God says, "I am Turning Undertow into Overflow"An undertow is: “A current of water below the surface and moving in a different direction from any surface current.” [1]

“Undertow” is a type of pressure that has been coming against many people. And if you can relate to feeling pulled under in any way today, receive this encouragement from the Lord!
He says, “I am overturning that work of the enemy, that has come so heavily against you! I am turning undertow into overflow!”

Today, we declare that every assignment of undertow is broken, in Jesus name. Any device of the enemy that has been hidden, is being revealed.
Hear God say, “You are free to go! You are free to move with Me!”


1. The Undertow of Circumstances

There are times in life when circumstances—or feelings that come with them—threaten to overwhelm us.

Yet there, in the dark and seemingly helpless place, buffeted by a situation that is beyond your control, you are not alone. Your Father is with you.
God wants you to know, He is Lord of the currents, and those waters will not overcome you.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.” (Isaiah 43:2 AMP)

The God who parted the waters, who turned the sea into dry land, is your God.
“I am providing you with everything you need and more”, He says. “We will get through this together” (Psalm 23).


2. The Undertow of Spiritual Warfare

Undertow can be caused by spiritual warfare.
David wrote of a time when enemies were coming against them:

“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side…the waters would have overwhelmed us, the stream would have gone over our soul; then the swollen waters would have gone over our soul.” (Psalm 124: 1,4, NKJV)

Undertow was threatening!
But the God who was with them, was greater than those who were against them! (1 John 4:1)
David was able to declare:

  • “He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me.” (Psalms 18:16-17, NKJV)

You too can say, “My God is greater than that which has come against me. That undertow is turning into overflow!”


3. The Undertow of Negative Words

An undercurrent occurs when there is a feeling below the surface.
Gossip, criticism, or negative talk happening behind the scenes, will affect the atmosphere.

Not only this, but the enemy will try to project imagined undercurrents—a fear of criticism or threat, even when none exists!
These can become an undertow.

Today, declare that the power of every negative word being spoken against you, is broken in Jesus name!

The effect of words, and fear of harm through others’ opinions, is being cut away from you. Ties and bindings are being broken.
You are free to fly. You are moving into overflow!
Now, you can rise and let out a shout of praise to God:

  • “The snare is broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord” (Psalm 124:6-7, NKJV)

4. The Undertow of a Python Spirit

“Undertow” can be related to the python spirit, or witchcraft. It may be accompanied by a feeling of suffocation.
When this takes place, you are assailed by fear or self-doubt. There may be fear (intimidation), confusion, threats of death, or other signs of demonic activity.

This kind of undertow may be sudden, or subtle.
You feel as though you are running out of air, and out of time.
You start feeling weak.
But this is a lie of the enemy.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
(2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV)

At the very moment this work of the enemy is exposed, it loses its grip! 
You can breathe again! You are free to make progress. [2]


5. The Undertow of Distraction

Undertow can be the enemy’s attempt to rob you of your peace and focus, when you are on an assignment from God.

Nehemiah is an example of someone who refused to be caught in an undertow!
His enemies were persistent. But, empowered by the Spirit of God, Nehemiah could not be swayed from his purpose.

Nehemiah recognized that his enemies were trying to distract him. But no matter what threats came against him, Nehemiah refused to be carried away by them. [3]

Today, receive the courage to stand firm against forces of distraction that have sought to come against you.
Divine resolve is welling up within you. You are free to focus, and to make progress in what God has called you to do, in Jesus’ Name!


6. The Undertow of Sin

Undertow can be a result of sin.
When someone yields to temptation, they may be carried away by that sin for a time.

This is what happened to Jonah. God sent him on a prophetic mission—but Jonah defiantly sailed in the opposite direction.
Until the Lord sent a storm—and the sailors shoved that unruly prophet out of the boat.

Deep in the waters, caught in the undertow of his disobedience, Jonah cried out in his heart to God.

Repentance is a powerful key, to breaking free of sin’s undertow!
The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; The deep closed around me; Weeds were wrapped around my head…
“When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple.” (Jonah 2:5, 7, NKJV)

The God of mercy heard Jonah, and the fish that swallowed Jonah, spat him out on a beach.
It was a humbler prophet who continued on his mission from God.
And through Jonah, the Holy Spirit brought transformation to a city.


7. The Undertow of Current Events

“Current” events can quickly become just that—a current.
Today’s news media can manipulate the tide of public opinion.
It fuels fear.

Regardless of the media’s viewpoint—actual threats, such as political instability, the economic crisis and the global pandemic, loom all around us.

Right now, no matter where you are, or what is happening around you, your location is this:
“And God…raised us up together [with Christ] and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Eph 2:6, NKJV)
This is your Kingdom GPS!
This is your real-time location.

Now, your focus can be on what your Father is doing.
Here, set free from the undertow of current events, you are released into the move of the Holy Spirit.


Receive it Back!

“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)

Undertow seeks to rob you of a treasure from God.
This could be your faith, your peace, your confidence.
It could be your direction, or your mission.

Today, a word is going out: “You are set free from undertow!”
Be assured that no place is beyond the reach of your Father’s hand.
As you rise up, you receive a reward far beyond that which you expected.

God says, “I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of the secret places.” (Isaiah 45:3)
And that which tried to plunder you, will be plundered by you.


