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’


Notes:
[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

3 Ways to Overcome Fear in Your Gift and Ministry

‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’ (2 Tim 1:6-7, NKJV)

There are times when we sense God calling us out of our comfort zones, to try something new. We hear the Spirit say, ‘It’s time!’

  • It’s time to push through that barrier
  • It’s time to say yes to that opportunity
  • It’s time to speak up

If you struggle with uncertainty or fear, when it comes to stepping out in your spiritual gifts or ministry, you are not alone. Take Timothy, for example. He was called of God and gifted as an evangelist and teacher (2 Tim 4:5) and yet he struggled with timidity.

Overcoming fear is a recurring theme Paul addressed in his leadership of Timothy, and his insights are relevant to us today.


Perception is a Key to Removing Fear

Due to his youth and his position as Paul’s assistant, people sometimes looked down on Timothy.

Paul saw the need to admonish Timothy, ‘Let no one despise your youth’ (1 Tim 4:12, NKJV) Paul also wrote to the church at Corinth, saying, ‘And if Timothy comes, see that he may be with you without fear; for he does the work of the Lord, as I also do. Therefore let no one despise him…’ (1 Cor 16:10-11a)

The fear that threatened Timothy in this case was a result of the perception—of both Timothy and others—about Timothy’s capability, given his young age.

Whilst many of us aren’t young any more, we may have our own view as to why we can’t boldly and confidently step up to perform the service God has put on our hearts.

According to the Bible, we are not disqualified by our natural attributes. We are qualified by the call of God.

Many other heroes of Scripture had obvious limitations—for example, Moses had a stutter, a criminal history, and was eighty years old when God called him to act!

What qualified him in God’s eyes was, ‘I’ve created you, I’ve called you and I am with you.’ (see Exodus 4)

What is Perception?

Your perception is your assessment of who you are (your identity) and what you are capable of. But does it match up to God’s perception of you?

The good news is that, just as with Timothy, God is calling us to upgrade our perception, so we can do God’s work wholeheartedly and without fear.


3 Ways to Overcome Fear and Upgrade Your Perception

1. Identify Your Current Perception

The clue to our perception can be found in the answer to these types of questions:

  • ‘What is my excuse (if any) for not stepping out and doing what God has called me to do?’
  • ‘What is the story I tell myself, as to what will happen when I do step out?

Our perception is not only what we see (about ourselves and others), it is the interpretation we place on what we see.

2. Spot the Gap Between Your Perception and God’s

Once you have an idea of your current perception—your assessment of what you are capable of—compare it to what you believe God is asking you to do.

If God has given you a problem to solve, a vocation to serve in, people to love, or a ministry to accomplish, know this: He sees you as someone who is fully equipped for the role!

You do not stand alone. You are empowered with the Holy Spirit. God is with you.

You have God’s ‘yes!’ Whatever your challenges are in terms of physical attributes, position or experience, don’t allow these to affect your perception.

  • See your weaknesses transformed by the power of God.
  • See them as an advantage—because of your limitations, Jesus will get the glory!

Don’t measure yourself against the task, opportunity or other people and decide you are lacking. What does your Father say?

Perhaps you have a leader who, like Paul did with Timothy, sees more potential in you. He or she is urging you to go to a next level, and it is time for you to listen and move.

Take a good, hard look at the difference between your perception, and that of your Heavenly Father. How is the Holy Spirit leading you to respond to this today? 

It may be time to see the real issue for what it is—be open to allowing Him to reveal unbelief, or pride. Let Him shine His light on it, lead you to repentance and he will heal your perception.

3. See Yourself on the Other Side

Finally, here is a powerful key to upgrading your perception:

See yourself on the other side of your comfort zone, walking in your miracle.

Hold that picture—see who you are, and what you are capable of in that light. God does.


Enliven Prophetic School ~ New Workshop

2018 is underway, and I have begun a brand new workshop on the Enliven Prophetic School. This class is entitled, ‘Share a prophetic insight in the context of your church, ministry or Christian organization’.

In my introductory video, I share 9 reasons why church and ministry life is a great place to begin with prophecy. These include:

  • Because there’s spiritual oversight, you have the unique opportunities that accountability brings, e.g. you can receive feedback, which helps you develop your gift
  • We see even itinerant prophets in the New Testament are based in, and sent out from, local churches – so if that’s your calling, then ministering in church life can be a launching pad or preparation for you
  • This arena is one of the most character-building opportunities we have, to grow in our spiritual gifts

I consider this last point the most significant: There are challenges, guidelines and opportunities that apply to church life and ministry, that don’t relate to the same extent in other arenas like personal and family life, evangelism or the marketplace.

And frankly, it is the best testing and maturing ground we have in our spiritual gifts!

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’

I warmly invite you to view and sign up to the Enliven Prophetic School here.


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