A Prophetic Recall is Going Out This Christmas

Today, I believe God is encouraging those of you who are praying for loved ones and for others He has placed on your heart. Your prayer is powerful!
There is an anointing coming upon traditional Christmas Carols.

At the sound of those old melodies and words, a prophetic recall is going out to those who have walked away from God.

Hearts are being stirred.

There is a pull back to worship, as people hear words like:
‘Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King!’ [1]

The Holy Spirit is also moving on those who have never known Jesus. Suddenly, words they have never considered before, now have a magnetic pull upon them:
‘Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled’ [2]

Now is the time to pray.

Declare that the airwaves this Christmas season are going to be filled with a Heavenly sound.

Let there be a freshly anointed sound filling the streets, the malls, homes and even places of transport.


A Twofold Heavenly Celebration

The Bible tells us that this side of eternity there are two causes of singing and celebration in Heaven. One is the praise and worship of our Almighty and Holy God.

And the second, is the one Jesus mentioned when He said, “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10, NIV)

When those two Heavenly celebrations are combined, we hear, ‘Glory to God! Salvation is here!’

Jesus’ birth was announced with a Heavenly sound, as a crowd of angels appeared to shepherds keeping watch in the fields.

It was the very first time this twofold Heavenly celebration was heard:

‘Glory to God! Salvation is here!’

We read, ‘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, NIV)


A Homecoming Call is Going Out

An encounter with God’s glory—the atmosphere of Heaven—will stir up our longing for Heaven, because that is our home and destination. Even an unsaved person will experience this ‘homesickness’ just as the prodigal of Jesus’ parable did in Luke 15.

As the writer to Ecclesiastes says, ‘He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart…’ (Ecc 3:11a, NIV)

The father in Jesus’ parable threw a party in His home, to share his joy with everyone. There was singing, dancing and music, and the sound was carried from the house out into the fields. (Luke 15:24-25)

When people who don’t know Jesus, or who once knew Him, encounter the Spirit’s anointing carried in a sound, something happens.[3]

We can bring the atmosphere of Heaven to earth. It comes as we make the Father’s House our address. It comes as we pray.

Pray while you’re working, pray while you’re preparing and traveling. See with the eye of faith, God’s Presence touching hearts as the melodies and words of Christmas are going out on the airwaves.

‘O come all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels’ [4]

See by faith, people stirred by a sound; drawn to consider the goodness of God as they hear the invitation of Christmas.


Notes
[1] From ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’
[2] From ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’
[3] Some of the thoughts in this section are from the book, ‘Prophetic Worship: How to Develop Your Ministry of Encounter’
[4] From ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’


Prophetic Worship: How to Develop Your Ministry of Encounter ~2nd Edition

When people come into a prophetic atmosphere, they are confronted with the heart of a loving Father who has a purpose and a destiny for their lives. 

  • Prophetic worship is distinguished by encounter.

Prophetic worship is a key to revival, breaking open the dreams of the Father, and the destiny He has for you, your ministry, church, region and nation.

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve just finished a significantly revised and updated version of this eBook.
‘Prophetic Worship: How to Develop Your Ministry of Encounter’ combines Bible study, personal testimony, prophetic insights and practical steps to lead you into a greater experience of God’s prophetic purpose in worship.

  • Learn about prophetic praise for breakthrough, how prophetic flow operates in the worship environment, prophetic art and media, keys to releasing the power of God in worship and more!
  • Each chapter includes questions for personal reflection, group discussion as well as exercises for worship team activation.

See the full chapter list and purchase ‘Prophetic Worship: How to Develop Your Ministry of Encounter’ on our eStore here.

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Online Courses and Store Summer Discounts

Yes, it’s summer here in Australia! To celebrate our Christmas holiday and vacation season, and as my gift to you, I am taking 30% off our online courses. You can find the online course page here.

You will also find special prices on our online store here.


