How To Receive The Mantle God Has Destined For You

Mantle of the Father's FavourAs prophetic people, we are often drawn to the story of Elijah’s mantle.

Elijah’s mantle was more than the regular cloak that he wore. It represented his appointment as a Prophet of God. When he threw it over Elisha it was a prophetic act, declaring that the mantle—and the office of the Prophet it represented—was destined to be Elisha’s in the future. (1 Kings 19:19)

What is a Mantle?

A ‘mantle’ is a Scriptural metaphor (symbol) for a calling, ministry, anointing and—when applicable—office, given to individuals by God.

How to Receive God’s Destined Mantle for Your Life

Following are some significant lessons about receiving your God-ordained mantle, from the stories of Joseph and Elisha [1]:

1. Understand God Determines Your Mantle Ahead of Time

We do not select a mantle; it is established and destined by God. 

Elisha didn’t just receive Elijah’s mantle because he happened to be at the right place at the right time. It was already his according to God’s word. (1 Kings 19:16)

Elisha needed to cooperate with the call of God on his life to receive the mantle that was his by God’s appointing. Elisha’s hunger and pursuit of Elijah was a sign of what God had placed in his heart.

Joseph knew at a young age, through prophetic dreams, that God had called him to rule.

A mantle is not ours for the choosing, it is determined ahead of time by God. The desire God places in our hearts is just one indication, among other confirmations, of the calling that is ours.

2. Servanthood Positions you for the Mantle God has for you

For a long season, Elisha was a servant to Elijah, supporting him in a menial capacity and learning at his feet. (2 Kings 3:11)

Joseph practiced servanthood for years—first he served his father, then Potiphar, then the prison warden—before he received the mantle of rulership he was destined for.

It can be tempting to go directly after a mantle, but just as with Elisha and Joseph, God has established His timeline for your life. God positions you with people and leaders that He wants you to serve now. Serving with faithfulness and a teachable heart is a powerful means of being positioned to attain your God-ordained destiny.

3. Realise you may Wear a Series of Mantles

Elisha was first a worker in his father’s fields, and then wore the garb of a servant, before he took up Elijah’s mantle. When God took Elijah, Elisha took his own cloak—the one he had worn as a servant—and tore it in two. There was no turning back. (2 Kings 2:12-13)

Joseph had a series of physical mantles along the way. The ‘coat of many colours’ his father gave him indicated favour, as well as his position as overseer to his brothers. Later, he was given a cloak as head slave in Potiphar’s household.

Ultimately, Joseph was robed in garments that represented his position as ruler next to Pharoah in Egypt. (Gen 41:42) But he didn’t go from being a youngster with prophetic dreams directly to the palace. He wore a succession of mantles, being faithful with each, and so it is for us.

4. Wait for Appointment to Establish your Mantle

Elisha was appointed by God as Prophet and successor to Elijah—but God used Elijah to recognise, prepare and establish that appointment.

God used Jacob, Potiphar, a prison warden, and ultimately Pharoah himself, to appoint Joseph to a position in Egypt that was already his through God’s intention. And it is the same today.

We do not ‘self appoint’ to a mantle or ministry. God uses those in oversight and authority to recognise and establish us in that calling at the right time. (Acts 6:6, Acts 13:1-3)

5. Understand your Calling will be Tested Over Time

As Joseph received the royal robes over his shoulders, maybe he recalled the earlier mantles that he wore:

  • The richly ornamented coat of many colours his father gave Joseph as a young man became another reason his brothers hated him. And when his jealous brothers threw him in a pit, and sold him to Egyptian slave traders, they wrenched the coat from him.That coat became the evidence the brothers used to ‘prove’ Joseph’s faked death to their father, Jacob.
  • Later, Joseph became a trusted slave, promoted and given charge over all his master Potiphar’s estate. But then Potiphar’s wife approached Joseph, wanting to seduce him. However, he valued his master’s trust, his purity and the call of God—and so Joseph ran. But Potiphar’s wife grabbed his cloak—and used it to accuse him. Not only was that cloak taken from him, it was used as evidence against him of a crime he didn’t commit. And landed him in prison.

Have you had this happen to you? ‘God, I thought that coat was from you. That mantle had promise. It was colourful. It represented good things to come. And now it’s been lost, robbed. That role, that job, that ministry opportunity—why was it taken from me?’

But Father God is seeing the big picture, from Heaven’s perspective.

Your Father wants to reveal to you what He is up to, even if you are feeling today as though you are in the midst of the trial or long period of waiting in relation to your calling. He wants to show you how he is redeeming those trials, even the failures, and how He is using them for His purposes.

