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.

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Enliven Ministries
In the David McCracken Ministries family

How to Access Your Heavenly Supply Line

Do you find yourself in a faith-stretching time, wondering how you will be able to do everything God has called you to do?

When God has given you a promise or calling, He is already seeing the overview. He views the beginning and the end. He sees:

  • The birth of your promise
  • Your contention for that promise, and
  • The fulfilment of your promise

Your Father—Who loves you and has called you—exists in the eternal ‘NOW’. And He has already established your means of supply.

Every means of fulfilling your prophetic promise already exists in the eternal realm, in the form of a ‘Heavenly order’—declared ahead of time by God.

As the writer to the Hebrews says,

‘Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].’ (Heb 11:1, AMP)

Like Elijah did, you can experience Heavenly supply

We see this principle of the pre-existence of God’s supply in the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 17.

‘Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.” (1 Kings 17:2-4, NIV)

That Hebrew word translated directed (Strongs H6680, tsavah ) means to command, charge, give orders to, to appoint and commission. [1]

A Heavenly order was already in place for the supply Elijah needed. All Elijah needed to do, was to move in obedience to God’s instruction, in order for that provision to manifest.

So, if you are praying about resources you need, to do what God has called you to do, remember this faith-building Biblical principle:

Every provision you need, to complete what God has called you to do, pre-exists in the eternal realm!

Speak words of command in agreement with God’s word to you

You will experience faith-stretching times throughout your life and ministry, but know your God is faithful. He is your good and loving Father.

When one source of supply is drying up, you can be assured that another has already been appointed for you to step into.

‘Sometime later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” (1 Kings 17:7-8, NIV)

Again, the Hebrew word is tsavah, to commission, order and direct. [1] Elijah simply needed to obey God; to move and reposition in accordance with God’s Word.

This time, however, Elijah would also be God’s instrument to bring the prophetic command to that widow. She had no idea of that Heavenly command that was already in place, until the prophet issued it in person.

Is there Contention for Your Supply Line?

We see that God already provided a supply line, ahead of time, for Elijah by His Word.

In warfare today, a key strategy of an enemy is to damage the opposing force, by cutting off a supply line. A supply line is ‘a route along which goods and equipment are transported to an army during a war.’ [2]

It is the same in spiritual warfare.

Through our obedient acts of faith, our prayer and words of agreement, we partner with God to access the supply He has for us. This is why the enemy is going to try and undermine our faith. He is attempting to cut off our supply line.

Like Elijah did, staying focused on God and His Word, and staying true to our assignment, will help us stay on track.

Break Open Your Heavenly Supply

If you find yourself in a faith-stretching time, wondering how you will be able to do everything God has called you to do, remember your Heavenly supply.

The enemy has been seeking to restrict your supply line, but it’s your time to strike back. Break out with a song, a dance and a shout of prophetic praise.

By giving thanks ahead of time, you are acknowledging that God is the source of what He has promised and that you are receiving it from Him by faith. This is prophetic thanksgiving.

You step into the eternal realm, take God at His Word, and praise Him for His greatness and His answer. Your Father is coming through for you.

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  • The next Enliven Blog article will be published on 12/13 September.

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[1] https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H6680&t=KJV accessed 21 Aug 2017

[2] https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/supply-line accessed 21 Aug 2017

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Prophetic Warnings: 5 Good Purposes of a Prophetic Warning

The following study is an excerpt from the Enliven Prophetic School Master Class on the topic of discernment and prophetic warnings:

A prophetic warning is an insight given by the Holy Spirit about a negative event that’s may happen, or is going to happen, in the future.

As we think about prophetic warnings, it is important we remember that our God is a Redeemer, a Saviour and a restorer—and that a prophetic warning given by the Holy Spirit is a gift from God.

Knowing this, enables us to maintain Heaven’s perspective in the midst of a trial.

Remember, Jesus said,
‘Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!’ (Matt 7:9-11)

So as we are weighing up a prophetic warning and determining what to do with it, this is the first thing to remember:

The purpose of a prophetic warning from the Father is for good, just as He is good.

There is a benefit in receiving a prophetic warning, even if we don’t initially see it.

