4 Principles of the ‘Suddenlies’ of God

When your life takes an unexpected turn

There are times when a page of your life turns, and you discover that a whole new chapter is opening up.

But what if, instead of a new chapter of the same story, you unexpectedly find yourself in a brand new story—one that you had no idea was waiting for you?

Such are the suddenlies of God.

The  New Testament begins with a series of unexpected announcements—sudden, Divine interruptions that change the lives of individuals forever. The lives of Mary, Joseph, Zechariah and others encourage us, as we encounter our own ‘suddenlies’ from God.

Here are four principles from the Christmas story that you can embrace when your own life takes an unexpected turn:

1. God is not Taken by Surprise

As the ageing Zechariah goes about his priestly duties in the temple, an angel suddenly appears by the altar of incense. In this moment of Divine interruption, the angel has a personal message for Zechariah; he is about to become a father. (Luke 1:5-25)

For Zechariah, it is a point of no return. From now on, he and his wife Elizabeth are caught up in the unfolding story of God’s salvation. Their son will be known as John the Baptist.

You may have been taken by surprise, but you can rest in knowing that your Father has the eternal perspective on your situation – and He is trustworthy. He has felt your pain, He has seen your waiting, and He has been at work in the background, orchestrating His answers on your behalf. In times ahead, you will realize what God has been up to all along.

2. Your Father has Already Provided for What is Ahead

Zechariah’s wife Elizabeth is 6 months pregnant when the next ‘suddenly’ occurs. The angel Gabriel is sent by God to a young woman named Mary. To Mary is given the extraordinary honour of giving birth to the Messiah, Jesus. (Luke 1:26-38)

This ‘suddenly’ of God comes with unique challenges, for Mary is an unwed virgin.

However, God has already provided for Mary’s needs ahead of time. He has prepared a husband and protector—Joseph—and places for them to shelter and live. Even now, God’s call is on a group of wise men. He is orchestrating their movements, along with the gifts and provision they will bring with them.

Have you experienced a ‘suddenly?’ Know that you Father already knows what you need and has provided by His Word ahead of time. Where God guides, He truly provides. No need is to small or too great for the hand of God as you step forward into your new era.

3. Your Saviour is About to be Revealed.

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Shepherds are in the fields, watching over their flocks of sheep when God interrupts their status quo with a startling announcement.

In your new season, you will find yourself astonished at what is taking place. But you will look upon the face of the One who loves you. You will know His redeeming power in your life, as never before.

4. Supernatural is the New Normal.

The words ‘do not be afraid’ come up time and time again in the Christmas narrative—to Zechariah, to Mary, to the shepherds and to Joseph. God’s suddenlies can be startling. Unnerving. There are supernatural confrontations. The old has gone, the new has come.

‘Do not be afraid.’ Hear it for yourself, and be reassured. Your Father is at work, Holy Spirit is moving on your behalf, and great things are up ahead.


Important Announcement Regarding our Ministry

Malcolm and Helen CalderDuring the last two months, we have found ourselves in our own Heavenly ‘suddenly’, as our team is undergoing a restructure. David McCracken Ministries is changing from being a team of ministers to a family of ministries. Yes—we are multiplying and branching out!

From January 2017, I, together with my husband Malcolm and others, will be founding a new ministry called ‘Enliven Ministries.’

The great news is that we will continue to be in the David McCracken Ministries family and David McCracken will still be our spiritual father as well as our Apostolic oversight.

We’re rejoicing! We also have a lot to set up—and faith challenges up ahead. If you are interested in finding out more, visit our temporary Enliven Ministries landing page here.


© 2016 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church

How To Overcome Reluctance In Sharing Your Gift

Recently, I had a prophetic vision in which I looked into Jesus’ eyes, and reflected in them was something He wanted to show me.

Jesus seemed to be indicating, ‘See what I am seeing—this is on the Father’s heart right now.’

offer-your-giftsI saw long banqueting tables being prepared for a feast. Some platters were already in place; however, there were still a lot of empty spaces awaiting food.

As I watched this table, I became aware of the sound of a stampede in the distance. The sound was growing louder. It was evident that crowds of hungry people were on their way—but the feast was not ready.

Why, I wondered, were there so many spaces? Time was running out for God’s people to bring their plates of food to the table! Yet they were holding back for various reasons.


