8 Signs You May Have a Gift of Prophecy

How do you know if you have a gift of prophecy? It is common for people who are in the early stages of developing a prophetic gift to experience uncertainty and questions. If you can relate to this, these signs will encourage you to keep moving forward and develop your gift of prophecy:

8 Signs You May Have a Prophetic Gift

1. You Desire a Close Relationship with God

Prophetic insights are sourced in an intimate relationship with God—His Presence is where you hear His voice and receive revelation from Him.

So one sign you have a prophetic gift is that you are not satisfied with a shallow relationship—you want to be close to Him.

That is because God has called you to be one who hears the whispers of what is on His heart—to learn what His intention is and pass it on to others. (John 13:23-25)

2. You Want to Learn About Prophecy

‘Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.’ (1 Cor 14:1).

A hunger or longing for a gift can be from the Holy Spirit, as He is drawing you towards God’s purpose for your life.

This is the hidden stage of a gift—where very few people, except those who are close enough to know the desires of your heart, are aware that you have the ability. But God knows—He has placed that desire within you because He is drawing you towards your destiny. ‘Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart’ (Psalm 37:4)

3. You Tend to Pray Prophetically

A gift of prophecy often shows up in prayer before it manifests in other ways.

  • You find yourself praying something spontaneously that you hadn’t thought of—and you realise the Holy Spirit has led you
  • You are praying for another person or situation—and you get feedback that what you prayed for was exactly what was needed
  • You discover God has given you knowledge in prayer that you could not know by natural means

Prophetic prayer is powerful—because you are praying according to God’s purposes. As 1 John 5:14-15 says, ‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.’

4. You Have Had Confirmation that you Accurately Hear from God

A sign that you have a gift of prophecy is that you build up a track record of hearing from God accurately. For example:

  • People you have prayed for, or shared prophetic encouragement with, have given you feedback that your prophetic insight was spot on
  • You have found yourself thinking about a Scripture or message—and then your Pastor or another person shared the same one
  • You have journaled something you believe God is saying—and it has come to pass

Very often these kinds of confirmations are private—this is the Holy Spirit giving you are nudge to explore your prophetic gift further.

5. People Have Been Helped by Prophetic Insights You have Shared

Accuracy alone is not a sign you have a gift—in the Bible, a spiritual gift must be exercised in love and bear good fruit that honours God (1 Cor 13, 14).

The Apostle Paul said, ‘the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort… the one who prophesies edifies the church.’ (1 Cor 14:3, 4b)

So important questions to ask are:

  • ‘Have people been helped, encouraged, strengthened and comforted by the prophetic insights I have shared?
  • ‘Has the church been built up?’

The sign of a prophetic gift is that people are helped and drawn closer to God by what you have heard from God and shared.

6. You Find Yourself in Circumstances Where a Word from God is Needed

One sign of a prophetic gift is that God engineers circumstances to gently push you into needing to hear from Him. You find yourself in a place where you need to respond and act on what you hear. For example:

  • Someone you are praying with needs a word of encouragement from God, or
  • You have some personal circumstances where prophetic guidance is necessary

7. You Have Prophetic Values

Here are some core values that those who have a gift of prophecy tend to have in common:

  • A love for God’s Presence
  • A high value on hearing God’s voice and the prophetic gift and ministry
  • A passion about God’s prophetic promises
  • A love for holiness and justice and the righteous standard of God’s Word

You may wonder why other people don’t see things the same way as you do—but the reason is, God has placed prophetic values in your DNA. It’s how He has designed you.

8. You Have Been Through a Trial in Relation to Your Gift of Prophecy

A pattern we see in Scripture is that someone who has a ministry calling goes through a trial, or a failure, or what we might call a ‘wilderness experience’ in relation to their gifts. So if you have had difficulties, or you have felt shut down in the area of prophecy, be encouraged. This may well be a sign you are gifted and called in prophecy.

God has an end in mind. Don’t let the enemy hook you to a past experience through hurt or disappointment. Remember Proverbs 4:23 says, ‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’

Do whatever it takes, forgive others and yourself; keep your heart free to move on, pick up your prophetic gift once more, because God is coming through for you.