With that in mind, here are 5 things God may be up to in sharing a prophetic warning with us, from a New Testament perspective:

1. The prophetic warning may be a means of protection—e.g. to warn of danger and prevent harm

In Matthew 2, an angel appears to Mary’s husband Joseph in a dream with a warning that Herod is about to search for the child Jesus to kill Him, and telling him to relocate his family in Egypt. (Matt 2:13)

2. God may send a prophetic warning to direct or redirect our actions in accordance with His will

This may also be related to protection. For example, we see in Matthew chapter 2 that God warns the wise men in a dream not to return to Herod. (Matt 2:12)

3. It may be given to help us prepare for an incident before it happens

In Acts 11, the Prophet Agabus prophesies about an upcoming famine and the church rallies to provide financial support. (Acts 11:27-30)

This is a reminder that a prophetic warning doesn’t always mean God is going to rescue us from a trial. The Apostle Paul had many warnings from the Holy Spirit about persecution—these helped prepare him in his resolve to face what was ahead.

4. It may be in order to call us to partner with Him in prayer or spiritual warfare

In Acts 20, Paul tells the Ephesian elders, ‘I only know that in town after town the Holy Spirit warns me that chains and afflictions await me.’ (Acts 20:23) God was preparing Paul for a future time of trial, and through that, He was also calling the churches and Christians to pray for Paul.

Prayer can be used of God to bring Divine intervention.

In 2 Corinthians 1, Paul says,
‘He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.’ (2 Cor 1:10-11)

5. The purpose of a prophetic warning may be to reconcile people to God

God’s great passion is reconciliation. This is the reason for the cross! A prophetic warning given to a person, or groups of people about the consequences of sin, is going to be with the aim of reconciling them to the Father. God’s motivation is one of love and Redemption.

A great example of this is the prophetic warning given through the Apostle John to the Church in Laodicea in Revelation chapter 3. After warning the church of the dire consequences of their spiritual luke-warmness, Jesus says this:

‘Behold, I stand at the door [of the church] and continually knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him (restore him), and he with Me.’ (Rev 3:20 AMP)

God’s passion is always to restore and reconcile.

When the Holy Spirit gives us a prophetic warning, then knowing our Father’s nature is that He’s a Redeemer, and trusting in His goodness, we can have confidence that His purpose in sharing a warning to us is ultimately good, and a gift from Him.

A prophetic warning is going to be based in love, not fear.

And this helps us to weigh up…firstly, whether the warning we are receiving is in fact from God, and secondly, when it is from the Holy Spirit, how He may want us to share it, or respond to it.

Enliven Prophetic School: Discernment and Prophetic Warnings Master Class

The Enliven Prophetic School is now open!

This 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.

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: Hear clearly, process wisely, obey boldly

This is the best mentoring I can give, all rolled into one place! 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.

I will be adding more master classes regularly. Visit the Enliven Prophetic School here.

© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
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The Trumpet: Prophecy, Repentance and the Coming Move of God

The Vision of the Trumpet

In a vision, I was standing at the side of a large room, with Jesus beside me. He directed my attention into the shadows, where I saw a trumpet on the floor. The bell—the part where the sound comes out from—was faced downwards. I heard Jesus say, ‘Pick it up’. As I lifted the trumpet upwards, darkness appeared to fall off it and I saw that it was at once, mysteriously, both gold and silver.

I knew by the Spirit this trumpet was to sound a message that would result in repentance—one that would be used to wake up the harvesters and bring in His harvest.

I believe God is saying that He is anointing His prophets to bring a timely wake up call to the Church.

It is time to bring a message from the heart of the Father, that will result in widespread repentance and awakening.

‘… if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?’ (1 Cor 14:8)

Prophetic Ministry that Ushers in Repentance

  • How can those of us in prophetic ministry and office prepare to be used of the Spirit to bring such a wakeup call?
  • How can we weigh up prophecies that call for repentance?
  • How does this relate to those with a gift of prophecy in the church?

I’m still exploring the answers to these questions—but here are some thoughts that have emerged as I’ve studied this from a New Testament perspective.

