Today, I believe the Lord is saying to many: “I am giving you grace and My power to stay on track”.
Maybe you are wondering how to continue—it may even feel like you are holding on to a thread!
But what seems to be a disadvantage, turns out to be a blessing in disguise.
For, “you’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you, there is more of God and his rule.” (Matt 5:3, MSG)

Hear Jesus say, “I am your source and your reward.”


He Refused to Turn Aside!

There is a prize that is only available as you stay on track. (Heb 12:1-2)

  • But it’s going to take the gift of tenacity

Tenacity is the quality of being:
“…persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired.” [1]

We see it in Nehemiah.

Although his enemies tried many times to distract him and hinder his progress, Nehemiah refused to turn aside from his task of rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls!
And what seemed to be an impossible task was finished at last.

So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days. And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God.” (Neh 6:15-16, NKJV)


There is a Reward in the Climb

“The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights…” (Hab 3:19a, NLT)

Tenacity.
The ibex—a wild mountain goat—climbs the sheer wall of the face of a dam. [2]
Her vertical climb seems impossible. And yet, the deft hooves of the ibex find a place in the crevices of the rock.

The reason for her perseverance is the prize!
She knows there are minerals, including calcium and salt, that can only be found in the high places of the rock.
These minerals are vital to her health.


Defying Gravity

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.” (Psalm 42:1, NKJV)
It’s like a thirst, that can only be quenched by taking the climb. It is a driving need to taste that goodness, that pulls the ibex to her destination.

And there she clings, to that bare rock face.
Defying gravity.

Finally, in that precarious position, she turns her face to the rock.
And partakes of its treasure.

There is a reward that you can only find as you continue the climb.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” (Ps 34:8, NLT)


Unsteady but Pursuing

“It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places.” (Psalms 18:32-33, NKJV)

Whatever the climb God has called you to, your Father has crafted you for it. He says, “Beloved, I have created you for this. Climb with me!”
We reply, “Lord, I choose this! I want to go to the high places with you.”

The young ibex still has unsteady limbs and yet, he is bound to follow his mother.
The little one sets out hesitantly.
Following her example, he dares to do the impossible.
He takes the tricky climb up the rock face.
Sometimes, he slips and slides. But still, he perseveres, pursuing the one who gave him life.


The Source of Your Desire

Today, be assured of this: that you can hold on.
You are able to stay on track, even in the midst of contradiction.
When the source of your desire and the One you are pursuing is Jesus, you have all the tenacity you need.
You can climb because He not only shows you the way, He is the way!
So, you can follow in His sure footsteps.

Right now, see Jesus’ hand outstretched towards you.
He says, “Beloved, you can do this, for I am with you. My grace and power are yours!”

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Is 52:7 NIV)


Happy Birthday Enliven Blog ~ 12 Years

Helen CalderToday marks the 12th anniversary of Enliven Blog! I know it is only by God’s grace, that I have been able to continue this work.

When you need endurance, it helps to be journeying with others! And especially, those who not only cheer us on, they also spur us on.

Today, I especially wish to thank my husband Malcolm Calder, David and Margaret McCracken, our David McCracken Ministries family, and our Pastors Russell and Sam Evans of Planetshakers Church.
Thank you for inspiring me, speaking into my life, and leading by example.

A special thanks also to my Enliven Ministries team, and my Board—this is not a solo ministry. Speaking of tenacity, I also want to give a shout-out to my Board member Steve McCracken who has been writing his daily devotional, “Believing in You” for 13 years! I especially want to mention Rosie Eloff, my Treasurer and a member of my Board of Directors.
You have made the journey of Enliven Ministries possible, and I’m grateful.


Reflecting on 12 Years

As I’ve been reflecting on the past 12 years, we have had times of the most extraordinary encounters with God.
And there have also been low times—seasons of spiritual warfare, battles in health, and turbulent change. Personally, we have had the richest of family events, and occasions of great sadness.

I’ve also been busy in ministry. I’m privileged to not only write but also to be amongst people, sharing with churches, businesses, Christian organizations, prophetic schools, and more.

But even when I am squeezed for time, the Holy Spirit calls me back to this blog as a first priority.
Sometimes, it is difficult to write.
Yet, lives are being touched.
I’m grateful for all of the Enliven Blog readers and our “tribe”. This work exists because of your hunger.


How Enliven Ministries Receives Income

Enliven Ministries is uniquely set up, in that we are not a business, but a “not for profit” charity, registered in Australia.
Many of our free resources (such as the blog) cost a significant amount each month to keep going. And I have kept course prices low so that as many people as possible can gain access to them.

Up until now, I have also resisted placing advertisements on our platforms. Courses, resources, and honorariums do provide a portion of our income, but a good part of our support comes through partnership and donations. I can testify of God’s faithfulness in providing throughout our journey.

If you have been touched by Enliven Blog and would love to donate to our ministry, please see our partner page here.


Notes:

[1] Quote from the definition of “Tenacious” in the Merriam Webster Dictionary

[2] The source of this story about the ibex is this BBC YouTube clip on “The incredible ibex defies gravity and climbs a dam” which you can see on YouTube here.


