How to Have More Security in Your Spiritual Gift

It has often been said that the 3 common issues that can topple a ministry are ‘the gold, the girls/guys, and the glory’—in other words, greed, lust and pride.

But there is another problem that, because it is not sensational, rarely makes the public radar. And yet this one is very close to the heart of God.

And that is, insecurity.

In fact, insecurity can not only cause a ministry to fail, it is also the reason many gifts and ministries are not released in the first place!

In one of our recent family meetings, Prophet David McCracken underlined the serious of this, noting ‘Insecurity is a prince power the church is up against’. [1]

Insecurity versus Security: Saul and David

Insecurity is: ‘uncertainty or anxiety about oneself; lack of confidence’ or ‘the state of being open to danger or threat; lack of protection.’

King Saul is an example of someone whose calling was destroyed by insecurity. We read in 1 Sam 13 that when the Prophet Samuel appeared to be delayed in coming to make a sacrifice, Saul took the matter into his own hands.

Insecurity—manifesting in Saul’s mistrust of God and His prophetic word (1 Sam 13:8), along with his fear of people’s opinions—led to his disobedience.

Saul did not trust God to do what He said He would do! Why? Because he didn’t know God. He did not have a personal relationship with him.

How Security Manifested in David’s Life

Contrast this with David.

The same prophet that anointed Saul, anointed David.

Because David knew God and had a personal relationship with Him, he trusted God to fulfil His promises. David remained secure in his calling through times of great trial.

Years spent fleeing Saul in the wilderness, culminated in one of the greatest crises of David’s life. In 1 Sam 30 we read that David and his men returned to their lodging in Ziklag to find that enemies had looted their property, burned their homes and taken their wives and children captive.

In that moment, David had every reason to feel that God had left him and to doubt his calling. In spite of his trust in God, everything he had built had been destroyed and his loved ones lost to him. His leadership was under fire.

In the moment of greatest trial, David remained secure in his relationship with God.

  • David turned to God
  • He knew God was good
  • He believed God would fulfil His promises.

David did not let go of the reins of leadership. We read, ‘David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him… But David found strength in the Lord his God.
…and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”
(1 Sam 30: 6,8, NIV)

It was not long after this incident, David was crowned King of Judah, then later over all Israel. (2 Sam 2-2 Sam 5)

Your Ultimate Source of Security

‘I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father.’ (1 John 2:14a, NIV)

Security is stability!
Security is the state of being free from threat. When you are secure, you are confident. You are free from fear and anxiety. You have a firm foundation—and as a result, you are unwavering in character, commitment and purpose.

Where does such security come from?

The Bible reveals the ultimate source of security is in knowing God as your Father.

In Romans 8, Paul writes,
‘The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”’ (Rom 8:15, NIV)

This is the good news of the Gospel. You do not need to be insecure any more. You are a son, a daughter, secure in relationship.

Our sonship is the source of our eternal security, of security in our identity, and of our confidence in God’s unfailing goodness towards us. Security comes from the revelation of God as our Father.

Insecurity, on the other hand, comes from having an orphan mindset.

Jesus said to His disciples, ‘I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.’ (John 14:18, NIV)

Once you are a son or daughter of God, there is never any moment God is not your Father! There’s never any moment He is not with you, does not love you, or His grace and favour is not extended towards you.

As John writes, ‘There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.’ (1 John 4:18, NIV)

Are you called of God to minister, or to leadership?

When you are secure, your affirmation comes from your Father, and your desire is to bring Him pleasure. You will be free of the need to impress others.

You will trust God and believe His Word and His promises.

And you will fulfill your God-given prophetic calling.

The Power of Security ~ and how to be Healed of Insecurity

This week’s blog is an excerpt from lectures I am preparing for the Enliven Prophetic School . I will be sharing 6 reasons why security is important to prophetic ministry, along with keys to freedom from insecurity. These classes should be available during the next week.

This self-paced, video lecture school is for anyone who would like to learn and grow in the gift and ministry of prophecy and includes classes for discerners as well.

Modules currently include:

  • Foundations of prophetic ministry
  • How to hear God’s voice, begin and grow in prophecy
  • The Seer gift: how to grow in pictures and visions
  • Discernment and prophetic warnings: how to respond and share a prophetic warning
  • Prophetic Guidance Master Class

Visit the Enliven Prophetic School here.


[1] David McCracken is a Prophet based in Melbourne, Australia. Enliven Ministries is in the David McCracken Ministries family.

