If you’ve been having some deep dealings with God recently, you are not alone! Right now, it is a season of unusual encounters with God for many of us. [1]
And if you can relate to that—or it stirs hunger in you—be encouraged by your Father today, to fully receive all He has intended for you.

“Mowed Down” by God

Prophetic Word, Mowed Down by GodThis past week, a quote from Smith Wigglesworth has kept returning to me:

“Before God could bring me to a place of power, He has broken me a thousand times. I have wept, I have groaned, I have travailed many a night until God broke me.
It seems to me that until God has mowed you down you never can have this long-suffering for others.
We can never have the gifts of healing and the working of miracles in continual operation until we stand in the divine power that God gives us, and we stand believing God, and having done all we still stand believing.”

Smith Wigglesworth [2]

The Spirit’s Call to Attention

When I first came across it, the phrase, “mowed you down” clanged in my mind. It sounded strange—awkward and archaic.

On one hand, “mowed down” is an expression of violence. On the other, it is reminiscent of a lawn-mower!

But this is not about a lawn-mower, not even a combine harvester—it is Almighty God coming to His people in an encounter.

And I believe in this short phrase, right now the Holy Spirit is saying, “Pay attention!”

Unusual Encounters

We’re in a season of unusual encounters with God, especially in relation to His destiny call on our lives.

  • It’s a time when the Holy Spirit is bringing shifts and adjustments.

Jesus is offering us a new way of seeing, of living, of being more closely aligned to His heart.

For Smith Wigglesworth, the context of being “mowed down” by God was to do with his ministry of healing and miracles.

And what that mowing down will look like, is unique to all of us. It will be different according to the gifts and calling we each have.

Why God Comes to Refine Us

Why does God come at times, to crush, sift and refine us?

His supreme purpose is that of Divine passion.
Holy love.

  • He longs for nothing to come between us

“Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?” (James 4:5, NKJV)

He also comes to rescue us from our pride, and to cut away our self-dependence, so that we rely on Him alone.

What God has for you to do, can only be accomplished in the power of His Holy Spirit.

God is preparing you, so that you in turn can mow down the works of darkness, and see a great harvest for God’s Kingdom.

From Shame to Glory

Being “mowed down” by God may include a call to repentance.
But it is not about us being left aware of ourselves and our shortcomings.
Instead, it is about us being left in awe of Him—and His Almighty Presence.

  • Being mowed down by God is not about shame, but all about GLORY
  • It’s a move of the Spirit that doesn’t leave us in death, but lifts us into resurrection life

Being “mowed down” frees us to walk humbly, but boldly with our God.

Your Invitation to Join the Dance

Paul—then Saul—was mowed down by God when Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus.
That work was completed a few days later, when he was baptized in water and the Holy Spirit, and rose a new man. (Acts 9:1-19)

This is not a place or time to get stuck.
But to follow the convicting power of the Holy Spirit all the way through to your Father’s desired outcome.

Know this: The deep dealings of God in your life are good news!

This is God’s Heavenly invitation, to join the dance and reap the harvest with Him.

“Sow for yourselves righteousness;
Reap in mercy;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the Lord,
Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.” (Hosea 10:12, NKJV)


[1] I recount one of mine here: Novices in the New: God has a New Normal for You

[2] My source for this quote is a YouTube video by Robert Pears entitled, “Smith Wigglesworth On Being Mowed Down So God Can Use You”. Or you can find the full transcript of Wigglesworth’s original sermon here: http://smithwigglesworth.com/sermons/eif15.htm

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66 thoughts on ““Mowed Down” – A Season of Unusual Encounters with God”

  1. Hello,
    Your prophecies always on time. Lately I have been asking God for an encounter with Him, I want to flow in His anointing, to walk with the Holy Spirit always, I feel very encouraged by this prophecy and I am waiting for my encounter with Jesus.

  2. Thank you Helen for this wonderful message, it came at the right time,I am experiencing being mowed presently,it’s really a difficult time for me, I know God wants me to trust him more,he is really changing a lot of things in me, please pray with me even as I ask for strength and more trust in God.

  3. Dear Ms Calder, I have been receiving powerful messages from the Lord through your e-mails for some years now. I love reading them early morning at my office. I’ve even shared some of the messages to fellow Church members, here in Papua New Guinea. This Word is unique to me and is really for me. After a successful school life and into university, I worked as journalist for about 7 years. After that, I believe God ‘mowed me down’ for something greater later on. In fact, six weeks ago, after I shared at a Prayer Meeting at my local Church, which included the Word you shared at that time about receiving God’s presence as in the experience of Obed-Edom, that very night I received a message from a local newspaper company that I had a news reporter job and would start immediately. And so I am in that job right now and God is so good! God is doing great things through His servants here in PNG and as we are ‘resurrected’, we will fulfill His will for this nation. I thank God for your life and what He is doing through you. Every message from you that comes through my e-mail always makes my heart smile as it really brings out what I go through at that particular point in time. Glory to God in the highest!

  4. Beautiful !!! He desires close intimacy with us helping us grow in Him desiring us to choose Him. In laying down all that is not Him we become all that He wants us to be more than we could ever imagine. We have a wonderful adventure with the greatest love we will ever encounter. So much to be thankful for. Thank you Holy Spirit,
    Thank you Helen

  5. I am completely challenged and stirred by this post Helen. It’s given me a deeper hunger to live in the “Encounter” and, be brave enough to say yes and accept all that God has for me and for us!!! Thank you so much!!!

  6. Thank you for this message. Im also entangled between this situation when I’m seeking God. even at times, I doubt my self whether I’m in the right direction because I see nothing moving forward. I reply need this encouragement ane your prayer to make me persist. Also if I could get enough insight into your teaching in school, perhaps it would help to move on. but I do not have sound finance to do that.

  7. Helen
    I am so thankful to God for using you in this season. Every message that you post comes to me at the right time. I have been going through a season which only God can take me out of. Its like a valley which I have always ask myself, “when will I come out of this”. Thank you so much for encouraging me.

  8. You always speak to me at the right time, God bless you.
    I am being mowed by God. But the journey is done
    Thank you so Much

  9. I couldn’t agree more!! I was just commenting with a fellow believer that I need to be careful what I ask for. I had been asking Father to give me His heart for people, to make me more compassionate, to see people the way He sees them and this past weekend I had to laugh because I forgot to include the words “gently and slowly please”. I have felt like He’s taken a meat tenderizers and pounded my heart with it. : ) but it is all good !!! He is so good!!

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