Prophetic Guidance: How to Make the Most of Prophetic Signposts

God calls us to live a life of faith. And so, we don’t have to seek confirmation about every little thing He tells us.

We can trust the Holy Spirit to guide us moment-by-moment as to where to go, and what to do or say. This is part of developing an intimate relationship with God. Jesus said, My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me’ (John 10:27, NKJV).

But what if you are seeking God’s will over an important decision? In this case, there is a Biblical basis to have your prophetic guidance confirmed.

  • This is especially true when major changes of life-direction or ministry are at stake and when your decisions are impacting the lives of people around you.

I like to use ‘signposts’ as a metaphor for prophetic confirmations.

Like a signpost, a prophetic confirmation lets you know you’re on the right track—it is pointing in the same direction you believe God has spoken to you about.

Look at Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Throughout their journeys, God gave multiple signposts all pointing the same direction—prophetic reminders that He had chosen them and was giving the land of Canaan to their descendants.


What are Some Prophetic Signposts God Uses?

Signposts are a metaphor for prophetic confirmations. These become are vital when you're seeking God's will about major decisions. Here's how you can use them:‘I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.’ (Psalm 32:8, NKJV)

How does God speak to us through prophetic confirmation? There are many different ways the Holy Spirit communicates to us, such as:

  • Prophetic encounters, personal prophecies, dreams and visions
  • The pull (sense) of God’s call towards something
  • The way you are ‘wired’—you know this fits with the way God has created you
  • The affirmation of oversight
  • Opportunities (we may call these open doors)
  • Unity amongst key decision-makers
  • Past experiences that point to this

Some Signposts can Only be Seen Looking Back

‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (Eph 2:10, NIV)

Sometimes, a signpost can be seen in the past, in retrospect.

You are seeking guidance and then realize as you look back, that God knew the path ahead.

Your Father knew you would eventually come to this crossroads, and has been directing you this way all along.

This happened to me in 2016. I had been on Prophet David McCracken’s ministry team for 6 years and my husband and I were committed to the team for life. But then one day, David announced God had spoken to him about us broadening to become a family of ministries. This meant I was suddenly given an opportunity to form my own ministry!

Even though this was a totally unexpected crossroads, my husband and I were able to look back and see some very clear signposts. When we saw those signposts, we realized this was Father’s intention all along! We were able to progress very quickly and in the space of two months, Enliven Ministries was birthed within the David McCracken Ministries family.

The reason I could cooperate with the Divine acceleration God had for me, was that I knew without a shadow of a doubt those signposts were there.

So, just because signposts are needed, doesn’t mean it is going to take a long time for you to reach a clear decision.

You can trust when it is God’s time to bring something to birth, He can cause a lot of signs to come together at once—and some of those can be seen in retrospect.


Embrace the Protection of Spiritual Oversight

‘Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.’ (Prov 15:22, NIV)

There is a Biblical principle that for major life or ministry-changing decisions, having confirmation from spiritual oversight is crucial.

  • This helps with protection, discernment, accountability and wisdom, as well as being a timing check.

In my own case, I had the facilitation and rich wisdom of my leaders—including David McCracken’s own Board. We also had expert assistance provided in the area of setting up our not-for-profit ministry.

Additionally, confirmation can also come from others God has placed around our lives. In 2 Corinthians 13:1 the Apostle Paul quoted, “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.” It is a principle that was brought forward to the New Testament.

Loren Cunningham, founder of YWAM, coined a phrase, ‘The Wise Men Principle’. He wrote,
‘Just as the Three Wise Men individually followed the star and in doing so were all led to the same Christ, so God will often use two or more spiritually sensitive people to confirm what He is telling you.’ [1]

So, if you are facing a major decision and you believe God has spoken to you—seek for God’s prophetic confirmation. When you look to see what signposts confirm the direction you believe God has shown you:

  • You are balancing wisdom and faith
  • You are weighing up your prophetic insight

And you are honoring the Holy Spirit, His voice and His ways.


