Upper Springs: Hear God Say, “Come Up higher!”

Sometimes the Lord says, “Come deeper!” and other times He calls, “Come up higher”.

“Beloved! Come up higher! I have more for you!”

“Will You Ask Me?”

Recently, I was walking through a park in our local Dandenong Ranges, and came across a sign that said, “Upper Pools”.

In that moment, I heard the Holy Spirit say,
“Will you ask Me for both the upper and lower Springs?”

“Upper and lower springs”.
I knew immediately, He was referring to the story of Acsah—the daughter of Caleb, who asked her father for springs of water.

The “More” God Has For You

“…Caleb asked [Acsah], “What can I do for you?”
She replied, “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.”
So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.”
(Judges 1:14b-15, NIV [1])

It is a story that can serve as an analogy for us today, for springs in Scripture often represent the Holy Spirit. [2]

Caleb has already given Acsah, and her new husband Othniel, a gift of land.
Now, Acsah requests, “Give me also…!” She asks her father for more!

The springs will provide a supply of water to the dry, south land that is their inheritance.

It is a reminder that we need the fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit upon our lives, our ministries, and everything we do.

  • So, if you are feeling weary, know that God is inviting you into the place of encounter, where you will be revived.

    A fresh infilling of His Spirit awaits!

“Don’t Settle for Less!”

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” (Eph 3:20, NKJV)

Your God, is the God of more.
It’s an invitation from the heart of the Father:
“Come up higher! I have more for you.”

What if Acsah, and her husband—having received both lower and upper springs as a gift—had only utilized the lower springs?

  • Whole sections of the land would have remained dry and barren
  • They would have been using only part of the land’s available irrigation

I believe this is a word from God for each of us today.

“Don’t settle for less than the fullness of what I have for you!”

“There are still untapped resources of My Spirit and My Word awaiting you”

Let us be those who will not settle for the “lower springs” alone—may we press on to receive all God has for us!

An Upper Springs Mindset

Acsah asked her father, “do me a special favor” (Judges 1:14, NIV) or
“Give me a blessing” (NKJV).

She knew she already had her father’s favor.
And that fueled her expectation.

God is inviting you into the security of His love. It is a place of abiding, where you can receive all He has to offer you.

  • You may need to be replenished and refilled
  • He may even be speaking to you about stepping into a new level of boldness, and spiritual authority

Acsah’s story reminds us, we are the beloved of our Father.

But we can’t receive an upper springs inheritance, with a lower springs mindset.

We must know we are heirs in Christ.

The Attitude of an Heir

Today, the Holy Spirit is ministering to you in the area of your identity and your calling. You are created in God’s image.
You are glorious!

Acsah’s name meant “anklet,” an adornment.

  • But in those days, it also meant the leg chains that held someone to stocks in prison

Acsah had every reason to have the attitude of a victim.

She had been treated as a chattel—given up by her father as first prize to the man who would conquer a city of giants! [3]

But she had the attitude of an heir.

A Higher Calling

Not only did Acsah and her husband Othniel receive watered lands for their inheritance, they received a powerful spiritual legacy.

The faith of her father Caleb—the Joshua generation—lived on in them.

Later, the Spirit of God came upon Othniel. He became Israel’s first judge and deliverer, and because of his leadership, the land had rest for 40 years. [4]

“Come Up Higher!”

This is a word that has the power to pull you into the more God has for you.

Whatever the inheritance He has marked out for you, whatever your function or calling, your Father says, “I have more of Myself to reveal to you.
You have My favor.
You are enough!”

“Beloved, don’t settle for the lower springs when I also have the upper springs for you.
Come up higher!”

Listen to My Testimony with the Upper Springs Word

Here is a short excerpt (17 minutes) of me sharing the Upper Springs message, that includes a part of my testimony.
Click on the following title and the MP3 will open in another window.

Upper Springs with Helen Calder MP3

(Depending on your Internet speed, the file may take a short time to load. Courtesy of Catch the Fire Auckland)

[1] This story also appears in Joshua 15 (see Josh 15:19)
[2] I first heard the comparison between Acsah’s story and our need for the Holy Spirit from Ps Jack Hayford back in 1993/94! (hear testimony in MP3 above)
[3] See Judges 1:12-13
[4] See Judges 3:9-11

© 2019 Helen Calder, Enliven Blog

 Enliven Ministries: In the David McCracken Ministries family

49 thoughts on “Upper Springs: Hear God Say, “Come Up higher!””

  1. This is such an eye-opener. So timely. I need to go up higher. I choose to hear God say, “You have My favor. You are enough!”
    I’ll listen to the testimony later. Thank you so much Helen Calder.

    1. I was just reminded of this, when I read your comment, Naomi
      …“Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
      Luke 1:28 NKJV

      1. Helen Calder,
        I know what that means. Thank you for the confirmation.
        All glory and honor be to God forever.

  2. Glory to the Lord of all mercies. This is to me some confirmation. Many a times when I pray I almost always get this nudging that, “There’s this higher level you can still rise to. There is still more of what you still can hear and receive!” Many times I’ve only stopped and thought, “What do I have to do to get to that level?” This comes when I’m up pursuing my Spiritual gift of Discernment of Spirit. So this word is so meaningful to me, and I believe God for more and new strength to rise up and reach for what my Heavenly Father has for my life. Lord, I have walked around in somebody else’s outfit long enough, I now come to receive my own attire in Jesus’s name.
    Thank you Helen, and may God continue to bless and use you to reach many with His word.

  3. Such a blessing, as I am preparing to lead a prophetic art group tonight, I moved a large prophetic painting from the wall to take with me and then I heard your word come alive, the two came together, it was the hand of Jeses coming through the porta in the paintingl, speaking just as you shared, Come up higher, to the upper springs that I have prepared for you as your inheritance, Im releasing you into more, something fresh…….. I heard also that this is a word to share with other women tonight as encouragement to embrace how Father God sees us, daughters of the King. Thankyou Helen you are one of Gods treasures and I have been so uplifted many times through your teaching and prophetic word.

    1. That is so wonderful, Gaewyn! I love prophetic painting. I pray the atmosphere in your meeting tonight is highly charged with the Presence of God, that the ‘power of the Lord would be present to heal’ (Luke 5:17) many in their hearts and lives, and this will be a turning point to remember

  4. Last month i woke up with these words sounding in my ears, “MATCH UP”. This is definitely a confirmation. God bless you Ma

  5. Good evening! I have been receiving and reading your post for about a year now and just felt the need, after so many times of wanting to respond, to respond today. This one would not allow me to not say anything! It popped us as soon as I finished praying “Lord, this is the confidence that I have in You..that if I ask anything according to your will, you hear me and knowing that You hear me, I have what I ask of you!” Thank you sooooooooo much!! He is telling me to “come up higher!”

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