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 )
It is a story that can serve as an analogy for us today, for springs in Scripture often represent the Holy Spirit. 
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! 
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. 
“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.
(Depending on your Internet speed, the file may take a short time to load. Courtesy of Catch the Fire Auckland)
 This story also appears in Joshua 15 (see Josh 15:19)
 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)
 See Judges 1:12-13
 See Judges 3:9-11
© 2019 Helen Calder, Enliven Blog
Enliven Ministries: In the David McCracken Ministries family