‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?’ (Isa 43:19a, NIV)

When God says, “I am doing a new thing”, He is saying this:

“I have a new normal for you; life as you know it, is going to change.”

A Problem and an Unusual Coincidence

Prophetic Word, A New NormalAs February 1st, 2017 approached, my husband Malcolm and I were facing a crisis.

We had just launched Enliven Ministries, and I opened the new bank account with a deposit of $50.

The new ministry came with a lot of monthly website-related expenses.

Then, completely unforeseen by us, Malcolm’s work contract came to an end. And his pay ceased on the same day my former salary stopped!

When an unusual ‘coincidence’ intersects with the timing of God, or a message from Him, the Holy Spirit is at work.

It is a God-incidence that heralds a miracle, or Divine intervention.

And even though it was a tough time, we knew that somehow, our Father was going to provide for us.

An Unusual Object in a Vision

A few days before the end of January 2017, we were attending our home church, Planetshakers, and during the worship I had a clear impression from the Holy Spirit.
I saw a silver shoehorn.

It was an object I’d never seen before in a vision, and it mystified me. [1] So, I was looking at the shoehorn and thinking, ‘Lord, what is this all about? What are you saying?’

And I sensed Him say to me,
‘What I have for you in this season is going to be such a good fit, that you are going to need the shoehorn to get into it.
And it is not going to be something you can do in your own strength. This is a gift of My grace.’ [2]

An Hour Later, This Happened

After church, we walked into our home and sat in our front room chatting. And Malcolm started to talk about the suit and shoes he was going to wear to a job interview the following morning.

Shoehorn, Novices in the New Prophetic WordHe went to get the shoes, which were a birthday gift from our son that he hadn’t worn before.

As Malcolm opened the box to retrieve the brand-new shoes, I suddenly remembered the prophetic picture I had that morning, of the silver shoehorn.

So, I was telling Malcolm about the vision of the shoehorn and what the Holy Spirit was saying.

After loosening the laces, he reached into the box for the second shoe, and pulled out…a dark grey, metallic shoehorn.

We were utterly astounded and knew we were in a moment of confirmation of the Lord’s word to us:

‘What is about to take place is a gift of My grace’

More ‘Coincidences’ and a Breakthrough

The next morning, Malcolm was in a boardroom of a company, making a PowerPoint presentation. And I was also in a boardroom—of a different company—sharing the word of the Lord with them.

  • Melbourne is a huge city, but we happened to be in exactly the same suburb at the same time

On the laptop Malcolm was using, the image of a lion appeared on the overhead screen first—on the desktop wallpaper.
That morning, I walked into another boardroom, where a painting in the room depicted a magnificent lion.

Within two weeks, Malcolm had a new job and I had sufficient funds in the Enliven Ministries account to pay my first month’s expenses.

God has a ‘New Normal’ for You

If you’re like me, and are prophetic, you love to hear about major encounters, and Heavenly visitations.

  • But what if God simply wanted to take you into a lifestyle of walking with Him in a new way—encountering Him in a different way than you had before?

You discover God has a ‘new normal’ for you, in your journey of intimacy with Him.

Since the silver shoehorn incident, we have experienced many similar ‘coincidences’ that have clearly been God-incidences.
Divine appointments.
And unusual events.

By January this year, these signs were accelerating. God was doing something in our lives that we had no frame of reference for.
Not just every now and then, but we were walking in it (or into it) constantly.

And one of the unusual things about this, is that these encounters are happening to Malcolm and I both, simultaneously (even if we’re on opposite sides of the world), or as 2 connecting pieces we each have.

Now I have to be honest—I have been way out of my prophetic ‘comfort zone’. As Prophet David McCracken [2] said recently:

‘God wants to gate-crash our momentum with an encounter.’

Novices in the New

One evening a few months back, Malcolm and I phoned our brother-in-law, Stuart Allan, just had to say, ‘HELP! We don’t know what God’s doing!’

Stuart and Lynley pastor CTF Auckland, and are not only family to us, we’ve been journeying together in the move of the Spirit for 25 years. [3]

And Stuart, in his wise way, shared a word the Lord had spoken to him and Lynley once:

‘I want you to be novices in the new, not experts in the old’.

