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. Am grateful for that prophetic declaration on me,I feel refreshed and let the will of God be done. Thank you mummy.

  2. Hi Helen …thankyou for this. Much of it is resonating in my spirit right now.
    Yes.. I’m battle weary, with family members not yet saved, and the enemy has them rising up in opposition
    However, I relate much to number 2 also.
    My constant prayer is for wisdom and revelation.
    He brings both when needed, and the childlike wonder comes from revelation.
    Wisdom comes when He brings younger women to me to encourage.
    I’m hearing clearer and clearer each day, as I spend more intimate time with Him.
    I love the Truth has 2 wings quote and verses.
    These are exciting times, never more important to sit at the Farher’s feet, in order to stand in the battle… amen
    Thankyou again..
    blessings to you and your ministry

  3. I can truly resonate with number 4 asking/seeking what God is doing now. I believe I get so focused on the future that I leave little to no time for the now.

    May I be still and truly seek God’s presence for the now.

    Prayer Request: Our church is having an outreach to so into the community: school supplies, food, and community resources. Prayer that souls are receptive to hearing about Christ, and that Gpd will send who He knows needs to be there.



    Thank you woman of God, my issue has been with consistency. The maturity process has been very slow for me. Been trying to deal with things that slow me down. The child-like faith is the key.
    Again, the now of God is very important as to remain active and not dormant. I am engaging the two sides of this present truth.

    God’s love!!

  5. What a joy to always hear what the Holy Spirit says to Helen. Every post it confirms what I am going through. All glory to God Almighty for new strength is exactly what I need bcos was getting puzzled what’s happening where is the strength or desire to do what God has assigned me. Where is the strong prayerful person I am. But God continued to carry me and continued to speak through me in this weaknesses and I was able to hear Him.

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