Have you ever had an expectation—one you wholeheartedly believed was from God—but it didn’t work out as you imagined?

It may have been a prophecy, a role or assignment, a relationship or a ministry opportunity.

Perhaps you dreamed about the way God was going to answer a prayer, release your destiny or fulfil His promise—but it didn’t take place the way you expected.

‘Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life’. (Prov 13:12, NKJV)

Today, I believe God is saying to many:

‘Let go of what you perceive to be unfinished business. Release those things to Me, for I have a fresh anointing and a new assignment for you.’

The Prophet Samuel Was Crushed and Disappointed—But God had a Plan

God gave Samuel the task to anoint Saul as king, but it didn’t work out as the prophet expected.

The new king rebelled and disobeyed God. And Samuel faced the painful task of delivering God’s message to Saul: ‘You’ve rejected God’s word—and now God has rejected you as king’. (See 1 Sam 15)

After that, Samuel withdrew and we read, ‘Samuel mourned for Saul…’ (1 Sam 15:35, NKJV) Think about this:

  • Samuel himself had publicly identified and anointed Saul as king
  • Afterwards, he discovered the very instrument he had anointed was rotten to the core!

This was a situation that touched Samuel’s identity as a prophet. It impacted his life’s calling as a revivalist; to lead Israel to serve and worship God.

Samuel saw years stretched in front of him, in which an ungodly king ruled the nation he loved.

The prophet was stricken with grief over the loss of what could have been—and the young man he had seen potential in.

But the God Who loved and called Samuel had a plan. And God’s next instructions to Samuel are fresh and relevant to us today.

1. It’s Time to Rise Up

‘The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” (1 Sam 16:1, NIV)

God gave Samuel time to grieve—and He acknowledged the validity of those feelings. But there came a day when God said, ‘How long will you mourn?’

The Hebrew word for mourn, abal, means to bewail, lament, mourn [Strongs H56].

Samuel had strong feelings about what was lost. But God was saying, ‘I have a new plan! You cannot enter into it until you recognize what time it is. It is time to rise up and move on.’

Hear your Father say,

‘In order to move into the new assignment I have for you, let go of what is behind. Release those regrets and disappointments relating to the past.’

You can move forward free and unencumbered!

This principle does not only apply to good things that turned bad. It also applies to good things; even great things, that have had their time. 

  • That day is over and the Spirit is moving in a new direction.

An opportunity may have been good and anointed of God in the past—but if it is not His purpose in this current season, it can become a ‘Saul’.

You have been hankering after it, but that day, that opportunity is gone.

God’s Presence and anointing has left it! Release it, move forward, discover and anoint the new thing He is doing.

2. Receive Your Anointing and Fresh Commissioning

‘Fill your horn with oil and be on your way…’

Samuel was mourning over someone he had anointed—and it seemed that anointing oil had been wasted. Now God was saying, ‘Stop looking back where the past anointing was unfruitful, and look ahead to where I am appointing a new king!’

  • Anoint the new thing God is anointing
  • Prophesy about what He is appointing
  • Bless what He is doing and about to do

See life, speak and declare life.

Notice God’s instructions to Samuel were, ‘fill first’!  You can’t move ahead without a fresh anointing.

‘Anointing’ speaks to us of being filled with the Spirit~both for refreshing and for a purpose~and having a fresh encounter with God.

Hear Him say, ‘Lift up your head and your hands! Receive a touch of refreshing, a fresh outpouring from My Throne. I am for you and not against you! My Spirit is coming upon you and filling you.’

3. Launch Out in Faith

‘I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.’ (1 Sam 16:1, NIV)

Samuel went to the household of Jesse. Jesse means ‘wealthy’ or ‘gift’. As you begin to move, know all of Heaven’s resources are available to you for your God-given assignment. Nothing is too difficult for Him to accomplish, as you surrender to Him.

Notice God didn’t give Samuel a complete instruction. He said, ‘I have chosen ‘one of his sons’.

Like Samuel did, God calls us to live by faith.

There is always an element of mystery; some things the Holy Spirit will only show you when you reach your Divine appointment.

There was also something else; a message that God wanted to highlight:

‘The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’ (1 Sam 16:7, NIV)

What God has ahead for you, may not look as you or others expect it to.

Just as those close to David were surprised at God’s choice of him, many will be surprised at the ways in which God is about to use you.

For your Father is revealing plans that have previously been ‘under wraps’.

‘Let go of what you perceive to be unfinished business. Release those things to Me, for I have a fresh anointing and a new assignment for you.’

© 2018 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
In the David McCracken Ministries family

53 thoughts on “Prophetic Word: ‘Rise Up, Go and Anoint’”

  1. Thank you so much for this I needed a word so bad. I had been sent to a church for a assignment and been praying and praying for months doing everything the Lord asked to get the ppl were they need to be and now god is doing something there not comfortable with and reject help. It makes me sad and i have been morning it and my heart hurts but i feel there is nothing else there for me. Nobody wants change even though they say they want it and I have been getting in trouble I’m not upset with getting in trouble I’m sad because I’m doing what god wants in this season and I’m being limited or cut off and it makes me so sad for the people but they don’t want it. I have been feeling a time of transisson for me I don’t know if I should stay or go!. I’m thankful you brought this up because I have been mourning and I didn’t know it was a thing. You helped me a lot. I’m just guna berry it and fill myself up and wait for god to see what he is going to do with me.