No More Excuses

Right now, there is an urgency in the Kingdom because many people need to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good.’ (Ps 34:8) They need the Good News. They need the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

The hungry can only ‘taste and see’ as God’s people bring their gifts to the table—as you and I are willing to share what God has given to us.

Why would people hesitate to bring a platter of food to a public table?

  • Perhaps they feel inadequate—they are measuring themselves against others who have more ‘fancy’ dishes and think that their own offerings are too plain, their recipes too simple
  • Maybe they feel intimidated—and they are afraid of criticism or rejection of their offering
  • Perhaps they are so overwhelmed with meeting their own needs that they do not have time to consider others
  • They could be simply lethargic, or have lost their own appetite, or…

Overcome Reluctance and Bring your Gifts to the Table.

Today, I believe it is on God’s heart to encourage you to share what you have with others.

Bring your spiritual gifts, your talents, your vision, to the table. If you are a leader, encourage others to do the same.

If you can relate to having a reluctance in sharing your spiritual gift, here are some encouraging truths to help you move forward:

Don’t hold back because you feel inadequate. God says you are appointed and anointed. Your adequacy is from Him. (2 Cor 3:4)

Don’t hold back because you feel what you have is too simple. There are people who need the simplicity of the gift and expression you carry, just as there are people who need plain food. There are many different needs and many different appetites.

Don’t hold back because you feel you do not have the time. What you carry in its barest form, released in a moment, may help feed a hungry person.

God can use what you offer to Him, but He cannot use what you withhold.

Don’t hold back because you are intimidated by other people’s gifts, styles or methods. What you carry is unique and highly valued to God.

You are significant and irreplaceable.

Your gifts are needed by Jesus.

And—there are lives at stake.


Donate to our Ministry in November and Receive an eBook

Choose Your Story…Change Your Life.

The Script BookDuring the month of November, I am providing an opportunity for my regular readers to make a donation to David McCracken Ministries.

To thank you for your gift, we are making available a pre-launch copy of my brand-new eBook:

‘The Script: Choose Your Story, Change Your Life’.

  • Have you ever felt as though your life is stuck in a pattern?
  • Would you like a clear, simple message to help yourself—and others—break free of limitations and live your God-appointed destiny?

God has a story for your life. It is the story of an abundant life—a life full of faith and purpose.

‘The script’ is any story-line that is at work in your life, that is not in accordance with God’s Word—and what He says about you.

In ‘The Script: Choose Your Story Change Your Life’ you will learn:

  • What a script is, and five ways it can come into operation
  • How to identify and defeat a counterfeit script
  • How to identify and break a generational storyline (curse)
  • How to replace the script with God’s story for your life

In ‘The Script: Choose Your Story Change Your Life’ I share my own testimony of breaking free from personal and generational scripts, and encourage you to live a life empowered by the Word of God.

If Enliven Blog has been a blessing to you, I encourage you to pray about sowing back financially. Your donation will help us to provide this free resource to empower churches, leaders and people around the world.

To donate or find out more about The Script eBook, click here.

(Note:our online payments are secure – and we do not pass your email information on to third parties)


© 2016 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church

18 Benefits of Going Through Spiritual Warfare

Have you ever had times when it seems as though the enemy is coming at you from every side?

spiritual warfare fresh anointingDuring a spiritual attack, there is an unusual amount of pressure coming against you, especially against God’s plan for your life and the lives of others around you.

  • There may be challenges in the area of your health, or provision
  • The enemy may be using people or circumstances to oppress you, or to hinder the work of God in your life
  • There may be trials of temptation, fear, or a battle coming against your mind

Why does God allow us to experience spiritual warfare? As Graham Cooke says, God allows in His wisdom what He could easily prevent by His power.

God’s plan is that you will overcome. He always has your best interests at heart—for He is a good Father.

If you perceive signs of spiritual warfare at work in your life, family or ministry, these 18 benefits of spiritual warfare, along with direct quotes from the Bible, will encourage you to keep going.