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18 Benefits of Going Through Spiritual Warfare

Have you ever had times when it seems as though the enemy is coming at you from every side?

spiritual warfare fresh anointingDuring a spiritual attack, there is an unusual amount of pressure coming against you, especially against God’s plan for your life and the lives of others around you.

  • There may be challenges in the area of your health, or provision
  • The enemy may be using people or circumstances to oppress you, or to hinder the work of God in your life
  • There may be trials of temptation, fear, or a battle coming against your mind

Why does God allow us to experience spiritual warfare? As Graham Cooke says, God allows in His wisdom what He could easily prevent by His power.

God’s plan is that you will overcome. He always has your best interests at heart—for He is a good Father.

If you perceive signs of spiritual warfare at work in your life, family or ministry, these 18 benefits of spiritual warfare, along with direct quotes from the Bible, will encourage you to keep going.

18 Scriptural Benefits of Spiritual Warfare

1. You receive a fresh anointing
‘You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.’ (Psalm 23:5)

2. You experience the nearness of God’s Presence
‘Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers,and under his wings you will find refuge’ (Psalm 91:3-4)
(See also Psalm 23:4)

3. You have a greater awareness and experience of spiritual authority
4. You experience supernatural joy
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
[Jesus] replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:17-20)
(See also 1 Peter 1:6-9)

5. You experience God’s protection
‘But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.’ (2 Thess 3:3)

6. God allows times of sifting to purify your character
7. You can help and lead others through similar difficulties
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32)

8. You emerge with a greater empowering of the Holy Spirit
‘When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.’ (Luke 4:13-14)
(See also 2 Cor 12:7-9)

9. Your perspective is sharpened – of your weakness and God’s strength
10. You gain an increased understanding of God’s grace
‘Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.’ (2 Cor 12:7b-9)

11. You grow in perseverance
‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.’ (James 1:2)

12. God gets the credit and glory when you overcome
‘But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.’ (2 Tim 4:17-18)
(See also Acts 28:1-10, 1 Peter 1:6-9)

13. You become stronger in faith
‘Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.’ (1 Peter 5:8-10)

14. You have an opportunity to submit to God
‘Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.’ (James 4:7)

15. You grow in your skill of handling God’s Word
‘Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies.’ (Psalm 119:98)
‘Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.’ (Eph 6:17)

16. You have an opportunity to use your prophecies to wage warfare (as you hold on to and declare Father’s intention)
 ‘Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well.’ (1 Tim 1:18)

17. You are already an overcomer by God’s Word—and now you experience it as a reality
‘The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.’ (Deut 28:7)
‘You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.’ (1 John 4:4)

18. God uses what the enemy intends for evil and turns it for good
‘You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.’ (Gen 50:20)
‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ (Rom 8:28)
(See also Is 54:17)

If you are experiencing a spiritual battle right now, or know someone who is, I pray that the above Bible verses encourage you. Meditate on them and turn them into a personal declaration. God is coming through for you!


Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations in Enliven Blog are from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

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5 Steps to Possessing Your Promise from God

Recently God spoke to me and said, ‘I am raising up a generation who will not only dream My dreams, they will possess My promises.’

Dreaming is powerful. I am not referring to dreams of the night, but of your capacity to imagine what can take place in your future.

A dream is a vision for your life that has a picture attached to it. You can see it; you perceive it clearly with your mind’s eye.

Go Beyond Dreaming: Possess the Promise

Possess the Promise from GodThe Bible is full of people to whom God gave a promise.

  • God promised the Israelites a land of their own
  • He gave Hannah the promise of a child
  • Joseph had a prophetic dream that one day he would rule

The reason these men and women are in Scripture, is not only that they dreamed a dream. They made history because they walked with God and possessed the promise.

5 Steps to Possess Your Promise from God

Dreaming is powerful, but in order for that dream to become a reality, you need to walk with God and cooperate with His purpose for your life.

1. Stay Focused on Your Dream

To dream is to keep your God-given vision in front of you. God spoke to Abraham and said, ‘Look up at the sky and count the stars. So shall your offspring be’ (Genesis 15:5)

Like Abraham did, you have to see that vision first, before you can possess it. Hear your Father saying, ‘Will you dream with Me?’

2. Build a mindset of Faith

Dreaming, by its very definition, means that the destiny you are dreaming about does not exist in your present reality.