It is not too late. For like Joseph, and Elisha, as you stay faithful and committed in the long haul, you will ultimately receive the mantle God has for you. And the ministry God has for you will be above and beyond anything you could ever have dreamed.


[1] Read the full story of Joseph’s mantle in Genesis chapters 37 to 41 and Elisha’s mantle in 1 Kings 19 to 2 Kings 2.

Related Posts:

7 Ways to Prepare for Your Prophetic Calling

How to Make the Most of Your Mantle from God

© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

Enliven Ministries – in the David McCracken Ministries family

64 thoughts on “How To Receive The Mantle God Has Destined For You

  1. Lorelle

    Hi, back in May this year Kris Vallotton from Bethel prophesied over me and put on the mantle of David’s famous mighty men. I am still discerning what that looks like and means for me. Has anybody got any Holy Spirit inspired ideas about that for me?

  2. Helen Calder Post author

    I love that, Lorelle! Speaks to me of faith, boldness, being an overcomer. Also notable about David’s mighty men is their loyalty to their King, some were armour bearers too, so I would be thinking about excellence in serving God-given leadership as well.

  3. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Faith, great to hear from you, and I’m glad the message was meaningful for you!

  4. Amy

    Good word Mrs. Calder!!! and on time as well. I know I have felt like at times questioning my call as far as ministry. Thank you for the uplifting word.



  5. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Amy,
    I can’t wait to see what emerges in and through your life, you are an amazing woman of God. It is a process, but oh so worth it. May you know the fulness of joy in His Presence at this time and ongoing. 🙂

  6. Stephanie

    As my husband and I wait for the next call, the next church, the next place that serve… I’m grateful to know there is “another mantle coming”

  7. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Stephanie, a big ‘amen’ to that! I pray you know the joy of moving with the Holy Spirit as you make the transitions ahead of you.

  8. Kimberly

    I was looking at the rare photo of “Tee Time: Golfing on a Girder (circa 1932).” It shows the construction of the RKO Building in the heart of Manhattan (a skyscraper). The distance between the building and the earth below is staggering. From the photographer’s angle I can see two men on a single beam. The first man, dressed as a caddie (with the golf bag across his shoulder) is sitting…attentively watching. The other is standing. He is in full-swing, about to hit the tiny golf ball which is positioned at his feet. In my spirit, I see myself as the one who is standing. I’m immediately aware that my life of ministry is represented. If I successfully hit the ball, I may return to a place of safety. However, if I swing and miss, I will potentially lose my balance and plummet to the earth. What’s worse is the fact that there is someone watching to see if I’m successful or if I will fail miserably and thus, make a mockery of my calling. So I find myself “frozen”, unable to move forward and unwilling to turn back. Knowing that I am in a season of “testing”, I have been stalled by many obstacles: I am operating in ministry at a staunchly traditional church that has never consider a woman for its highest position; a position within that Body that I believe the Father has appointed for me. Although I am able to support my words and deeds with scripture, I am continually asked to prove myself. I don’t represent the “picture” of what many within the Body have adhered to as “proper” with regard to the manifestation of Spirit. These (and other) concerns often stall my efforts. If I could only gain clarity for myself, as I do for those who seek my counsel, I would know whether to “swing” or climb down.

  9. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Kimberly, all that sounds huge. I pray Father releases special gifts of wisdom and grace to you, so you can know what direction to take, and a sense of being able to rest and be secure in God’s love for you and His sovereignty in your life and ministry.
    I know from my own journey as a woman with a ministry call that often seemed impossible, and yet Father is extraordinarily faithful, He opens the doors in His time.

  10. Lorelle

    To Kimberly, in these seasons in life the psalms are full of Goldly counsel , Be still and know that I am God , and Ps 42. Rest in Jesus , Lorelle

  11. Joanne

    Dear Helen, words can’t express the appreciation I have for you. You always have a rema word at the right time. I know in my Spirit that God has place a anointing of prophetic on my life, but it seems as though I’m not place around the right people in my church to grow the gifts. I yearn for that day to come! Sometime I get discouraged but God want let me give up. Knowing that it’s not too late for the Mantle I still have Hope!!!

    Overflow of blessings to you and yours


  12. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Joanne, thank you for your encouraging words. I say yes and amen, never too late, your Father is faithful!