And Stuart went on to explain, ‘The Kingdom’s always advancing…and our Father wants us to live in dependency upon Him, so that what we minister is of Him.’

‘I want you to be novices in the new, not experts in the old’.

That word struck me like a thunderbolt, because every week, I have thousands of visitors seeking answers to questions on discernment and prophecy.
I’ve been journeying in the prophetic for over 40 years, and Enliven Blog is nearly ten years old.

And yet right now, when it comes to the realm of hearing from God, I’m feeling like a child starting school. [4]

Be a Learner in God’s Kingdom

‘And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’ (Matt 13:18, NIV)

Novices in the new.
What does this mean for you today?

It’s not about a particular gift, or type of prophetic encounter.

This is about an attitude of being a learner and a child in God’s Kingdom.

Having room to grow.

It’s going to cost us our comfort, because to be a ‘novice in the new’ means admitting we don’t know much.
That we don’t have it all together.

It’s about having a relationship with Jesus. It’s about growing in intimacy with God.

What Malcolm and I have been experiencing, has been like a ‘spontaneous combustion’.

We find ourselves in a move of God we longed for, and yet at the same time, never expected. It’s spilling over onto people around us.

Our conversation every day—even through tough times—is about what God is doing and saying.

Countless times, we look at each other and say, ‘Did that just happen?’ We’re living in a sense of wonder.

Your Own Awakening and Encounters

If what I’ve shared stirs you, I want to agree with and believe with you, for your own awakening and encounters.

Leave a note in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page.

Right now, the Holy Spirit may be bringing something to mind for you, and He’s saying, ‘Surrender your life; your gifts, skills, ministry and work over to Me. Give Me your family and relationships.

Whatever your personal area of ‘expertise’ is, take off the lid. Be a novice in the new.

And remember, you have your own personal relationship with God, and your encounters with Him will be unique to you.

As you can imagine, there is a lot more to the ‘shoehorn’ story, and I’ve shared some of it on the School of Intimacy and Prayer here.

[1] I mostly receive visions via an image (still, moving, or a series of images) that comes to mind. Usually when I see an object that is silver, God is speaking to me about His grace, as silver represents redemption in the Bible.
I believe all prophetic insights should be weighed up.

[2] Prophet David McCracken is a spiritual father to us, and apostolic oversight to our ministry. He is at www.davidmccracken.org

[3] Lynley Allan is Malcolm’s sister. Stuart and Lynley are a part of John Arnott’s movement. You can see them at www.ctfauckland.com/team

[4] Jesus has a lot to say about having the attitude of children in the Kingdom of God—I will be sharing on this more in the next few weeks.

Prophetic School News: More on ‘The Seer Gift’

Have you ever seen repeated numbers—or had a color stand out in a dream or vision?

I’ve just uploaded a PDF with 10 of my personal tips, along with some stories, to help you interpret numbers and colors.

You can find it in the Master Class on ‘The Seer Gift: Grow in Pictures and Visions’.

The best mentoring and teaching I can give you is now rolled into this one place, on the Enliven School of Prophecy and Discernment.

Journey with me as I continue to add new content in the future.

Classes include: ‘How to hear God’s voice’ ,‘How to Begin and Grow in Prophecy’, ‘The Seer Gift: How to Grow in Pictures and Visions’, ‘Prophetic Discernment, ‘Discernment and Prophetic Warnings’ and the ‘Prophetic Guidance Master Class’.

You can view and sign up to my self-paced video lecture series in the Enliven Prophetic School here. Choose between a small monthly subscription, or a one-off payment with no expiry date.

