Have you felt as though you have been set aside or hidden in some way?

Today I believe the Lord is calling forth many of His people, especially prophetic storytellers and story-makers, from out of hiding!


From Hidden to History Maker

Prophetic StorytellersMany of us can relate to Gideon right now:
He was trying to outwit the enemy, by threshing his family’s wheat in a winepress (Judges 6).

But God knew where Gideon was, and his life was about to change—from being hidden, to being a history-maker.

In that generation, a new story would be told, because Gideon stepped out of and obeyed God in the face of intimidation.

Today, hear the sound of breaking of chains!
Fear and intimidation will not hold you back any longer—and you are God’s arrow!


Your Gift is Not Inferior to Others’ Gifts!

I often share about what I believe God is saying through a story from the Bible, or through describing a prophetic vision. [1].

But it wasn’t too many years ago, when I was intimidated about these gifts.
For a time, I fell into comparing my ministry with those of others in our team of prophets and teachers.

  • I felt like I was on a ground floor level, and the others were higher up!

One day, I was flying home to Melbourne from a ministry trip. The enemy was pressing me with discouragement about my gift. I thought, “All I share are simple pictures and metaphors.”

In that instant, the Holy Spirit directed straight back at me, “Jesus spoke in pictures and metaphors”.

This woke me up.
Of course! Jesus often shared powerful Kingdom truths in the form of simple parables and stories.

Oh, how I repented of being negative about my gift!

Today, I believe the Holy Spirit is ministering to many others in this area.

  • Don’t see your abilities and gifts as inferior to others

Instead, honor the One who has given you the gift—your Heavenly Father—and the Holy Spirit Who IS the Gift.


Prophetic Parables and Stories

The word is going out:
God is calling many storytellers from out of hiding!

These are the prophetic messengers, who will convey His message through parables, and stories. [2]

Perhaps the Holy Spirit is stirring you today, in this idea that God could use you to share His stories and parables.

Whatever your type of prophetic ministry—

  • You may be a seer who will share the story of what you have seen in a vision
  • You may be an exhorter, writer, speaker, or have other, creative gifts
  • You may be a dreamer, who receives a story through a dream in the night

A prophetic story can be brought through your gift.
Who you are, and the message you carry, is priceless and powerful!


Jesus Told a Radical Story

The distinction of a prophetic story or parable, is that it is God-breathed.
It is a “now” word from the Holy Spirit.

For example, one day Jesus shared a parable about a prodigal son—the lost son.

  • It was a message that confronted the beliefs and traditions of the Pharisees at that time

It confounded them.
It contradicted them.
It was a new sound—but it was the heart of the Father.

At times, a prophetic story will be radical, it will be unusual, it may even be confrontational.
But it will always be positioned from the Father’s heart of love.


A New Sound for this Generation

At this time, the Lord is releasing stories, parables and messages that are prophetic in nature. And these are a new sound that hasn’t been heard before.

There are stories that will be His means to reach a new generation.

  • They will touch people who have not been reached in conventional ways

Anointed parables and stories, inspired by the Holy Spirit, are going to completely disarm them.

These stories will bypass the listeners’ history, their understanding, and will be aimed straight at their hearts.


The Prophetic Story that Smote a King’s Heart

Prophetic stories are going to be released, that will speak God’s word, and bring conviction and change.

We will see prophets who come forth with stories, like the prophet Nathan when he came before David in 2 Samuel 12.

The prophet told King David a story of a poor man, who had one little lamb, that was a priceless pet to his family.
The lamb was seized by a neighboring rich man, who had many flocks, to feed a visitor.

When David cried out against that rich man, to bring a judgment, the prophet said to him, “You are that man!”
And the Lord smote King David’s heart, through a story.


The Creativity of Prophetic Stories

God uses the means of stories and parables throughout the books of the prophets.
Why? He is after the hearts of his people.
And some of these are the stories of the prophets themselves.

Your own prophetic story could be an anecdote, or analogy, or a story of something that has happened to you.
The Holy Spirit is endlessly creative.

  • A prophetic story can be conveyed through a song, a poem, or a painting
  • It may be conveyed through media, drama, video or writing
  • Your prophetic story may be symbolic, like Jesus’ parables. Or it may be from a real-life event
  • Your prophetic story may be an insight from current or historical events
  • You may be inspired by Bible story, that will apply directly to a situation, or someone’s life!

