God’s power is coming upon you, as you surrender to Him

I believe God is bringing peace to those who have unresolved situations.
It may have seemed lately as though you have been in a fiery trial, but you are about to see His hand at work—His power is coming upon you!

And what He has designed all along, will come into view.

A “Sign Moment”

The Anvil: there is power in your surrender“Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel.” (Jeremiah 18:2-3, NKJV)

I stopped in front of the anvil, and caught my breath, amazed!
For it was the very one I had seen in a prophetic vision, a week earlier.

At the time, we were in the countryside ministering and had a short lunch break.
So, I said to my husband Malcolm, “Let’s pay a quick visit to the Murray River!”

That’s when we entered the blacksmith’s shop in the historic Port of Echuca.
It had seemed to be a spontaneous idea. A whim!
But we walked into a “sign moment”.

My Mind was Elsewhere

An anvil is a heavy iron block. It’s designed so that metal can be hammered and shaped on it.

And we watched, as the blacksmith took a metal rod and laid it in the fire until it was glowing and pliable.
It was ready to be placed on the anvil—where it could be hammered into shape.

Now, to be honest, I was listening to the blacksmith chatting—but my mind was elsewhere.
Back one week earlier, standing in our home church.

The Cost of Revival

It was Sunday, the week before, and Pastor Russell Evans had just finished preaching on “The Cost of Revival”.

As we returned to worship, I found myself in a vivid encounter with the Holy Spirit.
A blacksmith’s anvil was directly in front of me!

This was a prophetic vision.
But in this vision, I wasn’t standing. My whole body was draped over that anvil in a posture of complete surrender. [1,2]

I knew at that moment that the Holy Spirit was speaking to me about what I’d just heard about the “cost of revival”.

But I never anticipated standing in front of an actual anvil, a week later!

There is Power in your Surrender

“Lord, come move. Come, visit us.
Have your way.
Bring revival!”

Sometimes, the very outcome we are praying for, calls for a personal response.
And I believe for all of us right now, God says, “Beloved, you are a part of My answer.”

Being “on the anvil” speaks of an attitude of surrender. Of holding nothing back from God.

And as I’ve been writing about this, the example of Samuel is coming to mind.

Samuel Took Time Out

It was a tough experience for a prophet to go through. The prophet Samuel anointed Saul as king of Israel, but early into his reign, King Saul failed.

  • Everything Samuel invested into Saul was lost, through the new king’s weakness of character
  • And worse still—Saul was acting in blatant rebellion against God

After pronouncing God’s judgment on Saul, Samuel stepped out of public life for a while, grieving and disappointed.

In that season, the prophet was struggling with the loss of a vision.
But there was hope, for God knew what was up ahead.

The Blacksmith has a Vision

That day we stood in the blacksmith’s shop, we saw only a plain metal rod in the fire. But the blacksmith saw a finished article. He had a vision in mind; it was one of his own designs!

Likewise, Samuel may have been through a fire, but he was on God’s anvil. And God had a plan!
Finally, there came a day when God spoke to the prophet again.
“How long will you mourn over Saul? …Fill your horn with oil, and go…” ( 1 Sam 16:1)

It was time to anoint David.

God is Working in Your Unresolved Situations

For some of you reading this, the “anvil” has a particular meaning.

God wants you to know, He is working in those unresolved situations.
You’ve been in the fire, and you don’t know the purpose for it.
You don’t have all the answers.

You may relate to the story of Samuel.
And perhaps there are “loose ends”. Your situation—whether it is recent or in the past—is not clear-cut.

There is Power in Your Surrender

In the anvil, is a message from your loving Heavenly Father.
And you realize, the point is surrender!
He wants you to surrender, even before you understand.
And to say, “Lord, even if I never understand why this happened, I choose to yield to you.”

Sometimes, being “on the anvil” means you are not available to something else, for a season.
There is a cost.
But there is power in your trust!

God is Giving You Strength Through Trust

It is trust that will keep you on God’s anvil.
Yes, your trust in people may have been damaged along the way—but you can receive a new trust.
For trust in God is not a feeling; it is a position. A choice.
And a gift!

The enemy has sought to rob from many, the gift of trust—by attaching conditions to it.
“God, if I see this, or if you do this, I’ll trust you.”
Or, “If I feel trust, I will know I have it.”

But this trust—the trust that keeps you on God’s anvil—is in a Person.
You can trust Jesus, the One Who laid His life down for you.

Out of the Fire

The anvil is your “yes” to God.

And being “in the fire” speaks of two things:

  • You may have been through a recent trial and can relate to “feeling the heat”
  • But also, God is inviting you into the fire of His Presence

Here, in His glory, He is purifying and preparing you.