Prophecy, Prophets and the Call to Repentance: 6 New Testament Considerations

1. The Offer of Repentance is Good News for Those Aware of Their Sin

“The time has come,” [Jesus] said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15)

Today, there are two extreme positions. At one extreme are ‘prophets’ who make calls for repentance and warnings of judgment their calling card. This is an Old Testament approach to the prophetic. [1]

At the polar opposite, are those who steer clear of drawing attention to sin and its consequences, preferring to focus solely on the goodness of God.

‘Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?’ (Rom 2:4, NIV)

It’s His kindness that leads us to repentance—but we must view this in the context Paul has written it. This is the Biblical balance:

Repentance is preceded and accompanied by the revelation of sin.

On the Day of Pentecost, Peter’s instruction to repent did not fall on deaf ears, but on people whose hearts were already rent with conviction. The Holy Spirit was already at work. The instruction to ‘repent’ was not only a command; it was the answer people were crying out for. (Acts 2:37-38)

There is a way out of your predicament! There is a solution to the problem of your sin. And the entranceway to this extraordinary grace is marked ‘repent!’

The Greek word translated ‘repent’ is metanoeo (Strongs G3340) and it means ‘to think differently’.

‘Repent’ is the life-giving, thirst-quenching answer to those who have already recognized their need and the error of their ways. ‘Repent’ is good news.

2. Repentance cannot be viewed alone. It is part of a Biblical process

This process is clearly seen on the day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:14-41)

  • God’s message is declared (Rom 10:17)
  • Listeners have a truth encounter~through the Holy Spirit at work
  • They experience sorrow at realizing their condition (2 Cor 7:10, Acts 2:37) [2]
  • They repent (change their mind) and receive forgiveness
  • They take action, changing their ways/lifestyle in accordance with repentance (Luke 3:8)

When we understand this process, we realize that repentance is not the aim, reconciliation to God is. Transformation to Christlikeness is the aim. Repentance~a change of mind accompanied by sorrow for sin~is the critical step along the way. 

3. A Prophetic Word that Leads to Repentance is Sourced in the Holy Spirit

Two prophetic words address weakness or sin in the church. Both have the same insights. Both contain truth. Yet one is sourced in the spirit of ‘accuser of the brethren’ (Rev 12:10), whilst the other is of the Spirit of God and expresses the Father’s heart. [3]

John warned of false prophets, who operate in a different spirit from the Holy Spirit:

‘Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.’ (1 John 4:1-2)

When it comes to addressing sin and giving calls for repentance, we need to know what is underlying the message. It takes discernment to see which is which. The heart and motivation is evident by the fruit. That which is of the Spirit will bear the fruit of the Spirit.

  • We will see the above-mentioned, Biblical process taking place.
  • Jesus said, ‘By their fruit you shall know them.’ (Matt 7:15)

We must each look to our own hearts. ‘Search me, God, and know my heart.’ (Ps 139:23) May we have hearts free of pride, unfulfilled ambition, unhealed wounds, offences, judgments (negative opinions) and every other condition that would pollute the well and give access to the devil, who is the ‘accuser of the brethren.’

‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ (Prov 4:23, NIV)

4. The Message of the Prophet is Based in Sacrificial Love

‘Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord’ (Acts 3:19)

In the New Testament, those who were entrusted with a message concerning sin and the need for repentance, were ministers who loved and laid down their lives for the church. They were passionate lovers of God’s people, who had a track record of faithful service.

The Apostle John, to whom God entrusted a powerful prophetic call to repentance to His church (Rev 2:4-5), was suffering and confined to imprisonment on the Isle of Patmos

  • The call to the church to repent is given through those who have laid their lives down for the church (e.g. John, Rev 2:5-6 Paul, 2 Cor 7)
  • A life-giving call to repent comes from those who have repented themselves (e.g. Peter, Acts 2:38)

5. A New Testament Prophet Honours the Fivefold Ministry

In the Old Testament, God’s message of repentance and warning were given exclusively through His prophets. [1] This is not the case today.

In the New Testament, we are in a new era. All hear God’s voice. The message and ministry that calls for and leads to repentance, is now spread across the fivefold ministry. (Eph 4:11-16)
Examples include:

  • The evangelist calls the unsaved to repentance (Acts 2:39-40)
  • The pastor and teacher bring truth from Scripture that leads the hearer to repentance (2 Tim 2:24-26)
  • The apostle brings discipline and adjustment to the church when needed, that leads to repentance (2 Cor 7:8-9)

Prophets and prophetic people: it is in mutual honor that our own gifts will flourish and in unity that Jesus’ glory will be fully seen.