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59 thoughts on “God Says, “I Am Giving You the Power to Stay on Track””

  1. Grateful for you, your team, and this blog! In so many ways, this blog has spoken into my life and the lives of those I love. The Spiritual Warfare course was Biblical and helpful during a hard season of my life. Thank you for the guidance provided through this site. May the Lord’s grace continue to lead and guide you!

    1. Thank you Heather, I’m so grateful to hear that!
      May His River continue to flow, and widen and deepen, and touch many people through you

  2. Shalom from Jakarta, Indonesia.

    I have been following your blog for a while and it’s been great blessings for me to read all of your article on weekly basis.

    I have been growing on my prophetic skills and knowledge and because of your articles I feel that God really speaking to me and surely He is navigating my life into the destiny that He wants me to pursue.

    Being able to find resources about prophetic and online classes that are affordable for me take is a blessing.
    I am sure many who are coming from developing nation like me will find your articles and teaching is simple to digest and understand. Which is a PLUS! As prophetic languange can be misunderstood in my native language cause there are several terms that cannot be found in Bahasa Indonesia.

    Currently I am growing and sharpen my skill as intercessor because I am passionate to see revival and awakening in Indonesia and nations – your blog really helps me!

    So thank you for being wonderful blessing for me

    Regards,

    Daisy

    1. Hi Daisy, it’s a blessing to hear from you, and I’m grateful to hear that the blog and training have been helpful for you!
      I’m excited to hear about your calling to pray and see revival in Indonesia and beyond ~ I say yes and amen, Lord Jesus, come and touch this great nation with a move of the Holy Spirit that will grow and move outwards and reach many globally. A testimony of Your love and power!

  3. Francie Robertson

    Happy Birthday Enlivenblog! And abundant blessings to sister Helen!
    Still recalling tenderly your first and most life changing testimony.
    Do continue with this much needed work. Your labour here is most certainly not in vain. It is surely a labour of Love. As always I take what you have brought forward and it goes down and is ruminated for as long as required till…it accomplishes what God sent it for. It will not return to Him void PRAISE THE LORD!!!

    1. Thank you Francie, that is insightful and exactly what I needed to hear – may you be a constant and ever-flowing vessel of His encouragement, giving life to many

      1. CHIDIKOWU TEDDY OCHONOGOR

        Thanks so much Helen, the word of God through you has always been rhema to me. The Lord lays it heavy in me to reach out to you. I really do not know if it is prayer the Lord wants you to make on my behalf or something else. But It just says reach out to you. This is Chidi the evangelist in the US

        1. God bless you Chidi! I’m praying for you right now,
          Father thank You for giving Chidi insights into Your Word, more than ever before!

  4. Dear Helen,
    It is so good to read to read your blog and I am grateful to have found it. Happy Anniversary!

    urgent prayer request: if possible please pray for me because I am suffering severe hardship because I lost my freelance English teaching job during the Corona Lockdowns in my country as the foreign students that I taught a university could not start their courses in my country and now I have to fight my way through. On top of it I am under so much pressure that I can hardly bear it my health suffers under these circumstances, I need to get out of this situation please pray for me.

    Many more happy years for you and your family and enliven blog
    cheers Conny

    1. Hi Conny, I’m sorry to hear of the hardship you have been experiencing there. I pray that new doors of work and supply will open for you, for peace and good health, in Jesus’ Name.
      Sending hugs from Down Under Australia <3

  5. Praise King Jesus Helen,
    I bless the Lord for using you to share this message that is ministering powerfully to me.
    I receive the grace and power to stay on track, for he is my source and reward.
    I testify that I have been greatly blessed and transformed by the Enliven blog and I’m also born on 30th July. Happy Birthday to us.
    May God bless you, keep you and Make his face shine upon you Woman of God.

    Tracy E A

    1. Oh Tracy, happy birthday for July 30th!
      May it be the beginning of a year graced with encounters with God, for yourself and those your life touches.
      May there be life-giving reforms and upgrades, in the areas your life touches, because you are saying “yes” to Him

      1. Hi Helen,
        Greetings from Cape Town, RSA.
        I want to express my heartfelt thanks to you for sharing the words of our Lord. I have been feeling very discouraged this past week and even questioning the call of God on my life. After reading this blog I have been encouraged in the Lord once more “to stay on track” with Him.
        Many blessings to you and your team on your 12th anniversary. May the Lord continue to use you for His glory.

        1. Yes on track and experiencing more freedom in the Spirit’s anointing than ever before! God bless you Tracey

  6. Thank God for getting to know you and your ministry. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 12 YEARS. MAY OUR SWEET JESUS BLESS YOU WITH MANY MORE. I read all your post they are very motivating and inspirational to me. Thank God for using you for his purpose. As the word speaks of tenacity to be persistent in all things came to me in the very right time. I feel like giving up on things that i pray for sometimes but i was shaken up here to say Rosanne this word is for you. BE PERSISTENT DONT GIVE UP. I will continue to pray and wait on d Lord IN THE NAME OF JESUS. AMEN

    1. Hi Rosanne, thank you so much! <3
      Yes amen tenacity, He has breath and life and energy for you to continue and wings of the eagle to rise up (Isaiah 40:31)

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