Prophetic Word: ‘Rise Up, Go and Anoint’

Have you ever had an expectation—one you wholeheartedly believed was from God—but it didn’t work out as you imagined?

It may have been a prophecy, a role or assignment, a relationship or a ministry opportunity.

Perhaps you dreamed about the way God was going to answer a prayer, release your destiny or fulfil His promise—but it didn’t take place the way you expected.

‘Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life’. (Prov 13:12, NKJV)

Today, I believe God is saying to many:

‘Let go of what you perceive to be unfinished business. Release those things to Me, for I have a fresh anointing and a new assignment for you.’

The Prophet Samuel Was Crushed and Disappointed—But God had a Plan

God gave Samuel the task to anoint Saul as king, but it didn’t work out as the prophet expected.

The new king rebelled and disobeyed God. And Samuel faced the painful task of delivering God’s message to Saul: ‘You’ve rejected God’s word—and now God has rejected you as king’. (See 1 Sam 15)

After that, Samuel withdrew and we read, ‘Samuel mourned for Saul…’ (1 Sam 15:35, NKJV) Think about this:

  • Samuel himself had publicly identified and anointed Saul as king
  • Afterwards, he discovered the very instrument he had anointed was rotten to the core!

This was a situation that touched Samuel’s identity as a prophet. It impacted his life’s calling as a revivalist; to lead Israel to serve and worship God.

Samuel saw years stretched in front of him, in which an ungodly king ruled the nation he loved.

The prophet was stricken with grief over the loss of what could have been—and the young man he had seen potential in.

But the God Who loved and called Samuel had a plan. And God’s next instructions to Samuel are fresh and relevant to us today.

1. It’s Time to Rise Up

‘The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” (1 Sam 16:1, NIV)

God gave Samuel time to grieve—and He acknowledged the validity of those feelings. But there came a day when God said, ‘How long will you mourn?’

The Hebrew word for mourn, abal, means to bewail, lament, mourn [Strongs H56].

Samuel had strong feelings about what was lost. But God was saying, ‘I have a new plan! You cannot enter into it until you recognize what time it is. It is time to rise up and move on.’

Hear your Father say,

‘In order to move into the new assignment I have for you, let go of what is behind. Release those regrets and disappointments relating to the past.’

You can move forward free and unencumbered!

This principle does not only apply to good things that turned bad. It also applies to good things; even great things, that have had their time. 

  • That day is over and the Spirit is moving in a new direction.

An opportunity may have been good and anointed of God in the past—but if it is not His purpose in this current season, it can become a ‘Saul’.

You have been hankering after it, but that day, that opportunity is gone.

God’s Presence and anointing has left it! Release it, move forward, discover and anoint the new thing He is doing.

2. Receive Your Anointing and Fresh Commissioning

‘Fill your horn with oil and be on your way…’

Samuel was mourning over someone he had anointed—and it seemed that anointing oil had been wasted. Now God was saying, ‘Stop looking back where the past anointing was unfruitful, and look ahead to where I am appointing a new king!’

  • Anoint the new thing God is anointing
  • Prophesy about what He is appointing
  • Bless what He is doing and about to do

See life, speak and declare life.

Notice God’s instructions to Samuel were, ‘fill first’!  You can’t move ahead without a fresh anointing.

‘Anointing’ speaks to us of being filled with the Spirit~both for refreshing and for a purpose~and having a fresh encounter with God.

Hear Him say, ‘Lift up your head and your hands! Receive a touch of refreshing, a fresh outpouring from My Throne. I am for you and not against you! My Spirit is coming upon you and filling you.’

3. Launch Out in Faith

‘I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.’ (1 Sam 16:1, NIV)

Samuel went to the household of Jesse. Jesse means ‘wealthy’ or ‘gift’. As you begin to move, know all of Heaven’s resources are available to you for your God-given assignment. Nothing is too difficult for Him to accomplish, as you surrender to Him.

Notice God didn’t give Samuel a complete instruction. He said, ‘I have chosen ‘one of his sons’.

Like Samuel did, God calls us to live by faith.

There is always an element of mystery; some things the Holy Spirit will only show you when you reach your Divine appointment.

There was also something else; a message that God wanted to highlight:

‘The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’ (1 Sam 16:7, NIV)

What God has ahead for you, may not look as you or others expect it to.

Just as those close to David were surprised at God’s choice of him, many will be surprised at the ways in which God is about to use you.

For your Father is revealing plans that have previously been ‘under wraps’.

‘Let go of what you perceive to be unfinished business. Release those things to Me, for I have a fresh anointing and a new assignment for you.’

Unlocking the Gift of Discernment eBook, 3rd Edition

Just updated! In this third edition, I have added a chapter on 5 specific spiritual attacks discerners face and how to overcome each one. I have revised other chapters, added new content and finished with an inspirational chapter on how the gift of discernment can propel you into an encounter with God’s glory!

The gift of discernment of spirits is a powerful weapon in times of spiritual warfare, and can be of great assistance when ministering freedom to individuals. And yet many who have the gift of discernment have difficulty knowing what to do with what they are feeling or sensing.

‘Unlocking The Gift Of Discernment’ incorporates wisdom from Enliven Blog as well as additional valuable material on how to be protected as a discerner in times of spiritual warfare.

