4 Principles of the Suddenlies of GodThere 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.

4 Principles of the Suddenlies of 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 aging 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 Savior 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. There is a 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. There is prophecy.
The old has gone, the new has come.

Now, there is a “new normal”. Life will never be the same.

“Do not be afraid.” Hear it for yourself, and be reassured.

Your Father is at work, Holy Spirit is moving on your behalf, and a revelation of the goodness of God at work in your life is up ahead—for your Father is good.

Related Posts:
Divine Interruption: You Will be Surprised by Joy

© 2016-2019 Helen Calder, Enliven Blog

Enliven Ministries: In the David McCracken Ministries family

34 thoughts on “4 Principles of the “Suddenlies” of God (Christmas Story)”

  1. Thank you for this wonderfull message.
    I was down, all hope lost, this message has lifted me as I wait upon the Lord.

    1. I’m glad to hear you have found the message uplifting, Rebecca.

      ‘Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit’ (Rom 15:13)

  2. I will like to meet u one day u are real God sent if u can talk to me one on one I will be very greatful am an evangelist with prophetic insight but my time is not yet ripe still learning but using my gifts for winning of souls may God bless u all(+237670023062 watsapp pls pls) thanks very mush

  3. Hello,

    Could you please pray for me about me finding God will for my life. I was a massage therapist before I became sick with a disease. I was told by a lady of God that I have gift of healing with my hands. I m not boastful but apply prayer to my daughter that was suffering some eye redness. I command the spirit to leave her in Jesus name. I thank my Heavenly Father. I apply oil as I done it. The very 2 days, it was gone. Currently Iam homeless living in my van with my 3 daughters and husband. I have disability. I ask that you guys ask Our Lord and Savior to bless us with a home that he wants us to have, and give me wisdom how to pursue the gift of healing for a ministry. Thank – you so much.


    1. Hi Gracie,
      I am praying for you and your family right now, for God to make the way open for you to have a home and for His wisdom in knowing how to move forward and for your gifts and ministry. God bless you

  4. Dear Helen,

    Congratulations on the new Enliven Ministry!

    Iam a Zambian national consulting with the World Health Organization in Eritrea. I have been a keen follower of your enliven blog and I really get revived each time you post something. I have been receiving prophetic messages from different men and women of God about my destiny in Ministry. The first one was in 1999 when a man of God prophesied to me , in a barbershop, that I was destined to have a big Ministry with a large following but I did not take this seriously. About 10 years later in 2010, a whilst in school in the UK, I had a dream where I was addressing a multitude of people but each one was holding a book and excitedly and continuously shouted “The Will of God!!” From that day I had been questioning myself whether the God wanted me to write a book or to start full-time Ministry.

    In the last two years I have personally or through my wife received several prophesies from different men and women of God that have confirmed the one I received in 1999. When I started following your blog, I have became convinced that I have a calling for prophetic ministry and this is constantly been revealed in dreams or just ideas that come to me about something after prayers and are almost always coming true.

    Please pray for me so that I make a proper decision. Iam having this great desire to get into prophetic Ministry. I need to grow in my faith and the gifts that the Lord has given me. Your guidance will be greatly appreciated.

    May the gracious heavenly father bless you exceedingly.

    With kind regards

    Emmanuel Chanda

  5. Hello Again! I can’t believe it (not sure why not as this has happened all my life) but the post your wrote about “God’s Sunddenlies” really spoke to me. I am, in fact, waiting on the Father yet also feeling. . . the. . . lag! The arrival of your post, the words, especially the topic are oh so perfect in their timing. I have always been a wee bit impatient, okay a lot, so I thank you Helen for being there and consistently towing the line! I have come to really lean on and look forward to your posts so know that I truly am grateful! Good luck in your expansion and may many blessing fall upon you and yours! Sincerely, Stacie

    1. Thanks Stacie, I really appreciate that. Sometimes it is difficult to get to the writing, so your encouragement means a lot to me. 🙂

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