One Thing You Can Do Before Your Prophecy is Fulfilled

(What to do when you're going down a waterfall)

One year ago, I was faced with a challenging opportunity. I asked one of my prayer partners, ‘Could you pray over the next few days and see if you get any prophetic insights for me personally?’

She replied with some prophetic encouragement and added a photo, saying, ‘I felt to send you this photo that I took yesterday.’

It was of Maruia Falls; a waterfall in southern New Zealand.

Having lived in and travelled throughout New Zealand, I was surprised that I had never heard of this place before—and so I Googled it. At the top of the search results was a YouTube clip of a canoeist going vertically down the 10-metre-high waterfall.

I was amazed as I watched the canoeist aimed his canoe directly at the drop. The canoe went over the waterfall and disappeared into the foam. Moments later, he popped up in the river just past the base of the waterfall—unscathed and still afloat, perfectly positioned to continue his journey downriver.

When I saw that, I cried ‘YES! Father, that is exactly how I feel right now about what I am facing and what You are doing in my life!’

One hour later, I was working at my computer, when looked up and noticed my wall calendar was still set to the previous month, January. So I took it down and turned the page to February. It was a photo of a canoeist going vertically down a waterfall.

Surprisingly, the opportunity I was praying about at that time did not eventuate. But one year to the date of that calendar picture—on the first of this month—my husband and I found ourselves in an unforeseen situation.

Both of us were cut off from secure income at the same time. Mine was due to launching a brand new ministry—and my husband’s situation was due to a work contract unexpectedly being cut short.

I remembered the canoeist and the waterfall.


What to do before your prophecy is fulfilled and prayer answered

Have you ever been in a place where following the will of God has led you past a point of no return? You cannot turn back, and you find yourself in a situation where you need a miracle.

As you lead a life of faith, you will come to ‘the drop.’ It’s the place where there is a GAP between your own resources, your own ability, and what lies ahead.

It’s a waterfall moment.

Like the canoeist, you are committed, and cannot turn back.

Think of Moses and the Israelites, pursued by the Egyptians, with an impassable Red Sea in front of them. Imagine David, standing in front of Goliath, slingshot in hand. Paul and Silas, facing imprisonment in Philippi—the very place God had called them to. [1]

As it has often been said, faith could be spelled R-I-S-K.


You will never have this opportunity again

In the midst of the trial, before the prophecy is fulfilled and your prayers for deliverance are answered—on your way down the waterfall—you have a unique opportunity.

  • You can praise God before the miracle is manifested
  • You can worship in the midst of the mystery.

And you can proclaim—my God, you are my Deliverer! You are my Healer, my Provider. You are Faithful and True!

There is another day, another side

We knew there was a brief window of time before our own miracle came into view. It was an opportunity that we could have no other time—to praise God with no answer in sight!

And now, we are just beginning to see our miracle unfold.

From our waterfall to yours…

P.S. Never think that your prophetic insight is too simple to share, or hold back because you don’t fully understand what you are seeing or sensing. Offer it humbly, but willingly—it could be the very message God will use as He brings a miracle to pass.


Notes:
[1] Scripture references: Exodus 14, 1 Sam 17, Acts 16


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

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.


Has this teaching on how a small sign can lead to a massive breakthrough encouraged you today? 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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Prophetic Insight: Run as His Beloved in 2017

It’s now mid January and New Years resolutions have come and gone. Like me, you may have been setting goals for the year ahead.

Run as His BelovedStaying on track is important, and that means effort and focus. But there is one thing on God’s heart above all else.

It is not the track itself.

It is that you run as His beloved.

Beloved means: much loved, treasured, dear, favorite, prized and esteemed.

This is the heart of your identity. You are beloved to Him. And when you run as His beloved one; when ‘Beloved’ is emblazoned upon your forehead, it changes the way you run.

You are completely secure in His love. You are not striving. You are not running for the approval of others.

If you trip up, you can get up. You run without fear of reprisal.

Your focus is on the One Who loves you.

Jesus is the One you look towards and fix your gaze upon. He is also your running Companion. He takes pleasure in your company, and that motivates you to keep in step with Him.

You are running as His beloved.

‘…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.’ (Heb 12:1-2)


6 Benefits of ‘Running as His Beloved’

Here is a short Biblical devotion on what happens when you run as His beloved. You might like to take time to meditate on these scriptures, journal and pray about what the Holy Spirit is showing you:

1. Running as His Beloved Removes Fear

No matter what is happening, you know that your Father loves you and is taking care of you. You receive His assurance and comfort.

David (whose name meant ‘beloved’) wrote: ‘Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.’ (Psalm 23:4)

2. Running as His Beloved Gives You Rest

‘About Benjamin [Moses] said: “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.”’ (Deut 33:12)

The blessing of being God’s beloved is that you can find a place of rest in Him. You can let down your guard, lay down your burdens, relax and lean into Him. His arms and His comfort surround you.

3. Running as His Beloved Gives You Intimacy with God

In John 13, the ‘beloved disciple’ is reclining against Jesus’ chest, close to His heart, privy to His secrets. (John 13:23-26) Knowing you are beloved empowers you to draw close to God. You are wooed to that place of intimacy where you can hear His voice.

