Prophetic Word for 2017: Captivation, Focus and Miracles

As I have been praying about a prophetic word for 2017, the Holy Spirit reminded me of a vision I had a few months ago.

Prophetic Word for 2017I saw an arrow head descend with a bolt of lightning from Heaven. The arrow head went deep into the earth, where it struck and exposed a foundation. That foundation was glowing red hot, as iron does in a fire.

As we enter the New Year, I believe God is speaking about a move of the Holy Spirit in which He is pointing us back to the foundation of our ‘first love’ for Jesus.[1]

Get ready for things to heat up.

Prophetic word for 2017: From Captive to Captivated

The word that the Holy Spirit has brought to my attention as we lean into this New Year is ‘captivated.’ [2]

To captivate means, ‘to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence…’

The Bible is full of examples of people who were captivated by God. Those whose attention was caught and held by a Person they saw, knew and loved.

Zacchaeus was captivated by Jesus. His desire to see Jesus was so great, that he ran ahead of the crowd to climb a tree, because he was short in stature. (Luke 19)

His actions drew the attention of the Saviour. Jesus said, ‘I am coming to your house.’

Hear Jesus say, ‘I am coming to your home, your neighborhood, your workplace. Get ready to receive Me.’

Sin no longer held an attraction for Zacchaeus, because he discovered God’s grace. He was captivated by a Saviour.

Has some area of fear or temptation been holding you captive? Take another look at Jesus. When your attention is caught and held by your King, sin and fear will fall away.

Your whole life is about to move from being captive to living a captivated life.

From Distraction to Attraction

Mary was captivated by Jesus. Her attention was fixed upon Him, as she sat listening to what he had to say.

In the meantime, her sister Martha was distracted by all the serving that needed to be done. Jesus said to Martha, ‘you are worried and upset by many things, but only one thing is needed.’ (see Luke 10:38-42)

That Martha was serving, was not the problem—the trouble was that she had lost her joy of hosting Jesus.

Have you ever tried to overcome your distraction by trying to focus? You focus dutifully for a short period of time, before becoming distracted again.

As this year begins, the answer to all your distraction is not a New Year’s resolution. The Holy Spirit wants to overcome your distraction by replacing it with a glorious attraction towards Jesus.

This is freedom!

Not live captive to religious rules or expectations, but to live CAPTIVATED by the One who is truly amazing.

You will see your Healer.

You will see your Deliverer.

You will see your Provider.

You will be amazed as you discover where God leads you, into new initiatives, new areas of creativity.

Your pursuit of Jesus will bring clarity to work and relationships. The lives of many people will be touched by the Presence of God on your life.

Prophetic word for 2017: Captivated by God’s Word

On the road to Emmaus, two weary, grieving disciples were captivated as Jesus revealed the Messiah (Himself) in the Scriptures. They later said, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us?’ (Luke 24:32)

Are you captive to a sense of duty or obligation to God’s Word? Is Bible study something you know you should get to, but rarely do?

This year, you can be one whose heart is burning as you captivated by God’s Word. Expect your attention to be caught and held as the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to you in the Scriptures.

It is time to be captivated.

Miracles are Being Unleashed

History is made by those who are captivated. Their attention is riveted—caught and held—by a vision that is one of greatness and change. They move towards that captivating vision and take others with them.

Be captivated by Jesus, and as your attention is transfixed upon Him, the Father will give you His dreams for your life. Others will follow you.

Miracles are about to break open. There are things that God has had in storage for you and the lids are about to come off. It’s time.

Problems are going to be solved by supernatural revelation from the Holy Spirit.

You will experience great fruitfulness, because you are living focused. You are focused on where God’s Presence is, what His favour is upon, and what He is doing.

In 2017 you will see things shift and move, new things will be birthed and the impossible will be made possible.

Say ‘yes’ to the move of the Holy Spirit and live captivated.


[1] ‘First love’ is an expression taken from Revelation 2:4. The church at Ephesus was still doing great things for God, but they had left their foundation of first love for Jesus. God is more concerned about our intimate relationship with Him, and that we are motivated by love for Him, than what we do. (See also Matt 7:21-23)

[2] Dictionary definition. See for example,

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53 thoughts on “Prophetic Word for 2017: Captivation, Focus and Miracles

  1. Bonnie

    hi Helen, good to know you! I am from Hong Kong and I’ve read your blog for 2 months. I am so thankful and blessed by your teaching, not only do I understand more about the spiritual gifting in biblical basis, but also in a strong sense of God’s love and kindness which strengthen me a lot on Father’s heart and intimate relationship.
    Recently when you have a new post, I would have a knowing inside just before I start to visit your blog, it’s so amazing! Lord speaks to me through your post and I always felt touching and encouraging! I bless the new change on your ministry and I long for the online course! May the Lord Jesus Christ blows a fresh wind of Spirit upon Enliven Ministry bringing newness and wonder to you!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thank you so much, Bonnie! Your encouragement means a lot to me.
      It’s been many years since my husband and I visited Hong Kong – a very special place and dear to God’s heart. May you receive a fresh visitation of the Spirit upon your life and all of those around you!

