How the Holy Spirit Moves

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  • You require financial provision to sustain God’s work? The Holy Spirit stirs someone to give—right on time
  • You need a new job? The Holy Spirit brings you to the attention of an employer and you sense God has given you favour
  • An unbeliever—someone from another faith, someone you would least expect—is brought to faith in Jesus
  • Someone who has stood against you, withdraws their opposition
  • A person or group offers to help you when you most need it

For years, we have quoted it, sung it, and celebrated it: ‘Not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit’ says the Lord Almighty.’ (Zech 4:6)

Holy SpiritWe have understood the essential meaning of this verse; that we are not going to fulfil God’s purposes in our own strength—that we need the empowering of the Holy Spirit.

However, today I believe God is highlighting this passage in its Biblical context, in order to give us a greater insight into the way that the Holy Spirit moves for the accomplishment of God’s plans.

How the Holy Spirit Moves so that God’s Work is Brought to Fruition

To understand what Zechariah is referring to, we need to go back to the book of Ezra, when it is on God’s timetable to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. The first temple had been destroyed following the Babylonian invasion.

Notice the specific language the Bible uses, to describe how the Holy Spirit moves as God’s plan to rebuild the temple is set in motion:

  • ‘…in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia (Ezra 1:1)
  • Then… everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem (Ezra 1:5)

After this enthusiastic start, the foundations of the new temple are laid. However, the enemy moves in and the project is frustrated and delayed. 17 years go by. And then, God speaks through His prophets—Haggai and Zechariah.

‘It’s time to begin building again!’

The Divine Imprint on the Human Heart

Haggai tells us, ‘So the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the LORD of hosts, their God.’ (Haggai 1:14)

Why do the people respond with hard work and enthusiasm?

  • It is not only because they hear the prophecy and think, ‘We should obey God’
  • It is not only because they are following their leaders’ instructions—although the Holy Spirit is using both of these things.

The people step up to complete the work because the Holy Spirit is stirring their hearts.

And there is more.

Mountains of Opposition are Removed

After years of political opposition, the leaders of Judah receive an edict from the now-King of Assyria. Amazingly, God has moved upon the heart of pagan King Darius to order the completion of the temple and to give generously.

  • With one sweep of the hand of God, the mountain of opposition referred to by the Prophet Zechariah is removed. The work continues to progress until it is completed. (Zech 4:7)

At the conclusion of the project, Ezra notes, ‘They celebrated with joy… because the LORD had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria, so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel.’(Ezra 6:22)

Partner with the Spirit Through Prayer

When God says, “It’s not by might, it’s not by power, it’s by My Spirit”, it highlights how the Spirit does His work.

The Spirit is at work moving the hearts—and intentions—of people.

God impacts people’s hearts for favour, for open doors, for Divine positioning, for salvation, for the release of labour and resources.

The Holy Spirit moves by stirring the hearts of people—beginning with our own.

Are you available for the Holy Spirit to stir you today? I believe God wants to bring you a fresh word that will open you to the move of the Holy Spirit.

  • It’s time for your faith to rise!
  • It’s time to lift your expectations!
  • It’s time to turn again to prayer!

It is through prayer that we partner with the Holy Spirit as He works on the unseen—the hearts, attitudes and motivations of people.

That brick wall, or that closed door, or that mountain of impossibility. Nothing can withstand the move of the Holy Spirit. And I believe this is God’s word to you today; that you are going to be amazed as you see people moved upon by the Spirit.

Right now, God is at work in the hearts of unbelievers to draw them to Jesus.

The Spirit is at work, influencing secular leaders in positions of authority, so that the Father’s work and will is accomplished.

Projects initiated by God will be completed as the Holy Spirit moves on hearts to respond and give.

What is difficult for you, indeed, what is impossible for you, is easy to our God. For it is not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit that His purpose for your life and ministry will be accomplished.