10 Lessons on Prophetic Guidance

Is the above article timely, or would you like to learn more on this topic? The teaching on signposts is just one of the lessons from my Prophetic Guidance Master Class, in which I tackle some tough issues such as:

  • How do faith and wisdom work together when following prophetic guidance?
  • What extra care should I take when relationships or emotional issues are involved?
  • What should I do about a closed door?
  • What can I do if my prophetic guidance is unclear?
  • What is God doing when there are delays and disappointments?

These are some of the questions I explore in my Prophetic Guidance Master Class. Plus, I’ve just uploaded the PDF transcript of these ten lessons, so you can keep your own summary for reference.

You can find the Prophetic Guidance Master Class in the Enliven Prophetic School here.

Modules on the School currently include: ‘How to hear God’s voice’ ‘How to Begin and Grow in Prophecy’, ‘The Seer Gift: How to Grow in Pictures and Visions’, ‘Discernment and Prophetic Warnings’ and the ‘Prophetic Guidance Master Class’


Notes:
[1]‘Is That Really You, God? Hearing the Voice of God’ by Loren Cunningham, 1984 Chosen Books, Grand Rapids


© 2018 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

16 thoughts on “Prophetic Guidance: How to Make the Most of Prophetic Signposts

  1. rozanne

    Hi Helen an amazing timely and comforting reminder of God’s signposts thank you….I’m not sure that I have done the Prophetic Master Class. Was that included in your previous prophetic school?

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Rozanne, I’m glad you found the post helpful
      Yes the prophetic guidance master class is in the school and you’re still enrolled so you can pop back in at any time and check out the new classes. You may like to download the Prophetic Guidance PDF which has all 10 lessons on it – saves you having to go back through the videos on that topic 🙂

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  2. hamuli

    Thank you Helen for your story encouraging me to go forward in the prophetic ministries.
    You do not know how I received this lesson with your explanations.
    My English is childhood for that I am not able to write story.

    Be blessed.

    HAMULI MARCEL NGUMA.

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Hamuli, thank you for leaving the note, I pray you will continue to grow and progress in your gift and calling. His grace is yours

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  3. Ndumy

    Thank you Ma Helen, I always find something and learn from your messages. Signpost have been there , may the Lord show me and my husband where to begin as He spoke through our pastor that we will see more in the spirit what He want us to do. I’m so glad I found this blog.

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  4. Nicholas Nganga

    I sincerely needed this lesson on signposts.I have been seeking God regarding our International Christian School project.Yes,i have learned very important points on Divine guidance.

    Thank you!

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  5. Tracey Patterson

    Thank you for that Rhema Word and I Bless God for always meeting me right where I am at on this journey. I have always felt ahead of my time and just never really fit in anywhere but now all the pieces are coming together and in due season the Gift that God placed in me shall be Revealed. Be Blessed Woman of God!

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Terri, yes great question!
      I do include this in my teaching regularly because it’s one of our ministry family core values (and one of the hardest lessons I’ve had along the way!)
      By oversight, I mean the person or group we relate to as our leaders in a spiritual sense. This is going to look different according to our unique situations. In the past for my husband and myself, this has included (at different times), our ministry boards, our pastors, elders in our church, small group leaders in our church who are mentors, ministry leaders, and so on. So there’s lots of variety there according to the situation.
      And by ‘confirmation’ I mean that they are in agreement that what we have heard or are sensing is of God (i.e. the prophetic guidance), also that they are comfortable with the way we have interpreted what to do with that guidance, how to carry it out. Often leaders pick up on our ‘blind spots’ 🙂
      Hope that helps and please do ask any other questions related to this.

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  6. Jean

    Hi Helen
    I am learning about prophetic guidance in the Enliven prophetic school. Thanks for this blog and encouragement.
    Jean

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Jean, I’m glad it’s been an encouragement to you! Let me know if you have any more questions on the topic I can answer as I seek to enlarge on it.

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  7. Christabell

    Thank you very much Mama Helen. This is an eye opener to me. I truly need the signpost on my journey the Lord has called me to, I don’t want to use my wisdom or understanding with the issues of the Holy Spirit.

    Remain blessed.

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