Sometimes the Lord says, “Come deeper!” and other times He calls, “Come up higher”.

“Beloved! Come up higher! I have more for you!”

“Will You Ask Me?”

Recently, I was walking through a park in our local Dandenong Ranges, and came across a sign that said, “Upper Pools”.

In that moment, I heard the Holy Spirit say,
“Will you ask Me for both the upper and lower Springs?”

“Upper and lower springs”.
I knew immediately, He was referring to the story of Acsah—the daughter of Caleb, who asked her father for springs of water.

The “More” God Has For You

“…Caleb asked [Acsah], “What can I do for you?”
She replied, “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.”
So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.”
(Judges 1:14b-15, NIV [1])

It is a story that can serve as an analogy for us today, for springs in Scripture often represent the Holy Spirit. [2]

Caleb has already given Acsah, and her new husband Othniel, a gift of land.
Now, Acsah requests, “Give me also…!” She asks her father for more!

The springs will provide a supply of water to the dry, south land that is their inheritance.

It is a reminder that we need the fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit upon our lives, our ministries, and everything we do.

  • So, if you are feeling weary, know that God is inviting you into the place of encounter, where you will be revived.

    A fresh infilling of His Spirit awaits!

“Don’t Settle for Less!”

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” (Eph 3:20, NKJV)

Your God, is the God of more.
It’s an invitation from the heart of the Father:
“Come up higher! I have more for you.”

What if Acsah, and her husband—having received both lower and upper springs as a gift—had only utilized the lower springs?

  • Whole sections of the land would have remained dry and barren
  • They would have been using only part of the land’s available irrigation

I believe this is a word from God for each of us today.

“Don’t settle for less than the fullness of what I have for you!”

“There are still untapped resources of My Spirit and My Word awaiting you”

Let us be those who will not settle for the “lower springs” alone—may we press on to receive all God has for us!

An Upper Springs Mindset

Acsah asked her father, “do me a special favor” (Judges 1:14, NIV) or
“Give me a blessing” (NKJV).

She knew she already had her father’s favor.
And that fueled her expectation.

God is inviting you into the security of His love. It is a place of abiding, where you can receive all He has to offer you.

  • You may need to be replenished and refilled
  • He may even be speaking to you about stepping into a new level of boldness, and spiritual authority

Acsah’s story reminds us, we are the beloved of our Father.

But we can’t receive an upper springs inheritance, with a lower springs mindset.

We must know we are heirs in Christ.

The Attitude of an Heir

Today, the Holy Spirit is ministering to you in the area of your identity and your calling. You are created in God’s image.
You are glorious!

Acsah’s name meant “anklet,” an adornment.

  • But in those days, it also meant the leg chains that held someone to stocks in prison

Acsah had every reason to have the attitude of a victim.

She had been treated as a chattel—given up by her father as first prize to the man who would conquer a city of giants! [3]

But she had the attitude of an heir.

A Higher Calling

Not only did Acsah and her husband Othniel receive watered lands for their inheritance, they received a powerful spiritual legacy.

The faith of her father Caleb—the Joshua generation—lived on in them.

Later, the Spirit of God came upon Othniel. He became Israel’s first judge and deliverer, and because of his leadership, the land had rest for 40 years. [4]

“Come Up Higher!”

This is a word that has the power to pull you into the more God has for you.

Whatever the inheritance He has marked out for you, whatever your function or calling, your Father says, “I have more of Myself to reveal to you.
You have My favor.
You are enough!”

“Beloved, don’t settle for the lower springs when I also have the upper springs for you.
Come up higher!”

Listen to My Testimony with the Upper Springs Word

Here is a short excerpt (17 minutes) of me sharing the Upper Springs message, that includes a part of my testimony.
Click on the following title and the MP3 will open in another window.

Upper Springs with Helen Calder MP3

(Depending on your Internet speed, the file may take a short time to load. Courtesy of Catch the Fire Auckland)

[1] This story also appears in Joshua 15 (see Josh 15:19)
[2] I first heard the comparison between Acsah’s story and our need for the Holy Spirit from Ps Jack Hayford back in 1993/94! (hear testimony in MP3 above)
[3] See Judges 1:12-13
[4] See Judges 3:9-11

© 2019 Helen Calder, Enliven Blog

 Enliven Ministries: In the David McCracken Ministries family

48 thoughts on “Upper Springs: Hear God Say, “Come Up higher!””

  1. Hello Helen, my name is Rosana, I am a pastor in a city near Sao Paulo – Brazil. We have a ministry that feeds pastors. I’m always following you on twitter and reading your articles. I want to thank you because that word has built me up so much. We are going through a phase of spiritual brokenness and we needed that word. Thank you so much

    1. Hi Rosana, I’m glad the word ministered to you, and praying for you right now the Spirit visit your ministry with grace and glory …Ps 84:11

  2. Praise the Lord Jesus Christ,
    I bless Jesus for using you mightly.
    I have been longing for more of God recently and earlier this week on 5th November on my way to church the holy spirit brought to my attention a crane used to build a sky craper being lowered down to pick up cement and I felt so much peace, as the word God has used you to send out speaks go higher and deeper and encourages me to have an heir attitude to reach out and ask my father for more as Achsah and to Know that I have my father’s favor.

    May God richly bless you Helen.


    Thanks Helen for the word of this moment that inspires us to desire fresh encounters & to yearn for more of GOD .This reminds me that i still feel empty so that i can have more room for him to fill me afresh. God bless you so much

  4. Hello Ms. Helen. This article is a blessing to me and Right now word for my life. I am in a time where I feel God calling me and preparing me for something but I just don’t know what it is .You see I thought things were going to happen one way in my life and I believe I got some of it right but now it’s time for me to trust God in the process. I am determined to seek him like never before and to come up higher because I have always seen myself small or lower than other people do to childhood trauma.I thought I was healed and I was still walking around thinking I was whole. I would put down myself down , making myself feel small while putting others up calling it honor and respect. I had a false perception of what true relationship and honor was.

  5. Hi Sis, brother Vince here from PHX AZ. Almost immediately while absorbing this Word, the Spirit spoke to my heart ; The Upper Springs Feed the Lower Springs ; i.e. “But seek first the kingdom [upper] of God and his righteousness, and all these things [ lower] will be added to you. ” We professing Christians can live, breath and prosper within the realm of the lower springs (earth) to a measure … however, the Word shouts to us that we have even a greater portion if we choose to abide in the Upper ( e.g. upper room where the descipless received the Holy Spirit) and in doing so, the Word tells us that we then have possession, dominion, authority beyond what we may have previously experienced in the “lower” … I’m with you Sis, let us willing seek abiding in the Upper Springs! Thank you for your servant leadership, inclined ear and obedience in bringing forward Truth! Shalom & Favor Vince

  6. Dear Helen, thank you for sharing this prophecy, you have once again touched me. I want both springs, the upper and lower. I have just run out of words to explain how much deep you have just provoked me with this prophecy, really, really I needed to hear this. May God continue to bless you and use you to reach out to people like me, in Christ Jesus.

  7. Thank you so much ma.more Grace in Jesus name. Just yesterday I red from chapter one to four chapter of this book of judges and this morning here come a word from you from the same book of judges.,am so bless with this.thank you once again ma.

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