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.

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 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.

© 2016-2019 Helen Calder, Enliven Blog

Enliven Ministries: In the David McCracken Ministries family

34 thoughts on “4 Principles of the “Suddenlies” of God”

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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

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