4 Principles of the ‘Suddenlies’ of God

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.

© 2016 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

34 thoughts on “4 Principles of the ‘Suddenlies’ of God

  1. rebecca

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

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      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. Nana Patrick

    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. Gracie Miner


    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. Helen Calder Post author

      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. Emmanuel Chanda

    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. Stacie Sutton

    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. Helen Calder Post author

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

  6. Darryl Stafford

    Suddenly I had the opportunity to pray for my friends mom last week she was in out the hospital the entire month of November but the Lord brought healing to her as I was burden by the Lord to go pray she has been home since praise the Lord Jesus.

  7. Mathato

    greetings in the name of Jesus I thank God for you and David and also your husband to me to enlign with u it was a blessing the spirit ual food that you are giving me is the right menu for me and you are giving me at the right time thank really I am wait ing unto the lord to visit me thanks Mathato

  8. Albert Wangong

    I really appreciate God’s Prophetic Ministry in your life. You have been a blessing to my walk with the Lord day by day.

    I have a prayer request to make. I received the Lord into my life in the last 24 years.
    After sometimes, I felt I had calling to serve and I tried way back in 2001, but failed. The church did not pick up. I told the Lord that I would not make any further move until I was sure He was leading me. Recently, actually in line with your prophetic teaching, I got the impression that time now is ripe for ministry. I already have the location where to begin, but I have not shared these news with anyone until this message am writing to you. Am yet to share with my wife who is quite resourceful and supportive though, normally what comes to the mind of many is that I will soon be resigning from work.
    I don’t know how things will turn up sine am a family man, but more so the challenges of putting up the logistics.
    I am sure through what you have shared, am encouraged to know that God is in full control.

    Please pray with me for God’s will to prevail.

  9. jacobeth segoe

    Greetings in the mighty name of Jesus .
    My name is Jacobeth I am trying my best not to loose hope but my life is mixed up my husband divorced me underground and he left me with lots of problems please pray for me for deliverence fanancial breakthrough debt cancellation i am in a situation where there by i feel like commiting suicide please pray for me and i am praying very hard buy everything sims to be getting worse.

  10. Nanette

    Thank You for this on time word, Praise God ,congratulations on your heavenly suddenly
    The next level Enliven Ministries , I too is waiting with expectations for my Heavenly suddenly
    In all that is pertaining too me ,my life ,marriage and Ministries, rejoicing with you and praying that God’s blesssing and favors Protections rest upon Enliven Minstries ,Thank you

  11. Wanda Faye Steele

    Thank God for your ministry. There are so many testimonies I would love to share I don’t even know where to start. God has brought me from a long way. Times I felt like giving up over and over but God kept me trusting, hoping, and praying. Cried so many nights and days and years to be free. Free from myself, free from the spirits that had me bound. Glory be God! He has washed me in the blood of Jesus, he purged me, seemed like for months, now I am free hallelujah! Pray for me for strength and that God will be done in my life. I am fully persuaded your ministry is real, the spirit bears witness. God bless you

  12. Conny

    Dear Helen,
    How good to be reminded of God’s power to change situations quickly.
    I really need that because I am still ill and desperate about the change in my course coordinator. The idea to look for faihtbuilding messages in the bible was great I did that yet I do not see how to change my personal situation but maybe that is also due to my bad health at the moment. I have Jesus promise that everything will become fine a again and stick to that. If you had a minute for a prayer or a word that would be great.
    Congratulations to your plans for a new ministry branch. God bless you with all you need for that and all success!
    Yours Conny

  13. Leanette Janano

    Wow this is Amazing.2017 is a season of rest and refreashment . another level of God’s glory will be revealed to those who trust and beleive that He is working ahead,preparing everything as we enter into a gates of fulfillment. I love you Helen with the Love of Jesus and I’m so bless that you’ve sharing mentoring me for His glory.

    I pray that God will open the gates of Iloilo Philippines for you and for the team.

  14. Stella

    I went through a year long transition which ended recently….
    I am believing the LORD for many suddenlies in this new season.

  15. Evaristo

    Thank you so much for this timely word of the LORD. I am strengthened. There are some Suddenlies in my my
    Church and I did not know how to respond. But after reading your post, I know exactly what the LORD is saying to me. Thank you again.

  16. Evaristo

    Thank you so much for this timely word of the LORD. I am strengthened. There are some Suddenlies in my my
    Church and I did not know how to respond. But after reading your post, I know exactly what the LORD is saying to me.

  17. Joann

    I want to forward this to some friends & family. Will you please send it to me/tenchickens? I did enter a valid email address

  18. Natasha

    Hi Helen,
    Your message was very helpful to me.
    I was a little bit confused weeks ago.. I was at church that very day and received something powerful from the lord..(2weeks back).. but before I left home that very day, I said to the lord (Father I want something special 2day) and while the prophet finished praying for the people he came by me and lay his hands on me saying..”no limits, no limits, no limits”
    the presence of the lord was so strong that I was shaking all over..
    from that day I was in a total confusion.. it was a “suddenly” for me..
    And still I d’ont know what to do..
    Thank you again for your message
    and be blessed

  19. Samson Idowu

    Of recent; I have been reading about provisions of God in His goodness, holy spirit thought me God’s goodness is my only desire and I shouldn’t focus on any other thing.

    While been taught, my eyes were opened on the book of Exodus 16:15, How God’s goodness was entirely a Never-named phenomenon.

    So many great things have been happening to everyone around me to the Glory of God.
    But I can’t stop preparing for that Goodness.
    As you said earlier: God is not taken by surprise.
    Thanks once again for a timely post.

  20. Precious Sibanda

    Thank you for these powerful teachings.
    Let the will of God be done in our like lives.
    We serve an awesome God.

  21. Renae Graham

    I praise God for this. I am just now reading it and amazed that on today my Apostle preached from these scriptures in Luke ch 1 & ch 2. God is so real and truly speaking to me. He has been my guide and watched over me since the day I came into this world. When my Father and Mother forsook me the Lord raised me up. When my innocence was taking from me at the age of 13 God was my comforter and strength. God is still all of that and more to me. He is my EVERYTHING! He is the reason I breathe the.reason I LIVe. I AM NOTHING WITHOUT God!!! The things He has taken me through and granted victory has all been by his grace. I bless Him for every trial and tribulation for they are making me into who God has ordained me to be. BLESS GOD!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Beautiful testimony in the face of such trials.
      Isn’t it wonderful when God speaks like that, Renae. His love for you is so powerful!

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