Today, I believe the Lord is speaking comfort to those who have found themselves in a setback.
Or maybe you know someone who needs this encouragement right now.

I hear Him say, “Beloved, hand this situation over to Me. Give it over to Me completely, for I am the One who turns bitter into sweet!”


From a Victory to a Wall

Rolling wave, with text "Hear God say, I am the one who turns bitter into sweet"Be assured that God is able to turn your disappointment into a Divine appointment!
In Exodus 15, the Israelites are fresh from a powerful victory, having escaped their enemies and crossed the Red Sea!
But then, they spend three days wandering in the Desert of Shur.
And that desert is dry and waterless.
Shur—the Hebrew name means “wall”—and it’s a reminder of what can happen to us sometimes. [1]

We have had a powerful victory, we have a testimony, but then—it is like we’ve hit a wall.


It is the Same God

There have been times when I said, “I’ve not only hit the wall, but I’ve also slid down it!”
At that point, you don’t know what to do—you’ve run out of strength.

But the God who rescued you from the war is the same God who is with you at the wall.
And He is always faithful!


Not What We Expected

After three days of travel, the Israelites finally arrive at a place where there is water. For a short time, their spirits lift, but—the water is bitter and undrinkable.
That place is called Marah—which is a Hebrew word meaning “bitter” [2]

And maybe this has happened to you at some time.
It may be a location, relationship, job, or ministry situation:

  • Sometimes, the reality of where we arrive is not what we anticipated.

At first, it looks like the answer to our prayers.
But then, we taste it—only to discover bitterness and disappointment.


God Showed Him a Tree

Now, the Israelites are not in a good mood! They are crying out, “What are we to drink?” and they are grumbling against Moses, their leader.

At Marah, the Israelites complain, but one person hears from God!
“So he [Moses] cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree.” (Ex 15:25a, NKJV)

Moses prays, and as he does, God shows him a tree.
And we know today, that tree is symbolic of the Cross of Christ!
Immediately, Moses throws that tree into the bitter waters at Marah—and the water becomes sweet and drinkable.


Ask the Right Question

Today, just like Moses, you are the one who can be a difference-maker, a game-changer.

So, no matter what people are saying around you, turn your heart towards God.
Now ask, “What does this circumstance look like, when I view it through the cross of Christ?”

While others are saying, “the waters are tainted! This place is bitter!” you will see a miracle.
And you will know that God has appointed you to lead the way.
For right here in this place, you will see the Holy Spirit heal the waters.


The Healing Covenant

At Marah, God reveals the power of the cross. And there, He declares His healing covenant.

It is there God declares, “I am the God who heals you. I am Jehovah Rapha”. [3]
At the bitter place, we discover a Divine appointment.

Sometimes, as God did with the Israelites, He will challenge our mindset and we have our own “Marah” moments.
For Marah is a place of testing.

Here, God invites us to see who He really is—Almighty God—and who He can be to us.


The Paradox of the Sweet Spot

So, let’s talk about a “sweet spot” for a moment.
Because today when we talk about finding our “sweet spot”, we generally mean we have found a position that best suits us—in a career, ministry, relationship, and so on.
It’s where we are at our best, our optimum.
The sweet spot could be seen as a situation you are aiming for—or you believe God has called you to.
Or, you may see it as your prophetic calling.

But there’s a paradox that exists in the Kingdom—and at times, we need to grapple with it!
Because Biblically, there can be a difference between what we think of as a sweet spot and what God calls a sweet spot.


Paul has a Setback, but God has a Plan

At times, God may even declare that what we perceive as a “setback” is His sweet spot for us!

This brings me to Paul.
It’s Acts 27, and we come to the end of Paul’s story. He’s a prisoner to the Romans, and is on his way to Rome via ship, to face trial before Caesar.

Rome is also the apostle’s ultimate prophetic calling—his destiny.

Years earlier, Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome, saying he was longing to be there (Rom 1:11). We read that prior to his arrest, Paul determined that he was headed for Jerusalem and then Rome (Acts 19:21).

But now, what should have been a straightforward boat trip becomes a nightmare as the weather deteriorates.
And they find themselves in the “perfect storm”.


God Can Even Use a Shipwreck

Days and nights pass by—until eventually, all aboard have lost hope.

And that’s when Paul brings the word of the Lord—a prophecy delivered by an angel—to say the boat will be lost, but their lives will be saved.

This is exactly what happens, as the ship is wrecked off the coast of an island. And those who can swim, swim ashore—while those who can’t swim, make it to the island clinging to the boat’s debris.

And so, we get to the opening verse of Acts 28:
“Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta.” (Acts 28:1)


God Turns the Bitter into Sweet

Malta.
In those days, it was called “Melite” in Greek, which meant, “honey” or “honey-sweet.” [4]
The sweet spot.

Hold on a minute—Father, this is not my idea of a sweet spot! My idea of a sweet spot is this place of living at my fullest potential and you’re drawing my attention to this?
This story is about being shipwrecked, delayed, and detoured.

