Your Fresh Start: God’s Part And Yours

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Prophetic GuidanceHas God directed you to begin a new project or ministry, or to launch into a new season with Him?

The story of the rebuilding of the temple in Ezra provides us with an inspiring look at the way God moves by His Spirit.

It also encourages us concerning the part we play in worship and dedication, when beginning a fresh phase of life, family, work or ministry with Him.

1. Let God Launch you Into Your new Season

‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.’ (Zechariah 4:6)

As the book of Ezra opens, God moves the heart of Cyrus, King of Persia, to order and provide for the rebuilding of God’s temple in Jerusalem. King Cyrus even releases the treasures Nebuchadnezzar originally took from the temple. And now he instructs the people of Judah to rebuild the temple.

It says in Ezra 1:5 that ‘The family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem.’ It is a move of God, orchestrated by the Holy Spirit.

As our own new adventure with God begins, we have received the word of the Lord, we have a clear sense of direction, the wisdom and affirmation of oversight and we launch out in faith.

And as Ezra observed, in this beginning stage, we may see a supernatural move of God happen. There may be Divine acceleration taking place.

Perhaps like Judah did, we have a prophetic word, miraculous provision or clear confirmation. There may be a manifestation of spiritual gifts. Unusual favour may be given to us that causes doors of opportunity to open as we step out in obedience.

The Purpose of Supernatural Signs and Guidance

Why is it so often that there is strong, miraculous prophetic guidance and provision when we first start out under a directive from God?

One reason is, to assure us that this is truly from Him. It is a form of confirmation.

But another reason is, when the times get tough, our Father knows that we are going to need something to look back on and say,

‘I know without a shadow of a doubt, that was God. I can never doubt His guidance. I stepped out of the boat at His word and storm or no storm, I am going to keep my eyes on Jesus.’

It is vital that like Ezra did, we take note of what God has said, and the ways that He has led and provided for us during this stage.

The Hunk and I moved from New Zealand to Australia in 2002 for a ministry position here. Prior to coming to Australia, we had received clear prophetic signs and guidance and miraculous provision. We also had the confirmation, affirmation and prayerful release of our ministry board and local church leadership.

We didn’t know that we were about to enter two years of severe trial in our ministry—but even during the toughest times we could look back and know with the utmost confidence that we were exactly where Father wanted us. We were in the centre of His purposes.

Perhaps it is time to go back and review the goodness of God that led you to the place where you are now. Retell the stories of how God brought you to this place, remember the miracles and revive the testimonies of God’s provision once again. Your Father is coming through for you!

2. Begin a new Season with Worship and Dedication

In Ezra chapter 3, we read that the people gathered together in unity in Jerusalem and before they did anything else to do with the temple, they built an altar.

The first thing they did was to restore worship.

In the beginning stage, of any relationship, any vocation, any business, any ministry or call of God, let’s remember what is most important: Intimacy with God—worship, putting God first.

We need to be able to look back at every important intersection of our lives and see an altar.

My husband and I know the moment and the place we dedicated each of our two children to God in our church in New Zealand. As they grow into young adulthood there are times we need to remind God and ourselves of that fact! We know they are in our Father’s hands.

We need to be able to look back at our business, career, marriage, family, and be able to say, ‘Right there, we dedicated this to God.’

And if there is any area in your life, where you cannot clearly say you have done that, it is never too late.

Is the Holy Spirit putting something on your heart that you need to dedicate, or rededicate to Him?

Take some time to pray, and in some way, mark the moment, so that in time to come you can look back and say, right then I surrendered my son or daughter, my spouse, my business, my ministry to God. I know that they are in His hands and I choose to be a faithful steward of that which my Father God has entrusted to me.

Related Posts:

Divine Acceleration: God Will Make Up For Lost Time

Going Through a Testing Season in Your Spiritual Gifts

Personal Guidance for the Important Decisions of Life

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© 2014  Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
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15 thoughts on “Your Fresh Start: God’s Part And Yours

  1. Pastor marci'a

    This is just what the dr. Ordered that is Dr. Jesus. Thank you so much, my spirit was really lifted.

  2. Joanne

    Dear Helen, thanks for the on time word. I have many things to be Thankful for, first of God has shown me favor for new job that has been in possible for me to get because the circumstance surround an old job I had for twelve years. Second, recently my daughter car was stolen, through prayer the blood of Jesus and someone standing in agreement. The police contract her within two week of her car being stolen and they found her car in good condition, only the on star wires were tore apart….No body but God because her car could have easily ended up at a chop shop!!! Hallelujah Thank you Jesus! I’m very Grateful to God and Faith in Him has went to a new level!!!