6. Everyone with a Prophetic Gift can be Used of God to Bring Repentance

The fivefold ministry has a mandate to bring exhortation and admonishment that results in repentance and transformed lives.

The general ministry of prophecy in the context of the church body is to ‘strengthen, encourage and comfort.’ (1 Cor 14:3-4, Acts 15:32) But even at this basic level, repentance can flow.

‘But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”’ (1 Cor 14:24-25)

Notice again the Biblical progression at work here:

  • Prophecy makes known the secrets of their hearts
  • They recognize the Presence of God
  • They come under conviction of sin
  • They fall down and worship

In Acts 9, we read of a disciple named Ananias. He was not known as a prophet—and yet God gave him prophetic insight about Paul’s call to the nations. Ananias ministered to Paul (then known as Saul), leading him from deep repentance through to baptism and a new life of following Jesus.

[1] See Differences Between Old and New Testament Prophetic Ministry

[2] “Repentance (metanoia, ‘change of mind’) involves a turning with contrition from sin to God; the repentant sinner is in the proper condition to accept the divine forgiveness.” (F. F. Bruce. The Acts of the Apostles [Greek Text Commentary], London: Tyndale, 1952, p. 97.)
https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?t=kjv&strongs=g3340 accessed August 8th, 2017

[3] See my articles:
How do you Weigh Up What the Prophets are Saying Pt 1
How do you Weigh Up What the Prophets are Saying Pt 2

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3 Benefits of Prophetic Guidance

Prophetic guidance, or ‘personal guidance’ as it’s also known, is a very important area, and one that touches every part of our lives.

But what does it mean? Firstly, ‘prophetic’ speaks of God’s intention, being conveyed or communicated by the Holy Spirit. And ‘guidance’ speaks of direction—the act of being guided, directed and led.

Prophetic guidance is when we hear God’s voice about a decision, action or direction that we are to take.

An example of someone who received personal prophetic guidance from God and acted on it is Abraham, who is known as our ‘father of faith’ (Rom 4:16).

Abraham set out from his home town and followed the call of God to Canaan. His obedience to prophetic guidance from God impacted the destiny of generations to come. You can read his story beginning in Genesis chapter 12.

3 Benefits of Seeking Prophetic Guidance:

1. It honors God when you seek and follow His plan for your life

Prophetic guidance acknowledges God has an overall purpose for your life. You want to honour Him in your decision making. As Paul said in Ephesians 2:
‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (Eph 2:10, NIV)

2. You grow in intimacy with God as you seek Him

‘Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be’ (Psalm 139:16, NIV)
Our Father is a God of relationship. He wants to share with us and delights to have conversation with us about every aspect of our lives.

3. Your obedience to God will touch many lives for good

Prophetic guidance is powerful. Just Like Abraham’s response to God’s call to go to Canaan, decisions you make in the will of God have the power to positively impact not only your own life, but to have a ripple effect that can affect those around you, your family and generations to come.

Prophetic Guidance Master Class

When it comes to prophetic guidance, the more that is at risk, the more important it is to know we have heard God clearly—and not just concerning the vision or action we are to take. We must be mindful of the timing and manner in which we respond.

During August, I will be continuously adding video lectures to the Prophetic Guidance Master Class on the Enliven Prophetic School. This school is for anyone who would like to learn and grow in the gift and ministry of prophecy. View the current topics and enroll here

Happy Birthday Enliven Blog

This week, Enliven Blog turns 8 years old!
When I started writing, I never dreamed of where it might lead. Since 2009, Enliven Blog has 400 articles, had 1.4 million visitors, has thousands of email subscribers, and has touched countless lives.

I’m so grateful for the support of my husband ‘The Hunk’ Malcolm Calder, along with David and Margaret McCracken and the David McCracken Ministries family. This is their journey too.

I’m grateful to you, my reader.

And most of all I’m grateful to my God – the only explanation for these miraculous events is that He is the ultimate Author. What will the next 8 years bring?

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