Prophetic Insight: The Giant and the General at Your Destiny’s Doorway

Today, I believe the Holy Spirit is highlighting a truth from Scripture that is a key to releasing many of you in your prophetic calling.

The Biblical pattern is this: at the doorway to your destiny, there will be a giant to defeat, and there will also be a general to honor.

Neither of these are easy! Both test our submission to God.

The giant tests our courage—but honor tests our character.


Caleb Honors Joshua, Before He Takes Hebron

When it comes time for Caleb to receive his inheritance in Canaan, he approaches Joshua and asks:
“Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day… the Lord helping me, I will drive them [the Anakites] out just as he said.” (Joshua 14:12, NIV)

Caleb knows his inheritance is this hill country occupied with Anakites. It doesn’t matter to him that these people are descended from giants and that years back, other leaders in Israel said, ‘we are like grasshoppers in their sight’ (Numbers 13:33).

He has an unswerving belief in his God-given capacity to take the land.

Caleb loves God, he has the prophetic promise and he’s unquestionably in his time of Divine appointment. He is a great leader in his own right. And yet, he pauses.

Caleb takes time to address Joshua, the man of God appointed as leader of Israel, and ask him for his God-given inheritance.

Before he overcomes the giants, Caleb honors the general. He obtains Joshua’s blessing.

‘Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance.’ (Josh 14:13, NIV)


David Receives King Saul’s Blessing, Before He Overcomes Goliath

When David visits his brothers on the front lines of battle and sees Goliath, he is filled with faith. He knows, without a shadow of a doubt, that giant is no match for the anointing of God on his life (1 Sam 17).

But he doesn’t stride out onto that battlefield and take that giant down, without doing something of great significance first.

David is brought before King Saul and he says, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” (1 Sam 17:32)

Offering his service to King Saul is possibly one of David’s greatest acts of faith.

He does not look like a warrior. He has neither age nor battle experience, nor armour. What David does have is faith, a calling and an anointing.

At this moment, David expresses honor towards God’s appointed leadership, even though Saul arguably does not deserve such honor—he has long ago lost the Holy Spirit’s anointing on his life and is now shaking in his boots with fear, as is every other soldier on the sidelines.

Honor is a powerful expression of faith—and in this moment of destiny, King Saul says to David, ‘Go, and the Lord be with you.’ (1 Sam 17:37b)

And so it is, that a shepherd boy takes down a giant.

Esther’s Example

We also see this powerful principle at work in the story of Esther. Before she can expose and defeat the enemy of the Jews, she has to honor the king; a leader who isn’t Jewish, and who doesn’t believe in God. He extends his favor towards her.

  • No leader is beyond reach of the Holy Spirit’s influence.

The New Testament Principle of Commissioning

As we move into the New Testament, we see many who have a prophetic calling, who are chosen by God and anointed. There is something else they have in common; they wait for their commissioning.

Like Timothy, Stephen, Philip and others, our greatest act of faith may be waiting for God’s time of promotion and choosing the way of honor.

One of my favourite examples is that of the Apostle Paul.

He has a powerful encounter with Jesus, a prophecy that he will go before kings, an apostolic calling to reach nations with the Gospel (Acts 9). And yet, years later, Paul (formerly Saul) is still serving as a teacher and prophet in the church in Antioch, waiting for the timing of God.

It is not until the church leaders hear from God and commission Paul, that he moves into the fullness of his calling (Acts 13).


It Takes Faith to Wait

Let’s be honest.

Many times, it takes more faith to wait and to honour God’s appointed generals in our lives, than it does to go out against the giants.

This is something my husband and I have learned—it’s something I’ve discovered the hard way—through failure and repentance. But it’s the best lesson of my life.

And I know there’s many of you who may be saying, ‘this is an area I struggle with’. Perhaps you don’t currently have a leader you can relate to—or one you respect—or you have leadership who do not see the call of God on your life, the way you do.

I pray for you today that you will be inspired by God’s Word and the example of those heroes of the faith that have gone before. The God who has opened the hearts and minds of kings and revealed His plans to leaders is the God of your calling.

No gatekeeper, no general is beyond God’s influence. No giant is too strong for you to defeat in the power of His Spirit.

And no gate is too heavy for Him to open.


10th Anniversary: Prophetic People in a Changing Church

If the obstacles facing you today in regards to being released in your ministry loom large, take heart from my story. Nothing is impossible for our God.

‘Prophetic People in a Changing Church’ is my personal ‘true confessions’ story of hurt, failure and restoration in prophetic and prayer ministry. Incredibly, it is also the book that launched Enliven Blog.

This book is not only a powerful testimony—‘Prophetic People in a Changing Church’ is a teaching tool that explores how you can:

  • Overcome the unique challenges facing people with prophetic gifts in churches today
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  • Break into a new era of empowerment in your ministry and relationship with leaders
  • Also included: a significant teaching chapter on prophetic leadership for pastors and senior leaders by Prophet David McCracken

‘Prophetic People in a Changing Church’ will provide you with keys to transformation and personal renewal in your church and ministry life.

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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.’


Notes

[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:
https://sciencing.com/winds-always-blow-high-pressure-low-pressure-23398.html

[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