Does it seem like the very opposite of your prophetic calling is happening right now, or that your faith is being tested through trial?

You are in good company. The heroes of Scripture underwent severe difficulties. The greatest trials often took place right before the breakthrough that would see them released into their God-given destiny.

We serve a faithful God and no person, and no circumstances can prevent His prophetic call upon our lives being fulfilled if we keep our hearts right before Him, stay in an attitude of obedience, and remain in a place of integrity and honor towards people.

And whenever we realize that we have departed from this position, the grace of God invites us to freely return.

Signs Your Prophetic Destiny is Being Unleashed

1. You are Undergoing the Greatest Trial of Your Life

David and his men returned to their homes and property in Ziklag, only to find that their homes had been burned, their property plundered, and their wives and families captured. To make matters worse, David’s men turned against him, blaming him for the tragedy.

David could easily have given up. However, he stayed on track, pressed into God and made tough leadership decisions. As a result, David and his men overcame the enemy, recovered their losses and won back their families. (1 Sam 30)

The devastation of Ziklag prepared David for his move to Hebron—the very place where he would be crowned King of Judah and then of all Israel. (2 Sam 2:1) [1]

2. The Obvious Means of Fulfilling God’s Call Seems to have been Removed

Ezekiel was a young man with the call of God upon his life. Born to the priestly tribe of the Levites, his destiny was to serve in the temple from the age of 30. (Ezek 1:1, Numbers 4:3)

At the age of 23 he was taken captive from Jerusalem and relocated in Babylon. Ezekiel’s primary means of fulfilling God’s call on his life—ministry in the temple—was removed from him.

However, we read in Ezekiel 1:1 that in his 30th year, in the place of captivity, the very time he would have started his priestly service in God’s temple, the heaven’s opened and his ministry as Prophet was launched. (Ezek 1:1) [2]

3. A Person you Felt was Significant to God’s Purposes has been Lost to You

Uzziah, King of Judah spent most of his life serving God and his nation well—and the Prophet Isaiah diligently recorded the stories of his reign. (2 Chron 26:2)

Uzziah must have seemed like the hope of Judah—the King who set things to godly order and made the nation successful. And yet his life ended suddenly in a sinful act of pride.

This loss must have been devastating to Isaiah—and yet this was the year that God chose to reveal Himself and the glory of His Heavenly throne to Isaiah and to commission him to speak on God’s behalf. (Isaiah 6)

It is as though God was saying, ‘It is time to put your eyes on the Only One who can save Judah. I am your only security and all that you need. Now is the time to step up into your destiny as Prophet.’

4. There is a Huge Faith Challenge Standing Between You and the Promise of God

Caleb faithfully served God as a leader of his tribe through the 40 wilderness years of Israel.  But on the eve of the fulfillment of God’s promise to him and his family, he faced his greatest challenge yet—to take Hebron from the Canaanites. (Joshua 14) We learn that through Caleb’s leadership giants were expelled from the land. (Judges 1:19-20)

The fulfillment of God’s promise to Caleb was not going to happen without a battle—and the greatest test of his faith in and dependency upon God.

5. You have been Repositioned by God—and Suffered Loss as a Result

A young Moabitess called Ruth committed her life to follow and serve her mother-in-law, Naomi, after the death of her husband and father-in-law in Moab.

When Ruth entered Bethlehem she had not only lost her husband, she had left her family and culture behind and was known as a stranger. She had no means of living apart from relying upon charity. Everything of her former life was stripped away.

And yet in that very place, she was destined to marry Boaz, of the tribe of Judah, secure the inheritance of Naomi’s family, and become great-grandmother to King David—part of the lineage of Christ. (See the book of Ruth) [3]

6. You are Being Tempted to Promote Yourself Rather than Wait for God’s Timing and the Affirmation of Oversight

As Jesus was being launched into His season of ministry, the Holy Spirit compelled Him to go into the wilderness, to fast and face demonic temptation.

