-22 NIV).


        This is one of the Scriptures that I stand on when pleasing God conflicts with pleasing people (Apostle Paul had to learn this lesson the hard way, too!):

        Galatians 1:10 NLT

        Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.

  2. Hi Helen,
    Yes I desire to be used by God in my spiritual gifts he has endowed me with. I wish I had a mentor that would stick with the process of training me, or at least I could gain knowledge from. But what I wish, may not be God’s will. So, I feel like im floundering, and not where I should be. But it has to come out, what he put in me. Its like fire I tell you!!! I can hardly contain myself anymore when I think of all that he has done, is doing ,and is about to do. I want to do his will. I am a seer, and have other gifts he blessed me with. Being prophetic, I feel like I never belong anywhere I go and Im always seeing shapes, figures, and things, others do not see. I feel its time FOR me to go forward in the Lord. Your emails are always spot on and I think as though the Lord himself uses you to urge me on. Thank you.

  3. I hope you can send more books to us. I don’t know much about these. Thank you very much. To God be the glory.

    • Hello Evangeline, thanks!
      I don’t have printed materials but you will find a lot of free stuff on these topics here on the blog

  4. This is powerful and inspiring. Truly Jesus ought to be the only source of ministry. Unfortunately, today people tend to look up to other people than to Jesus.

    Jesus wants us to increase intimate relationship with Him. Thank you for this article, I have been spiritually rejuvinated

  5. Amen hello sister Helen how are u ?beautiful I see laboring for the Lord, our all knowing God is too beautiful too perfect know one takes his place, and the salvation he planned through Jesus put Satan out of business that’s why we thank the Messiah the high prophet/priest, and fall on our faces and feels God’s presence(holy spirit) what. A divine God blessings in Jesus name Amen

  6. Dear Helen …

    Thank you for such an inspirational, informative and edifying blog. The teaching is so sound and scriptural. I am presently at a crossroad in my ministry and always find the teaching so appropriate for this season that I am in. God is using this ministry to help me. It also helps me understanding the prophet ministry.

    Blessings
    Victor (Durban, South Africa)

    • Hi Victor, thank you. I pray for an abundance of wisdom as you seek to discover and pursue God’s new season for your life and ministry

  7. Thankyou so much Helen for boldly and faithfully sharing.
    Every word you wrote resonates with my heart. I keep asking the Father to teach me and He continually is telling me the things you have shared. How wonderful that the Holy Spirit is teaching us all, just as Jesus told us He would.
    God Bless.

  8. Dear Helen Calder
    I have been receiving your prophetic messages for long time. And all of your messages were realy timely prophecy for me.i thank God for this and i bless you in the name of Jesus christ because you realy blessed me with the message you sent to me. I should openly speak there is no idea about prophecy in my church but after i realize that i have calling and few months latter the holy spirit spoke to me that i am serve him in a prophecy and i start to search about prophcy and one of the websites touches my spirit was yours and today i sharing my testimony with you. And i know for sure its time to build my own prophetic ministry that was in my heart for long time and confirmed by many local prophets that i am a minister. But one thing that i know coming out before proper preparation it would cause spiritual death. So i need help to grow fast in all prophetic aspect.
    Mussie

  9. God bless you Helen. I thank God for this website it has truly inspired me to pursue an intimate relationship with God more and more. Since the messages been coming about prophecy, God has revealed to me that this is a gift that he is going to use me in. What stood out the most to me is having an intimacy with the Lord and listening to his voice will help me be lead by his spirit. I love you for allowing God to use you I pray the blessings of the LORD will come upon you and over take you, in Jesus name