“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matt 5:14)

The Flashing Light

It was a Friday night in February 2020, and I paused work on the blog. I’d been aiming to publish a new post that evening, but the labor had become exhausting.
So, I stopped to pray, and found myself in a vision.

I was standing in the living room of a beach house, looking out of the window.
It was night, and I could see a flashing light, on the distant shore.

In my mind’s eye, I was back in Portarlington, on the Bellarine Peninsula, where I’d stayed for a prayer retreat a few weeks earlier.


“Put it on Airplane Mode”

For the first three nights I’d been there, I assumed the light was from a lighthouse—as there are a number of lighthouses in the area.

But on the fourth evening, when my husband Malcolm joined me, he brought binoculars with him.

Then, as I looked through those binoculars, I realized that the flashing light was not a lighthouse. It was an airfield beacon, set there to guide planes in to the landing strip.

I was looking across at the Avalon Airport!

I felt Holy Spirit’s familiar presence.
“Put it on airplane mode”, He said.
Go offline. Take time to rest.


“I am Your Pace-Maker”

Perhaps today, you need to hear the words Jesus spoke to me that night:

“Beloved, I am your Timekeeper! I hold your time in My hands.” (Ps 31:15)

He says, “Let Me be your Pace-Maker.
In My time zone, there is no pressure, as you know it on earth.
There is no hurry. I am your grace and empowerment.”

A flashing light can indicate a warning. And sometimes, we just need to need to take a break.

In life and in ministry, there are times we need to go offline.
But there is another type of rest we need to pay attention to.


Let Your Light Shine!

Your purpose, like mine, is unique.

You may be a lighthouse—be an anointed lighthouse! But if you are like the airfield beacon, be what your Father has created you to be!

And this also speaks to prophetic ministry.

The lighthouse shines a light on the problem—dangerous waters.
The beacon shines a light on the promise—the landing strip.
The lighthouse declares, “Don’t go this way!”
The beacon declares, “Come this way!”
The lighthouse warns, “There is danger here!”
The beacon welcomes, indicating “Your place of rest is here!”

Both are critical to navigation!
But their purpose is different; contrasting.


The Distinctive Nature of Your Anointing

You may relate more to being:

  • An encourager or an exhorter
  • One who comforts, or one who calls to war
  • Someone who welcomes, or someone who warns

Or even both at times!
Both types of ministry are essential in the Kingdom.
So, let your light shine and honor the way God has created you to be.

“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Eph 2:10, NKJV)

As you are true to your DNA—the “Distinctive Nature of your Anointing”—God’s glory will shine out from you.


A Kingdom Mindset

“But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.” (1 Cor 14:3, NLT)

Yes, I do relate more to being a “beacon” (and am both at times).
But I am learning to be grateful to God for the lighthouse leaders He has paced around me.

They are an essential part of my life and ministry—and without them, I’m incomplete.

We need each other!

  • Without the insights of the beacon ministry, someone with a lighthouse ministry could become focused on performance—being primarily about “do’s and don’ts”
  • Without the perspective of the lighthouse ministry, someone with a beacon ministry could lean towards being permissive—lenient towards sin

It takes security in our gifts, along with a Kingdom mindset, to celebrate and embrace those whose ministries are different to ours.

So, if you have been struggling with weariness, insecurity, or with the style of others’ ministries, receive fresh insight to your heart today.

Perhaps your Father has some new “binoculars” for you; the ability to see your circumstances from Heaven’s viewpoint.

Hear Him say,
“Lean into Me. Draw breath from Me and be at rest concerning the way I have created you to be.
And know this:

“You are the light of the world.”


Leave a Comment

Which do you most relate to – the airfield beacon, or the lighthouse? I’d love to hear from you, so scroll down to share your thoughts in the comments box below.


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A Glimpse into My World

Since the prayer time I’ve recorded above, I have recognized more readily when it is not wise to complete a blog post in a week.
Sometimes, it’s because I have other ministry—speaking engagements—requiring my time.
I may be taking a special break or have family commitments.

Often, a blog post requires extra research. For example, last week’s post, “9 Lessons on Angels” was the result of many days’ thought, prayer and study.

So—as I’m in my 12th year of blogging, the blog has gained a little more fluidity!
And while I could send out excerpts from past posts, smaller devotions, etc., and keep a strict weekly schedule, the Holy Spirit’s anointing is not in that for me.
(For now, that is).