There in that place of severe want and hardship, Jesus was tempted to receive the kingdoms of the world without the cross, and without a life submitted to the Father’s will.

Emerging triumphant, His position of submission to the Father secure, Jesus left the wilderness ‘in the power of the Spirit’ to enter His public ministry. (Luke 4:1-14)

7. The Tyranny of the Ordinary: Nothing Seems to be Happening

For Elisha, the launching place of God’s purpose for his life was in the place of the ordinary. If he had any inkling of God’s call upon his life, then the trial for him was that nothing was happening. Nothing at all. A great big zero.

Elisha was living at home and serving in the family business. It was just another day in his life as an ordinary citizen, ploughing oxen, being faithful, when the Prophet Elijah came by and threw his mantle over Elisha’s shoulders. (1 Kings 19:19-21)

Success in God’s eyes comes from staying on track when the greatest challenges of your life occur.

These things are the means Father uses to sharpen and prepare you for what lies ahead.

  • And they may be the very launching pad God uses to propel you into your prophetic destiny.


[1] For more lessons from this situation, see ‘The Day David Lost Everything: 4 Things You Can Do In A Crisis

[2] For more lessons from the story of Ezekiel, ‘Prophet of the Holy Spirit’, see Ezekiel, the Holy Spirit, and You

[3] See the following two studies from Ruth on Enliven Blog:

Related Post:

4 Reasons why the Opposite of Your Prophetic Word is Happening

© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

Enliven Ministries: in the David McCracken Ministries family

31 thoughts on “7 Signs Your Prophetic Destiny Is Being Unleashed”

  1. Thankyou for your teaching. No. 1;5 and 6 are exactly where I am at. I am going through a tough time but have been frantically studying about prophetic preparation and I see the confirmations happening as you have said and as the teachings have said. Please send me more teachings to encourage besides AMI which has been a great help to me. Whew! Thankyou and Godbless; Pleasw pray for me Im almost there and boy are the tests coming thick and fast! Thankyou.

  2. Hi Colin, thanks for leaving the note here.
    I have found myself identifying with some of these points too!
    One of the Bible verses that has touched me as I prepared this study is from Romans 15:4
    ‘ For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.’
    I love that God imparts encouragement and endurance to us through His Word and the stories of people who have gone before!
    Have you signed up to receive the blog on a weekly basis (subscribe button at top right of the blog)? That is the best way to receive the teaching on an ongoing basis.
    This article about ‘What is God doing in the Testing Season?’ may encourage you too:

  3. Thank you Helen. Lost my secure job , in hindsight trough poor decision, been laid of in little jobs 3 times since, struggling with minor health issues. Said to my wife last night that I am just about at the end of myself and my ideas ,so it is going to have to be God cause I am right out of ideas. Still staying course with God , just. Have gone my own way a few times with business ideas but every time my conscience gets the better of me cause I don’t think God wants me to go there. I know that I know God has some gifting for me to operate in but at the moment I am very far away from these and at the moment I have no idea how this is going to happen . As you suggest I will stay course but man oh man….it has been a looooooong road. David McCracken spoke over me 20 years or so ago and said” Delays are not denials” . I have always hung onto that but I am definitely in a ” delay” season at the moment. A good opportunity for God to come through.

  4. P’s. …. (you don’t have to publish this)

    Before most of this started I swear that God said to me out of the blue” I am going to sharpen you.

    As I had no idea what that meant I did not give much credence to it. But no I notice that you use the same word sharpen I your comments. Coincidence? Interesting:-)

    On a different note a lot of times when I look at the clock I see
    5:55 or 2:22 or 4:44. It really grabs my attention when it does but I have no idea what it means. May be it is nothing.

