Freedom and Suddenly

A Word to Consider - Freedom and Suddenly
by Bill NeSmith

     'It came to pass' as rapidly as it was first noticed.  Many times, that is God's way of bringing about significant and timely change.  God cannot fully reveal a new way when those who are meant to be a catalyst for change are still wrapped in an old way of thinking.  A sudden shift in direction or the surrounding atmosphere quite often takes place when we become open or consigned to doing something different. 

     As we have seen in earlier writings, freedom is not granted by governments, religion or man.  True freedom is found in knowing who you are or the way God created you as a physical and spiritual being while being aligned to His Word and the leading of the Helper, His Holy Spirit, as teacher and guide.  When one is truly free he is seen as dead to this world and alive to Christ.  When one is truly free or on the path to seek freedom in Christ, he is most ready for God to move mightily on his behalf.  That is when the time is ripe for a ‘suddenly of God’.

     There are people who are reading this article right now who are sensing a suddenly of God.  Things are taking place for them that they would have never expected primarily because they did not give up.  People who have had prophetic words spoken over them years ago are now seeing the fruit of those words because they have surrendered to Holy Spirit’s peace and presence.  Old ways are no longer valid, new ways demand faith, and faith demands that we trust God to be God in our lives. 

     In a picture, think of a suddenly as a force waiting to break free.  In the creation account, Genesis presents such a picture.

Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light (Gen. 1:3)

     I believe it was at this moment that God assessed the atmosphere and in saying, “Let there be Light”, He commanded the bonds of darkness to release it and light burst forth and ‘was’… in all its intended glory.  Light suddenly erupted fast and furious, revealing and enlightening.  That, to me, is a picture of a suddenly.  When God determines the conditions are right, He removes all that has previously held the new thing from being revealed and suddenly things shift. 

     As light exploded into existence as if being previously restrained, many times God shifts things in measures of magnitude such as 3000 being saved at Pentecost. Had salvations trickled in through the Holy Spirit’s activities at Pentecost, the moment would not have been as visible or reflected the power of God.  Word spreads rapidly with such revealed power.

     Perhaps the women[1] who broke vessels of oil to anoint Jesus originally intended to give them as a financially supportive resource.  Both appear to have been so suddenly impacted by the Lord’s presence that they were provoked to shift their plans, breaking rather than simply giving their all.  If this was the case, they were suddenly redirected. Sometimes a suddenly is required to prevent us from overthinking the process and adding our own ideas or conventional, known and  old ways, into a new thing meant to be impacting due to its being unconventional.

     The events at Pentecost as well as the vessels also reveal the focal energy that calls one to pay attention.  A suddenly from God sometimes bring with it the jarring impact that comes with the unexpected.  Light could have been released at creation as a sun rises into a dark night but this would not have revealed the power of God’s hand when it moves across all creation.

     A suddenly does not speak of haste as much as it speaks of the directional shift it brings about when it arrives or is revealed.  Again, think of a suddenly as a force, an impact, an event. A suddenly is like the sunrise after a long dark night.

     Peter and John spoke of God’s response time.  He is longsuffering and willing to wait but when He moves, He moves quickly.  This is not a chronological statement but rather an indication of His desire to move as soon as it is right.  He is always ready to suddenly or quickly with force, move in our circumstances. When God moves, He moves unhindered. 

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.’  (2 Peter 3:9)

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.’  (Rev. 22:12)

     Many of us miss this moment because we can be more focused on the outcome we seek, or the circumstances in which we find ourselves, rather than in developing and relying on a closer relationship of surrender and abandonment to the One who brings about the change.  Many times the only way we come to surrender and abandonment to God is when hardship or difficulties force us to surrender our own ways to Him.  This, as a normal practice, is not the way it should be, but God is ready to give wisdom as freely as He was to ‘let light be’ once the atmosphere is right.

     The familiar parable in of the ten virgins tells us that they went out to wait for the Bridegroom with lanterns in hand.  A key section gives us important insight.

Five of them were wise and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps, but took no oil with them. But the wise took JARS OF OIL with their lamps. (Matt. 25:2-4)

     Many people miss their suddenly, that God-changed moment, because they do not wait properly.  Oil represents the Holy Spirit’s empowerment and anointing.  Waiting on God without Holy Spirit’s Help will lead to frustration, anxiety, and a willingness to slip into the old way rather than the Lord’s fresh leading.  Without Holy Spirit, many do not wait long enough – lacking His outcome and His fruit – they gravitate to what they know or have become comfortable with rather than discerning the Lord’s leading to a new thing.  Religion can be this way.

     It would be careless to ignore the logic and reason that embodies Holy Spirit’s activities and nature.  His fruit contains patience and perseverance.  Very often, when Holy Spirit brings about a great shift, it is preceded by a period of developed patience, persistence, perseverance, longsuffering, and faithfulness.  A suddenly is very often preceded by a period of breaking, of humiliation, of a hunger driven searching.  When one simply rests in the loving relationships around him and stops striving, a suddenly is soon to come.  All of these are a reflection of Holy Spirit’s presence.

     God uses a suddenly because He requires faith.  Faith requires us to reach out into the unknown and embrace what God reveals.  As is the case with faith, a suddenly does not go against conventional wisdom but quite often does go against conventional practice and processes.  Revelation by its very nature requires faith to receive it and very often arrives in a suddenly. A suddenly always provides a new level of revelation as if light were set free

     The sudden acts of God bring revelation and like the prophetic they speak of potential as we walk as people destined to experience freedom with all that it brings.  Get ready, because your suddenly is about to explode on the scene and your life will never be the same.

 

 

Freedom and Suddenly

 

 

Notes:

[1] One alabaster was a year before (Luke 7:36-50) and one just days before the crucifixion (Matt. 26:6-13Mark 14:3-9, and John 12:1-8).