How to Receive Strategies and Blueprints from the Holy Spirit

In 2001, the mission agency my husband and I was involved with was in transition and we found ourselves in a financial crisis. I wrote in my diary, ‘we’re in one of the most difficult seasons ever.’

One night when my husband was out at a meeting and my children were asleep in bed, I got down on my knees. I was crying out to God about what was happening in our missions ministry. Suddenly, while on my knees praying, I saw in my mind’s eye some diagrams. They clearly explained the changes affecting our organisation.

I got up off my knees, found some paper, drew the pictures that I’d seen and sat up late writing notes from them.

Those diagrams described a paradigm shift taking place in the way local churches approached missions, and they helped turn our ministry around. Wherever my husband Malcolm and I went, and we showed the diagrams to pastors and leaders, their response was electrified. ‘That’s it! That’s what’s on our hearts!’

That insight—described in pictures and given by the Holy Spirit—contributed to the turn-around of our New Zealand ministry, and was instrumental in moving us here to Australia—into God’s new season for our lives! [1]


Supernatural Strategies and Blueprints

We often pray and ask God for guidance; for direction. For where to go. But there are times when He wants to add to that. He has made available strategies and blueprints that describe not only our destination, but also how to get where we’re going. We simply need to ask.

One definition of a blueprint is, ‘a guide for making something — a design or pattern that can be followed.’ [2]

Our Father is saying, ‘Will you believe and ask Me to give you supernatural strategies, and blueprints—patterns and designs? Will you seek Me for wisdom? I long to give you so much more than you’ve received up until now.’


The Power of an Anointed Strategy

In Genesis 41, Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s prophetic dream—that seven years of plenty in the land are going to be followed by seven years of famine.

Joseph doesn’t stop with the interpretation—he boldly follows it with an anointed strategy for how Pharaoh can manage the situation and save the nation.

And Pharaoh asks, ‘Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the Spirit of God?’ (Gen 41:38). He then puts Joseph in charge of the project!

One anointed strategy from God is powerful; it can even save nations.


God’s Wisdom may not Make Earthly Sense

In 2 Kings 4, a widow cries out to the Prophet Elisha because she is in debt. He doesn’t give her money—he gives her an anointed strategy from the Holy Spirit that uses a resource she already has on hand. ‘Go get as many empty jars as you can, pour your oil and keep on pouring—sell the oil.’

Here’s the thing about strategies from Heaven. Sometimes God’s wisdom may not make earthly sense. And maybe no one has articulated it this way before—but God is giving you a strategy that’s a ‘now’ blueprint for the new thing He’s doing.

  • It’s supernatural wisdom
  • It’s a Heavenly solution to your earthly problem

Now is the time to believe God and be open to receive a strategy that will bring glory to God because Jesus is the only explanation for what people see taking place.

How do you receive a strategy from God? Simply believe, ask, listen, and record.

The strategy may come in a dream, in a prophetic word, in a picture, or in a moment of practical but God-breathed wisdom insight—so be open to the many ways God can speak to you.

Right now the Holy Spirit is stirring us, and He’s saying, ‘Will you believe and ask Me not only for direction, but also the strategy, the ‘how’ of getting there?’

Be encouraged by these words of James:

‘If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.'(James 1:5)


Notes:
[1] My husband Malcolm was National Director of a mission organisation called Asian Outreach from 1995 – 2002 in New Zealand and 2002 – 2004 in Australia. We also served for seven years prior to that, in a voluntary capacity.
[2] Source: https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/blueprint


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3 Powerful Outcomes of Throne Conscious Prayer and Worship

In the book of Revelation, God opens a window for us into the throne room and we catch a glimpse of what is taking place there. There, we see two significant activities—praise and worship, and prayer—both of which we can be involved with right now. What a privilege!

The reality is, however, we can live our whole lives; we can pray, worship, go to church, do everything without ever being conscious of the throne room. But if we never turn our focus towards God’s throne, and towards Heaven—are we missing out on something?


3 Powerful Outcomes of Throne-Aware Prayer and Worship

‘Since, you’ve been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.’ (Col 3:1-3 )

God commands us in Scripture, to fix our attention on Heavenly things—and to live focused on Heaven’s priorities.



Here are just three of the benefits of being conscious of Heaven and the throne room in our worship and prayer:

1. You Encounter God in His Glory

‘I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.’ (Is 6:1)

When you are aware of God’s throne, you have the opportunity to perceive God as He really is. You encounter His glory.

Worship—as in flat on our face reverence and awe—can only be our natural response to this kind of encounter with God.

What is completely astounding is that we get to call this glorious, eternal, Sovereign, ruling God ‘Father’.

He’s the King of the universe and He is also our Abba, our Daddy. What does that say about who we are?


2. You Gain a Full Appreciation of What Jesus has Done

‘He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor.’ (1 Sam 2:8)

Our presence in the throne room, where we get to call God Father, tells us more than anything else, the power of the salvation we have in Jesus Christ.

Right here is the key to freedom from shame.

‘Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.’ (Rom 6:11)

The Bible tells us Jesus has taken away our shame and seated us with Him, upon His throne of honour. What good news! You don’t have to keep on dying over and over to sin. You are already crucified, buried, raised and ascended with Christ.

It’s time to honour and place the highest value on what Jesus has done—He paid the price of His life, and you honour Him by simply believing.

The cycle of shame has been broken.

The Bible doesn’t say your position is one of grovelling or begging before God’s throne, but of striding in boldly as a son or daughter.

