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

To view and purchase the eBook ‘Unlocking The Gift Of Discernment’ in our e-store, click here

Note: All transactions are secure using PayPal and we do not pass your information on to third parties. Our store will convert to your currency.

Available for download in PDF (114 pages) and ePub

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

Prophetic Word for 2018: The Spirit is Coming to Your ‘Waiting Room’

‘Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.”’ (Ezekiel 37:9 NIV)

Prophetic Word for 2018When God called on the Prophet Ezekiel to participate with Him in calling forth a mighty army from scattered dry bones, there came a moment when God directed, ‘Prophesy to the breath!’

As the wind of the Spirit came, life came. God’s resurrection power was unleashed.

As 2018 opens, we can prophesy over many things as God leads us: people and circumstances; doors, dreams and destinies. But let’s continue to pay attention, for the moment will arrive when we hear Him say, ‘Prophesy to the Breath!’

Prophesy to the Breath!

In the southeast of Australia, our New Year occurs at the height of summer. During this time, hot winds blow towards us from inland. As gusts build up speed and temperatures soar over 35C (95F), these winds carry a fierce, wilting heat.

  • A ‘cool change’ is our expression for a longed-for swing in wind direction.

Suddenly, instead of carrying heat from the land, the wind is now blowing from the direction of the sea. It brings cool air and along with it, a sudden drop of temperature.

It is a wind of relief and refreshing. When bush fires rage, the wind change brings deliverance, as flames turn and dwindle.

The Prophet Ezekiel looked and ‘saw a windstorm coming out of the North’ (Ezek 1:4). The glorious Throne of God—His Presence—was moving in the land.

Hear God say, ‘Lift up your eyes! Listen for the sound! My Spirit is moving.’

Your Hunger is the Landing Strip

The word for Spirit, pneuma in the New Testament Greek, and ruach in the Old Testament, means ‘breath’, or ‘movement of air’. [1]

The Spirit of God is wind by Name and nature.

‘Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.’ (Acts 2:2, NIV)

The Greek word ‘filled’ also means to cram! [2]

On the Day of Pentecost, in a moment of Divine command, Heaven opened and the Holy Spirit rushed into earth’s atmosphere and filled God’s people.

The room was crammed with the Heavenly wind, the atmosphere of Heaven, thick with the glory and Presence of God—the Person of the Holy Spirit.

The science of weather tells us that wind occurs when air flows from a high-pressure atmosphere, towards a low-pressure atmosphere. [3] The closer these high and low-pressure areas are together, and the sharper the contrast between them, the stronger the wind.

This could be seen as a prophetic analogy:

  • Just as air flows from high to low pressure systems, God sends His Spirit—along with His gifts, anointing and power—to those who are exerting a pull on Heaven (Luke 11:5-13).

Have you felt unsatisfied lately? Are you longing for more—for yourself and others? 

In 2018, your hunger for God will be the landing strip of the Holy Spirit.

Prophetic Word for 2018: The Spirit is Coming to Your ‘Waiting Room’

In the book of Acts, there are several times in which the Holy Spirit moves upon roomfuls of people. [4]

These were not indiscriminate outpourings.

In each case, the Spirit came to a prepared atmosphere, to a particular room, and to a group of hungry, waiting, believing people. From there, He moved outwards. Whole localities, regions and nations were touched by the Gospel and the power of God as the Spirit moved through God’s people.

See with the eye of faith, a visitation of the Holy Spirit, as He comes to your ‘waiting room’.

Perhaps today, ‘waiting room’ has a personal meaning for you. Hear your Father saying, “I am visiting your waiting room in 2018”

Your ‘waiting room’ may be a home, a workplace, a church, a studio or stadium—or something else. Your God is not limited by brick and mortar. He will use today’s technology—including online—to move in those spaces and through those networks where He is anticipated and welcomed.

‘For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.’ (Habakkuk 2:14, NIV)

He is Awakening Your Desire for Him

God is shifting the focus of His people—beyond ministries, the supernatural, the prophetic and spiritual gifts—back to the Source.

It will be as on the Day of Pentecost. The believers were not waiting for an impersonal power. They were waiting for a Person! The power, the anointing, the glory, the gifts, the supernatural came with the Holy Spirit.

As 2018 opens, honor the One who is the breath of life. ‘We have no life apart from you! We can do nothing, unless you move us!’

Truly, it is ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty’ (Zech 4:6).

A New Sound of the Spirit is Being Heard Through You

On the Day of Pentecost, the first sign of the Spirit’s arrival was a sound.

‘Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.’ (Acts 2:2, NIV)

As the Holy Spirit filled the believers, their voices became the Holy Spirit’s instrument.

The sound released on their breath went out and it reached the ears of Jewish pilgrims, gathered from the nations. It was the sound of declarations of praise to God in their own languages! (Acts 2:4-6)

As it was then, so it is today; God is releasing a new sound.

In 2018, be someone who is a ‘wind instrument’ for God – let the breath and sound of the Spirit flow through you.

Let Him speak through your voice, your passion, creativity and work.

Prophetic Word for 2018: Receive Your Harvest

Are you longing to see people’s hearts turn to God? Prophesy to the breath! Cry out, ‘Come Holy Spirit!’

On the Day of Pentecost, as the Spirit’s wind flowed outwards in the shouts of believers, another sound rent the air. It was the cries of people whose hearts were pierced by the Spirit’s conviction.

  • The Holy Spirit is the only Person on the earth today, Who was and is, a first-hand witness of Christ’s birth, crucifixion and resurrection (Acts 5:32)

In an instant, the Spirit can attest to the Gospel’s truth and convict a heart.

‘Oh Lord! Our hearts cry out, we desperately need You as we seek to lead people to Jesus and the cross! We cannot fulfil Your commission apart from You.’

Get ready, for the wind of the Spirit is blowing across your harvest. An awakening is on the way, and you will see the Holy Spirit, the great Harvester, move in 2018 and beyond.

For He is coming to your ‘waiting room.’


[1] Strongs refs G4151, H7307

[2] Strongs ref G4137

[3] The science of weather is meteorology. Wind science has more variables than I’ve mentioned in this article. For more info see:

[4] Acts 2:1-2, Acts 4:31, Acts 10:27,44

Enliven Prophetic School and Courses Update

You can find the Enliven Prophetic School here.

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
  • Additional resources and eBooks

And the course, Spiritual Warfare: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack here.

Happy New Year

Thank you for being a part of Enliven Blog and Enliven Ministries’ miracle year!
Malcolm and I are about to take our Australian vacation time and so I will be taking a break from publishing Enliven Blog for a few weeks. Note: I will not be answering emails or comments during this period.

If you would like further reading or encouragement, browse the Enliven Blog archives, where there are over 400 articles (use the categories buttons on the home page).
We pray you are refreshed and encouraged as 2018 unfolds.

~ Helen Calder, Enliven Ministries

Prophetic Word for 2018: Receive Your Own Insights

As always, I encourage you, my reader, to stir up the gift within you and ask the Father for your own personal insight for the coming year.
Here is an article to help you do that: How to Seek a Prophetic Word for the New Year

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