Now, what does this mean for my readers?
I’m still aiming to produce 3 posts in a month, but sometimes the days of the week I send them will vary.


The Enliven Prophetic School (Video e-Course)

When our starting point is to see ourselves and others as valuable, we have a prophetic mindset.
This empowers us to speak life, even when we are identifying and ministering into that which needs adjusting!

If you would like to grow and sharpen in your prophetic gift, I warmly invite you to join me at the Enliven Prophetic School.

The Enliven Prophetic School includes the following classes:

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  • Prophecy, foundations, prophetic guidance and more

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Enliven Ministries: In the David McCracken Ministries family

43 thoughts on “Prophetic Ministry: Are You a Beacon or a Lighthouse?”

  1. Hi Helen,
    Thank you for your blogs! Sometimes they speak more to me than other times, but I always appreciate them. I especially appreciate what you’ve shared about God’s timing and have used your blogging as an example. The Lord has told me to put pen to paper on 2 occasions in this season, and both of them seemed to be reminders as I haven’t been writing as much as I used to. I haven’t published anything and have been waiting to hear more along those lines, but for now my assignment is to keep writing. I even take the time to say to the Lord, what do you want me to write? But it flows when it flows and it does so through His inspiration. Sometimes through something someone else has shared, and other times it comes during prayer-conversation with Him. So again, thank you! BTW, I relate more to being a beacon minister!

    1. Yes, I believe there are times when He is about the work of filling our storehouse and that’s just as important to Him. And your perseverance is precious to God. May you be encouraged in the writing gifts and the ink will flow, the message will grow as the anointing flows

  2. Good Morning Helen,
    I am from upstate NY close to Canada. I am always excited to read your posts and this one especially was reconfirming for me! Thank you for who you are and what you do. Never doubt what an impact you have on others you are such a blessing!
    I am getting ready to attend the VOP conference and I have been praying for confirmation and understanding regarding a Word the Lord spoke to me 20 years ago. You confirmed it for me!
    Thank you! Thank you for your obedience and continuing to post what God reveals to you! I pray for your ministry to continue to flourish, that you increase in your anointing and God to bless you and your family!
    Oh by the way I am a beacon and I am a light house. God is generous and provides what is needed for whoever I am speaking to. He loves His children and desires for them to see Him. I am so blessed that God has called me and allows me to serve Him in such a beautiful way!
    Isaiah 42:6-7
    6 “I, the Lord, have called(A) you in righteousness;(B)
    I will take hold of your hand.(C)
    I will keep(D) you and will make you
    to be a covenant(E) for the people
    and a light(F) for the Gentiles,(G)
    7 to open eyes that are blind,(H)
    to free(I) captives from prison(J)
    and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.(K)
    Blessing!

    1. Thank you Donna, and I pray for your region and for the conference, may there be an outpouring of fresh insight that will shift this generation!
      It is a powerful calling and I praise God with you for the multi-faceted ministry to reach many.
      Love that Scripture ~ will go and meditate on it again!

  3. Dear,
    Helen thanks for prophetic massage from god I received blessings prophetic words which make me to draw near god . I see dream one person putting watch on hand . This prophetic words is related to me.
    Thanks you god bless you always.

  4. Another enlightenment, thank you Helen once again. I think I am both a lighthouse and beacon light as the occasion rises. May God bless you and continue to use you for His own glory.

  5. Hi Helen, I love your blogs and draw many confirmations from them. Thankyou. I’m more of a beacon, but if my lighthouse rises up, my beacon needs to provide a Kingdom solution.
    You’re teaching me much about the prophetic in me, and it’s a joy to see the fruits.. more please Lord…
    Our beacon light seems more important than ever as the lighthouse warnings are flashing more..
    Bless you and you ministry..and thanks again.

    1. Hi Lorraine and thank you! Wow that’s such an insight…”if my lighthouse rises up, my beacon needs to provide a Kingdom solution”
      it’s through both of these types of ministries operating together in mutual honor that we will see the fullness of the Kingdom.

  6. Timely word (as always) – thank you Helen.
    I can see myself in both – but feel the lighthouse maybe more me.
    I’m receiving Him as my Pace-Maker… wonderful, thank you.

    1. So good to hear from you, Jan! You have such a powerful gift and I’m sure it’s going to be “unsheathed” as a sword ready for the use in this season, and (sourced) out of rest.

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