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Helen Calder: "At the Shoreline of Abundance: It's Time to Step Out of the Boat!"

Helen Calder, Melbourne, Australia
Mar 16, 2024


A few days ago, a fragment of a Scripture verse came to my mind, and I felt the Holy Spirit's presence on it: "... let your soul delight itself in abundance" (Isaiah 55:2, NKJV).

Abundance means plenty; it speaks of overflow and is a recurring theme in the Bible. No matter what's happening, you can access God's vast abundance through Christ. He is your Sustainer.

Eight Biblical Insights About God's Abundance

This verse inspired me to do a study, and I pray these eight biblical insights (and my account of a prophetic vision) minister to you:

1. The call of the Lord is always toward Him, and toward abundance.

"... Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance." (Isaiah 55:2, NKJV)

Jesus said, "... I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10, NKJV)

2. We have access to God's abundance through Christ.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ." (Ephesians 1:3, NKJV)

"From His abundance, we have all received one gracious blessing after another." (John 1:16, NLT)

3. Salvation is a spiritual blessing that overflows into every aspect of our lives. This includes finances and other provisions.

"And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19, NKJV)

"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work." ( 2 Corinthians 9:8, NKJV)

4. Abundance flows with the move of the Holy Spirit.

"From His abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another." (John 1:16, NLT)

This is evident in the ministry of Jesus. We also see it clearly in the imagery of the river of life (Ezekiel 47 and Revelation 22).

Wherever the river goes, life flows! (Photo via Unsplash)

Alongside the river grow abundant trees, with fruit for food and leaves for healing (see Ezekiel 47:12). A "very great multitude" of fish, "exceedingly many," are available for food, providing a generous living for those who fish there (see Ezekiel 47:9–10, NKJV).

5. We learn that God's presence satisfies us like nothing else.

"They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures." (Psalms 36:8, NKJV)

Once tasted, nothing can satisfy like the abundance found in God.

6. God's grace and kindness are abundant.

"So we praise God for the glorious grace He has poured out on us who belong to His dear Son... He has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding." (Ephesians 1:6, 8, NLT)

7. Jesus said we can expect abundant fruit as we abide in Him and His words.

"But if you remain in Me and My words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are My true disciples. This brings great glory to My Father." (John 15:7–8, NLT)

8. God turns our trials into fruitfulness.

"I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope..." (Hosea 2:15, NLT)

God is a Redeemer whose heart is always to restore abundance whenever we go through trials. And when we have sinned, our repentance becomes the doorway to restoration.

A Mindset of Abundance

A mindset of abundance is a discipline many aspire to but struggle to achieve in today's world. But it's actually very simple. A mindset of abundance is a heart set on God. One that perceives His infinite love, wisdom, power, and supply.

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us." (Ephesians 3:20, NKJV)

He continually invites us to enjoy the abundant life He has for us. So, why is it sometimes so difficult to give Him an unqualified "yes"?

At the Shoreline of Abundance

This reminds me of something that happened in our worship service recently.

I saw myself in a vision, standing on a small boat. Below me, I saw a wooden deck; a pointed bow was in front of my feet. The boat was at a shoreline, where water met sand.

Jesus stood before me on the shore, His hand expectantly stretched out. He was waiting for me to take His hand and step out of the boat.

This is symbolic for many of us who have reached the threshold of a new season. It has cost us to arrive at this place, and we have endured many trials. Now the Lord says, "Come, walk with Me. Let's journey together. It's time to advance. I am the source of everything you need." (Photo via Unsplash)

Still, sometimes we hesitate.

Don't Shrink Back!

On one hand, I wanted to explore this new place with Jesus, but on the other, I felt inclined to stay in the boat. It was confined, yet that boat represented safety and the familiar life I knew. Trees along the waterfront blocked my view of what lay behind them, so I couldn't see the nature of this new land.

Later in that meeting, our pastor preached a sermon titled "Don't Shrink Back!" He said, "God sees what we do not see, and we need to step into what He has for us. Don't doubt your God."

The message, with the vision, made a deep impression on us.

God's Abundance Provided

Today, know that the One who watches over and loves you is abundant in nature. Even though you have not been this way before, be reassured that all you need is sourced in the Lord (Psalms 23:1).

It's a biblical principle that God sets up our supply beforehand! We see it in Genesis, in the river that flowed from Eden, which split into four headwaters. God provided for the nations in advance.

These were the four rivers:

1. Pishon, meaning "increase" (H6376)

2. Gihon, meaning "a bursting forth" (H1521)

3. Hiddekel, which means, "rapid" (H2313)

4. Euphrates, meaning "fruitfulness" (from a root meaning "to break forth"—H6578)

Hear Him say, "I have already watered the land ahead of you!"

Your "Yes" Enables the Flow

How can we access this great abundance?

In Revelation chapter 22, the river of God flows from His throne. It reminds us that God's power flows from His rulership—His throne—in our lives. And our continual "yes" to Him enables this flow.

Perhaps this resonates with you today: It's time to step out of the boat!


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Helen Calder
Enliven Ministries

Helen Calder is a prophetic minister and writer, and founder of Enliven Ministries, in the David McCracken Ministries family. Helen has a unique gift of equipping in the areas of prophetic ministry, discernment and prayer. She is known for Enliven Blog, an online prophetic training and mentoring resource that reaches thousands of people globally. Helen and Malcolm have been married for 37 years and are at home in Planetshakers Church, Melbourne, Australia.

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