  3. Helen Calder Post author

    That’s awesome Joanne, praise God, what wonderful testimonies of His grace and favour! An encouragement to all of us to keep declaring, keep standing in agreement and have unswerving faith in the power of Jesus’ Name.

  4. Karen Brough

    Wow! Helen, Thankyou from the depths of my heart for penning such a timely word from God. Your blogs never fail to inspire, excite, challenge and comfort. I have had physical health challenges hanging over me for aporox 4 years. God told me very very clearly at the 3 month mark that I would be healed. I can honestly say there have been a many times where I have questioned God’s timing, but the time, place and words have never left me and I have never doubted His words to me. They have helped me gain powerful perspective when all seemed at a loss. I don’t understand why. .but I know that He will restore to me all that has been stolen(confirmed by the acceleration previous blog) Praise God for the breath of fresh air He encourages me with, through your articles. Bless you chickadee, you, your marriage, health and cherubs! 😉

  5. Helen Calder Post author

    Awesome, Karen, may your faith continue to grow and grow! May Divine health replenish and restore every part of your body!
    These verses in Romans 4 have been stirring me lately:
    ‘Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.’
    I figure if Abraham at 100 years old can have that kind of faith regarding his physical body then I can step up and exercise my own faith too in the midst of challenges (I’m around half his age at 51 🙂 )
    Karen, in Jesus you are blessed and favoured. Thanks for leaving the note.

  6. Benjamin Pule

    Thank you for sharing this word with me.I’m searching for the Lord for a new direction in my life today.Your word hit the nail on target.I enjoy it with gladness and thank the Lord for you.
    I’m in a transition right now.Moving in a few weeks and looking for a new job.Knowing the Lord has everything under control.I just have to take that step of faith and keep the Lord in my front focus at all time.Please keep me in pray in my marriage.I moved to Arizona from las vegas were my wife living.She made all decision to move out last year in November. I moved state,But keep in touch on need base.I left everything in the Lords hands and waiting what to do next.Thanks again Helen for your word of encouragement for me.
    Benjamin Pule

  7. Helen Calder Post author

    Benjamin, today I pray for God’s hand to be manifest mightily in your life, and that you are encouraged and convinced that He is for you and with you and directing your path. He is our Redeemer. When He restores, things don’t always go back together exactly how they were, but He will take the broken pieces and creates something even more beautiful.
    You are a trophy of His grace.
    Warm greetings from Australia, all the way to Arizona.

  8. Vinodtha Sewpersad

    Thank you for being obedient to the Holy Spirit and penning this blog. The timing is only from God. This past Saturday my husband and I received a prophetic word that we would be thrusted into a business ministry. We are excited and waiting upon God to lead us into His will. This message was a confirmation for us. God bless you.

  9. Helen Calder Post author

    That’s awesome, Vinodtha, how very exciting! May you know the Spirit’s rich wisdom as your adventure with God unfolds, and may you be vessels of His blessing to many!

  10. Richard

    Should I get more knowledge on Grace and witnessing to anyone who ask for God’s gift to us is His son Jesus Christ.When I have premonition of pending death for someone.Even when I get the chills and there more than one person go a head wittness to all of them though I can’t tell them which one of them it’s meant for.Plus say a prayer for intervention from God to have mercy on the person who premonition is for.Richard Zachry

  11. jose ramos

    saludos y una disculpa…he vivido unas semanas sumamente emocionante…Por un lado,los problemas que entraña seguir al Señor en tiempo de crisis …esto paso conmigo,hubo dudas acerca de lo que el Señor queria que hiciera,y la manera de como hacerlo. Pero Dios es bueno,cuando me senti acorraladoy sin posibilidad de salir adelante,la Mano del Señor se levanto y me ha dado indicaciones claras acerca de lo que viene adelante pàra mi…espere muchos años,y sigo esperando pero con señales claras hacia donde debo ir…Esto me fortalece y le doy gracias a Dios …problemas de toda indole que experimente al principio fueron desapareciendo,situaciones familiares se fueron acomodando a tal grado que ahora alabamos al Señor por su fidelidad y sosten .Veo luz en el tunel…Gracias a Dios por ello.

  12. Helen Calder Post author

    It is great to hear from you, Jose.
    I love the Biblical definition of hope: the confident expectation of good. (Your ‘light at the end of the tunnel) May the hope of the Spirit overflow, empower you and give you joy this week.

  13. Victor Amenyedzi

    Thanks that was insightful, in did it’s only God by His spirit can stirred the hearts of Men to bless another to fulfill a mission. More grace to fulfill your prophetic teaching and ministry

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