6 Stages of Growth in Your Prophetic Gift

Stages of Your Prophetic GiftHere in Melbourne, Australia, we are welcoming the first signs of Autumn rain, after several dry months. Growth in our garden—halted due to the extreme Summer heat—is about to explode.

It reminds me of how a refreshing move of the Holy Spirit can bring a change of spiritual season to our lives and ministries.

Whilst we may enjoy a time of refreshing, other Biblical seasons do not appear so pleasant. (Heb 12:11) In His love and tender care, our Father also ordains seasons of pruning, testing, or wilderness times, to grow us in our call, gifts and character.

Spiritual seasons apply to the overall call of God in our lives—and also to the development of individual spiritual gifts, such as prophecy.

6 Stages of Growth in Your Prophetic Gift

In my book, ‘Grow Your Prophetic and Prayer Gifts,’ I identify 6 stages of growth in the development of spiritual gifts. [1] These are:

1. The Beginning Stage

Spiritual gifts are imparted to us at our new birth in Christ. (1 Peter 4:10)

2. The Desiring Stage

We may experience a God-given hunger that leads us, either to an area of ministry where the gift of prophecy can be tested and used, or to further study or training in the use of the prophetic gift. (1 Cor 14:1)

3. The Emerging Stage

There are visible signs that we have a spiritual gift of prophecy, and that it is anointed by God. We are seeing fruit—results that honour God, help people, and build the church. Our spiritual oversight are now acknowledging our gift. (Acts 19:6)

4. The Developing Stage

The growth of our prophetic gift is accelerated as we embrace opportunities such as prophetic training, mentoring, putting prophecy into practice and other forms of learning or study. (1 Tim 4:14-15)

5. The Testing Stage

We undergo a season of trial, or wilderness season, in the area of our giftedness. Our sense of confidence in ourselves is being stripped away but will be replaced by a new sense of dependency upon God. We gain wisdom and humility and are prepared for greater fruitfulness in prophetic ministry. (Acts 9:28-30)

6. The Maturing Stage

Having grown in wisdom as well as our gift, we are experiencing fruitfulness in the use of our spiritual gift of prophecy and may have the opportunity to lead, encourage or invest (reproduce) in others who are growing in the same area of ministry. (1 Cor 14:20)

Although I have placed these stages in order for the convenience of communication, God may lead us through them multiple times, as we mature in our gifts and calling. [2]

4 Benefits of Understanding the Growth Stage of Your Prophetic Gift

There are several advantages to being aware of which stage we are experiencing in our prophetic gift and ministry call:

1. We can make the most of our Current Season

For example, in a ‘desiring’ phase, we can overcome discouragement that a prophetic gift has not yet manifested or been acknowledged and continue to respond to the hunger that Holy Spirit has placed within us.

2. We can see the Bigger Picture

We can appreciate God’s faithfulness as we can look back at the journey that we have been on. This can be especially encouraging if we are undergoing a ‘testing’ season.

3. We can Break through Barriers

In a ‘testing’ season, for example, we realise that our response and the condition of our heart is of vital importance to the fulfilment of God’s call upon our lives—and can choose to respond well. We can also identify when the enemy’s strategy is to keep us stuck in a wilderness time and take steps to break free.

In an ‘emerging’ season, we can be encouraged to steward the gift God has given to us by not taking it for granted—and investing in further training and development.

4. We can lift the Ceiling on our Prophetic Gift

Understanding the stages of growth in our gift of prophecy can help us grow even further, for each stage contains ongoing lessons.

We can prayerfully identify which attributes of each season that we should revisit on an ongoing basis. For example, God may prompt us to:

  • Stir up desire for a gift or ministry (desiring stage),
  • Step out and try new things (emerging stage)
  • Continue to seek opportunities for training and development (developing stage), and
  • Continue to respond well to trials or hurts as they occur (testing stage)


[1]Grow Your Prophetic And Prayer Gifts is written to help you grow in your prophetic gifts and break through stuck places – at whatever stage or season you are on the journey. Visit our eStore for this eBook and more resources to empower you in your gifts and ministry, or our Prophetic Training page to learn about prophetic training opportunities with Helen Calder.

[2] Can you tell which season you may be experiencing? For a more comprehensive checklist of signs related to each season, see this article:

How to Develop Your Prophetic Gift by Understanding Your Season

Related Posts:

6 Reasons Why You Should Develop Your Prophetic Gift

11 Signs that Your Prophetic Gift is Being Held Back

Break Out and Grow Your Prophetic Gift: The Parable of the Bonsai

© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

Enliven Ministries: In the David McCracken Ministries family

25 thoughts on “6 Stages of Growth in Your Prophetic Gift

  1. Hope

    I want to know how do you get over being afraid of things that God may show you? Sometimes in the midst of praying he shows me things bad and good that sometimes scare me to the point of being afraid to pray. How do I get beyond this?

