Novices in the New: God Has A ‘New Normal’ For You

‘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.


Notes:
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

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

  1. Erita Mkwane

    Greetings prophet
    Thank you for the inspiring messages so personal, as people seeking direction for our personal ministry.
    God bless you

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  2. Testimony

    All the glory and honor to our God for using you in such a great way to minister to His children. I desire more of God than anything I have ever desired in this life. I know in the time of life He shall accomplish this to me.
    Helen, you always minister to me directly by God’s grace. May He keep you and your household in perfect health so that you may serve Him more.
    Much love and blessings from me.

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  3. Gladys

    This is a confirmation to what I believe God spoke to me this past Sunday. He is doing a new thing! Open doors! I had already read this last Friday but did not remember or connect the two. Praise God!

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  4. Victor Ahua

    Timely, I am encouraged. Last night I was sharing with a pastor friend of mine that the work God is presently doing in my life is taking my hands off his vision for me and taking my hands off my family. I desire a new normal. A place where I only do as I hear him say( word of knowledge, Gift of Prophecy and working of miracles). Pls agree with me. God bless you more and keep you strong to strengthen us with his word.

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  5. Edith

    Thanks so much . Each time I go through your messages I am always inspired and encouraged. I have received a new vision and strength from this message and I tap from this spill over. May God continue to strengthen use you more in this our generation Amen. Thanks

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  6. Kathy Wilson

    Hi Helen,

    I remember the Revival in Toronto at John Arnott’s Church.
    Incredible I received a life changing deposit over multiple visits.
    Toronto synonymous with the word “Blessing”

    Thank you for sharing
    Kathy

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  7. Jadien

    Helen.
    Always enjoy your teaching with God’s. Word. On January 1,2019, I receved that same word from God, Isaiah 43:19. And God is doing. everything new and surprising. I was diagnosed in Oct. 2018 with a pulmonary embolism in my rt lung. I was taking medication, but taking off by God. God speak to me and told to not take that medication. I was bleeding on the inside. My blood had drop to a level 6, before a procedure was done to stop the bleeding. While according to the Hematology, I had a PE in my rt lung and I must take the medication. I refuse the medication because God toke me off the medication. I recently had a CTA scan on my rt lung which show the the blood clot is gone. Hallelujah, All praise and glory to God.
    Keep sharing God’s. word.

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  8. Godsfavour

    Great woman of God am so much blessed by your message God bless you and husband. more grace .wish to see you face to face

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  9. Grace Villard

    It’s like I went into a deep sleep very early this evening —I awoke just now here in the states. New Jersey to this email..which I thought I would review & then go back to sleep.
    I too desire and want a new normal. I want to depend solely on God. I want to experience God incidences. I want to experience explosive miraculous by the hand of God. I just recently started using the word explosive here in the month of May! I want to totally see Father like A child. Please agree with me.

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  10. Raina

    Hi!!! Thanks for the comment about silver.

    We made a bold move towards purchasing a home with the Lord’s approval. A week in we still didn’t have the earnest money though Id signed a contact. As we broke down at 3 am acknowledging our inability to do anything I had a strong vision of me standing in the kitchen with a handful of shiny silver keys and I heard a voice to me left say “Congratulations, you’ve been promoted”

    We close next week and we still don’t have the funds though I’m confident after reading this post they are on the way.

    Thanks again for letting the Lord use you.

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  11. Annette Higdon

    I am so grateful for your teachings and insight. God truly manifest himself through you and it is always timely for me. Fresh revelation and I am excited about the new realm God has you and your ministries entering. As you said, it is happening to those around you and I am one of them. God bless you and Malcolm!

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  12. TerriRay

    This resonates so deeply within my being. God has displayed Himself in my life as a Professional Athlete and is now doing it again. The word ‘novice’ gripped me as I have from an Athletes point of view a very clear understanding of this term. It is been common that the vision that God has placed in my heart to reach for has (always) confounded the Coach staff He places around me. I am through the strength of Christ, a 7 time World Tecird Holder with the last one set in 1994 remaining UNBROKEN just as I was promised by God the date it was laid into history –
    Papa God has now set me into a new Sport and is again set a vision that cause fear and disbelief but I know what God said to me at the onset so each day I walk toward the vision. I do not need mans belief I already have Gods and I continue to walk to it I only need my Coachs to point me in the direction of my desired outcome.
    I have had a lifetime of disbelief and misunderstanding and disapproval but God has ALWAYS displayed His power through my life and He WILL DO IT AGAIN I have NO FEAR OR DOUBT in HIM and HIS ABILITY.
    I seek your prayer and covering as I continue to press into God and His will for this life I offer Him after all this is HISTORY.
    My name is TerriRay and I am an Olympic 2020 USA Weightlifter Masters Division.
    To God be ALL GLORY .
    My email is [email protected]
    To google what’s god has done in my life:Terri Cadiente

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  13. Anne S Grace

    Helen, Thank you for your “new normal” message. Your statement, “What is about to take place is a gift of My grace”, is very timely. Through Gift of Grace Ministries I write messages about God’s grace, based on Ephesians 2:8–“By grace you have been saved…it is the gift of God”. My second book, “Only by Grace”, is about to be published by WestBow Press here in the USA. (My first book published by AuthorHouse in 2000 is called “Only By Grace.” )
    Blessings to you, Anne Grace

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