18 Scriptural Benefits of Spiritual Warfare

1. You receive a fresh anointing
‘You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.’ (Psalm 23:5)

2. You experience the nearness of God’s Presence
‘Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers,and under his wings you will find refuge’ (Psalm 91:3-4)
(See also Psalm 23:4)

3. You have a greater awareness and experience of spiritual authority
4. You experience supernatural joy
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
[Jesus] replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:17-20)
(See also 1 Peter 1:6-9)

5. You experience God’s protection
‘But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.’ (2 Thess 3:3)

6. God allows times of sifting to purify your character
7. You can help and lead others through similar difficulties
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32)

8. You emerge with a greater empowering of the Holy Spirit
‘When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.’ (Luke 4:13-14)
(See also 2 Cor 12:7-9)

9. Your perspective is sharpened – of your weakness and God’s strength
10. You gain an increased understanding of God’s grace
‘Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.’ (2 Cor 12:7b-9)

11. You grow in perseverance
‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.’ (James 1:2)

12. God gets the credit and glory when you overcome
‘But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.’ (2 Tim 4:17-18)
(See also Acts 28:1-10, 1 Peter 1:6-9)

13. You become stronger in faith
‘Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.’ (1 Peter 5:8-10)

14. You have an opportunity to submit to God
‘Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.’ (James 4:7)

15. You grow in your skill of handling God’s Word
‘Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies.’ (Psalm 119:98)
‘Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.’ (Eph 6:17)

16. You have an opportunity to use your prophecies to wage warfare (as you hold on to and declare Father’s intention)
 ‘Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well.’ (1 Tim 1:18)

17. You are already an overcomer by God’s Word—and now you experience it as a reality
‘The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.’ (Deut 28:7)
‘You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.’ (1 John 4:4)

18. God uses what the enemy intends for evil and turns it for good
‘You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.’ (Gen 50:20)
‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ (Rom 8:28)
(See also Is 54:17)

If you are experiencing a spiritual battle right now, or know someone who is, I pray that the above Bible verses encourage you. Meditate on them and turn them into a personal declaration. God is coming through for you!


Notes:

Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations in Enliven Blog are from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.


Donate to our Ministry in November and Receive an eBook

Choose Your Story…Change Your Life.

The Script BookDuring the month of November, I am providing an opportunity for my regular readers to make a donation to David McCracken Ministries.

To thank you for your gift, we are making available a pre-launch copy of my brand-new eBook:

‘The Script: Choose Your Story, Change Your Life’.

  • Have you ever felt as though your life is stuck in a pattern?
  • Would you like a clear, simple message to help yourself—and others—break free of limitations and live your God-appointed destiny?

God has a story for your life. It is the story of an abundant life—a life full of faith and purpose.

‘The script’ is any story-line that is at work in your life, that is not in accordance with God’s Word—and what He says about you.

In ‘The Script: Choose Your Story Change Your Life’ you will learn:

  • What a script is, and five ways it can come into operation
  • How to identify and defeat a counterfeit script
  • How to identify and break a generational storyline (curse)
  • How to replace the script with God’s story for your life

In ‘The Script: Choose Your Story Change Your Life’ I share my own testimony of breaking free from personal and generational scripts, and encourage you to live a life empowered by the Word of God.

If Enliven Blog has been a blessing to you, I encourage you to pray about sowing back financially. Your donation will help us to provide this free resource to empower churches, leaders and people around the world.

To donate or find out more about The Script eBook, click here.

(Note:our online payments are secure – and we do not pass your email information on to third parties)


Changes to Enliven Blog

Many of you who receive Enliven Blog by subscription will notice that the format has changed. From now on, we will be sending you a short email that describes the article, and invites you to click-through to our website to read the full post. The reason for this change is that many people who have signed up to read Enliven Blog have been unable to read the email due to the posts ending up in a spam filter. To those of you who prefer our former method of delivery, I am very sorry. The change has been made out of necessity (it creates more work for me, too!)

You will also notice that the publishing day and time of delivery has now changed permanently to later in the week.


© 2016 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church

Go Again: He is God of the ‘Second Time Around’

God of the Second Time AroundToday’s word of prophetic encouragement is for those of you who feel you have missed an opportunity.

  • You may be in transition and wondering why a particular promise from God, or your destiny, has not been fulfilled in this past season
  • Perhaps you (or others) have made a mistake and you feel as though you have missed out on God’s best

Your Father wants you to know that He has not forgotten you—and that another opportunity lies ahead.


Esther Overcame the Enemy

Recently God spoke to me from the book of Esther.

Queen Esther finds out of a plot to slaughter her people, the Jews. So she invites her husband, the King of Persia, and the enemy of her people, Haman– who is the king’s official—to a banquet.