    2. Mpho

      Greetings to you all

      I have a dream whereby my Bishop gave me 3 golden keys written 7 in the middle, it was during a church service in my dream. Several church leaders eyes changed to red and started to attack me. May you please clarify the dream to me because I’ve been having sleepless nights.

      God bless

      Mpho Motshabi

  2. francis

    Francis livimbo from real blessed with your message may good Lord continue to use you mightly in Jesus Name

  3. Abraham

    Hello Helen,
    Greetings from Ghana. Just about an hour ago I was reflecting over the words of the Master in John 6:44… No one can come to me unless unless the father who sent me draws him. The attractive force from the father. Then i received your message about being captivated and thus CAPTURED by the Lord.
    You are always on time thanks to the HOLY SPIRIT. More grace to your pen. Stay blessed.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Abraham, and thank you, your thought about the attracting force from the Father is so very inspiring! I will meditate on that too.

      1. Abraham

        Good. Please bless me later with your meditation results. When the master said the Father who sent me is with me, and I am one with the Father, His statement in John 6:44 clearly explains the force of attraction from the Father. From the day I saw your picture, with you and the head of the lion, and thus told you of my dream of the white lady in the heavens with a huge lion lying by her side, I knew God was at work in your life. Let some of that blessing fall on me with your prayers. Be blessed always.

  4. nonhlanhla

    Hie Helen,thank you very much,i cried though when reading from captive to captivated,it inspired me a lot,im Called in the prophetic office,im waiting patiently for the Lord,though the warfare im inn,sometimes it doesnt make sense at all,but in all this i thank God for you people,you ve been of good help,even when the world is all against me,something from you will make me sane and back on my feet,thank you very much.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Nonhlanhla, I’m glad Enliven Blog is an encouragement to you. Praying for you right now…peace and grace abundantly

  5. Ric Taylor

    Greetings Friends. A little while ago, I was preparing to go to work (the evening shift). I took a “cat nap”. Just before I was to wake up, I saw JESUS , alone in a room. HE was sitting on a bench. At some point, HE rose up, checked HIMSELF over and walked across the room, to a wall with a single door. HE stood by the door, as if ready to open it and step through. About an hour later, while awake, the second part of the vision happened. JESUS had gone past the door. Now HE was standing at an archway, made of the clouds. HE was wearing the same white gown with a brilliant red sash and had HIS arms outstretched. Beyond the archway, was a land of pure clouds. I was made to understand that the land, although made entirely of clouds could sustain the weight of many people. It was all so beautiful! GOD Bless!

  6. Adeyemi a festus

    Have been bless and transformed in my spiritual life by your messages through out the year and GOD is confirm his word to me through your message sir. My prayer is the Lord Jesus continue to increase His Grace and Anointing on you and your ministries sir.Merr Xmas and prosperous New year to you and your ministries sir

  7. Charmaine

    Hi Helen, the Lord bless you! Do trust you had a joyfilled Christmas! This is my first time writing to you. I like the prophetic word you got for 2017 – From Captive to Captivated. I enjoyed reading that word; Honestly I am Captivated by it, because I am in love with Jesus and my desire is to please him. This desire comes with alot of fight and determination. Continue to do the Lord’s will, continue to pray and be strong in the Jesus. Pray for me and my family. Have a Holy Ghost directed 2017, God bless you and your family. Thanks

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Charmaine, I’m finally catching up with my comments 🙂 I really appreciate you taking the time to leave me a note.
      I pray that 2017 will exceed your expectations in your personal growth and intimacy with Jesus! God bless you too.

  8. Linda

    The daily messages has changed my life greatly and it’s my wish and desire that people around me experience God’s grace, mercy and power through memail.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Linda, thank you for leaving the note, may you see the overflow on people around you as your heart desires in 2017!

  9. Amanda

    Hi Helen tnx!!! Happy New Year to you too. Tnx once again for the blogs in 2016. You are a great person and mentor and leader wish all the best in 2017 with your family.

  10. Sharon Goggins

    I thank you for your prohesy in my life lately I have been having dteams and visions and songs that God has been giving me. I was fearful but I am stepping out on faith believing what God has for me is for me again thank you for your encouraging words and testimony. God has been dealing with me with the number 3. I have done research. And has also written down things I have heard in the spirit. To God be the glory. And I am being captivated by who he is.. And being drawn closer to him. Enjoy your vacation. Thanks for again I could not have recieved it at a better time today is my 63rd birthday. Love

  11. Leah

    Hi Helen
    I am from Bethlehem in South Africa, in the Free state province… , I am so overwhelmed , I was looking for this for so long, God has opened a door for me, it is so amazing. God is using u so mightily in my life Helen, thank you, thank you so much for giving yourself to be a tool in His hands. Lord is speaking to me through your posts.
    stay blessed. My the Lord keep u for us.