  13. Tina

    Thank you for sharing. I needed this confirmation. Sometimes we want things so bad, that we fell to see to understand that, that particular job, man, house,car, is not for us. If we stop and allow God to lead us..It is then that we will get what our hearts truly desire…Thank you for the wise words. Aa a Seer/prophet..I’m learning my gift. I wasn’t ready for it..but slowly he is building me up.

  14. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Tina, yes that is so true. It reminds me of Ps 37:4 which says, ‘Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.’ As our team leader, David McCracken points out, when we are delighting in God, then He causes His desires to bubble up within us. I love the thought that Holy Spirit can direct and adjust our desires.
    Thank you!

  15. Amy melissa

    Hello Mrs Calder I am new to your website but I have read several of your articles and can’t tell you how much you helped me . Thank you for all that you do and may the Lord Jesus bless you.

    Amy Melissa

  16. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Amy Melissa, it is wonderful to hear from you and I hope you can stay connected. Thank you!

  17. jose ramos

    En ocasiones es duro estar esperando el cumplimiento del llamado,porque mientras llega,suceden cosas que enturbian el mismo llamado…nos desanimamos,a tal grado que en ocasiones queremos tirar la toalla.
    soy un eliseo en entrenamiento para tener la comision de mi llamado,llevo años esperando y en ocasiones he escuchado esa voz interna decirme: espera,espera,Jose. todavia no es el tiempo.Aveces he pensado que puede ser la voz del diablo,o bien de mi alma o de mi espiritu humano y reprendo en el nombre de Jesus dichas voces, y mientras hago mi trabajo.vuelvo a escuchar esa voz,diciendome:ESPERA JOSE,ESPERA.
    Creo que el tiempo que sirvio Eliseo al profeta Elias fueron largos y prolongados trece años…no dice la Biblia que haya sustentado alguna charla profetica en algun Congreso de Apostoles y profetas.o que haya escrito un libro acerca de su llamado profetico, !no!, tuvo que esperar el tiempo y el momenmto para salir y cumpplir lo que Dios tenia preparado para el.Y eso mismo nos toca a nosotros hacer.
    Dios nos ayude en ello. !saludos!

  18. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Jose, you are so right. Perseverance is vital.
    When I read about the men and women in the Bible who experienced long seasons of waiting and wilderness times, they must have had times of temptation to give up, but they didn’t, and they received their mantles, their crowns, their inheritances. God is faithful.
    But am also reminded of Hebrews 11, the heroes of faith, that the very best, the crowns, the rewards, are not in this life but in eternity. That helps us continue to run when there is no immediate reward in sight.
    May you be enriched in your faith and rejoice in God’s goodness over you and your family, Jose.

  19. Kimberly

    Helen, thanks for “touching and agreeing” with me for wisdom. And, Lorelle…I truly appreciate the reminder.

  20. BOYD

    am blessed with the word its for me.why? my spiritual father has promised to give me his mantle on 21 st december 2014.God ReachlY bless you.

  21. Helen Calder Post author

    That sounds great, Boyd! May you enjoy God’s rich blessing in this new season of ministry.

  22. Louise

    Hi Helen, does the mantle have to represent a ministry gift or can it refer to anything Eg. A talent or skill. I feel like I can relate to Joseph in some ways. I have grown up with a strong passion for horses but have never felt sure it was from God because its always been a struggle to move in it – never been encouraged in it, no finances, the industry and people it attracts are tough and it seems Godless. I’ve hit many brick walls and just as things have seemed to get going they come to an abrupt end. Despite that I have experience and a level of ability that I know God has grown through my short lived experiences. I’ve recently come out of a time where I felt like God had encouraged me to try again and it all blew up in my face to the point where I was being accused of all sorts of lies. I was so afraid I got to the point of feeling like a small bug about to be crushed. Over the years I’ve begged father to take my desire for moving in the area of horses and riding away. Despite the knock backs and asking God to take this from me I find my drive and desire stronger than ever. Father has worked healing but I wonder what I’m missing. What Is He saying that I’m not hearing? Have I misunderstood? Am I chasing something that isn’t from Him at all?

    You mentioned that desire can be a conformation of His plan among other things. What other confirmations should I look for?

    Sorry for spilling so much detail! Not very good at being succinct.

  23. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Louise, thank you SO much for sharing that – it’s a really important question that you have asked:
    ‘ does the mantle have to represent a ministry gift or can it refer to anything Eg. A talent or skill.’
    I think sometimes we put terms like ‘mantle’ in a box, when it is so much bigger than that, because God and His plans for our lives are so much bigger.
    When you look at Joseph, his mantle was in the area of leadership and stewardship in the secular realm! So our God-given gifts may also be for the marketplace and skill and talent is an important part of it.