And right here on the anvil—as you lay vulnerable but ready—is where revival begins.

“For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined…We went through fire and through water; But You brought us out to rich fulfillment.” (Psalms 66:10-12, NKJV)

[1] Our home church is Planetshakers in Melbourne, Australia
[2] How I receive visions:
When I describe a vision I’ve seen, it’s usually a vivid impression in my mind’s eye, accompanied by a strong sense of God’s Presence. I’m not speaking of an “open” (physical) vision. I believe all prophetic words, encounters and visions should be compatible with Scripture and need to be weighed up.

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40 thoughts on “The Anvil: There is Power in Your Surrender”

  1. Praise King Jesus Helen,
    I bless the Lord for using you to minister to us,
    I come into the fire of Gods’ Presence
    Let Jesus in his glory purify and prepare me and I believe he’s bringing me out to rich fulfillment in Jesus mighty name.
    one time i was in the heat of battles, trials and persecution and i asked the Lord why i was going through all this and he gave me the scriptures (2 sam 22:35 or Psalms 18:34).
    Jesus is teaching me to trust in him even before the miracle as some situations arise and there’s no option but to trust in him as the only source.
    God bless you, Keep you, Make his face shine upon you, be gracious to you, The Lord lift up His countenance upon you
    and give you peace Woman of God.

  2. Thank you for this word. I was just talking to GOD the other day and I literally asked him what was going with me? Did not get an answer but now that I read your post I have some clarity.

    1. I’ve been feeling that way myself recently, Esther! The message of surrendering what is unresolved has touched me personally

  3. This was such a timely word. Two days ago I completely surrendered my life to God and died to self and allowed Christ to live in me. I believe it is when we die to self when can fully experience the resurrection power of Christ.

    Secondly, yesterday I was watching a youtube video on why Japanese knives are so expensive. I didn’t even know what an ‘anvil’ is until I read your blog and could relate to the image I saw when the blacksmith was creating the knife. God is truly faithful to connect me with your blog at such a time.

    Thank you for the confirmation that God’s power is coming upon me because I decided to devote myself to fasting this week with the hope of God’s power being manifested in my life.

    1. Hi Khosi, it’s powerful when God speaks to us in these living parables.
      He is doing a great work in your life

  4. Medina Mullins

    Thank you Helen for this message! I needed this at this time in my life. It seems like I have been in the fire for a long time now. I believe that God is refining me to take me where he wants me to go. To new heights.

    There is uncertainty in my work life, I do not know where exactly the Lord wants me to go. My journey has a lot of unknowns. I quit my job that I have had since college. I felt like the Lord was calling me to get out of my comfort zone and step out in faith. To trust Him.

    I did not have a car at this time. I prayed for a car. I had been praying for a different job as well. I got a car on a Friday, went in for a job interview on a Monday, got the job on Tuesday and started training on Wednesday. I am a little confused because I do not feel this job is meant for me, long term but I stepped out in faith and took a leap into the unknown. Maybe that was what God wanted to teach me.

    There is also unresolved matters in my heart. The Lord gave me several visions all starting in 2017. I dreamt of a man I had never met. I did not even know who he was. A year later we met on Facebook and he sent me a picture. I had dreamt of that same picture a year before we met each other. We have been connected to each other ever since. We are currently separated. We both decided that we needed to let go of each other. He lives in another country, the distance is definitely a barrier and it seems like it is over between us but I keep returning to a dream I had in 2018 where I believe that the Lord showed me and told me that when he comes to know the Lord that we will be together.
    I saw us meeting at the airport and in that dream I heard ” when he comes to know me, you all will be together. Believe in what I have shown you. Have faith and put your trust in me.
    I still love him. I believe I always will.

    We both had traumatic childhoods. He definitely has many gifts. I came to know the Lord through loving him. I am learning the meaning of God’s unconditional love through him. I do not doubt that God has joined us together to get closer to Him. I still believe. I pray everyday that he will have an encounter with the Lord and for restoration and healing for our relationship.

    Thank you for sharing your gifts and thank you for allowing me to comment!

    Many blessings to you!

      1. Medina Mullins

        Thank you Helen! I will certainly check this out.

        I just have to share with you something that happened to me today, while I was driving. I could not believe my eyes! The car in front of me had a sticker on it that said James home is in the usa. That certainly grabbed my attention. The man I love is named James! I believe this is confirmation from the Lord telling me not to give up on our relationship. I will take it to God in prayer but I felt like God was trying to get my attention, saying not to give up that J ames will be coming to me. It certainly made my heart smile.

        It feels like it is taking forever but God’s timing is always right on time.

        Thank you and God bless you!

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