  12. Reitha

    Hello Helen
    My name is Reitha from Botswana. I’ve read your blog for the longest of times now. You helped me through out my journey of learning to feed my soul and developing my greatest gift from the Holy Spirit. It is so amazing how each and every time o receive an email from you it is related to what I’m going through or something that I dreamt about or thought about. Thank you so much and please continue doing the beautiful work of God. May you be blessed more and more! As we enter into 2017, it is our time to shine and glow through the Glory of God. Let us feel the heavy anointing fall upon us. We bless the Lord who is worthy of our Praises

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thank you Reitha, I really appreciate you taking the time to leave such a lovely note

  13. Deborah

    This is right on for 2017. Thank you for the pure word of the Lord. I know that the body of Christ is distracted by many things. It sometime seems hard to balance the spiritual with the natural works that need to be done for the kingdom, but i agree with you. Many years ago i was prophesied that i had a Mary/Martha ministry. I love sitting at the feet of Jesus rather than doing natural works for the kingdom. I am trying to find this balance. Serving as an elder/prophet/teacher of my apostolic 5 fold ministry church i am trying to understand the balance of supporting the apostle with outward works that need to be done but i tend to lean more towards the prophetic side of introducing the saint to a face to face relationship with jesus. My prayer is to find peace between the 2 needs.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Deborah, when you have the heart desire to keep the balance, as you do, that is what will keep you on track.
      I am both too. 🙂

  14. Gail Hamilton

    Greetings Helen, Merry Christmas AND Happy New Years To You, Your Family AND Ministry! 😀

    Thank You so much for obeying our Father in stepping out to launch EnliveBlog and more! 😀 It is and has been a blessing to me whenever it arrives through my email. 😀 I understand from reading Bonnie’s Comment on Dec. 22nd that You will be starting an online course. Can you tell me more about it? Thanks! 😀

    I write DAILY BIBLE READING CORNER and I’ve taken the liberty of sharing “Prophetic Word for 2017: Captivation, Focus and Miracles” with my readers. 😀 It’s my heart for everyone to have an intimate relationship with The Trinity! 😀

    God’s Riches Upon You AND All That You Lay Your Hands To For His Glory, Honor AND Souls In Jesus Name, Amen! 😀

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Gail, thank you for that, it’s great to hear from you!
      Yes I’m working on my first online course and it is going to be on the topic of spiritual warfare. Hopefully it will be ready to go by early-mid February.:-)

  15. Gabriel

    Thank you so much for your post Helen. Greetings from Uganda! I know I’m blessed by all that you have prophesied upon my life in 2017! May God Almighty continue to use you in the most amazing of ways in Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Gabriel, from Australia! I’m glad Enliven Blog has been a blessing to you. May 2017 exceed your expectations…pressed down, shaken together and running over!

  16. Samson

    Hi Helen, you are such a great blessing to me. Ever since I started reading your blogs my life has not been the same. They are a prophetic voice guiding me in my life and ministry. continue doing the work of God and may God bless you.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Samson, it’s such an honour to be used by Jesus to bless your life. Thank you for sharing

  17. Sheela abraham

    The Holy Spirit has been speaking to me about the way Mary and Martha journeyed with God . Jesus said – Only one thing is needed and Mary has chosen that . The Holy Spirit reconfirmed the same message through your word today. Praise the Lord

  18. Yvonne

    Hello Helen, Greetings in the name of the Lord. I am truly Blessed by the Prophetic word for 2o17. I am being Captivated right now by my attention being only on the Lord and I am loving it. I had Distractions in 2016. I enjoy reading your Blog. It is very helpful to me and I am learning a lot. Thank You.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Yvonne, thank you for taking the time to leave a reply.
      May 2017 be a year of discovering great depth and riches in your journey with the Lord. 🙂

  19. Thokozani Mbowera

    Glory to God for this insight. My Spirit is Excited & am optimistic. Thank you Enliven. Words can’t express how much Am greatful for your work & impact in our lives. God richly bless you.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      I’m glad to hear you are enthusiastic, God bless you and Happy New Year Thokozani!

  20. Drew

    This rings so true, and I testify that this IS what the Holy Spirit is desiring to do in my life- to turn me wholly toward Him, and to be fully captivated by the Lord Jesus, and where the Spirit of God is and what He is doing. SUCH a good word. I was looking for a word of God for 2017… read thru some posts and nothing rang true in my spirit. Your words did. Bless you sister, for your release of this timely and accurate Word of God.

  21. Ndumy

    Hello Helen

    The year 2016 was full of fear distractions and my first love for the Lord decreased. I was prophecied for children ministry like taking care of those in need. It was my desire to give to those in need before I knew it was a calling. I’m a worshiper at my church but lately I had some doubts because of circumstances . Thank you for your articlem, it helps me a lot. I pray that I go back to my first love for Christ. I recently got a word from my pastor that God wants me and my husband to pray for the sick to develop the gift of healing. Please pray for my emotions they delay me. Even though I read one of your article that it is a sign you have the gift of healing, but it is difficult to serve the Lord diligently with emotions problem.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Ndumy, I pray that you receive God’s peace and healing in every area of your life. Even when you are weak, you can still step out and pray for others, and I pray you do and are strengthened as you go.

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