3 Characteristics of Your Gift and Ministry’s Hidden Phase

Do you identify with a sense of waiting, or being hidden, in your spiritual gift, vocation or ministry calling?

When the Apostle Paul—then Saul—became a follower of Jesus, God revealed to him that a powerful apostolic ministry was up ahead.

  • But although Paul’s gift of teaching and preaching was evident from the outset of his conversion, there was much more to come.

Years later, Paul was still ministering as a teacher at the church in Antioch, when the church leaders heard from God that it was time to send him and Barnabas out from the church as missionaries (Acts 13).

From this time onwards, Paul’s evangelistic and apostolic ministry, along with gifts of signs and miracles, emerged in Paul’s life (Acts 14:3, [1]).

Paul’s gifts and calling unfolded progressively throughout his life, and it will happen that way in ours too. [2]

Today, no matter what your experience of life in the Spirit has been, God has more for you.

Here are three characteristics of the hidden phase of a spiritual gift or ministry. If you relate to any of these, take heart! God has not forgotten you. Today, hear Him say, ‘See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.’ (Isaiah 49:16 NIV)


1. A Desire that is Sometimes Intense

When God gives you a prophetic calling, He sows the desire for your destiny along with it. There is a place in your heart and life that will one day be filled with the operation of that gift, ministry and service to God. And until it fully manifests, you notice its absence.

God is using your hunger and the desire of your heart to draw you towards your destiny. That very hunger will cause you to prepare, to search and to pursue Him.

Desire is a gift given by God, that causes us to pursue Him, until He gives us what He has longed to grant us all along. This is the level of hunger that kept Elisha in pursuit of Elijah to the point of no return, until he received the mantle destined by God to be his. (2 Kings 2)

“So I say to you, ask and keep on asking, and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking, and you will find; knock and keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9, AMP)


2. Prolonged Times of Waiting

Times of waiting until the gift, ministry or service to God is fulfilled, are a common theme throughout the Bible.

You may have experienced early signs of a gift, calling or ministry. You may have received a prophecy, or hold certain Scripture verses close to your heart that reflect God’s call upon your life.

But now, you wonder what happened to that calling. It may even seem as though the very opposite is taking place.

In a time of waiting, it is common to hit a ‘ceiling’. You are engaged at one level of ministry for a long time, whilst deep down you know God has more for you. Think of all the years Paul ministered in the primary role of a teacher, when his apostolic call to reach nations was still ahead!

If you can relate to this, know that your Father has your timetable in His hands.

Look at Paul—none of his time on earth was wasted in God’s sight.
‘For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’ (2 Tim 4:6-7, NIV)


3. Obstacles and Opposition that are Specific to Your Call

There are times when God allows us to experience trials specifically related to our calling. These hardships are designed to stir us, prepare us and propel us forward.

Joseph was called to rule—and yet was sold as a slave. Daniel was called to govern, but God positioned him as a slave in captivity. Paul was called to impact nations—and then spent years in his home town of Tarsus, waiting for the church to be ready to receive him. (Acts 11:25) [2]

So it can be with us. We are called to heal—and yet we or someone close to us struggles with sickness. We are called to pray—and face the most difficult prayer journey of our life.

The enemy also targets us at the very point of our calling, using tactics of fear, intimidation or direct, blatant attacks aimed at knocking us off course.

If you can identify obstacles or pressure that shout, ‘don’t go that way!’ ‘That calling is not for you!’, be encouraged.

  • That pressure is a signpost; you are headed in the right direction!
  • That obstacle will become a stepping stone into your promise from God
  • That trial will become a testimony
  • That giant of demonic opposition is coming down

As you stay on track by the grace of God, nothing and no one can stop God’s plan for your life coming to pass.


Grow Your Prophetic and Prayer Gifts ~ Now Inside the Prophetic School

If you are feeling stuck, or have undergone hardship in relation to your prophetic or prayer gift, this book will encourage you and provide you with keys to move forward in developing your gift. Learn how to:

  • Identify the season you are currently in for each of your gifts, including a season of wilderness and trial
  • Find out how to break through to the next level
  • Maximise opportunities in the current stage of growth in your spiritual gift

The book, ‘Grow Your Prophetic and Prayer Gifts’ is now available as a bonus PDF inside the Enliven Prophetic School.

I have completed the first stage of basic teaching modules and am now taking an Australian Summer break from production.

In the meantime, you can find the Prophetic School here.


Notes:

[1] I write about this in my book ‘Grow Your Prophetic and Prayer Gifts’. You can find ‘Grow Your Prophetic and Prayer Gifts’ for sale as a single eBook here on the eStore.

[2] Paul’s first recorded miraculous sign is in Acts 13:8-11. It is not until years later, in Ephesus (Acts 19), we read of many ‘extraordinary miracles’ of healing being worked through Paul.

[3] See_https://www.blueletterbible.org/study/paul/timeline.cfm


© 2017 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

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.


Notes:

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