    Your passion for horses reminds me of my sister. She grew up with a passion and love for dogs. Now, she works for the Guide Dog Association in NZ overseeing the development of puppies that will eventually be trained to assist sight-impaired people.
    Is that just as much a God-given mantle as what I am doing in prophetic ministry? Absolutely. It’s personal and unique to her, and anointed by God and I believe Father has the same ahead for you.

    It will eventually come together for you, even though there have been many trials. I would just encourage you to take some time to meditate and pray about God’s purpose for your life – how what you do will grow in such a way that people will be helped by your gifts.

    Hope that helps 🙂 Helen

  24. Tracey

    Thank you Helen!

    This was really an encouraging message for me. It has not been easy to accept and live out the calling the Lord has placed on my life. I can so relate to “wearing a series of mantles”…all in the process of how God prepares you for where He wants to ultimately take you. But how often we, in our limited understanding, get comfortable in one of the mantles along the way and think ‘this is it’. However, the Lord in His infinite wisdom comes and removes that ‘mantle’ and gives you another…it doesn’t make sense and we feel confused and even angry at God. I have learnt though that God always knows best, and as you said He sees the bigger picture and knows exactly what we all need to be equipped for both life and ministry. So I would like to encourage someone going through ‘a change in mantle’ – there’s a reason for it, and though it seems senseless and even painful, the Lord knows where He wants to take you and He is always working in and through us for His good purpose.

    God bless you Helen and may He continue to use you to impact lives for His Kingdom.

  25. uju

    Just gone through your teachings about mantle but I know its not same with mentor but just want to tell you about someone telling me that he is my mentor and God has told him my mentor . But I told him I have not received that from God and that God would have shown me if really his my mentor but he said the case is not always like that , and that God did not reveal to timothy that him paul is his mentor , same to Elijah and Elisha, that all I need is to obey him and things will work out fine for me. So now my question is” can God reveal to him and not to me too. Is that how God choose mentors and is it God that choses mentor for one. Thanx and God bless. Uju

  26. Daizy

    hi Helen, I’ve been making my strides through this walk of faith.sometimes i feel discouraged by challenges but the strength of our hrts keeps me going,when i turn back and look, its all dark and there’s no way I can go back .I fear where “he” is taking me.he spoke to me about the mantle of fire upon Elijah’s life this morning and told me i needed to know my mantle to flow as I should.didnt know about the exact meaning of a “|mantle|” before now but your word has lightened my hrt this day and i wait patiently to understand and move s I should.thanks again…

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Daizy, thank you for leaving the note, I hope my article has helped you clarify what a mantle is and the wonderful promises of God for your life. Bless you!

  27. Gordy Rollins

    Gee you are on a roll today Helen. (i realise that I am reading on one day and you may have written on others).
    Seriously this post has spoken strongly to me, I can see a number of mantles that have been torn from me even though I was sure at the time, I was in God’s place for me. However the real blessing in this article for me is that I am sure where God is taking me but I can see no earthly way it will happen; and so I wll wait on the Mantle giver and trust His timing.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Amen, Gordy I’m praying and believing with you, may you have His supernatural peace to know that the fullness of what Father has for you will unfold – the best is yet to come!

  28. Sandra

    Hello Helen
    First time on your website. Recently a woman, I admire in the faith, told me God clearly told her I had the gift of Prophecy. I have been on a journey to find exactly what that means and what to do with it. At the same time, it actually fits with some things I have experienced in my life. Have gone to and still attend a conservative church which really sees the gift of prophecy as same as “teaching”. All I can say, is that in my gut it is NOT teaching but something more and different.
    So your article on establishing my mantle (even at my late age of 52) was right on. Although I believe I have had this gift for some time, I also believe God needed to get some things out of my life and grow me up spiritually and THEN he established my mantle for this season in my life.
    So I am on a journey now, how to use it, when to use it, in a world that some in the church feel its such a misused gift they don’t want to use it. Any advice you have to grow in this gift I would be interested in.

  29. Bernice

    Hello Helen,

    I have always heard that in order to grow prophetically, and to succeed in the call, you must have a mentor (a more Mature Prophet) to invest in you and raise you up. Is that true? Are there instances where the only teacher one may have is the Holy Spirit? And the only mantle your receive would be from God himself?

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Bernice, I think that what you have heard is along the lines of a ‘succession mantle’ – like Elisha receiving Elijah’s mantle. But that is not the only way to receive a ‘mantle’ from God. Like Joseph, whose father fashioned his own, uniquely crafted, colourful cloak, your Heavenly Father has a unique, perfectly crafted mantle for you.