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Which (if any) of these types of undertow have you faced lately? (I can relate to 2, 4 and 7)
I’d love to hear from you.
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Notes and Related Posts:

[1] Google search “define undertow” on 15/7/20

[2] See Breath Back: 8 Keys to Breaking Free from a Python Spirit

[3] See 3 Signs Spiritual Warfare is a Distraction


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© 2020 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
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108 thoughts on “Hear God Say, “I am Turning Undertow into Overflow””

  1. Hello Helen!

    This was very helpful and encouraging. God used it to remind me this morning of how I am being distracted by the enemy. Its very frustrating to realize that is what is going on after the fact but I am going to use this distraction experience as a reminder in the future to not allow it to happen again or at least be mindful to realize what could be going on spiritually. Last weekend I felt like I was on a Spiritual High, I cant explain it any other way but then when Monday came and I started my work week, it went downhill from there. So, I know the enemy used stress at my job to take my eyes off what the Holy Spirit had done that weekend and to keep me from pressing in. So sad but I hope this encourages some others too that we can keep our eyes on Him even while circumstances may not be the best. He is still on the Throne and thats all that matters.

    I really appreciate your blogs so thank you again sister!

  2. Bless the name of Jesus This word is right on point. I can hardly even find words to explain the undertow……God knows. God has allowed me to feel what he is doing and mighty is it. It seems like the greater God works the more distractions come; intimidation; anger; pain in my body. Because of the warfare it’s so hard to keep my focus. Sometimes it’s hard to focus when I pray. I feel tired at times but God is my strength. Thank you and God bless you.

    1. Wanda, I can relate. My husband and I are in such a storm that focus is a struggle. But that struggle will strengthen us in the end. I will pray for you now.

  3. Pastor Helen thanks for these encouraging words. May GOD continue to use you in a mighty way to do his great works. I wait on my undertow to reveal to the overflow of blessings. I am praying for a total divine healing on my mother’s health. 2. I decree, declare and testify my increase is on it’s way. In the name of JESUS I claim it. Thanking GOD for all he has done and yet to be done. What a mighty GOD we serve in spirit and in truth. AMEN

    1. Heavenly Father,
      Thank you for Rosanne and for the heart she has for you. We pray for your blessings to overflow in this home and your presence to be felt. Give Rosanne more wisdom and understanding of your ways. We also ask for total healing throughout Rosanne s mother. May your testimony be resulted in this life. Amen.

      Karen Stuckey
      Enliven Ministries Team Member

  4. Veronica Guerrero

    I been feeling the pressure so hard like im guna burst alot of things have been going on being in my room with covid along with all the other leaders getting it and being attacked by my family and household and drama at church and being unable to hold my kids and be there for them and being tormented everyday im actually seeing the light at the end of the tunnel its not time for me to go back to church yet I tested postive still after almost 4 weeks I understand its not time for me to go back yet with all that is going on but I been spending time with him getting stronger and the visions he has givin me are powerful i feel bold ready for what is coming i feel like I want to make shure the old promises is still what he has for me i want what ever he wants he told me yesterday get up and run ..i know he’s with me and has a plan I just have to wait and know he is God and he is teaching us how to keep our lanterns lit and oil filled thank you for the confirmation this time has been the most hard time but it will be worth it for the new mo e he has coming

    1. Father, Thank you for Veronica and for her willingness to do your will. We pray for release of pressures to snap off her life and heal her body from all disease. Give her ears to hear and eyes to see, along with blanketing her with your peace. May she grow closer to you and stronger in armor. Thank you for the visions and teachings that you have given her. May many more come. Amen.

      Karen Stuckey
      Enliven Ministries Team Member

  5. Husband and I can relate to 1,2,***4***,5 and 7. We are in a transition and one of the fiercest onslaughts of our lives- walking with the Lord for 40+years. All at once: physical, emotional situations –>family separation due to deception, bank account frozen by 3 issues not initiated by us, lack of interaction with Body due to pandemic, exhaustion. Trying to fix eyes upon the King, while dealing with the emotions in this. Grasping for truth, not feelings- faith not despair.
    This word was split second timing. I had just said to my husband “I feel like I can’t breathe” and then my hand brushed against the laptop pad and #4 showed
    “At the very moment this work of the enemy is exposed, it loses its grip! You can breathe again! You are free to make progress.”. Not by might, not by power, but by Your Spirit, Lord.
    Thank you.

    1. Heavenly Father, We lift up this family to you. Each member is important to your household. Thank you for Amanda and her husband, for the bond they have and the love they have for you. We lift up the battles to you Father and ask that you will fight with them. Give them keys and tools to get through each season. What the devil has stolen, including family relationships, we ask that you will restore. Give Amanda and her husband ears to hear what you are saying and eyes to see what you see. Amen.

  6. I really identifyed with all types of undertow because I am feeling overwhelmed for many years just like you described. A couple of years ago I had a spiritual vision where some white and red faced evil knights were attacking me with a kind of glued mats that made me spin around myself making me feel dizzy, just like you cited (distraction, no chance to lift up). Today, reading your post, I will receive your words as a prophecy for deliverance. Thank you so much! God bless you, your family and ministry!

    1. Thank you Father for Henry and for the freedom that you have released in his life. May He walk forth knowing that treasures will be restored and that your word is truth and a weapon against the enemy. Help him to stand on every word spoken from you. Amen.

      Karen Stuckey
      Enliven Ministries Team Member

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