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi there, Hope. Thank you for leaving the note. When you say some things God shows you are ‘bad,’ do you mean prophetic warnings, or spiritual warfare, or something else?

      A few thoughts come to mind:

      – focus on getting to know God as your loving Heavenly Father. As you grow in that understanding, you will come to trust Him, that He gives good gifts, that He loves you, that He is safe – and when He shares something with you it is for a good purpose.
      “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13)

      – do you have someone who is a church leader who can help you process what you are receiving as you pray, to weigh up that it is actually from God and if needed, pray with you about it?

      – there may be some thoughts here that could help (under ‘the barrier of fear’) http://enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2014/02/04/4-barriers-to-hearing-gods-voice/

      1. Hope

        It’s warnings and spritual warfare. He will show me things that sometimes I don’t understand, and that’s when I go to my Pastor for answers, and sometimes I have to use my prayer partner, but there are dreams that I will have of me fitting with satan that really scares me, I’m getting a lot better with this, but I still don’t want to have a fear of anything, I want to be able to stand in spite of the dream, warning or warfare, and I don’t feel I’m quite there yet and no one can really tell me what to do.

  2. David

    Hi Helen. At age 22 i came to faith in a local Baptist church.It was well grounded with lifestyle teaching mentoring and counselling.But something in me needed more,so i pursued deeper spiritual encounters in other places [meetings,conferences etc.] and used my church as a spiritual home.As i continued my journey with God it was becoming clear to me and others that i had a prophetic gift, in fact it was more than that,when one of the pastors started calling me” prophet man” This gift was not really recognized in my church and as i moved and grew in it more i began to out grow, beyond the church limitation of my gifting.[i was allowed to be prophetic but not too much].After just over 20 yrs in that church it was becoming clear that i was being ushered out, it was an 18 month process when i eventually left. I have now entered my 4th yr in the wilderness with no church home. In saying that i have grown enormously in the past 4 yrs moving between your stages from 2 – 6 listed above in an increasing measure. I have attempted to connect back in several other places but there has been nothing long term [just manor].I sometimes cry longing for fellowship,but i believe God is getting to my bottom line, stripping out self dependence and the like.I believe the time will come but not like it use to be, i have been to a few gatherings and out in the market place in the past 8 months and tested this new place i am in and its been lots of fun, i do long for an established home though. Thanks Helen.

  3. Helen Calder Post author

    Wow, David, you have so much to give and would be a great blessing to a church community. Let me know if you would like prayer about reconnecting with a church – it would be an honour.
    I know it is not easy, though. When we moved from Australia to NZ, no one here knew me, the ministry I had been involved with, or the gifts I carried. It took a heart of teachability and patience to go through the process of becoming known and available to serve even in very small ways to start off with. But ultimately, God has brought more out of me (in terms of gifting) in these years since than I could have dreamed.
    Be richly blessed.

  4. Sola

    There are times am praying with people and just speak a word, would these be considered a prophecy. Though i have been told by some christian friends that they see i have these gift. How do i stir it up.

  5. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Sola, when you are just starting out, don’t be too concerned about whether or not you are bringing a ‘prophecy’ as such – take the pressure off. But be very open to bringing prophetic insights – this could be simple words of encouragement, timely wisdom, exhortation and comfort. The main thing is to be open to listening to the Holy Spirit and trusting that God can use you to share thoughts from His heart. So if you are interested (the desiring stage I mentioned above) keep on learning about prophecy, and it is possible that the words you are bringing are indeed the first signs of a gift emerging. 🙂

    See http://enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2013/09/25/taking-the-pressure-off-when-you-are-growing-in-prophecy/

  6. Boyd Siame

    First And Foremost I Would Like To Thank God For The Work You Are Doing, Am A Beginer In Prophecy God Uses Me In Dreams May You Continue To Send Emails To Me So That I Grow. God Bless You.

  7. David

    Thanks Helen, your prayers would be appreciated, mainly in the area of connecting with the right company of people.

  8. Ruthie Gutierrez

    Hi Helen, I have been going to another church, being led by God; also has been using me. At first I would stand back of the person while they’re getting prayer, now she is using to open up in prayer; at the end have me pray for people. I know for a fact that my home church wouldn’t do this. At home, I can pray to God and have conversation and whole a lot, when I’m at church I clam up. I see other people pray a long prayer. I see it as being trained but using the Pastor that I spiritually connected with from another church. The most difficult is waiting on God, to open one door & shut the other; here’s why I find it hard because God gives a heads up on He’s going to do. You can say so it won’t be overwhelming for me & so I can process it.

  9. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Ruthie,
    Sorry I haven’t replied for a few days, we had to go out of town last week for a funeral, and I’m just getting back to comments now.