It’s a paradox!
And yet often, it’s what the sweet spot looks like from Heaven’s perspective.

  • For Paul, Malta will become a place of power
  • Here, the apostle will see a move of God, an unreached people will come to know Jesus
  • And at Malta, all who have journeyed with him will discover that God has already established their supply

Ask, “What is My Father Doing?

At the sweet spot, you find yourself in unexpected territory.
So today, if you have experienced delays or detours.
If you expected refreshing, but have come up dry.
Or, you have been disappointed—maybe you have had your own “Mara” or “Malta” moment.

Look up, for there is a “Tree”! It is the cross of Christ. See that right now, you have a Savior, a Healer, a Deliverer, who is working on your behalf.
And your setback is about to become a sweet spot.


Keep an eye out on the blog over the next few weeks, as I will be continuing with some more prophetic insights from Paul’s journey to Malta


Notes:

[1] Shur, see Strong’s H7793
[2] Marah, see Strong’s H4785
[3] Jehovah Rapha, see Strong’s H1961, H7495
[4] Melite, see Strong’s G3194


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33 thoughts on “Prophetic Word: “The Setback Will Become Your Sweet Spot””

  1. Thank you Helen. Your ministry is such a blessing. I’ve had to learn this very important lesson/perspective this year. I trully thank God for allowing me to taste the bitter waters, it was difficult at first, heartbreaking and confusing but soon as I surrendered I realised it was an invitation, an opportunity to discover God in a whole new way and receive inner healing for myself too. He is always good and faithful. God trully loves us and has our best interests at heart.

  2. I WANT TO THANK WHOEVER WROTE THIS WORD. I HAVE NOT ONLY HIT A WALL BUT ALSO SLID DOWN THE WALL. I AM AT A PLACE THAT IF GOD DON’T MOVE I DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN, HOW ABOUT, I’M IN A SEASON OF UNCERTAINTY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT GOD WANTS, I WANT TO BE OBEDIENT, BUT I DON’T KNOW WHERE HE’S DRAWING ME TO. A SET BCK FOR A SET UP I GUESS. I FOLLOWED HIS LEADING AND LEFT MY JB FOR A DIFFERENT JOB, ONE THAT PAYS LESS, AND NOW I’M BEHIND ON EVERYTHING, BUT SOMEHOW MY SPIRIT SINGS, ‘THE LORD WILL MAKE A WAY, SOMEHOW.” BLESS YOU ALL!

    1. Douglas Arthur Mensah

      Psalm 9:10 Those knows his Name,trust in Him,for the Lord has never forsaken those who sake Him.Aunty Helen,God richly bless you …

  3. Hello Helen,

    I read your prophetic word and I have to say when I seen it arrive in my email I was a bit “what!?” About three to four weeks ago I was volunteering and doing the phone ministry for the church and some of the elements were prayer. There were things at the church I was not happy about so I pulled away for a while. Some of it was lack of planning, disorganization, lack of communication, but I also felt led to draw away to focus on my weight loss, but also feel that maybe the Lord had His hand in this as well?

    The Pastor there also told me that God had put me on his heart and that God wanted me in prayer ministry. Well that was a year ago and unfortunately they are not establishing a prayer ministry in the church. I have approached him on this to remind him, but nothing is coming out of this.

    Just this morning as I was trying to sleep I got the words “the wall” and now I am seeing your email. I was not even going to write those words down because I had no idea what they meant, but reading your prophetic word, it all makes sense. I feel I am in a waiting period or that He has drawn me away for a reason, as He is drawing me deeper into His Word as well.

    I feel I have hit a wall and not sure which way to go. I am torn between staying with this church or going to another church where I know I can be in prayer ministry, as it is a larger church and I would have more opportunity to pray for others as that is where my heart is. I am also an intercessor. I also signed up for your course on prayer as well.

    I find it ironic as my last church the pastor agreed to let me be on the prayer ministry, but the people leading the team closed the door on me and this current church is not doing anything about it. I feel the enemy is trying to close the doors, but we know that God is greater!

    Just thought I would share a bit of back ground. I left my last church on good terms, and perhaps God has only had me at this church for a season as I have learned quite a bit as well.

    Thank you so much for sharing and if you could pray for me that would be great!

    God bless!
    Debbie

  4. Praise the Lord Prophetess,I am going through a big set back in life n ministry.needs prayers n Holy Spirit guidance
    Thank you

  5. Thanks Helen for another insightful and encouraging word. We make our plans, but God directs our steps. I’m discovering how necessary it is to surrender to God’s plans rather than hold tightly to my own ideas. Gradually I’m learning the art of letting go. His plans may at times involve pain and sacrifice but God is able to accomplish things so far above and beyond anything we could imagine. We have a God who can be trusted.

  6. I believe this applies to me. First I was thinking that it’s not for me cause a lot of people would be responding but I know God speaks to everyone . So true now I am trying to find the sweetness in my life. I don’t see anything looking forward. I don’t have a vision or a light yet I must believe the Lord anyway.

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