Have a Blessed Christmas Everyone

Christmas greetings from Malcolm and I along with the Enliven Ministries team, here in Melbourne, Australia. As this year draws to a close, I want to thank all our readers and those who have helped and journeyed with me. Special mention must go to David and Margaret McCracken, to Rob Lister for website assistance and to Rosie Eloff, our Treasurer who has worked very hard this year as we’ve got up and running with a brand new ministry structure.

We are looking forward to celebrating Jesus’ birth here at our home church, Planetshakers. Then on Christmas Day we are having lunch with our close family and friends.

Keep an eye out for next week’s post, which will be a prophetic word for 2018. Then I will be taking a short vacation, and so will Enliven Blog.


© 2017 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

Prophetic Word: A New Theme Song is Being Released Over Your Life!

A ‘theme song’ is a signature song—one uniquely associated with a person, group or production. For example, the lyrics of a show or TV program’s theme song may tell the story of the main characters. A sports team may have its own theme song. Even nations have their own anthem.

Our lives, have a ‘theme song’. It is a metaphor for the unique blend of the message, atmosphere, and prevailing emotion that characterizes us.

Today I believe God is saying, “New theme songs are being released. And with this new sound, atmospheres are shifting. Destinies are being broken open!


A New Song is Piercing the Darkness

There was a moment when Miriam picked up a tambourine and led a song. It was a song never heard before in Israel—a new sound, a song of victory:
“Sing to the Lord,
For He has triumphed gloriously!
The horse and its rider
He has thrown into the sea!”
(Exodus 15:21, NKJV)

As Moses and Miriam taught new songs of victory won to Israel, the old songs and melodies of sorrow from slavery, from generations past, became extinct.

Today, there is a prophetic sound being released. It is piercing the darkness. It is a new song; a song of victory.


Outdated Theme Songs are Being Replaced

Are there themes that have been carried forward from past seasons—even recent journeys of your life—that carry a sense of sadness or frustration?

God is releasing a new theme song over your life:

  • It is the song of your identity intertwined with His
  • It is the song of grace; of His salvation and redemption
  • It is a song of victory; of new hope and anticipation of His goodness in your journey ahead

‘See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come’

(SOS 2:11-12a)


You are Singing from Higher Ground

Today, if you been waiting upon God in the midst of trial; if you have felt stuck and unsure of your standing, the song of Miriam and Israel can be your song.

The victory that is not possible to you in your own strength, has already been won by Christ.

‘He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.’

(Psalm 40:1-3, NIV)

Your Father is lifting you in His arms and bringing you to higher ground. That ground, that Rock, is Jesus. As you respond to Him, the Spirit of God is releasing a new sound from within you. God’s transforming power at work in your life will spill over and touch many others.


The Song of Deliverance is Your New Song

The walls of the Lord surround and protect you. They stand between you and circumstances that have threatened to overwhelm you.  Listen—there is a sound; a song being sung over you by the Spirit of God and the angelic hosts. Hear a song of deliverance:

‘Your God has triumphed. That enemy is overcome. You are more than a conqueror in Christ.’

‘You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
(Psalm 32:7, NIV).

He says, ‘My love surrounds you. I am giving you songs in the night.’ (Psalm 42:8)

Your God is singing over you. (Zeph 3:14-17)


It’s Time to Dance

‘Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing.’(Exodus 15:20, NIV)

For Miriam and Israel, the threat of slavery was at an end. Their former slave driver, Pharaoh of Egypt, could no longer pursue them. With that realization, came a new theme song and a dance of celebration.

  • When Miriam was freed from slavery, she entered her destiny as a prophet and leader of women. Along with her, a generation of women was released into a new realm of praise and worship.

That enemy that has been pursuing you was destroyed at the cross. (Col 2:15) As recognition dawns, a new song is rising within you.

It’s time to dance.


Words for Women: Ministry in 2018

This article is from one of my prophetic ‘Words for Women’ for 2018.
If you are interested in hosting me at your church or event for prophetic teaching and ministry, or to see more options, view my speakers page here.


Has this prophetic insight encouraged you today? Do you have a song that is currently ministering to you, you would like to share with us? 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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Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

Prophetic Insight: Return to the Place of Delight

‘What would it look like, if you only did what you delighted in?’