New Chapter List:

1. Introducing the Spiritual Gift of Discernment
2. Signs You may have the Gift of Discernment
3. Your Heart as a Discerner
4. How to Grow Your Gift of Discernment
5. Ministry Areas that Benefit from the Discernment Gift
6. Tips on Exercising Discernment in Church Life
7. Focus on the Spirit, Feed on God’s Word
8. Freedom from Fear of Evil
9. Protection for the Discerner
10. How to Overcome Spiritual Attack
11. Encounter God’s Glory

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© 2018 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
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Prophetic Guidance: How to Make the Most of Prophetic Signposts

God calls us to live a life of faith. And so, we don’t have to seek confirmation about every little thing He tells us.

We can trust the Holy Spirit to guide us moment-by-moment as to where to go, and what to do or say. This is part of developing an intimate relationship with God. Jesus said, My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me’ (John 10:27, NKJV).

But what if you are seeking God’s will over an important decision? In this case, there is a Biblical basis to have your prophetic guidance confirmed.

  • This is especially true when major changes of life-direction or ministry are at stake and when your decisions are impacting the lives of people around you.

I like to use ‘signposts’ as a metaphor for prophetic confirmations.

Like a signpost, a prophetic confirmation lets you know you’re on the right track—it is pointing in the same direction you believe God has spoken to you about.

Look at Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Throughout their journeys, God gave multiple signposts all pointing the same direction—prophetic reminders that He had chosen them and was giving the land of Canaan to their descendants.

What are Some Prophetic Signposts God Uses?

Signposts are a metaphor for prophetic confirmations. These become are vital when you're seeking God's will about major decisions. Here's how you can use them:‘I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.’ (Psalm 32:8, NKJV)

How does God speak to us through prophetic confirmation? There are many different ways the Holy Spirit communicates to us, such as:

  • Prophetic encounters, personal prophecies, dreams and visions
  • The pull (sense) of God’s call towards something
  • The way you are ‘wired’—you know this fits with the way God has created you
  • The affirmation of oversight
  • Opportunities (we may call these open doors)
  • Unity amongst key decision-makers
  • Past experiences that point to this

Some Signposts can Only be Seen Looking Back

‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (Eph 2:10, NIV)

Sometimes, a signpost can be seen in the past, in retrospect.

You are seeking guidance and then realize as you look back, that God knew the path ahead.

Your Father knew you would eventually come to this crossroads, and has been directing you this way all along.

This happened to me in 2016. I had been on Prophet David McCracken’s ministry team for 6 years and my husband and I were committed to the team for life. But then one day, David announced God had spoken to him about us broadening to become a family of ministries. This meant I was suddenly given an opportunity to form my own ministry!

Even though this was a totally unexpected crossroads, my husband and I were able to look back and see some very clear signposts. When we saw those signposts, we realized this was Father’s intention all along! We were able to progress very quickly and in the space of two months, Enliven Ministries was birthed within the David McCracken Ministries family.

The reason I could cooperate with the Divine acceleration God had for me, was that I knew without a shadow of a doubt those signposts were there.

So, just because signposts are needed, doesn’t mean it is going to take a long time for you to reach a clear decision.

You can trust when it is God’s time to bring something to birth, He can cause a lot of signs to come together at once—and some of those can be seen in retrospect.

Embrace the Protection of Spiritual Oversight

‘Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.’ (Prov 15:22, NIV)

There is a Biblical principle that for major life or ministry-changing decisions, having confirmation from spiritual oversight is crucial.

  • This helps with protection, discernment, accountability and wisdom, as well as being a timing check.

In my own case, I had the facilitation and rich wisdom of my leaders—including David McCracken’s own Board. We also had expert assistance provided in the area of setting up our not-for-profit ministry.

Additionally, confirmation can also come from others God has placed around our lives. In 2 Corinthians 13:1 the Apostle Paul quoted, “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.” It is a principle that was brought forward to the New Testament.

Loren Cunningham, founder of YWAM, coined a phrase, ‘The Wise Men Principle’. He wrote,
‘Just as the Three Wise Men individually followed the star and in doing so were all led to the same Christ, so God will often use two or more spiritually sensitive people to confirm what He is telling you.’ [1]

So, if you are facing a major decision and you believe God has spoken to you—seek for God’s prophetic confirmation. When you look to see what signposts confirm the direction you believe God has shown you:

  • You are balancing wisdom and faith
  • You are weighing up your prophetic insight

And you are honoring the Holy Spirit, His voice and His ways.

10 Lessons on Prophetic Guidance

Is the above article timely, or would you like to learn more on this topic? The teaching on signposts is just one of the lessons from my Prophetic Guidance Master Class, in which I tackle some tough issues such as:

  • How do faith and wisdom work together when following prophetic guidance?
  • What extra care should I take when relationships or emotional issues are involved?
  • What should I do about a closed door?
  • What can I do if my prophetic guidance is unclear?
  • What is God doing when there are delays and disappointments?

These are some of the questions I explore in my Prophetic Guidance Master Class. Plus, I’ve just uploaded the PDF transcript of these ten lessons, so you can keep your own summary for reference.

You can find the Prophetic Guidance Master Class in the Enliven Prophetic School here.

Modules on the School currently include: ‘How to hear God’s voice’ ‘How to Begin and Grow in Prophecy’, ‘The Seer Gift: How to Grow in Pictures and Visions’, ‘Discernment and Prophetic Warnings’ and the ‘Prophetic Guidance Master Class’

[1]‘Is That Really You, God? Hearing the Voice of God’ by Loren Cunningham, 1984 Chosen Books, Grand Rapids

© 2018 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family