Prophet, You are God's StoryAs prophetic people, we like to dream with God about the story that lies ahead.

  • We may even have a chapter list, or theme in mind!

But our Father knows all. God knows the unexpected, and He knows the “pop-up” chapter, where we are right now. The pandemic of 2020 may not have been on our chapter list, but it was not hidden from Him.

As the Psalmist says,
“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16 NIV)

So, if you find yourself in an unexpected, or painful place right now, remember, your Father is the ultimate storyteller!
And He is working a miracle behind the scenes.

  • This pathway is leading to its conclusion and the new chapter that lies ahead.

Prophet: You are Becoming the Message!

It’s something I’ve heard Prophet David McCracken say over and over, in all the years I’ve journeyed with him:

  • That the messenger must first become the message. [1,2]

This is a truth that has been sown deep into my heart.
You see, if the word of the Lord is going to be true through you—then first, it must be true IN you.

It’s about us, as carriers of a prophetic word, being compatible with the word we carry!
And there’s a few things at work here:

One is prophetic integrity. That your life is in alignment with the message that you bring.
Another is God’s love for you personally. He’s at work in you, taking you from glory to glory in the likeness of Jesus.

But there’s another dynamic at work.
And that is, there may be encounters with God, trials He’s allowing you to go through, even battles with the enemy, that are not only for your own benefit.
They are not only for your advancement.

  • But you’re experiencing something that’s related to your calling

This may be reflective of what He’s doing in the group that you’re called to minister to, or His wider body.
You may even be destined, to be not only a voice in that situation, but also an example and pioneer.

And what’s happening, is that you are becoming the message before you can bring the message. And your life actually becomes the story that God is telling.

It may be that stories and testimonies about what you have been through, will become a parable about what God is going to do in their lives or situations.

“There are going to be times when God will use your story to tell HIS story.”

I’ve personally been through a long journey on this—and to be honest, there have been many times when I’ve felt reluctant to share the stories of my own prophetic encounters and lessons!

This is partly because I want to represent His word faithfully and not rush into sharing something significant, before it has been verified—and that’s a good thing.
And also because by nature, I am a very private person.

At a pivotal time, I felt the Lord speak to me about this. He showed me that the stories of the prophets’ lives and their encounters are often an integral part of Scripture.

  • Their lives and stories are great lessons, and in many cases, they are also prophetic messages from the Father

God uses their stories to tell His story.
And it’s a principle for us to pay attention to—for He continues to do that today.

Tips on Becoming the Prophetic Message You Bring

If you can relate to this in your own prophetic journey—and it’s something we will all experience to a certain extent—here are some tips and lessons I have learned along the way:

1. Remember God is not in a hurry to shape His vessels!

When it comes to “becoming the message”, time will be involved. Begin processing what God is doing in your life privately and have people around you that can speak into your life.

I started a journal 30 years ago, and long before I was sharing publicly, I was processing my journey with the Lord privately.
I have books of prophetic journaling and diaries that no one will ever see–thankfully!

Sure, there are seasons of Divine acceleration, but there are no shortcuts in the prophetic journey.
Look at the stories of those God called in the Bible; we’ve got to be in it for the long haul! This is where the Lord develops our faith, our perseverance, and our intimacy with Him.

2. Be aware that some of the trials God will use to shape you, will be relational

At times, there will even be leadership issues, and hurts and offenses, and how you handle these will be crucial to what lies ahead.

3. Don’t be in a rush to declare messages that are “weighty” (significant words)

As prophetic people, many times we have a sense of what God wants to declare through us, sometimes even years before the time is right!

You can trust God’s timing. In becoming the message, He is developing you, and growing you in authority, humility and stature—and this is so you will bear the weight of what you will prophesy to others.
That you will be faithful.

Today, be encouraged:
There may be a prophetic mantle on you, and there is a work that God is doing in you RIGHT in this season, for that very purpose!

[1] The original source of this content is the Enliven Prophetic School

[2] See more about David McCracken here

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40 thoughts on “Prophets: God is Shaping You to Be His Message”

  1. My son is arrested for something he did not do.I prayed and the docket and police did not show up the second time he showed up and make a bad comment in front of the lawyer please pray for us because we are poor he will be persecuted for something he did not do. His name is Philimon

  2. I am blessed by this message. This is a direct word for me, my heart is lifted.thanks woman of god. You are truly a blessing to this generation

  3. Hi Helen,

    Thank you so much, this message is both refreshing and encouraging. I’m eager to see how the Lord will bring it all into His purpose.

    Blessings to you.

  4. HI Helen, I appreciate your timely word. My husband and I recently tested positive for the covid virus. I had prayed protection, psalm 91, made declarations. In the midst of just physically feeling weary I began to feel down. Why Lord, then my husband said to me – God did not promise everything would be easy. I read your word today and what you said about a chapter popping up in my story I wasn’t looking for, really spoke to me. God is telling his story through my story. He knows everything about me – and just as he told the disciples in the middle of raging waters – we will get to the other side. I felt the Lord give me a prophetic word or phrase. He said you’ve been camped out too long – time to move – break camp. I felt like it had to do with some situations that have caused me great heartache in close relationships and some with my church. I appreciate your wisdom and discernment. Please pray I have wisdom and discernment to know what it means to break camp and what or where to move on to. Thanks so much! Many blessings. Tracy

