A Word I Didn’t Understand

A Revolution of GraceThere are times when the Holy Spirit gives you a prophetic insight—such as a dream, vision or word—and the meaning of that insight is not immediately clear.
For a time, it is in the realm of mystery.

This happened to me a couple of years ago, when I was praying about the upcoming year and the Holy Spirit gave me the word, “Revolution”.

I looked up the dictionary definition and read:

  • “A forcible overthrow of a government or social order, in favour of a new system.” [1]

And my response was, “What—Lord, is this really You? Because I don’t get it!”


The Battle God Allowed

Around that time, I found myself unexpectedly going through one of the fiercest spiritual battles of my life.
The pressure and torment was immense.

Looking back, I can see that my Father was allowing this battle, not only to reveal an issue in my life that needed mending—but also, to set me up for a truth encounter with His Word.

Around five weeks later, I heard a teacher say:

“In the natural, revolution is throwing off the old law. And embracing a new kingdom, a new law. That’s what we have to do as believers to walk in freedom.” (Gary Keesee) [2]

“A new law”.

And there it was.

That short phrase was like a beam of light, penetrating into a dark place.

In that moment, I realized that the Lord wanted to speak to me about the nature of His Kingdom.

And this single word, “revolution”, started me on my own revolution journey in the months ahead.


From Burnout to a Grace Encounter

I want to take a few moments aside here, to share a piece of my history. Because I know that many of us, as prophetic Christians, have been on a parallel journey.

11 years ago, I went through burnout.
Exhausted and at my lowest point, I had a life-changing encounter with God as my loving Father.

  • At that time, I realized that I’d unwittingly driven by a deep inner need to work for God’s approval

Encountering the Father’s grace and favor changed both my life and message. [3]

Since then, I’ve often taught, “The Old Testament was an era of the law, but the NT is an era of grace.”

For a long period of time, I equated law with legalism and rules. And I equated rules, with performance—which was, of course, something I’d turned my back on.
Pursuing God’s favor in my own strength was a trap I never wanted to revisit.


Seeing in a New Light

“For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ”. (John 1:17, NKJV)

Sometimes I walk into my kitchen in the morning, and the room is dark.
As I open the aluminum venetian blinds, the light pours through, line by line.
Beyond it I see outside, into another world.

Like the opening of my blinds in the morning, that word, “Revolution” opened the truth of Scripture straight into my heart.

It’s not that I hadn’t known it.
But now it was illuminated with a new light.

In my zeal to relegate everything to do with “law” back into the Old Testament, I had neglected the truth that the “New Testament” is based upon law.

Legal terminology and concepts are a crucial part of the Gospel and the New Testament message.
The phrase, “New Testament” is itself a legal term, describing the new covenant in Christ’s blood (Matt 26:28).

Oh the glory of what Jesus has accomplished upon the cross, offering Himself as a perfect sacrifice!

“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.” (Rom 3:23-25a, NIV)

Justification. Atonement.
As the light fell upon me, some other legal concepts that came to mind were:

  • Asking in Jesus’ Namea type of “power of attorney”.
  • God’s Kingdom, His rule, authority and government
  • The Holy Spirit being the “Comforter” or “Helper”. The Greek word, parakletos, also means “Advocate”, “one who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant, an advocate”. [4] Jesus is also described as our Advocate (1 John 2:1).

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Eph 2:8, NKJV)

Yes, our right-standing with God is a gift.
It is the gift of a legal settlement.
God’s “new law” is now in operation, for all who take it by faith (Rom 8:2). [5]


The Shield of Faith

A few weeks later, I again felt that demonic pressure coming against me, when in that moment, a vision suddenly came to mind.

I saw myself bearing a large, white shield.

The shield was pure white, but emblazoned on it, was the blood-red image of a lion.

I knew it represented the shield of faith! Faith in the blood of Christ to make me clean, pure and whole.
Those fiery darts and torment of the enemy could not touch me.

Suddenly, there was an almighty snap! And that shield completely encircled me on every side. As I saw it in the Spirit, I felt that shield surround me.

Oh, we need again to recapture the power of the grace of this new covenant!
That enemy cannot touch you, when you have faith in the blood, and rest secure in what Jesus has done.


Grace Decides Your Present Battle

Today, my prayer is that, as I have done, you receive a fresh, life-altering revelation of the grace of God.

Grace. We know it as the “unmerited favor of God”.
But it is more than a quality, a feeling or a motive.

Grace is a Person.
You see Grace, when you look upon the face of Jesus Christ.
Grace is the heart of the Father, saying:
“The blood of My Son Jesus is enough!”

Grace is God’s gift to you.
The gift of a legal, right-standing with God.
One that not only determines your eternal security—it decides your present battle.

Grace is the door to your freedom, swinging wide open.


