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

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

  1. Nano Da Silva

    Thank you for the encouragement. Your words on the other side of the globe are great encouragement to me and often fit closely with what Holy Spirit is doing in my life. This winter has been a time of deep trials and testing in my life. I have learned to depend on God more than people. Some people let me down in devastating ways and then God highlighted people in my life that he could work through to help carry me through the trials. This new season for me started with pangs like childbirth but the tangible presence of God came to give me strength when I had none left of my own. I discovered that people will let me down and I can forgive them with the same grace that Jesus had for his own accusers. God however has provided so many surprises in between the tests that I have never felt his love this deep. My husband and I where blessed with our first grandson this January. I am seeing my world with new eyes and I look forward to the challenges ahead as I become more childlike laughing at adversity and armed with new found favor.

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Nano, I’m praying for you now – may that love you’ve experienced overflow – and congratulations on your new grandson

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  2. Goodwill

    Greetings sister Helen Cedar.
    I am believing God for a career in Gospel music once a prophecy came through by missionary who were visiting our country , while praying for us they said I would right new songs and my voice has a frequency that the evil cannot stand against.
    Sometime later I started receiving melodies and words , that’s when I began writing songs .
    So I am novices in the new , I don’t have funds to finish recording of songs at studios I don’t have experience in in the Industry but I a. Trusting God he will bring guide and bring it to pass.
    “Novices in the new” you talking about me today

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Goodwill, if God can do it for young David, he can do it for you – a shepherd boy playing music in the fields and God took him to the palace – it was the anointing and skill he had, and an encouragement for all of us and you too.

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  3. Nano Pennefather

    God is so good. Your message fits what I have gone through this winter. Enormous trials followed by great blessings and divine insight. I am being transformed and prepared for this new season. Thank you for your ministry

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Nano, may the spring season herald the new move of God for you (Song of Songs 2:10-12)

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  4. Ann Muthoni

    I would like to be consistent in prophet gift because I am going through a session of silence form God, I don’t know why this is happening and still be confident in this gift because am just getting started and I have been told that the Lord will use me in great supernatural but am not yet there .Would you please mentor me in this.
    Thanks.

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  5. Linda Kopetsky

    Oh, my yes, yes, yes! God told me at the beginning of the year that He is doing a new thing, will I be aware of it? Over and over He has reminded me and again today this blog gives me insight and the yes to new wonders and adventures.

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  6. Jaclyn Dahl

    Helen,

    Thank you for your teachings and posts! They have spoken to me so much! Recently God was showing me bald eagles wherever I went, including one of your Instagram posts. I’ve learned so much about what they represent and what God is wanting me to do in this new season. I started an Instagram page called Soar Through The Valley to step out in faith and share what God is saying to me. Thank you for helping me grow in my prophetic gift and my intimacy with God!

    Jaclyn Dahl

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thank you and that’s wonderful about the Instagram page, Jaclyn! I was just being reminded of the eagle today myself. I just found and followed your Instagram 🙂

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  7. Lita

    Thank you, Helen, for this Spirit-filled article.
    I got the same Scripture passage on Isaiah 43:19 last year and this became our prayer group’s theme for our 25th anniversary!
    Indeed, God is doing something new and is moving.
    As we were in our intercessory prayers, I saw a key (an old one) and heard, “turn the key”…. I do not know what this meant and still praying what this key is about? I am still praying for a confirmation from the Holy Spirit as I do not know what to do and how to go about the order “turn the key”.

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Lita, that’s really interesting because I’ve been praying over how to share the next article in this series about entering and accessing God’s Kingdom as a child (Mark 10:15 etc) and its been coming to mind that this is like a ‘key’ of entry, so your insight has helped me too 🙂

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  8. Yolanda

    Hi Helen, on April 30, 2019 I dreamed of a silver woman’s shoe. And when I had awaken I begin to search the Bible hoping to find a silver shoe. However I did not find anything in the Bible concerning a silver shoe. However that day I left and went to the doctor to have some labs done while waiting in the doctor’s office, a man walked past me and spoke to me and I noticed he had on a silver wedding ring. Then when I went in the back to have my labs done the man that Drew my blood had on the same silver wedding ring. Then later on that night I prayed for an hour before I went to sleep and I had a dream I was working with two men and in the dream they both each had on the same silver ring in the dream. The first dream I had I don’t really know if it was really about the shoe, I believe now it was more about silver. In the last week I have felt in my spirit like something has been redeemed. Please keep me in your prayers.
    Yolanda.

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Yolanda, yes I’m learning to pay attention to those details that stand out too as Holy Spirit is often speaking through them. I’m praying for you now for the revelation of His abundant grace towards you to bring delight and freedom

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  9. Langton

    Thank you for the word novice of the new it really stirred me up and I really need this may God continue blessing you with wisdom

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  10. Veronica Guerrero

    That is a timely word things have been happening with me and my husband and God put us back together when I want to through him out he told me I couldn’t and I laughed God your funny ok I surrender everything I only have your promises even when I don’t see it and he’s been talking to me in new ways all around me the visions have slowed down but I believe it’s just for a season for me to learn new I told him I don’t want to be the same person anymore I’m learning to walk in faith it’s hard when I just want to cry I’m broken and tired but all I have is the Lord Almighty my husband will be delivered in Jesus name thank you for confirmation means alot new new new

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Veronica, I’m praying for you and your husband right now, may you know His rest and joy and freedom

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