  5. Hi Helen,
    Wow so where do I start? I’m torn between two ministries of the prophetic. It has bee prophesied to me that I am called and chosen by God. I’ve also been told I am a Seer prophetess. I my life as a small child I received forewarnings so I could help family a do I did receive what I perceive as a mantle as i felt a covering drop onto me as minister prayed for me. I am 62 years old and know I am called but am yet to be released.
    My path has been a hard one full of deep hurt and hardship. I hear most through dreams and visions. I’ve also been given names and faces of people to pray for and shown where they work. I met the love of my life in 2018 and it has been an ongoing battle for both of us.
    I am so weary and am standing in faith and trust that God will help me.
    Any advice is welcomed as I am in a dry place of battle.
    Gods blessings,
    He calls me “Debbie”

    1. I believe we often have misconceptions about what it means to be called and how that plays out due to traditions. Is it possible that you are already functioning in your calling and doing exactly what He has called you for? Ask Him.

      Blessings to you in your pursuit of Him!

  6. Dear Helen,

    I am so touched by the sentence “That the messenger must first become the message”. I called upon God when I was 8 and since He has been with me even if I didn’t know about him. The Lord saved me when I was 16 and I have lived a very particular life. I lived by Zacharia 4:6 “not by power, nor by might but by my spirit …” and also try to apply “obedience is better than sacrifice”. I have been a prayer warrior since my 20’s. I am now 50 and wrote a book (in the making for 30 years ;o), a testimony that I would love to send to you if there is an e-mail address I can send it to ?

    I do believe now to have a prophetic call upon my life and would love to hear about your experience also.
    It is at times a lonely burden at times for few can understand or respond as we wish them to.

    I join you two of the latest messages/instructions I received from the Lord.

    “Let my people hear my voice this day for I am the Most High God and I am calling my children to me.
    Turn away from your selfish and wicked ways and repent from your sins for I am a forgiving Father to my children.
    Behave not as if ye were blind or dumb for my voice is calling you from the four corners of the earth.
    Yes I am calling my people unto me now.
    Repent and turn from your wicked ways. Repent and turn your face to me. Repent and seek my mercy for now is the time to seek when you can still find me.
    People of the earth, for how long will my patience endure, for how long shall I watch you destroy one another.
    Seek me, seek my will and I will bring you peace and comfort. Seek me and I shall destroy your ennemies from before thee and flatten your pathway.
    Seek me and you shall know my everlasting mercy and love and I will carry you upon the palm of my hand.

    Daughter of Zion let my people know. For I am not a God of fear but a God of mercy and I will answer whosoever calls upon me now.
    Great and mighty signs and wonders will appear but you be wise, you be careful, trust in no one but the voice of the Holly Spirit who will guide you and instruct you in all things.

    Yes, let my people know that I am a merciful God. Whoever comes to me shall not be deceived. Let not this world deceive you any longer for it is full of lies and perversity. My people are killing one another in their perversion, doing the work of the devil and serving Mammon.

    Call my people, call my people, call my people unto me. O you, the four corners of the earth, I beseech this day to bring forth a new generation of priests and servants that will carry out my work. Generation will raise and people will see and wonder, for I am a God of wonders and miracles. For no eyes have seen what I am about to bring forth. No eyes have seen what is to come, but all shall know that this is my hand and they will give glory to my Name for generations to come for it shall be like in the days that I brought my people out of Egypt.

    Yes, the world will know how I care for my children, therefore fear not and be at peace for I am your God. I am the Almighty, the King of Kings who raises his armies of heaven on your behalf. Trust in me and seek my face.

    This is a time when all should look inward and repent for I will forgive who repents and I will hear whosoever calls my name and I will answer.
    For I will put my Name on my people and they shall shine forth my glory around the world. Yes, my Glory will be all over them and many shall see and come to me because of them. Shine, children of Zion, shine forth and glorify my Name for I am faithful and true. I forsake not, I disappoint you not. I am your everlasting joy and peace.

    Come to me children of perdition, that you may find refuge under my wings.

    This is what I want you to write to the churches.”

    I understood also that this is time to expose the wicked and put them to shame.
    A time where He will start separating the weeds from the wheat (Matt 13:29)


    Today as I was praying the Lord told me to write down and read Jeremiah 7: 3-23.
    He then told me: “They worship Mamon and Jezabel and the princes of the air and sensuality. I will spit them out of my mouth, pray not for them. Cast away those spirits & let my people heal and be healed by me. Bind those spirits in the high places, bind them in the lower places, bind them on the earth. Release my people in my hands. Pray for their purification, pray for them to seek holiness. Pray for them to repent and for them to find my ways. For large is the way that leads to perdition but narrow is the way to my kingdom. Pray for their repentance, pray for them to be set free from the devil and his wicked dwellings. Turn to the east, turn to the north, turn to the west and turn to the south. Speak with a loud voice and tarry ye not for my people are dying at the hand of the devil. Seek my spirit who will give you all the words, anointed words to lead my armies to victory over the earth, over the air, over the waters. Tarry not for my people are perishing. Work with my Spirit and I shall perform many miracles, signs and wonders. Be in-spired (in spirit) and my people shall be set free.”

    I then stood up and started praying as instructed turning first to the east and speaking to the gates, afterwards the HS directed the prayers and made me go around the gates again and I heared the noise of the wings of the armies of angels that were released. It was mighty, as I turned to the other gates, prayers were different, carrying another message to each.

    God bless you !

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