6 Keys to Spiritual Renewal (with Prophetic Insights)

I believe that spiritual renewal is on God’s agenda right now.
And the Holy Spirit is at work, breathing on a “Samuel generation” of prophets and prophetic leaders.

This is not about physical age—rather, it is a company of people who are known for hearing God’s voice, along with their intimacy with Him.

God has Heard You

Samuel means “heard of God” or “name of God’.
And God wants you to know He has heard the cry of your heart.

He has heard your prayer for revival—for your family, region, and nation.
Your Father has heard the sighs and the longings of your heart.
You may have felt battle weary. Perhaps, the failure or inconsistency of others has worn you down.
But still, He says, “Beloved, will you join the dance?”

6 Keys to Spiritual Renewal

Samuel was a boy when he first heard God’s voice (1 Sam 3).
It is a story the Lord has drawn me back to, again and again, in recent years.
And it holds significance right now.

Here are 6 keys to spiritual renewal, along with inspiration from Samuel:

1. Be Open to Hearing God Speak in New Ways

“Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.” (1 Sam 3:7, NKJV)

Samuel was young when he first heard God’s voice.
Whereas the Apostle John was in his later years when he wrote the book of Revelation.

And both were taken by surprise by their encounters with God.
As God did with them, He wants to gatecrash your ordinary with His glory!

Novices in the New
I had been journeying in the prophetic for over 40 years when God spoke to me through this word:
“I want you to be novices in the new, not experts in the old” (I tell this story here).

Perhaps this resonates with you today, and the Holy Spirit is tugging on your heart.
He is restoring wonder to you through a fresh encounter with His voice!

2. Seek Maturity, but Hold Onto Childlike Faith

God wants to reinvigorate His prophets, and fivefold ministry leaders:
That means, “to give new strength or energy to.” [1]

As A.W. Tozer said, “Truth has two wings”— or, as I’m currently seeing it, truth has two windows.
And in order to receive this refreshing, we need to throw open both! [2] These are:

  1. That we are called to rise up as mature sons and daughters, through whom God’s glory is being revealed! (Rom 8:19)
  2. That the Father is drawing us to return to childlike faith.

In maturity are power, authority, and our mission.

Yet, it is as children we receive and enjoy the Kingdom.
And in childlikeness is humility, learning, wonder, simplicity, and delight.

3. Be a Learner in Leadership

Jesus set a child before His disciples to teach them a lesson.
This is what leadership in My Kingdom looks like.
This—is greatness!

Behold, a child.
But here, we hesitate. For the Bible warns us against keeping childish ways, especially in our understanding [3]

Yet still, there is a humility that honors God, along with a desire to learn.
This is a trait that was never meant to be cast aside—not even in our pursuit of God’s service.

4. Discover Where God is Working Now

“Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” (1 Sam 3:10, NKJV)

Samuel discovered, to his amazement, that God was present with him at that moment!
In that room.

And there is an encounter with God that is available for you in the immediate—in the present tense.

As prophetic people, we are gifted to seek out what God wants to do in the future and lead others towards it.
Naturally, our eyes search the horizon for what lies ahead.
But sometimes, waiting can start to characterize us. And the joy of what our Father is doing “now” begins to dim.

“Where is the Dance?”

Earlier this year, I began to ask in my decision-making, “Where is the dance?”
It’s that shimmer of joy that comes with obeying God, and it is not tied to circumstances.
I’ve learned that obedience is not duty or drudgery! It is simply saying “yes” to the Father’s invitation.
It is to join Him in what He is doing now.
And He is always doing something “now”!

“But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now [He has never ceased working], and I too am working.” (John 5:17 AMP)

5. Set Your Security in the Father

“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness…”
(Psalm 30:11, NKJV)

God is at work in the present—in “now” time!  But sometimes, we cannot perceive the dance.
We look, and all we can see is the storm. So, we hold back, peering into the darkness.
But still, our Father says, “Come be with Me, for I am your security”.

And so—enabled by His grace—we can step into that space we know our Father occupies.
Like Samuel, who heard God’s voice, but did not see His form, though He stood nearby.

The dance may be in mystery, but it is there, just out of sight.

6. Join the Dance

“Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.” (Luke 15:25, NKJV)

Have you become work-worn, or lost your sense of passion? Hear the Father’s invitation to return to the childlike simplicity of your relationship to God.

Today, hear the sound—it is coming from the Father’s house.

“Come dance with Me”, the Father says.
And you discover, the Father is not only celebrating the prodigals’ return.

He is singing over you.

[1] See Merriam Webster definition of “reinvigorate” here

[2] One of my favorite quotes is by A.W. Tozer: “Truth has two wings”
Two truths presented in Scripture seem to contradict each other—and yet, when held together, they bring the balance.

[3] see Eph 4:13-16, 1 Cor 14:20

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43 thoughts on “6 Keys to Spiritual Renewal (with Prophetic Insights)”

    1. amen to that, Hilda!
      “The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
      Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV

  1. What do you do when you fail God again and again? I just left my workplace, after failing Him once again. Thankful His mercies are new daily, struggling to “get back up” after this battle. Scared of His wrath and coming judgement, please say a prayer for me. Thanks to all.

    1. I’m praying for you right now, Claudia – may you receive a full measure of encouragement, and (as number 4 says) that you will see where the Father is at work now

  2. Hello, Helen. Oh, how your post resonated with me today. My husband and I just returned from our 60th High School Reunion. Up until that point I had never considered myself “old.” But, I must be, for I scanned the room and everyone was in various states of decline. When we crowded together for photo, the photographer asked for some to sit on the floor. Haha. Two men got down, and then I did. I knew I could get up, praise the Lord! I returned home thinking my days of prayer and prophesy were over…leave it to the younger ones. Now, I see that this isn’t the case, at all. On a side note, as you were writing about hearing from God: While we were gone, we played golf. I took golf up this past year so my husband would play again after a bout of cancer. I was off in the rough, and just ready to take a swing, when out of the literal blue heaven, Jesus said, “I really like this game!” This blessed me so much. Jesus likes golf, too! I can’t tell that story to many, as you can imagine, but I thought you would appreciate it. May God continue to bless your ministry. Rebecca

    1. oooh I like that so much, Rebecca! And you made my husband and me smile 🙂
      now we’re not old and Jesus has lots of Kingdom adventures for us (PS you have a writing gift!)

  3. When I read, “God wants to gatecrash your ordinary with his glory!” I just kind of paused and it inspired me to pull out my notebook and write a scene for a TV series about a gatecrasher who hears a very different kind of sermon than everyone else in a packed stadium. And as I later checked back at the blog, a corresponding biblical reference in Helen’s article (from the book of Isaiah) was right there on my written page. So, yes, this morning the Lord indeed gatecrashed my ordinary.
    And two wings are better than one!

  4. Every time is get an email from Helen, she is always on time with what I’m experiencing. I just thank God for her lovely spirit.

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