4. Running as His Beloved gives you Courage to Emerge

‘Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.’ (Song of Songs 2:13b-14)

When you know that you are beloved, you have courage to emerge from your comfort zones and your hiding places. You have boldness to speak because you know that to Him, your voice is wonderful.

5. Running as His Beloved Leads you to Restoration.

‘This is what the Lord says: “The people who survive the sword will find favor in the wilderness; I will come to give rest to Israel.” The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”’ (Jer 31:2-3)

Knowing you are beloved opens your heart to the experience of God’s kindness. You follow Him, and He leads you to restoration. Hear Him say, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love! My love for you never fails!’

6. Running as His Beloved Enables You to Shine

Joseph wore the ornamental coat of his father’s love and favour. (Gen 37:3) When you are beloved, you have the security to be yourself: to stand out, to wear your unique colours, and to shine as the unique person God has created you to be.


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Prophetic Word for 2017: Captivation, Focus and Miracles

As I have been praying about a prophetic word for 2017, the Holy Spirit reminded me of a vision I had a few months ago.

Prophetic Word for 2017I saw an arrow head descend with a bolt of lightning from Heaven. The arrow head went deep into the earth, where it struck and exposed a foundation. That foundation was glowing red hot, as iron does in a fire.

As we enter the New Year, I believe God is speaking about a move of the Holy Spirit in which He is pointing us back to the foundation of our ‘first love’ for Jesus.[1]

Get ready for things to heat up.


Prophetic word for 2017: From Captive to Captivated

The word that the Holy Spirit has brought to my attention as we lean into this New Year is ‘captivated.’ [2]

To captivate means, ‘to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence…’

The Bible is full of examples of people who were captivated by God. Those whose attention was caught and held by a Person they saw, knew and loved.

Zacchaeus was captivated by Jesus. His desire to see Jesus was so great, that he ran ahead of the crowd to climb a tree, because he was short in stature. (Luke 19)

His actions drew the attention of the Saviour. Jesus said, ‘I am coming to your house.’

Hear Jesus say, ‘I am coming to your home, your neighborhood, your workplace. Get ready to receive Me.’

Sin no longer held an attraction for Zacchaeus, because he discovered God’s grace. He was captivated by a Saviour.

Has some area of fear or temptation been holding you captive? Take another look at Jesus. When your attention is caught and held by your King, sin and fear will fall away.

Your whole life is about to move from being captive to living a captivated life.


From Distraction to Attraction

Mary was captivated by Jesus. Her attention was fixed upon Him, as she sat listening to what he had to say.

In the meantime, her sister Martha was distracted by all the serving that needed to be done. Jesus said to Martha, ‘you are worried and upset by many things, but only one thing is needed.’ (see Luke 10:38-42)

That Martha was serving, was not the problem—the trouble was that she had lost her joy of hosting Jesus.

Have you ever tried to overcome your distraction by trying to focus? You focus dutifully for a short period of time, before becoming distracted again.

As this year begins, the answer to all your distraction is not a New Year’s resolution. The Holy Spirit wants to overcome your distraction by replacing it with a glorious attraction towards Jesus.

This is freedom!

Not live captive to religious rules or expectations, but to live CAPTIVATED by the One who is truly amazing.

You will see your Healer.

You will see your Deliverer.

You will see your Provider.

You will be amazed as you discover where God leads you, into new initiatives, new areas of creativity.

Your pursuit of Jesus will bring clarity to work and relationships. The lives of many people will be touched by the Presence of God on your life.


Prophetic word for 2017: Captivated by God’s Word

On the road to Emmaus, two weary, grieving disciples were captivated as Jesus revealed the Messiah (Himself) in the Scriptures. They later said, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us?’ (Luke 24:32)

Are you captive to a sense of duty or obligation to God’s Word? Is Bible study something you know you should get to, but rarely do?

This year, you can be one whose heart is burning as you captivated by God’s Word. Expect your attention to be caught and held as the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to you in the Scriptures.

It is time to be captivated.


Miracles are Being Unleashed

History is made by those who are captivated. Their attention is riveted—caught and held—by a vision that is one of greatness and change. They move towards that captivating vision and take others with them.

Be captivated by Jesus, and as your attention is transfixed upon Him, the Father will give you His dreams for your life. Others will follow you.

Miracles are about to break open. There are things that God has had in storage for you and the lids are about to come off. It’s time.

Problems are going to be solved by supernatural revelation from the Holy Spirit.

You will experience great fruitfulness, because you are living focused. You are focused on where God’s Presence is, what His favour is upon, and what He is doing.

In 2017 you will see things shift and move, new things will be birthed and the impossible will be made possible.

Say ‘yes’ to the move of the Holy Spirit and live captivated.


Notes:

[1] ‘First love’ is an expression taken from Revelation 2:4. The church at Ephesus was still doing great things for God, but they had left their foundation of first love for Jesus. God is more concerned about our intimate relationship with Him, and that we are motivated by love for Him, than what we do. (See also Matt 7:21-23)

[2] Dictionary definition. See for example, http://www.yourdictionary.com/captivate


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© 2016 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

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

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