Hebrews 4:16 says, ‘Let us approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’ Because of what Jesus’ shed blood on the cross, there is nothing that can hold you back.


3. An Increased Awareness of Your Spiritual Authority

You have freedom of access to the throne room. But there is more! According to Scripture, you are seated with Jesus on His throne, upon His seat of authority. There, you can hear the whispers of what is on His heart, and pray in His Name. 

Jesus taught us to pray ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’. (Matt 6: 9-10)

Jesus is saying, ‘Always begin your prayer with an awareness of your Father’s location. And with your Father’s Kingship in view, you can pray for the outcome He has already initiated.’

The throne room is the position from which you access Heaven’s resources.

Psalm 103 says, ‘The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word’ (Ps 103:19-20)

All of Heaven’s resources are released by God’s decree, from His throne. And by praying in awareness of that, you can discern your Father’s will, partner in intimacy with God, and access the resources of Heaven!

Today I pray that as you turn your attention towards the throne of God, you’ll encounter Him like you never have before, live free from shame, and step into the fullness of the authority that is yours in Christ.


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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


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5 Steps to Receiving a Word from God (from the life of Habakkuk)

At times when you, or others around you, are facing life’s challenges, receiving a word from God can bring great comfort.

Here are some thoughts from the story and example of the Prophet Habakkuk, to help you receive your own word from God for yourself and others in times of need.


How to Receive a Word from God

1. Position Yourself to Hear from God

‘I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts’ (Hab 2:1a)

Habakkuk used the imagery of going to a fortress, a place positioned above and apart from the everyday activities of the city, to wait on God in a secure place. This also represented his position as prophet, hearing from God for the nation of Judah.

In times of trial or distress, God Himself is your refuge and your fortress; a safe strong place. (Psalm 91:2)

When you desire to hear from God, then like Habakkuk, be intentional about being positioned in such a way that you can hear His voice.

  • The first place to go is to Scripture—as you read and meditate on God’s Word, allow the Holy Spirit to minister a fresh word to your personally
  • You may have a regular place where you pray and meet with God
  • Be open to the Holy Spirit’s call to take special times apart when you need to hear a word from God

2. Take your Problems and Questions (and those of others) to God

‘I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.’ (Hab 2:1b)

Communication in a relationship is two-way, involving both talking and listening. The book of Habakkuk records the prophet’s discussions with God.

Habakkuk’s conversation with God was raw, honest and authentic. He did not hold back when he had questions and complaints. Sometimes we feel that we can only go to God once we are already uplifted in our faith, forgetting that He longs to do that for us!

God is your help, your strength and your comforter—and He can only be those things to you as you take your pain to Him.

It was only as Habakkuk asked the difficult questions that he could foresee Judah crying out during the future trials, that He was able to hear of God’s plans for the coming redemption.

The name ‘Habakkuk’ means ‘embrace’, or ‘to hold close’ (Strongs 2265), and because the prophet allowed God to fully minister to him, he was in turn able to supply the comfort and encouragement of God to a nation.

‘But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.’ (1 Cor 14:3)


3. Go on a Journey with God

‘How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save?’ (Hab 1:2)

Your communications with God and your conversations with Him, will be a journey. Hearing from God is not like taking aim and hitting a target or bullseye. The heart of God responds to those who seek Him—and that takes time.

Don’t be content with a small snippet, or piece of revelation, when God desires to speak more to you.

Learn from Habakkuk, who went on a journey, complaining, crying out, conversing, waiting and listening until he reached a place of faith and heard all that God had to say to him.

Habakkuk’s journey throughout this small book is one where he progresses from a viewpoint of desperation, to one of trust and victory. The last chapter of Habakkuk is directed as a Psalm set to music.  It inspires those listening to hope in God despite the circumstances.

‘The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.’ (Hab 3:19)


4. Pay Attention to the Unique Way God Speaks to you

‘I will look to see what he will say to me.’ (Hab 2:1)

Habakkuk used visionary language to describe how he listened to God. For those of us who are seers and visionaries, listening to God also means watching.

God is Spirit, and has many ways to communicate. Take into account your gift and the unique way you connect with God.

Be open to receiving impressions from the Holy Spirit and dig deeply into God’s Word.


5. Record what God is saying

‘Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.”’ (Hab 2:2)

As with Habakkuk, there are times when a message from God is prophetic and concerns His intention and His future outcome. As you record a communication from God—whether it is a prophetic insight, a dream, Scripture or Word, it gives clarity in the journey, both for yourself and others you may minister to.

Having a written or audio record of your word from God gives you something tangible to celebrate.

Glory is given to God when it comes to pass.

Recording what God is saying allows you to pray about it, weigh it up and if it goes beyond general encouragement, to submit the word to oversight for confirmation (1 Cor 14:29, 1 Thess 5:19-21). Accountability gives us security in our journey of learning to hear God’s voice.

Finally, as Habakkuk reminds us, the ultimate test of a word from God is whether or not that word comes true.

‘For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.’ (Hab 2:3)


Notes:
In preparing for this study, I read Habakkuk in different translations and also listened to Habakkuk several times using an audio Bible App. I mention this because I encourage you to do the same as you study God’s Word. Take time to connect fully with what He is saying and also to be further enriched by discovering what is happening in the background culturally and historically.
My favourite websites, used in this Bible study, are www.biblegateway.com and www.blueletterbible.org
I found this commentary on Habakkuk chapter one insightful: https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/guzik_david/StudyGuide_Hab/Hab_1.cfm


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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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