At the climax of the story, there is a powerful moment, when Esther reveals the plot, along with the wickedness of Haman, to the king at a private banquet. As a result, Haman and his plans are overthrown.

  • Did you know that the banquet where Esther overcame the enemy, was not the first banquet she held? It was a second banquet.

One banquet, one day, one opportunity came and went, without the critical matter of lives at stake being addressed. (Esther 5)


Between the Banquets

I wonder, what was Esther thinking on the night after that first banquet, that night in-between? There is nothing in Scripture to suggest that there is anything other than the poise and wisdom and courage that Esther showed.

However, I know what would be happening if it was me. There is often a battle in our minds, on our journey towards faith:

  • What were you thinking?
  • The King says, ‘ask me anything’, and you say nothing? Just invite him back to another banquet?
  • You had the opportunity, and you blew it!

And after all the should have’s, come the what if’s:

  • What if something happens, and the King, or Haman, can’t make it tomorrow. Where will you be then?
  • What’s your backup plan?

We do not know the details of what Esther went through. But we do know that when Esther got up the next morning, it was her time to go again.

During that second banquet, the moment that Esther did not take up the day before came up again. And Esther seized that moment for the enemy’s downfall and the salvation of her people.

The timing was perfect.


For Such as Time as This

The powerful catch phrase of the book of Esther is this: ‘Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?’ (Esther 4:14b)

‘For such a time as this.’ It is the Bible version of our saying ‘carpe diem’; a Latin phrase meaning, ‘seize the day’.

God wants you to know that today is the day to begin again.

His mercies are new every morning

Right now you may be ‘between the banquets’. Your time of transition is a time to refocus, to receive the gift of fresh passion, enthusiasm, your second wind from God.

It is time to press in to the vision God has given to you again.


God of the Second Chance

He is not only ‘God of the second time around’. He is the God of the second chance, when you have missed it or failed.

Ask Jonah. God called him to preach a message, and he set off as fast as he could go in the opposite direction. He was thrown out of a boat in a storm and swallowed by a fish.

Like Jonah, you may feel as though you have been chewed up, spat out, and washed up. You may not even feel as though you deserve a second chance. But He is a God of grace. And He is coming through for you.

We read about Jonah, ‘The word of the Lord came a second time.’ (Jonah 3:1)

God gave him a second chance.

Today, you can receive your own word to ‘go again.’

  • It’s not about your performance, or your history. It’s about His character, His faithfulness
  • It’s not about what you have done. It’s about what Jesus has done

Your God is the God of the second time around.


Prayer for the United States

As I post this article, I am aware that many of my readers, who are in the US, are waiting on your election results. We in Australia, along with many all over the world, are praying for you. May this prophetic insight of ‘between the banquets’ be an encouragement to you. You have favor with the King of Kings and regardless of how things look right now, He has appointed you ‘for such a time as this’ and for the transformation of your nation.


Participate in our Ministry and Receive an eBook

Choose Your Story…Change Your Life.

During the month of November, I am providing an opportunity for you, my regular readers, to make a donation to David McCracken Ministries.

The Script BookTo thank you for your gift, we are making available a pre-launch copy of my brand-new eBook:

‘The Script: Choose Your Story, Change Your Life’.

  • Have you ever felt as though your life is stuck in a pattern?
  • Would you like a clear, simple message to help yourself—and others—break free of limitations and live your God-appointed destiny?

God has a story for your life. It is the story of an abundant life—a life full of faith and purpose.

‘The script’ is any story-line that is at work in your life, that is not in accordance with God’s Word—and what He says about you.

In ‘The Script: Choose Your Story Change Your Life’ you will learn:

  • What a script is, and five ways it can come into operation
  • How to identify and defeat a counterfeit script
  • How to identify and break a generational storyline (curse)
  • How to replace the script with God’s story for your life

In ‘The Script: Choose Your Story Change Your Life’ I share my own testimony of breaking free from personal and generational scripts, and encourage you to live a life empowered by the Word of God.

If Enliven Blog has been a blessing to you, I encourage you to pray about sowing back financially. Your donation will help us to provide this free resource to empower churches, leaders and people around the world.

To donate or find out more about The Script eBook, click here.

