How to Fulfill the Call of God for Your Life (5 Lessons from My Prophetic Journey)

Whatever your dream; whatever has been prophesied over you—whatever the Holy Spirit has revealed to you concerning your destiny—with God, there is always more.

Today, as Enliven Blog is about to reach its 9th anniversary, I share five lessons I’ve learned about the call of God from my own personal journey.


1. Be Assured Your Father Has Been at Work From the Beginning

It can be astounding when God calls you into something, and then He opens your eyes to how He has been at work all along.

Looking back, you see a trail of clues.

While you were on the journey, you had no idea how events were going to unfold. But there comes a day when you see how your Father has been at work all along.

Prophetic writing has been like that for me.

For many years, the chief focus of my writing was private journaling. I spent hours every week recording prophetic insights, and copying Bible teaching notes that inspired me.

  • I have a stack of handwritten diaries in a cupboard that no one has ever seen

And I never anticipated it being any other way.

During the 1990’s, my pastor wrote in the margin of a course assignment, ‘You have a gift of writing that God will use someday’.

And then, there were the newsletters I wrote to friends, family, partners and missionaries. This was during the years my husband Malcolm and I were in full time ministry with a mission agency. [1]

Reports began to trickle back that the Holy Spirit was ministering through my writing. People were crying and laughing, touched by God’s Presence, as they encountered Him while reading my stories.

It is only recently that I have come across even earlier clues.


2. If You’re Called to Prophetic Ministry, Love God’s Word First and Foremost

I found it hidden on my bookshelf recently; a yellowed and tattered copy of a book called ‘Come Away My Beloved’, by Frances J Roberts. The inscription inside the cover reads, ‘To Helen on the occasion of your baptism’.

I was 16 years old.

How I loved that book of prophetic writings! It became worn, torn and faded. Many times, a paragraph from its pages leapt out at me. It was the Holy Spirit ministering a prophetic ‘now word’ from my Father.

I learned that a personalized prophetic word could be spiritual food. But by that time I had already discovered the main meal: that was, irreplaceably, God’s Word.

As a teenager, I read my small King James Bible from cover to cover. And I will never forget the time I sat listening to Professor E.M. Blaiklock teach from Luke 24 about the disciples meeting Jesus on the road to Emmaus.

The reason the elderly scholar was able to describe it so vividly, was because he had actually been there. As was his custom, he read his New Testament from the original Greek, translating into English as he shared.

God used Professor Blaiklock’s passion for Scripture, its language, culture, geography and history, to light a fire in my young heart. The power of the encounter I had with God and His Word that day strengthens with every year that goes by.

I pray the Holy Spirit stirs such a passion in you, above and beyond your love of prophetic ministry, to know and love the Bible.


3. Understand Some of Your Destiny Will be Held in Mystery

To be honest, in spite of this trail of clues—now visible looking back over the decades—the call of God has taken me by surprise.

  • I never saw a ministry of writing up ahead
  • And I never anticipated prophetic ministry as a primary focus

Through all the years of praying and dreaming about revival—during all of the years my husband and I served in missions—we never saw this coming. [2]

Perhaps you are in the middle of your own journey right now. Transition can be painful—you don’t see the way ahead. But Your Father sees. The One Who loves you knows. He is working all things together.

Hold on to your expectation about how your call will be worked out, lightly.

Be prepared for your Father to unfold and reveal aspects of your calling He has held in mystery.

You can trust Him.

‘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, NIV)


4. Know God Can Turn Your ‘Mess’ Into a Message

The book ‘Prophetic People in a Changing Church’ is an account of my journey of failure, deliverance, repentance and restoration, in prophetic ministry and prayer.

The friends who helped me publish the book and create a website, urged me to begin a blog. And I did so reluctantly at first, not knowing how I could sustain it.

Not only was Enliven Blog born out of my repentance journey, I also started blogging at one of the lowest points in my life.

During the year 2009, I was recovering from burnout.

So, when website analytics inform me that as I approach this 9th anniversary, some two million unique visitors have found Enliven Blog, I know without a shadow of a doubt this is all about His grace.

Truly, Jesus can turn your mess into a message. He can turn failure into favor.

And that weapon that was formed against you—the one the enemy tried to knock you out of the battle with—is the very weapon you will take in your hands.

Your Father says you are already an overcomer.


5. Stay Dependent Upon the Holy Spirit

By Jesus’ grace, you can do this. He’s got this.

Enliven Blog is on a journey. As much as I seek His heart, as much as I love Scripture, I live with the knowledge that I see ‘through a glass darkly’ and that Enliven Blog is always going to be an imperfect reflection of all our God is, and all He wants to do.

It is a humbling reality to live with.

Yet I’m also glad to acknowledge that, because prophecy and prophetic teaching must always turn us back to further study of the rich treasure that is His Word.

And to hear from Him for ourselves.

So, here are nine years of writing; around 440 articles. I own up to everything that is weak. But everything that lasts—every person who is fed, empowered and who encounters God—all glory goes to Jesus.


What is Ahead for Enliven Blog?

