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.


[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,

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53 thoughts on “Prophetic Word for 2017: Captivation, Focus and Miracles”

  1. hi Helen, good to know you! I am from Hong Kong and I’ve read your blog for 2 months. I am so thankful and blessed by your teaching, not only do I understand more about the spiritual gifting in biblical basis, but also in a strong sense of God’s love and kindness which strengthen me a lot on Father’s heart and intimate relationship.
    Recently when you have a new post, I would have a knowing inside just before I start to visit your blog, it’s so amazing! Lord speaks to me through your post and I always felt touching and encouraging! I bless the new change on your ministry and I long for the online course! May the Lord Jesus Christ blows a fresh wind of Spirit upon Enliven Ministry bringing newness and wonder to you!

    1. Thank you so much, Bonnie! Your encouragement means a lot to me.
      It’s been many years since my husband and I visited Hong Kong – a very special place and dear to God’s heart. May you receive a fresh visitation of the Spirit upon your life and all of those around you!

    2. Greetings to you all

      I have a dream whereby my Bishop gave me 3 golden keys written 7 in the middle, it was during a church service in my dream. Several church leaders eyes changed to red and started to attack me. May you please clarify the dream to me because I’ve been having sleepless nights.

      God bless

      Mpho Motshabi

  2. Hello Helen,
    Greetings from Ghana. Just about an hour ago I was reflecting over the words of the Master in John 6:44… No one can come to me unless unless the father who sent me draws him. The attractive force from the father. Then i received your message about being captivated and thus CAPTURED by the Lord.
    You are always on time thanks to the HOLY SPIRIT. More grace to your pen. Stay blessed.

    1. Hello Abraham, and thank you, your thought about the attracting force from the Father is so very inspiring! I will meditate on that too.

      1. Good. Please bless me later with your meditation results. When the master said the Father who sent me is with me, and I am one with the Father, His statement in John 6:44 clearly explains the force of attraction from the Father. From the day I saw your picture, with you and the head of the lion, and thus told you of my dream of the white lady in the heavens with a huge lion lying by her side, I knew God was at work in your life. Let some of that blessing fall on me with your prayers. Be blessed always.

  3. Hie Helen,thank you very much,i cried though when reading from captive to captivated,it inspired me a lot,im Called in the prophetic office,im waiting patiently for the Lord,though the warfare im inn,sometimes it doesnt make sense at all,but in all this i thank God for you people,you ve been of good help,even when the world is all against me,something from you will make me sane and back on my feet,thank you very much.

    1. Hello Nonhlanhla, I’m glad Enliven Blog is an encouragement to you. Praying for you right now…peace and grace abundantly

  4. Greetings Friends. A little while ago, I was preparing to go to work (the evening shift). I took a “cat nap”. Just before I was to wake up, I saw JESUS , alone in a room. HE was sitting on a bench. At some point, HE rose up, checked HIMSELF over and walked across the room, to a wall with a single door. HE stood by the door, as if ready to open it and step through. About an hour later, while awake, the second part of the vision happened. JESUS had gone past the door. Now HE was standing at an archway, made of the clouds. HE was wearing the same white gown with a brilliant red sash and had HIS arms outstretched. Beyond the archway, was a land of pure clouds. I was made to understand that the land, although made entirely of clouds could sustain the weight of many people. It was all so beautiful! GOD Bless!

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