Moving from dreaming to possessing requires an attitude of faith. Faith is strengthened by meditating on and confessing God’s Word, as well as His personal promise to you.

3. Obey the Last Thing God Spoke to You

Ask, ‘What is the last thing God spoke instructed me to do, concerning that promise?’ If something is coming to mind, go through the process of taking a decisive step forward.

Then—pray and ask God to show you the next small step forward to fulfilling that vision. This may seem obvious, and yet sometimes we miss it.

Remember, faith is not just expectation; it is expect-action.

4. Apply Wisdom as you Move Forward

Faith and wisdom go hand in hand. Are there some practical things you can do to prepare for the dream God has given to you? You do not need to feel stuck, or to wait helplessly. Be a good steward of God’s call on your life.

  • Set some small but achievable goals.
  • Take the next small step forward
  • Establish personal and spiritual accountability
  • Identify your team—those God has given to you to help on your way to fulfilling your dream from Him

5. Be Faithful in Small Things

If the dream God has given to you for your life is big, remember that your journey towards that vision will be filled with small tasks that He will give to you along the way.

Serve the vision of another person. Be faithful in small responsibilities and He can entrust you with the fulfillment of your dream. (Luke 16:10)

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‘The script’ is any story-line that is at work in your life, that is not in accordance with God’s Word—and what He says about you.

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How to Access a More Powerful Level of Discernment

Do you want to grow in the area of discernment and spiritual perception? There are three basic levels of discernment, and understanding these will not only help you grow in your spiritual gift of discernment, it will empower you to lead a supernatural life.

3 Levels of Discernment

1. Natural Perception

The first level of discernment is seeing on the surface. Anyone can see what is happening in the natural realm—and, everyone has their own opinion about what they see. As a result, there is a lot of negativity in the world today, as people express their viewpoints.

2. Having a Discernment Ability

Some people have an ability to discern beyond the surface of things:

  • They are more tuned to the motives of people.
  • They may be able to perceive the spiritual realm
  • They are sensitive to atmospheres
  • They may be able to discern the demonic realm

I frequently hear from people who have this second level of discernment, and who are having a difficult time knowing what to do about what they see.

3. Seeing as the Father Sees

discern_with_fathers_eyesAnyone can see what is happening in the natural realm. Some people may have the ability to see in the spiritual realm (and this is not always sourced in the Holy Spirit).

If you are a Christian, and your desire is to develop a spiritual gift of discernment, a third level of discernment is vital to you.

  • And that is, to see as your Father is seeing.

When your ability to discern is submitted to the Holy Spirit and based in the Father’s love, it will truly be a gift. The fruit of your discernment will not be fear, suspicion, confusion or accusation. It will be life-giving. It will bring freedom and transformation. It will draw people to Jesus.

Jesus saw with the Father’s Eyes

The third level of discernment is only available to those who are walking in relationship with God.

We can be like Jesus, who looked beyond what could be seen with physical eyes, to what the Father was doing. He then spoke and acted accordingly.

‘Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”’ (John 5:19)

In Luke 8, Jesus took the disciples on a visit to a place called the Gerasenes, where a demoniac man was living among the tombs.

  • On the level of natural perception, people could see that the demoniac was crazy, out of his mind and dangerous
  • Someone with discernment could see that his life was being controlled by demons

However, Jesus went not only with discernment. He went with the eyes, heart and mind of the Father. He saw a man afflicted with demons—but He also saw beyond that, to a worshiper, a disciple and an evangelist.

And what He saw, Father’s intention, is what took place. He set that man free and sent him on his way with the good news about what God had done.

The Power of Seeing What Father Sees

When our eyes are focused on what our Father is doing, our gift of discernment can grow to a powerful level. We can then act and speak accordingly—as Jesus did.

  • Jesus was able to look at a tax collector sitting in his booth—a man seen by others as a cheat, a ‘shark’ and a tool of Rome—and see a disciple. He called Matthew into his destiny. (Matt 9:9)
  • Jesus was able to go into a workplace where there was weariness and frustration and see that His Father was bringing a miracle supply. He spoke a word of command and as the fishermen responded to that word, a school of fish was thrust into the nets. (Luke 5:1-11)
  • Jesus walked into a home where there was sickness and saw His Father bringing healing. He spoke the word and Peter’s mother in law rose up from her sick bed. (Matt 8:14-15)


‘Father, I want to know you more. Help me to see as You see, in every situation. Today, share Your desires, Your intentions with me.