Stories will be released that are like a wakeup call and are going to be as a trumpet, calling for God’s people to arise.


It’s Time to Come Out of Hiding

Today, hear the Lord say,
“In the secret place, I have been shaping and fashioning you.
You have been kept in the shadow of my hand; a polished arrow, set apart for such a time as this. I am releasing your voice. I am displaying My splendor through you!”
(See Isaiah 49:2-3)

So step out and share your unique gift and prophetic story, from the heart of the Father.
For it’s time to come out of hiding and into your calling.


Notes:

[1] A recent example of this, is where I shared a vision about a letterbox and told the story of what happened to the letter (representing prayer): Heaven’s Mailbox: Your Prayer Holds Great Power

[2] Note that the original source of the teaching content is the Enliven Prophetic School where it was first published on 11 March 2020.


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57 thoughts on “Prophetic Parables and Stories: You are God’s Arrow”

  1. Helen, thank-you! God spoke to me about this particular passage In Isaiah 49 maybe 10 years ago & told me He was going to hide me in His quiver, but when the time was right He would bring me out and use me for His glory. (I believe He did this & whilst I might be back in the quiver again, I know His timing is perfect and He will perfect that which concerns me.). I shared it with a young woman earlier this year, as I felt it was relevant to her situation. Her voice has been silenced, and she has been broken hearted in church and is now completely hidden, but I believe God’s anointing is on her & He will use her powerfully in the days ahead.

    I personally battle against being sure of exactly what my gifts are & believing they’re inferior to others who seem so sure, so the reminder to focus on the One who makes us & gifts us is accurate. I need to just continue being a song of joy to Him, ready and willing to be used for His glory in His time and way!

    God also gave me other promises, further on in Isaiah 49 in December 2019 relating to my family. His promises are yes & amen! Thank-you for bringing my attention back to this passage of scripture, it has been extremely timely in a variety of ways. God bless you abundantly!

    1. Oh yes, His promises are yes and amen!
      And when what we believe is founded in His Word, we have assurance and authority in enforcing them. <3

  2. Thanks for that good prophetic word of our God Almighty!!.but I have a prayer request to make.I am ADDICTED to…I have tried to stop but I fail.please help me to pray for my breakthrough.

  3. Praise king Jesus
    I bless God for using you to minister prophetically to us. For me it was more like a player being put on the bench and watch the game while others play for a year or so. God has used the secret place to shape and fashion me to his plans.
    I come out fear and intimidation in the name of Jesus and move into where he’s calling me to serve in Jesus mighty name I pray.
    God bless you Woman of God.

  4. Thank you to have a servant like you, used by God for His glory. I’ve been pressed from all angles lately…but I am strong in the Lord, I always call on the Holy Spirit for peace and comfort…And He’s been really faithful. Lately I have this great desire for bible college and I hear God say, in order to fulfill His call on my life I need to be equipped. Four years ago I recieved a prophecy at my church from one of the elders, saying “I will draw many young women to the Kingdom. At first I didn’t understand how it will all happen…but now bit by bit Jesus has been revealing to me. At the same time I’m going through some Spiritual warfare…*Please pray for me* Someone called my church during this lockdown and said all sorts of lies about me. But the Lord has been faithful because through all that I’ve seen His hand on me. And I know its the enemy trying to block me from doing the things of the Lord. Everytime your email comes through, it builds so much faith in the inside of me. And always so accurate. God bless your ministry.?

    1. Thank you Ncedeka, God bless you too, and I pray you have His anointing of boldness and such grace in the face of trials, others cannot help but see Jesus at work – He is making room for you.

  5. Thank you Ms.Calder, this has truly spoken to my heart and felt it was personally for me. My prayer is that I won’t fail the Father in every aspect of my life as it relate to my purpose, assignment, being a father, being single , in ministry, finances, vocation, location, etc. Thank you again

  6. Glory be to God our Father and peace to you from Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
    You have as an arrow shot of God hit me this day for like Gideon I’ve been hiding in discouragement and abandonment. You by the Spirit have reminded me this day of God’s words to me some years back when He first called me into full time teaching ministry. I am encouraged. God bless you and continue to use you to speak to us in Jesus Name.
    Love you!
    God be with you! Amen

  7. Thank you for this message.
    It was God’s plan to meet you, since I met you my life change and my gift was exposed. I don’t know that I have gift I thought I was crazy. I thought something was wrong with me.I alwas pray to make be a blessing to other people as you are.

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