    It is good for you to gain confidence in praying out loud in church situations, it’s a way that your prayers and relationship with God can help and bless others.

    Do you mean by your question that you are not sure whether God is leading you to change churches?

    1. Ruthie Gutierrez

      Hi Helen, my condolences . I’m still not sure if that’s what He is leading to do, in changing churches. I know that I’m also getting trained at the new church and my home church I was not getting this training, I feel like God is getting me ready for my purpose. When I wake up, He sure let’s me know where He wants me to be, it’s at the new church I’ve been going to .

  10. God's Girl

    I pray you still read these messages. I just came across this site tonight, I have been desperately searching, begging, praying for some direction, training, activating and cultivating of my gifts. Since I was a child (keep in mind I was NEVER raised in a church and never understood what or why things happened to me nor had anyone to help guide me or even voice them to) I have been considered ‘extra sensitive.’ I was only able to relate it to being an empath, now I am being told it is most likely prophetic. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to reach out to me privately as well, I’ll take any and all suggestions.

    I have always seen and known things that I couldn’t possibly have known had I not known the person intimately. I have been able to regularly/daily sometimes all day long walk into rooms, stores, situations and know what was happening. I originally thought it was just excess energy, now I believe it’s more. I have been in stores/parking lots etc and seen people while out with my children and friends and said, watch out for this person or that thing, they’re up to no good, possessed, doing a drug deal, running from their calling, whatever the situation is. I have strangers walk up and confess things, people approach and fall out in seizures and strangely enough I have a daughter who used to have them, but when you approach and you’re blind with a cane and fall out with no one else around and I am equipped and able to help without panic, judgement, and calm enough to get help, then you calmly get up and walk away refusing medical help. I walk through work and it’s like walking in someone else’s wind tunnel/like drafting on the interstate, feeling their feelings, experiences, energy, struggles. Knowing who needs to be talked to and who’s battling something and needs to be left alone, with no one speaking a word. Oh, I know this is all muddled…it’s just so much…I need to harness this, know when to use a filter or silence myself from reacting, guard myself, and cultivate my gifts for His Glory. I am ONLY a messenger and I know this, I don’t seek any acknowledgement, I just want to be a good messenger/vessel, whatever God needs me to be. I just want to do His work to Honor him. I just don’t know how to identify what’s going on, what the name/word is for it, how to activate it properly, train in it, cultivate it and best serve Him. There is so much more I could share, this is only one of my many gifts, however it’s the one that has been a constant source of worry, pain, strife, and concern in being more efficient in and taking it to the next level to make a difference in the Kingdom.

    Thank you for your time and again, ANY suggestions are welcomed and greatly appreciated. I apologize this is so long, I prayed all day about this and when I searched for answers, I found this site…

  11. God's Girl

    Just a few other things, I have seen Angels and Satan when I was younger, I have had dreams (even my own terrible car accident, minutes before it happened) and have been stung by rejection (father before and since birth even), molested and raped by those I trusted with everything (adult male family member), and my Apostle spoke about how when we’re gifted the enemy seeks from a very young age to set us apart, isolate, reject, break us so we won’t see/reach/obtain our full potential. I refuse to give in and be silent. I want God to have all of the Glory. I want to bless others through my obedience. I just don’t know where to begin and have very little in the way of instruction on how to get to that point. Again I appreciate your time, energy, concern, counsel and understanding in this matter and look forward to hearing something from you. Be well.

  12. steve

    first of all I thank you very Mich.please I want to ask can you become a prophet by learning books or by laying hands while you are not call as a prophet from God?

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Steve, In 1 Cor 14:1, Paul invites each person to desire the gift of prophecy – I believe there is a level of prophetic gifting that is available to all the Holy Spirit is giving a hunger to (and I encourage that). But the fivefold ministry of the prophet (‘prophetic office’) is recognised and commissioned.
      In the hunger, the pursuit, and the learning…if the call of God is there, then the commissioning may be the eventual outcome.

  13. moses

    I used give accurate prophecy and operate the gift of discernment but of recent I discovered I have not being flowing and it’s hurting me cause I love to prophesy to people

  14. bEth

    I have had a prophetic gift for many years, but the Lord is developing it more. I have had 5 people tell me, prophetic people unrelated to each other in ministry, the Lord has a ministry for me. So, I am pressing in believing he will show me the next steps.

  15. Ifeloa Kenneth Joseph

    Good day,Ma.I’m a Nigerian and a prophet by calling.I prophesy, and by the grace of God, I have been able to accurately tell people what they did without anybody knowing.All these I learnt from your write- ups and some others.Thanks for that.
    Right now, I have a challenge. I want to outgrow this stage.I want a level where I can tell people their phone numbers, addresses.Give a discription of their houses, etc Please, I need your help on this. Thanks, Ma

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