Small Signs Lead to Massive Breakthroughs (Prophetic Insight)

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

What is God up to?

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


Pray in Anticipation of God’s Action

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

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

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

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


PUSH: Pray Until Something Happens

Take Elijah for example.

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

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

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


Small Signs both Test and Strengthen your Faith

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

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

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


Signs can be a Signal for us to Act in Faith

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

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

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


Your God is the Master of Breakthroughs

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

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

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

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

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

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

That sign is a trigger. It is an opportunity.

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


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You Can Prophesy, Full of the Spirit and Joy!

As the Gospels open, something is stirring. There is something new taking place.

I will pour out My SpiritIt has been four hundred years since the last Old Testament prophet spoke a message from God. But now, the Holy Spirit is breaking out. God is revealing what He is up to through unexpected vessels. Ordinary people are prophesying!

People just like you.

Luke highlights this prophetic outbreak in his account of the events leading up to, and immediately following, Jesus’ birth:

  • Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit as Mary’s greeting reaches her ears, responds with a prophetic proclamation. (Luke 1:41-45)
  • Her unborn baby—John the Baptist—leaps with joyful recognition in his mother’s womb. (Luke 1:44)
  • The young Mary makes a powerful prophetic declaration in reply. (Luke 1:46-55)
  • After John’s birth, his father Zechariah is filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesies. (Luke 2:67-69)
  • When Jesus is presented at the temple Simeon, an elderly man whose only status is that he is righteous, devout and led by the Spirit, prophesies over the child Jesus and his parents. (Luke 2:25-35) [1]
  • An elderly woman, a prophet and intercessor called Anna, becomes an outspoken prophetic witness of Jesus after she encounters the child in the temple. (Luke 2:36-38)

It is a powerful emergence of a new, prophetic era. Young and old, men and women, are suddenly prophesying, declaring the Father’s intentions, and filled with the Holy Spirit.

‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.’ Acts 2:17-18

This is the era in which you live.

You can be led by the Holy Spirit—filled with Him, experiencing His joy.

You can be like one of these people who participated in the the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. You can be a prophetic witness of Who Jesus is, and of your Father’s intentions.

As you take moments in your busy schedule leading up to Christmas and the close of this year, meditate on this. Consider it and wonder. Grasp this Heavenly truth.

  • The advent of Jesus changed everything.

Now is the time to embrace the supernatural, prophetic life God has made available to you through His Holy Spirit.


Prayer

‘Father thank You for this annual reminder of Your greatest gift to me, the gift of Your Son Jesus. In the middle of the busyness, help me to find stillness and to walk and talk with you. May I hear Your quietest whispers; may I meditate on Your Word. Help me to be aware of others around me, of Your love for them and what You want to say or do in any given instant.

I choose to stir up Your prophetic gift in my life. Give me boldness in the moment of opportunity to share whatever is on Your heart. This Christmas season, fill me afresh with Your Spirit and Your joy. May I, like Mary, Zechariah, Elizabeth, Simeon and Anna, be a witness of Jesus, of all You have done, and all You intend to do.

In Jesus’ Name, amen.’


Notes:
[1] I love this statement from Faussets Bible Dictionary: “Christ’s advent brings to view some of His hidden ones, as Simeon and Anna, who, unknown to the world, were known to Him as yearning for Him.” http://www.bible-history.com/faussets/S/Simeon/


Important Announcement Regarding our Ministry

Malcolm and Helen CalderWe have news! David McCracken Ministries is changing from being a team of ministers to a family of ministries. Yes—we are multiplying and branching out!

From January 2017, I, together with my husband Malcolm and others, will be founding a new ministry called ‘Enliven Ministries.’

The great news is that we will continue to be in the David McCracken Ministries family and David McCracken will still be our spiritual father as well as our Apostolic oversight.

We’re rejoicing! We also have a lot to set up—and faith challenges up ahead. If you are interested in finding out more, visit our temporary Enliven Ministries landing page here.


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4 Principles of the ‘Suddenlies’ of God

When your life takes an unexpected turn

There are times when a page of your life turns, and you discover that a whole new chapter is opening up.

But what if, instead of a new chapter of the same story, you unexpectedly find yourself in a brand new story—one that you had no idea was waiting for you?

Such are the suddenlies of God.

The  New Testament begins with a series of unexpected announcements—sudden, Divine interruptions that change the lives of individuals forever. The lives of Mary, Joseph, Zechariah and others encourage us, as we encounter our own ‘suddenlies’ from God.

