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

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5 Signs You are in a Spiritual Battle (and how to overcome)

Has anyone ever said to you, ‘Do you want the good news or the bad news first?’ In that moment, you hope that the good news more than compensates for the bad news!

spiritual_battleThis is the approach Peter takes in his first New Testament letter. ‘Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.’ (1 Pet 5:8) After sharing the bad news, he adds:

  • You are able to resist
  • You can stand firm in faith, and
  • You are not alone (see 1 Pet 5:9)

This good news does not just alleviate the bad news—it completely overturns it! The truth is that you are victorious through Christ. However, being alert means that you need to pay attention, so that you can identify when the enemy is at work.

There are going to be times when you are faced with opposition from people, or human institutions, or systems set up by people. And those things are applying pressure against you.

Perhaps you can relate to this now.

Paul reminds us to discern with our spiritual senses when this occurs. For although the conflict appears to be from a human source, there may be a demonic power behind it.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood…’ (Eph 6:10-12a)

That word ‘schemes’ in the Greek is methodeia. It means ‘to follow craftily, frame devices, deceive’ and is also translated ‘wiles’ or ‘lie in wait.’ [1]

It is this very trickery that causes us to believe that the source of our battle is a person or human in origin, when it is not.


5 Signs you are ‘not fighting flesh and blood’

‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood…’ (Eph 6:12a)

The Greek word Paul uses for ‘struggle’ can also be translated ‘wrestle’. It is defined as:

‘Wrestling (a contest between two in which each endeavors to throw the other, and which is decided when the victor is able to hold his opponent down with his hand upon his neck)’ [2]

This metaphor gives us some insight as to the signs and effects of a spiritual battle taking place: [3]

  1. You feel stifled; it feels as though there is a stranglehold coming against you
  2. You are being held back, or pushed back in some way
  3. You are on the ground (feeling disabled) and you don’t know how you are going to get up
  4. You are tempted to feel as though you are a victim
  5. You are feeling knocked around or beaten up

The struggle is against God’s purpose for your life, your marriage, family, work or ministry, and you may even be tempted to give up.

As soon as you become aware of the true nature of the battle, you can turn it around.

At the very moment you discern the true source of that warfare—that it is not a person, a system, or an institution—you can shift the battle into the spiritual realm.


How the Battle Turns

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

Kingdom EncounterInterestingly, James makes this statement in the context of human conflict (see James 4:1-6). Are you looking for a person fighting with you to change, in order for the battle to shift? According to the Bible, the turning point of spiritual warfare is not when the other person changes.

The turning point comes when you recommit personally to God, coming under the authority of the One who has ultimate authority.

Submitting is whatever the Holy Spirit shows you to do—and can involve many things including:

  • A conscious reaffirming of Jesus’ Lordship in every area of your life
  • Coming back to a position of faith and believing God’s Word
  • Repentance, so that any ‘foothold’ the enemy has had in your life is broken (Eph 4:27b)
  • Repositioning in your thinking
  • An attitude of worship
  • Recognition that the battle is a spiritual one and that your place is with Jesus, ‘seated in Heavenly places’ (Eph 2:6)

Now, you resist—and that enemy must flee. Because submitting to God and actively resisting makes you dangerous.

Finally, the best news of all:

‘The Lord is a warrior; the LORD is His Name’. (Ex 15:3, NIV)
‘The Lord shall go forth like a mighty man; He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war.’ (Isaiah 42:13a NKJV)

There is a revelation of Who your God is, that you will only receive in the midst of a conflict.


Notes:

[1] https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3180&t=KJV See also Eph 4:14 KJV

[2] https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3823&t=KJV

[3] For more signs, see my article 12 Signs of Spiritual Warfare


What is one point that has stood out to you from this article and Bible study on the spiritual battle? I would love to hear from you. Leave a response in the comments section below. If the blog comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.


Ministry News:
Coming soon in January 2017! If you have not yet caught up on the exciting news regarding changes in our ministry, check out our temporary Enliven Ministries landing page.
Keep an eye out on Enliven Blog for my article on a prophetic word for 2017, which I will be posting before Christmas. Following that, we have our Australian Summer vacation.


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© 2016 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

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

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.


What is God speaking to you about as you head into this Christmas season? I would love to hear from you. Leave a response in the comments section below. If the blog comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.


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© 2016 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

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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

How To Overcome Reluctance In Sharing Your Gift

Recently, I had a prophetic vision in which I looked into Jesus’ eyes, and reflected in them was something He wanted to show me.

Jesus seemed to be indicating, ‘See what I am seeing—this is on the Father’s heart right now.’

offer-your-giftsI saw long banqueting tables being prepared for a feast. Some platters were already in place; however, there were still a lot of empty spaces awaiting food.

As I watched this table, I became aware of the sound of a stampede in the distance. The sound was growing louder. It was evident that crowds of hungry people were on their way—but the feast was not ready.

Why, I wondered, were there so many spaces? Time was running out for God’s people to bring their plates of food to the table! Yet they were holding back for various reasons.


No More Excuses

Right now, there is an urgency in the Kingdom because many people need to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good.’ (Ps 34:8) They need the Good News. They need the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

The hungry can only ‘taste and see’ as God’s people bring their gifts to the table—as you and I are willing to share what God has given to us.

Why would people hesitate to bring a platter of food to a public table?

  • Perhaps they feel inadequate—they are measuring themselves against others who have more ‘fancy’ dishes and think that their own offerings are too plain, their recipes too simple
  • Maybe they feel intimidated—and they are afraid of criticism or rejection of their offering
  • Perhaps they are so overwhelmed with meeting their own needs that they do not have time to consider others
  • They could be simply lethargic, or have lost their own appetite, or…

Overcome Reluctance and Bring your Gifts to the Table.

Today, I believe it is on God’s heart to encourage you to share what you have with others.

Bring your spiritual gifts, your talents, your vision, to the table. If you are a leader, encourage others to do the same.

If you can relate to having a reluctance in sharing your spiritual gift, here are some encouraging truths to help you move forward:

Don’t hold back because you feel inadequate. God says you are appointed and anointed. Your adequacy is from Him. (2 Cor 3:4)

Don’t hold back because you feel what you have is too simple. There are people who need the simplicity of the gift and expression you carry, just as there are people who need plain food. There are many different needs and many different appetites.

Don’t hold back because you feel you do not have the time. What you carry in its barest form, released in a moment, may help feed a hungry person.

God can use what you offer to Him, but He cannot use what you withhold.

Don’t hold back because you are intimidated by other people’s gifts, styles or methods. What you carry is unique and highly valued to God.

You are significant and irreplaceable.

Your gifts are needed by Jesus.

And—there are lives at stake.


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Choose Your Story…Change Your Life.

The Script BookDuring the month of November, I am providing an opportunity for my regular readers to make a donation to David McCracken Ministries.

To thank you for your gift, we are making available a pre-launch copy of my brand-new eBook:

‘The Script: Choose Your Story, Change Your Life’.

  • Have you ever felt as though your life is stuck in a pattern?
  • Would you like a clear, simple message to help yourself—and others—break free of limitations and live your God-appointed destiny?

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
  • How to identify and defeat a counterfeit script
  • How to identify and break a generational storyline (curse)
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In ‘The Script: Choose Your Story Change Your Life’ I share my own testimony of breaking free from personal and generational scripts, and encourage you to live a life empowered by the Word of God.

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© 2016 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

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