Postscript: Revolution and the Church

Revolution.
Another meaning of “revolution” is “turnaround”.

I believe a new era is ahead, in which we, the Church, take the love of the Father and the outpouring of the Spirit that we have received, and are tipped into His power.

And if the 1900’s could be described as the Century of the Holy Spirit, then this one—the 2,000’s—shall be described as the Century of the Son.

For we will delight in the righteous standard of the Bible, which is perfect in its perfection. We will not flinch at its call to holiness, for we will be secure in the Source of holiness.
We will know what it means to be “in Christ”.

And we will see multitudes come to King Jesus and His Kingdom.
For the Kingdom of God and His government is here—and each one of us is invited to participate in this revolution.


Notes:

See the article, “Why Does the Holy Spirit Speak in Mysteries” here for 6 Biblical insights  on why the Holy Spirit speaks in mysteries.

[1]_https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/revolution
[2] Quote by Gary Keesee: I don’t have a record of the original podcast in which I heard this quote, but have since found it in a YouTube video entitled “Wealth by the Holy Spirit” by Gary Keesee, ePastorsNetwork.
[3] My testimony related to this is here:
1 Father, 2 Sons, 3 Positions: Which Describes You?
[4] John 14:16, Strong’s G3875  (See Thayer’s definition)
[5] On Romans 8 verse, 2, the Spirit Filled Life Bible notes:
“The law here does not refer to God’s written moral commands in the OT, but to the system of operation that the Spirit of Life, the Holy Spirit, carries out in our lives, breaking the dominions of the old law (principle) of sin and death.”


© 2020 Helen Calder, Enliven Blog

Enliven Ministries: In the David McCracken Ministries family

30 thoughts on “Revolution: How I Found Grace Again”

  1. Thank you Helen this has answered my prayer today. God he is speaking to me through dreams and vision. But when I tell people they say it’s a devil but inside me I knew it was God. Today I said God please show me a sign to know it’s you that’s speak to me in dreams. Then I said God it’s ok you don’t need to show me because if I asked you again it’s mean I doubt you I said forgive me. That was 11am uk time. Now I believe my step I ordered by God in Jesus name. God still answered those who seek him with all their heart. God bless you in Jesus name.

      1. Praise Jesus Hellen,
        I bless the Lord for using you mightly in reaching out to his ppl and obeying the call of God upon your life.
        The prophetic messages you share are very timely and bring encouragement, confirmation and clarification.
        I need assistance on interpretation of. Dream I got a week ago. I dreamt of a man of God moving around ministering to ppl with small different colored umbrellas but when he got to me he had a very big blue open umbrella and was holding it out for me to get shelter and I woke up.
        Your response will be highly appreciated.
        Blessings.

  2. Hi Helen,nice to have you as a mentor.Your work on this website helps me to come closer to my creator.
    God is using you in a great way so that people like me can understand how in a mysterious way he encounters with us.
    Praying for you and your ministry.god bless.Ida

      1. Hello Helen.
        I am so grateful to you. I thank God Almighty for your presence, here and now. In like 45 minutes I was crying out to god, asking Him why I have failed to see His righteous hand in so many areas of life? I have had dreams and visions of what He has promised me but not coming to pass. So many times I have felt bad.
        But today as I was praying I thought that may be there’s something that I’m not doing well. So, I decided to read your message immediately after the prayer.
        And guess what? Here I come across this word, ” revolution.” My inner eyes became brighter. I said to myself, ” true, it’s my time to embrace the system as enlightened to by prophetess Helen.”
        Let the grace of God, the power of the Holy Spirit & the blood of Jesus Christ be more than sufficient for me and my loved ones. Amen and Amen.

  3. Beloved God’s person greetings
    I m so encouraged by your prophetic words and i experienced God’s love
    So than to you may God be with you

    1. Hi Janrao,
      I pray “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:16-19. NKJV)

  4. Hi Helen, this was a very interesting post for me as some time ago in my dreams I distinctly heard the word “Facilitator”. I am still waiting on God to give me clarity on what and why that word was given to me so succinctly.
    Thank you for sharing xx God bless you xx

  5. Thank you for this. It was really helpful this morning. I have an ongoing battle that it is really going to help with. In some ways I knew all of this, but the way you worded it and the analogy you used really helped it sink in more. God bless you.

    1. Hi Lynda, I pray you are strengthened and empowered in that situation, and have an increasing sense of God’s Presence and glory

      1. Insightful word, thank you Helen. In fact, i have still been meditating on the prophetic word for 2020 that you shared… REFORMATION and interesting that we often speak of restoration but mot reformation. I am expectant and learning and todays message indeed confirms that the Holy Spirit speaks to us in mystery.

        I am still learning and hopefull now that God will reveal to me the meaning of Grace in a new way

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