This was a question the Holy Spirit breathed to me recently in the midnight hours.

I’d just finished a busy ministry schedule and it seemed as though the enjoyment had gone from many of my tasks. This was probably due to weariness. At the same time, my natural response—due to a shortfall of resources—was to increase my activity, not step back.

The next day, not knowing my midnight encounter, a leader gave me a strong admonition: ‘For the next 8 weeks, only do what brings you delight!’


The discipline of delight: what I changed

Have you heard the saying, ‘How much louder does God have to shout?’ Sometimes the Holy Spirit breaks in and makes His intention very clear!

  • I immediately paused my self-imposed schedule
  • I took the pressure off expectations; my own, and that of my online audience
  • I renewed my anticipation in God’s provision. After all, it was His instruction to rest, and His responsibility to provide
  • I took walks to breathe and pray

There were still many responsibilities that I could not set aside. In this imperfect, but grace-filled journey. I’ve approached work with a prayer, ‘Father, show me Your pleasure.’ I have sought to begin tasks conscious firstly of His love and affection.

And miracles have begun to break out.

Is the Holy Spirit speaking to you also, about rest and returning to the place of delighting in Him?

It has been said, ‘Faith is spelled R-I-S-K’. Sometimes, faith is spelled R-E-S-T.

There are times to walk, times to run hard, and there are also times to rest. The prophet Isaiah speaks of this cycle:

‘…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’ (Isaiah 40:31 NIV)

Whether it’s time to rest, walk, run or fly—your life and work with God can be one of conscious delight in His Presence.


Come Home to Eden (‘Delight’)

God gave Adam and Eve a home to live in; a place called Eden, where they could live, work, rest, and fellowship with Him (Gen 2:8).

The name ‘Eden’ means ‘delight’, or ‘pleasure’. [1]

There is a delight that comes, not from circumstances, but simply from being conscious of His Presence.

‘You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.’ (Psalm 16:11, NKJV)

Regardless of what is going on, and even if your current situation is one of trial, pain or stretching, you can find a place of rest and security in your Father’s affection.

Today, God may be speaking to you about returning to the place of delight. He is calling you home.


Prayer

‘Father, I recognize that I’ve lost in part or in full, the life and labor of delight. And I receive Your grace and forgiveness right now, for any striving or self-effort, and for losing my way in my walk with You.

Lord, I know that there is a delight that cannot be found in circumstances, relationships or in work, it is in You.
I am sorry for the times I have skipped times of rest appointed by You, and leaned upon my own efforts. Right now, I receive Your grace and forgiveness.

Father, help me to be conscious of your love and affection towards me. I choose now to enter the place of delight. I am being saturated in Your Presence, Your healing and Your peace.
I invite You, Holy Spirit, to teach me, alert me and keep me conscious of living in this place of knowing and delighting in my Father and His affection for me.
I receive Your fresh anointing now, in Jesus’ Name.


Deeper: A Journey of Spiritual Renewal

At the heart of your Christian life and prophetic ministry is your intimate relationship with God and a vital connection to His Word.

In the eBook ‘Deeper: 6 Steps to Greater Intimacy with God and His Word’ I share my personal journey from burnout and spiritual exhaustion to a lifestyle of encountering God—the pathway that launched me into prophetic ministry.

For more information, or to purchase ‘Deeper’, visit our online store here.
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Notes

[1] Strongs H5731


Related Posts:

Rest is not an Option: Father’s Sabbath Plan for Your Life

Life in Eden: Heaven on Earth is our Inheritance


© 2017 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

The Golden Key: How Prayer and Obedience can Unlock Your Miracle

I was praying for a breakthrough recently, and in my mind’s eye, I was looking up into my Father’s open Heaven and crying out, ‘Father, what time is it? What are you doing now?’ [1]

In that moment, I was expecting to see a vision of floodgates opening.

But to my surprise, instead of the large answer I was anticipating, out of Heaven dropped a single, small gold key.

