3 Keys to Unlock Your Prophetic Thanksgiving

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

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

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

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

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


1. See People Around You Through a Prophetic Lens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2. Take a 3 Dimensional Approach to Prophetic Thanksgiving

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

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

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

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

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

This is prophetic thanksgiving.


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

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

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


Notes

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


Related Posts

See ‘4 Benefits of Prophetic Thanksgiving and Praise


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How to Have More Security in Your Spiritual Gift

It has often been said that the 3 common issues that can topple a ministry are ‘the gold, the girls/guys, and the glory’—in other words, greed, lust and pride.

But there is another problem that, because it is not sensational, rarely makes the public radar. And yet this one is very close to the heart of God.

And that is, insecurity.

In fact, insecurity can not only cause a ministry to fail, it is also the reason many gifts and ministries are not released in the first place!

In one of our recent family meetings, Prophet David McCracken underlined the serious of this, noting ‘Insecurity is a prince power the church is up against’. [1]


Insecurity versus Security: Saul and David

Insecurity is: ‘uncertainty or anxiety about oneself; lack of confidence’ or ‘the state of being open to danger or threat; lack of protection.’

King Saul is an example of someone whose calling was destroyed by insecurity. We read in 1 Sam 13 that when the Prophet Samuel appeared to be delayed in coming to make a sacrifice, Saul took the matter into his own hands.

Insecurity—manifesting in Saul’s mistrust of God and His prophetic word (1 Sam 13:8), along with his fear of people’s opinions—led to his disobedience.

Saul did not trust God to do what He said He would do! Why? Because he didn’t know God. He did not have a personal relationship with him.


How Security Manifested in David’s Life

Contrast this with David.

The same prophet that anointed Saul, anointed David.

Because David knew God and had a personal relationship with Him, he trusted God to fulfil His promises. David remained secure in his calling through times of great trial.

Years spent fleeing Saul in the wilderness, culminated in one of the greatest crises of David’s life. In 1 Sam 30 we read that David and his men returned to their lodging in Ziklag to find that enemies had looted their property, burned their homes and taken their wives and children captive.

In that moment, David had every reason to feel that God had left him and to doubt his calling. In spite of his trust in God, everything he had built had been destroyed and his loved ones lost to him. His leadership was under fire.

In the moment of greatest trial, David remained secure in his relationship with God.

  • David turned to God
  • He knew God was good
  • He believed God would fulfil His promises.

David did not let go of the reins of leadership. We read, ‘David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him… But David found strength in the Lord his God.
…and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”
(1 Sam 30: 6,8, NIV)

It was not long after this incident, David was crowned King of Judah, then later over all Israel. (2 Sam 2-2 Sam 5)


Your Ultimate Source of Security

‘I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father.’ (1 John 2:14a, NIV)

Security is stability!
Security is the state of being free from threat. When you are secure, you are confident. You are free from fear and anxiety. You have a firm foundation—and as a result, you are unwavering in character, commitment and purpose.

Where does such security come from?

The Bible reveals the ultimate source of security is in knowing God as your Father.

In Romans 8, Paul writes,
‘The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”’ (Rom 8:15, NIV)

This is the good news of the Gospel. You do not need to be insecure any more. You are a son, a daughter, secure in relationship.

Our sonship is the source of our eternal security, of security in our identity, and of our confidence in God’s unfailing goodness towards us. Security comes from the revelation of God as our Father.

Insecurity, on the other hand, comes from having an orphan mindset.

Jesus said to His disciples, ‘I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.’ (John 14:18, NIV)

Once you are a son or daughter of God, there is never any moment God is not your Father! There’s never any moment He is not with you, does not love you, or His grace and favour is not extended towards you.

As John writes, ‘There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.’ (1 John 4:18, NIV)

Are you called of God to minister, or to leadership?

When you are secure, your affirmation comes from your Father, and your desire is to bring Him pleasure. You will be free of the need to impress others.

You will trust God and believe His Word and His promises.

And you will fulfill your God-given prophetic calling.


The Power of Security ~ and how to be Healed of Insecurity

This week’s blog is an excerpt from lectures I am preparing for the Enliven Prophetic School . I will be sharing 6 reasons why security is important to prophetic ministry, along with keys to freedom from insecurity. These classes should be available during the next week.

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.

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

Visit the Enliven Prophetic School here.


Notes:

[1] David McCracken is a Prophet based in Melbourne, Australia. Enliven Ministries is in the David McCracken Ministries family.

[2] Definition of insecurity Google result, ‘define insecurity’ accessed 25 Oct 17


Related Posts on Enliven Blog

Breaking free from an Orphan Mindset

4 Symptoms of the Orphan Spirit in Church Life


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

The Truth About Your Spiritual Authority (Kingdom Birthright)

Young Joash was born to be King of Judah. But for six years he was hidden in the temple while an evil usurper—Queen Athaliah—reigned in his place. (2 Kings 11)

Joash had the birthright of Kingship—but that birthright had not been revealed. He was yet to pick up his crown.