As I cross over nine years and into the tenth, I know there has been a shift. Recently, the Holy Spirit is leading me to write more prophetic words—messages from God’s heart and His Word to His people.

In finding the book by Frances J Roberts given to me at my baptism, I realise my Father has known all along. I have come full circle and yet have only just begun.

I will continue to produce prophetic teaching and training posts. By now, Enliven Blog has a great deal of training that is freely accessible, and I will continue to build upon it regularly.


Enliven Resources, Courses and eBooks—Our Birthday Gift to You

During the rest of July, You can purchase our courses and a selection of eBooks from our online store at a 20% discount.

Providing additional teaching through eBooks and courses enables us to provide more mentoring to those who would like to receive it. The sale of these resources also helps support the ministry of Enliven Blog.


We’re on a Break

I have never been able to write and schedule postings ahead of time, and often—especially recently—receive the inspiration for a post just as I’m due to write!

This is why when my life gets busy with engagements, or I’m on a break—as I am during the next two weeks—Enliven Blog takes a break too.

It’s time for my husband and I to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary.


Notes
1. We started serving Asian Outreach as volunteers in 1987. Malcolm was National Director of Asian Outreach in New Zealand from 1995-2002, and then here in Australia from 2002-2004.
2. ‘Enliven’—the name of our ministry and this blog—is a synonym for ‘revive’.

Thanks
I cannot share a post about my writing journey without making mention of those people who have influenced and contributed to it along the way. I have just updated the thank you page here.


I would love to hear from you! Leave me a note in the comments section below or on our Facebook page to share how this teaching is meaningful to you this week. 


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

79 thoughts on “How to Fulfill the Call of God for Your Life (5 Lessons from My Prophetic Journey)

  1. Michelle

    Thank you, Helen and may God continue to bless and keep you and your husband as you both faithfully heed His will for your lives.
    I am taking your $6.95/mo. course. I APPRECIATE the affordability. I’m still in the Intro section of videos but its going parallel to the life experiences the Lord is using to bring me into full submission and better self-understanding. Thank u for stating u had to repent several times in the beginning stages of your prophetic ministry journey. This reality is ongoing fo me as I fight to slough off the “former old man”, and accept my renewed spirit and self. I believe the Lord is also leading me to go through missionary training, so I can be of service to the lost, here and abroad.
    The Holy Spirit first started training me for service in 2008, and Id half served Him and half stayed in the world, up until this Feb, 2018. I was coming out of a sleep in the AM when I heard a “voice” say, “I have a job for you..to help my broken-hearted” people”… Well, I recognized the voice, and I froze in spirit bc things were going with such difficulty in my life at that time that I tried to deny what I’d heard, as well as its true meaning. Well not only did things not necessarily improve in my life, my problems surmounted like nothing I’d seen before. I KNEW in my spirit it was fully or partially due to my disobedience. Lord has been graceful and patient, but intent with me though, and here 6 months later since “hearing” the Spirit’s call, I have accepted His call and am submitting more and more everyday. Its been a process and still is a process. All the things Jesus has been telling me, which I have journaled from 2008 to the current time, Im planning to publish to help point people to His loving offer of salvation, but also offer reality and truth about the eternity of those who refuse. God has given me visions for many years and other consistent visual images of His Spirits that support my calling for service and delivering His Good News.
    Thank you for listening, Helen. Any insight or spiritual direction u can offer would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      I can see Father’s fingerprints on your journey, Michelle! Don’t worry about things being unclear at times, your loving Father is at work. I’m about to produce a new post on God’s timing which may be helpful to you too.

  2. Patty A Flowers

    I was once in a beautiful relationship with my Father and we walked and talked continuously. He would use me to speak prophetically at times and then one day He said I was called to be a prophet….I told Him that I would really love to be a healing minister….about a year later I was invited to my friend’s church to hear a special speaker….when she was on stage talking she pointed at me and said…”You are a seer!”…I said NO I AM NOT! (I thought seers were soothsayers) but I was young and had no one to train me….just the Holy Spirit. (My church didn’t do “prophets”)….. So I finally accepted the call and it became a time of loneliness…people began to avoid me. But I had a wonderful husband and then one day God said this would be the last year I spent with him….he was going to die. I will skip a large part of the story to get to the day he died…..I died….and I couldn’t…wouldn’t minister to anyone. Wouldn’t pray…I just fell into a deep sorrow and I grieved his death nearly to the point of my own death….so years went by….a wilderness of not having a relationship with my Father….until now…..my walking away got me into lots of problems….and I have finally surrendered to Him and asked Him to come back and be Lord of my life….but here is my question……did I lose my calling?

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Patty, I’m sorry to hear of the extended trial you’ve been through and for the loss of your dear husband.
      You haven’t lost your calling, it’s ready to come back rich and strong, that doesn’t mean it will come about all at once, but our Father does have a way of moving us into Divine Acceleration. Here’s some articles that may help encourage you:
      https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2014/02/11/god-redeeming-trials/
      https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2014/08/20/divine-acceleration-god-will-make-up-for-lost-time/

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