I have recently been writing a series of prophetic studies from the story of Ezra, Zerubbabel, and the rebuilding of the temple. The other studies are:

Your Fresh Start: God’s Part and Yours

God’s Upgrade for Your Life and Ministry Begins Here

Why does God Allow Frustration and Delays?

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18 thoughts on “How the Holy Spirit Moves

  1. David

    Hey Helen, i agree. I believe we are in a time now of a move of the spirit like never before.Life is about times and seasons (Eccl 3:1-8] Jesus and the Bible often talks about timing [Jn 7:6, Is 49:8] I feel a key to this move is fully connecting with Holy Spirit,and after a prolonged season of dryness, struggle, hardship and waiting, we find it difficult to believe, trust and follow God again as he stirs and begins to move in a fresh way, the doubts and thoughts of the past rise up, [Is 43:18,19, this passage is crucial.] About 4 years ago a Prophet said to me, “Last season was waiting on God, this season is following God”. [Matt 4:18-22.] Too often when we hit hard times we want to regress back to comfort and an easier life we once knew {Jn 21:3], Holy spirit is calling us to move forward, not regress back {Heb 10:37-39]. As the enemy works overtime to throw pebbles and rocks of fear into this flow of the river of God to attempt to block it up, i agree Helen, prayer and the word of God will clear the river of every resistance and cause a rapid increase and acceleration of this move.When Jesus called the disciples they had to lay down what they where doing and follow him, it is a work of the spirit and doing it Gods way now, i believe delays are one work of the spirit to fully drain our purpose, our way and our plan out of us, then God can move and have his way. [Gen 16:1-5.] [When i saw the burning Heart picture i was stirred with this passage, [Jer 20:9].

  2. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi David, that is so true about times and seasons, very good thoughts indeed! When I read your responses I always think, ‘Selah! That is worth meditating on!’

    Don’t you love it when the Holy Spirit is freshly stirring and awakening you and others around you. I’m certainly excited by what we are seeing at the moment, Divine appointments, hearts coming awake, God at work!
    Jer 20:9…’His word is in my heart like a fire’…may you find that place to fully release all God has given to you, David, there is lots!

  3. Gayelene

    There seems to be so much attack and people are getting confused misinterpreting situations which leads to hurt hearts,
    They run to there caves and push all else away doing exactly what satan would want. God says come out of your cave and go back for I am not finished with you……these lessons are in His word for all to see. The Holy Spirit is so working in the hearts of others I see the fields are so ready let us pray for break through in this troubled world, let us lift our voices in praise and worship our God, nothing is impossible to God, let’s humble ourselves and pray

  4. Samantha


    This is all true it was definitely a picture of the season the world is in. I was also blessed by reading David and Gayelene’s comments as well, very good!

    Asking for prayer for our family, God set us free from an attack 2X and now it is recycling again. This attack is definitely dangerous and ominous but God said this time instead of praying out my fear I am to pray by pursuit….go after our freedom. Thanks for asking for prayer requests!!

  5. Helen Calder Post author

    I love that, Samantha, ‘pray by pursuit!’ Reminds me of Ps 18…especially these verses
    31. For who is God, except the Lord?
    And who is a rock, except our God?
    32 It is God who arms me with strength,
    And makes my way perfect.
    33 He makes my feet like the feet of deer,
    And sets me on my high places.
    34 He teaches my hands to make war,
    So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

    37 I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them;
    Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.
    38 I have wounded them,
    So that they could not rise;
    They have fallen under my feet.
    39 For You have armed me with strength for the battle;
    You have subdued under me those who rose up against me

    (Love the whole Psalm!)