      These articles about prophetic mentoring may be helpful, Bernice:

  30. augustine azubuike

    I agree with this message completely. it reveals that life is a journey and not a short walk. though in this journey of destiny u have a destination, u will meet a lot of temporary hold ups which all together makes your jurney worth while.

  31. augustine azubuike

    I our time is there any mistake too grave to terminate once destiny ? like that of gehazy

  32. connie

    Can a person have the same mantle if a person that has deceased and went home with the lord fir example like AA allan.kathryln cuman

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Connie, I know there are testimonies of that happening so I couldn’t say an outright ‘no’ but I do believe it is rare for this to happen, it’s usually because someone has received a significant impartation and been an ‘Elisha’ to him or her in some way.
      It’s more important, I believe, for us to seek God for the unique mantle He desires to give us. (Of course we can receive inspiration and impartation from others too)

      1. connie

        Thank you I believe that as well it was a minister preaching and stated that you cannot receive a mantle from another person that has decease like Kathryn kulmn

  33. John Amina

    Dear servants of the Lord .
    greetings from Africa Kenya in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and savior,
    We are a young ministry in western Kenya Nyanza province ,
    after going through your web and seen what the Lord is doing through you we were prompted to write you and kindly request you to come to Kenya to hold us crusades and leaders seminars.
    looking forward to hearing from you soon.
    Pastor John and Hellen Amin
    Box 637 Sare Awendo 40405 E.A.Kenya
    Phone +254720734200

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Pastors John and Hellen, it’s great to hear from you and we pray God’s rich blessings on your life and ministry.
      We don’t have any plans to visit Africa at this stage, but appreciate the invite.

  34. jose ramos

    Me encuentro en situacion de prueba,por un lado veo lo que el mundo ofrece,y tambien veo lo que la carne sugiere,y en esta lucha me encuentro, peleo la batalla de la fe a traves de oracion y ayuno,y el servicio a los demas,para someter la carne,pero en ocasiones veo que las cosas de esta vida,el deseo de avanzar,en el proyecto del Señor para mi vida,y no en mis capacidades,me frustran y me enojo,cuando no veo lo que yo quisiera…
    Esta es mi situacion…a pesar de ello,sigo escuchando con frecuencia la voz de mi Señor,en cada encrucijada,como tambien sus recomendaciones,y es alli,en donde me frustro.Le ruego sus oraciones y pueda avanzar en la comision que el Señor tiene para mi.Oro por usted,y su Ministerio y su familia,le ruego orar por mi pais,yo lo hare por Australia.!saludos!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thank you Jose, Yes, I pray for you, your family and for Mexico, for a move of the Holy Spirit. May you be strong in the Word of God, powerful in grace!
      It sounds as though you have many challenges and trials, but have the blessing of hearing His voice. Your strength is in your intimate relationship with God, may that continue to sustain and satisfy you above all things. Thank you for your prayers

  35. MOUMBO

    For me it is a powerful revelation. I am going to teach this to my students in the school and in the church.

  36. Servant

    My mentor spoke prophetically that she was passing her mantle on to me. I was to follow her not to go to the right or left. I saw this vision of a kettle on top of open flame getting hot. Next to it I saw the word accusations. I received a warning I was being accused behind the scene. Sure enough all kind of inaccurate charges were brought up against me. And then I was told there has been a shift. And I thought how can you take a mantle off the table God has put on the table. After I came across your blog hit shed some light. Please help me with this one. I have also, been severely wounded.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi there, I’m sorry to hear of the trial you have been experiencing.
      Any prophetic word, including the one that came from your mentor about the mantle, needs to be weighed up, sometimes this means testing over time. If it has not borne good fruit, fruit of the Spirit in your life, maybe it is time to release that word and receive healing.
      There are some thoughts in this article that may be of help

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi April,
      Yes I do believe sometimes God speaks prophetically through the symbols of colours. Some try to apply a general interpretation of colours, but I also believe God gives individuals a unique meaning…. so it’s something for you personally to pray about.
      You could start with the Biblical interpretation of the colour…the blood of Jesus comes to mind, also salvation (e.g. scarlet cord in Joshua 2).

  37. Ngozi

    your teaching on how to receive the mantle is so enriching. I was appointed a leader in my prayer group when I thought I wasn’t qualified but your teaching just made me to understand that God destined it.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Ngozi, that’s so good to hear! I pray you will know God’s blessing and strengthening in your situation. You are called, appointed and anointed!

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