(Note:our online payments are secure – and we do not pass your email information on to third parties)


Two Changes to Enliven Blog

Note that from next week, the format of Enliven Blog for those of you who receive it via email is going to change. We will be sending a short email that describes the post, and invites the reader to click-through to my site to read the actual post. However, it will look the same online.

Also, the publishing day and time of delivery will change permanently to later in the week.


© 2016 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church

5 Steps to Possessing Your Promise from God

Recently God spoke to me and said, ‘I am raising up a generation who will not only dream My dreams, they will possess My promises.’

Dreaming is powerful. I am not referring to dreams of the night, but of your capacity to imagine what can take place in your future.

A dream is a vision for your life that has a picture attached to it. You can see it; you perceive it clearly with your mind’s eye.


Go Beyond Dreaming: Possess the Promise

Possess the Promise from GodThe Bible is full of people to whom God gave a promise.

  • God promised the Israelites a land of their own
  • He gave Hannah the promise of a child
  • Joseph had a prophetic dream that one day he would rule

The reason these men and women are in Scripture, is not only that they dreamed a dream. They made history because they walked with God and possessed the promise.


5 Steps to Possess Your Promise from God

Dreaming is powerful, but in order for that dream to become a reality, you need to walk with God and cooperate with His purpose for your life.

1. Stay Focused on Your Dream

To dream is to keep your God-given vision in front of you. God spoke to Abraham and said, ‘Look up at the sky and count the stars. So shall your offspring be’ (Genesis 15:5)

Like Abraham did, you have to see that vision first, before you can possess it. Hear your Father saying, ‘Will you dream with Me?’

2. Build a mindset of Faith

Dreaming, by its very definition, means that the destiny you are dreaming about does not exist in your present reality.

Moving from dreaming to possessing requires an attitude of faith. Faith is strengthened by meditating on and confessing God’s Word, as well as His personal promise to you.

3. Obey the Last Thing God Spoke to You

Ask, ‘What is the last thing God spoke instructed me to do, concerning that promise?’ If something is coming to mind, go through the process of taking a decisive step forward.

Then—pray and ask God to show you the next small step forward to fulfilling that vision. This may seem obvious, and yet sometimes we miss it.

Remember, faith is not just expectation; it is expect-action.

4. Apply Wisdom as you Move Forward

Faith and wisdom go hand in hand. Are there some practical things you can do to prepare for the dream God has given to you? You do not need to feel stuck, or to wait helplessly. Be a good steward of God’s call on your life.

  • Set some small but achievable goals.
  • Take the next small step forward
  • Establish personal and spiritual accountability
  • Identify your team—those God has given to you to help on your way to fulfilling your dream from Him

5. Be Faithful in Small Things

If the dream God has given to you for your life is big, remember that your journey towards that vision will be filled with small tasks that He will give to you along the way.

Serve the vision of another person. Be faithful in small responsibilities and He can entrust you with the fulfillment of your dream. (Luke 16:10)


Participate in our Ministry and Receive an eBook

Choose Your Story…Change Your Life.

During the month of November, I am providing an opportunity for you, my regular readers, to make a donation to David McCracken Ministries.

The Script BookTo thank you for your gift, we are making available a pre-launch copy of my brand-new eBook:

‘The Script: Choose Your Story, Change Your Life’.

  • Have you ever felt as though your life is stuck in a pattern?
  • Would you like a clear, simple message to help yourself—and others—break free of limitations and live your God-appointed destiny?

God has a story for your life. It is the story of an abundant life—a life full of faith and purpose.

‘The script’ is any story-line that is at work in your life, that is not in accordance with God’s Word—and what He says about you.

In ‘The Script: Choose Your Story Change Your Life’ you will learn:

  • What a script is, and five ways it can come into operation
  • How to identify and defeat a counterfeit script
  • How to identify and break a generational storyline (curse)
  • How to replace the script with God’s story for your life

In ‘The Script: Choose Your Story Change Your Life’ I share my own testimony of breaking free from personal and generational scripts, and encourage you to live a life empowered by the Word of God.

If Enliven Blog has been a blessing to you, I encourage you to pray about sowing back financially. Your donation will help us to provide this free resource to empower churches, leaders and people around the world.

To donate or find out more about The Script eBook, click here.

(Note:our online payments are secure – and we do not pass your email information on to third parties)


© 2016 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church