This is a prophetic picture for us, the church today. Joash occupied the temple, the place of worship. But he did not occupy the palace—the place from which he was to rule and reign.

I believe the Spirit is saying,

‘It’s time to discover your birthright—your royal identity. It’s time to both worship and rule. It’s time to pick up your crown!’


You have a Royal Identity

‘For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.’ (Rom 5:17, NKJV)

Through the cross, Jesus won back for us our relationship with God, our place in His family, and our birthright—our royal identity.

  • Jesus is the firstborn Son (Heb 1:6, Col 1:18)
  • We are co-heirs with Him (Rom 8:17)

The writer to the Hebrews speaks of ‘the Church of the firstborn’:
‘But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.’ (Hebrews 12:22-24, NIV)

The Greek tense of the words translated, ‘you have come’, proserchomai, Strongs G4334, is the past perfect tense. [1] The Scripture does not say, ‘you will eventually come.’ All of this relates to what Jesus has already accomplished. It is our current status. [3]

  • Jointly with Jesus, we have heavenly citizenship and firstborn status
  • We don’t have independent authority—we don’t exercise authority in our own name, but in the Name of Jesus, who has all authority (Matt 28:18). We have authority by being under His authority (Matt 8:9)

What does the Birthright Consist of?

In the Old Testament, a father passed on two things to his sons: his priestly blessing, and his birthright. We see the importance of these highlighted in the story of Jacob and Esau (Gen 25-27). [1]

The birthright passed on to the firstborn son and it consisted of:

  • The Estate (in particular, any lands)
  • Inheritance (the ‘double portion’)
  • The priestly role in the family (he could bless the next generation)
  • Any legal (judicial) authority held by the father [2]

Each one of these is significant, and it is the last—the passing of judicial authority—that I believe the Holy Spirit is highlighting right now.

One example of the ‘passing of judicial authority’ was that in the Old Testament, the firstborn son of the reigning king was the next in line to take the throne.


Honor Your Birthright!

It is written of Esau in the Old Testament, ‘he despised his birthright’ (Gen 25:34). He treated it as something cheap—something he could sell and discard.

  • Hear the cry of the Spirit, ‘Don’t neglect your birthright!’
  • ‘Don’t neglect what Jesus paid for!’

You are born again with a birthright. You are royal by birth!

It is not earned. You do not have to do anything to deserve it.


The Kingdom of God is not like an Earthly Royal Family.

In an earthly royal family, there is one reigning monarch who has all the responsibility. The sons and daughters enjoy the privilege and favor of royalty, without a responsibility to rule.

However, in this royal family, we have authority in Jesus’ Name. We have a responsibility to exercise His rule and reign on earth (Psalm 115:16, Matt 6:10).

If we are to be in the ‘family business’ (Luke 2:49) that means we must both serve and reign with Christ.

This is what intimacy looks like for our God: sons and daughters who will not only be with Him, but rule with Him. We honor our Father as we bear His likeness.

How can you tell you are exercising your royal birthright?You are disturbing the status quo.

It’s time to pick up your crown.


Notes:

[1] See_https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/heb/12/22/t_conc_1145022
‘The perfect tense in Greek corresponds to the perfect tense in English, and describes an action which is viewed as having been completed in the past, once and for all, not needing to be repeated.’

[2] I share about the blessing here: 4 Life-Changing Truths About God’s Blessing

[3] See_http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/birthright/

[4] You can find my sermon ‘Pick Up Your Crown and Unleash Your Greatness’ on the Enliven Blog podcast page here: https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/podcast/


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

How to Make a Prophetic Decree

A prophetic decree is a declaration that has the weight of Kingdom authority behind it. [1] ‘Prophetic’ means that it is made in accordance with God’s will. The Holy Spirit has made known Father’s intention and you are speaking out what He has revealed to you in the form of a proclamation.

The Bible says that what we speak is powerful—Proverbs tells us, ‘Life and death are in the power of the tongue.’ (Prov 18:21)

Armed with insights you have received in your relationship with God, you can make life-giving declarations that release resources and unlock supernatural breakthrough.


7 Steps to Making a Prophetic Decree

1. Step into Your Royal Status

‘For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters… And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.’ (Rom 8:29-30, NLT)

A decree is a royal command, so the starting point for making a prophetic decree is to recognize you are a son or daughter of the King of Kings. In order to make a faith-filled declaration, you need to know who you are and Whose you are.

If this is something you still find difficult, take the step of faith to begin speaking and acting as royalty, regardless of how you feel. Meditate upon what God’s Word says about you. As you do so, old mindsets and doubts will fall away, for you are child of God and royalty is in your spiritual DNA.


2. Discover Father’s Intention

Jesus taught His disciples to make this declaration in prayer: ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’ (Matt 6:10) or as the phrasing is put in the original Greek, ‘Come, Your Kingdom, be done Your will!’

We can only pray such prophetic prayers as we have listened for what our Father is saying. This comes from our intimate relationship with God and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.

Once you have comprehended what is on God’s heart and mind, you have authority to make a prophetic decree: you can declare those things into being, in Jesus’ Name.


