Prophetic People in Testing Times: Signs Of Trial

There is an old song that goes, ‘Nobody loves me… I’m going to the garden to eat worms…’

My friend has a compost barrel in her garden and inside under the lid is teaming with juicy, wriggling worms, hundreds of them—eeuuw!

Eating worms has become something of a metaphor for having a bad day. A message that says, ‘Need worms, quick!’ is code for, ‘I’m having a bad day—need sympathy and prayer!’ On a really bad day, it’s ‘Give me the barrel!’ But what if you are not only having a 1-barrel-of-worms day, but a whole 10-barrel month, or even a 100-barrel year?

I am working on a chapter in my new book on ‘The Testing Season’—or should I say, the chapter is working on me? (It couldn’t get worse than the week a few years back when I was working on a chapter on pride!) At any rate, this whole business of experiencing testing, or wilderness seasons in the growth of our prophetic gifts is pretty relevant, and actually there is GOOD news too, so I thought I’d share some of it with you.

Signs that you may be experiencing a wilderness season in relation to your spiritual gift:

  • Feeling that you have been shut down in your God-given abilities. You wonder where your gift has gone and what God is doing
  • You may have voluntarily or involuntarily released ministry responsibility to do with your gift and feel displaced as a result
  • You long for the honeymoon period when you first discovered your spiritual gift and think of it as ‘the good old days’
  • You may have made mistakes and wonder whether you will ever recover
  • You experience doubts about your ability and wonder if God really called you
  • You find yourself going through character-testing circumstances and coming up short on the character side
  • You wonder whether the prophecies once made about you will ever be fulfilled
  • You feel as though you are being criticised, blocked or resisted
  • You feel battle-worn and weary
  • You feel displaced, separated or hidden in relation to your gift and ministry
  • The opposite of God’s call and the destiny you believed for seems to be happening to you.

If you can identify with any of these things, there is some very good news for you—there is a REASON for this SEASON and it all has to do with you, God, and fruitfulness! We’ll have a look into this some more in the next few days.

Do you identify with any of the above points now, or have you in the past? I’d love to hear from you, and so would others—leave a comment for me.

In the meantime, I’m going to fast worms and try thanksgiving and praise instead…

The teaching section in this post is excerpted from the e-book, ‘Grow Your Prophetic and Prayer Gifts.’ If this post has ministered to you and you would like further help in the development of your prophetic gifts, click here to review the book.

See also Prophetic People in Testing Times: The Reason For The Season

© Helen Calder   Enliven Publishing

18 thoughts on “Prophetic People in Testing Times: Signs Of Trial

  1. EMI

    I REALLY feel like God just had me to read all the pages I have read thus far. God is amazing in how he knows exactly what you need to hear and see to keep you going! I feel and have experienced ALL of the signs listed above. I am at a loss as to how I can describe my surprise as to how I got to be on your website. In all that I experienced, I eventually realized that the God uses “people” and their names to convey messages to me, so I used to dream of my cousins Patience and Faith so much that I kind of got concerned. Initially, I thought it was because something may have been going on in their lives etc. As time went on and as I asked God why I dreamt of these individuals, I realized that God was messaging me to exercise patience and faith. I also realized that at the times, the dreams of my cousins were on the increase, I was going through periods of great doubt, exhaustion, impatience etc. What an awesome, loving , caring God we serve. I breakdown and cry every time “I get it.” I may go through something and in retro, realize the test at hand and it happens without fail that I just get it and breakdown at the clarity of what just happened. I recently got into a situation with a co-worker. I should have known better because I had actually been very conscious that I was going through spiritual attacks. I was praying and interestingly enough, in this instance, I felt like God was “not around” Like I was on my own. I fell head on into the “trap” and didn’t see that particular trap coming. It taught me not to “look at the individual” in opposition. Ephesians 6:12 came to mind. They are being used just as you are being used and when I realized that the both of us “had been set up for the bait” I could not help but to feel sympathetic for the one whom I had had an altercation with. I prayed that her job would be spared, especially so because she is not Christian and confesses it and so I felt that as the believer, I should have handled myself and the situation differently. My journey has been long since I had my revelation, but I continue to listen and obey.

  2. Kathryn Newton

    Oh my goodness yes to all of the above! As well as the lies of the enemy trying to make you doubt Any calling of God on your (my) life. Seeming invisible and being ‘silenced’ by leadership, because sensitivity to Holy Spiritis usurped in FA our of ‘seeker sensitivity’?
    Thank you so much for always being spot on, at least were I’m concerned

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