It was the kind of key you would use to open an ordinary door. Except it was not made of natural materials—it was pure gold.

As that key fell to the earth on the ground beside me, I heard a loud ‘ping’, clear as a bell.

  • It wasn’t the deluge I was reaching for
  • It wasn’t the major breakthrough I wanted

And yet that key was precious, because I knew my Heavenly Father had sent it. It was a gift of His love—a ‘now’ gift.

As I thanked Him for that key, I remembered something. A small opportunity had come my way—and there was a next action I could take on it, but I had neglected to do it.

I immediately took that next action in obedience to what God was showing me. Over the next 24 hours I recalled another step of faith I needed to make, and did that as well.

Each small action unlocked further actions, ideas and opportunities. It was the beginning of a breakthrough.


The Power of Prayer and an Act of Faith

‘Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.”‘ (Ex 14:15, NIV)

There is a time to pray, but there is also a time to move.

Perhaps today, there is one small, but significant step, the Holy Spirit wants to reveal to you—one that will lead to breakthrough.

Some of the greatest miracles in Scripture were miracles of resurrection. A time of prayer was followed by a simple act of faith—and the dead were brought back to life.

  • Elisha prayed—and then he stretched out his body over a dead boy. After the second time, the child sneezed 7 times and opened his eyes. (2 Kings 4:33-35, see also Elijah in 1 Kings 17-20-22)
  • Jesus prayed—and then He shouted, ‘Lazarus come forth!’ Lazarus came out of the tomb, still wrapped in his grave-clothes. (John 11:41-44)
  • Peter prayed—and then he said, ‘Tabitha arise!’ The woman opened her eyes, saw Peter and sat up. (Acts 9:40)

Perhaps there is some small action you can take right now, to partner with God in fulfilling that promise you’ve been waiting for.

That one small step could be a trigger—a small action that will unleash the resurrection power of God into your situation.


The Golden Key: Your Next Small Step

If you are waiting on God for a large answer to prayer—a job or ministry breakthrough, a shift in a relationship, a person who needs to turn back to God—a miracle of health or finance, pray with passion and faith! And then, watch and listen for His direction.

What does that golden key symbolize to you today?

Perhaps there is one small thing that you can take action on. Maybe it’s something that (like I did) you have been procrastinating on up until now. And right now, the Holy Spirit is putting His finger on it and saying, ‘Obey Me in this one small thing.’

Begin taking those steps no matter how small.

  • Make that phone call
  • Honor what you have already been given, with an attitude of gratitude
  • Make that small change in your health habits
  • Say thank you to someone
  • Say ‘yes’—or ‘no’
  • Do that research

An appointed action is not always an activity. There are times when our Father directs us to take a position of rest. Before Elijah could keep his appointment with God and receive the list of next actions he was to take, he needed time out. God’s agenda for him at that moment in time was to receive both Heavenly and physical refreshment. (1 Kings 19)

In God’s Kingdom, great and powerful moves of God often have small, humble beginnings.

This could be your moment of destiny.


Testimonies from the Spiritual Warfare Course

I’m passionate about helping people to encounter God, build a strong Biblical foundation and develop in their spiritual authority and gifts. This week, I’m excited to be able to share with you some feedback from the course, Spiritual Warfare: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack

‘We have been able to put into practice the weapons of warfare the Lord has given to us, and as a result we are feeling a whole heap freer! It has been a very helpful course and we recommend it to everyone, but most especially to leaders.’ (Pastors Wayne and Nicky)

‘Completing this course was very life changing. Opened my eyes and taught me how to identify and overcome spiritual attacks. The course provided very helpful tools to use in every day life and especially during and before spiritual attacks as well as how to help others during these attacks. I loved that I could complete it at my own pace’ (Sogunda)

‘It was an eye opener, and I never thought about viewing Spiritual Warfare in the way that you explained it. It was AWESOME! One of the things that I like was when King David before going into battle always inquired of the Lord. Not only did the Lord give him the outcome of the battle but he gave him the strategies and was with David in the battle. I need to do the same.’ (Beatrice)

If you haven’t come across our online courses yet, you can find the Spiritual Warfare Course and Prophetic School here.