Holy Spirit, empower me to discern, and to speak words of life that bring healing, freedom and transformation. Help me to become so tuned to what is on Your heart, that when people encounter me, they encounter Jesus.’

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Break Out! 4 Ways to Enlarge Your Gifts and Ministry

River of DestinyHave you ever had a sense that you have outgrown your present situation, in relation to your gifts, ministry and calling? That it is time to lift the ceiling and move out the walls, so that you can grow your gift to the next level?

This is a situation that a group of prophets under Elisha’s leadership found themselves in:

‘The company of the prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to meet.” And he said, “Go.”’ (2 Kings 6:1-2)

Perhaps you can identify with this today. From deep within, you cry out, ‘I need more room!’

It is time for a shift in perspective. In order to grow, you must first take your thinking to a new location.

4 Keys to Enlarge Your Gifts and Ministry

1. Be Willing to be Taken out of Your Comfort Zone

The prophets submitted their plan and proposal to Elisha, who was their spiritual oversight. Gaining his approval, they gathered their resources and sought out their building materials.

The task of building—construction—was not necessarily a task the prophets were familiar with. We know that they had to borrow an axhead—and that one of the prophets used it clumsily, dropping it into the river (2 Kings 6:5-6).

When it comes to developing your gifts and ministry, and growing to the next level, embrace the empowerment that oversight can bring.

Be prepared to work hard and enter a phase of building and development. Don’t be surprised when you are taken out of your comfort zone during times of enlargement.

2. Go to the Source—the Holy Spirit

‘Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan…’ (2 Kings 6:1)

The Jordan’s locality yielded a ready supply of building materials. However, the river was not just a practical choice. The prophets were moving to a place of spiritual and historical significance.

 ‘He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit…’ (John 7:38-39a)

In Scripture, the Holy Spirit is represented as a river.

If you desire to grow to the next level in your gifts, you need to foster a continual awareness of the Holy Spirit being the source of your gift.

This also means becoming more deeply established in the truth of God’s Word. (Psalm 1:2-3)

Press in to God for spiritual renewal. Your Father has an overflow for you to minister out of.

3. Step into New Things

‘Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.’ (Joshua 3:4a)

The Jordan is where the Israelites crossed over into the Promised Land of Canaan (Joshua 3). It is where, generations later, John preached and baptized crowds of people into repentance.

The Jordan speaks of new life and of entering into the promises of God.

Are you in a place of transition into the new things God has for you? Be encouraged.

Today, Jesus is inviting you to share His resurrection life. All things are being made new. Your destiny awaits!

4. Determine to Live in the Place of Miracles

The Jordan was historically a place of miracles. [1]

It was not only a place where past generations had encountered God. It was also a place where miracles occurred in the prophets’ own generation:

  • Elijah and Elisha struck the Jordan with the prophet’s mantle and the waters parted, enabling them to cross. Many of the prophets witnessed this event. (2 Kings 2)
  • The Jordan was a river of healing. Naaman, a commander of the Syrian army was healed of leprosy as he dipped in the Jordan. (2 Kings 5)
  • It was a place of provision—Elijah was fed by the ravens at the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan (1 Kings 17:5).

Now, the prophets were returning to that place of miracles and encounters with God. And they were saying, ‘We are going to build here!’

It’s time to make room.

Don’t settle for ‘monument’ thinking.

Today, hear your Father saying, ‘It honors Me when you talk about miracles of the past. It ignites your faith when you revisit places where I have moved in past times. However, now is the time to decide…

‘I am going to live in the place of miracles. This is where my Father has called me to build and grow. I am not going to settle for anything less!’


[1] I introduced one of my sessions at our ‘Growing in the Prophetic’ seminar with some of the thoughts in this post. (see below).

Today’s article was inspired by a prophetic insight recently given to our team by Prophet Kevin Forlong (also from Melbourne, Australia).

In reference to this story in 2 Kings 6, he said, ‘We need to go to another place.. where they go to is to the Jordan, which is the place of miracles historically. …It’s time to go to a new place in our thinking, in our anticipations, in our expectation.’  You can find Kevin and Dariel Forlong at www.kevinforlong.org

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