[2] Definition of insecurity Google result, ‘define insecurity’ accessed 25 Oct 17

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Breaking free from an Orphan Mindset

4 Symptoms of the Orphan Spirit in Church Life

© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
In the David McCracken Ministries family

4 Symptoms of the Orphan Spirit in Church Life

Spiritual Orphans

‘The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”’ (Rom 8:15)

As Christian believers, our Heavenly Father is constantly present with us by His Spirit. (John 14:18)

Not only is He always with us, but He also loves us passionately and unconditionally. The value God the Father places upon us is such that He paid the price of the life of His Son Jesus to restore us to His family. (John 3:16)

The ‘orphan spirit’ refers to a spiritual condition in which some Christians profess outwardly to know God as Father, but experience an internal contradiction to that belief.

Deep down they struggle to comprehend that God loves them. They may harbour feelings of abandonment, fear, unworthiness or rejection. This may be due to unhealed hurts from painful past experiences.

How do I know? I have been there.

I am grateful for the revelation of God as my loving Heavenly Father that has changed my life.

4 Signs of the Orphan Spirit in Church Life

God called and designed us to be a part of His church family—brothers and sisters in one body together. (Gal 6:10, 1 Cor 12) However, having an orphan perspective can affect our relationships in the church. [1] This includes ministry teams and our response to Christian leadership.

Here are 4 symptoms of the orphan spirit in church life, along with the Father’s corresponding invitation to healing:

1. Competing and Needing to Stand Out

Spiritual orphans do not feel accepted and feel the need to prove their worth.

This may result in:

  • Seeking to hide their own limitations
  • Perceiving the strengths of others as competition
  • Secretly taking satisfaction in the weaknesses of others
  • Needing and seeking attention.

Our Father’s invitation is to a place of unconditional acceptance and rest in our unique, God-given identity. (1 Cor 12:18)

Sons and daughters embrace both their strengths and weaknesses—comfortable both with who they are and Whose they are. They cover each other’s weaknesses and joyfully add their combined strengths to the family.

2. Isolation or Independence

Deep down the orphan does not feel as though he or she belongs in the family. Suffering a sense of abandonment, the instinct of an orphan is to go it alone.

This may result in:

  • Withdrawal, physically or emotionally from others.
  • An attitude of independence.

Our Father’s invitation is one of welcome embrace, to a place of belonging in His family. (Eph 1:5)

Sons and daughters embrace interdependence—the need of each other. Brothers and sisters celebrate being joined together as family and working as a team.

3. Fear and Insecurity

The spiritual orphan is unsure of his or her place in the family. Orphans also feel uncovered and unprotected—therefore their instinct is to protect themselves and their position.

This may result in:

  • A constant need of reassurance by leaders [2]
  • Lack of confidence in their spiritual gifts, and any ministry position they have been given.
  • The need to prove themselves.
  • Being protective and territorial about their ministry areas

Our Father’s invitation is to a place of security in His love, care and constant oversight. (Matt 10:29-31)

Sons and daughters have nothing to fear, already secure in their Father’s love and place in the family. They can trust in Father’s faithfulness even when changes or trials occur in church life.

4. Performance-Orientation

The spiritual orphan feels rejected—therefore believing that he or she must compensate by working hard or performing well in order to be recognised.

This may result in:

  • A constant drive to perform well
  • Judging the weaknesses or performance of other team members or leaders
  • Having feelings of mistrust towards others—feeling they are going to be ‘punished’ at any time

Our Father’s invitation is to experience the fullness of His undeserved grace and favour. (Eph 1:6)

Sons and daughters generously extend grace to others’ failure to measure up to actual or perceived standards. This is because they know the fullness of the Father’s grace towards them.

Sons and daughters respond well to measurements or reviews in work or ministry, knowing that they exist to call forth the best from the team.

The Father’s Invitation

‘Yet to all who did receive [Jesus], to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.’ (John 1:12)

Here is the good news of the Gospel: the Father freely receives us as His beloved children! If you can relate to having the perspective of a spiritual orphan, I encourage you to make use of the suggested articles and resources below.

Even those of us who know the Father’s personal love for us may occasionally slip back into an orphan mentalityThis can be a temptation when we are weary, under stress or have been through a difficult time.

When this happens, the Holy Spirit, our ‘Spirit of Adoption’ will quickly alert us to it. And at that very moment, we can respond to His invitation to step back and rest in our Father’s love.


[1] The same dynamics may also be seen in families, friendships, and non-church teams.

[2] The challenge of leaders is to continue to move in the opposite spirit—acting as a true spiritual parents, and representing the Father’s love, even when they themselves are not being perceived as such.

Other Articles and Resources:

No Longer An Orphan: How I Discovered The Father’s Love

This post is my personal testimony and contains a link to Jack and Tricia Frost’s highly recommended original articles on the spiritual orphan and keys to healing.

1 Father, 2 Sons, 3 Positions

This post on the Prodigal Son describes my own ‘internal contradiction’ and how I was set free by coming home to the Father.

Breaking Free From An Orphan Mindset

Includes a prayer to be released from the orphan mindset.

Can you think of other signs of the orphan spirit in church life? Leave a comment in the comments box. If it is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.

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