    1. Praying for you right now V, may you have His wisdom as you make decisions. May His love and anointing touch and refresh you.

      May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom 15:13)

  2. Hi Helen, nice message. Please may I write you in private? I know you do not do personal advise, but I just thought I should give it a try. Thanks.

    1. Hi Rosemary, unfortunately I have got very far behind in replying to emails! Replies to the blog emails do collect and wait for me if you want to try that way. 🙂
      Counsel and advise is always best when it comes from someone you can journey closer with and process in conversation.
      I am praying for you right now.

  3. Hi Helen
    Thank you so much for this word. Came at the exact time when I needed it most. I love my job but it has become uncomfortable with some of the people I work with turning against me.
    However beginning of this year I saw a vision of an eagle raising and flying swiftly as it took off and spreading its wings as it flew higher into the sky and was followed by this verse Isaiah40v31 “But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
    I believe God is going to take me much higher than I could ever imagine. My prayer and word in my heart since this year is ‘to love the Lord my God with all my heart, with all my soul and with all my strength’. Thank you

    1. Hi Anne, I love that and say, ‘let it be!’ higher than you could ever imagine!

      ‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us’ (Eph 3:20)

  4. This is an on time word and it speaks loud and clear to me. I have been through alot for the past six months since my mother died, and I haven’t really been able to grieve. I have a prophetic gift and I have received many prophetic words that I am a intercessor and that God is going to use me to speak in churches that are just starting. I’m ready for a fresh anointing !!!

    1. I’m sorry to hear of that, Tracy <3 I pray your experience of God in this next season will be like the Prophet Ezekiel in Ezek 47, the river that went ever deeper, measure by measure, bringing healing and harvest

  5. Helen, You are so insightful. This is just what I needed to hear. “Fill you horn and be on your way.”. You say things nobody else says. I am seeking out how to be a prophet and a healer. I have such a. long. list of people that I pray for because I am called to be an intercessor. Pray for me. Beth Bender, California

    1. That’s wonderful, Beth. Your prayers are powerful! I pray for you to have a new sense of encounter with His Father’s heart that will overflow bringing healing to many

  6. Thank you for this message. It accurately describes the situation we are in now:

    My wife and I have led the worship-team in church, as we felt called by God to do it. The worship team can be quite a burden to carry. We were inexperienced in leadership, and we needed coaching. We asked for it, but no action was taken. We pushed ourselves until we could not go on any longer. We both are at least close to a burn-out now, unable to work our jobs. We not only had to stop leading, but we chose not to go to this church anymore for now, to be able to recover in an environment that does not focus on working so much. We found another church that is much healthier in this regard. Gods presence there is much stronger too, which makes us restore quicker. I am happy that we could distance ourselves from this church in a mature way, without hurting anyone. The contact with our friends and the pastor there is still good, and they miss us.

    So, your message applies to us very much. We have to let go of the past, and now it feels like we are slowly being filled anew, just like what you say about Samuel’s horn with oil. This oil soaks us loose from the past and restores us.

    Thank you!

    Be blessed,

    1. Hi Ruben, I can relate to that, I experienced ministry burnout in 2009, it drained my capacity to work and it took a while to recover, but God’s rich grace to teach me, heal me and bring my husband and I into overflow and a year of miracles, there’s no words to describe what He did. I pray for you both, may you replenish wisely, encounter Him fully, and experience His full measure restoration in every area.

      Here’s one of the posts I wrote in 2010 that refer to that experience (and one of my keys to recovery) https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2010/07/05/how-to-discover-your-spiritual-pathway/

  7. thank you for such a refreshing divine sharing.. I am quite cultivated in my spirit.. Thank you very much.

  8. Thanks again for the timely posts you deliver each time. But why don’t you grant personal prophecies assuming someone contacted you?

    1. Hi Kenneth, great question – one of the core values in our wider ministry (David McCracken Ministries) is accountability in the prophetic. The Apostle Paul teaches about prophecy in the church (between Christians) being in an environment where there is oversight and prophecy is carefully weighed up. So, we don’t offer prophecy freely to anyone who asks, as we don’t know their context, their motivation, and whether they have accountability in place and can steward the prophecy wisely… We do not believe offering prophecy without discretion (and without being personally directed by the Holy Spirit) fits with our high value on administrating the gift with wisdom and honouring the Holy Spirit. So we have a general policy in place. Yes, I’m aware other ministries believe differently, but this is one way we highlight our core value in this area.
      Of course there will be times the Holy Spirit prompts us to share something encouraging to someone, but we want to let Him be the guide, not individuals asking. Hope that helps explain
      And of course another reason for not being able to give personal counsel is, I simply do not have time to answer all the requests.

  9. Hello. I have been following your enliven blog website for some time now and your teachings. Infact the one that touched me the most was my kingdom is open for business. And this is also very powerful. I just want to say God bless you for the good work you are doing. And I pray you will to help me to know the prophetic gift that God has given me.

    1. Thank you Jonathan, I’m glad the articles have been a blessing to you. I’m interested the Kingdom Open for Business has touched you as this has been at the forefront of my mind the last couple of days. Very interesting…. And I pray for the clarity you seek in your gifting. God does take us on a journey of seeking over a longer period of time, and that’s ok 🙂

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