God of the Surprise

Mar. 11, 2018 | By Taffi Dollar


God wants to be Lord over every area of our lives and He wants to make His presence known in amazing, astonishing ways. In order to do this, He is not above springing surprises on us when we least expect them. He did this with Mary when the angel announced she was to give birth to Jesus, and this completely changed her life. Likewise, when God reveals something surprising to us, our lives are also changed. He wants us to live in constant expectation and anticipation, and to be ready for miracles. This is the same God who redeemed us and bought us back from the bondage that resulted from Adam and Eve’s sin. Jesus paid the price to move us from sickness, poverty, and everything evil into health, prosperity at every level, and all that is abundantly good.
  1. God surprised Mary with a blessing and He wants to surprise us as well.
    1. …Good morning! You’re beautiful with God’s beauty, Beautiful inside and out! God be with you. She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus. He will be great, be called ‘Son of the Highest.’ The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David; He will rule Jacob’s house forever—no end, ever, to his kingdom.” Mary said to the angel, “But how? I’ve never slept with a man.” The angel answered, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Highest hover over you; Therefore, the child you bring to birth will be called Holy, Son of God (Luke 1:28-35, MSG).
      1. We have nothing to fear; God has a surprise for us. The power of the Holy Spirit will hover over us because of God’s anointing on our lives.
      2. To redeem is to purchase, to buy back by payment, or to ransom from captivity. It also means to change for the better or free from the consequences of harm.
      3. Jesus redeemed us and became our ransom. As a result, our lives changed for the better. We are no longer stranded in a place of defeat.
    2. Jesus is the one who shed His blood to deliver and redeem us.
      1. Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:12-14).
      2. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:6, 7).
    3. In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches  and the generosity of His gracious favor (Ephesians 1:7, AMPC).
      1. Redemption has two parts. It is an act, but it is also the process of going from something to something else. Specifically, we were redeemed from sin into being the righteousness of God.
    4. Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified) (Galatians 3:13, AMPC).
      1. Jesus made the necessary payment with His body and blood, thereby redeeming us from condemnation, doom, and the law.
  1. The curses that once ruled people’s lives have been replaced by blessings.
    1. The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish...And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee...Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long; and there shall be no might in thine hand…The Lord shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head(Deuteronomy 28:22, 29, 32, 35).
      1. We have been redeemed from sickness. We can now walk in health and wholeness.
      2. Sickness and disease were part of the curses that resulted from Adam and Eve’s disobedience, but Jesus healed us.
      3. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
    2. Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it...Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity...The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low (Deuteronomy 28:38, 41, 43).
      1. We have been redeemed from poverty, lack, and insufficiency.
      2. The devil is after our children, but we must not allow him access to them.
      3. Verse forty-three describes the spirit of inequality, which was part of the curse.
    3. And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation] (2 Corinthians 9:8, AMPC).
      1. Jesus redeemed us from seeing no return on what we sow.
      2. Jesus needed the ongoing partnership with the Holy Spirit to complete His mission. We also need the Spirit, so we can fulfill our missions.
    4. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 1:2).
      1. This is God’s prayer. It is what He wants for all of His children. He does not want us to struggle along living paycheck to paycheck.
      2. We are called into a life of abundance.
      3. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
  1. We receive God’s best for us by faith. Jesus has redeemed and blessed us.
    1. And they answered, Believe in the Lord Jesus  Christ [give yourself up to Him, take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself into His keeping] and you will be saved, [and this applies both to] you and your household as well (Acts 16:31, AMPC).
      1. We must believe on Christ for the safety of our families. He can redeem the entire household.
    2. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:23-29).
      1. Jesus came to destroy the spirit of inequality and level the playing field for everyone. God loves us all the same and we all have equal access to Him.
    3. But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to [the regulations of] the Law, To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted  and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God’s sons] (Galatians 4:4, 5, AMPC).
      1. The law refers to the curse. As God’s children, we are no longer to stay in a place of captivity or sickness. This applies to us and our children.
    4. Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works (Titus 2:14).
      1. As a result of Jesus giving His life for us, we can now be free of all iniquity. Sin is no longer an issue; we are cleansed and made holy.
      2. The curse came to destroy, but the blessing came to give us life.
      3. Bad habits, bondage, and addictions came to destroy, but freedom, liberty, and self-control now reign.
      4. Pain and sickness resulted from the curse. Healing and wholeness resulted from the blessing.
      5. Stress, worry, anxiety, panic, fear, and rejection came as a result of the curse. Calm, ease, joy, and peace came as a result of the blessing.
      6. Harassment, torment, and oppression resulted from the curse. Rest and restoration resulted from the blessing.

Scripture References

Luke 1:28-35, MSG

2 Corinthians 9:8, AMPC

Colossians 1:12-14

3 John 1:2

Ephesians 1:6, 7

John 10:10

Ephesians 1:7, AMPC

Galatians 3:13, AMPC

Deuteronomy 28:22, 29, 32, 35, 38, 41, 43

Isaiah 53:5

Acts 16:31, AMPC

Galatians 3:23-29

Galatians 4:4, 5, AMPC

Titus 2:14

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