    Praying that you are enlarged and strengthened in your prayers Samantha and agreeing with you for the attack to cease and battle overturned in Jesus’ Name

  6. jose ramos

    saludos,hermana Helen…han sucedido cosas sumamente agradables en estos ultimos meses de intensa intimidad con el Señor :sueños,visiones…en donde el Señor me ha mostrado aquello que EL hara a su tiempo con nosotros,pero no o hara sin antes llevar a cabo una completa profilaxis espiritual en mi vida ,todo es cuestion de esperar y esperar el tiempo de Dios.En otro orden de ideas,muchas de mis oraciones delante del Señor por auxilio en diferentes areas de mi ministerio y vida estan siendo respondidas maravillosamente ,sin duda el E.S. se esta moviendo en todo esto…por favor pido oracion por el ministerio de mis hijos delante del Señor,tengo cuatro,todos sirven al Señor,dos son pastores,uno es evangelista y otra instructora de matrimonios…de los pastores,uno de ellos ha optado por predicar sermones de caracter calvinista,y hacer caso omiso de la voz del E.S.,siendo que el fue bautizado en el E.S. y esto es motivo de mucha oracion delante del Señor ,para que vuelva al camino .El otro todavia no se casa ,y eso ha sido motivo para mi y mi esposa de mucha oracion para que el Señor provea una mujer :NACIDA DE NUEVO,BAUTIZADA EN EL E,S. Y QUE SEA UNA MUJER DE APOYO PARA EL MINISTERIO QUE EL DESARROLLA…GRACIAS POR SUS CONSEJOS Y ORACIONES POR NOSOTROS ,EN ESPECIAL POR MEXICO,QUE AHORA VIVE SITUACIONES DE VIOLENCIA TERRIBLES.GRACIAS .

  7. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Jose, it is great to hear that your heart is being uplifted and you are sensing that God is at work. I join you today in your prayer for your family, especially that your children will feel drawing and the pull of the Holy Spirit, and your specific requests. May you see God at work in supernatural ways in these next weeks. He loves to answer our prayers. May you all know His protection in the midst of the difficulties and violence around you too. In the darkness, the light of Jesus shines bright.

  8. Virginia

    this article has encouragéd me. my prayers is that i may expérience more of thé Holy Spirit in every area of my life.

  9. Pst. Nelson Ikuvbogie

    Thanks Helen, the article has really opened my eyes to new truth. There is a project going on in the church now,but the people seem not to be responding. And now the project is on hold. My prayer now is that the Holy Spirit should move peoples hear to give towards it. Pls, join me in praying too. Thanks.

  10. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Pst. Nelson, I will pray and our team will pray too.
    ‘What God begins, He finishes.’
    May your church be richly blessed in unity as you love and serve Jesus.

  11. Pastor Lebese

    Dear Sister Helen, thanks for your inspirational and informative articles! Please pray for me and my family and Ministry – Spring of Life International. My wife Elizabeth, has an explosive temper and has been abusing my family for 13 years of our marriage! She shouts, quarrels, complains, swears and curses every day. She is disrespectful, arrogant and proud. She gossips about me and spreads lies about me. She hardly prays or read the Bible. As a Pastor’s wife, she is such a bad example of Christ to my children and the congregation. She has been to counsellors and simply refuses Godly counsel. I’m so tired of living with her and especially seeing her abuse our children with hatred! I’m praying for intercessors in my Ministry and have asked. Thanks and God bless.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Pastor Lebese, I am sorry to hear of the struggles you have been experiencing. A fellow team member and I have prayed for you today, may you receive the wisdom and comfort of the Holy Spirit with regards to your situation, God is faithful.