Notes:

[1] See my recent article, ‘Magnetic Prayer: Prayer that Pulls on Heaven’s Resources’ for more on the power of asking, ‘Father, what time is it?’


© 2017 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

Enliven Ministries

in the David McCracken Ministries family

Discernment: Partner with God to Bring Life to Dry Bones

There are times when our spiritual gifts are going to take us to some painful places.

  • Through discernment, we see something dark and demonic at work in a situation
  • God has shown us His prophetic intention—but we are currently faced with the very opposite of what He has said
  • In our prophetic prayer, the Holy Spirit takes us behind the scenes and we are confronted with a need to pray for

The Holy Spirit took Ezekiel to a valley full of dry bones. It was a bleak and painful environment—and yet that was the very place he was positioned to participate with God in a resurrection miracle.


The Answer is in the Secret Place

God did not just give Ezekiel a glimpse of that valley of dry bones. We read that he actually led Ezekiel back and forth amongst them! (Ezek 1:2) Only after Ezekiel was thoroughly acquainted with the painful reality, and the impossibility, did God ask him a question:

“Son of man, can these bones live?” Ezekiel answered, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” (Ezek 1:3)

In the physical realm, Ezekiel was looking at something impossible. But he knew that the answer was located in the spiritual realm—in the mind and intention of God.

The answer was in the realm of mystery, hidden in the secret place.

There are things that God wants to reveal to you, and accomplish through you. And in order for that to happen, He is allowing you to be confronted with a difficulty. It may be painful. It may be people who are far from where God wants them to be. Perhaps it is a barren environment or a problem that is impossible to solve.

If you are positioned in a place where what you are discerning is painful, take time in your intimate relationship with God to listen to Him.

God spoke to Ezekiel and said, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!” (Ezek 37:4, NIV)

When Ezekiel obeyed God and began to prophesy, those bones joined together, and became covered in flesh. When Ezekiel called on the breath, resurrection life entered those bodies and they arose, a mighty army.

  • The easiest thing to do, when you are confronted with dry bones, with a barren situation, is to focus on and talk about the problem.

But remember, your God is a Redeemer. He is God of the turn-around!

Today, take some time to hear your Father’s intention. Hear the life-giving words that are on the heart of God.

And then, speak in agreement with what He is speaking. Proclaim His whispered words of life. It’s time to prophesy to the bones!

Through your life-giving words in agreement with His, you will see a miracle of transformation take place.


Prayer

‘Father, in the midst of what I see, I turn my heart and my thoughts to you. Only you know the answer to the problem I am facing right now. I come to you in the secret place, to hear your intention and to partner with you. Jesus, You are the Resurrection and the Life.

Now, I choose to prophesy life. I choose to speak a word of life over this situation today. Darkness, be turned to light! ‘Dry bones’ hear the word of the Lord! I declare transformation, according to God’s promise. Nothing is impossible for my God! In Jesus’ Name, amen.


Unlocking the Gift of Discernment eBook

The gift of discernment of spirits is a powerful weapon in times of spiritual warfare, can shift atmospheres, and is of great assistance when ministering freedom to individuals. And yet many who have the gift of discernment have difficulty knowing what to do with what they are feeling or sensing.

Recently updated, ‘Unlocking The Gift Of Discernment’ incorporates wisdom from Enliven Blog as well as additional valuable material on how to be protected as a discerner in times of spiritual warfare.

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Prophetic School Update

  • This week, I’ve uploaded a 10-page PDF questionnaire, with further study and journalling questions, to help students discover which of the 11 types of prophetic ministry you are gifted in. We ask the question, ‘What can I do next to develop this gift?’

Our self-paced, video lecture school is a great way to develop your understanding and practice of prophetic ministry. The school also includes a series of lectures on the topic of discernment, along with a master class on prophetic warnings. I welcome you to view the Prophetic School here.


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