  5. Hi Arie, yes sometimes the best thing to do is to ‘stay course’ on the way of faith, to keep pressing in, it reminds me of Paul’s note in Eph 6:13, ‘having done all, stand.’ It is a powerful position of warfare and breakthrough, staying on track, watching expectantly to see what God will do.
    May you receive breakthrough in the area of work.
    Yes, ‘sharpen’ is a word from God in the season, when He brings things to our attention it is not coincidence when they keep popping up. 🙂
    It is a characteristic of many of us who are wired prophetically for God to bring to our attention symbols and numbers, so I know what you mean! Sometimes I see numbers and it relates to a Scripture verse but can also mean something else, always worth praying about to see if Holy Spirit is bringing something to your attention.
    Bless you.

  6. Han pasado momentos y situacionnes que en ocasiones me desconciertan…He vivido en fe durante estos años de no estar ministrando en la Obra del Señor…He obedecido las recomendaciones que el profeta me recomendo hacer,aunque en ocasiones me fue dificil,me mantuve fiel en hacerlo…de alguna manera he mantenido el testimonio de Jesucristo al hablar con otros acerca de su Evangelio…pero me han rodeado ultimamente hechos negativos en mi vida,muy a pesar de buscar al Señor intensamente…en oracion y ayuno.Estos momentos han sido dificiles para mi soportarlos,y asi se lo he dicho al Señor en oracion:enfermedades,accidentes,y otras cosas mas.He reclamado la ayuda del Señor en cada un de estas situaciones,momentos tengo en pensar que estoy en una camisa de fuerza.No puedo moverme y hacer algo mas para mi Señor,porque si lo hago,sale mal.Alguien me dijo,espera el tiempo del Señor,recUerda la profecia que te dieron hace años:NO TE PROMUEBAS,DEJA QUE EL SEÑOR ABRA LAS PUERTAS,PERO LAS ANGUSTIAS ME ENCIERRAN Y ME TORTURAN…y oigo en mi interior una voz que me dice,espera,espera.Y siempre que vivo estas circunstancias y trato de hacer mas de aquello que me agrada y creo que al Señor tambien le agrada…vuelvo a escuchar esa voz:ESPERA JOSE,ESPERA…TENGO AÑOS DE NO VOLVER A PREDICAR EL EVANGELIO EN UNA CONGREGACION COMO SOLIA HACERLO FRECUENTEMENTE EN VARIAS PARTES DE MI PAIS…LE HE DICHO AL SEÑOR,LIBERAME DE ESTA SITUACION…Y NO ESCUCHO NADA…TENGO SUEÑOS Y VISIONES PERO NO LAS ENTIENDO…HE PEDIDO INTERPETACION DE SUEÑOS Y VISIONES POR AÑOS COMO INTERPETACION DE LENGUAS,PUES MI TIEMPO DE ORACION ES UN SETENTA POR CIENTO EN LENGUAS,Y ESTO LO HAGO POR HORAS…ESTOY ANCIOSO POR SALIR A MINISTRAR COMO APOSTOL …Y PROFETA…pero una vez mas escucho la voz:ESPERA JOSE,ESPERA!…la profecia que me dieron hace diez años DECIA que era un apostol…señales de sanidades y algunas liberaciones y milagros sucedian al ministrar..y el profeta dijo que debia seguir asi porque el Señor me habia llamado tambien al oficio de profeta,aunque esto seria mas tarde…en el mes de junio vendra el profeta aleman que me dio esta profecia hace muchos años…me envio un email pidiendome que estuviera en el Congreso Apostolico y profetico a celebrarse,en una ciudad de mi pais…estoy espectante ,ansioso para saber QUE ES LO QUE EL SEÑOR TIENE PARA MI EN ESTE MOMENTO…PUES EL PROFETA DECIA QUE MI LLAMADO ERA PARA ESTA GENERACION Y ,PARA ESTAS CIRCUNSTANCIAS…le comentare lo que suceda en la proxima emision de su boletin…Gracias por orar por mi y el Miniserio que el Señor me ha dado.Gracias…

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