Here are four principles from the Christmas story that you can embrace when your own life takes an unexpected turn:

1. God is not Taken by Surprise

As the ageing Zechariah goes about his priestly duties in the temple, an angel suddenly appears by the altar of incense. In this moment of Divine interruption, the angel has a personal message for Zechariah; he is about to become a father. (Luke 1:5-25)

For Zechariah, it is a point of no return. From now on, he and his wife Elizabeth are caught up in the unfolding story of God’s salvation. Their son will be known as John the Baptist.

You may have been taken by surprise, but you can rest in knowing that your Father has the eternal perspective on your situation – and He is trustworthy. He has felt your pain, He has seen your waiting, and He has been at work in the background, orchestrating His answers on your behalf. In times ahead, you will realize what God has been up to all along.

2. Your Father has Already Provided for What is Ahead

Zechariah’s wife Elizabeth is 6 months pregnant when the next ‘suddenly’ occurs. The angel Gabriel is sent by God to a young woman named Mary. To Mary is given the extraordinary honour of giving birth to the Messiah, Jesus. (Luke 1:26-38)

This ‘suddenly’ of God comes with unique challenges, for Mary is an unwed virgin.

However, God has already provided for Mary’s needs ahead of time. He has prepared a husband and protector—Joseph—and places for them to shelter and live. Even now, God’s call is on a group of wise men. He is orchestrating their movements, along with the gifts and provision they will bring with them.

Have you experienced a ‘suddenly?’ Know that you Father already knows what you need and has provided by His Word ahead of time. Where God guides, He truly provides. No need is to small or too great for the hand of God as you step forward into your new era.

3. Your Saviour is About to be Revealed.

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Shepherds are in the fields, watching over their flocks of sheep when God interrupts their status quo with a startling announcement.

In your new season, you will find yourself astonished at what is taking place. But you will look upon the face of the One who loves you. You will know His redeeming power in your life, as never before.

4. Supernatural is the New Normal.

The words ‘do not be afraid’ come up time and time again in the Christmas narrative—to Zechariah, to Mary, to the shepherds and to Joseph. God’s suddenlies can be startling. Unnerving. There are supernatural confrontations. The old has gone, the new has come.

‘Do not be afraid.’ Hear it for yourself, and be reassured. Your Father is at work, Holy Spirit is moving on your behalf, and great things are up ahead.


Important Announcement Regarding our Ministry

Malcolm and Helen CalderDuring the last two months, we have found ourselves in our own Heavenly ‘suddenly’, as our team is undergoing a restructure. David McCracken Ministries is changing from being a team of ministers to a family of ministries. Yes—we are multiplying and branching out!

From January 2017, I, together with my husband Malcolm and others, will be founding a new ministry called ‘Enliven Ministries.’

The great news is that we will continue to be in the David McCracken Ministries family and David McCracken will still be our spiritual father as well as our Apostolic oversight.

We’re rejoicing! We also have a lot to set up—and faith challenges up ahead. If you are interested in finding out more, visit our temporary Enliven Ministries landing page here.


© 2016 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church

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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Choose Your Story…Change Your Life.

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  • Have you ever felt as though your life is stuck in a pattern?
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God has a story for your life. It is the story of an abundant life—a life full of faith and purpose.

‘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.

In ‘The Script: Choose Your Story Change Your Life’ you will learn:

  • What a script is, and five ways it can come into operation
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Your Spiritual Keys of Authority and How to Use Them

Over the past week, the Holy Spirit has been speaking to me about spiritual keys that unlock God’s purposes in the natural realm.

Is there a situation you are faced with right now, where there is an obstacle, problem or issue that stands in the way of God’s purpose for your life and that of others?

The Bible has great news! You are not powerless. You are not helpless. You have Heavenly keys of authority to enforce your Father’s purposes.

Keys Represent Your Authority

Take a moment to think about your physical set of keys, if you have one. What is on it? My own key ring includes a house key, car key and office keys.

  • The keys in your possession represent a right and privilege that you have. They enable you to enter through a doorway, into a secure area that others cannot go through.

Your keys represent your ownership, your authority, and your right of access.


Spiritual Keys of Authority and Power

Spiritual Keys of the Kingdom “These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.” (Rev 3:7)

In the Bible—especially in the New Testament—keys are symbolic of authority and power. [1] Keys are a metaphor for spiritual authority.

When Jesus rose from the dead, He declared, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matt 28:18) [2]

Jesus has all authority; He is the ultimate key-holder. (Rev 1:17-18) And, He gives us His keys of authority and says, “Use these keys in My Name.” (Matt 16:19)

These keys are your right—in any given moment—to release God’s power, so that God’s will is accomplished.

