Tree branch in night sky with quoteHave you ever been impacted by a choice someone else made—and it was a decision that you didn’t agree with?
This is a situation many of us can relate to.

Perhaps, you didn’t have a say and you felt disempowered or hurt by what happened.

Today, I believe God is saying, “Not only can I turn your mess into a message, but I can turn that mess someone else landed you in, into a life-giving message.”

He wants you to know that He is sovereign and faithful!
And you will emerge triumphantly.

Someone Else’s Unbelief Sent Her into Battle

This is what happened to Deborah, who was appointed by God to be both judge and prophet to Israel. [1]

One day, she delivered a message from God to Barak: “Gather an army and head into battle against Sisera and his army of chariots. I will deliver him into your hand.”
He replied, “If you do not come with me, I will not go!”

God never said that Deborah should go with Barak into battle.
So, her presence in the conflict was only due to Barak’s reluctance to trust God!

But just as God was with Deborah, God is with you! And we have the inspiring stories of how God used two women—Deborah and Jael—in the events that followed. Other people put them in a difficult position but they spearheaded a powerful victory.
Not only that but the Bible later records Barak as one of the “heroes of the faith”! (Heb 11:32)
What a powerful testimony of God’s grace and delivering power.

You Spoke Up, But Your Insight was Ignored

In Paul’s situation, someone else bungled it, and he had to live out the consequences. [2]
In Acts 27, we read that before their ship set out from port, Paul gave a strong warning to the decision-makers, including the Roman Centurion in charge of his group.

“Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship but also our lives.”
Nevertheless, the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul.” (Acts 27:9-11, NKJV)

So, Paul declared,

  • “If you set off now, there’s going to be loss of the ship and cargo and the lives of people”

But sadly, the Centurion disregarded Paul’s warning.

God is Working Out His Will

The Centurion only saw a prisoner of the Romans when he looked at Paul. But he would soon discover that Paul was an Apostle, mighty in the Kingdom of God!

And this sometimes happens to prophetic people and discerners:
You have a prophetic insight—you know there is a better way to go—but others disregard your wisdom.

Now, like Paul was, you are caught up in a difficult or even dangerous situation.

But in the midst of the problem, God is working out His will!
This is the redeeming nature of your Heavenly Father.

“God has Spared Your Life”

That other person is accountable to God and will bear their own consequences, but your forgiveness releases the favor of God on your life.

Remember, Paul knew that no matter what else happened, his life would be spared—he had a word from God that he was going to Rome.

And here is God’s grace and the power of forgiveness. In the middle of the storm, Paul was able to say to that Centurion—who ignored his warnings and took them on a perilous journey—“God has spared your life.”

That was after he couldn’t resist saying, in effect, “I told you so!”

Your Response Will Bring Forth a Testimony

If you can relate to this word today, receive God’s grace right now.
God is taking that mess—even that mess someone else landed you in—and He is turning it into a message that will glorify Him!
For God is a Redeemer and you belong to him.
And like Deborah and Paul, your response will bring forth a testimony that will impact generations to come.

[1] See this full story in Judges chapters 4-5.
[2] This story is from Acts 27-28 (see related posts below)

Related Posts:
This is the third study on this series on the story of Paul. The first two are here:
Prophetic Word: The Setback Will Become Your Sweet Spot
I Heard God Say, “I Am Resurrecting Your Dream!”

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30 thoughts on “Prophetic Word: God is Turning Your Mess into a Message”

  1. So encouraging, thanks Helen. I receive this message but also would strongly concur with the message. Have been in Genesis looking at Jacob’s journey to Haran from Beersheba. God used a journey that was not supposed to happen to bring this man’s heart in to line. Blessings and thanks for articulating it.

    1. Happy New Year, Sashi! Yes I love reading all these kinds of stories in the Bible – the fingerprints of God’s grace are everywhere


    1. Yes, He is your Redeemer!
      “His love broke open the way,
      and he brought me into a beautiful, broad place.
      He rescued me—because his delight is in me!” (Psalm 18:19, TPT)

      1. Madala Selby Maphanga

        Thanks for this powerful prophecy. It is directly pointing at me. God has just directed you to me and nobody else.
        Thank you very much, God bless you.

  3. Praise king Jesus Helen,

    I bless the Lord for using you to share the prophetic word.
    I’m in a place of waiting on God for his next move. I receive grace and power to forgive all who created messes in my life and I surrender to Jesus who is healing my heart and turning it into a message that will glorify Him!

    God bless you, keep you and make his face shine upon you woman of God.

    1. God is moving on your behalf, Tracy. He is going ahead of you.

      “You become my delicious feast
      even when my enemies dare to fight.
      You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit;
      you give me all I can drink of you until my cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5, TPT)

      1. The timing of this word is impeccable. This has happened today and keeps on happening with someone I rely on to make life decisions together. It is such a difficult walk. I will pray and meditate on this word with I know is straight from God to my heart. Thank you.

        1. Sarah I’m praying for you right now – may you know this in your situation and always
          “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” (2 Cor 2:14)


  5. Thank you, Helen. Amen. What a word of encouragement. Bless you and Praise God. I am right now in a mess.
    And rather than looking just at the problems i can proclaim : Abba Father – Hallowed be your name.
    Thank you

  6. Olorunmola Ajibola

    Hello ma,I bless the Lord for his grace upon your life. I receive grace to believe God’s words on every questions are: what are the attributes of a prophetic calling and how do I know that I am called in to prophetic? Thanks

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