  12. jose ramos

    Sin duda, es lamentable que esto suceda,en una familia cristiana,mas aun si esta ministrando la Palabra a un me escandaliza,pues lo veo como un fenomeno natural en la lucha contra el mal. Jesus tuvo un Judas,Job,tuvo una mujer que no debia ser su esposa,Saul jamas debio de haber sido rey de Isrrael,pero alli estaba.
    Que hacer,buscaria ayuda de pastores de confianza,que entienan la problematica y orar,el tiempo necesario,y si es posible ayunar,si no hay respuesta,buscar la LIBERACION DE DICHA HERMANA…en ocasiones visito iglesias hermanas,cuando hay actividades:seminarios sobre apostoles y profetas,sanidad y milagros,liberacion,etc.vienen siervos de Dios de diferentes lugares del mundo,se dice que despues de las conferencias algunos de ellos estaran ministrando :LIBERACION,en ocasiones llegan hermanos posesos,y que cree,NO PUEDEN ECHAR FUERA LOS DEMONIOS…sera que ministran bajo la autoridad de la Palabra,Juan 1:11,12…PERO,sin poder,Hechos 1:8..
    Creo que el pastor debe hacer eso:ORAR,Y AYUNAR…si no hay respuesta,BUSCAR LA LIBERACION.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thanks Jose, great thoughts, and advice to pray and fast…

  13. Andrea Marie Savoia-Adams

    Praise God! Helen, thank you for being so obedient to our Father in Heaven. I know that I know, that this was for me, that God placed this as a divine appointment to read. Everything said.. All me.. The prophetic insight, then nothing, the frustration, the ill feelings and thoughts towards myself.. Though especially.. “It’s time for your faith to rise!
    It’s time to lift your expectations!
    It’s time to turn again to prayer!”…
    I have had a relationship with and known God since I was 4 years old. Yes, I’ve wandered off the path a few times in my life, but He always Lovingly steered me and guided me back to the right path again, as if nothing ever happened, and at 1 point in my life, just 5 years ago maybe, I was so happy.. At peace, close to God.. Really close.. It was amazing and beautiful. Nothing could stir or shake me, nothing.. It was, and will always be the best feeling in the world.. There’s no other that even comes close to comparison. But for the past 3 years, I’ve had so much happen.. Alot of adversity, trials.. One thing after the other. Family members passing, my mom being one of just last year, and very unexpectedly.. Financial, emotional, you name it. Even a failed attempt of the enemy trying to take my life.. Literally, trying to kill me in an automobile accident that by no earthly means should I actually be here today to read and comment.. However God said differently.. He had bigger plans for me,which I still am unsure of what exactly they are.. I was still very close in my walk with Him after returning home from the hospital, for I knew that ONLY by God and God alone, was I alive, with the extent of my injuries. The surgeon who operated on my ribs firstly prepared my family for my not making it.. When I did however, later I was told that I was his top 3 worst case of rib injuries he had ever seen, or operated on. I couldn’t understand why, what he meant. He told me that the reason being was because people that had rib injuries as bad as mine didn’t live long enough to have the operation. So I know God is with me. But I slowly started drifting further away, not in spirituality, but my relationship so intimate with God. And I honestly don’t know why. I cry out to him constantly. I miss Him.. The relationship we had. I want that back so badly! When I read this, I honestly felt as though I was being spoken to directly. I can’t explain the feeling I got, but I believe He was speaking directly to me.. Through you.. And I’m so very Thankful for that. I’m Thankful to God for you as well. He truly gets all the Glory. I just pray that my relationship with Him gets back to where it was when I had no doubts, fears, anxieties, questions… But just the KNOWING.. That all is fine and He has me covered, that He has everything under control already!
    Thank You God for giving us The Lamb.. Thank You Jesus for for being that Lamb, and so selflessly dying for us shedding your unstained blood so that we may have everlasting life and in abundance. .. It is in Your Mighty Name we pray, Amen and Amen.
    God Bless you and keep you always

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Andrea, wow you have been through so much! And our Father is faithful to bring His encouragement at the time you need it. I pray that you will continue to be lifted up in the Spirit, a new level to stand on, and rejoice in.
      Psalm 40 comes to mind…
      ‘I waited patiently for the Lord;
      And He inclined to me,
      And heard my cry.
      He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
      Out of the miry clay,
      And set my feet upon a rock,
      And established my steps.
      He has put a new song in my mouth—
      Praise to our God;
      Many will see it and fear,
      And will trust in the Lord.’
      Amen 🙂 !

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