Signs of Transition in MinistryDo you feel as though you are in transition in relation to your spiritual gift, prophetic ministry or calling?

Transition can be a difficult time. We are uncomfortable with the status quo, and yet the new opportunity that God for us has not yet manifested.

In spite of the trials, transition is powerful—it heralds the fact that a new season of fruitfulness is on its way!


4 Signs You are in a Ministry Transition

Here are four signs that you may be in a God-appointed time of transition in your gift or calling, along with some keys to help you move forward:

1. Experiencing a low time in your ministry

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” (John 15:1-2)

During a time of transition, you may have felt as though you have been in a lull; a time of barrenness in relation to your calling. You may have experienced a wilderness season.

If you feel as though you have been cut back in some way, that does not mean you have failed. Neither does it mean that you are in the wrong place. It may simply be a sign that God is at work, preparing you for greater fruitfulness up ahead.

Transition is a time for strong hope. ‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ (Jer 29:11)


2. During transition, God is at work in your heart

‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ (Prov 4:23)

Your gift and ministry flows from your heart. So when God is preparing you for a new season, you will find that His Spirit is ministering to you at a deep level.

Perhaps during this time of transition, hurts are being brought to the surface for healing. You may even feel vulnerable. By His Spirit, God is wooing you. He is calling you to intimacy with Him.

Mindsets that you have had are being tested and challenged. Father is saying, ‘You cannot take that thinking with you into your next season.’ It is a time to foster a mindset of faith.

Transition is, by nature, a time in which you have difficulty finding satisfaction in your current role or achievements. Now is the time to rediscover and rest confidently in your identity as a son or daughter of God.


3. During transition, you feel as though you don’t fit

In the past, you may have fit very well in your current ministry or role. However, during transition you find that you are no longer comfortable. You may feel as though you are like ‘a square peg in a round hole.’

Because of this tension, transition can be a test of attitude, character and faithfulness.

‘Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”’ (Col 4:17)

If a season is being brought to a close in your role, make it your aim to finish well, with honour and integrity.

There may be spiritual warfare at the transition stage. Your enemy wants to rob you of your destiny.

You may be presented with a ‘shortcut’ that is not God’s best for you. Transition is a time to check options that come your way with the Holy Spirit, with others close to you and with Godly oversight.

Be assured that as you remain faithful during a time of transition, your Heavenly Father is at work in the background. He is lining up people and circumstances, and preparing the way for the new opportunities that lie ahead for you.


4. During transition you experience ‘travail’

‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ (Matt 6:10)

Travail is God’s invitation to participate with Him in birthing your new season. This will be primarily through prayer and your relationship with Him. Allow the Holy Spirit to draw on the longings of your heart, to pray and intercede for what lies ahead.

During transition, your vision for the future may be clear, or you may lack clarity.

Don’t be afraid to dream and envision the next stage. Give God your imagination; give Him something to anoint, direct and work with.

‘Travail’ may also mean that practical preparations, study, or extra work is required to position for what lies ahead. Transition is not necessarily a time to slow down—be open to hearing the Holy Spirit urge you to pick up your pace.


Transition in the Life of Elijah

When God appoints a time of transition, He has already provided you ahead of time with everything that you need.

By the end of 1 Kings 18, Elijah had experienced a great victory. And yet shortly afterwards, he was on the run, fearing for his life. He was also exhausted.

God chose this brief, painful time as a transition in Elijah’s life. He encouraged Elijah to rest and gave him supernatural nourishment. Then, He gave Elijah instructions for the next fruitful season of his ministry. (see 1 Kings 19)

Elijah’s story is a reminder of the grace and goodness of God. He gives you the time needed to grieve, rest and be replenished, when you need it.

Then, at the pivotal time, God leads you into a fresh encounter Him. There, He provides you with the guidance you need to move forward.

The time has come to stride boldly into your new season.


Notes:
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© 2016 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

Enliven Ministries: in the David McCracken Ministries family

25 thoughts on “4 Signs You Are in Transition in Your Gift, Role or Ministry”

  1. Cada dia las cosas como que entran en una nueva etapa del oficio de profeta,escucho con frecuencia la voz del Señor,y en medio de cada situacion por la que este viviendo,esta voz me dice :ESPERA,ESPERA JOSE…tu vida no ha acabado,a penas comienzas el ministerio,YO ABRIRE LAS PUERTAS. Y asi termina la voz:ESPERA JOSE. SIGO ORANDO INTENSAMENTE Y CON MAS FRECUENCIA AYUNO,ACERCA DEL PROPOSITO DEL SEÑOR ME QUEDA ESPERAR.!SALUDOS,Y ORACIONES SON LEVANTADAS AQUI Y ALLA POR USTED Y SU MINISTERIO EN AUSTRALIA.

    1. I love your passion for the call and ministry, Jose. I say ‘amen’ to your prayers! I am excited about what God has up ahead for you. He is faithful, He is powerful. The best is yet to come!

  2. Reading this has helped a great deal! God gives me prophetic words and dreams. With me being a sensitive person…when people question me or are puzzled I take it personally. Wish I didn’t care what they say or think.

    1. Hi Karen, yes I certainly understand, that has been my journey too. It takes time to grow in confidence, understanding our Heavenly Father’s love and affirmation for us makes us grow stronger. Don’t let the opinions of others stop you from continuing to pursue the wonderful gifts and calling on your life, you have something significant to give that will touch many lives for good. 🙂

  3. Thank you for this. I really connect with #3, I can sense that God is preparing the next step and preparing me for what is coming, but I need to finish my current season first, but it’s challenging at times because the motivation is starting to swing to the next exciting thing, rather than the old drag the just needs doing.
    Thank you for the encouragement to finish out this season.

    1. Yes Kathy, it is so natural for our motivation for the ‘now’ thing to decline when something new is on the horizon! I pray that you will finish your season well, ‘in flying colours’ as the saying goes. You will build a foundation of blessing to launch your new season from!

  4. This was so encouraging! I’m definitely in a transition time and all the things you mentioned is what God is doing in/with me. Made it clearer for me what’s happening by reading your article – thanks! Leanne

    1. That’s so good, Leanne. God is doing great things in your life in this season! 🙂

  5. Hi! This is a really good article. I have just started going back to church and I am definitely going through a transitional stage, I’m enjoying it thoroughly! God is making me into the woman I am meant to be and preparing me for my destiny. Thanks for the post! God Bless! I also have started a blog with my progress on getting back into the faith with daily posts 🙂

    1. Hello Maya, what a lovely, positive confession of faith you have. I say yes and amen! I just had a peek at your blog and it looks very inspiring. May many be blessed through your story.

  6. shallom

    yes i confirm its true am experiencing a low time in my prophetic ministry calling. and transition difficulties to cope the enemy want to bring me down my destiny and my loved one. this transition is a breakthrough for my life and my health.
    i invite Jesus to intervene this transition i cant do it on my own i need a destiny helper

    1. Hello John,
      I love that verse in Isaiah 54:17, ‘no weapon formed against you shall prosper.’ I pray that the truth of this will overflow in praise and breakthrough in your life. Transition can be a struggle, but God is still in control. As you trust Him, He is coming through for you.

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