© 2019 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
In the David McCracken Ministries family

113 thoughts on “Novices in the New: God Has A ‘New Normal’ For You”

  1. Sitting at the laundromatmat, grateful I have the funds to do so and at the same time missing my house with the convenience of a washer and dryer in it. But right before the new year of 2019
    I was in prayer and specifically asked my Father what is the word that you have for me for the year 2019. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Renewed.” Ever since then everything has changed around me. I have been following His instructions. The house is sold and I moved into an apartment. Moving forward with the instructions in regards to my finances. All this came after about 4 years of the toughest time in my life filled with betrayal,lies,and hurt most coming from church, ministry and a relationship that was leading to marriage. I hear my Father clear to leave it all amd I obeyed. But no matter what I won’t Let go as my Abba! So in that process I learned a whole new level of forgiveness and loving your enemies and intimacy in a deeper way with the Lord! I am so grateful I’m not bitter my heart hasn’t hardened. I’m not resentful but I actually feel free! I say all of that to say that while I was sitting here in the laundromat, I opened up your email it is so on time! Thank you so much and may the Lord continue to bless you and your husband all the days of your lives! Keep me in prayer as I continue to move forward in obedience not necessarily knowing whats next but trusting Abba with all my heart and leaning not unto my own understanding! Thank you!

  2. Nomathamsanqa Clark

    Hi Helen,l am so glad to have found this site. Thanks for all the efforts you do to empower us. I am concerned about the question always coming up in my mind,it is ,is what you are doing what God wants you to do,is it in His schedule and is it in His own time. I wish l know what God wants me to do at this moment and time because how can l know the answers to those questions Helen? Please help.

  3. Epic Helen,

    I could write so many things but will keep it short.
    In the last few months I have been seeing child’s sandals. While out running I turned the corner to see a child’s sandal on the path, while out riding my bike, I nearly ran over a pair of small sandals on the side of the road, and a few days ago I got into my car at the super market car park and as I looked up there was a pair of child’s sandals sitting on top of a post by my door. I am convinced an angel is following me around and putting them in my path, this has happened about 7 times now. I sense this is about child like faith and taking small steps in this new era in God, maybe one is coming, who’s sandals I’m not worthy to untie.
    Blessings Helen.

  4. I am feeling humbled, like a child starting school.

    I had never considered myself to be prophetic or particularly discerning until around 2 years ago when I was drawn into an emotionally abusive situation at a local church.

    For some reason, I began to be picked on and bullied by a clique of ladies who seemed to be jealous of me.

    I was puzzled as this had never happened to me before (after following Jesus for 60 years).

    The intimidation and abuse lasted 2 years until I was forced to ask my Pastor for help.The Pastor was not keen to get involved and accused me of being judgemental…….he seemed quite unconcerned that I was obviously suffering emotional abuse and that my mental health was being affected…….he did not seem to believe me.

    I found another church where I was warmly received and encouraged as having g a prophetic gift .

    It was then that I realised that I had been rejected and overlooked at .my last church, I was looked down on, not taken seriously and didn’t recognise it.

    At my new church, as time has gone on (1 year already), I am respected as someone with a prophetic gift of encouragement and discernment. I had no idea that I had these gifts in spite of instinctively knowing that I could sense things that weren’t right.

    As I have grown in my gifting, several people have turned against me. This has never happened before. I can see through a false mask of spirituality which is at times most uncomfortable. Mostly I keep these negative vibes to myself and just pray about it.

    Is it usual to suddenly find oneself in a season of hurt and rejection and to then find that the Lord has out of the blue blessed .me with these new gifts – it’s almost as if they have been birthed through pain!!!

    I don’t want to sound prideful but this seems to be what has happened.

    I would greatly value your opinion.

    Thank you.

  5. Hi Helen,
    The message on intimacy and the scripture Isaiah 43: 18-19 is a series being ministered at the church I attend. The title is “The Key To Intimacy”. I have a hunger and thirst for righteousness. I sometimes feel like the gifts that has been given to me has been lost. But I know the word of God says the gifts and callings of God are without repentance. More important to me is that I continue to let the Potter be the Potter and I will be the clay. I need the wisdom of God.

  6. Hi Helen!
    Thank you, on time message always…its for me. I have been praying for a passion! Praying to present myself for His divine appointment he have for me and I sensed his awakening moments for me the last two weeks ago, and he spoke to me through pictures and revelation but i do not perceive it!
    He has been good to me, the church we go to has embraced us with a new love and miraculously doors are open to us to participate in the church activities freely. I am also offered a part time job in the church.
    Thank you for this prophetic message.
    Please continue to pray for me.

    God bless!

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