3. Align Your Insight with Scripture

Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens’ (Psalm 119:89, NIV)

As Jesus demonstrated, the words ‘it is written’ can be the most powerful, authoritative and life-giving words we speak. (Luke 4:4) God’s Word has authority and when you wrap your insight concerning God’s intention with Scripture, your prophetic decree can be even more powerful.


4. Realize Prophetic Decree Comes from Your Position, not a Formula

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

‘Seated in Heavenly places’ refers to spiritual authority and the throne of God.

Making a prophetic decree is not about getting the words right or using a formula. It comes from knowing your standing, encountering God in relationship—and speaking from that.

So it doesn’t matter if you use the words decree, declare, or make a command. The words God used to create the earth, the heavens and the stars—the most powerful words in the universe—were simply ‘let there be’ (Gen 1).  The authority is not in the wording—the authority is in your position, being seated in Heavenly places in Christ. (see also Col 3:1-3)


5. Use Jesus’ Name

‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ (Matt 28:18, NIV)

We do not exercise Kingdom authority in our own name, but in Jesus’ Name. All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus and He commissions us with His delegated authority. We are His co-heirs and His representatives on earth, speaking a ‘now’ word of Father’s intention. So when you make your prophetic decree, do so in Jesus’ Name.


6. See with the Eye of Faith

‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.’ (Heb 11:1,3)

As you speak your prophetic decree, see what you are declaring taking place with the eye of faith. Know that at the words of your mouth Kingdom resources are being released and earthly circumstances are coming into alignment.


7. Make Your Declaration

‘You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways.’ (Job 22:28, NASB)

When you have prophetic insight concerning a situation, you can partner with God to release His purposes. So go ahead, make that Heavenly declaration, your prophetic decree in Jesus’ Name and watch breakthrough take place.

‘For the Son of God, Jesus Christ… was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.’ (2 Cor 1:19-20)


Notes:

[1] A decree is defined today as ‘an official order that has the force of law.’ For more information and a Bible study on decree, see ‘The Power of Your Prophetic Decree’


Related Posts:

How to Use Scripture as a Prophetic Declaration

The Prophetic Power of Spoken Blessing

The Power of Your Prophetic Decree


Has this teaching on how to make a prophetic decree encouraged you today? What are you making a prophetic decree about? I would love to hear about it in the blog comments section, or on Facebook or Instagram. If the blog comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.


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From Failure to Graduation: The Prophetic Calling

When I look back at the journey of my prophetic calling, there is one thing that stands out:

The times I have grown the most—the life-defining moments that have taken me to greater levels—have been mistakes and failures!

And interestingly, the failures that were the most painful, the ones I learned the most through, weren’t acts of wilful disobedience. They were decisions and actions that I made with good intentions, but because I lacked wisdom, had a character weakness, or had a gap in my understanding, I failed.

There are some graduations that our Father has for us, that can only be achieved through mistakes and failure.

And He will actually allow us to make mistakes—even engineer circumstances that may lead to our failure—because He has the bigger picture in mind. This is especially true of those who have a prophetic calling.


God can Turn Your Failure into an Upgrade

Peter is an example of someone who meant well, who loved Jesus, but he had a character weakness. His intentions were good, but he was prideful and trusted in his own strength. And Jesus allowed circumstances to expose his weakness. Remember He said to Peter:

“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, NIV)

Jesus knew there was a demonic assignment against Peter; He knew failure was up ahead! And yet He allowed it to run its course.

Peter’s failure—and the restoration that came afterwards—marked a significant graduation in Peter’s life and ministry. Not only was he humbled and empowered, but God used him to help birth the church and transform nations.

It is our Father’s grace and kindness towards us, leading us towards repentance.

Our Father is seeing something that we don’t; a glorious vision of who He has called and created us to be.

God is molding and shaping us until we are formed into His likeness. As Isaiah wrote: ‘O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.’ (Is 64:8)

Some of the reasons God allows us to fail and make mistakes is because:

  • We may have a blind spot or a character weakness—and God’s purpose in exposing it is to turn it to our greatest strength
  • We lack wisdom—and failure is the fast-track to gaining that wisdom
  • We are depending on our own strength or on something or someone other than God. Our Father is allowing circumstances to reveal the weakness of what we are leaning on in order that our life, work and ministry can be founded upon Jesus

7 Keys to Turning Your Failures into Favor

Today perhaps you can relate to this as you have regret about a mistake or a failure. But there is good news. You can cooperate with God to turn your failure into favor and a future that brings Him glory.

1. Own your mistakes—don’t give in to the temptation to shift the blame onto other people or circumstances outside of your control
2. Take time for restoration, and make whatever restitution is needed
3. Accept God’s forgiveness (and forgive yourself)
4. Learn and gain wisdom from the failure
5. Step into the upgrade your Father has for you
6. Release regret. Refuse to allow it!
7. From now on, see that failure as a marker of God’s graduation in your life


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Release Regret and Embrace Your New Season


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