Just as a key is useless when we neglect to use it, or forget what it is for, you can have Kingdom authority available to you, but never use it.


Keys (Authority) to Enter Doors of Opportunity

‘I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.’ (Rev 3:8)

In the New Testament, Paul uses the imagery of open and closed doors to speak of opportunities to minister the Gospel. (Col 4:3, 2 Cor 2:12-13)

  • An ‘open door’ is a metaphor for an opportunity and access—whereas a ‘closed door’ means that access to something is currently being denied or blocked.

When God has given you a promise or a directive, you can be sure that He has given you keys of authority to enter that domain.


Keys (Authority) to Permit or Forbid

“I will give you the keys (authority) of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth will have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth will have [already] been loosed in heaven.” (Matt 16:19, AMP)

In order to use the keys of the Kingdom of God, we must comprehend that our Father has called us to partner with Him to enforce His will on earth.

  • The Kingdom is the rule of God. It is His Divine government. [3]

Simply, God has delegated His authority to you, to allow or disallow what He is allowing and disallowing.

Is there something you allowing right now, and the Holy Spirit is putting His finger on it and saying, ‘That is not My will and you do not have to give that thing permission to operate’?

Remember, you do not have to use the terms ‘binding and loosing’ in order to exercise your authority—the words or phrases themselves are not a formula that holds power.


Keys (Authority) to Set Captives Free

‘He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free…’ (Luke 4:18b)

No power, and no door that holds someone captive, whether physical or spiritual, can stand against the keys of Heaven.

In the context of spiritual warfare, ‘binding’ refers to the authority we have to command a demonic influence to stop or cease activity, or to leave, in Jesus’ Name.

‘Loosing’ has to do with what we are permitting and releasing, in Jesus’ Name. (Matt 16:19, Matt 12:29)

We can also loose a person from a demonic bondage or sickness. (Luke 13:16)


Kingdom keys are primarily held and used through our mouths.

We use physical keys to access our property by taking those keys in our hands and inserting them into a lock. However, spiritual keys are primarily used in our mouths.

Keys turn and doors are unlocked as we make declarations and prophetic decrees.

Our words, in agreement with God’s Word, release power. Here are 4 more ways you can use your keys of Kingdom authority:


1. Use Your Keys in Prayer

God opens doors in answer to prayer. The Apostle Paul asked the church to pray:

‘And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.’ (Col 4:3)

In Acts 12, Peter was imprisoned and the church was praying. Peter walked out of prison as an angel released him from chains and opened the doors of the dungeon.

Doors of impossibility will open as you pray.

Angels will be sent on assignment with keys to unlock situations and release Heavenly resources in answer to your prayer.


2. Use Your Keys as you Praise

As Paul and Silas sang hymns the prison chains came loose and the doors flew open. That which was secured and locked, was suddenly unlocked! (Acts 16) God answered Paul and Silas with an earthquake that opened prison doors.

When God says, ‘I will deliver you!’ no door or wall can stand before Him. Keys of praise used in the spiritual realm open doors in the natural realm.


3. Use the Name of Jesus—the Master Key

The Name of Jesus is the master key that unlocks doors and enables you to enter the realm of the miraculous. In that moment of exercising Kingdom authority, you are Jesus’ representative.

  • Captives are set free in Jesus’ Name. (Acts 16:18)
  • Sick are healed in Jesus’ Name. (Acts 3:6, 4:30)

When we pray or minister in the Name of Jesus, we are not exercising authority in our own name, but in the Name that is above every name.


4. Use Your Keys in Acts of Obedience

Speaking in agreement with God is powerful. However, obedience also opens doors.

God spoke to Philip through an angel, telling him “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (Acts 8:26) That obedience positioned him to be at the right place at the right time to share the Gospel with an influential man from Ethiopia.

Philip did not know why God gave the instruction—he simply obeyed. And that obedience was a key that opened a door of influence.

Your obedient action, taken in response to hearing God’s voice will give you access into the future God has for you.

Doors will open and obstacles will be removed as you step out at God’s command.


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The Power of Your Prophetic Decree

That Closed Door Could be a Heavenly Redirection


Notes:

[1] Thayer’s definition of the Greek word for key, kleis (Strongs G2807) states: 1. a key  / a. since the keeper of the keys has the power to open and to shut / b. metaph. In the NT to denote power and authority of various kinds:
https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?strongs=G2807″>https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?strongs=G2807

[2] The Greek word translated ‘authority’ is exousia. G1849 Strongs.

[3] The Greek word translated Kingdom is basileia, Strongs ref G932, referring to the kingship and rule of God.


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